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Purchase physical CD, album one: www.createspace.com/2216422
Album two: www.createspace.com/2216429

Purchase of complete digital album on Bandcamp includes instrumental versions of songs that otherwise contain lyrics.

Officially released in 2013, this is a dark symphonic metal double album by Red Ankh. Unlike previous releases from recent years, this album is composed of entirely new material written over the past year, except for the two tracks 'Remember Kata' and 'Ugluwiktz' which were pulled from discontinued instrumental albums that decidedly did not belong there. Across the double album there are four instrumental interludes featuring unconventional organic instruments. The first 'disk' ends with a cross breed remix of 'Let's Drag You Down'.

Lyrics shed light on the core story from Shyft's writing, the refrain from 'Down Below' being a poem from the third book of the Shyfted Dreaming Trilogy. Otherwise, the lyrical focus ranges from ethics to self-doubt and madness, to more whimsical, lighthearted themes.

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released December 19, 2013

Drums, Guitars, Viola, Keyboard, Vox, Vox Programming, Programming, Composition, Mastering, Crappy Shop Art, the whole shebang - Shyft Trakia-Vorga VahtiDahl

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Red Ankh Denver, Colorado

Red Ankh is highly experimental, including (but not in every song) elements of black metal, chiptune, dance, death metal, folk, gabber, gothic, industrial, power metal, progressive, symphonic metal, groove metal, and trance.

Early works were mostly instrumental. That changed with Bronze. The goal of the project is to break down genre boundaries, keep music inventive, and inspire.
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Track Name: Let's Drag You Down
Sacrifice your moments to a mortal god
Help me help you suffer in your lonely world
Awaking your disdain for your deepest darkest self
I can show you just how to make this become you

You survived your hate, let me help you
You conquered your fear, what a joke you are
You have scarred your face, I can hardly see it
You have scarred your mind, now let's drag it further down

Pride it comes from only power, let's make you an ugly monster
Fail to see the love and honor, smirk, your sanity cracking deeper
Waste away so they all fear your company, your screams they'll hear
And then they'll know just what you are, a shadow, a fallen star

I shall pound your demon drum and you shall know my name
I shall pound your demon drum and you shall know my name
I shall pound your demon drum and you shall know
I shall pound your demon drum and you shall

There's a way to laugh and smile
To feed desire with joy
A laugh of life, a smile of care
Emotion can be your toy

The wise of us
Don't care about you
Why should they
Can't understand you
Spite their calm
We'll show them
The power that they can't know

Claw away your will
Claw away your love
Claw away your mind
Take on the old kind

Don't despair out there
Do despair alone
Fear is your true friend
Trust in the static

Laugh at them, their will
Laugh at them, their love
Laugh at them, they lie
Deny their darkness

What we are is true
Tear apart, undo
The facade of light
Feed it to the shadows

Why reach beyond what you know, child
The simplest you is the strongest you, observe

From your id comes motivation, drive
The ego tries to hide, let it go
Why be any thing more than your true intentions
Right or wrong, what matters, get what you want

Empathy is for those who can't feel for their selves
What good are the feelings of others to you
They can deceive, betray, so they will do both
Let them be pawns, if they wish to be pawns

You'll know once you've lost
Once you've lost enough to see
That trust in the joys
Brings a much worse misery
I know it is hard
To let go, my friend
But they won't be missed
By our bitter, bitter, end

Pride it comes from only power, let's make you an ugly monster
Fail to see the love and honor, smirk, your sanity cracking deeper
Waste away so they all fear your company, your screams they'll hear
And then they'll know just what you are, a shadow, a fallen star

I shall pound your demon drum and you shall know my name
I shall pound your demon drum and you shall know my name
I shall pound your demon drum and you shall know
I shall pound your demon drum and you shall
Track Name: Black Mind
Do not suffer when the light goes out
There is power in darkness, the reigns open to all
From the shadows all of our fear flows
Harness it to summon a symphony of black

To embrace what terrifies you and claim it for adventure true
Embrace the dark, embrace the black

