© 2019 by Emanuel Strebel.

THEOPTIA BIO

ABOUT HOREB

The UNBLACK association is happy to support the debut opus of Theoptia. We wish you a thrashing inspiration! UNBLACK is the swiss christian metal network. You find all about us on our

website www.unblack.ch  

HOREB LYRICS

01 Desert
02 Get Up
03 Forty
04 The Only Survivor
05 Silence
06 Storm
07 Quake
08 Fire
09 A Gentle Whisper

Theoptia is a progressive death metal solo project by Emanuel Strebel a multi-instrumentalist and producer from Switzerland. Stylistically it is something different than today’s djent-trend, but whoever enjoys bands like Meshuggah, Gojira or Tool will not be disappointed.

The songwriting process for Theoptia’s debut album “Horeb” began in 2015, it was then recorded , and digitally released in 2017 and in November 2018 physically released. The Unblack association sponsored the physical production (www.unblack.ch).

“Horeb” is a short, heavy, melancholic, dramatic and sometimes foreign sounding concept album about the biblical figure Elijah. Big lyrical themes are suicidal thoughts, depression and an unexplainable, transcending and epic encounter with a cosmic, almighty God. Sound wise it contains complex odd-meters and some experimental native instruments, but it still keeps a headband worthy groove and sometimes even an impressive speed.

“Horeb” was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Carnivore Studio, which consists of Hannes Bachofner and Emanuel Strebel himself. All instruments on the recording were played by Emanuel Strebel himself. This includes electric and accoustic guitar, bass guitar, a drumset and various percussion instruments, synth programming, sitar and vocals. All music and lyrics were composed and written by Emanuel Strebel. The lyrics were corrected and edited by Christopher Powers and are attached or can be found on this page as well.
 

 
 
 
Desert

I flee into the void

Wishing my heart would stop beating

I leave it all behind

Wishing there was no air to breathe

 

My time’s come to an end

Take my life away my Lord

‘Cause my heart is broken

Nothingness is overtaking it

 

Free me from my flesh

Relieve me from my pain

I long for my death

Kill me, I am insane

 

The numbness of my soul

The knife that cuts my skin

There is no breath in me

There are no tears left to shed

 

Fleeing from my past

Running away from sin

My luck did not last

I’m thirsty and I’m thin

 

A fire consumed it all

My sword killed so many of them

I stood there on that mountain

Now I’m in the valley of death

 

Victory did I seek

Eternal defeat have I found

What is my purpose here

They killed all other prophets as well

 

Free me from my flesh

Relieve me from my pain

I long for my death

Kill me, I am insane

Get Up

My son, stop sleeping

Stand up, take this meal

Get some rest, recover

Don’t talk, I’ll feed you

 

You shall live

You shall not die

Prepare for a journey

 

My son, please wake up

Get up, eat this bread

Have rest, drink my blood

Don’t worry, I’ll feed you

 

Look up to the ravens

They do not sow nor reap

Look down at your body

You will for sure feast

 

You shall live

You shall not die

Prepare for a journey

 

My strength is in you

No fear shall remain

As the fear of the Lord

 

You shall live

You shall not die

Prepare for a journey

Forty

Forty days, don’t look back

Forty nights, walk this path

Forty years of fasting

Forty years of fighting

 

This is the way of justice

A whole generation shall be buried in this land

This is the way of cleansing

Your own selfish nature shall be buried in this land

This is the way of freedom

Your doubts and your failures shall be buried in this land

This is the way of seeking

Your past and your glory shall be buried in this land

 

Walk straight forward and seek me

Unchain your soul from everything

Run straight forward and keep me

In your heart and mind forever

 

Forty days, don’t look back

Forty nights, walk this path

Forty years of fasting

Forty years of fighting

 

Your passions need to die

Unchain your soul from everything

Lay down in the mud und cry

There’s only one thing to live for

 

This is the way of guidance

A new generation shall be raised in this land

This is the way of surrender

A new way of living shall be created in this land

This is the way of obedience

Ten new commandments shall be stated in this land

This is the way of a new soul

A new human nature shall be created in this land

 

Forty days, don’t look back

Forty nights, walk this path

Forty years of fasting

Forty years of fighting

The Only Survivor

I can’t go on like this

Hatred and shame are upon me

I’m the only one left

The sword of the king is upon me

 

There is no time to rest

Haunted by the queen I’ve run away

Your kingdom fell apart

The last remaining hope is gone

 

This land is drowning in blood

The blood of our beloved prophets

They killed my brothers there

And I’m the only survivor

 

They’ve torn down your altars

They rejected your covenant

This tribe is unfaithful

Your people are betraying you

 

I’ve been fighting this battle for too long

I slaughtered one hundred priests and burned them all

I gave up my life to fight for you

I’ve been fighting this battle for too long

I slaughtered one hundred priests

God of judgment when will you wipe out this tribe

 

My legacy dies with me

For there is no one following you

They’ve torn down your altars

And I’m the only survivor

 

Don’t send me back alone

To the bloody grounds of this land

I’m the last of my kind

After me who is there to come?

Silence

instrumental

Storm

Hear the thunder, a storm is rising

A holy storm that shatters rocks and stones

Feel the wind, a storm is coming

A holy storm that carries away your doubts

 

Heaven’s gates are open wide

There is a flood rushing down on us

Feel the water, drops are falling

A holy flood that covers this earth

 

This is the breath of the almighty

Every knee shall be bowed

This is the wind of his anger

The only force that makes life

 

Like a dove with wide spread wings

This storm is settling on that mountain

It’s the force that has always been there

Even before time began to turn

 

Hear the thunder, a storm is raging

A holy storm that shatters rocks and stones

Feel the wind, a storm is blowing

A holy storm that carries away your doubts

 

Wind and water

Storm and flood

Are only the precursors of his presence

Oh how small am I?

Quake

The substance we’re made of

Is moving beneath our feet

The crust of this planet

Is shaking beneath our path

 

These masses once rose

To separate water from land

Now they tremble

In awe of the creator

 

There is no rock He cannot move

No stone He will not turn

chaos became creation

Creations returns to chaos

 

Mountains bow down

The plants point to him

They exist for one reason

To honor the creator

 

Beasts come out of their holes

Everything that bleeds turns to him

They exist for one reason

To honor the creator

 

There is no rock He cannot move

No stone He will not turn

chaos became creation

Creations returns to chaos

 

Mountains bow down

The plants point to him

They exist for one reason

To honor the creator

 

Dust and dirt

Rocks and stones

Are only the precursors of his presence

Oh how small am I?

Fire

Look to the sky

There is judgement looming

Turn away your head

There is a fire falling

a fire falling

 

Feel the passion

Of the one who comes down in clouds

See the glory

Of the king who judges tall and small

 

A burning lamb

Sacrificed to make us free

A burning man

Went through hell for you and me

 

This is the end of days

Prune what didn’t bear fruit

This is the end of ways

Consume what didn’t serve you

 

A heat that heals

And heat that kills

Rushing through our souls

Purification always hurts

 

A light that delivers

And a light that puts on chains

Rushing through our heads

Purification always hurts

 

A burning lamb

Sacrificed to make us free

A burning man

Went through hell for you and me

 

Look to the sky

There are clouds burning

Turn away your heads

There are meteors falling

 

Fire and heat

Inferno and ash

Are only the precursors of his presence

Oh how small am I?

A Gentle Whisper

instrumental

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