The Unclenching of Fists

by The Firstborn

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A conceptual album dealing with Tantric Buddhism, «The Unclenching of Fists» is based on the Bardo Thödol (the Tibetan “Book of the Dead”), its writing required deep research in order to fully convey the envisioned atmosphere. This involved experimenting with lyrics, and writing illustrative music to each moment in the album… a long, difficult process. In spite of that, and after a year's worth of recording and mixing, “The Unclenching of Fists” was finally completed in early 2005, an intense journey in Flesh, Space and Time towards enlightenment and transcendence. Released through Pro-Con, a side label of well-known portuguese avantgarde label Equilibrium Music, it is a bold endeavour in both music and concept, mixing old-school extreme Metal music with an intense and weird twist, and Far Eastern musical atmospheres.

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released April 18, 2005

Bruno Fernandes - Vocals
Paulo Vieira - Guitars
Gustavo Vieira - Synth
Hélder Malícia - Bass

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Rolando Barros - Session Drums.
Nuno Gervásio - Session Lead Guitar.

This recording took place during the year of 2004, at G22 studios, by Paulo Vieira, Bruno Fernandes and The Firstborn. Mastered by Victor Castro. To this process contributed Rolando Barros, performing remarkably all percussion and cymbals, Nuno Gervásio, providing lead guitar on tracks 2 and 13, Guilhermino Martins (courtesy of Thanatoschizo) leading away throughout song 5, and Luís Simões playing sitar on tracks 7 and 9. All samples arranged by Paulo Vieira and Bruno Fernandes.
Cover design, layout and photography by Phobos Anomaly.
The concept behind “The Unclenching of Fists” was devised by Bruno Fernandes, as a journey towards Enlightenment, beyond Space, Time and Flesh. All composition was handled by Paulo Vieira, Bruno Fernandes and The Firstborn. The lyrical component was developed by Bruno Fernandes, inspired by the Bardo Thödol, the Tibetan “Book of the Dead” and a limited amount of personal experience.

As trees bear fruit, may these songs produce the fruit of a good karma. This record is dedicated to the good of all beings.

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Like lions among men, THE FIRSTBORN come forth as a true force of nature within a movement where mindless, continuous repetition of the same old formulas is often mistaken for talent. The new album «Lions Among Men» is now out and it represents the ultimate stride forward in the path treaded since the band’s inception in the mid-nineties, following 2008’s critically acclaimed «The Noble Search». ... more

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Track Name: Torn From Within (Awakening)
Perceive…
This timeless, breathless figure,
Stone-like against the coming storm
In desperate vigil – Torn from Within…

Torn from Within
I am…
Having seared in my mind
The anguish, the loss and the pain…

Reborn from Within
I am…
One with the wind,
And one with the plains…

I drowned, in laments…
And rode on, reborn
Yet torn…
Track Name: To Roam the Endless Plains
I am now the raging fiend
Riding the wings of a frozen wind…
For the horizon beckons, it beckons me forth.

Wanderer – without perception
Wanderer – without direction

Is it my fate, to roam the endless plains?

A dead world blazes behind
A dead world burns in my mind
And the flesh with it…

A spirit of the steppe
I became ethereal
I perpetuate digression
And the illusion
Of ascension…
In circles dimmer and dimmer…

To find, one must know what to search…
Track Name: Perception
Instrumental piece
Track Name: Path of the Mindwalker
Reborn…
Vaulting the waters of the vast Oceans of pain.

I embraced the Diamond Paths…
And elevated the Self.

I wander, solemn
Unrestrained by carnal bonds
Channeling the essence of the parallel “I”
Through mind-searing channels of Fire
Towards thresholds to be
As the thousand faces of Perfection
Gaze upon me…

Supratemporal.

Wandering – Motionless…

Discipline does convey transcendence,
And with it, the splendor of the unseen…

I stand, in defiance of Death
Upon this Path.
Track Name: Voyage
Drifting,
In vertical motion
Beyond an horizon
That bleeds…
Chanting,
In shamanic trance
As shadows dance
In spirals…

Of longing…

Voyage – Static Pilgrimage

Shifting,
Shattered husk of Delusion
Beyond myriad horizons
That bleed…

That bleed its seeds
Onto frailest skin
Fiery, within
Remembrance seethes

Voyage – Static Pilgrimage

Dreaming,
Of still waters
Held in mid-air
As spirals…

Spirals of Wisdom,
Wherein peace lies…

Vastness… I cease to be.
Track Name: Fire Channels
Visualize,
Exorcise
The multiplicity of the Self
In layers
Of liquid Flame