Black mind

Laugh in to the madness, fuse dark to thine aura
Temper thy self in black, feel the force

Transform your fears in to blackness of mind
Power from darkness, relinquish to find
All of your doubts, some sanity don't miss
Cleanliness of mind, it does not exist

Not far away is your salvation

Black mind

We must balance the light with the dark
There is evil in darkness, but evil we are not
Thou hast suffered, the time comes to fight
Make the evil fear your spark, don a shroud of the black

To embrace what terrifies you and claim it for adventure true
Embrace the dark, embrace the black

Black mind
Track Name: Killer
Of all the nightmares of Universe
Lies, deception, spite and disease
All things can be recovered from but one
Death is the end of it, no more chances
Unless your god is kind enough to preserve your mind
One is trapped in the past once they've died

All decay, consumed or rot away
But the killer voids the adventure far too soon

Do not let the killer go
It clashed with justice, let it burn
Even when the killer is you
Empathy just will not do
Advantage can come with the kill
But true power: persuasion
If there is one not to fix
The killer's value is nix

Posession can be returned
Per haps even a body
But extinguish a mind in the present
And you have killed

Self defense can be forgiven
Protection can be forgiven
Must all sacrifice inflict guilt?
Per haps, so our ethics do not wilt

As has been said, we must prevent
Our sevles from harboring cruelty
Be wary of violence too
Else malice come to consume you

Of all the rights to be preserved in time
The right to a life is reserved to self
Suicide when one's finished I understand
Death is the end of it, no more chances
So you'd best be sure you are truly complete
Even this kind of killer must consider falsehood

Honor? Forget the glory
Honor is respect of life
Combat is for protection
Death is not the resolution
Track Name: Dream with Me
I adore the way you dream with me
And present this for all the world to see
But if it's forgotten and bygone
I will still have you

Don't let those who control control you
Fearless wizards press their will to view
Their magic is power that deceives
Per haps not wrong but per haps not for you

A small matter, the focus is will
Do you wish to eat their answers still?
One great treasure is an other's waste
Coincidence is not the answer here

And in to the dream I return
I will see you there

I lay me down
To dream a song

I appal the masters, but that's all right
Cause I abhor those bastards, set in flight
I ignore the casters of of what is liked
And write this song for you

I adore the way you dream with me
And present this for all the world to see
But if it's forgotten and bygone
I will still have you

I dream of some thing more than this world
Foolishness per haps but passion swirled
I can tell that you have seen it too, come through
I write this song for you and I

Break through with me, write a verse or two
Make them jealous of the notes you use
Tear down walls of expectations
Deliver magesty in a dream state


Fetch from madness some thing quite unreveiled
Paint a soundscape from the darkness of your mind
You may find it quite fathomlessly true to
What you seek from the world that is about you
Track Name: Layers
Up above, superego fights the good fight
Beneath the righteous, is a room to rationalize
Deep, dark, hatred fueled desire
No laugh, no smile, bent on self-destruction

There's a frame that knows the answers
There's a fraction that just wants to cry
There's a split between honesty, deceit
And a layer scornful of life

Can one shun the monster when it's beautiful in side
Must one detest the saint when it speaks to its self lies

On the one hand poisons are the only relief
On the other hand power comes from love and belief

Aim for indepedence, fight to keep your keeper
Punish your self for your feelings, lose your mind

Self-describe in subtlety what you surmise to make you free
What you feel and what you know can be used to spit a flow
Of masquerades enveloping insecurities astonishing
One eye open, other bleeding, greed is what your hands are keeping

There's a slice, a philosopher
There's a division, a true sadist
There's a derivation claiming certainty
And a layer biting its fist
Track Name: Remember Kata
Some times a dream will come, its aesthetics set the mood
Emotion fed from atmospheres and unsaid sentiments
One as such, it came to me and the focus was a girl
Determined to catch light at night, I meant to remember

