Tracks

01. Ash
02. Ruin
03. Reformation
04. This Departure
05. The Absence
06. Forever More
07. Never Give In
08. Phantoms
09. Last Defiance
10. Embrace The End



01. Ash

Music & lyrics by Brian Koenig
Midnight, imposing suspicion
Unaware, part of the grand design

Lines have blurred
Now return out into the world
A fit of rage, the dagger's blade
Kickstarts the massacre

Straight divide, left to die
Err of foolish youth
The water's black
No turning back
Gone far beyond to see the truth

Echoes resounding down the hall
Read the writing on the wall

This moment is sacred
And nothing is trivial
The place, gone forever
Only inside it remains
All is lost in ash

Empty threat, a silhouette
Dark against the moon
Razor's edge cast revenge
It'll all be over soon

Blinding speed, the city bleeds
All is red in view
Earth is cracked, no going back
Gone beyond to see the truth

Seems as though
There is a drastic change
Now I know the nature of the beast

True colors have been revealed
Leave behind this world surreal

Walk along the shore
Before the tide has fallen
As this chapter closes
Reflections resolves in ash

The moment is sacred
And nothing is trivial
This place, gone forever
All is lost in ashes


02. Ruin

Music & lyrics by Brian Koenig
Falling under the spell
Of false intention
The ruin is coming down
To consume me

Blackened stare of hatred
Rising from below
Taste the ruin flow through

My soul is drowning
Resist, crushed by the ruin
Realize that nothing can save me now

Understanding over time
The way it has to be
Sacrifice all that became part of me

Blackened stare of hatred
Rising from below
Taste the ruin flow through

This world is dying
Cut deep, tear out the demons
That haunt me
My soul is drowning
Resist, crushed by the ruin
Realize that nothing can save me now

Decision to evict effects of self destruction
Decision to evict, depths of logic disappear
Repeat internally

This world is dying
Cut deep, tear out the demons
That haunt me
My soul is drowning
Resist, crushed by the ruin
Realize that nothing can save me now


03. Reformation

Music & lyrics by Brian Koenig
Cast off the wicked
Verdict of absolution

Survive in exile
Outside the conformity

Casting this dark reflection
Calling forth the insurrection
Product of destiny

Force of hate
Embracing doom
Hand of fate


04. This Departure

Music & lyrics by Brian Koenig
Talk of recreation
Opening the chamber door
Entertain the veil
Of impossibility
And bitter consequence

Beneath this pallid face of yore
Shattered fragments take their hold
And I fade away

Drained of strength I take my leave
The essence still remains
Haunted by what might have been
Sacrifice in vain
With this departure, I bid farewell

Pretend that this is all a dream
Wide awake, I can't avert my gaze
When reason fails, fleeting innocence
Draws it's final breath

Drained of strength I take my leave
The essence still remains
Haunted by what might have been
Sacrifice in vain
With departure, I bid farewell

Forsaken with the darkness
Calling out salvation
Losing the will to fight temptation
This moment must move on
But the pain goes on and on

Someday I will break these chains...

Drained of strength I take my leave
The essence still remains
Haunted by what might have been
Sacrifice in vain
With departure, I bid farewell


05. The Absence

Music & lyrics by Brian Koenig
Trapped outside
Meditating where the thoughts unfold
Reveal the source of decay
The space and atmosphere are growing, threatening

Through the storm
Fires burning deep inside these walls
Invisible in twilight
Nightmares and memories
Entwined to stake a claim on sanity

They fall around me
The remnants of the past
Take time in purgatory
Broken inside me
Draw strength from what has gone
And I will carry on

Echoes retain the sound of despair
Strains of the filth
Linger in the air

Slashing, ripping though my mind
Abrasive reckoning distorts reality
Slipping away
Not sure if I'll make it out alive

They fall around me
The remnants of the past
Take time in purgatory
Broken inside me
Draw strength from what has gone
And I will carry on

Consider life
Consider life as it's been known
Consider emptiness
With absolute invasion
Existence disappears

They fall around me
The remnants of the past
Take time in purgatory
Broken inside me
Draw strength from what has gone
And I will carry on


06. Forever More

Music & lyrics by Brian Koenig
For many years
Confined to the darkness
The only chance to escape
Light years away

From the depths of the abyss
Now risen to the clouds
Looking down from up on high
Confusion disappears and all is clear

