LUCIFUGOUS

by X'HO + ARCN TEMPL

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    X’ HO + ARCN TEMPL
    Special guests: ARA OPHIDIA, DHARMA, BANI HAYKAL
    Songs & lyrics by X'. Recorded and produced by ARCN TEMPL

    Tracklisting:
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    Sodom Me
    Her Soul’s Demise
    Nosferatu
    Lord of Mirage
    Zombie Hitler Youth
    Lucifugous
    Lamb (Von)
    Satan’s Blood
    Rosalie’s Fray
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    X’ HO + ARCN TEMPL
    Special guests: ARA OPHIDIA, DHARMA, BANI HAYKAL
    Songs & lyrics by X'. Recorded and produced by ARCN TEMPL

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    Her Soul’s Demise
    Zombie Hitler Youth

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    Lucifugous
    Nosferatu
    Lord of Mirage
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LUCIFUGOUS - X' HO & ARCN TEMPL

It first began as X' Ho's dark-wave vocal experiment.

Even before Ho picked up the guitar for his 2009 album No Ordinary Country, he had started writing songs he'd label as "daily mantras". By the time he started composing for No Ordinary Country, he had conceived a handful of tunes that fell into that particular ilk - tunes that neither fit into the No Ordinary Country guitar-folk template nor 2010’s follow-up diverse offering Singapura Über Alles.

Working with Ara Ophidia for the latter album's closing track A Wet Dream In Biker's Boots, Ho decided that Ara O's ambient soundscapes would make a good backdrop for the "daily mantras". He imagined the result to be experimental, rough and decidedly dark - like ghostly hymns. The next thing was to pick the right producer with a strong understanding of his inclination. The choice naturally fell on Leslie Low and Vivian Wang of avant rock band The Observatory who had released an album just before, titled Dark Folke. That was in 2010.

When performing as a duo, Leslie & Vivian go by the name ARCN TEMPL. Upon hearing the end-result of Lucifugous’ production by Low and Wang, it was obvious that the duo did not just produce the sessions for Ho's vocals but also added rich and textured instrumentations, taking the album to a whole new level.

"I was quite blown away. What I imagined to be an experimental, rough and dark exercise turns out to be something far grander that's still experimental and dark but polished at the same time. It sounds like just the album I've always meant to make and now that it's done, it also feels like a bonus-reward," Ho says.

Lucifugous is not easy-listening by any stretch of the imagination. However, it resonates with an 'inspirational' groove emitted from the very nature of its "daily mantras". The album's dark spiritual force comes from the cracks of a universe and place where survival is deemed extraordinary. It isn't just a view of escape and redemption, but also a quest for a very dark invocation of light in visionary perception.

X’ Ho is a musician/author/DJ/experimental filmmaker making statements about the Singapore society. To date, he has written three books on the subject and made six short underground films. Of his recent solo albums, No Ordinary Country received this praise from The Business Times: “(It) should be required listening for anyone interested in plugging into a part of Singapore’s zeitgeist that too often lies simmering below the surface.” A better label could well be ‘underground’ of the hushed-up, buzz-free kind, which the mainstream media would generally not want to speak its name in tightly regimented Singapore. Musically or otherwise, Ho thrives in such a context.

ARCN TEMPL is the duo of Leslie Low and Vivian Wang, both members of Singapore avant rock band The Observatory. ARCN TEMPL has collaborated with design and art collective :phunk studio on their art exhibition, New World which has since travelled to Taiwan, Korea and Barcelona. In January 2010, ARCN TEMPL provided live, improvised music for the theatrical production of The Spirits Play by the late Kuo Pao Kun in New Delhi, India. The duo released their debut album, Emanations of a New World, on Utech Records in May 2010, signalling the discovery of Southeast Asian groups involved in some of the most interesting explorations in contemporary music today.


LUCIFUGOUS is available on limited-edition vinyl, deluxe-package CD with bonus tracks, and as a digital download.

