Velvet Black Sky

by The Mariana Hollow

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released February 13, 2012

Produced by Danny Russell
Mixed by Brett Caldas-Lima
Mastered by Acle Kahney

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The Mariana Hollow London, UK

We're a five-piece female-fronted alternative metal band from London, UK.

We write dark music with twin guitar lines, pounding rhythms and haunting melodies - songs that'll sink their claws in deeper with every listen.

There's a free EP here on BandCamp, and two other albums on all the major digital stores if you like what you're hearing.

It's good stuff, honest!
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Track Name: Dead Reckoning
Bare your compass and show who you are
I’m unable to learn from the cardinal points of the earth
‘Cause we were lost
From the day we returned
And it brought me to fear
That nothing’s inline anymore

I’m casing the joint
And I’m unbound and fearless tonight
But she’d never tell you why
The stones were left unturned

You became an illusion
And it took my heart to the brink
I had nothing at all to gauge a conclusion
Or to draw the feelings within

Make me a promise and give me the words that I’m craving
I yearn for the markers that lead to your world
Was I cursed , from the day you were born?
I’m led to believe that I’m of no use anymore

I’m casing the joint
And I’m unbound and fearless tonight
But she’d never tell you why
The stones were left unturned

You became an illusion
And it took my heart to the brink
I had nothing at all to gauge a conclusion
Or to draw the feelings within

I hold my breath tonight, and pray it’s nearly time
I hold my breath tonight, and pray it’s nearly time
I was breaking it down for my eyes
For my eyes
Track Name: Your Halo
Captivate your prey
Contort my words
As your confession is withheld and I
Would remain a genuine constant at your side

It was bleak in amidst your subtle vengeance
And I was blind as I lay here
So discreet, well, it hit me as a head-rush
And at once…

I saw your halo,
My god you wear it so well,
My skin was burning up
Halo, no one could see that you fell

No regrets and she’s leaving unscarred
Pull the splinters from my heart

We became estranged, the seasons turned
And I was balancing with careful poise
Not to trigger the cold resentment of your voice

Take the floor, you’re the master of disguises
We are rehearsed, yet unaware
You’re on course and your monologue is waiting
But it won’t…

Reveal your halo,
My god you wear it so well,
My skin was burning up
Halo, no one could see that you fell

No regrets and she’s leaving unscarred
Pull the splinters from my heart
Fall from grace into the fire

Where’s my salvation?  Where’s my salvation?

I confess my agony is not enough
They will find a pedestal to raise you up
I confess my agony is not enough
They will find a pedestal to raise you up

So as the night relieves our charade
We’re undefined the scars begin to fade
Track Name: Stand Your Ground
Walk the line, 'cause no one is free to run wild
Pay the price, for all that is left in our lives

Set your sights a little higher, we're waiting for you at the top
Set your sights a little higher, we're waiting for you

Bite your tongue, make no sound
Know that revenge will come back round
Dig your heels in deeper now
Time is slipping from us all, stand your ground

Time is slipping from us all...

Undermined, the strength of rebellion this time
Fears benign, 'cause we will continue to climb

Set your sights a little higher, we're waiting for you at the top
Set your sights a little higher, we're waiting for you

Bite your tongue, make no sound
Know that revenge will come back round
Dig your heels in deeper now
Time is slipping from us all stand your ground

We hold our own
But we're frayed round the edges
They were lost
As they strayed with the aimless...
We came alive, rejected the living dead
Leave the past behind
Mind set firm on what lies ahead...

