As We Were When We Were Not

by Mountains Crave

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'As We Were When We Were Not' is our debut album released via Avantgarde Music.

Inspired by Aldous Huxley’s 1962 lecture on visionary experience, the album explores themes such as spiritual enlightenment, death and the afterlife, and man’s kinship and subsequent alienation from the universe.


released May 13, 2017

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Rob Hobson at Silent City Recording Studio.
Produced by Mountains Crave and Rob Hobson.
All songs and lyrics by Mountains Crave.



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Mountains Crave Leeds, UK

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Track Name: Ynisvitrin
I drift forth from primeval banks
Beckoned on by verdant fronds
Black boughs part waves of verdigris
Hushed by mantles of grey

With crooked oars
I rend the Silvern haze
Nebulous shores
Confound my mortal gaze

The shrouded distance frowns
The mists darken and bruise
An argent, glowing mount
Cast in effulgent hues

Immense, unearthly mass
A Polyphemic head
Thence we all must pass
The isle of the dead

A spectral spire
Wrought from sable frost
Rises from the mirrored surface

The tideless waters
Sublime in purity
Sweep me away from the failing world

Unto forgotten
regions of the soul
Clad in diamond divinity

My vessel has passed away
To commune with the hosts of grey
Forever in that mount to dwell
Until the peeling of the iron bell
Til the life of the world is done
Sit illumined by a second sun
Transcend time in that pearly spire
Gaze transfixed upon the stones of fire
Track Name: Istigkeit (We Saw Them Of Old)
Of old we saw the universe with pristine perception
Blank page of pure mind defiled by vulgar inscription
Blind to clear light of the void, dimmed by evolution

Essence and is-ness, we saw them of old
Ancient awareness, we saw them of old
I feel in my marrow, we saw them of old
I know in my spirit, we saw them of old

Gleaming like Enceladus, a coruscating glow
Lights the deepest darkness, its stream forever flows
Man tragically ignorant, cursed with perishing sight
Unseen palaces of differentiated light

Consciousness obscured
By The Silvern veil
clouds a flimsy raiment
Of boundless space

Before time, entwined in the blackness
Before the dawn of thought

Amorphous sphere, without centre or circumference
Perfect oneness with the void

A galaxy of intense and vital beauty
Domain of the divine

Ascending the clouds of creation
unborn, unmade, unformed

We can feel nothing
We can see nothing
We can hear nothing
We know nothing
Track Name: Clear Light Of The Void
Child of noble family the time has come for you to seek the path
Thy breathing is about to cease. Thy guru hath set thee face to face with the Clear Light;

Earth sinks into water
Water Sinks into fire
Fire sinks into the air
Body fades into ether

Putrefying sun is dawning
Let me hear not of my kin
Their laments and tears of mourning
Aching in my spectral limbs

Remains shrouded and cremated
But wrathful deities Affright
Woe and awe unsublimated
Solemn words sagely insight

May she of white raiment
Protect me through this plight
white stones be my payment
Deliver me unto the clear light

Let the roaring not Affright thee
Echoes of thine intellect
Smoky lights shall not invite thee
Fear not they of grim aspect

Face chrysanthemum mandala
Bathed in transcendental sun
Crumbles chains of bleak samsara
Peace with thee beloved one

Cloaked in the grey light
Isolation, lightless plain
Confounded in twilight
Dementing lunar stranes

Accursed with gnawing hunger
Disembodied, wracked with pain
Astral body torn asunder
Inject the clear light into my veins
[though Stygian chasms beset thee
Looming to the left and right
Holy womb again begets thee
Offspring of mother clear light]

Environs of immortality
Unseen Doorways to living geometry

Luminescence of Infinity
Incandescence swallowed in divinity
Track Name: Arise O Magnificent Sun
Arise o magnificent sun
Ignite the world in ecstatic hues
From this abode of frost
That we might soar in azure skies

Mantle of crippling rust
Our grey iron bones
Into lustrous burnished gold
Find the fibrous lightning of our primal line

Fling wide the thresholds of the mind
Become awash with elemental fervour
An ethereal symphony of glory
Reveal a mirror of infinite beauty

Revivify these atrophied limbs
Ease hearts congealed in rigor mortis
Lament not
For the beauty which is not thine
For sun, moon and stars still shine

From our hearts' icy sinews
We implore thee to appear
Crown us with Diadems of fire
Arise o magnificent sun
Track Name: Theophany

Embedded mute embryo
Budding in the null space
Intricate root system
Of veins and arteries to absent heart

Tranquil in the current
Voicing the vibrations
Being sheds tears of lead
Submerged in swells of sentient splendour

Kindling of Profound truth
Enriching as it travels
Inferno, bones aglow
I become as we were when we were not

Awakened to the cells themselves
With resonance most thunderous
Aflame with lustre wondrous
At profound truth they strive to tell

Confounding revelation
Hidden knowledge heretofore
Shrouded in pregnant metaphor
Divine illumination

Intrinsic eternity
From innermost to nethermost
Corporealise pale ghost
Overwhelming connectivity

I am peace
I am love
Earth beneath
And skies above

Lifts ghosts of words from frosted panes
Rid of fear
sadness and shame

To the song of creation
Alive in jubilation

To the song of creation
Beatific congregation

To the song of creation
Attuned to life's vibration

To the song of creation
Shed mental contagion

From silence and tranquility we came and shall depart
Trees and sky and rainfall whisper music in your heart
Gleaming like Enceladus, a coruscating glow
Lights the deepest darkness, a stream that forever flows
Man transcends his ignorance, beyond perishing sight
To Unseen palaces of differentiated light

Uneclipsed moonbeams
First light is dawning
Your heart sings like the
sun in the morning