Rejoice in the majesty
Unchained, bound to be free
Lifelong destiny

Reside forever more
Divine forever more

Distraction severing pure intention
Everything falls into place
Put these wheels in motion

From the depths of the abyss
Now risen to the clouds
Looking down from up on high
Confusion disappears and all is clear

Rejoice in the majesty
Unchained, bound to be free
Lifelong destiny

Reside forever more
Divine forever more

Rejoice in the majesty
Unchained, bound to be free
Lifelong destiny


07. Never Give In

Music by Brian Koenig
Lyrics by Mary Zimmer
In the darkness for so long
Moving backwards from the truth
All we want is to move on
Far away from their mistakes

And this time I don't know why
There are not more on our side
With the never-ending lies
They're pretending not to see

Hiding from the truth
It leads to their demise

All of the damage is done
Will we ever recover?
If we do not succeed
Will there ever be others?

This is the final stand
When we reclaim our rights
We will never give in
To the darkness of the night

How can they just stand and watch
As their future fades away?
The facts exist, but it's too much
For the weak and the guilty

Denial spreads like disease
Logic fails to show them the way

And this time I don't know why
There are not more on our side
With the never-ending lies
They're pretending not to see

This is the final stand
When we reclaim our rights
We will never give in
To the darkness of the night

All of the damage is done
Will we ever recover?
If we do not succeed
Will there ever be others?

This is the final stand
When we reclaim our rights
We will never give in
To the darkness of the night

And if we make it out together
This won't last forever
and if we make it out
This won't last forever


08. Phantoms

Music & lyrics by Brian Koenig
This is not for real
Illusion is the gateway to power
Lies will be revealed
Deception at the top of the tower

Accept, believe
Suspect, deceive

You cannot claim to know my rage

Under dead skies, waiting to betray
Down the pathway of lies
Phantoms leading the way

Under dead skies, intentions gone astray
Phantoms leading the way
The way of lies

Look me in the eyes
Tell me you deserve to take this place
Evil in disguise
Wires stretched across without a trace

Accept, believe
Suspect, deceive

You cannot claim to know my rage

Under dead skies, waiting to betray
Down the pathway of lies
Phantoms leading the way

Under dead skies, intentions gone astray
Phantoms leading the way
The way of lies


09. Last Defiance

Music & lyrics by Brian Koenig
Behold the state of carnage
Mislead with false direction
Sacrifice made to stay the course

The despot tightens his grasp
Retaining mass corruption
The faceless legions have no voice

Shades of indifference
To the struggle of the doomed

No one knows who is to blame
Chaos fueling terror's flame
One state under the law
Remains all controlling
No one escapes, challenge this position
Face the wrath and heed the call
Divided we stand, united we fall

Abolish privacy
Someone is listening
Whether the need is there or not
The media delusion
Report in death and fear
It always seems so far away

Crashing toward oblivion
No end to suffering

No one knows who is to blame
Chaos fueling terror's flame
One state under the law
Remains all controlling
No one escapes, challenge this position
Face the wrath and heed the call
Divided we stand, united we fall

Gone down in History
Age of misery

No one knows who is to blame
Chaos fueling terror's flame
One state under the law
Remains all controlling
No one escapes, challenge this position
Face the wrath and heed the call
Divided we stand, united we fall


10. Embrace The End

Music by Brian Koenig
Lyrics by Mary Zimmer
This feeling is so familiar
I feel myself sink

Breathless and timeless
I fall away from the shore
Leaving the light behind
I won't fight anymore

Through I know that I've been here before
This time I will not be returning

I used to panic in the cold
Fighting my way back
To the surface
Each time as though
It's the reason to survive

You reach out your hand to me
Though I've gone far beyond
Your grasp
The burning inside your chest
As though it's the reason to survive

Through I know that I've been here before
This time I will not be returning

Saved, you say, by your burning for the life
Torn from the only peace that I've ever known

I only want to embrace the end
The time that passed before,
It has no meaning now
What you have done and what you will do
Never remain, it's part of a long illusion

I try to move on, but you tighten your hold
You don't see what I know to be true

I only want to embrace the end
The time that passed before,
It has no meaning now
What you have done and what you will do
Never remain, it's part of a long illusion

Am I worth saving?
Does our time have meaning?
Only if there is nothing in the end...