Love is The Poison of Life

Of course I’ve been following Agalloch’s decay in the last weeks. Even though I do love this band, I decided not to write a single word about it here on the blog.

And I did it for 2 reasons:

1. I think people, ‘zines, mags and press already told too much about the event. Hence, there’s no point for me to foment the rumble.

2. People close to me know what I think about this, and in case they didn’t, they asked me ‘cause they honestly wanted to know my opinion. Otherwise, I’d prefer to keep my mouth shut (see point just above).

I don’t want to write posts that sound like a dirge. No one has died here, I guess. So, that’s it.
That being said, I wrote this one to respectfully homage them in silence and just let their own words speak for me.

Here I sit at the fire
Liquor’s bitter flames warm my languid soul
Here I drink alone and remember
A graven life, the stain of her memory
In this cup, love’s poison
For love is the poison of life
Tip the cup, feed the fire,
And forget about useless hope. ..

Lost in the desolation of love
The passions we reap and sow
Lost in the desolation of life
This path that we walk. ..

Here’s to love, the sickness
The great martyr of the soul
Here’s to life, the vice
The great herald of misery
In this cup, spiritus frumenti
For this is the nectar of the spirit
Quench the thirst, drown the sorrow
And forget about cold yesterdays. ..

Lost in the desolation of love
The passions we reap and sow
Lost in the desolation of life
This path that we walk. ..
Lost in the desolation of love
The sorrows we reap and sow
Lost in the desolation of life
The path that we walk. ..
                       (“A Desolation Song”, from “The Mantle” – 2002)

 

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About Matteo "Teo" Gruppi 120 Articles
TSL co-founder, co-owner, editor, CEO, reviewer, interviewer and writer. Basically I do a lot of stuff and I can’t get anything done well. I was born in 1991 and started loving music since 1981. Got my very first band in high school and now I play as a lonely dumbass in 3 projects: Chiral, Il Vuoto and |||. I listen to every kind of music as long as it is good and intense. Favourite genres include: everything as long as it’s good! (but also folk, black metal, 70-80’s rock and post-rock).

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