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Post by ThomasEversole on Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:37 am

From the start, I've been against digital distribution for Orationem, mostly because of the bad piracy experience I had with the 2015 Ankou Awaits album "Sobrwydd a Disgyblaeth". (for those not familiar with what happened, when the album was just completed, my brother and the CD pressing company were the only ones that had this album (master) and then all of a sudden 900 different blogs/torrents/etc. were sharing this album inn a matter of two days. The pressing company denies leaking it, but I believe my brother more than them.)

Orationem has done well on CD, well enough that I think its ready for the next step. Plus, as strange as this sounds, I do miss SOME piracy. Its free advertising, which does get the word out, which Orationem deserves to be more well known.

I do not want to take the "buy downloads!" approach through bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, etc. I want to do something better than just lazily adding the same old MP3s and the same old album art JPG that those aware of Orationem have already seen. The plan is, I will make an official Orationem YouTube channel, monetize this account (which is $5 - $8 per 1,000 views, approximately), and then make organized and detailed LYRIC VIDEOS for EVERY SINGLE full Orationem track. This way, everyone can listen to the music for free, I can get some pocket money if the views do well and pirates (or YouTube alone) will advertise the album, broadening my audience.

This includes all 3 studio albums (self-titled, "Fulfiller Sustainer Preserving Protector" and "Pure Peace and Joy Love and Kindness"), a total of 18 songs.

I'll also upload the not live album, but it won't be a lyric video. I'll try to think of a different video presentation approach for this.

Also, in the coming weeks, when I feel able through this chemotherapy gauntlet, I'll start work on a 4th Orationem album. I've also decided to follow through again with the same approach as "not live", but hybridize its presentation with a studio sound. The newest Orationem had the best production and I hope to expand on the sound and add a bit of rawness to it. (All the black metal I've been listening to very raw and while I still want to progress on the innovative guitar and cello, I want an even better/nastier sound.)

That being said, when this album is done, I won't post a preview video like I have before. Full lyric videos for all the tracks will be on this official channel as well. As far as what the lyric videos will be like, I have a decent video editor that came with Windows 8.1 on my PC, and my new phone records video in 4K so... Lets see what I can do with a decent walk in the woods.

Any questions? I'll answer them the best I can.

Thanks for reading!
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Post by alldatndensum on Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:17 pm

What do you use for video editing for lyric videos?  I would like to do a couple with the new blues album.
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Post by Blake on Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:21 pm

I am taking a different approach with Amelioration. Up till now I've sold CDs and sold downloads, but I think I will keep the CDs for sale, but may begin making it a free download. I want to expand the reach a bit. I'll be done with my next split soon anyway.
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Post by alldatndensum on Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:33 pm

I may start making some of my old Mission Of One stuff a free download, but with the new Big Chris & D'Bare Bones Band, I am going to give this a shot to see if I can at least recoup what I spent on mixing and mastering plus CD costs.
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Post by eatbugs on Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:34 am

Interesting idea.  Let us know when the YouTube channel goes live.

For myself, I am a CD collector and as finances permit will continue to pay for hard copies of music I like.

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Post by ThomasEversole on Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:38 pm

Sorry, I'm on the week where chemotherapy hits pretty hard, so I end up resting (and throwing up) more than usual. I'll post videos soon, I hope...

I completed one lyric video Wednesday.

Had a massive amount of rain dump all at once and decided, this was my chance to record some video. I stayed on my property, but I have some decent plants/trees/old house scenery around the outside of my place. Soaked 2 hoodies and a towel shooting 2 scenes... one to be used for the self titled, one to be used for Fulfiller. I want to do something else regarding Pure Peace footage, in actual woods.

Never used the video effects on my program before. Subtitles and JPG's was all I've ever done. I'm using Power Director 10, which came with my PC.

Found a simple effect I liked, that blended text and imagery well. I shot using a monogram filter on my phone. It's darker than sepia in my opinion. This footage is pretty dark and goes well with the music.

