Fire of the Spirit

by Twilight Fauna

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William Knight This is an inventive, unique take on black metal. Rarely do we see 'atmospheric' black metal conjure up an atmosphere so effectively or completely. In this case, the atmosphere is holy terror and the strangeness of the divine. If the goal here is to evoke the beliefs of those who handle snakes at what they think is the behest of the holy spirit, Twilight Fauna has succeeded.
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Dante This LP is all I want from an artist, it has brutal guitar and a brooding mood. The way it lays it all out, the acoustic guitar coming in slowly behind the words of the faithful, slowly transforming into this blaring roar of distortion, but at the same time finding a balance somewhere between serenity and total loss of control is what makes this record flawless. Favorite track: Laying Out the Fleece.
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Iron Harbinger Radio "Fire of the Spirit" is nothing short of hymns to spirit walk through November to. This is a powerful marriage of black metal and Appalachian spiritualism, a thing that seeps into your soul and demands a reckoning. A lone acoustic guitar ushers you between muttering churchgoers to brutal, driving chords, back to the stories of a crazed backwoods shaman coming down from a toke with an arcangel. Favorite track: Annointing Oil.
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jari tuominen Because it's so great! Favorite track: Walking with the Ghost.
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When I set out to write this album I spent a large amount of time researching, reading interviews and watching historical footage. I tried to approach the topic in the most honest, respectful way possible. This is the culmination of something years in the making. The lyrics you’ll find here are in their own words with fragments of my own struggles mixed in. Thank you for listening. -Ravenwood

"An essential listen for intelligent metal fans in search of music with plenty of substance." -CVLT Nation

"Paul Ravenwood is a living piece of American history, a man with a connection to both turn of the century America and the kind of small Appalachian farming communities that feel like the stuff of folklore." -Bandcamp Daily

"The album itself should be considered his masterpiece and the crowning achievement of Twilight Fauna’s career thus far."

"Like Agalloch but stranger" -Terrorizer

"Twilight Fauna’s catalog is one that truly stands by itself among the black metal community. Yes, Ravenwood uses common elements employed by many other artists, but he turns inward and exposes himself and the world he has grown to know as his primary inspirations. “Fire of the Spirit” is another journey into a world that may be foreign to many, and a practice that can send chills down your spine." -Meat Mead Metal

“A great and deranging experience.” – Can This Even Be Called Music?

"This record is a stunning testament to all that black metal can album that you can't help but to fall in love with." –Two Guys Metal Reviews

"A great hand at work perhaps. Or boundaries to keep you in line. Whatever it is, this is definitely worth checking out if boundary-pushing black metal or trippy dark ambience is your thing." -Ave Noctum

"A great blend of melody and malady that pushes both folk and black metal into mutually beneficial directions." -Intravenous Magazine

"Twilight Fauna has been making a quiet revelation of a personal revolution bear remarkable, delicate yet darkly resonant fruit for awhile now. Like an unorthodox blackberry wine that tastes kind of classic, is continuing to evolve and age well and which is also a surprise to the senses." -Metal Riot

"fascinating, engaging, and often times overpowering." -Xtapolapometal


released August 19, 2016

All instruments, mixing, and mastering by Paul Ravenwood. Cover art by Simon Royalty.


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Twilight Fauna Jonesborough, Tennessee

Twilight Fauna is an atmospheric metal band devoted to telling the stories of Appalachia. These are deeply personal songs about myself and my home.

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Track Name: Walking with the Ghost
Offer yourself to the Holy Ghost

Shake the dust from your feet
Calm in the eye of the storm
The lord moves in the wildfire

The god in you
The gods in you
Cast out the dark in you

One body, one spirit
Enter the white valley

All one body
In the white valley
It’s all one body
Track Name: A Green Moth in the Mist
In this lost and dying world
He took this old heart
Cast it away
Blood born anew

I got a palace here
I’m not leaving

The arms of flesh are fleeting
Happy are you that die in the lord
That have the word
Fire in the Blood

They took the devil out
Cast into dark
They all go somewhere
Fly away children of the night
A moth in the mist

The worm dieth not, no fear in death
I’ve seen death in saints
Spirits leave in breaths of air
There is no fear within me
Leave it for the flesh
Track Name: Annointing Oil
Stone and chaff
The mountainsides, home at last
Through the winters of a distant past

Waters cold, in streams of old
Discernin’ a small voice
God’s hands, in the anointing oil
This old heart, diaspora

Light, light
Cast out the dark
Following the guides
Anointing within
This healing place
Cast in darkness
Track Name: Tongues of Knowledge
Playing in flesh
Heaven in me
Conversing with the angels
The gift of prophecy
The carnal spirit
Leaving me
Leaving me

The godhead awaits
Miracles and mysteries
Speak your fate
The fires burn
The fires burn
Track Name: A Glass Dalia
God saw the end before the beginning
There is death in it
The serpent in the box
Eyes set, body drawn
Prophecies forgone

I’ve seen death and Mark
And orphans in the holler
Knowledge of the appointed time
Suffer for the lord
Before the devil slips in

A pale face and a crying child
This flesh, a glass dalia
Cast into dark
I’ve seen death and Mark
And orphans in the holler

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