At the Stroke of Midnight

by WOODEN STAKE

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WOODEN STAKE has unearthed its diabolical past with this collection CD of all the early demo and EP material!

You get over 70 minutes of their original, dark, and heart-impaling DOOM METAL featuring all of the songs from their following out of print releases: “Black Caped Carnivore” 7” EP, “Invoke the Ageless Witch” 7” EP, split 7” EP w/Druid Lord, split CD w/Blizaro, “Vampire Plague Exorcism” demo, as well as a brand new song (“Night of the Banshee”) recorded exclusively for this collection CD!

*The first 200 orders came with a miniature wooden stake inside the jewel case!

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released January 31, 2012

WOODEN STAKE is:
Vanessa Nocera: All Vocals and Bass
Wayne Sarantopoulos: Guitars and Drums

All metal written by Wayne
Vocal and bass arrangements by Vanessa

Track 1 previously unreleased
Tracks 2-3 taken from "Black Caped Carnivore" 7" EP
(Sorcerer's Pledge Records)
Track 4 taken from split 7" EP w/ DRUID LORD
(Altsphere Productions)
Tracks 5-6 taken from split CD w/ BLIZARO
(Razorback Recordings)
Tracks 7-8 taken from "Invoke the Ageless Witch" 7" EP
(Sarlacc Productions)
Tracks 9-13 taken from "Vampire Plague Exorcism" demo MCD
(Hexamorphosis Productions)

Cover art by Adam Geyer
Cover artwork concept by Billy and Vanessa Nocera

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Razorback Records Henderson, Kentucky

Razorback Records is an underground horror metal label owned & ran by husband and wife Billy and Vanessa Nocera.

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Track Name: Night of the Banshee
Lyrics by: Vanessa Nocera

Tenacious lamenting echoes through countryside
Her keening signals a death to strike
Horrid shrieks pierce and your ears bleed
Enough to stop your heart and you can't even breathe

Her mouth gaped wide; a broken jaw
Wailing louder than the hooded crow's caw
A mist appears against the moon
An omen of your death coming soon
She warns you now, a hag of the mist
Your eyes close, but she persists

"Come to me! Come with me!!"

Approaching tenebrous woods, still she shrills
Calling out your name, putting you in a spell
Paralyzing your body, your heart grows weak
The weeping lady, a ghost you now seek

Her mouth gaped wide; a broken jaw
Wailing louder than the hooded crow's caw
A mist appears against the moon
An omen of your death coming soon
She warns you now, a hag of the mist
Your tired eyes close, but she persists
Track Name: Black Caped Carnivore
Lyrics by: Stevo and Vanessa Nocera

Lurking in the dark shadows
A fiend in black appears
His rotted grin spreading fiendishly
Lord of the Ghouls... Arise!
Preying upon the unexpected
To feast on their flesh is his aim
The Black Caped Carnivore
A demon in a human's guise...

Black Caped Carnivore
Blood guzzling carnivore
Watching for you from the shadows
Black Caped Carnivore
Evil sinister carnivore
He will find you wherever you go

Living or dead they're all the same
to the ghoul they are ready for feast
Chugging their blood ravenously
To promote his wicked life
Rending muscle in violent fashion
Stripping the bones of the dead
Teeth sinking into glorious meat
He shrieks to the moon in delight...

Black Caped Carnivore
Flesh gnawing carnivore

Stalking his victim with meticulous eyes
His black cape obscures him against the midnight skies
He lunges forward in a hunger craze
Ripping and eating your flesh, it's what he craves

Black Caped Carnivore
Blood guzzling carnivore
Watching for you from the shadows
Black Caped Carnivore
Evil sinister carnivore
He will find you wherever you go

Chugging you blood!!! Stripping your bones!!!!
Blood guzzling carnivore!!!!
Track Name: Curse of the Funeral Mistress
Lyrics by: Wayne Sarantopoulos

Arise from the destitute sepulchre
She; commander of the mystical shrouded souls
Horned priestess of the shuddering coffin
The sky engulfed beneath her treacherous wings

Forever haunted by her spirit
The ghost with an undead kiss
Her prayers hang like a noose
Curse of the Funeral Mistress

This flickering chant blackens our psalms
From the screaming earth comes a curse profane
Centuries of monstrous sorrows worshiped
Maiden of desolation writhing in enchanted pain

A corpse in twilight's void
Misery fills tall the urn
Demons are now rising
Heaven is soon to burn
Heaven...will BURN!