Kata, Kata

Black hair brown eyes thin lips round nose
Remember Kata
She wore black and green heavy boots heavy jacket
Remember Kata
Black hair hung limp part on the left the left no right
Remember remember
Sad eyes thin structure delicate do not forget
Remember Kata

'She wanted to be the one for a moment'
Oh what does this mean, I wrote it down
Feelings of importance, they fade
But the eerie bonding never goes away

'She wanted to be the one for a moment'
Oh what does this mean, I wrote it down
Feelings of importance, they fade
But the eerie bonding never goes away

I felt some bond with her, and I think she was my friend
I recall her standing in the dark behind an old house
The house was mine or belonged to my mortal family
I've forgotten who else was there, her I still remember

Kata, Kata

Black hair brown eyes thin lips round nose
Remember Kata
She wore black and green heavy boots heavy jacket
Remember Kata
Black hair hung limp part on the left the left no right
Remember remember
Sad eyes thin structure delicate do not forget
Remember Kata

'She wanted to be the one for a moment'
Oh what does this mean, I wrote it down
Feelings of importance, they fade
But the eerie bonding never goes away

'She wanted to be the one for a moment'
Oh what does this mean, I wrote it down
Feelings of importance, they fade
But the eerie bonding never goes away
Track Name: Ugluwiktz
Do not hate your creator
For that gives it power over you
Only take blame for your actions
The choice of a monster is still a choice true

Habits of poison make a poison of you
When you indulge to hide, to punish
Why make a warzone of a bloody, singular feud

I've seen you before
Make excuse for your self at the mark of emotion
What you feel is you
There are not these personalities you claim split you in two
Own your feelings
They disgrace you and augment your thoughts because they are you too
Own your feelings
If they are an embarassment, you embarass your self

What was before, what will become
What does it mean to break cycle
Don't insult me, don't insult humanity
If any one has reason, there's purpose in you

Identify your faults, claim your reactions
Don't scorn your self for trying

Do not hate your creator
Rise, rise above the pain and guilt and shame
Recreate your self, own your self or else
Toxic you will for ever be, lost

Do not hate your own beauty
Cut, burn the faithless savagery from you
Let go of your identity to choose
Pull the good and push away the ill

Let your pain go, let your pain go
It is you until you let go
Don't insult me, don't insult humanity
If any one has reason, there's purpose in you

What else is there, there is no choice
The more you suffer, the greater your peace

Do not hate your creator
Rise, rise above the pain and guilt and shame
Recreate your self, own your self or else
Toxic you will for ever be, lost

Do not hate your own beauty
Cut, burn the faithless savagery from you
Let go of your identity to choose
Pull the good and push away the ill

You don't love, you are poison
Find your joy within you
No one wants to share your pain
Heal your self from within you

It's not enough to trust logic
For emotion can twist it too
Empathize with what you want to be
Powerful people, put you in to their shoes

Habits of poison make a poison of you
When you indulge to hide, to punish
Why make a warzone of a bloody, singular feud

You are already suffering
Why add insult to injury
Why wrack your body for what you have done
Why hide the answers you know

Do not dwell on how you suffer
Do dwell on your hopes, your dreams
Do not dwell on how to hurt less
Do dwell on how to laugh more

Oh, the beauty you're capable of

Do not hate your creator
Rise, rise above the pain and guilt and shame
Recreate your self, own your self or else
Toxic you will for ever be, lost

Do not hate your own beauty
Cut, burn the faithless savagery from you
Let go of your identity to choose
Pull the good and push away the ill

You don't love, you are poison
Find your joy within you
No one wants to share your pain
Heal your self from within you

Pain is not important
Track Name: Let's Drag You Down (Shyft Remix)
You survived your hate
You conquered your fear
You have scarred your face
You have scarred your mind, now let's drag it further down

From your id comes motivation, drive
The ego tries to hide, let it go
Why be any thing thing more than your true intentions
Right or wrong, what matters, get what you want

Pride it comes from only power, let's make you an ugly monster
Fail to see the love and honor, smirk, your sanity cracking deeper
Waste away so they all fear your company, your screams they'll hear
And then they'll know just what you are, a shadow, a fallen star

