Era of the Apostate

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“Absence Of The Sacred is a multi-national band, based in Singapore but consisting of members from Indonesia and the US as well as Singapore. Their style straddles the line between death and thrash metal, as the vocals are clearly in the death camp but the music sometimes sides toward traditional thrash in addition to some nice death riffing. The production is fine with a few rough edges, which is a good thing given the current trend toward pristine ProTools production jobs. This is a band worth checking out, as they manage to inject a touch of originality into the songs without losing focus.”
- Brian Russ of BNRMETAL.COM

"The harbingers of modern death are back with their second full length production, Era of the Apostate! Released by Vrykoblast Productions, the album opens with an intro track, Anno Domini, which leads into the title track. When the title track kicks in, the album takes off and the listener falls into a frenzy of lightning-fast riffs, intense musical arrangements and brutal growls. Era of the Apostate, the album, is a tale and a warning, a revelation and a mystery, a bold confrontation and a screeching proclamation all at once."
- Live Magazine (Singapore)

"Cool version of the tune, it’s the most sincere form of flattery when someone takes the time to learn a piece of our art, and also makes their own interpretation of it!! VERY COOL!"
- Kelly Shaefer of ATHEIST on the cover of “Unholy War”

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released March 1, 2008

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Absence Of The Sacred Singapore

Dystopian Death Metallers ABSENCE OF THE SACRED have sharpened their craft with deadly
technical proficiency since 2005 and remains one of Southeast Asia's stronger Extreme
Metal entities despite being on hiatus since 2014.

Fusing both modern and primal elements of Death Metal with a bludgeoning technical prowess and
progressive sensibilities, they offer the listener a visceral aural experience.
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Track Name: Era of the Apostate
We glorify the iconoclast
Deification of the self
Awakened from this ignorance
That used to blind us all

Break the frail structure
Of the pitiful lie
View what was once alive
Now left empty inside

Artificial ways of life
Transparent obligations
Negating towards euphoria
The undying adulation

All bodies now rise
The Era approaches, unhindered
Hands raised in epiphany
New-found apostasy

Deconstructing false ideologies
Coalescing conceptual frames
The inception of godlessness
Impeding paradigm shift

When fiction deforms truth
Fragmented words become esoteric
When fiction becomes belief
Metaphysical self-annihilation

Deconstructing false ideologies
Coalescing conceptual frames
The inception of godlessness
Impeding paradigm shift
Track Name: Catalysts For Cataclysms
Tools of the flesh ingrained into subservience
Slaves to masters of the same flesh
Loss of will paves the way
Churning to support the pillars of avarice

These are the catalysts
For cataclysms

These hands have felt the blood
Of wasted years that have come and gone
These eyes have witnessed horrors
Of humanity's disgrace

Drink from the dichotomy of apathy
Existing to only be part of the blind
Guiding hands that bring you down
Past the ground

We have wrought destruction
Harbingers to what we have built
Empires of tyranny and closed mentalities

We are the bastard scourge
That holds open the gates of war
Of genocide, suicide, homicide and disease

Fear and disconcertion
Ignorance and blind devotion
Raw material for total dystopia
Emotionless and dead to the touch
Track Name: The Divine Failure
Martyr, this is your coronation
Covered in my life’s bloodshed
Practicality does not involve fervent prayer
For my actions speak louder than your words

Crucified and crowned with shame
You are to blame for your mistakes
Just as I have learnt from your false ways
Believing in your gospel of suicide

You contaminate the blood of innocence
Mine has the potency of venom
Ineffectuality is tiring on the mind
Meaningless words that fade away with time

This is the hollow ridiculing the empty
Hypocrisy embodying the worshipped corpse
From the fear of death an illusion is born
Blessed in contempt and ignorance

To all the countless preachers and prophets
I cast down these defeatist principles
For I have lived my life through my own beliefs
For nothing is stronger than the will of one

Creation of the divine is a failure of the human spirit.
Track Name: These Hollow Graves
Solitude is where they dwell
In the silent ground
Desolate confines of life
Diminished to nothing

Memories rot with their flesh
Forgotten men now laid to rest
Thriving under shadowed earth
Nameless and begotten to the worms

They lie still in wait for the
End of times to come
Unconsecrated
In unknown burial grounds

The loneliness of death
With blood upon their hands
For the sons of vengeance
Are the seeds of mortal man

Before their fall they could only see...
The certainty of their final breath to be
Ceasing the movement in flailing limbs
The lights died from the whites of their eyes

Memories rot with their flesh
Forgotten men now laid to rest
Thriving under shadowed earth
Nameless and begotten to the worms
Track Name: Elements of Reprisal
Reign the icons
Of a suffocated age
Deadened eyes
Of the lost and victimized

Architects of lies
Construct kingdoms of filth
Disembody the truth
Hollow and empty words

Remnants of appalling days
Malignant thoughts consume innate
View the world through static lines
Believe the fiction for the will is dead

Reap through contradiction
Laws of the world inclined
Ravage in extermination
Laws of the world denied

Rise in proclamation
Stand in the face of adversity
Paradigms of slavery
Overthrown in hallowed reprise

Shadowed not by vulnerability
Focused in derision
The collapse of empiricism
Advent salvation

Forwards in return fire
Vengeance sworn in blood and tears
Tear down the monuments
The dying testaments of our humanity

Elements of which paves the way
Towards a brave new world
Watch as the weak slowly fade
The dying testaments of our humanity

Reap through contradiction
Laws of the world inclined
Ravage in extermination
Laws of the world denied
Track Name: Empires of the Fallen
As we witnessed the fall of man
Where the cities of the dead stand
A revelation calls for the dying end

Kingdoms of the damned
Crushed by opposing hands
Agonizing rupture of politicide

Tear away
In tides of blood
Purify the infected ones

Cleanse through
Rebellion renewed
Utopian degeneracy

Burn away
In flames of hate
Cremate and annihilate

Acerbate
The weak and afraid
Kneel before the apostate

Downfall…
Reach for the hand that bleeds
Bite down…
In the name of heresy

Felled reign…
Illusions of this grand hypocrisy
Decrowning…
Propagators of deceit

Tear away
In tides of blood
Purify the infected ones

Cleanse through
Rebellion renewed
Utopian degeneracy

Burn away
In flames of hate
Cremate and annihilate

Acerbate
The weak and afraid
Kneel before the apostate

As we witnessed the fall of man
Where the cities of the dead stand
A revelation calls for the dying end

Kingdoms of the damned
Crushed by opposing hands
Agonizing rupture of politicide