Tracks

01. Inferno [Unleash The Fire]
02. Wicked
03. Incantations Of The Apprentice
04. Accolade II
05. King Of Terrors
06. The Turning
07. Awakenings
08. The Odyssey
09. Masquerade



01. Inferno [Unleash The Fire]

Music by Michael Romeo
Lyrics by Russell Allen, Michael Romeo
Welcome to the Anarchy
Enigmatic entity
The grand illusion - destitution
infecting one and all

Forces they're oppressing me
Lords of mediocrity
an iron will shall break the still
some will rise and some will fall

Oh... yes, we ride through stormy skies of Fire

Evil lies that mesmerize
from the dragons' tongue they slide
a fury lashes from the ashes
never losing sight

Pounding down the wicked ones
Tyrants now are overcome
A final yell from hounds of Hell
rising we unite

Yes we ride through stormy skies

The endless nights
In the moonlight, we do gather
We curse uncertainty and false desires
We lift the mask
and stand together - one and all
and when the flames grow dim, look within
Unleash the Fire...

A time will come
when all will see In the end - its just a game
Time will tell
when all these things that have come to pass - still remain

The endless nights
In the moonlight, we do gather
We curse uncertainty and false desires
We lift the mask
and stand together - one and all
and when the flames grow dim, look within
Unleash the Fire...


02. Wicked

Music by Michael Romeo
Lyrics by Russell Allen
Alone I traveled through the mountains
Led by a star fading west
When I came upon an ancient ruin of a church
and it was there I stopped to rest

Then the black and gloomy night that chased my footsteps
crashed down on me like a wave
Whispering through the trees and eerie breeze
carried a voice beckoning me to be her slave

In a whisper she said...

Burn forever
Leave never from my arms
Embrace the night

From the black and twisting shadows rose a woman
beauty alluring to the eye
Oh her devilish grin, her moonlit skin
and long dark hair flowing down around her thighs

As she approached I felt the evil growing stronger
I waltz with the wicked within
Frozen in my place, she kissed my face
and in a storm of passion bathed me in sin

In the madness...she said...

Burn forever
Leave never from my arms
Embrace the night

Then she weaved a mist - and cast me into the shadows

"Come with me, love eternally, forever mine"
"Set me free - in death we'll dance eternally forever and ever..."

As so the light, cast down from the heavens,
washed over me like wave
I awoke, it seems, from some crazy dream
only to find I was standing at her grave

In my nightmare...she said

Burn forever
Leave never from my arms
Embrace the night

Burn forever
Leave never from my arms
Don't ever leave me- never leave me

Burn forever
Leave never from my arms
Embrace the night


03. Incantations Of The Apprentice

Music by Michael Romeo
Lyrics by Russell Allen
Through eerie reach of ancient woods
where lumbering mists arise
I journey for nines moons of the year
to where a land of legend lies

Deep within a stony lamp-lit hall
under falling grains of sand
Magic eyes glance magic pages
turned by magic hands

And as he spoke I watched in awe
A God's aura in his eyes
Master of all

Darkness fall - Spirits arise
Lord of Storms - Blacken the skies

With heavy breath, I break the seal
howls echo through the room
Blood lettings of a black Raven's heart
Conjure up the wraiths of doom

I cannot heed my Master's call
Lakes of Fire - writhe and swell
Foolish eyes - while spying Prophet's pages
unleash Barons of Hell

And as they rose I watched in awe
A God's aura in my eyes
Master of all

Darkness fall - Spirits arise
Lord of Storms - Blacken the skies


04. Accolade II

Music by Michael Romeo, Michael Pinnella, Michael Lepond
Lyrics by Russell Allen
On a cold and misty night,
a ring of torches light the hallowed ground
where his father's laid to rest

In the reflection of a sword
he sees his destiny and he swears up to the sky -
"You will not have died in vain"

On the field - with sword and shield
amidst the din of dying man's wails
War is waged - and the battle will rage
until only the righteous prevail

From the shadows comes a man,
returning to his land - Winds of change
taint the sweet smell of home

And all around him, he can see
the pain and misery
this tyrant's reign is through
"I will stand and fight... Will you?"

