Tome of the Future Ancients

by Ice Dragon

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about

To Whom It May Concern:

I recently discovered the manuscript while rambling in the woods with my dog. It was a few weeks shy of the vernal equinox, and the fine ends of the trees had just begun to show green. My hound had left me alone on the trail to go nose about the scrub—and possibly ferret out something living to eat—when suddenly I heard him calling. I found him pawing furiously at the ground in front of a weird tree with a huge trunk and massive branches sprouting low. Its bark was hard as granite and almost blue in color. My dog ceased his digging and looked at me, seemingly imploring me to dig further. I loosened the soil with my knife and continued the excavation until I struck something hard: it was a bound volume bearing the engraving “Tome of the Future Ancients by Ice Dragon." Inside, the leaves were filled with inscrutable symbols, ritualistic diagrams, and illustrations of strange flora and fauna. Even the must that invaded my nose as I turned the pages was alien.

What had I found?

Once home, I began to research and quickly discovered that there was a musical entity named Ice Dragon who worked in a basement not far from where the book had been. I contacted them to see if they had hidden it as some sort of promotional stunt. When I mentioned the engraving on the front, there was a pregnant pause on their end of the line. They assured me they had no knowledge of the book. However, what they revealed next gave me pause:

They had just completed their third album, and it was titled Tome of the Future Ancients. It was to be released on the day of the equinox. Sure enough, this turned out to be true.

By now, I was almost certain they were simply in the business of creating hype. There was no doubt they were responsible for the creation and burying of the book. Or so I was convinced, until carbon dating proved ineffective, and my academic peers who specialize in cryptography responded to my inquiries with blank looks.

Then, quite simply, the book vanished. One day it was in my study, and the next it was gone. Perhaps one of my colleagues grew jealous of my discovery and stole it; perhaps the woman who cleans my house disposed of it in fear upon opening it. Truthfully? I’m almost relieved it is gone for I hadn’t experienced a restful night since bringing it into my home. My dreams were black, and my dog would bay at the threshold of the room that held the damned book.

For now, the only Tome of the Future Ancients by Ice Dragon available for study is this one. May it always be so.

—Professor Cepheus Hallow

credits

released 20 March 2012
Joe – Bass guitar, acoustic guitar, mellotron, sitar
Ron – Vocals, drums, theremin, synthesizers
Carter – Electric guitars, acoustic guitar, upright bass

Written, recorded, mixed, and mastered at Ron’s Wrecker Service,
2011-2012

Additional musicians:
Ben – Bass guitar on “Astronomical Union”
Samantha and Werner – Vocals on “Crystal Countdown Into Alpha”

Cover image from “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” (1905).

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Track Name: Manuscript 408
Words written down so long ago
In a language already gone

From hand of scribe
Down through the pen
And marked into vellum

Cloaked in darkness
The secret remains
Hidden from us for all time

The ravings of a madman
Or learned scholar
We may never know why

Brought forth while in possession
Of knowledge from other realms

Through supernatural process
One may obtain
That which is withheld


The scryer, the seer
Can talk to beings
Who remember the ancient days

When men were more
When they weren’t lost
In their mathematical ways

32 gone, 240 remain
Torn out by a dark mage

Who knew of the power
Held within
They are in use to this day


Herbal
Astronomical
Biological
Cosmological
Pharmaceutical

When all combine
Madness of the mind
Destroy all life
And reset time

When all combine
Madness of the mind
Destroy all life
And reset time
Track Name: NATIAIWS
Throw away my cigarette
Watch it bounce across the pavement

Mindlessly walking
Tryin’a figure out where the day went

I don’t seem to know much of anything anymore
Can’t seem to get my life back to where it was before

I sit and stare at the wall
I don’t know anything at all

Sometimes I want to kill myself
Is writing it down a cry for help?

