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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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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Track Name: Lust Beyond Flesh
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
Track Name: Demons Play
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.
Track Name: Nothing is Real
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
Track Name: Bring the End
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