A heart of gold pumps within his metal skin
A noble line he carries on

On the field - with sword and shield
amidst the din of dying man's wails
War is waged - and the battle will rage
until only the righteous prevail

I wish to stay...to be here with you
You were my strength...How can I go on?

On the field - with sword and shield
amidst the din of dying man's wails
War is waged - and the battle will rage
until only the righteous prevail


05. King Of Terrors

Music by Michael Romeo, Michael Pinnella
Lyrics by Russell Allen, Michael Romeo, Jason Rullo
I awake - without the sun
encased in walls of steel
terror so real - it blinds me

Rancid darkness steals my breath
The Pit - on the edge of death
The wells of Hell know not my name

I slip away...into black I fade away

Terrified - to the left and to the right
Spirits of the Damned, iron shadows cast
Hear my desperate cries
Shrieking demon - far and wide
praying for this breath to be my last

Awake again - paralyzed
I'm shackled to this alter
sacrificed to their God

'Inch by Inch and Line by Line'
The Blade - descending lost in time
The fiends of Doom they call my name

I slip away... into black I fade away

Terrified - to the left and to the right
Spirits of the Damned, iron shadows cast
Hear my desperate cries
Shrieking demon - far and wide
praying for this breath to be my last

"The Inquisitorial vengeance
had been hurried by my two-fold escape,
and there was to be no more dallying
with the King of Terrors..."ÿ
[Edgar Allan Poe - The Pit and the Pendulum]

Terrified - to the left and to the right
Spirits of the Damned, iron shadows cast
Hear my desperate cries
Shrieking demon - far and wide
praying for this breath to be my last


06. The Turning

Music by Michael Romeo, Michael Lepond
Lyrics by Russell Allen, Michael Romeo
Lurking out of sight
Night shall fall and feed my frenzy
Beneath an eerie moon a change comes over me

Eyes glow by candlelight
a face divided in the mirror
my psyche ripped by daggers of my alchemy

Side by side with myself again
As midnight's curse descends on trembling hands

Oh - save my soul
losing control when the bells toll

Savage on the prowl
In the lamplight's glow - nocturnal
my breath hangs like ghosts in the evening air

This ill effect - a vile creation
of my design - abomination
the madness rages on and on...

Side by side with myself again
As midnight's curse descends on trembling hands

Oh - save my soul
losing control when the bells toll
Oh - feed my soul
I'm in control - when the bells toll


07. Awakenings

Music by Michael Romeo, Michael Pinnella, Michael Lepond
Lyrics by Russell Allen, Michael Romeo
Needless to say, another day has passed away
Yet everything, and nothing, has changed
Awake I lie, my thoughts get lost up in the sky
Needless to say, nothing will change...

Maybe a mystic - with fortunes to tell...
Surrender my coin at the old wishing well...
Maybe the stars will align in the night...
To show me the path that is right

'Would've been's and 'could've been's
they waste my days away
the colors of my life dissolve and fade to gray

So many paths of promise
Indecision poisons my mind
If only I had seen the signs - so blind

Yet I must journey on - on and on

A haunting vision torments me
It smothers and steals my dreams
I see an old man in the mirror
cold and bitter starring back at me

Here I am - at the crossing of life I stand
On my own - looking down the road
Hear my cry - answer me
Still I'm searching yet the truth is unknown - though the night is cold
I walk the road alone


08. The Odyssey

Music by Michael Romeo
Lyrics by Russell Allen, Michael Romeo, Michael Lepond
[Part I Odysseus' Theme / Overture]

[Instrumental]

[Part II - Journey to Ithaca]

To the one that I love, my journey has begun
When our eyes meet once more there will me peace
The taste of your lips the warmth of your touch
again, forever, two souls as one

Seems like forever that my eyes have been denied
Home - I'm dreaming of home
I've been twenty years away from all I ever knew
to return would make my dreams come true

Seasons of sorrow have stolen all my years
I miss the rolling hills of Ithaca
I've been through battles and cried a sea of tears
but the tide is changing, and with it all my fears

Seems like forever that my eyes have been denied
Home - I'm dreaming of home
I've been twenty years away from all I ever knew
to return would make my dreams come true

Behold the sea and winds of Jove
We set sail guided by the stars above
The ports of Troy escape our view
a cold and stormy fate awaits our rendezvous

Onward we ride, into the raging fury
Setting our course by the moon and sun
We forge ahead seeking glory
Yet the journey has just begun

Onward we ride - nine days we brave her might
we are coming home...

