Time Lovingly Bled

by Men of Fortune

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From the terrestrial base of Peoria, Illinois, Men of Fortune craft galactic battle hymns for the next millennium. Smokey and dense, their debut full-length is a hypnotic sojourn through rock, prog and psychedelia that’s both cosmic and muscular, ethereality tethered to the beating heart at the center of all. Marrying feral odes and dark lullabies, it’s a seduction consummated on wax as a sacrament for your own astral travels.

“Voices from the Void” begins somewhere between Santana and Queens of the Stone Age, a call to arms reminding us that men have always authored their own stories. From there we journey time and space, stabbing prog opera with a visceral metal assault, bleeding Red-era Crimson, laying siege to the inhuman bonds of ideology.

With bassist Mike Willey joining the rhythmic force of Andrew Sledd and trance-inducing riffs of Joel Madigan, Men of Fortune have become the power trio they always were. An epic passage of spirit, Time Lovingly Bled launches heavy cosmic jams far from the safety of Earth, but its weightless freefall never wears out its welcome.

1. Voices From the Void 2. Some Crystal Dawn 3. The Passing Shame 4. Only Believers 5. Nymphatic Meditation 6. Child of Earth

Recorded by Joel Madigan at Sound of Mind in Peoria, IL. Mixed by Sanford Parker at Hypercube in Chicago, IL. Mastered at Prairie Cat Mastering in Belvidere, IL.

Also available: Lark’s Tongue/Men of Fortune split 12” (EXALT-002)

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released December 31, 2013

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From the terrestrial base of Peoria, Illinois, Men of Fortune craft galactic battle hymns for the next millennium. Smokey and dense, theirs is a hypnotic sojourn through rock, prog and psychedelia that’s both cosmic and muscular, ethereality tethered to the beating heart at the center of all. Marrying feral odes and dark lullabies, it’s a seduction for your own astral travels. ... more

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Track Name: Voices From The Void
Moments washing over, like a child, lost in the puzzle
Sound of memories chime, voices from the void, a return to the void

Once, in the vortex of all that can be
The void of potential still waiting for me

Movement, turning in on itself
Exploring all that can be reached
From within to without is seen
the origin of all that can be

All that is, all that was, manifested fear, realized love

When, as a child in the womb of the mother
Potential resides within the all
There comes a time, every man decides
to take his life to further heights

Voices from the void, a return to the void
Track Name: Some Crystal Dawn
For the love of the fight, in the thick of the shallow night, a movement away
Upon the edge of the clearest sight, in focus of the dimmest light
The moon shines upon the day

Even in oblivion, under the weight of a starless sky, in the shadows it lures me

In the birth of redemption, mother wails in the joy of it, its chance is being

Without a bed to lay in, the night moves me on
There will not be some crystal dawn

To foresee is the curse of a chosen few
The folly of the past sheds some light on the truth
To contemplate for a moment in the dead of night
To move on for fear of losing sight

Without a bed to lay in, the night moves me on
There will not be some crystal dawn
The words once said are broken, defined in the wrong
There will not be some crystal dawn

Deluded in the stay of some crystal dawn
Track Name: The Passing Shame
All in my right to indulge the flame
If I see what might in the passing shame
Seek and I'll find a portion of truth
If my thoughts are aligned in the time of my youth

Half justified, half not to blame
Longings of the heart, questions of the same
Search and what hides is the twinkling inside
If my thoughts decide that my heart is my guide

Sorcerer of perdition, he defies the harmony of one
that searches for the secret chord to unlock the brewer's recipe

Searching for the secret chord to unlock the brewer's recipe

All in my right to mix the divine
Shame dissolved, the glory is mine
Harkens to he that opens his eye
If his thoughts bow down to the light of the skies
If his hand is moved to shed the guise
If his heart will bleed for the wicked and wise
When his will Will lay down
Track Name: Only Believers
In loving disproportion to the eternal gap, a shock of 'what could' stretches forth. Deity of the ether, lord of mysteries' map, measures the worth of hope and fear both. Paradox of only believers, who extend the thought of hope, buying time on loan from the heavens, the lender, the judge whom holds the rope. Tie our hands, cord of restraint, gripped upon the mind. In the moment, faced with yourself, the mirror reflecting all you project. Do the illuminations play with your mind, no time to hide? If it weren't for memories to reflect, the absence of a life would not protect the vacancy of all that is ahead. Time lovingly bled. In the future when all is seen, the past and present there to convene, will we find the silver strand to pull you near, void of fear? Tie our hands, cord of restraint, gripped upon the mind. Despite what might shun the light, you're free to relive.
Track Name: Child of Earth
Child of earth, wicked am I
Cradled in mother's arms to rest
Fat of land, hand in hand with foe
A shock of light, blinding sight sets flame to our home

Son of hope, ancient of days
Mystlic light illuminates the past
Modern tongues, helpless ones can't speak
Holy flame, blazing shame descends, come the end

If it sparks, it will surely burn
Singed in the heavenly scourge
When she moves she shakes the core
Fire and blood, tears and rain
When it comes, we will be reborn
Scattered in the astral flood

My eyes are wide with the hunger of love