Ahava

by Black Magdalene

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released March 22, 2019

All songs composed and performed by Victor St. Petersburg, Star Wrey, & Christopher Pfeffer.

Additional percussion and vocals on Shaitan composed and performed by Lindy Comrada & Regina Anne.

Zaghareets on Salome performed by Lindy Comrada & Regina Anne.

Viola on Old Wives' Tales performed by Brandi "Charlotte" Grahek.

Additional percussion performed by Charlie Matineau & Robert Parsons.

Mixed & Mastering by Thaddeus Moore At Liquid.

Photography and graphic manipulation by Rob & Tracy Sydor.

Produced by Victor St. Petersburg.

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Black Magdalene Eugene, Oregon

Black Magdalene is an organic darkwave ensemble, whose soundscape of haunting middle eastern tones and rhythms luxuriously navigate between dark, atmospheric percussion and beautifully intricate instrumentation.

Based in Eugene Oregon, the group was formed on Beltane 2011 by Star Wrey of Splendor & the Resistance and Victor St. Petersburg of Defeating the Purpose.
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Track Name: Salome
In olden days beyond eastern sun
Tetrarch's nobles gather 'round
A feast of decadence unfolds
Summons unreluctant gift of heads

Korasion, aresen thy king
May his head roll to the floor
Salome, obey thy Mother

In royal court of carnal minds
Lustful plays, desires forebade
A feast of sexuality proceeds
Unspeakable act of a beheading

Korasion, behest thy king
May his blood flow upon thy blade
Salome, obey thy Mother

Korasion, serve thy king
The baptist's head upon a sliver bowl
Salome, obey thy Mother
Track Name: Batsheva
Springtime on terrace high
And a maiden beheld by regal eyes
Daughter of oath, the king of all Israel
Their union foreshadowing a peril

In the garden sings a serpent bird
And beauty summons fate to her
An unripened fig, sweet taste of sin, intoxication
Forbidden fruit of their love, an evening son

Can one walk upon coals without scorched feet?

Two are better than one
Despite mourning devote lamentations
Fated to be eternally entwined
Springtime on terrace high, their sacrifice

Can one walk upon coals without scorched feet?

All is fair in Ahava!
Track Name: Old Wives' Tales
Older than humanity
Older than the desert
Soul of the world
Sings the song of the universe

We are loved as we are loved
No reasons are needed

Omens reveal
What has always been
One twin soul
Destined for us all

We are loved as we are loved
No reasons are needed

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