Ghastly, Graven & Grimoireless

by Battlemaster

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1.
BESPECTORED BLACKFLAME CORONATION All now arise with fiery eyes, I return triumphant News of my end the liars have sent, but tales of my glory abundant Sound now the bells and see for yourselves, i’ll let loose my bag of beheaded Claiming my seat as my mission’s completed, next a celebration most splendid Bespectored blackflame coronation A reensorcelled celebration Bespectored blackflame coronation A reensorcelled celebration... Of echoing battleblast horns, bring forth trophies and rewards I genuflect, you ask i recollect my conquests which gained me your favor I’ll tell you… I’ve travelled beyond the ends of your infernal grip I’ve pissed in the skulls your rivals then taken a sip Now your merciless name skips across everyone of these seas Now your might frightens nations quietly enjoying peace Enjoying peace but not for long Dubbed for my efforts, to stand by your side Demonic accolades, stand to hear my battlecry
2.
BLACK CHALLENGE Ascend you now these winding steps, entering in this dark contest Buckled tight and freshly mailed, may the cruelest freak prevail Swim through blood and wade through gore, as ordered by your emperor Undreamt of rewards you may seek, but first a test you’ll never beat Enter now! The Black Challenge awaits thee… Now bow to the one who gives us purpose, gives us grace War’s triumphal avatar, our sovereign lord of barren waste Behold his maze Running the gauntlet you’ll probably die inside Survive this first test to see the horror multiply Challenged for days Trials of terror see your madness amplified Servants of steel aching for the finish line It’s every creature for itself, greedy beasts vying for wealth One thousand miles you have journeyed, one thousand very ugly opponents all but worthy Squabbling thieves and deceitful assassins, irreverent clerics and fallen antipaladins Faceless pit fighters and berserk barbarians, kill them all! A Black Challenge awaits thee! Now bow to the one who gives us purpose, gives us grace War’s triumphal avatar, our sovereign lord of savage competition Pounding drums, jeering crowds, dying screams make the Master proud Pitch of death to entertain, spilling blood till only one remains “I can see now the many wonders, I can see clearly what I stand to gain from this I can see now the heavy treasures” Gouging eyes, splattered brains, smears of failure as they die in vain Coliseum emptying, bringing forth fresh meat to challenge thee! A new challenge approacheth!
3.
HECTORED BUGBEAREAN WRATH Ugly lurching battlefreaks pushed around by lesser beasts You know it’s goblinoia first degree, big and dumb is all they see So used to getting fooled and getting teased, bestial animosity The mighty merciless bugbears still always treated unfair By their more cunning and deceptive kin the greenskinned demihumans Cowardly goblins, orcs and trollish fools, kobolds and hobgoblins too These greenskins lie, these snotlings cheat We’re given only scraps from triumph’s heavy teat We’ve risked our lives, we fight like you We’ve had enough of being exploited and screwed Amidst the fray, rebel dimwits Marauding mutineers and sick of this shit Bugbearean brethren, a call to arms Time to clobber their brains and take what's ours Lash out! Hectored Bugbearean wrath! Lumbering slowly across the bloody pitch Toward yet another little goblin bitch Our peanut brains have snapped fully Confusing reprisal against the worms and bullies Lash out! Hectored Bugbearean wrath!
4.
CHAOTIC DWARVEN MISCHIEFISM Cascading down their mountain keeps, pouring forth blackbearded creeps Fangs and curls and waving axes in the name of Hashut Mutants of the northest darks, slavers whipping, orders barked Snarling hatred from volcanic hells they inhabit Magic swirls in molten cores, now where there was not before Secrets guarded tightly by the grotesque bull centaurs Riddles, pranks and tricks obscene, dwarven misfits, just plain mean Beware the ancient divine… Mischief at the hands of chaos dwarves in hidden mountains Colored jet like the night sky, natives built this obsidian starless territory The chaos swelling deep within the roots of their stronghold Like pulsing veins of ore, fear them and fear their chaotic dwarven mischiefism Artificers of doom Forgers of these stoic iron masks, ignoble in their giant hats Inventing magnamystic death-spurting siege machines Smelt within their ziggurats, spell-controlled war robots Infamous misdeeds called… Mischief at the hands of chaos dwarves in hidden mountains Colored black like the night sky, natives built this obsidian starless territory The chaos swelling deep within the roots of their stronghold Like a blasting blunderbuss, fear them and fear their chaotic dwarven mischiefism Fear the hallowed boom of war! The peace you’ve known has passed, in pyrotechnological advance Conquestual furnace of greed, the immolateur’s flames- they must feed! Last light shown dim the ranks of scary pranksters Night fight begins as ogres pump the seething bellows Onward to hell, inferno god is with them Let loose his spell, slaved orcs and other awful fellows Riding on wings of crimson taurus steeps Diving these things toward the mirth of your enslavement Hobgoblins- bind! Lammasu- ride! Hashut- guide! Back to the place of fire and desolation
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THAUMATURGICAL NONCHALANCE I’ve mastered all known cryptomantical arts, a born virtuoso of the archmages’ courts Complete comprehension of all thats unreal, but for anything else I never will feel Invincible permanent memorization, never a resting, never cessation I wield the unstoppable magickal force, an indifferent enchantmentor without remorse Thaumaturgical nonchalance Meteor swarms, incendiary clouds, fingers of death, Mordenkainen’s swords Bigby’s crushing hand, cone of cold, disintegrate Irresistible dance, time stop, gate Greater wish I cast them all, meaningless apathy guides my assault Because i can, my epic magick transcends the folly and ban Radical wizardry, extinguishing life means nothing to me A fitting fate, demilich my orbs of hate Killing wind, stoically cast from my cold, dead skin
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GHASTLY, GRAVEN & GRIMOIRELESS Staring vacantly into the abyss, lost in the tar of abject opiates Lifelessly listless in immortal remiss Ghastly, graven and grimoireless, bound by the book you no longer possess Ghastly, graven and grimoireless and you’re shaking your fist at the world Your hunt continues on, where could your tome have gone? Retaining all the spells you know but your bitter inner self is shown Your ugliness elucidates the lonesome bed of filth you’ve made You can barely carry on, within this world you don’t belong Staring contently into the abyss, drunk off of phantasmagorical piss A pointlessly wicked enfeebling mess You’re ghastly, graven and grimoireless, obsessed by the book you no longer possess Ghastly, graven and grimoireless and you’re shaking your fist at the world Suffer it to fail My misery you’ll share with me lest I regain divinity Failure of recovery brings incantated tantruming Such selfish strength I have found, masterless and underground Casting pox in curseful plague, torched survivors, slaughtered brave Feel my anger, feel its flames, glowing eyes I break the chains Dead to you and dead to me, I take from you all that you see Still scowling without mercy into the abyss, still drunk off phantasmagorical piss Envious grudge-laden pitilessness You’re ghastly, graven and grimoireless, marred by a manual you still fail to possess You are ghastly, graven and grimoireless and you’re making your mark on the world Spoiling beneath your feet, festered by your malevolence, and made to rot

