Threshold

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Threshold is Chronilus' long-awaited debut album! 12 songs covering a wide variety of influences.

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released December 13, 2014

Bone Deep the Bard - djembe, doumbek, electric bass, other percussion
Sonia MJ - vocals, keyboard, viola, conga, tamborine, other percussion
Manfred More - electric and acoustic guitars
Caera - vocals, Celtic harp, tamborine

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Chronilus Seattle, Washington

Chronilus is a new Celtic Fusion band from the Seattle area. Their enchanting vocal harmonies float over a musical landscape created by historical, traditional, and modern instrumentation, from all around the world.

Forging original compositions & new interpretations from ancient poems, myths, and contemporary works, Chronilus is adrift in the aether of a timeless human experience.
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Track Name: Ecstasy
Ecstasy
lyrics by Sonia MJ

Fix my gaze to the firelight
Flames lick the Milky Way, dancing bright
The drumskins roar the tribal cadence
That summons forth the feral maidens

They dance in a circle to the right
Swinging their hips to their inner sight
Their inhibitions left behind
The sights and sounds freeing their minds

Chorus:
They sway
Shimmer in the energy
Sway
Shiver in the ecstasy
Sway
Rise, ecstasy
Roaring through me
Rise, ecstasy
Ooh igniting me
Rise, ecstasy
Roaring through me
Rise, Rise

This revelation cannot be preached
In movement pure ecstasy is reached
As the maidens are dancing to and fro
You feel your spirit start to go

Up with smoke your spirit flies
Your sense of passing time unwinds
This is how it feels to be free
In the throes of ecstasy

Chorus

Take my hand and we'll join the dance
Fire girl twirl the flaming lance
The energy is flowing strong
Know this feeling can't be wrong

Spinning to the beat of the tribal drum
Your soul transforms your body hums
Merge with the moment and simply be
In the throes of ecstasy

Chorus
Track Name: Brigid
Brigid
lyrics by Caera

A new day for old ways
Her blue eyes a soft gaze
The eastern sky lit by timeless flame
Cresting high and bright like Her name

Chorus:
[Her various names from different places and time periods]
Bríd, Brigit, Bríg, Brighid, Bride, Ffryd, Breesha, Brigte, Bridget...

Well woven words illuminate
Help healer’s hands integrate
Smith’s steel strength forged in fire
Skills we hold 3 sisters inspire

Chorus:

The deep well of imfhios* that starts with a spark
Rising within us enlightening the dark
Surging higher yet it falls in cascades
We are Her fire that never fades

Chorus:

A new day for old ways

*im+fhios = inner knowledge/wisdom. It is a word for intuition in modern Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge)
Track Name: The Mummers' Dance
The Mummers' Dance
lyrics by Loreena McKennitt
Track Name: The Wild in Me
The Wild in Me (radio-friendly version)
lyrics by Bone Deep and Caera

(bridge)
Do not dare be childlike, do not dare be old
Do not do what matters, do what you are told

(verse)
I trusted in your stoic ways, impersonal restrained
I refused to feel my fever, then I could not feel your pain
I’d quoted “Nothing’s good enough without the brand name in it”
Perfection poisons good to death and takes itself down with it

(chorus)
The wild in me, is the good in me
The wild in me, ends austerity

(bridge)
Perfectly pre-packaged, perfectly controlled
Perfectly coercive, long as I withhold

(verse)
Just loose the shame in rutting, there is gold in union’s truth
Valor is connection, endearing and uncouth
Uniting holds the guiding key to peace throughout the world
Empathy, integrity, no accusations hurled

(chorus)
The wild in me, is the good in me
The wild in me, feeds me empathy

(bridge)
Do not show compassion, hardship is deserved
Do not follow passion, follow our reserve

(verse)
Don’t think about those others, they don’t mean the same as you
Yet we all bleed and feel the same so is that really true?
If power’s in your scarcity, then what’s inside our hearts?
Love’s persistence lifts us up, and this is where it starts