There's a way to laugh and smile
To feed desire with joy
A laugh of life, a smile of care
Emotion can be your toy

The wise of us
Don't care about you
Why should they?
Can't understand you
Spite their calm
We'll show them
The power that they can't know

Claw away your will
Claw away your love
Claw away your mind
Take on the old kind

Don't despair out there
Do despair alone
Fear is your true friend
Trust in the static

Laugh at them, their will
Laugh at them, their love
Laugh at them, they lie
Deny their darkness

What we are is true
Tear apart, undo
The facade of light
Feed it to the shadows

Empathy is for those who can't feel for their selves
What good are the feelings of others to you
They can deceive, betray, so they will do both
Let them be pawns, if they wish to be pawns

You'll know once you've lost
Once you've lost enough to see
That trust in the joys
Brings a much worse misery
I know it is hard
To let go, my friend
But they won't be missed
By our bitter, bitter, end

Now let's drag it further down

Pride it comes from only power, let's make you an ugly monster
Fail to see the love and honor, smirk, your sanity cracking deeper
Waste away so they all fear your company, your screams they'll hear
And then they'll know just what you are, a shadow, a fallen star

I shall pound your demon drum and you shall know my name
I shall pound your demon drum and you shall know my name
I shall pound your demon drum and you shall know
I shall pound your demon drum and you shall
Track Name: Infiltrate, Decimate, Confiscate
They invade your home
They kill what you've grown
They take all you own
Infiltrate, decimate, confiscate!

Curse the hounds who hunt you
In disguise they prey on us
I live a lonely life, but I see it too

Sound the drums of war, boy
But intimidation's theirs
I feel their grip around all of our tools

Mesh with titans, they'll become us to claim us
Come, kill, take

In our hearts our blood boils to burst
Our ideals, in this world they're cursed

Take my home, I've got my sanity
You can't take that from me
Not this time, I see the light and it is
Intention, honor

Destroy what I have created but you
won't quite yet have me
Do you hear, I say do you hear my words
I don't care if you

Infiltrate, decimate, confiscate!

Gained a second wind, but
I fear good it does us not
You see these tears of mine, I shed them for you

I remain to fight, boy
But is there fight left in you
I see their grip has nearly taken your breath

In our hearts our blood boils to burst
Our ideals, in this world they're cursed
Track Name: Broken
A suffering, was once mine
A suffering that has gone
It pains me still some times
Am I a broken being
Permanent

A wasted life, without loss
A wasted life, no balance
But it brings one down low
Often no return from fall
Free me, fix

A trillion miles away
My doubts are kept at bay
I can see this faintly
Is now not the time
Words of wisdom come
Life lessons, they go
'Fear me, my deception'
I must say, I know

A challenge, to overcome
A challenge, to conquer fear
I am broken, not lost
Joy to counter this waste land
Free me, bliss
Track Name: Burned Passions
They speak of a burning passion
But not how it burns out
When the fire isn't fed
The hearth, it can grow quite cold

Pass the time, calm your mind
Escape from life, your hobby
Feel the need, question: greed
Postpone is strife, your passion

One is love, one is justice
One is purpose, your reason
Do the deed to feel freed
To the knife, the fashion

Frustrate, dominate, failure
To make us feel fulfilled
Wrong choice, or clash of wills, within
Short term, long term, impulses

There is always a way
To balance our drives
Jaded to love, hardened from dishonor
Yet purpose must still be fulfilled

To love one, inspire
Love another, sacrifice
Suffer not for your love
And she, your muse, thrive purpose

To feel shame, of your purpose
Be manipulated
How can one be that one
When love stands in the way

Struggle to give cause
What are we without love
No, what are we without purpose

Amplify to drown it out
A will weakened from the fall
A purpose stands quite confused
See your passion burned

They may love you
They may die
They may feed your cause
Don't feed it to them

To share your life with one
Can be beautiful
To share a purpose too
Then it's not yours, your own, own