Each song will share the same footage per album. I don't have the resources or desire to shoot new footage for every song, but I skew it to match the song length. It may not look different, but a 5 minute song will feel different than an 8 minute one.
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Post by ThomasEversole on Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:53 pm

Got the channel started - called "OrationemOfficial".
3 videos currently monetized and uploaded.

Here's one to preview - I'll let you search if you want to watch the other ones.
Its a basic lyric video, but I still think its pretty cool - despite me being a novice at video editing.

I'll post more videos after a while. Still not out of the chemo woods yet, so I kind of ran out of steam... I'll get the rest of this album in the next few days, if my health allows.



While those of you on this forum reluctant to black metal, I'm confident that the lyrics will meet your approval. Wink
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Post by ThomasEversole on Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:22 am

All the lyric videos for the self titled release are completed and uploaded.
Also managed to do something neat for the "Not Live" recording.  Check it out! 

(For those not familiar or haven't read the other Orationem threads, "Not Live in Central Illinois: A Night of Black Metal for Christ" is an over hour recording featuring 10 songs from the first two full lengths, presented in a live show manner.)



Hey guys, it would make my day of you would subscribe to the Orationem channel. 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuoapwgu-ciCZPriw7Drn0g

I've certainly got more to upload, 2 more released full lengths and the next Orationem album planned for 3rd or 4th quarter 2016.

Thank you,
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Post by ThomasEversole on Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:05 am

Finally getting around to uploading another video.  Being sick sucks, but I'm going to push harder to get these other albums up. 

On Friday during my wife and I's second attempt at an anniversary date, we went through the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, this huge wooded area right in the middle of my state's capitol and I shot some awesome footage to be used for the PPAJ,LAK videos.  We were both destroyed by mosquitoes the 15 minutes we were there, but the footage was still worth it.

Had an idea for something else regarding this YouTube channels.  After I complete this next planned album, I was going to give Orationem albums a rest.  Instead, I (Orationem) would work on a series of videos called "black metal prayers".  This wouldn't be so much additional songs, as it would be an awesome riff or two, lyrically including a short devotional type prayer.  The video footage would be me playing all the parts.  I'm pretty sure my video software provides a way to divide the screen so you could see me do everything simultaneously.
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Post by ThomasEversole on Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:56 pm

Well, I got all the Fulfiller, Sustainer, Preserving Protector tracks uploaded as lyric videos.  That makes the first two albums being done.
Subscribers, thank you.

Before I upload the third one with that awesome footage from the woods, I wanted to take a slight detour.  Along with the idea I mentioned in the above post, instead of just brand new riffs, I was going to also do remixes/variations of prior tracks.  ...and I was going to try to get one done tomorrow.

The reasons being:
1) the curiosity of what one of these "black metal prayer" sessions will be like w/ the 4 parts view (drums, vocals, 2 guitars)
2) I'm dying to hear what the main fulfiller track 3 doomy riff sounds like with blistering drums and different lyrics
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Post by ThomasEversole on Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:58 pm

WOO!  Got that split video done.  It was a cluster to sync all the tracks, but it successfully captures me playing all the parts.  (drums, 2 guitars and vocals)  I had subtitles with lyrics, but their placement by the video software blocks some of the guitar fretwork so I decided to leave them out and just put the lyrics in the comments.

What do you guys think?  Please let me know!

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Post by ThomasEversole on Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:42 am

That video got a decent number of views. No feedback?

I'm sure someone has a criticism that would help me! Razz
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Post by alldatndensum on Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:58 pm

While talented you are, that just isn't my cup of tea at all.
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Post by ThomasEversole on Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:52 am

I get that. Smile I don't think there's much of a black metal crowd here.
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Post by alldatndensum on Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:07 pm

Really?  I got the impression for a while that the CMR had been overridden by black metal fans.  I wish there were more classic metal fans and even more good bands coming out with albums in those classic styles.
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Post by ThomasEversole on Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:42 pm

Grass looks greener on the other side I guess?
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Post by alldatndensum on Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:09 am

ThomasEversole wrote:Grass looks greener on the other side I guess?


