Cafe Flesh

by Veil of Thorns

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AGOP I love this album, I listen almost everyday. Every track is beautifully written and played. There is a depth to lyrics that surpasses almost every band I've heard. An atmophere beyond words with bass lines capable of causing the very foundations of your soul to crumble. Favorite track: Bring the End.
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    Veil of Thorns - "Lust Beyond Flesh/ Utopia"

    When I first put on this 7" single it was not without some trepidation. I was expecting some awful, talentless, metal band... I was shocked at what I heard. It was (to quote to Love Boat) 'exciting and new' - A kicking electro back-beat and a ravine-deep bass-line belched from the pits of Hell. It's a muddle of styles, taking inspiration from the early Bat cave as much as modern electronics - all mixed around to something different. The production in this single isn't the best, but if it weren't for the fact the lyrics got a little lost, it suits the song just fine. Makes you release just how much a band like London After Midnight rely on production. Utopia opens with a funky 70s bass line and guitar riff - kind off Kiss inspired (?) which is completely unlike the rest of the song - very different. It's really difficult to describe the music of Veil of Thorns - but lovers of raw, earthy gothic rock should love it. Pure filth (which is a good thing!).

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    Veil Of Thorns fans will recognize this image from the first edition of Cafe Flesh, their CD debut. This really is emblematic of Emerson's work from this period with bold ink strokes, but conveying a building confidence in structure and motion. The medium of india ink, emphasized during the 1990's because most independent magazines of the time could only print bold black and white has become a very rewarding and challenging way to create.

    Original india ink drawing on paper 11"x15" - 1996 P. Emerson Williams

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1.
Thelema 03:28
2.
Lust Beyond Flesh As I stand behind the gates All other creatures succumb to pain And I strain to bring to mortal life These unholy dreams: Our fathers legacy abandoned In the blood-stained fields What we find behind the Veil Could not have been expected Fulfullment beyond desire, Lust beyond flesh The fight will bring me to my grave But a hallowed seat I've earned My lips will taste the sweet reward Honey and fermented juices What we find behind the Veil Could not have been expected Fulfullment beyond desire, Lust beyond flesh Shining will: the carnal consummation Of the holy fires kiss Entrancing world of blood and heat New visions upon which our eyes feast New signs, open minds transcending pleasures pain No craven whispers revealing strain No more forgotten meaning What we find behind the Veil Could not have been expected Fulfullment beyond desire, Lust beyond flesh Nocturnal lives in hidden places Burn brighter than those who claim the light They cannot die for they dare not be born Love lost, love scorned, love stabbed in the back DAATH remains
3.
Demons Play 06:15
Feeling the fine caress of blades Through fires that entomb. Wounded devils stand tall, Loudly calling us from our wombs. And hellish voices surround us Like the embrace of a dead lover. Bathed in the glow of dancing lights, We look up at a vast demonc cathedral. We cannot bear to touch. We fear the day. It is all so much.Much too much. Unpredictably he Demons play. We are impenetrable, Lost in obsession and rituals. Change terrifies us, so we cause it, A preemptive strike against the demons whims. Emaciated ghosts fade from view Now that we have arrived back in Eden. Serpents writhe the brutal dance of God As wishes fulfilled become our greatest fear. We cannot bear to touch. We fear the day. It is all so much.Much too much. Unpredictably he Demons play.
4.
Holy ghosts and sacred lies Doors closed to existence We burn our offerings for the dead god Who promises us nightmares and dreamless sleep Nothing is real Nothing is real Nothing is real All is permitted Cascading thoughts swimming in existence Trailing light and casting ourselves into the stream Have we been down this road before Running round in circles of flame Nothing is real Nothing is real Nothing is real All is permitted Nothing is real Nothing is real Nothing is real All is forbidden
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I told you once about the Christ: Sad dogs, whipped and starved Towering monuments to insanity Betraying hidden desire Among the bones and in the shadows We stand outside their view There is no god to choose the few Lament their confusion Unable stop knowing else: Choose between drinking bleach or gasoline Swallowed whole by a media saviour Promise not to get any on him Halucinating vultures sleep near drowning in their waste, dying in fear The sodomizing spear brings the serpents kiss This column of light shall detonate your heart I see all too clearly the futility I see the end I will bleed all the living dead dry I'll bring the end Now why should death cause a strain? Even biting chrome drenched with bloody stain All the fools, indeed, the liberating rules Tear asunder all that may bring them life Crying, bleeding, dancing across the floor Red black, red black all alone once more Enjoy the thrill of fear of what's in store In glory ride, on crimson oceans glide
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Stillness 05:41
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She 04:39
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Fortært 06:16
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Mine 04:38
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Thelema II 04:44

about

A collection of tracks from the second lineup. Some of these were reworked versions of tracks from “Legemet og Stemmen” but most were new. The original intention was to use this as a demo for Misanthropy Records who had offered the band a deal, but Misanthropy dissolved just after they received the demo.

Having played this material extensively in clubs, the performances were the most solid to date. New songs like “Demons Play”, She and Mine show Veil of Thorns as a versatile, powerful but graceful machine.

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released January 1, 2002

Bass, Keyboards, Programming – Chris McClain
Drums – Ruddy Bitch
Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Keyboards – P. Emerson Williams

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