Trisagion, by Ethereal Shroud (2024)


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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • Limited Edition Cassette

    Cassette + Digital Album

    Double sided cassette limited to 100 copies - hand numbered. Comes with bonus track Lanterns. Pressed by Northern Silence. Note: Though I can sign this, the hand numbered sticker is on the selophane so I can't sign it without removing this. I suggest not requesting this.

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  • Trisagion Jewel Case CD

    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Repress limited to 500. Signed upon request - please put in your order notes. Thank you.

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  • Trisagion CD

    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Digi CD limited to 1000 copies - comes with booklet incl. all of Trisagion's artwork as well as the re-recorded edition of 'Lanterns'.

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  • 'Trisagion' 2LP

    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    RELEASE DATE: February 2023
    RUNNING TIME: 77 minutes

    • 140gr. vinyls.
    • 7mm-spine Gatefold sleeve.
    • Polylined black paper bags.
    • Outer plastic bag.
    • Download code by request.

    Trisagion is ES’ sophom*ore album, written over a 6 year period, yet some material’s writing dates back to 2008.
    Recorded in the second half of 2020.

    Trisagion is the only ES’ recording featuring contributions from other talented musicians (drums, bass, viola, and guest female vocals).

    This glorious album comes embellished with 6 exclusive paintings from visual artist Phil Lang.

    This is the first Trisagion’s vinyl pressing ever.

    • “Double Marbled” Collector’s Edition 2LP
    LTD 150
    LP 1: Pressed on opaque Red and Black marble effect vinyl.
    LP 2: Pressed on Red transparent, Blue and White marble effect vinyl.
    Limited to 150 hand-numbered copies worldwide.
    Every copy has unique color combination.

    • “Marbled” Collector’s Edition 2LP
    LTD 75
    Pressed on Clear, Transparent Red and Black marble effect vinyl.
    Limited to 75 hand-numbered copies worldwide.
    Every copy has unique color combination.

    • “Natural Clear” Exclusive Distributors’ Edition 2LP
    LTD 200
    Pressed on translucid natural clear vinyl.

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  • Astral Mariner Tee - Black

    T-Shirt/Shirt + Digital Album

    Black Fruit of the Loom Heavy Cotton shirt with 2-sided print. The image on front glows in the dark. The image is a digital mockup. The actual shirt may look slightly different.

    These will ship 1st of December.

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Chasmal Fires 27:47


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How wise the God who trades his son for lesser men Who seek no temple, only avarice and permanenceJudge not the heart, but thy devotionKeep those who remainAs close to salvation as to destitutionI can't explain what it means to be wholeYou took that virtue away from meA kingdom adorned with the thorns of thy idolWho scorn the breath of truth and reasonWe cannot pretendThat the rules are the sameFor the blasphemer and the saint, the blasphemer and the saintWe cannot pretendThat the rules are the sameFor the commoner and the priest, the commoner and the priestThe toils I've endured are so far beyond meaningThere is no greater voice, only tenets and blood-stained stonesYour archaism dies this dayYou are but the shadow of a lie Feeble and brittle like silenceBending the fear of earnest held faithYou took the world from usFrom cracked and sullen handsAs hope slipped through our fingersAnd sank beneath the sands Fire sows the fireWrath rends retributionEffigies casting shadowsLikening tyrants to deitiesBefelling monumentsTo prove hence from this dayWhat's written in stoneCan crumble to dustTo what end was I made this wayIf my nature is a transgressionI cannot build myself up againTo watch myself fall apart at the seamsI cannot walk if I'm destined to fallThrough trials by design of cruelty and hateYou are so frailYou hide behind your fearYour faith is a mask for your insecurityAnd you wield it like a swordSummoning the flood, the call of the raging seasApollyon's wake before the world We ache, we fear and we suffer for naughtUndue and unjust is the the folly of ChristTransient echoes from a long lost eraCannot conceive my fate I suffer the want for a better world And the need for compassion in terrible timesGreat is my weakness to punish myself forA love forbidden by those who bore meBehind the weight of this cage of bonesIs a heart that sinks at the sights of greedOf a Lord who damns his beloved creationFor sins he determined his sons to commitI cannot pretendThat I am the sameAs I once wasAs I once wasIf dreams lie in tattersAnd a soul knows no purposeWhat can I hope forWhat can I live forThere was a time whereI could forgiveBut I've lost so muchSo f*cking muchI hate that I hateAs it brings me closer to youI am not what I amI am not what I amI am so lost in this placeThese vast surroundings compel me to dreadAs I sink within myselfForging an irrepassable pathI can't regret what I feel is justI am one with the sword you held to meReflection in the steelI am not what I amForged and contortedI am what I amForged and contorted


