One Atop The Chelonian Summit

by Angel Grave

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"One Atop The Chelonian Summit" tells the tale of a charred world awakening from a violent coma. The budding life-forms are fragile and pained, barely procuring basic resources. Their society on the brink of disintegration, their only hope is to summit the corpse of an ancient, godlike turtle. Within it they must overcome the flaws of their ancestors to atone for the cataclysm brought upon the world.


released May 6, 2017

Troy Atkinson - Guitars
Travis Kalbe - Guitars, percussion on "Caguama"
Jake Deiotte - Electric and double bass, keys, vocals, percussion on "Caguama"
Noah Atkinson - Percussion, vocals on "Sanguine, Soothsaying Stones"

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jake Deiotte
Artwork by Noah Atkinson
Photography by Evi Lovin



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Track Name: Duality In Singularity
Dusk on the smoldering sphere
Orphans tread under starless skies
A village of straw grazed by gusty tides
One small flick of the foot from free-fall
Arid mountains loom
The composted corpse of the old world
An aural luminescence hums from the summit
A celestial cloak for the frigid

Single-file they march to demise
Slumbering old soul swallows them whole
The bold and the brave slaves of mores of their ancestral enclave
The sea god’s retribution at the center stage

A tail-trick of lady fate binds you not
The maw of the mountain is built for one
The beacon you seek is for the hands of the world
Let your shortfalls be the staircase to the crypt
Of the sun
Track Name: Sanguine, Soothsaying Stones
A fate-forged four-tet palavers on the ashes of the sunset
A fifth prong pilfered its way to vengeful jaws
And the bones spoke
Ills of our fathers scorched into our flesh
The Chelonian Summit a baptismal pyre
Of hills and crests

A shortcut overhead
Hack the marrow and dead, meddlesome ligaments
Dawdle not, we must ascend
The bones spoke once again
Scars awoken, the Sea God lashes out in pain
The fourth one meets its bitter end

A centuries-old storm mumbles at the peak
A tectonic tremor opens the floodgates
Track Name: Awakening, Endemic Awakening
The skeletal, slumbering summit swarms with circadian droves
A hive of famished souls
The peak boasts unripened fruits
A dove’s call or a herring’s muse?
All that’s fed is myth
The wilted winds whisper death in familiar tones
Seeds sleep in the bones
The Sea God’s shell, an elusive lock
A yawn bolts across the mountaintop
A masquerading plague

Cancerous limbs clutch the mud
Dragging us all into the abyss
Cleanse us of the sick
Let their bones be the keys to our bliss

Gold and blood shall not inherit this world
Fools, you gilded few
Self-crowned Gods drained the waters old
Alone you’ll share the fate of drifting dead in the sea
A ship built on blood shall sink as shall
You, teeth clamped to your greed
Join hands and grasp my shell
To the flood of prosperity