Yep!  That's why the neighbors put up the fence in the first place!  lol!
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Post by messiaen77 on Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:04 am

Hey you, get off my lawn!


Thomas, been busy and haven't had a chance to really watch these videos you've done, but I'm hoping to soon and will give you some feedback.
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Post by ThomasEversole on Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:08 pm

I'd appreciate it!

My favorite definition of discipline is doing something I have (or want) to do, before I have (or want) to do it.
Toting around my chemo pump (something you can see the IV of in the mic track) I got another black metal prayer session done.

Its another remix/variation, more of the slow groove variety.  (there's no way I have the energy for a fast track today while I've got a steady stream of 5FU poison being injected into me)

Took a little less time than the first track, but that's no surprise considering I don't have the same trial and error that I did the first track.


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Post by Airola on Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:02 pm

ThomasEversole wrote:That video got a decent number of views. No feedback?

I'm sure someone has a criticism that would help me! Razz

Well, when I was watching it I wondered why the drum screen didn't have some of the cymbal hits in their right place. I though you had perhaps played the drums on a playback track.

Then just before the video ended I realized I had the video playing both in this forum and on Youtube, so there were two videos playing at a same time with the other one playing a bit later than the other. And I never noticed anything! I just thought this sounds very raw and cool Very Happy

For some the fact that this can happen could be exactly the reason why they can't stand music like this, but for some that is exactly why it's awesome lol!

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Post by ThomasEversole on Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:15 pm

Haha! Awesome!
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Post by eatbugs on Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:51 pm

The diversity is exactly what I like about The CMR.  I like a variety ranging from black metal to Phil Keaggy.

For some reason I haven't checked out your stuff before Thomas (more music out there than money or time I guess), but I like what I've heard so far.  No feedback yet because I haven't heard enough yet to comment.  This is a problem for me with most "Review Album X" threads.  By the time I've digested it, it's old news.

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Post by ThomasEversole on Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:14 pm

Man, its been a busy week away from my computer.  Finally started the videos for the 2016 album, with that footage I was proud of, despite mosquitoes destroying me in the process of taking it.  Hoping to get them all done this upcoming week.

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Post by ThomasEversole on Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:41 pm

I felt good today and decided to do another black metal prayer.  Tried some more intensive fretwork.  These are 2 remixed riffs from prior Orationem albums and why not - lets close the song with a Breviarium riff. (for those not familiar, that's my Christian death/black project from 2003)

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Post by ThomasEversole on Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:58 pm

Today marks a milestone for the Orationem YouTube channel. All the lyric videos are complete and 100% of Orationem music has been uploaded to the channel. I reviewed a few of my uploaded videos, and I'm a bit annoyed that some of the fade transfer effects didn't survive production, but in my opinion - its good enough. The music is there, the footage is there and so are the lyrics. ...just some lyrics don't "fade" away so much as they SOMETIMES appear or disappear.
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Regarding Orationem itself, I've been mauling over a few things in my head. For one, I've had some thoughts with not even doing a 4th album, just putting some new stuff together for the black metal prayers. I've had some thoughts of following through with the 4th album, but not pursuing the "not live" elements. I haven't entirely decided...

This goes against more recent reviews and what CW reviewed, but I think the direction the "Pure Peace..." album took, is not the direction I want to go with Orationem. What's strange is that 1 week working on the self titled, 2 weeks working on Pure Peace.... the pinnicle/apex of Orationem feels to me to be at the Fulfiller album, which took 3 days. The riffs/songs are more memorable to me than the other albums for some reason.

New music, like the prayers, I'd like to focus more on the original/older 2-guitar style. ..."more" not "entirely". I think the cello either needs to make more or less of an appearance, and I think the music needs to be more RAW and dirty sounding...
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Post by ThomasEversole on Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:41 pm

I'll just leave this here.



There's more information in the video comments. Any questions, you can always ask me!
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Post by ThomasEversole on Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:33 am

The guitar for 6 songs (out of 7) is now done. One to go, then the cello and the music is DONE!

