Tracks

01. Abandoning The Gates Of Byzantium
02. A Curse On The World
03. Wolves Of Dusk
04. The Ladder
05. Durendal
06. 42-7-29
07. Boldly Stride The Doomed
08. Fading Silver Light
09. Pieces Of Your Smile
10. The Ruins Of Ouroboros



01. Abandoning The Gates Of Byzantium

Instrumental


02. A Curse On The World

Black - and so enters night, the dawning of evil
A darkness descending, the borders of hope are obscured
Lost - we've run from the light, our iniquity knows no end
As one drawn to fire out pathway to pain is assured

There's a curse on the world - Forward to Hell

Born corrupt - we are raised up in sin to know no moral bounds
Avarice deified, so dies the virtuous man
Silence - we turn a deaf ear as our brothers wretch in pain
Eyes blind to the carnage we look past the blood on our hands

There's a curse on the world - Forward to Hell, Forward to Hell

Black - and so enters night, the dawning of evil
A darkness descending, the borders of hope are obscured

There's a curse on the world - Forward to Hell
There's a curse on the world - Forward to Hell, Forward to Hell


03. Wolves Of Dusk

Cold, the air - dark wolves of twilight lay siege at my door
They cry for me
How fleeting time from dawn's first embrace until dusk's final kiss
How brief the light

Have mercy, mercy, mercy on my soul

In vain, I grasp at notions of youth, at memories past
To stay time's advance
Wisdom or fear? What path I shall walk til the end of my years...
Remains unclear

Have mercy, mercy, mercy on my soul
Have mercy, mercy, mercy on my soul

Winter's winds are howling, crying for my soul
Winter's winds are howling, crying for my soul

Winter's winds are howling, crying for my soul
Winter's winds are howling, crying for my soul


04. The Ladder

Sleep now, oh my brother - let my voice now be thy guide
As you transcend earthly ties
Rise now, wake in slumber - what you see is not unreal
It is valid, it is true

For through dreams I have seen lives untold
And through dreams I have seen my own soul

In your mind parallel lives form the ladder you must climb
If you wish to realize
That locked doors of perception can be opened if you dare
Lay the universe open bare

For through dreams I have seen lives untold
And through dreams I have seen my own soul

Darkness...falling...summoning
Darkness...calling...calling me
Darkness...calling...calling me

Threadbare is the veil that separates the lives that bind
For those who wish to pass
Wake now, oh my brother, rise again a wiser man
You have lived beyond this time

For through dreams I have seen lives untold
And through dreams I have seen my own soul


05. Durendal

At Rencesvals they gathered, the rear guard
charged to protect the king
Twenty-thousand feeling no dread of death
A treachery revealed, ambushed by the Pagan army
Four hundred thousand numbered the Saracen horde

Honor-bound they stand forth, Sword held high
Roland spurs them to war
Die in glory or join cowards in Hell
And though their death is sealed, Roland sounds his mighty call
The king will avenge what the Pagans have wrought

Oh hear my cry! With Durendal I fight!
And when I die, with Durendal I'll lie

Oh hear my cry! With Durendal I fight!
And when I die, with Durendal I'll lie

I will never go back, never retreat, rather that I meet death
I will never go back, never retreat, even unto my death


06. 42-7-29

Cold chill of morning as we two meet again
I seek the answers you won't give

Did you know when you were leaving
you were walking out the door a final time?
If you knew you'd not return to me
why was it that you never said goodbye?

My eyes are choking with tears that will not run
My heart re-breaks my soul is numb

My fingers raw, my fingers bleeding
Upon my knees I rend this cursed soul
Yes, I will claw my way to closure
and hold you once again and say goodbye


07. Boldly Stride The Doomed

Heedless to the stars sinister alignment
Omens thus arrayed, willful eyes blinded

Each and every step - one step further from sanity
Boldly Stride the Doomed - toward the jaws of calamity

They are the damned!

Heedless to the pleas of those who passed before them
Wisdom thus ignored, to extinction condemned

Each and every step - one step further from sanity
Boldly Stride the Doomed - toward the jaws of calamity

They are the damned
They are the damned
They are the damned!


08. Fading Silver Light

We till this soil of plaques
Harrow discordant tongues of the depraved
We invoke the Gods of spite
Blessed be the wellspring of sorrows in our lives

Silver light fades, the empress dies

Stark remnants of our toils
Gaunt apparitions adrift in bleak turmoil
Moribund our kindred lie
Resolved to unfathomed seclusion for all time

Silver light fades, the scion wakes, the empress dies

Nomadic wind, find no peace, a pariah to the dawn
Monster cast out to the wastes, through dark prism soul divides
Nomadic wind, find no peace, a pariah to the dawn
Monster cast out, out to the wastes, through dark prism soul divides


09. Pieces Of Your Smile

How is it that from beauty I have derived a type of unloveliness?
You - beauty, grace, boundless life's energy
And I - inward drawn, shrouded in misery

You - she of joy, stricken by fate's cruel plans
Victimized body and mind with rot and deathlike trance

I - downward lost in monomania
My mind transfixed for hours and hours upon the insignificant

And there you stood before my eyes, your beauty all but gone
Yet in the smile you revealed, I found the objects of my love
They said you left this world at dawn to tread the paths of death
And in your chambers you're prepared to enter final rest
And in my grief as my mind reeled you seemed as though alive
Driven away by lunacy I swear I saw you smile

Your smile no longer to be seen
Your smile's been taken away from me
Your smile no longer to be seen
Your smile's been taken away from me

As from a dream I awake, echoing screams in the night
Cries of a violated grave, a battered soul yet alive
Trembling I raise bloodied hands...it was I who defiled
Scattering now from my hands, 32 pieces of your smile


10. The Ruins Of Ouroboros

Instrumental