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Prayer

"A conversation with the idea of the God that common Judeo-Christian theology would have you believe in. If God truly inflicts vengeful acts of pain and suffering upon its creations as a sort of temper tantrum in order to elicit a response, then bring it on. It speaks to the indominable nature of the human spirit, that no matter what life, fate, or God throws at you, you have the strength and wherewithal to get through it."

Another dream that will never come true
Just to compliment your sorrow
Another life that I've taken from you
A gift to add on to your pain and suffering
Another truth you can never believe
Has crippled you completely
All the cries you're beginning to hear
Trapped in your mind, and the sound is deafening

Let me enlighten you
This is the way I pray

Living just isn't hard enough
Burn me alive, inside
Living my life's not hard enough
Take everything away

Another nightmare about to come true
Will manifest tomorrow
Another love that I've taken from you
Lost in time, on the edge of suffering
Another taste of the evil I breed
Will level you completely
Bring to life everything that you fear
Live in the dark, and the world is threatening

Return to me
Turn to me
Leave me no one
Cast aside
You've made me turn away

Liberate

"Calling on the world to liberate their minds and cease conflict based on blind hatred and differences of belief. Calling for the day that has been foretold in every major religion. The notion of the end of days, the coming of the so-called messiah."

Bold mother fucker
Don’t you limit your mind

Liberate your mind
You motherfucker
You're so narrow-minded
So narrow-minded
So liberate your mind
Now motherfucker
Will you liberate your mind
This time

Bold motherfucker
Don't you limit your mind
Can’t you see that the pace
Has fallen behind
All the hate in your heart
Will be leaving you blind
So bold motherfucker
Don't you limit your mind
This time

Waiting, for your modern messiah
To take away all the hatred
That darkens the light in your eye
Still awaiting I

Out of Zion shall come forth a law
And the word of the lord from Jerusalem
Nation shall not raise sword against nation
And they shall not learn war anymore
For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken

Waiting, for your modern messiah
To take away all the hatred
That darkens the light in your eye

How long will we be waiting
Still awaiting I

Awaken

"Calls to those who fall prey to the mass produced, nonsense ridden pop phenomenon, to awaken. In anger, thus the statement 'feed on your nothing, you'll never live up to me.'"

Stripped of life, alone
In the midst of something that I
Want to play with your evil inside
Wanting, letting go, of what never could be again
Lost and alone
Imprisoned now inside of your mind
With the way you tried
To destroy me again
You were waiting and living for no one
With the way you tried
To completely refuse all your life

Feed on your nothing
You'll never live up to me
Awaken you
With a little evil inside
Feed on your nothing
You'll never live up to me

I've stricken you
I want to live with the lie
Feed on your nothing
And you'll never live up to me

There isn't a thing that I can do
Watching this whole thing just wash away
Making me long
Making you strong

Believe

"Believe when you lie, teaching the art of deception. It is the teacher speaking to the student. The theologians continuing their legacy of lies. For the perpetuation of such false beliefs, penance can't absolve your sin."

Believe
When you lie
You will never need to recognize yourself
To deceive
To remove all chance of doubt and be received
With your lie
The deception is complete when you concede
And decide
To reject your lives
Sacrificed to me

Penance can't absolve your sin
Into me
Penance can’t absolve your sin
All your belief
Cannot absolve your sin

Believe
When you lie
You will never need to recognize the source
Of deceit
To renew your faith in God
You must believe
In your lie
The redemption is complete when you conceive
And decline
To release your lives
Sacrificed to me

Reap your life
Like you want to
Recognize
All you've come to
Reap your life
Veiled in shadow
Recognize
Faces of the crucified
I can hear their screams tonight
Ever haunting me
Burn your lie into me

Remember

"Speaks about the life we as a band have chosen and the things we have, and continue to sacrifice to keep it. The chaos of the world we live in and how despite the sacrifice, to prove our strength, we continue to strive."

Sensation washes over me
I can't describe it
Pain I felt so long ago
I don't remember
Tear a hole so I can see
My devastation
Feelings from so long ago
I don't remember
Holding on to let them know
What's given to me, given to me
To hide behind
The mask this time
And try to believe
Blind your eyes to what you see
You can't embrace it
Leave it well enough alone
And don't remember
Cut your pride and watch it bleed
You can't deny it
Pain you know you can't ignore
I don't remember
If I can remember
To know this will conquer me
If I can just walk alone
And try to escape into me

Intoxication

"A dialogue between that which intoxicates, and its victim. A person, substance, or lifestlye."