[Part III - The Eye]

Awakened at dawn - Land dead ahead
with the winds of the morning we change course
no remorse, a place forbidden to all

Search all the grounds - find food and water
Yet journey not into the Cave of Woe
long ago, a legend spoke of a beast

A thousand riches hidden deep within the stone
A thousand nightmares mortal's blood forever flows

A mountainous black - engulfed in a shadow
a bone-chilling growl and an Eye of Hate
a ghastly fate - held prisoner by the Eye

Yet he must sleep - as the daylight fades
we focus our senses and sharpen our blade
we take aim - In silence we strike

A thousand riches hidden deep within the stone
A thousand nightmares - blood runs forever - from the Eye...

[Part IV - Circe (Daughter of the Sun)]

We sit adrift on the open sea
The gift of wind, by Zeus, concealed - so carelessly
We break the waves on a course untrue
across the endless plain of blue - a new coast in view

We carouse with the maiden
beneath her eyes the madness lies
...in mystery

I drink deep from the chalice
of gold and jade - my senses fade
...I'm mesmerized

Stay - like those before
I condemn you all - from walk to crawl
...metamorphasized

No - my will it defies her
speak the verse - lift the curse
...she's mesmerized

Am I asleep?
Tell me Daughter of the Sun
There's vengeance in the air and all things will be undone

[Part V - Sirens]

Dire warnings -
told by the sorceress in white
'false bringers of love' - Sirens
echoing songs from above

Wings flowing -
floating on Sea of Lies
I defy their vision
Elysium swallows my cries

Embracing -
maidens of lust stimulate
and manipulate my senses
I welcome a watery grave

Tied steadfast to the mast
tragedy awaits me
I'm falling victim
betrayed by the sea

[Part VI - Scylla and Charybdis]

[a) Gulf of Doom]
[b) Drifting Home]

[instrumental]

[Part VII - The Fate of the Suitors / Champion of Ithaca]

So this is home...
In the guise of a beggar - Minerva guides my way
I find my kingdom in jeopardy

Vengeance - it swells within me
As I spy so many who eye my Queen
I'll make them pay for this blasphemy... All will see

Triumphant - Champion of Ithaca
I will right all the wrongs
Let the Gods sing my song
Triumphant - Champion of Ithaca
Let a new life begin
my journey has come to and end

A contest of valor
'to pierce the twelve rings
in a single arrow's flight'
Yet, not a one can string the bow

My veil of silence lifted
All is revealed
revenge burns in my heart
thrashing and slashing down all my foes...to claim the throne

Triumphant - Champion of Ithaca
I will right all the wrongs
Let the Gods sing my song
Triumphant - Champion of Ithaca
Let a new life begin
this is the end of my Odyssey

Seems like forever that my eyes have been denied
Home - I'm finally home
It's been twenty years away from all I ever knew
I have returned to make my dream come true


09. Masquerade

Music & lyrics by Symphony X
Shackled in darkness
The forbidden portrait confined to its frame
Unbroken silence
A total misfortune and shame

Raging obsession
This mask of opression
It hides your aggression from view
This tearing suture
Renounces the love he once knew

You sacrifice this paradise of innocence
Trust the lie - you falsify the line of truth
You disguise your insolence
Don't deny insanity - mediocrity

[Chorus]
Save us from this masquerade of lies
Kings and fools die in ridicule (save us)
Save us from this masquerade of lies

A fallen fortress sees him beneath starless skies
Subsiding deeper - the final farewell in his eyes

Unspoken hero
Distrust and thrusted within surmise
Seizing intrusion to unveil his clever disguise

You sacrifice this paradise of innocence
Trust the lie - you falsify the line of truth

[Chorus]

[Solo]

[Chorus]