(chorus)
The wild in me, is the good in me
The wild in me, brings prosperity
The wild in me, is the good in me
The wild in me, is what sets me free
Track Name: Under a Violet Moon
Under a Violet Moon
lyrics by Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night
Track Name: Gifts of the Faeries (Bronntanais na Síóga)
Bronntanais na Síóga
© Caera 2006

Curfa:
Tá na síóga a’ rince timpeall do chliabhán chun coimirce a’ thabhairt dhuit.
Tá na síóga a’ rince timpeall do chliabhán chun bronntanais a’ thabhairt dhuit.

Versaí:
Is feidir go ngortfaidh daoine thú, ‘s do cholann sobhriste bheag
Ach beidh neart agat is leigheasfaigh tú go tapadh

Is feidir go mbeidh am nuair nach n-éistfidh éinne leat
Ach lá éigin beidh glór ‘ad ag dul istigh i gcroí gach duine á chloisteal

Is feidir go mbeidh tú gan baile nó cairde lá amhain
Ach cloisfidh tú ar gceol, ‘s beidh fios ‘ad nach mbeidh tú leat féin

Is feidir trí na cruatain seo nach ngéilfidh tú roimh gruaim
Ach gheobhaidh tú séan is sonas i gceol ‘s i ndúchas i gconaí

Is feidir go mian leat a bheidh pairteach den damhsa na síóga
Ach beidh fios agat cén fath go bhfuil tú pairteach sa domhan seo

Translation;
Chorus:
The fairies are dancing around your cradle to give you protection
The fairies are dancing around your cradle to give you gifts

Verses:
It’s possible people will hurt you and your fragile, little body
But you will have strength and will heal quickly

It’s possible there will be a time when no one will listen to you
But some day you will have a voice that touches the heart of everyone who hears it

It’s possible one day you will be homeless and without friends
But you will hear our music, and you will know you’re not alone

It’s possible through these hardships you will not give in to depression
But you will always find joy and prosperity in music and in nature

It’s possible you will wish to join our dance [and be a fairy]
But you will know why you are part of this world
Track Name: Byker Hill
Byker Hill
English traditional

If I had another penny
I would have another Jill
I would make the piper play
"The Bonny Lass of Byker Hill"

chorus:
Byker Hill and Walker Shore
Collier lads forever more
Byker Hill and Walker Shore
Collier lads forever more

The pitman and the keelman Jim
They drink bumble made from gin
Then to dance they do begin
To the tune of "Elsie Marley"

chorus

When first I went down to the dirt
I had no cow nor no clean shirt
Now I've gotten 2 or 3
Walker Pit's done well by me

chorus

Geordie Charlton he had a pig
He hit it with a shovel and it danced a jig
All the way to Walker Shore
To the tune of "Elsie Marley"
Track Name: Longing
Longing
(c) Caera 2004/ revised 2013

chorus:
I long for a lover whose heart is like the sea
One who knows our source and can journey there with me
Whose gentle touch soothes deep through my skin
And whose beauty shines from a treasure deep within

verse 1:
My heart has been hurt and I have been scared
I have fled my heart and have taken to the air
I flown so high, it didn’t seem real
Now I’m back with trust in my heart’s strength to heal

verse 2:
My heart is a place I myself have just now known
It's a vibrant place where all life is healthily grown
And hidden deep where there can be no hate
Ancient temples full of treasure lie in wait


verse 3:
I've searched o'er the mountains and over the seas
But the love I seek so far has eluded me
So now I shine my own inner light
That she may find me as I search for her by night
Track Name: The Rede (An It Harm none)
The Rede (An It Harm None)
lyrics by Christopher Bingham

I've been blessed with many lovers and I'd grant the same to you
Though I suppose I'd skip a broken heart or two
I confess that I am troubled by that pious vocal few
When they cross the line and tell us what to do

Bridge:
Ah but life's too short for all this worry, I offer myself to you whole
Oh and life's too long for lies to carry any more weight in this world