Arise from the destitute sepulchre
She; commander of the mystical shrouded souls
Horned priestess of the shuddering coffin
The sky engulfed beneath her treacherous wings
Track Name: In the Godless Moonlight
Lyrics by: Vanessa Nocera

Smell of death in the autumnal wind
As the daylight slowly descends
A fire ceremony waits to begin
Worshiping the evil within

Chanting emerges through dismal woods
Black cloaks with draping hoods
Surround the body with a carved pentagram
Down comes the knife clutched in their hands

In the Godless Moonlight
Offerings from a sacrifice
In the Godless Moonlight
Evil curses they recite

Lifeless and bloody, the body lies
Witnessed murder by terrified spies
Running away with nowhere to hide
The cloaked minions threaten their lives

In the Godless Moonlight
Offerings from a sacrifice
In the Godless Moonlight
Evil curses they recite

Forces of darkness chasing them down
No safe haven in the nearest town
They heed a warning with a sorcerers rune
They only feel impending doom
Track Name: Death Reads the Black Tarot
Lyrics by: Vanessa Nocera

A train ride through the fog
With these cards, he sees all
One man and his fatal tarot
You can't escape Death's call
Vampires, Voodoo and revenge
Five men fade into oblivion
The future is not what they see
But, a past of what has already been

Tap the deck three times, (ein, zwei, drei)
Each read ends in death
A dreaded ride they all regret
The fortune teller vanishes
They step out into blackened abyss
Only to find death has read the black tarot
And they arrive in Hell!

Welcomed by a fleshless face
Same ends, different means
Nature's creeping vengeance
A dark tale of lycanthropy
Stealing voodoo from Drambala
A crawling hand seeks revenge
A wooded stake through the heart
The spectre of death here to avenge

Die Todeskarten des Dr. Schreck!!

Tap the deck three times, (ein, zwei, drei)
Each read ends in death
A dreaded ride they all regret
The fortune teller vanishes
They step out into blackened abyss
Only to find death has read the black tarot
And they arrive in Hell!

Welcomed by a fleshless face
Same ends, different means
Nature's creeping vengeance
A dark tale of lycanthropy
Stealing voodoo from Drambala
A crawling hand seeks revenge
A wooded stake through the heart
The spectre of death here to avenge

Die Todeskarten des Dr. Schreck!!
Track Name: The Legend of Blood Castle
Lyrics by: Vanessa Nocera

Village plagued by vampirific crimes
Innocent victims trapped within castle walls
The Blood Countess prepares her rebirth
Through their blood her youth is restored
Luring virgins one by one
She slashes until their veins run dry
Bathing in scarlet, to stay forever young
Old age she will defy!

Deadly to behold
The centuries old hag
Drains her victims
For a vanity bloodbath

Condemned for her crimes, her secret revealed
Wrath of the mourning has her killed
Her ghostly return has her hunting blood
Back to the castle, her revenge will come

Torturing her prey, in many dreadful ways
The Lady of Blood, continues to slay
Practitioner of the Dark Arts
Her floor covered in skeletons and cadaver parts
Rituals carry on in moonlit sorcery
In hopes it revives her waning beauty

Blood thirst and a cannibalistic appetite
Takes her in rapture on these austere nights
Beating and biting and burning the flesh
Nothing is left of her invited guests
A bleak and darkened century of pain
Her soul was damned, but still she reigns

Village plagued by vampirific crimes
Innocent victims trapped within castle walls
The Blood Countess prepares her rebirth
Through their blood her youth is restored
Luring virgins one by one
She slashes until their veins run dry
Bathing in scarlet, to stay forever young
Old age she will defy!
Track Name: At the Stroke of Midnight / Howl of the Devil
Lyrics by: Billy Nocera

On a full moon of darkness
A tortured soul roams free
Running from those who fear him
He lurks behind foreboding trees

At the stroke of midnight
The curse transforms his face
Blood thirsty and raving mad
His bite procreates his race

Into the forest of fear
Terror rises to a new level
A man-beast full of Hell
Can you hear the howl of the Devil?

