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Of Sound Mind

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released October 6, 2009

Justin Maranga – 6 & 12-String Guitars, Electric Sitar, Vocals
Nicholas Long – Bass, Vocals
Brandon Pierce – Drums, Percussion
Chico Foley – Electronics, Keys, Vocals
J. Christopher Watkins – Organ, Piano, Vocals

Additional Musicians:
David Scott Stone – Modular Synth on ‘A Friend’ and ‘The Trial’
Sera Timms – Vocals on ‘The Trial’
Ramiro Zapata – Cello on ‘The Ambrose Law’

All music and lyrics by Ancestors
Produced by Pete Lyman & Ancestors
Engineered by Pete Lyman
Assistant Engineer – Ian MacGregor
Recorded at Infrasonic Sound in Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Mastering

Art and Design by Derek Albeck



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ANCESTORS create mighty, modern music that dovetails innovative arrangement, crushing primordial riff interplay and melodic instrumental passages with textural atmospherics. With both thunderous roar and expansive communiqué, Ancestors are proving to be a quickly-emerging force of musical power and creativity. ... more

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Track Name: Mother Animal
slowly, this season brings release
from the famine of the beast
change of winters
conceive the young
new life will flourish for harvest has come
harvest has begun

this birth of tragedy
them sultans of blindness
flock in diaspora
moving, going nowhere

blessed irony agony
element of suffering
bound by inertia
moving going nowhere
Track Name: Bounty of Age
sparring with the paramount crime: our whim is our purpose
staring through the molecular glaze, may we discover the bounty of age?
we project and transcend, you’ve served your time
he who confides in unwritten law, is the man who cries the Nile
life is much more beautiful, when it means nothing at all!

the shameless difference between; life within the grains, of a mans jaw
or the nectar of the hemlock’s roots; challenge the absurd;
every, living way

knowledge is my own!

victory for those who revel in; a new discourse; owners of thoughts
alive, the union of our sorrows; the shaded respite;
light from darkness

knowledge is my own!

down from the tree, his steady hands carve, a return to the earth
sentient at his time, for he stared into the mirror of possibility
Track Name: The Trial
the salope and the madness she induces, meant to be a stepping stone
in which one avoids cessation, failing lust for creation

scaling the ladder dimension,
with less we are more

loves union, embodiment of error,
too pleased by the fauna

loved orchid grows much further on,
new forms in the zenith
the subtleties of desperation
their kingdom ends
Track Name: The Ambrose Law
modern day: the archetype of mind
this planet, our consciousness
shared duality; facades of polarity; our insanity – the ambrose law!
who dare stop the man?

savage blindfold, jading our ideas
suffices, enough to deprive
opal, grand gorge: knowing is forged
split the heralded body of mind!

with thought, are we traveling

wonder of the multi-mind
what purpose?
liberty of thought

man rise above this insanity
the zenith
the tower
above mankind