Discarnate 13:54


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I lost myself in fear of the unknownAn enigmatic constant of a cold malignant formTo rise within me as a rush of boiling bloodI seethe at the sight of your faceBut it might as well be a mirrorUnyielding...I cannot contend with the instinct to hate my fellow man for his natureWho are we to justify these means if the end is counting the dead? Within ourselves is the choice to love or hateTo use one's faith as an impetus for scorn or a guiding handTo cast light with it or cast a solemn curseI chose to sufferWithout form, without remorseWe are aloneI am not afraid to fall I am not my fearsHumanity's weakness is a curse to carry with graceBut it will not be my ruinWithin ourselves is the choice to love or hateTo use one's faith as an impetus for scorn or a guiding handTo cast light with it or cast a solemn curseI chose to riseWe are oneYou are nothingAbsolve yourself of your painYou are stronger than your oppressorTheir insecurityWill be your triumphAs the fire burnsCreating smoldering ruinsBring righteous lightBring righteous hopeWithin ourselves is the choice to love or hateTo use one's faith as an impetus for scorn or a guiding handTo cast light with it or cast a solemn curseI chose to standOnly the weak would let fear rule their handOnly the frail would hate their fellow manWithout form, without sight, without light You govern mind and manIn your discarnate form, your influence has guided handsTo wield swords with wrathIf I alone can see your futilityThen you see it yourselfI am stronger than I was years beforeFrom when I knelt before you


Astral Mariner 22:34


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Movement...I'm asleep in a fogThat nothing can cut throughThe constant of time standing ever stillWaters pristine, oar rippling starsAn endless expanseEmpyreal mirrorWhat is this lightPiercing heaven's skyI cannot seeI cannot seeIf only I knewWhat this weatherworn face would seeI'd have set sail for another shoreThese seas tumultuous and mercilessThose sent to guide me only drove me deeper into stormsBeset into defeat, gripped by paralysisPumelled by relentless rains of doubt and despairDespite the weight of it allI'm not sure if I felt it at all And as I sank like a stoneI feared too much to ask of youTo reach down and pull me inOr to turn away and let me goLeave me hereI'm the only one I trustNot to deepen these woundsCast me adriftI'm safer aloneI can guide myself homeWherever that may beWhy am I so numbTo the terrors I've seenTo the pains I've feltTo the fear I've known?Countless in number they areThey say they are my strengthBut each scar is a weightPulling me furtherEach make me sinkForlorn visions of bygone times are lost in the swellReality's rawness is lost to the dazeBring me sleepYou are lost but I have found my own placeIn this maladjusted world we call our homeI hid in the starsI conjured a worldI made my escapeYou cannot hurt me hereI longed for the same as youBut I'm at peace nowWhatever story they tell of meThrough the lens of misjudgmentMeans nothing to me hereWith doors open wideCome find me


Track List:
1. Chasmal Fires (27:47)
2. Discarnate (13:54)
3. Astral Mariner (22:34)
4. Lanterns (bonus track) (13:37)

please note: If you downloaded this before January 2022, please redownload it so that you can have a digital copy of 'Lanterns'. It is now included as standard in the digital edition.

To be released December 10th on CD and cassette on Northern Silence records and Throne Records on LP at a later date due to pressing plant backlogs.

We are watching the disintegration of our past-held moral structures in real time. The paradigms of what we held as unshakeable, unquestionable truth be brought to the ground. Be this through decades of struggle or in the blink of an eye, we've watched people fight for recognition for what others in positions of power - often unearned - take for granted. Several cycles of history have gone through this same phenomenon time and time again, and yet as a species we are blind to it due to our own untenable nature of greed.

'Trisagion' is a term meaning 'Thrice Holy' and used to denote an orthodox hymn in three parts. Each of the songs on 'Trisagion' are split into three movements. Over the last six years I've composed these three songs that each deal with the increased cynicism and disdain of how I have come to view the world. The way we cling to long-outdated paradigms to guide us rather than what we see in front of us and the refusal to take one another at face value, the rise of fascism as a means to bolster one's sense of self and divide and the habitual method of destroying the planet we live on for short term gain at the expense of those that will come after us. The esoteric emotions that I feel towards others and the way I relate them to my own way of coping. The impressionistic artwork of Trisagion, expertly done by Phil Lang, shows the terrifying way one can see these paradigms - as terrifying structures to be feared, obscure yet stark contours; yet old, disintegrating, and with a generation desperately clinging to their foundations hoping not to crumble under their weight.

'Trisagion' is a black metal album equally as challenging as its subject matter - uncompromising track lengths that don't waste a moment, eschewing repetition in favour of purposeful construction. Despite its raw intensity, it relies on huge symphonic undercurrents to carry its message as well as an array of textural exploration that Ethereal Shroud has yet to foray into. Six years is a long time to follow up a record, argued by some to be a standalone masterpiece. It no longer stands alone.

Creating this record was no small feat - financially, emotionally and physically it was a draining experience. However, I could not be prouder of the result and I'm ready to reveal it to the world. Thank you for paying attention.

Each song on the record comes with its own impressionistic illustration to match it. The PDF with the lyrics and these illustrations is available with all digital downloads, as well as being printed in every physical format.


released December 10, 2021

Written sporadically over the last 15 years.
Recorded from August 2020 - July 2021 through the COVID 19 Pandemic. Guitars recorded and demos arranged by Joseph in his home as well as Shannon's vocal takes. Richard's bass and viola captured at home with his own equipment. John's drums masterfully captured by Spenser in his home and guitars reamped in Chicago by Spenser.
Mixed and Mastered June - August 2021 by Spenser Morris in his home studio.

Joseph Hawker - Guitar, Vocals, All Compositions and Songwriting, Lyrics, Arrangements
Richard Spencer (Ba'al) - Bass, Viola
John Kerr (Marsh Dweller, Pyrithe, Vit, Seidr) - Drums
Shannon Greaves - Guest Vocals (track one)
Spenser Morris - Drum Recording, Mixing, Mastering
Phil Lang - Artwork

Dedicated to Owen Welsh


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