His brood grows in numbers
A legion of evil lives
Think of all the nightmares
That their horror gives

Their wrath can not be stopped
A legacy of terror begins
The gypsy who created this
Laughs and mocks her sins

Into the forest of fear
Terror rises to a new level
A man-beast full of Hell
Can you hear the howl of the Devil?
Track Name: Invoke the Ageless Witch
Lyrics by: Vanessa Nocera

Swearing vengeance as she's tied to the stake
The mask of Satan is nailed to her face
Interred in the crypt where a cross is in her sight
Unable to live again until one night...

Desecrate the cross
Remove the mask of Satan
Invoke the ageless witch
Into the Godless haven
Free from the cross to kill again
Asa reincarnated for her revenge

Stare into these eyers before you die
With his blood, she was revived

From deep in the crypt, she calls for him
A vampire stirs from his rotten grave
He follows her beckoning commands
They are each others servant slaves

Invoke the ageless witch

Desecrate the cross
Remove the mask of Satan
Invoke the ageless witch
Into the Godless haven
Free from the cross to kill again
Asa reincarnated for her revenge

Stare into these eyes before you die
With his blood, she was revived

Swearing vengeance as she's tied to the stake
The mask of Satan is nailed to here face
Interred in the crypt where a cross is in her sight
Unable to live again until one night...
Track Name: Stalking in the Shadowlands
Lyrics by: Vanessa Nocera

Miles of blood soaked land
Habitat for un-rested spirits
Tress overshadow the full moon
Darkness consumes you

Years of tortured souls
Swirling and haunting the mortals
Victims of neglect
They come back for you
Years of tortured souls
Swirling and haunting the mortals
Victims of neglect
They come back for you

Tormented screams heard
With no one in sight
You find that you can not breathe
And you're frozen in fright
Seeing things that are not there
Smelling death in the heavy air
You can't turn around
Wherever you go you will be found

Stalking in the Shadowlands
Black figures chase you down
Stalking in the Shadowlands
Remorseless revenge all around

The legend lives on through the dark of the moon
The shadows that reside will own you soon

Years of tortured souls
Swirling and haunting mortals
Victims of neglect
They come back for you
Years of tortured souls
Swirling and haunting the mortals
Victims of neglect
They come back for you
Track Name: 13 Condemned
Lyrics by: Vanessa Nocera

One night I was taken, by the 13 condemned
Where they held Sabbaths; spilling the blood of men
They brought before me, a girl that stood silent
I could sense the evil; I could sense the violence

All that is left now
A book of curses
And blood stained rocks
By the 13 condemned

Ominous screams in the distant woods
Fear takes hold of me
Alone with no one to save my soul
The full moon is all I see

Revenge on the mind of the 13 condemned
I was in the middle of the black night so grim
I looked at the Girl, her left shoulder revealed
The mark of Satan's teeth, now my fate was sealed

All that is left now
A book of curses
And blood stained rocks
By the 13 condemned

Denounce all that is pure
Be damned for all eternity
Eerie lights from the flames
Dance across your sinister face

Bleeding wounds from the 13 condemned
The Mark of the Devil, and my soul descends
Track Name: Forbidden Oath
Lyrics by: Vanessa Nocera

Take your vows,
Sign your name in blood
Revered a false deity
The curse of blasphemy
Unholy and profane,
That's how we want to be

Sacred vows where evil spirits dwell
Forbidden oath opens the gates to Hell

Stand in the circle,
Arms raised high
The Godless ones
Curse at the blackened sky

Forbidden Oath!

Sacred vows where evil spirits dwell
Forbidden oath opens the gates to Hell

Forbidden Oath!

Holier than thou,
That's how they want to be
They hear what they want,
And see only what they want to see
No one knows what happens when we die
The Good Book tells us, but it's all a fucking lie!
Holier than thou, Forbidden Oath!