Something happened during today's session that has never happened to me before. When I go to record, I always pray before. Its actually turned into a habit, something I never forget because I don't "feel" right recording until I got a dose of prayer.

WHILE I was in the middle of recording guitar, this need to prayer just showed up. I actually zoned out and started praying (in my mind) while I was playing the guitar. In like 30 seconds, I asked for this music to be blessed, for God's guidance in the notes, and that this project will turn out as a whole. When I was done, I was pretty sure I botched that take, but I listened to it - and the part was played perfectly!

I think I'm actually more overwhelmed NOW than I was during that prayer or reviewing the song. ...especially since I CANNOT "juggle" other things while I'm playing. I can't do out loud or in my head vocals/thoughts/conversations while playing guitar riffs, but today I somehow had the ability to say a prayer while recording guitar!

How cool is that?
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Post by Kerrick on Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:45 am

Right on dude!  Haha actually I am pretty certain I was listening to the upcoming Orationem album in my dreams last night and being totally blown away by its awesomeness.  So the pressure's on: don't crush my dreams Thomas!  Wink

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Post by ThomasEversole on Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:37 pm

LOL well, I'm fairly certain you'll find out this month if it lives up to your dreams or not. HAHA!! The guitars and drums are completely done. That just leaves the "cellos" and vocals as the only thing left to be completed, which never take anywhere near as long as the meat and potatoes (guitars and drums).

Mixing and mastering never takes me long either. Finalizing an album is hardly new territory for me here, especially since I've had about 8 billion albums released since 1937. Razz
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Post by ThomasEversole on Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:10 pm

Orationem "Your Presence and Strength" is now completed. Set to release October/November 2016 through Vision of God Records. Limit 50 copies.

This is a huge triumph for me. I don't know how many artists create an album not only during cancer, but during IV chemotherapy.
Its harsh, dissonant and pretty wild. I'm convinced my illness effected this album's sound. In the world of black metal, I think having a "sick" sound is an asset. As always with Orationem, the lyrics don't compromise. (very high JPM)

The Official Orationem channel will eventually contain the lyric videos of this entire album. For right now, you can preview 2 minutes of each track through this video.


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Post by ThomasEversole on Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:18 pm



Its here folks! The fourth full length Orationem album is now available to order!
7 tracks, 48:22 running time. This was supposed to be limit 50 copies, but the pressing plant sent me extras! so... Limit 75!
These CDs are $8 plus shipping.

This is some very intense, raw and harsh black metal with violin/cello symphonic attacks. The lyrics once again do not compromise, and are full on prayers to God and his Son, Jesus Christ.

You can place an order, read the lyrics, listen to samples, view information about the album at
http://www.orationem.com

You can also preview this album from this YouTube video.

This is a Vision of God Records release and they will also have have copies available at: http://www.visionofgodrecords.com

Since most of you knew I not only recorded this while fighting cancer, but also while being sick from chemotherapy. I'd like to share the lyrics from the first track, which I hold close to my heart...

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I. To Turn This Ailment

Oh great Healer and Protector
Jesus Christ in heaven
Please carry me through
this path of pain

For a long time
I have suffered
with sickness and discomfort

Cancer has taken from me
quality of life
forcing me to rely on others
for a year

I know there is a reason
I have survived
I know there is a reason
that I am going through this

I continue to pray
for relief of my symptoms
For the knowledge of Your will
and that one day
I will be able to turn this ailment
into strength

Thank you everyone that places an order. Everyone that gets a CD, I'll be more than happy to send you MP3s of the album while you wait for it to be delivered - IF YOU ASK FOR IT! Also, if you're not interested in a CD but a high quality digital release, for this forum, if you PayPal $4 to thomas@ankouawaits.com, I'll email you a direct download to 320KBs tagged MP3s ASAP.

Any questions? Please let me know!