Burn, soiled flesh o´mine
Burn, and begone!
That I may ascend
In fiery grace

All-knowing,
All-consuming
Equilibrium of perfection
Of perception
In purest Flame

Blinded was I
By the radiance of Enlightenment

A Seer I became
In labyrinths of Flame…
Track Name: Movement for Practising the Way
Instrumental piece
Track Name: The Roaring Voice of the God of Death
The Roaring Voice of the God of Death

Journeys do end
So others begin…

Greeted by echoes
Of the Unseen…

Abandonment
Is the Harbinger of abstraction
Essence of dreams – dreams of realities
Beyond and Within

The claws of the Black One thrust forth,
Tearing the “I” asunder.

Abandonment…

Frail… to the point of non-existence
Abandoning the husk of flesh
Towards transcendence…

The Roaring Voice of the God of Death

Drinking of Heaven
On the roof of the World…

Outside a shell
So fragile and cold…

Joining the echoes
Of the Unseen…
Track Name: Of Time and its Absence
Wandering…
Slowly above the conceptualized Mind…
Changing…
Awaking a dormant, developing Mind
Beyond Time
Beyond Flesh
When Time is absent…

Meditating in silence…

Experiencing a deep connection with Padmansabhava
I beheld, as the whole Universe transformed into Guru Rimpoche´s mandala
Surrounded by a circular rainbow from which light radiated and flowers fell like rain
Wherein stood his eight emanations…

In radiant warmth...

Amidst oceans of dancing daka and dakini,
Focused in highest samadhi…

Dpal gsang-ba ´dus-pa´i gnad kyi don gsal-ba
(Elucidating the meaning of the essential point of the Shrî Guhyasamâja)

Destroying attachments, developing rigpa…
Focused anew, within highest tantra…

I beheld, as the whole Universe transformed into Guru Rimpoche´s mandala
Surrounded by a circular rainbow from which light radiated and flowers fell like rain
In compassionate warmth...
Track Name: Ten Offerings to Mahâkâla
1. spyan-´dren / invitation

Step forth, Black One
Take our flesh
In your six-armed Embrace.
Great Dark One, nag-po chen-po,
Drink our Souls
And spit them back,
That we may perceive
Our one thousand Deaths…

2. mchod-pa / offerings

Take our meager offerings
Unveil our eyes
To Magnificence
Beyond the five senses
That we may reach
The sixth…

3. bstod-pa / praises

Six-armed Gönpo,
mgon-po phyag drug-pa;
Fierce protector,
Guard our Earth from Evil.
Mahâkâla,
We greet you in praise,
Grant us Strength,
And Wisdom…
Track Name: Golden Libation
Instrumental piece
Track Name: Absolute
Absolute –
A circle's completion
Is blinding Perfection

All and naught – again…
All I sought – again…

I am but the Vigilant learner,
In Wisdom enlightened
By the blazing thousand-fold memories
Of my Pasts,
Of my distant Pasts…

Absolute –
A circle's completion
Is entrancing Perfection

I am but the Silent beholder,
In Wisdom uplifted
As dust from long-dead Stars
That we are…
That we all are…
Track Name: The Unclenching of Fists
Born of flesh and dirt, cleansed in liquid Flame,
Through Oblivion and Despair, beckoned forth in blissful, absolute clarity…
Transcending the cycle of mortality, I revel in the absence of Time,
Beyond the boundaries of physical Space.
My fists, at last, unclenched…

Crushed by Enlightenment, the Longing is no more
No longer clinging to this frail existence
Subduing Yama´s magnificent roar
Bondless, in Time and Space…

Envisioning Nirvana…

Meditating on ati yoga views,
I destroy the three roots of Ego (Ignorance, Passion, Aggression)
With the energy of Yamantaka Trochu
Trampling the host of woes…

I have risen from Flesh
My fists, unclenched…
Beyond mind and karma,
Envisioning Nirvana…

Born of flesh and dirt, cleansed in liquid Flame,
Through Oblivion and Despair, beckoned forth in blissful, absolute clarity…
Transcending the cycle of mortality

Facing the poison of molten Iron…

I revel in the absence of Time,
Beyond the boundaries of physical Space.
My fists, at last, unclenched…

Cutting past the chains of Duality
Towards the aspect of Manjusri
Fully awakened, enlightened awareness
Beyond the five elements…

I have risen from Flesh
My fists, unclenched…
Beyond mind and karma,
Envisioning Nirvana…