Chorus:
An it harm none, do what you will
As the circle has bound us, bound we are still
Though the bottle be empty, may the cup remain filled
An it harm none do what you will

I will call the four directions, I will cast a circle here
I will put my feet upon the holy ground
In the shadow there reflected I will find and face my fear
And we all know there is fear aplenty 'round

Every act of love and pleasure is a prayer along the way
With everything between the living earth and sky
When it's all of life we treasure in our endless spinning days
In our actions they will know us by and by
Track Name: Heave Home
Heave Home
a Lammas song by Bone Deep

In a blackberry patch ripened under the Moon
Stands sweat-soaked Pan with a fist full of boon
Berries for mashing and berries for trade
The night is alive with the moans to be made -- my home

Chorus:
Brave explorer leap ashore
Claim what you here for
Heave home
Measured Mercury take aim
Set focus on the claim
Heave Home

Wine of the science, and wine of the art
Nectar of commerce, comingled with heart
Tension of labor released in your shade
The night is alive with more to be made -- my home

Chorus

Bow arch back to the best degree
Compound wheels hoist twice as free
Best point of depth, best ruler of strength
Homing in, locking on love's wavelength -- my home

Chorus

Cohesive light, best balance of gain
Transmute intake to output humane
Disintegrate surplus for usable parts
Integrate essence as fuel for the heart -- back home
Track Name: A Promise Unbroken
A Promise Unbroken
(c) Caera 2003

When you're far from home
And you're all alone
And too tired to roam
You can still find me

When the wind blows strong
And the hours burn long
You'll still hear my song
You can still find me

(chorus music)
I am the strength no one can take
I am the faith nothing can shake

When a grief like lead
Weighs down your head
You feel hope is dead
You can still find me

When your friends have gone
And you cry 'till dawn
You must still push on
You can still find me

(chorus music)
I'm wisdom in the trees and the earth
That you have felt calling since birth
I am in you, your dreams, and your soul
I bring you love, I keep you whole

When the ones you thought
Would have helped a lot
Their own comfort sought
You can still find me

When you fly away
From where the unhealed prey
And have no place to stay
You can still find me

(chorus music)
I am the strength no one can take
I am the faith nothing can shake
I'm your desire to become free
I'll make you all you long to be

[instrumental verse]

When the moon shines bright
Where you sleep at night
And your dreams take flight
You can still find me

(full/end chorus)
I am the strength no one can take
I am the faith nothing can shake
I'm your desire to become free
I'll make you all you long to be
I'm wisdom in the trees and the earth
That you have felt calling since birth
I am in you, your dreams, and your soul
I bring you love, I keep you whole
Track Name: The Wild Hunt
The Wild Hunt
lyrics by Sonia MJ

I dreamt of a haunted autumn wood on a full moon night
I stood in a clearing of moss-covered trees bathed in light
As I sit and listen to the wind, I sense a change in my forest kin

The trees go silent as the sound of charging hooves grows
I hear a distant horn call the charge as a raven crows
I'm frozen in place as the fear grips me, as I look to the left I begin to see

Through a break in the trees comes a large black steed with the body of a deer
Ridden by a man and flanked by wolves that sense my fear
The man draws up and calls his beasts; he stares at me as he drops to his feet
I'm unable to move or speak

Chorus:
Have you ever felt like this before?
The power of attraction leaves me wanting more

He never takes his eyes off mine as he draws close
He gestures to the shadows behind and I see the lost souls
I'm hypnotized by his power, but something inside me refuses to cower

I nod to agree and without a word he mounts his steed
With a grip of iron he pulls me up and I am suddenly freed
I feel the wind ripping through my hair; as we charge forward I have no cares
In my waking hours I wouldn't have dared

Chorus:
Have you ever felt like this before?
The power of attraction leaves me wanting more

I dreamt of a haunted autumn wood on a full moon night
I stood in a clearing of moss-covered trees bathed in light