Now you tell me you like it
You tell me you want it
You're mine
And you don't need another one
Come on and tell me you like it
Tell me you want it
You're mine
And another one to me
And the world will get you high
What can you take from me
That which you cannot buy
Exhilaration
Laughing and turning away
What will you take from me
Now that you are inside
Intoxication
Now are you feeling
Enough, to villify what I love
To sanctify all I hate
Endowed with the need
To carry over the life I lead

Rise

"It is the ritual of the performance. The combined energy of band and crowd freeing all from ther wieght of their respective lives. The symbiotic relationship between us and yoursleves."

Rise
Throw away
The charade of your life
Let the flame of my heart
Burn away
Your complacence tonight
I command you to rise
Wash away
The decay of your life
Feel the light of your eyes
Find the way
Through the darkness tonight
Fearing no one
Do you really think I covet like you do?
Come, take me away
Remove the fear from my eyes
Feel the flame of my heart
Burning away
All conversation tonight
Hearing no one
Am I precious to you now?
Now rise
Turn away
From the shame of your life
Feel the light from my eyes
Offering
Consolation tonight
Fearing no one
Do you really think I want it like you do?
Fearing no one
Saviors of my soul
Am I precious to you now?
I cannot stop this
Pure emotion
Falling from my eyes
You are vindicating
Liberating
Saviors of my soul

Mistress

"Describes the new tragedy of our lives, that even if we find love, the life we have chosen does not seem to want to let us keep it."

My mistress
I stand on the brink of your mind
Living inside a nightmare from which
I just cannot awaken
Stand on the edge of your life
Just give me another moment
From which I will never awaken
Stand on the brink of my own demise
Fallen again for another
Mistress of burden to idolize
Hoping that one of them will decide
To let me in
To stand on the edge of the knife
Cutting through the nightmare from which
I just cannot awaken
Stand on the edge of the night
Living inside a moment
From which I will never awaken
Look at what you've done to me
You've become my enemy
Poisoning the world for me
Take away my everything
Weakened as I am

Breathe

"Written with an old school slasher-movie vibe. It is the predator speaking to its prey."

 

You will release your life
Forgetting what's forsaken
The reason why
You are alone again
You will believe the lie
Judging from what you've taken
You breathe, alive
You are alone again
From the heart of darkness
You call to me
Spirit raging on
There is nothing I can do
For you are next to no one
You will release your life
Joining with the goddamned world
Of the dead and the lonely
You'll never leave alive
Now do you think you're too damn good
For the killing kind?
You will begin to cry
Hearing the silence breaking
You breathe, alive
But you are alone again
You will release your life
Forgetting what's forsaken
You breathe, alive
You are alone again
Nothing I can do

Bound

"Spoken in the context of a relationship, but not limited exclusively to that experience. That there is no point in trying to change who we are, because we are at peace with all of it."

Ready
Darkness cover me

I'm not ready to die, girl
Because of what you don't tell me
I'm not ready to walk inside of where you're taking me
I'm not ready to die, girl
Because of what you don't tell me
I'm not willing to compromise the man i want to be

Think you're a little bit closer
To changing me
You're never winning me over
You're wasting time

Leave me be

I'm not ready to die, girl
Because of what you don't tell me
I'm never going to tow the line of your conformity
I'm not ready to die, girl
Because of what you don't tell me
I'm not ready to leave the realm of anonymity

Get away from me

Shh, Ahh, shh, ahh, shh, ahh, shh
Ready

Devour

"Written just after David's experience with the ‘Queen of the Damned’ soundtrack. Taking on the role of a vampire."

Still enough
Although I know you're not begging
Still as the thoughts running through your mind
Still enough
Although I know you're not begging
Give me a reason to make you mine

I will devour you
Take all the pain away
I cannot stay my hand
From reaching out so that I can
Empower you
For all eternity
It seems to ease my mind
To know that you've brought
Meaning to my life

Had enough
Although I see you're not running
Still are the thoughts running through your mind
Dead to love
The path that you are now taking
Show me the reason to make you mine

Run, to where the smallest ray of light will never find you
Run, to where you will not need to shield your eyes
Run, away from all the soulless, heartless fiends who hound you
Run, away and let your memories go blind, when I

Darkness

"Our final words. Our last plea to you, my brothers and sisters my blood, who are the very breath we breathe and whom we are forced to wean oursleves from, to begin again."

Don't turn away
I pray you've heard
The words I've spoken
Dare to believe
For one last time
And then I'll let the

Darkness cover me
Deny everything
Slowly walk away
To breathe again
On my own

Carry me away
I need your strength
To get me through this
Dare to believe
For one last time
And then I'll let the