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released August 9, 2013

Journey To Apeiron

A lonely man
lost without love and home
regresses to a frightened child
Only learned wisdom brings him courage
to face this selfish cruel world.
He
is armed with a special survival skill
to not be afraid to suffer
constructs his own alternate reality
against a system he was born in
for a reason.
Divinity decreed…
Such is the purpose of his loneliness
such is the will of his pained vision
A hope that love will find him
to lead him to the land of the free
His dream is now wrought with nightmares
of iniquity
where men fear not the damnation
of their souls…
His journey is shrouded in a cloak
of daggers, despair and derelicts
But he, the lost,
among lies of men that they are not,
is destined to venture
where mere mortals are fearful to tread
In Destiny’s hands & Divinity’s will,
he will journey unto himself
with a purity he’s long embraced
‘til he be truly, rapturously found!
And to eternally rest in the mind’s
deepest peace.
– X'HO

“All this arrogance…all this ignorance”
– Death In June,The Giddy Edge Of Light



LUCIFUGOUS

X’ HO + ARCN TEMPL
Special guest: ARA OPHIDIA, DHARMA, BANI HAYKAL

Songs & lyrics by X'
Recorded and produced by ARCN TEMPL

Basic tracks recorded at The Well, September - October 2010
Additional arrangement and recording at The Black Axis, April - June 2012

Mixed by Leslie Low at The Well, June 2012
Mastered by James Plotkin

Photography by Vivian Wang
Art & Design by Lasse Marhaug
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Sodom Me
Her Soul’s Demise
Nosferatu
Lord of Mirage
Zombie Hitler Youth
Lucifugous
Lamb (Von)
Satan’s Blood
Rosalie’s Fray
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All songs written by X’ Ho, except Lamb @copyright controlled by Von


X’ Ho thanks:

Les & Viv (ARCN TEMPL) for the assistance and knock-out production; Brennan (ARA OPHIDIA) for the sonic-atmospherics that helped inspire the process of this album; Luff Media for the support; Gary See; and all who helped in the making and realization of this dream project.

I want to make an album no one in my country would dream of making – songs with simple chords that drone like hymnal echoes of mental notes. Usually, the songs came to me after a night’s sleep. They feel like ‘belief-accessories’. I describe them as a form of ‘purgatorial minstrel music’ to help appease the raging disquiet.

Stay haunted.

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ARCN TEMPL, the duo of Leslie Low and Vivian Wang, are members of avant rock band The Observatory. Their debut, Emanations of a New World, released on Utech Records, signalled the discovery of Southeast Asian groups involved in creating exploratory music today. X’ HO is a musician, author, DJ and experimental filmmaker. To date, he has written three books and made six short underground films. ... more

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Track Name: SODOM ME
Sodom me
- Satan gets me used to it
- It’s way easy, relax to it
- Valuable prerequisite
- For the black mass, I’m ready
- Receive His Highness, on my knees
- Gotta learn how to receive
- On all fours, it humbles me
- Gotta learn how to receive
- On all fours, it humbles me


Blow your raw black cum on me/black cum flows from Sodom & me/
Lick black cum, unholy ecstasy

Sodom me
- It’s an honor to receive
- Your black cum, it honors me
- Karaoke all day, bugger me
- Sanctimonious majority, not for me
- I’ve been programmed to receive
- Lucifer, His Highness, come in me

A tribute to Profanatica
Track Name: HER SOUL'S DEMISE
Famous small Dot, demands a lot
Like a hungry maniac, she thinks she’s God
She wants unbridled power & all of its glory
Travels ‘round the world, floggin’ one-sided story

Power-hungry small Dot brags a lot
That no one’s better than what she’s got
Her head’s humungous, though her size is small
Every bit of credit, she wants it all

She thinks that God is on her side
Her slimy virtue and hushed up vice
A little charity on the side
To go a long way to hide the real
The real divide
And her soul’s demise

Martinet small Dot turns huge despot
Hides a hatchet rolled in white cloth
Her hostage servants, they shrivel in fear
They know how vicious, her ugly head rears
Track Name: NOSFERATU
Nosferatu

Who’s hairy?
Is hairy hairy?
What is hairy?
Who knows hairy?