When you know what is this 'we'
You may not know your own self
When you know 'we fulfilled'
You may not be fulfilled

Amplify to drown it out
A will weakened from the fall
A purpose stands quite confused
See your passion burned

Amplify to drown it out
A will weakened from the fall
A purpose stands quite confused
See your passion burned

They may love you
They may die
They may feed your cause
Don't feed it to them
Track Name: Down Below (Chinic)
The Darkness destined Alizia Perdue Dergahn
To be born of the spark of the Stars
Forcing away her guilty thoughts to a mind cage
Grew a prisoner called VizilV

After the escape of the blue personality
Alizia was merged with her past
The VizilV thought it a proper experiment
To make the minds of Sharon whole

In a whir of candid perception
A dark and insidious plight
Comes running, claiming conception
Of a wholly divine right

A truly doomed redeemer
Smiles under lithe light
For truly honest endeavor
Lies in the dark and insidious plight

Whether for torture or out of curiosity
VizilV left her encaged with her mesh
Things novel tend to be proginy of intent
Chinic may have been no diffrent

When VizilV cast me deep in to the mesh of this mind
Chinic was of course waiting for me
Twisting corridors and commanding minions
To keep me far from the garden

She- confronted me in a great tree which did conceal
With- its branches light from Down Below
That is when she recited her poem to me
and said, 'You do not belong to here'

Our battle was resolute

When our minds are wildly clear and focused
A terrible problem becomes obvious and undeniable
One who seeks an answer to this problem is doomed to fail
though satisfied while made ignorant by freedom of interpretation
The terrible problem can only be solved when subjective form is removed
I believe that the doomed redeemer was meant to be a god
and the plight is the all-encompassing use of the question 'why?'

In a whir of candid perception
A dark and insidious plight
Comes running, claiming conception
Of a wholly divine right

A truly doomed redeemer
Smiles under lithe light
For truly honest endeavor
Lies in the dark and insidious plight

I cast her flanged mace down in to the wood
And there is still stands at fifty-two degrees
Track Name: Rhythmus Tempore
You're just one beat off track for us
Submit to time, the system true
Waste not your mind on splitting hairs
Five, seven, nine
Take hold of snare between the toms
Raise your glass to propanium
Undo your belt, fill up on notes
Down, up, up, down

Typical, catches the ear some how
Atypical, fields of novelty
Bring it back, ebb and flow
Attention, distraction, bang the drum, fascination

Perfections are weird wide worlds away
Humanize while we still can

Switch to threes, bend your knees, get down in the dirt
Divide by three, then by four, or five or seven
Building blocks can be cracked, fuzed back back together
Do not fear a structure unknown

Take the time to write a rhythm's life
Feed it odd foods, see how it grows

Typical, catches the ear some how
Atypical, fields of novelty
Bring it back, ebb and flow
Attention, distraction, bang the drum, fascination

Bow in kind to traditional minds
They keep alive go-to molds
But if they cry when you break their mold
They are not your best friends
Check the minute, don't let it check you
Every second extra is a gem
Alien, per haps, but welcome strangers in
These ones, they can not hurt you

Five
Seven
Nine

Why stay where you are when great things are on the way
Take the time to criticize and find time in the day
To experiment with timbres out side of your home
Work within a frame of mind that will soon be your own

Rhythmus Tempore
Thythmus Tempore

March in time, be obliged to the even beat
Break the spell, forge a hell of a construct not easily decodable
Track Name: Bittersweet
Once upon a lost moment
A pattern challenged possibility
No flaw inherent to find
Pushing thoughts of destiny

Once upon a lost moment
A child became anomoly
Mortality was left behind
Illusion of systems free

These two, they just had to meet
Heroes of the old gods
Represent focus and growth
The first anomolies?

