Track By Tracks: Stratuz - Osculum Pacis (2022)


1. OSCULUM PACIS:

Lyrically, it speaks of the abuses of the church and its deafening silence in the face of so many denunciations of abuse. It speaks of the manipulation of the masses, and injustice, but at the same time, it also speaks of the awakening of consciousness, of death as a process of transformation, the need to change ourselves in order to rise up and banish our own miseries. It speaks of rising up aware of who we are.

2. MORNING STAR:

Morning Star refers to the first light we see at dawn, that first star reminding us that the first light of the day reaches the spiritually higher men first, just like the last light of the day.

Morning Star represents Lucifer as the bringer of light. Light as knowledge. He is the bringer of light on our planet both in the material and spiritual way, and it's in the hands of each to find their own light and understanding to wake up from so many layers of lies set through time.

3. FATHER AMORTH(e):

This song is dedicated to the late priest Gabriele Amorth or, as he was known in his lifetime, Father Amorth, who was the most respected and important exorcist in the Vatican. Within the song there are Latin verses of the ritual used by the Vatican to perform exorcisms and it invites him to exorcise his brothers for all the outrages they have done against innocents, instead of hunting demons in vulnerable people.

4. HOLY GRAIL:

It is arguably a darkly romantic theme, mixing the desire of a religious lady with someone very contrary to her faith, leading to the point of highlighting the weakness of the flesh and the energy that is released through desire, the value of blood and the chalice between her thighs.

5. CAELIBATUS:

This song speaks of the fragility that can reach any religious person who practices celibacy, this tortuous measure to suppress the desires and the natural punishment to which his body is subjected. The flesh is flesh and everything needs a balance, celibacy definitely does not have any attribute that allows that balance, who knows if this is part of the problem within this institution to commit so many abuses.

6. IN THE NAME OF GOD:

It is a story of a priest who abused a child and takes his own life, he speaks of having committed these faults “In the Name of God” and blames the child for this attraction, however, the torment gives him no rest and he takes his own life as a way of escape, however, this is not enough to erase his atrocity.

7. BACK TO THE SUN:

It could be said that it is a kind of ritual, where a living master who has left a deep mark among his followers through his teachings is bid farewell, and these, as a sign of respect, prepare for his return home, the abode from which we all come. It is the closing of a cycle of transformation, transmutation, life, and death or death and life.

8. SODOMIZED:

It reflects the grotesque and disgusting nature of pedophiles within the Catholic Church, as well as the sarcasm with which they have handled the denunciations and the approving looks often given by the parents of some victims who believed more in the aggressors than in their own children.

9.DAWN:

Dawn is a call for the awakening of consciousness, for progress and growth as individuals, to leave aside the manipulation of religions. It's a call to demolish ignorance so that everyone can raise their voice with strength, but above all with solid foundations. Today we are burdened and saturated by the environment, we live for the sake of living and drifting.

10. LEFT:

This song reflects that emptiness that many people feel internal, that feeling of abandonment, loneliness, neglect, that lack of sense of being on this planet, taking refuge in their own sorrow.

11. CONDEMNED:

It is a rather crude and fulminating theme, as it goes against everything established, the political and religious power to manipulate the masses to their will and interests, a race destined to its own misfortune where mistrust, hatred and revenge reign, where competition is a mechanism to cancel the other, where the suffering or failures of others can be the satisfaction of many. It's a misanthropic song to a certain extent.

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