Ritual (Album, 2017)

by Ariel Maniki and the Black Halos

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RITUAL CD ALBUM Jewel Case Limited Edition 300 copies

- Worldwide CD distribution via Discogs on following link: www.discogs.com/release/9908366

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Label: Deepland Racords / ANK Records

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released March 1, 2017

Ritual is performed by:

Ariel Maniki: Vocals and programing in all tracks / guitars in all tracks except ‘Amulet’ / bass on ‘Faith’, ‘Blood Residuals’, ‘Amulet’, ‘The Great Attractor’ / Synths on ‘Venus’, ‘Ars Almadel’, ‘The Great Attractor’.

Janice Black: Keyboards in all tracks / Vocals on ‘Ars Almadel’ / Programing on ‘Snakedance’.

Chris Arias: Bass on ‘Gods of Mud’, ‘Spectre’, ‘Sarah’, ‘Venus’, ‘In Our World’, ‘Snakedance’.

Special thanks to our guests:

Rosetta Garri (of The Spiritual Bat): Invocation verse vocals on ‘Gods of Mud’.

Ian Revell (of Double Eyelid): Vocals on ‘Faith’.

Marco Lacroix (of Luna Mysti/Maldoror): Guitars on ‘Amulet’.

Gio Chacón: Vocals on ‘Amulet’ & ‘The Great Attractor’.

Milette Porras: Violin on ‘In Our World’.

Recording, Mixing, Mastering: Ariel / Martenitsa Music Studio - San Jose, CR
Recording for Marco Lacroix: Zaulo Becerril / Karma Recording Studio - México City, MX
Recording for Ian Revell: Karl Mohr / Multibeat Creative - Ontario, CA
Recording for Rosetta Garri: Rosetta / The Spitual Bat - Frosinone, IT

Cover Art: Ariosto Uribe

Writen and Produced by: Ariel Maniki

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Track Name: Gods of Mud
Kneel down before the gods of mud
You, silly son of light
They see beyond your heart - your dark desires

I see gold
I see heaven
I see jade
My obsession

Obey the mighty gods of mud
Release the fire in you
The animal within is taking over

I see gold
I see heaven
I see jade
My obsession

Wake up in the dark in your presence
And walk down the woods your procession

- Thee I Invoke
The Terrible and Invisible
Who Dwellest in the Void Place
Of the Spirit,
Hear me,
The Mighty and Bornless One,
For "The Heart Girt With A serpent"
Is my name -

I see gold
I see heaven
I see jade
My obsession
Track Name: Spectre
I know you well
Of that I'm sure
For all your sins I've sinned before
I know your rituals of pain
I am the fool you want to blame
You pushed me to the edge
I walk in desolation

Now I'm a spectre
(to you)

Your knife went in too deep once more
My blood spreads around the floor
And yet you want me on my knees
Begging for mercy like a thief
You've gone too far enough
Too much humilliations

Now I'm a spectre
(to you)

In the evil wind
In your darkest hour
In your deepest fear
In your prayer now
I'm weaving my revenge
Weaving my revenge
Weaving my revenge

Now I'm a spectre
(to you)
Track Name: Faith
Burying my faith
I saw you bleeding
Now I have to face
My rotten feelings
You gave me madness
One last reason to cry
I should escape now
I have no further doubts
But I will burn right here
In this fire with you
Yes I will stay right here
In this winterless cold

I've killed my faith
I heard it screaming
I've lived in a cage
Of lies and secrets
You made me weaker
You made me lose my way
I see through the mirror
I do not recognize myself
So I will burn right here
In this fire with you
Yes I will stay right here
In this winterless cold
Track Name: Blood Residuals
The circle is complete
The pictures burning
The mesmerizing smoke dances to the sky
The elements in line
The words were spoken
The seal of invocation melts to the fire

Close your eyes
Embrace the darkness
And let me be your guide
Take my hand and walk beside me
Come join the ritual
Hear my voice
Just like a thunder
The blood residuals staining all
- Stains it all -

The threshold pouring light
The spirits howling
The voices of the past come alive
The air is damp and cold
The heaven falling
The line grows thin between death and life

Close your eyes
Embrace the darkness
And let me be your guide
Take my hand and walk beside me
Come join the ritual
Hear my voice
Just like a thunder
The blood residuals staining all
- Stains it all -