I wish you’d all leave me alone
An infinite cage was my home

Not all that I am is what’s shown
Track Name: Man Sitting in a Field of Green Grass
Sometimes we need to sit in the grass
Relax our minds and let the time pass

Each blade has thoughts it could tell us
But sometimes they won’t because they’re jealous

Let our minds separate from our flesh
We don’t need them anyway

Relax a little and just take a rest
We have nothing to do today

Roots sprout from our thighs
Sitting Indian style
We’ve been here oh so long
We’ve been here quite a while

Shake the seeds out of our hair
Where they land little we’s grow everywhere
Track Name: Illuminations Foretold
Watch all matter form
Into giant terror worm

All enemies defeat
Crush, kill, mangle, eat

Watch all matter form
Into giant terror worm

All enemies defeat
Crush, kill, mangle, eat

Crush, kill, mangle, eat


Illuminations Foretold
The coming of one through the fold

Time is illusion old
Nothing ever grows

Illuminations Foretold
The coming of one through the fold

Time is illusion old
Nothing ever grows

Nothing ever grows

Entropy reigns
Disorder takes hold

Forever expand
Forever cold
Track Name: Steal Away From Hell
There are things I hope to find
I’ll be gone when they arrive

There is nothing left inside
Memories now lost in time

In much wisdom is much grief
Gaining knowledge sorrow increase

In much wisdom is much grief
Gaining knowledge sorrow increase


I’ll run until my lungs burst
From my mouth blood runs

Break this prison
Devour the frame

Defeated by none… save myself


Take shelter from thyself
Bid the world farewell

Spring forth from out of torment
Try to steal away from hell

What is this that they call life
All we know is hurt and strife

What is this that they call life
All we know is hurt and strife


I’ll run until my lungs burst
From my mouth blood runs

Break this prison
Devour the frame

Defeated by none… save myself
Track Name: Astronomical Union
I saw you in a constellation

You were looking straight down at me

With stars for eyes, you lit up the sky

And even in darkness I could see


Your hair fell in trails of cosmic dust

Your figure connected out of the dots

Will you come down to me?

Or should I come up there and see?


We know each other but no one knows us
We know each other but no one knows us
We know each other but no one knows us
We know each other but no one knows us
We know each other but no one knows us
We know each other but no one knows us
Track Name: The Black Book of Hours
Bow to the virgin
Prostrate thyself

In the hour of death
Cry forth for help

Then descends
From out of the pitch

Cloaked in the sins
You would never admit

O Intemerata Obsecro Te
O Intemerata Obsecro Te
O Intemerata Obsecro Te
O Intemerata Obsecro Te

The Memitim’s come to take you away
The Memitim’s come to take you away

The black book of hours
Upon its wrists

Pray to your god
This cannot exist

As the heart panteth
After thee

From that book
Beg do not read


The black book of hours
Opens again

Upon your death
Its pages read


Oh god
Break the teeth of their mouths

Fangs of the young lions
Tear out

Oh god
Break the teeth of their mouths

Fangs of the young lions
Tear out
Track Name: Night
NIGHT
Track Name: Crystal Countdown Into Alpha
7 Root Chakra, Red
6 The Sacral, Orange
5 The Solar Plexus, Yellow
4 The Heart Chakra, Green
3 The Throat, Blue
2 The Third Eye, Indigo
1 Crown Chakra, Orchid
Track Name: The Bearded Mage
The bearded mage
The bearded mage

Beneath a sickle moon
Reads the ancient tome

The bearded mage



Lost in the glow
Of the candle by the window

Fire burn slow
The trees are laden with snow

Fire burn slow
The trees are laden with snow


I have ascended straight into the clouds
Spoke into them and made lightning burst out

All power lies in the book upon the page
It lies in waiting for the bearded mage


Gaze among the shelves
Many hoary volumes dwell

All known too well
Indecision casts a staying spell

Settle on the same
It’s been read and read again

Familiar decay
Tales of hurt and sorrow and pain


I have ascended straight into the clouds
Spoke into them and made lightning burst out

All power lies in the book upon the page
It lies in waiting for the bearded mage


I’ve seen my death in the flames
Stared for hours on end

When one gets this old
He knows nothing but pain

Constant pain
Old and decrepit
Life beginning to wane

All birds fly away
An image cast upon the lake

By my hand the sky shall fall
And the earth shall quake

And the earth shall quake
Track Name: Adoration of Ra
Adoration of Ra

When riseth he

In emerald horizons

East of thee


That which existeth

That which not yet become

Leadeth in his train

Toweth in triumph


In the name of the doorkeeper

The one who does not rest

I have poured the water on

The cuttings of the flesh