Song by Hungry Lights
from the album The Awry Ascent
October 11, 2015
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"Fothcrah" is track eleven on the Hungry Lights studio album "The Awry Ascent." Remember that this is a summary, not the entire story! It is like 10% of what is actually going on—just the skeleton. It is a rough translation of what is literally going on in the lyrics. There is also a figurative story that is taking place at the same time which goes much deeper and does not involve the fictional character Prill, but that is up to you to find :) It is much easier to discover the hidden meaning when you grasp a decent understanding of the literal meaning first. These are your puzzle pieces, and I highly suggest you study them before pursuing the next albums in the sequence, otherwise emotion and information will be lost, therefore connections will be missed!


"Fothcrah" is the epic climax of this first book. All external and internal storms and noises have ceased, and Prill is about to come face-to-face with his great opponent. As he looks into the water, he can literally see her rising from the depths, but metaphorically, he sees something else that ties into the symbolism behind the "mask." Prill finally realizes that his certainty and arrogance have led him to his own brutal demise. Still, he prepares for the ultimate fight. He is already out here, already on the verge of death, what more does he have to lose? He believes that his lucky spiral lure will not let him down.

Some self-reflection takes place, and again Prill wonders why exactly he is here, whether or not his intentions are justified, and if so, at the brink of death... will he still feel they are? He expresses a get self-deprecation and longing to be praised and appreciated, and this shows that he is not just out here to better his life or to give his wife and unborn child a better life—no, the truth has been revealed. As mentioned in "The Fence," Prill needs to be the best. As revealed in "The Nimloks," he wants that mountain of gold. This quest has nothing to do with his family or desire to walk in his father's shoes. Prill just wants to be worshipped.

Finally, Fothcrah emerges from the depths when Prill least expects, and something goes wrong. This moment here is when both the literal and figurative story fuse into one as Prill realizes that the entire time, Fothcrah was hunting him. He has fallen victim to his own ego. He had believed himself special, unique, different, powerful, above all the rest, and it completely backfired. And yet even upon this horrid epiphany, Prill pushes forward. He does not care anymore! He just wants control—dead or alive.

The album then ends on a cliffhanger of whether or not Prill catches Fothcrah. He obviously does not die, because Justin has stated that Prill is the main character of all five parts of "From Windfall To Hell," and that the story is being told chronologically. Whatever fate awaits Prill is continued in "Heavy Is The Crown."


No warning, my sea had gone quiet 

I was there...

But not prepared to brush with the terrible creature I had found 

She invoked my fear! 

Now caught in the height of my voyage, 

I looked into the sea and focused 

In my own reflection—what I saw! 

How I felt betrayed! 

In the gloom, ruby eyes watched me from behind a mask 

With a face just like mine—waiting for my consent 

Such a culling could mean my end 

Trust and certainty—both guiding into the grave 

-A foolish inquiry 

I tested the weight of my anchors 

I'd survive... 

So down I climbed 

What wonder could hide in that spiral! 

Should I fail, it would mean more shame 

Was it pride? 

Was it greed that lead me to such poor accord? 

In the jaws of the beast, would I still feel the same? 

All my life, I'd been robbed of all my dignity 

But now I was the rogue who would return it back 

Such a culling could mean my end 

Trust and certainty—both guiding into the grave 

-A foolish inquiry 

She hanged—she lingered until I dropped my gaze 

Her roar—what thunder to haunt my every dream! 

Such corruption leaked into my sea! 

In my confusion, she broke through the fence 

O' she was patient and sat on my line! 

A turning of tide... 

Was she the prey or the hunter? 

O' I had believed me the hand of a god! 

How I must be insane! 

But the best of us are... 

This madman is bringing home glory and prestige! 

Behind the complex is a man with the soul of a king 

Or a meal for the beast...

 Trivia Edit

  • This song has no relation to the amnaeon song of the same name featured on the demo album "Aorta Borealis IV," and is instead a remake of the song titled "The Anti-human," off of amnaeon's "The Proamates III."