This numbed out, jerked-around town don’t know
They’re zombified debris with shit for brains
Nosferatu, they might know
But only when you spell it out loud as Dracula, the Count
Nosferatu is count too

Yeah… oh yeah

Nosferatu is less hairy
Nosferatu is way cool
Nosferatu is less hairy
But hairy hairy is not cool
Nosferatu is less hairy
Nosferatu is less scary… too
Track Name: LORD OF MIRAGE
Lord Of Mirage

“The world’s all before us
the world’s very big,”
says the Good Ward but as I,
Archer know -
“The world’s very small,
the one laid before us, made small
by one man’s egomaniacal quest

The world spins on fours
Kneeling and pleading
Just so the old lord could shine above all

The laws are in his hands
The ones used to nail you
Dispensed at his pleasure
With what looks like equanimity

You owe it to him
The world that you live in
All the goodness of life you enjoy

“The world’s all before us
the world’s very big,”
says the Good Ward but as I,
Archer know -
“The world’s very small,
the one laid before us, made small
by one man’s relentless sophistry

The lord of mirage is before us


Henry James had a diabolical Good ward, we….
Track Name: ZOMBIE HITLER YOUTH
Zombie Hitler Youth

Regulated, regimented,
looking free
Regulated to look free

Where’s the spirit?
No-soul spirit
Humanistic felony

Pleasure & ambition
The best of Hitler in Rockefeller
They’re all gettin’ younger
Beware, the zombie Hitler youth
The brain’s fried and (b)eaten
Gut reaction preprogrammed
The march of zombie Hitler youth

So insidious, it’s way devious
Exonerated
Artifice in the guilt-free

Infected carriers
In every paper
Just propaganda
Germinate conformity


(Partly inspired by Allen Ginsberg’s Autumn Gold: New England Fall)
Track Name: LUCIFUGOUS
Lucifugous

狮子魔王到处有眼
从南到北 从东到西
到处都有他的鬼眼
监视众生吃肉不吐骨头
骨头多多 一辈子痛苦
到处都是他的鬼眼
魔鬼的大眼

人类的痛苦是他的快乐
多多规矩毁灭常识
他一手遮天 操纵天下
天下是他的猎场


Eden was the garden of innocence, disrupted by the snake of knowledge, freedom in choice and disobedience. Today’s mere mortals could return to a similar paradise and live a guarded luxury, free from the common strives of ignoble men. An elected godhead assumes the Holy Crown of Wisdom to eliminate unnecessary knowledge or thinking and the great many choices that mortals love to have but are incapable of choosing right anyway. Disobedience is indeed outcast. This is the modern utopia all outsiders would envy. Better fruits would grow when all work together in one envisioned unity. Entrust for the good of all and all shall be good. Return to paradise where man looks to one god again. Mankind needs to be led. So close the book on unbridled knowledge, unlimited freedom and great many choices, and you’ll return to Eden. It’s in the Book of Genesis… realized in reality… and, in reverse, by way of constraining man’s unfettered thought-process. Sing only the songs of innocence and march towards a closed austerity for the ultimate return, where all shall be well with prescribed obedience… decreed by a new god, hairier than Lucifer
Track Name: LAMB (VON)
Lamb (Von)

Upon chapel cross
Stab the lamb
Spinning in reverse
Kaleidoscope
Artistic blood

Lamb
Shall die in vain
Lamb
Crucified

Lamb
Drink the blood
Lamb
Sacrifice to thee

Lamb
Worship blood
Lamb
Crucified

Lamb
Ink the sign
Lamb
Worship to thee

Lamb
666
Lamb
Worship, worship…
Artistic blood

Sovereignty of lust’s lust
Track Name: SATAN'S BLOOD
Satan’s Blood

Satan’s Blood
They keep for themselves
Those fake devils
To buy themselves wealth
Hellraiser
Can’t let it go free
Has to retain for eternity

But only the master can be
The one to seal Faustian pact
You lowly undead souls
Your sad lives sadder than sad
Track Name: ROSALIE'S FRAY
Rosalie’s Fray

Some people say no-no
They shout it loud ‘no-no’
That’s not where things should go
It’s absolutely no-no

But Rosalie says – it’s hip to be gay
Let’s all join the fray
But she is not gay

With glamor in her skip
She’ll look dangerous & hip
She wants to be fab to be young, hip & glam

For that, she’ll pretend
Cos career is at hand
A good cause to lend
Pretend helping hand

Not that she minds gay
But only glam gay
The hip glam gay fray
Blue Mansion’s gay fray

Rosalie’s that way
She wants the glam fray
Tho she is not gay
And she has nothing to say