about

From the darkness of the dungeons in which you dwell explodes forth BATTLEMASTER, seers of absolute fantastickal sordid black thrashery. Expecting nothing but total triumphant victory of dark forces over peace-lovers and good-doers alike, BATTLEMASTER has advanced overtop the weakness of the battalions of rank-and-file black metal, death metal and thrash aggressors to deliver commanding and unique death knells to all who dare to listen. Their ornately armored sound offers complete sycophantic scathe and nothing but a grotesquely fed upon carrion-funeral amidst the battlefield. GHASTLY, GRAVEN & GRIMOIRELESS spells out their latest testament to the pitiless archvilliany that supreme mastery of evil magic bestows. Calculate your own self-meaning, purpose and value- then wager it foolishly against the horrid onslaught BATTLEMASTER threatens.

Emerging like an otherworldly commander from subterranean slumber, BATTLEMASTER returns petrifying all opposition. This carnage-casting cadre is garrisoned in Richmond, Virginia and have been inflicting their quirky dungeoncrawling black thrash for 15 years. This latest siege-hymn, GHASTLY, GRAVEN & GRIMOIRELESS, captures the completely feverish and unrelenting attitude of the group as well as the tumored nature of their profane musical growth. No compromises from these defiant speed metal bastards here, all goodly aligned (or neutrally for that matter) are considered by them to be hate-focusing adversaries. Six beefy blackened wads are served up this time with topics ranging from sadistic accolades to ennui of the invincible, running a villainous gauntlet to unbridled naughtimancy, and bullyish goblinoia to total necromantic hateful contempt of all things.

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released June 26, 2020

Recorded by David Waltenbaugh
Mixed By Danny Behm and David Waltenbaugh
Mastered by Dan Randall
Paintings by Ellie Gill

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Battlemaster Richmond, Virginia

BATTLE FOREVER IN A FUCKED ETERNITY OF WAR!


Andy Horn - Vox
Alex Psitos - Guitar
Brady Cole - Guitar
Matt Davis - Bass
Alex Tomlin - Drums

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