"The Nimloks"
Song by Hungry Lights
from the album The Awry Ascent
October 11, 2015
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"The Nimloks" is track seven 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!


In "The Nimloks," Prill is still underground in the catacomb below Umber Tower. He describes a fog that begins to blanket the scene, and then he presumably either falls asleep or is suffering from some kind of tinnitus. He brings up the mask again (which has become a core theme of this album), and afterward, appears to be attacked by what we can assume to be the nimloks (for more information, see the lore section). Prill expresses a courageous determination, but at the same time, he notes that the path he is on is going to lead him to "...shame and gold."

Soon enough, Prill runs into his next obstacle, the river: Humbra. It is clear that the nimloks are still pursuing and watching Prill, and he is now unsure of where to go. The lines "O' I knew they was' watching me! And they couldn't stop this madman" could also be interpreted as Prill thinking of society, his family, and everybody who he feels is watching him while he is on his quest. He is determined to push forward regardless of the cost because at the end of the day, at least he will have his prize.

Prill is more than likely wounded by one of the nimloks, then plunges into the river to escape it. In the calm below the surface, Prill experiences a moment of clarity, and knowing that Justin has two stories taking place at the same time, it is possible these final lines are a spiritual calling of the soul or "witness" for Prill to return to himself, to stop worrying about what others think, and to just follow his intuition instead of his mind because the mind is unreliable. These moments of clarity are extremely important in the "From Windfall To Hell" series because we get a glimpse of who Prill really is when he is not being blinded by fear, delusion, arrogance, pride, anger, and greed.


Inside of that hive, the air was stale   

All I saw? 

A fog that'd go for miles 

A buzzing drone would heighten all my senses 

To a tune of rusty, lichen hopes 

Behind a mask is where I stole 

And I waited in the dirt for my ascension 

To my surprise, I saw them—hungry and down below 

But I felt serene for a mortal man 

They were demons that made to follow me, 

And they crabbed their way on through 

And they tore my heart and drank my fountain dry! 

I'd remain with half a head on my shoulders 

And my path lead to a mountain of shame and gold 

Well, I bore a hole of new frustration 

For the river I could never cross 

In every fiber, I could feel all wicked eyes 

They aimed for me, and I was lost

O' I knew they was' watching me! 

And they couldn't stop this madman 

I'd remain with half a head on my shoulders 

And my path lead to a mountain of shame and gold 

If I stay too long, that darkness will turn my soul black 

But all the same... at least I'd have my gold 

O' I knew they was' watching me! 

And they'd never stop this madman's drum! 

Can I cross a river made of anguish? 

When from the murk, they'll strike their pose into my faith 

O' how they'll sink and force their teeth into my soul! 

I closed my eyes and let go 

No envy to drown my voice 

-The cold mud of freedom's grandeur 

Judgement's been denied 

For I stand on the other side 

O' I feel it calling home! 

O' I hear it sound its horn! 

O' I feel it! 

I'd remain with half a head on my shoulders