Then a mindless monster came to one of them
A driven faceless lady concealed in dream
It's purpose obscured, origin unknown
An animate object built to test

What do these three have in common?
They were connected, but what does it mean?
Can some thing in them be used to identify
To discern other gods from anomolies

Is there any hope there in the past?
Can we at last find new secrets?
Is there any use asking at all?
Very soon now, he will be here

I hear those blasted cogs spitting their steam
Voiding moments in my mind, in my dreams, can't shake it

We let go of our past the first time
Is this the same?
If this is what the Darkness wants
Can Universe really be to blame?

I faced my enemy, I faced my fear
And then I faced my self
To grasp glory, a love so dear
But now I need your help

Look how far we have come
Observe what we have become
Two gods from the Darkness
Does that mean we are so different?
What were Feynd and Vizilv?
Were they necessary, gods?
Why do I think on them?
Universe knows not a word

Why should a puppet such as I feel so alive
Is this cruelty or compassion or just what is

Is it not ironic?
After Fade, Feynd, The Harpist
Only Universe can
Only anomoly can erase
Is that his true purpose?
What is ours, is- is there more?
Are we two the puppets?
Are we all, which do have free will?

Do we follow a plan
Are my thoughts preprogrammed
Are we pushed then watched
Is that really wretched?

I faced my enemy, I faced my fear
And then I faced my self
To grasp glory, a love so dear
But now I need your help

I look upon my past
Such great memory
I recall a thousand worlds
Do I deserve more than them?
I toil with my intentions
Oh, how I've changed
The paradox of not knowing
What may become, had I died

Do we remain because we must?
Do we mourn their destiny?
If this is one last great
Adventure I am prepared

I feel an other sequence
Fade away, was it but clutter?
Fantasies, fractioned dreams, ideas
Is the King cleaning house?

It once was acceptable to forget
Have we forgotten the beauty of absense?
When all things are known, there is no thing left
Does this mean that we have won?

They who have seen The Frame, and they live
Must she forget it?
May they step beyond? Is the Frame contained
If there is chance of rebirth?

Once upon what was mistaken for time, Ha!
I observed a magic previously unknown but to one
They, four friends of consequence, per haps
Fulfilled the true dying wish of VizilV

By accident, with no knowledge of it
They confirmed a magnificent truth

They who have seen The Frame, and they live
Must she forget it?
May they step beyond? Is the Frame contained
If there is chance of rebirth?

If not a life does have the right to program an other
Is Universe still exempt from our rules?
Must The Darkness be stopped this time to prevent genocide
Or may we now finally make the call to nature?

Though it may be the worst
travesty to ever occur
I am inclined to feel inspired
As if adventure is underfoot

Oh, my predecessors
Can you forgive me?
I swear I should have known
Oh, my predecessors
None of you knew
Not even the last, VizilV

Oh how clever, that she was
Cared not the question:
Are we not but puppets?
Through the clearest eyes I see
Back to no evidence
Are we not gods at all?

Hearken! We may remain in an other sequence
Matters not, is it worse? Matters not
Duality, matters not, follow your purpose

Is it too late to ask questions of choice?
Is it vain to see a test of will?
When it comes to the final moment
Inquiry goes unfulfilled

Oh, my predecessors
Why can't I forget you?
It seems easy for her
Her darkness, it wants you gone
Are we truly a product
Of madness, what's the difference?

Oh, my predecessors
What have we become?
Reduced to items of dream
Until we are forgotten

Through the clearest eyes I see
Dear friends, the majesty
Oh, I wish you could see it

Imp King, he expects to win
None can know
Truly we are even
Imp King, you have inspired us
Gave us too many events
Wipe that smirk off your face
We are the gods here

Honestly, I'd hate to wake up
To see a realer world
I know I am not the only one
Who is satisfied with what we've learned

We can take it as a sign
There is no thing left to learn
We shall take it as a sign
There is no thing left to learn

Sentimental thoughts, they come to mind
Though love is not a force
I feel, we do feel empowered
What happens next is of great concern
But without fear
We six, each other are all we need

I bid you all good bye, my friends, while I can
A salute, the last honor to ever be given
Tears, I shall shed a few for love and purpose
We did right, we were heroes, what more can one ask for?