Five Treasures of Snow

by Dzö-nga

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"An astonishingly focused work...best if heard in its entirety in one sitting so listeners can appreciate its flowing quality, the deep brooding ambience, the use of dark space as an instrument and mood-setter, and the subtle, almost organic changes that occur throughout. This is a very brave and ambitious recording…"
- The Sound Projector (8/10)

www.thesoundprojector.com/2016/08/24/five-treasures-of-snow/

"The combination of atmospheric black metal coupled with an engaging concept equates to an album that really needs to be experienced in order to understand it...simultaneously claustrophobic and unforgivingly exposing - it takes atmospheric to a level of transportation. "
- Ryan F., Sputnik Music (4/5)

"Blizzard like black metal with plenty of atmosphere and some uplifting parts as well as some excellent post like acoustic sections."
- Ethereal Black Metal

"Monolithic, cold and harrowing...The sound of the Singing bowl is an ingenious choice on this record."
- Zachary Dixon, Sputnik Music (4/5)

"It's like a more melodic Darkspace if their drum machine was sucked into a black hole."

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Five Treasures of Snow is dedicated to those who have lost their lives in pursuit of the world's highest summits.

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."
- Edmund Hillary

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released May 9, 2016

Cryvas — Instruments, vocals, tibetan singing bowl
Aubreii Dove — Guest vocals

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Dzö-nga Boston, Massachusetts

Dzö-nga [zone-gah] is a black metal project formed in 2016. Its lyrics draw on mythology and folklore of world cultures

The band takes its name from a Himalayan deity.

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Track Name: Rakshasa (The Demon)
The storm is nigh
Roiling clouds above the peaks
Signs of life
Fading fast beneath the sky
Wait to die
Your beating heart will soon be mine
(Run away from here)

This is my land; this is where you fall (Rakshasa)
Where you vanish with no trace at all (Rakshasa)
Where even the gods dare not ascend (Rakshasa)
Where infinities begin again (Rakshasa)

I will find you (take me away)
I will find you (take me away)

Kangchenjunga, where earth meets heaven
Here among the Five Treasures of Snow
Footprints tell the stories of ancient gods
Deities watching over this hallowed ground
Beyond the summit where no man walks
Lies the final frozen crucible of this world

This is my land; this is where you fall (Rakshasa)
Where you vanish with no trace at all (Rakshasa)
Where even the gods dare not ascend (Rakshasa)
Where infinities begin again (Rakshasa)

I will find you (take me away)
I will find you (take me away)
Track Name: Valley of Immortality
In the vast cold fields lie treasures untold
Yet what you see is not what I behold
Gaze into the abyss as I gaze into you

Is it gold that you seek?
Is it the wisdom of ages
Or is it everlasting life?

Run away from here, never look back
Leave it all behind, leave it for the gods
Run away while you still can

Do you seek gold or everlasting life?
Track Name: Eyes of God
Come with me to lands of ice
I will show you the way through
Crevasses call and chasms wait
Insatiable their appetites
The cold awaits my beck and call
The frost descends upon my will

The eyes of God cannot see here
The mountain, it can sense your fear
Life and death are in my hands
Follow me through hallowed lands

Every mountain, every pass
Every valley, every stream
Spirits watch your greatest test
Dzö-nga follows, never rests

And one day you will believe
Believe in me
Track Name: Meditation / Where No Man Walks
Stand, fight
I'm finished running away
Rise, turning my eyes to the sky
I will climb this mountain or die

Stand, fight
I'm finished running away
Rise, turning my eyes to the sky
I will climb this mountain or die

Following fading tracks
They lie, they lie
Staggering blindly on
Be gone, be gone
Summit, break in the clouds
In sight, in sight
Holding breath, reaching out
The light, the light

Following fading tracks
They lie, they lie
Staggering blindly on
Be gone, be gone
Summit, break in the clouds
In sight, in sight
Holding breath, reaching out
The light, the light