Funeral Rites for the Living

by Hallowed Butchery

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Sanford Scrimm such a great band! melodic, laid back then all of a sudden your being drenched by a 5 ton brick bath of heavy riffs. a type of avant garde that takes me back to the band Mind Rot. this album is definitely well versed! Favorite track: Pantheon Enthroned.
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Hallowed Butchery's debut album.

"Macabre doom marches through riffs cast in fire and brimstone are the lifeline of this record, but don't be surprised to find the roars burning up in the atmosphere around spiritual acoustic passages, tribal flickers, odious moments of discordant nothingness and other layers of undefinable chaos. Fairfield's lyrics are thoughtful and personal, as he explores environmental themes with different shades of mournful singing and damning cries; tackling a hatred for christian extremity with the aforementioned voices of twisted preachers.

The whole situation is never too far from crashing back into the slow motion collisions of crashing cymbals and viciously deep growls, exiting with a particularly unique yet suitable cover of Neil Young's “After the Gold Rush”, honorably amplifying and continuing the subject of a dying earth to Hallowed Butchery proportions." - MetalReview


released June 1, 2009

Vinyl/CD release on Vendetta Records. Pro-tape release on Sacred Tapes. Mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate). Written, Performed, Produced, and Recorded by Ryan Fairfield in the privacy of his rural Maine home. "After the Gold Rush" written by Neil Young.



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Hallowed Butchery is the solo musical endeavor of Ryan Scott Fairfield. Ryan writes, performs, and records progressive doom metal in the privacy of his rural Maine home.

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Track Name: A Wake for the Human Race
There is a place where this world lives and breathes
A place you've only seen in photographs
A place that you idolize, but you'll never know
Because you choose to not know

To know the God of this forest
This God of the trees
This God of the brooks
This God of the wind and the rain
This God of the mountains and the valleys
For in your mind, these things are no more
These things are nonexistent
These things are paved and priced
Track Name: Pantheon Enthroned
Doomed from day one
Doomed, God's only son
Doomed from day one
Doomed, the chosen one: God

Summon the dead
Awaken, oh sleeper!

Something lurks deep within me
How do I know that this it?
What makes me sure of it?
Show me the sun when she's not shining

Still... what is my hope may be your eternal suffering
Track Name: Great North Woods
In these virgin woods, the traces of man are but a footstep
Not a sound of civilization, nor a whisper of invention
There is none but the God of this forest,
And all of his creation

Only time will tell, will this be a lasting haven?
Or a place of unholy pavement?

One with the earth
One with the sea
Track Name: Back Asswards
KILL! Why play in reverse what you can play forward? KILL!
Track Name: Kingdom (Within You)
Track Name: The Kennebec
From the river to the coast:
Lumber, ice, and ships we boast
Always cutting until it bleeds
Always taking more than we need

Building towns along its flow, as we curse its undertow
Industries beginning to falter, so we pillage the river's altar
Dumping waste into her gut, as we carry this selfish glut

She is dead and headless now
And we claim "we don't know how"
She becomes a sickening mess
Her rites are read as she's laid to rest

But her lovers are remaining strong,
Dedicating their lives to her song
She sings, "tempt me, tempt me, tempt me...
Just wait and see"

Down by the Kennebec
Down by the river bed
She will cut your neck
She will take your head
Track Name: Abolish the Pulpit
This is not my god at work in these men! (The song features a variety of audio clips of Christian evangelists).