Bite your tongue, make no sound
Know that revenge will come back round
Dig your heels in deeper now, deeper now...
Bite your tongue, make no sound,
Know that revenge will come back round,
Dig your heels in deeper now,
Time is slipping from us all stand your ground
Track Name: Knife To The Throat
We had burnt the remnants down to the ground
There was quiet in the unknown, my eyes wide and unheard
You had left to break the news of the dead
I had faded on my own, found myself so far from home

I couldn’t stand the waiting
I’m adrift and beyond

We were drawn into line
Their eyes were fixed on you
Like a knife to the throat that keeps us from falling down

We had strayed; I was consumed by the sound of
Such intentions in my head - that were better unsaid
You had dared to watch as they took a hold
Gripping tight around my neck, led away out of my control

I couldn’t stand the waiting
I’m adrift and beyond

We were drawn into line
Their eyes were fixed on you
Like a knife to the throat that keeps us from falling down

Guarded though it is, my heart will split the pieces with you
Taking all this in my stride, and not reluctantly
I faced this plight
Reclaimed my right
I traded my words
For a place in line
I faced this plight
Reclaimed my right
I traded my words
For a place in line

I couldn’t stand the waiting
I’m adrift and beyond

We were drawn into line
Their eyes were fixed on you
Like a knife to the throat that keeps us from falling down
Track Name: From Failing Hands
How's it come to this,
Did we not recognise our foolish ways this time?
Your iron fist caught me, suddenly off guard
As you turn in the knife, pay respects for a life, they will fall brave

You were out cold,
I could see your frame outline the verses untold
Nothing more to say
I was caught against my will,
it shamed me to know that I’d been right
Eyes averted from the blaze,
relief from the face of our demise

Pray forgiveness on a land that's fraught with unrest and plagued with our blood

Scour the empty heart,
Hear the final words; that vowed the safe return,
As they depart to the end of the world
With an eye on a view that's descended into utter chaos

You know that they'll run in for you at once
Baring the stains on their fingers from the bloodied shake of your hand
History repeats itself,
Control is the hand that tore us up
Our revenge; this violent thrill, remains our privilege and right

Pray forgiveness on a land that's fraught with unrest and plagued with our blood
Charges read, you claim to be our alibi,
But jaded is the mind that paints us blind

Pulses race, so the time is now
Our mistake draws the final hour
Don't pull back, keep us falling down
Force ahead, keep them falling down

Protecting your secrets and lies,
by keeping them close to your side
The reign of changes will follow you down
Track Name: Second To None
They bled for their rights
We’ll speak a sermon of this day
They fled from the fight
You’ll never see them slip away
Facing a process of elimination
I came and despised and relived my mind as a child

Bravely shedding their armour one by one
Meet me, where all resentment’s dead and gone

Leave your mark on the door
There must be a better way, release the cure
With the rise of the sun
Leaving with a getaway second to none

The way we reside has weakened my stride
It leaves me with broken bones
The truth is misplaced, the soul paralysed
We walk in a sea of clones
And here lies the onus of my contemplation
The bane of my life is breeding a will in these eyes

Hear me, discard the apathetic curse
Can’t you see your condition’s getting worse?

Leave your mark on the door
There must be a better way release the cure
With the rise of the sun
Leaving with a getaway second to none

My days were numbered by the grind
It drains my life away
Relight the paths that we once knew
And leave eternal grey

I lay uncovered with a smile
And kept the past at bay
I’ll play with fire in the dark
‘Cause faith won’t light the way

Leave your mark on the door
There must be a better way release the cure
With the rise of the sun
Leaving with a getaway second to none
Track Name: The Line Of Fire And Blood
We stood by, watched the bombs drop
Traced them right from the top
Now there was my city; cold and unled
(and I was chilled to the bone)
Weak, as if to appease the undead

This view put a thorn in my side
Are we done?
Still unheard, this is not the last one...

What is to blame; the curse of this bleak terrain?
In the oblivion our silence further fuels their reign

They collide in the onslaught
True intent is unknown
Now spare the lies and address us aloud
Speak the words of which we can be proud

This view put a thorn in my side
Are we done?
Still unheard, this is not the last one...

What is to blame; the curse of this bleak terrain?
In the oblivion our silence further fuels their reign

So, I was waiting, the uncertainty left me to lie
So, I was waiting, as the turbulence taught me to ride

I would watch as the thousands parade in
"They said all hope is lost"
Unconvinced that our efforts are failing
They march ahead, screaming...
I cannot, cannot and will not refrain
through the darkest night
I cannot, cannot and will not refrain
through the darkest night
As the moon rises slowly to soften the earth that's strewn with loss
Can we ever be trusted to savour the time that's left for us?

