Tales of a Sightless City

by Mad God

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Tales of a Sightless City has been in the making since 2015 and we are finally proud to present Mad God's first full length album.

Mad God is heavily inspired by the works of H.P Lovecraft, evident by our name which is a reference to the great old one Cthulhu. The songs are a collection of horror stories about nightmares, drugs and the things that keep us awake at night. A slow descent into madness.

We are Hillsong for Cthulhu.

We are Mad God.

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released July 1, 2017

Guitar and vocals - Tim
Bass - Jarred
Drums - Patrick

Album Artwork by Lyle Van'Dango

Drums recorded at Darkstar Studios by Chad de Aguiar.
Thanks to Kevin Leicher for letting us use his amazing studio space.
Guitars recorded at Backline Studios by Baby (Evert Snyman).

Rest of the album tracked, mixed and mastered by Tim Harbour. Thanks to Pat for a second ear on the mastering.

All music and lyrics written by Tim except the music for Green Guardian which was written by Tim and Pat.

Also thank you to anyone who has been a part of our journey and process in realising this album. Without the support from our families, loved ones, the people who come to our shows and the bands who inspire us in the South African music scene we wouldn't be where we are today. Goat Throne, Corax, Ruff Majick, The Deaf Commission, Pollinator and STRAGE, whether you play stoner rock, sludge, doom or just support our music, you guys have been part of the reason we keep doing this, so thank you.

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Track Name: Limerence
Wandering through the meadows I discovered a dark, enchanted wood
Shifting faces gazing back upon me whispering in unknown tongues
As I moved to turn around but in the corner of my eye I saw a lady running
A look of fear in her eyes.

I moved to chase her through the grinning trees
As unseen hands grabbed at my clothes
I did not know what I would find ahead
I just knew that must keep pressing on

I found myself in a clearing, the smell of burning herbs and incense
I gazed upon the maiden bathing in a pool
She called out to me and in an instant I found myself beside of her
Her hands all over me
Yeah

And as I felt the blood run down my chest
From an unseen wound torn in my throat
As gore and viscera sprayed up into the air
The maiden laughing, feasting on my flesh

Alright now.
Track Name: Green Guardian
The general rides across the line, shouting orders we may die tonight
He sees the men are terrified, word is the enemy can't die
Corpses raised up to fight, black magic fills the night
Faced with death and defeat we call upon dark forces
Embracing the night

The priests they chant their phrases and breath in the smoke of the Old Gods
The magic of the pagan gods flows through our veins
Out comes the champion, armoured all in green
He raises his voice to the heavens and lets out his scream

Green Guardian

Arise green guardian, born of earth infused with chaos
His sword brings judgement, his visage feared
All around him lie the mages, ripped limb from limb
He turns his sword to us to cleanse us from the Earth.
Track Name: The Cursed One and the First Flame
I have been reborn, wrought by centuries of fire
And my soul may perish
I will fight the encroaching dark

The cursed one and the first flame.

Through fire and ice and underground
I will seek the hidden crowns
When reunited the old king once proud
Will grant us power to overcome death

The cursed one and the first flame

I face the arbitration of many years of sin
Invading those whose souls can be easily sought
Thirsting for blood
I wish to be drenched in blood
Thirsting for blood

I bear the curse, yet I am to become king
Of life or death, either way
As I begin to ascend the cycle begins again
I am the cursed one
I am the chosen undead

The cursed one and the first flame
Track Name: Nebula Riders
Across galaxies I ride
Wicked demons close behind
Crossing nebula's my mind begins to fade
I inhale gravity to bring me back to sanity

Magnificent places I have seen
Watched the Mountains of Mars topple and fall
Visited Planet Caravan
And watched myself die standing on the edge of time

Through space and time I have lived
While wicked demons draw ever closer
And as I fall back down to Earth
Thoughts of murder and drugs fill my mind.
Yeah
Track Name: Entity of Smoke and Blood
Smoke from the candles rose, to the thatched roof above
Underneath it robed figures waited
They drew the rites in black sand on the ground
And breathed deep of the Old Gods sacred herb

In came the sacrifice
A female child dressed all in white
Bearing the symbol of our unholy lord
They lay her on the table

Using a stone knife they cut into her
Addled by the drugs the child makes not a sound
Gently she drifts away
But what the cultists find, they did not wish to find

Entity of smoke and blood.