Oktober Myst is divided into 3 main sections. The idea was to create an album that mimicked the style of old school comic books. Instead of having only one story throughout the entire book, it had several short stories, each completely disconnected from the others. However, in this case, there is a universal theme that connects each story. Story 1: October Mist is about a town located on the edge of a dismal swamp. Barren as it is, it wasn't always so. It was a vast forest with bountiful life. Majestic and magical. Until one October morning, a dark lord planted his seeds of evil. The seeds absorbed all the nutrients from the forest and left everything else to wither away. Since then, every morning a strange mist would emanate from the swamp towards the village. Villagers began wandering into the swamp in trance-like states. Those fortunate enough to be found after wandering had gone insane. They spoke of little imp-like creatures that used mind control and telepathy to communicate with their victims. Still, to this day, people wander off into the swamp with no evidence as to why... The imp-like creatures do exist, an unfortunate man discovers in Entering the Abyss. They hide in the mist and use mind control to enslave their victims. The man can think, see, hear, and feel clearly, but he cannot control his physical actions. As his body makes it's way into the swamp, he questions everything that is happening. To add to his bafflement, he begins to loose his other senses. The imp uses telepathy to taunt the man, driving him to the brink of insanity. The imp tells the man this is a game the imps play. The real fun is watching the victims regain consciousness and attempt to find their ways home while succumbing to enfeeblement, starvation, and insanity... Story 2: Shorebound Misting Winds is a creepy intro into Fog Stalker where an offshore breeze blows hard and sweeps the surface water into the air. The airborne particles form a cloud and blows towards the land. Another small town is engulfed in a strange fog. An aspiring murder, who was always afraid of being caught for the crimes he dreamt of committing, takes advantage of this opportunity. Using the fog as cover, infrared goggles to see, and wielding a sword he could be unstoppable and untraceable. Rumors quickly surface and soon the police alert every one to remain indoors. But even they, too, fell victims to the Fog Stalker... Several years pass since the first fog, but occasionally, it returns. Only now, it is stained red by the blood of the Stalker's victims. In Red Fog a man is caught in one of these occasional fogs while walking home from his girlfriend's house. As he walks, he hits walls and knocks over garbage cans. Making all this noise can attract the Fog Stalker, so he stops and contemplates if it is worth trying to find shelter. He concludes, there is nowhere safer than indoors. At this moment, he looses all direction. He tries to remember where he turned and where he should turn. The man panics and starts running. Out of breath and exhausted, he stops. He notices a light rising in the fog. It gives him hope and relief. As he rejoices, the light falls fast and a scream fills the bloodstained air. Panic sets in again when he realizes this is the Stalker. The man is petrified as he watches the light rise once again. He knows his doom is near... Story 3: This story is based off of a Nietzsche quote. Visions in the Mist is a 3 part instrumental with 3 over lapping basses. The first is entitled Staring in the Abyss. A soon to be hero basks in the idea of being glorious and possessing the treasures of victory. Unbeknownst to him, his subconscious is the abyss which stares back. The more the hero fantasizes about glory the more the abyss will learn of the hero... Glorious Chants for a Victorious Hero is the second part. The hero defeats the monster and everybody praises him. He finally achieved what he had been dreaming of for so long, now it's time for the abyss to take control... The hero's subconscious abyss takes over his consciousness in The Transformation. The hero now is driven by greed and possession, not by glory. He is not the hero everyone once thought of him as, but another monster that must be defeated. With this song I used only one instrument to symbolize only one being. A man versus his own subconscious hunger for power and greed; the same motivation for pure heroism is used for the corruption of one's will. The music was written in the perspective of the abyss with everything else on the outside is in the background. The rhythm bass is steady and displays what is happening at that point in time to the hero on the outside world. Meanwhile, the 2 lead basses represent the dark magical workings of the subconscious abyss within the hero. In the Transformation, the perspective hasn't changed, but the pure conscious has dwindled into the subconscious as the abyss controls the dominant mind. There are no lead parts in this section, only a distorted, broken, and interrupted rhythm representing the detachment of the pure will from the rest of the mind. In it's seclusion it wonders how this ever ended this way. The music for Monster was written by our violinist, Nottvald. We consider it to be jazz black metal. We thought it would be more appropriate to have a song with lyrics that help describe everything that happens in Visions of the Mist...And what better way to do that than with music that is flowing, but seemingly random and spontaneous...Monster shows a more in-depth example of what happens to many who defeat monsters. It is narrated by one of the owner's of an ill will welcoming another into the abyss... There are 2 bonus songs. Acryptylyse was one of the first songs we wrote and we decided to rerecord it and revamp it. Rider in Black is another old song that was not featured on any other album and is part of a saga that is albums' worth of material. We thought it was just a really good song and it should be rerecorded and featured at least as a bonus track on Oktober Myst. Welcome to the Abyss! We hope you enjoy the insanity which lies within...