Across Dark Waters

by Apathy Noir

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Apathy Noir's third full-length album Across Dark Waters is a concept album, dealing with the story of a fishing village chief who is lured away out on to the seas by the seductive sirens. He also crosses paths with a little girl by the name of Constance Willow (featured on the debut album A Silent Nowhere, 2008). The three sirens are hardly any strangers as they will twist your mind once again.

Musically speaking, Across Dark Waters is perhaps more of a return to the musical style of the debut album (A Silent Nowhere, 2008) and demo (Cold Endless Winter, 2006) as it focuses more on melody and less on aggression (which was the case with the previous album (Beneath the Ashen Sky, 2013). Across Dark Waters also mark the return of original vocalist Vidar Wetterhall (last featured on A Silent Nowhere, 2008).

Across Dark Waters was written and recorded between November 2013 and December 2015 in Studio Noir (Norrköping, Sweden) and Studio Noir2 (Söderköping, Sweden)

Music & arrangements by Viktor Jonas
Lyrics & vocal arrangements by Vidar Wetterhall
Produced, engineered, mixed & mastered by Viktor Jonas
Artwork, layout & design by Viktor Jonas

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released January 26, 2016

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Track Name: Beyond the Sea
Where no life dwells
Where others have gone and yet not returned
From the safe shores of home
We sailed away out in the waves so wild
Searching for our lives work
Always at sea, generations gone by
The cold winds from the ocean turned us hard

The only way to live by these waters you see
Is to grow cold and let the harvest bring you joy
On this day a wayfarer journeyed away
His men and him and some finer men too
Treasure to those hard enough to sail the longest mile

In the unknown, there might be a reward
And the wisdom that comes from discoveries

The great mist awaits us
On the ocean that swallows you whole
She’s taken many good lives
Deceitful, yet tempting
I look up ahead, looks like a storm

A world of trouble heading our way and closing in fast
All men positioning, regroup or we’ll die
The only chance to make it out alive
We have to ride the waves through the storm as she’s approaching
Furious in all her might

However, we did everything right
But this was no storm that we’d never seen before
And so we failed our duty and our ship was wrecked
For a while all time stood still then all went black
Track Name: Lure of the Sirens
When I woke up I was on a beach
Unknown to me
Palms, white sands...
Wait, I’m not alone, a sound further in through the trees
I make my way through these forest like lands

- Why don’t you stay here forever; we’ve really grown fond of you.
- I have a home far away. People are waiting. I have to go. We’ll settle this tomorrow.
They looked at each other and they said:
- Your folks they can stay as well. This island is rich and has plenty. It would serve them well from what you’ve told us.

I gave it a thought while the women looked at me
Suddenly I found myself kissing one the women
Then we made love, all four of us. One almost clutched my heart out!
The next morning a boat was ready for me

That night the silence helped me get their blood
They had my mind and control me
I try to stay in control but
The weak mind of men is seen again

Now I see the familiar shore, the line of the trees and the mountains far beneath
The sky is grey, but there on the islands the sky is blue
Never mind, I am home
Track Name: The Village
There’s a man on our shore walking towards our village
Can you see him?
What seems to be his intention?
Is it someone we know?
The distance shrink and then we could see
The old familiar face of our head chief journeyman
We’ve thought you were gone forever

- It felt like an eternity, but I made it out alive. The rest of the crew is gone. Tonight at the town’s square, tell everyone to be there.

And so the Chief went to his house and he locked the door behind him
He stayed there until it was dark
Fires lit the village square, all gathered now
A stage for the chief to climb, made for this occasion of his return
In the front, a girl was staring, he didn’t know her name but she stared
Suddenly he felt a cold stroke on his neck
Track Name: Constance Willow II
Constance Willow was her name
She was only ten
One of few children in this village beneath the grey woods
She had trouble sleeping
She had a vision that kept her awake

When the night comes
We’ll all fall down
Relive the eve

When the night comes
We’ll all come down
Release me from this deepest slumber

She saw through the Chief’s eyes
She felt his anxiety
Something wasn’t right, but she did know what it was

He spoke of a greater life that evening in the square
But when he spoke he looked like he just wasn’t there.

That night she didn’t sleep at all
She sat and watched the waters, the ocean always made her calm

Far away she could see a glimmering light
When she saw what it really was - the eyes of the Sirens
She knew the tale was true

She had to warn the villagers, but who would believe her
She decided to tell the chief, maybe he'd seen them too
Track Name: Death of Hope
Morning came, and with it the sun
It's rays through glass
Suddenly awake

Constance remembered her thoughts last night
Time to talk to the chief
She went to his house, and said it was urgent
And gave him a hint

Before even half woke, he knew what had to be done
Meet me in the forest by the big stone
Where the flowers grow so wild
You know, the place where we all have been children at some point in our lives

Constance went to the stones and she waited for a while
For the chief to tell her of the sights from the night before

Once he met with Constance, he made sure she knew what he thought she knew
With no one around, he cut her throat and hid her remains

Of a terrible crime, he felt nothing
After all he was taking his folks to a paradise

Constance could have ruined my plans, she even smiled with relieve
He went back to his quarters. Tired for some reason he didn’t know

Where am I? This place, I don’t know…
My soul will never rest again
I will haunt this forest for a long time
Where am I? This place, I don’t know…
Track Name: A Gruesome Journey
Beginning of a gruesome journey
The houses are empty now
Belongings with them
Villagers gathered from the towns square
All the way down to the shore

The first boats are leaving home
Some of the villagers leaving for the first time of their lives
To something new, unknown

The word is spread about the hostile waves
Swallowing the boats and eating men alive
Some others say it’s only tales
Something to tell to scare of the children
To keep them closer to their home

Tales or not, these waters are cursed
The words came from one of the elder

- Has anyone seen my daughter?
The chief looked her way
He saw a woman eyeing the crowd, as would any mother looking for her child
- Chief, can you help me?
She looked him straight in the eyes
What happened next cannot be explained
As the woman stared into the chief’s eyes
His captured soul was released and the strength within him to feel
Simply overcame the spell that was cast unto him
His spirit was free
Now he could see, his vision was clear

In what seemed as a second something hit the ship, then again and again…
Panic struck the masses as they saw the sirens circle their fleet
Their final day

Desperation swallows the villagers
Trapped under water, trying to escape
Do not leave the boats, or you’ll die
Track Name: Dark Waters
Too late for those who dared out of fear
The sirens hunted them down and took them easily
Some of them tore in two before the villager’s eyes
When the sirens fought over their prey
Nothing can stop them now
Mankind seemed doomed

These monstrous beings…

We could swim for our lives, but we wouldn’t make it far
Even if we reach the shore they would know where we are

Harpoons might work, it's our only chance
Load them up!
We'll catch them as we see them
The chief shouted to the members of the crew
What seemed like a bad idea against something so powerful
As these she-devils actually worked
As one of the sirens was shot in the eye
And another one in the stomach
And they fell into the dark waters

The third siren was also shot
She fell into the depths
They sailed back home
When they reached the land, many stood still and watched the sea
Was this the end?

(Rumors of lights from the waters at night
Some say it’s the eyes of the sirens)