Thanks again, and God Bless,
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Post by ThomasEversole on Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:17 pm

Got another black metal prayer up on my YouTube channel. These riff variations are from the new album. For those who haven't been following this thread, this will be the future of the Orationem project. I hope to do a ton of these. I'm honestly album'ed out - I mean, that's been done and done again. These videos is something new. This is the closest thing I can get to Orationem playing live, so I'd eventually like to expand on this. (after I've exhausted riff variations, this is where brand new riffs will be)

I might consider featuring synth riffs if they're even remotely requested.


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Post by ThomasEversole on Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:31 pm

I decided now was the time to start uploading lyric videos from the newest album.
Got the first 2 tracks done!




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Post by ThomasEversole on Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:05 pm

I had a goal set for myself to get the new "Your Presence and Strength" album uploaded by Christmas.
Goal complete. Wink

Here's the lyric videos playlist for the entire "Your Presence and Strength" album.

A few announcements. Since there's a limited pressing of this album which will eventually run out, and Vision of God Records is going to do a special pro-press of the self-titled and Fulfiller (ON ONE CD!), whichever happens first, I will stop selling Orationem merch (CDs and shirts) from the dot com, most likely sometime in 2017. This will be the first step towards the newer music, which will be individual songs/prayers on YouTube.
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Post by Kerrick on Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:50 pm

Right on!  Wow, my Orationem CDs are going to be collectors items!  rendeer

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Post by ThomasEversole on Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:01 pm

One day hopefully! (if there's ever a re-kindled demand for Christian black metal that's now out of print)

This shirt makes me lawl. I'll wear it forever. HAHA!!



Click on the image to see a larger version of it.
These shirts are now for sale (for a limited time) at orationem.com

When the time comes to stop selling CDs, I'll stop selling shirts as well...
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Post by ThomasEversole on Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:26 pm

On the Sanctuary International forum, one of the members made a list of 16 "Top Albums and EP's of 2016".

Orationem - Your Presence and Strength made #14 on his list.

Pretty cool!
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Post by ThomasEversole on Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:47 pm

Made an update to orationem.com

I replaced all the music samples with YouTube playlists from the official channel. Wink
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Post by ThomasEversole on Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:27 pm

I know these "Black Metal Prayer" sessions aren't extremely innovative, nor are they "songs", but... I really like them for 2 reasons.
1) Its a way for me to share a short prayer with everyone; its also a prayer anyone can say themselves
2) You can see me in action, should anyone be curious what me making musical mayhem looks like. Wink


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Post by ThomasEversole on Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:20 pm

I don't know if you guys saw the black metal video game cover I did, but I was kind of thinking of doing more of these. I know there's no Christian value, this could broaden the listening audience and lead them to the music and message. ....plus, it was really REALLY fun to figure out all the intricacies of someone else's music on my guitar.

I wasn't thinking of using the Orationem banner, but just like record labels have sub-labels for specialized releases, I was thinking of doing a sub-band under the "EverSoul", specializing in covers. I kinda want to make it exclusive to video game music, but I'm wondering if film scores might be a challenging reward.

Gotta design the artwork this week for the dual-album Orationem CD releasing through CMU...
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Post by ThomasEversole on Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:53 pm

I submitted the artwork to Duane at Vision of God for the upcoming CMU pro-press.  (he's had the music for a while so he has everything now)
This is the first two Orationem albums on ONE CD.  The pressing includes a cover, insert, on disc printing and tray card - all with exclusive artwork.  This will be the 2nd Christian Metal Underground release.  (not sure if the 1st was pressed, but he's working on 3 releases at the same time - this Orationem album being one of them)
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Post by ThomasEversole on Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:30 am




Proceeds from this release will go to Dale Huffman and his family.
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Post by ThomasEversole on Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:36 pm

I closed the CD shop portion of Orationem.com
I've only got a few copies left of all albums, and I'm too burnt out on making CDs to make any more.

Orationem.com will also be closing in June 2017.

Thank you for everyone who picked up an Orationem disc from me!

Taking a bit of a break from this project. Yes, I plan on continuing on with this, but I'm also getting too burnt out on trying to be a black metal track factory. New songs will be added to the Orationem channel at later dates. Wink
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