Bind me in, hold me down,
keep my attention with your blanket of hatred
Bind me in, hold me down,
keep my attention with your blanket of hatred

What is to blame; the curse of this bleak terrain?
In the oblivion our silence further fuels their reign
Track Name: Breathe
In a land of fallen hope and endless greed 
We will disregard all that's real 
Aims we'll prove nothing by 
Live by the roll of the dice 
 
(Pave the way for our descent) 
If the mind is undone can we stop we're thinking? 
If the trail leads us wide can we stop what we're hearing now? 
Until the world is brave enough we will hide our mistakes... 
 
We were laid to rest numb with fear 
Writhing in our own chaos here 
Break free out of your confines 
Breathe and welcome the night 
 
(Pave the way for our descent) 
If the mind is undone can we stop we're thinking? 
If the trail leads us wide can we stop what we're hearing now? 
Until the world is brave enough we will hide our mistakes... 
 
Feed the fascination in our sins 
Feed the fascination in our sins  
You're not alone, the enemy loves you 
'Cause you play all of their games 
 
We were bound to the edge of the world 
And all hope is now lost in our wake 
Feed the fascination in our sins 
Feed the fascination in our sins  
 
We were bound to the edge of the world 
And all hope is now lost in our wake 
 
And they closed on my last right 
As I worked my fingers to the bone 
And they closed on my last right 
As I worked my fingers to the bone
Track Name: Weight Of The World
I was slowly retracing my steps, but they’re covered over
And I’m relaying my words for good measure, but I’m no further
And I was caught up in the sullen gaze of your eye
Must the silence linger on?
The flames illuminate the subtleties I’m denied
And now this is truth enough

You gave a light to my darkest hour
And I was running, as the feelings devoured
And you were akin to my darkest mind
When I was running from the demons behind

I’m not going to be holding my breath when you step a little closer,
The edge has beckoned your body for years,
Why have you never chosen to jump?
We’re turning over so I summon strength to my hands and my mouth, from speaking up
The flames illuminate the subtleties I’m denied,
And now this is truth enough

You gave a light to my darkest hour
And I was running, as the feelings devoured
And you were akin to my darkest mind
When I was running from the demons behind

How did we fall?
When did this become a game?
I bared my soul, but with no response and no avail
Can we begin?
Do we still resent in vain?
I still feel blessed, to have known the skin and lips so pale

Shedding the skin, ‘cause it held you back
My patience led me to no other reason
Cutting the ties in the breaking light
But my distrust was bound to us

You gave a light to my darkest hour
And I was running, as the feelings devoured
And you were akin to my darkest mind
When I was running from the demons behind
And I would run in the rage of the storm
As you were caught with the weight of the world
And I would run in the rage of the storm
As you were caught with the weight of the world
Track Name: The Fate Of Man
Lonely we ride into our oblivion
As the world has stopped turning
There's not a trace of hope or salvation
Nothing's left when darkness prevails

Know, that it was left up to you and we died here
It was left up to you and we failed
It was left up to you and we died here

As the dawn sheds light on our kingdom
We watched it slowly turning to dust
All fears aside we'll fight to the very end
In the hours that long to remain

Know, it was left up to you and we died here
It was left up to you and we failed
It was left up to you and we died here

This illusion embedded itself
In my cold unforgiving eyes
Waiting patiently for it to stop
Caught in a trap of inherent lies

I felt the burning but I heard no sound
I watched the water tearing through this land

There's a fear running under my skin
Wakes me cold in the dead of night
All that's left is a silhouette
Draped in torment and sacrifice

I felt the burning but I heard no sound
I watched disorder seal the fate of man
I knew my failings I was well informed
We've lost our way and of our own accord

Hold me close and we'll hit the ground running...