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A journey through the underworld by the hand of a snakelike guide who has the power to change lives. The chorus tells us that living a protected life is a safe bet but pretty mind numbing and living a dangerous life is well, dangerous. The guide gives birth to the reaper when things get stormy. Say what? When the bow played double bass (played by the great Thomas Van Voorst) kicks in at the end you know there's no turning back.


The queen of mud made us float
She troubles the water as we go
As we go

White is dressed the host
She sheds her skin as we go
As we go

Out in the calm
Won’t do you no harm
Won’t do you no good

It’s the painless lies that hold
She makes them up as we go
As we go

Out in the calm
Won’t do you no harm
Won’t do you no good

Out in the storm
The reaper is born
Spawn from her roots


from Tales of Woe, released December 1, 2018


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Silas J. Dirge Amsterdam, Netherlands

Silas J. Dirge is the moniker adopted by songwriter Jan Kooiker. Combining an acoustic folk sound with Morriconesque guitars, he sings about everyday subjects like giving in to your black soul and having conversations with Death.

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