Woe to the Vanquished

by Venus Victrix

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paul rote Very nice acoustical versions of 3 of their songs. I haven't been inspired to spend $7 for the heavier LP yet. I have a lot in that vein already. But this is awesome for $1. Favorite track: Tsukuyomi (acoustic).
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"Woe to the Vanquished" was my immediate idea following Venus Victrix (volume I). It isn't the first time that I distinctly heard in my mind's ear an alternate version of a song as soon as I wrote it, featuring strings, and it's something that I definitely plan to do again (if not in this project, then in others). Tsukuyomi was thus conceived as an acoustic guitar/string version almost at the same time as it was recorded as an electric version. But releasing one song isn't very fun so I selected two more that I felt were appropriate.

Enclosed are three tracks from Volume I, stripped down to their acoustic origins (as that is how I write almost all of my songs). The second two have been fairly popular, but Tsukuyomi has not been - I'm hoping that, for those who enjoyed the album, these versions will present these songs from another perspective, another angle, reveal something more primitive and essential about them, and will therefore let them be heard in a different way.

This album will remain free for this month, at least until I run out of free downloads to hand out (wishful thinking)? Thank you once again to Frederick Tabares for the artwork; thank you also to Carrie Miller on cello, Matt Kjeldsen, Amberly Pierson & Sarah Younkman, as well as Tiffany and the rest of the cult who dildn't appear on this release.

-KJLK

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released September 12, 2014

The voice: Tiffany Marie
Acoustic guitars: KJLK
Cello on Tsukuyomi: Carrie Miller
Engineered by: M. Kjeldsen

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The mystery cult of Venus Victrix is currently served by KJLK (instruments, composition & lyrics), Tiffany Marie (vox & melodies), J Klein (solos), KP Turner (general noise & chaos), and S Colca (additional vox).

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Track Name: Tsukuyomi (acoustic)
On a winter night
Guided by moonlight
To the forest shrine
Geisha painted white
Underneath the moon
The flash of her blade
She cuts off her hair
The moonlight now fades
Tsukuyomi

The shinobi path
Yin and Yang, two halves
Make-up just as mask
Geisha now wears black
Underneath the moon
The flash of her blade
She cuts off her hair
The moonlight now fades
Tsukuyomi

The blackness of night
The moon's perfect white
The Yin and the Yang
Both one and the same
Tsukuyomi
Track Name: Oath of Lucretia (acoustic)
I wrap myself in black
This dress dark as night
A mourning shawl, though none have died
Though when I make my oath
The consequence foreseen
I've seen the sacred scrolls, I know what it will bring
A glimpse into Rome's past,
You'll see - we are a people raised by wolves.
This great dishonor, a crying shame unto Rome's daughter
The scared flame of Vesta's Virgins burns inside of me
A kingdom will fall and a people freed.
To my father's house I fly
With vengeance in my breast
A dagger, sleeve-concealed, destined for my chest
A glimpse into Rome's past,
You'll see - we are a people raised by wolves.
This great dishonor, a crying shame unto Rome's daughter
The scared flame of Vesta's Virgins burns inside of me
A kingdom will fall and a people freed.
My solemn word is pledged
My gilded knife held high,
"By Mars, avenge my death! My oath sealed as I die!"
Track Name: Neptune's Wrath (acoustic)
The storm is raging, tumultuous seas
A blood-red sky, and the kraken set free
I beg you do not raise anchor this day
Your port will be Hades, a watery grave.

And the maelstrom churns
And the maidens they mourn
For the ones who set sail
And the sirens they wail
And the ships they descend
Neptune's Wrath has no end.

The days passing by and I wait by the shore
Why did you leave me? What was it all for?
They tell me that one day you might still return
But in my heart I know that you're gone
Into the wine-dark sea, I know there's no hope for thee
Into the wine-dark sea, I know there's no hope for thee

And the maelstrom churns
And the maidens they mourn
For the ones who set sail
And the sirens they wail
And the ships they descend
Neptune's Wrath has no end.