"Aldinack Amkar Sun"
"Aldinack Amkar Sun"

For I am the one
The darkness
I command

"Aldinack Amkar Sun"
Track Name: Amulet
And every morning like a reptile
The sun crawls quietly inside
An empty room locked from the outside
Poems and writings on the wall

Amulet...
He gave his amulet away
Without an amulet all is lost

His melting face against the window
The trees waving with the wind
And in the sky a silent warning
A darkness no one else can see

Amulet...
He gave his amulet away
Without an amulet all is lost

Tired eyes
Dying flowers
Pills and anesthesia
Falling down
Flying higher
Everything is blury now
Empty will
Shattered letters
Shivers running down the spine
He's the shadow of himself
Just another nameless man

And in the night a deadly silence
A pain to deep - A cold inside
The crying of the lonely old men
One more nightmare comes alive

Amulet...
He gave his amulet away
Without an amulet all is lost

Amulet...
He gave it to someone away
A heart shaped amulet
It was everything he had

Tired eyes
Dying flowers
Pills and anesthesia
Falling down
Flying higher
Everything is blury now
Empty will
Shattered letters
Shivers running down the spine
He's the shadow of himself
Just another nameless man
Track Name: Sarah
Long nights wither in her eyes
Painful whispers so cold
Dreams and hopes are left behind
And the spell takes hold

Bury the laments of her past
Bloodstained visions so clear
Burning bonfires in her sight
Yet the devil is near

Love lies in ashes forever
The dead should be quiet, oh Sarah!
Who dares to disrupt your heaven
The dead should stay still, darling Sarah!

Roaming outside under the rain
The wind caress her face
Shed a cold tear once again
Upon a cold empty grave

Love lies in ashes forever
The dead should be quiet, oh Sarah!
Who dares to disrupt your heaven
The dead should stay still, darling Sarah!
Track Name: Ars Almadel
Everything falls
Even angels
Everything you know
Everything you wont let go
Track Name: Venus
I am trapped in a timeless space
In a cage of skin and whispers
So entranced by your beautyness
And the warm touch of your fingers
Into the foldings of the flesh

Fill me up with your poison now
As it drips from your honey bosoms
In delight of your savage lips
My desire is turning to stone
Into the foldings of the flesh

I surrender to your embrace
I'm a slave, a thirsty creature
And the kiss burning inside you
Like a blade - deeper and deeper
Into the foldings of the flesh
Track Name: In Our World
All this darkness that embrace us now
Extends beyond anything your eyes can see
Into melancholic waves I drown
But I still stand
Probably I shouldn't stay

In our world
In our world
In our own world

In the mystic light of haunted moons
I found my place
I've heard Aiwass calling my name
For my visions they were all revealed
And here I am
Cutting through the silent wave

In our world
In our world
In our own world

In our world
In a perfect world
In our world
In the darkest world
Track Name: Snakedance
Wicked goddess
My hungry beast
I'm praying for
Your deadly Kiss
The wrong decision I always make
As every path leads into your gardens
I'm prisoner but even if I could
I wouldn't escape at all

In the sun
And in the night time
Dancing snake
So beautiful
In the heat
Into the fire
Dancing snake
You take it all

My offering
A sacrifice
Of human flesh
And burning skies
Release the storm from within your eyes
Every thought drives me into madness
Just pent me up inside you
In your sweet heresy

In the sun
And in the night time
Dancing snake
So beautiful
In the heat
Into the fire
Dancing snake
You take it all
Track Name: The Great Attractor
On a distant place in space
The secrets of our world are all reduced to shades
And meaningless

All the spirits of the night
The old flickering stars
The laments of the earth

The Great Attractor calls

All the glory - All the pride
The rituals of blood
Your nightmares and your dreams they fade to black

All that suffering is just a momentary lapse
Of madness in our minds

The Great Attractor calls

All the wisdom fades away
There is no other way
No prayer can prevent the final fall

All the forces of the sea
The power of the wind
The earth surrenders down

The Great Attractor calls

On this fatal vortex edge the time bends like a wave
The light cannot escape from its gravity

Huge and hunger like a God
But hidden in the dark and waiting patiently

The Great Attractor Calls