Veiled in Infinite Illusions

by Chronicler

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06:52
Verse 1 Time and time again I look upon their reign Still never do I see any rhyme or reason Their errors teach them not They live by afterthought For their faults they accuse their kind of treason Verse 2 Chronicles untold and legends I withhold Yet this world never ceases to surprise me From their births to their end their history is penned They live their lives in ignorance, carefree Chorus My plight is to watch them, tasked by the universe to witness the rise and the fall The eternal sage that wanders indifferently for theirs is this world to ruin or rejuvenate Interlude I behold myriads of stars that burst in flames and give new life and gods and titans engulfing worlds in cosmic war Yet in their feeble minds they are the center of all strife They pray to gods yet see themselves as much more Such self-importance has led greater reigns to their downfall long before the horsemen could reap their souls They fail to see that greater beings rule above all although they worship them in their holy scrolls Chorus My plight is to watch them, tasked by the universe to witness the rise and the fall The eternal sage that wanders indifferently for theirs is this world to ruin or rejuvenate Verse 3 All that I have seen cannot compare to their turmoil It seems whatever they find they will spoil Throughout the eons when I’ve wandered I’ve come to realize some things are meant not to change and I must leave them alone to die
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Chorus In its infancy floating in a cosmic sea The spark of consciousness gave birth to the elder beings For the longest time the self-proclaimed divine sought out to create worlds of mindless peons I defied their will their intentions most ill they struck me down Verse 1 Many know the tale of the fallen god The demiurge that sheltered the weak and flawed From his wounds, his legacy was born In our hearts, a divine, inherited scorn Bridge Through him, his battles, we learn that even gods can bleed if there is a soul with an ardent will, and the courage that they lack Through time and hardship, their age loses meaning and as we grow, both stronger and prouder, their threats and deceit speak all the louder Wounds in immortal flesh that show us we are not worthless Chorus In its infancy floating in a cosmic sea The spark of consciousness gave birth to the elder beings For the longest time the self-proclaimed divine sought out to create worlds of mindless peons I defied their will their intentions most ill they struck me down Verse 2 The rage The treachery His curses on the first page in the tome of ancestry His mind His vengeful plot to protect mankind while left to die and rot Verse 3 My final gift to you though young you still are Your efforts won't fall through heed the warning from his memoir Verse 4 Though downtrodden, or so we thought there is still hope to survive If we look for hope where we ought we may one day live as we strive As the legacy of a dead god we know we’re never unarmed We see through his equals facade They pretend they cannot be harmed Chorus In its infancy floating in a cosmic sea The spark of consciousness gave birth to the elder beings For the longest time the self-proclaimed divine sought out to create worlds of mindless peons I defied their will their intentions most ill they struck me down Outro Rise! Against! Rise! Against! Rise! Against! Rise! Against!
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Verse 1 The universe is bleeding The fields are suffocating Lo! Your temples crumble while crow and vermin feast The sacred tome of olden days collects dust and decays Know(!) its wisdom would have lead to a reign that never ceased Some claim they can see your fates: the diluvial descension awaits Lo! You deserve all of this for mocking effigies Religion was made clandestine no one saw eye to eye Hate(!) for gods that never show Turns them into enemies Pre-chorus They’ll watch from far away throughout strange aeons of decay and contempt They won't care for you no more you’re abandoned by forgotten gods for all time! Verse 2 Their temples lie beneath the waves under storms none braves None(!) could ever hope to see what their ancient worship fed Plague will reap the last of you there’s little faith you can renew When(!) your pride has you blinded thinking yourself enlightened Extending unknown frontiers could have saved you many years Now(!) you’re left with worthless scrolls and decrepit antiquary Sealed away by a veiled entrance Dormancy’s their vengeance Hah! Though they’re withering away theirs is a pyrrhic victory Pre-chorus They’ll watch from far away throughout strange aeons of decay and contempt They won't care for you no more you’re abandoned by forgotten gods for all time! Chorus Rotting for many a century their halls echo with silent prayers Their world’s a mere penitentiary a putrid kingdom with no heirs The warden guards your mortal lives Fleeing the plague you march onwards Pillaging the earth where no one survives Fading away with forgotten gods Chorus Rotting for many a century their halls echo with silent prayers Their world’s a mere penitentiary a putrid kingdom with no heirs The warden guards your mortal lives Fleeing the plague you march onwards Pillaging the earth where no one survives Fading away with forgotten gods
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Verse 1 I have always followed the order to kill No questions I ask No mercy I give Throughout my life I have been paid to take a life for another's gain I am no fool I know my worth For a pile of gold I’ll reverse a birth And then one day I was given a choice to walk my own path and sever my chains Verse 2 My liege had me sent to a distant land to kill their king and all his kin I was given a fleet and a hundred men to pillage the land and rape the women But he made a mistake and he gave me the gold before I’d left to leave their bodies cold I will do no such thing I will not go to war I’m a rich man now I’ll find a new home Chorus Now I am hunted throughout the land I’ll have to run for eternity Still I would do it all again If just to change my destiny My head is worth it’s weight in gold No prophet can tell what fate unfolds Still I would do it all again I would not go back to the old Verse 3 I will live my life on the run but a free man nonetheless The riches I’ve gained in my past life will have to keep me alive The tales I could tell if I had someone to write them down for me would make my former liege and King a laughing stock for eternity Chorus Now I am hunted throughout the land I’ll have to run for eternity Still I would do it all again If just to change my destiny My head is worth it’s weight in gold No prophet can tell what fate unfolds Still I would do it all again I would not go back to the old
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Verse 1 Infertile land knee deep in mud, we all stand amidst the chaos, raid kingdoms We kill off kings, sword in hand Ruins that the rain whips and hulls of once great, big ships we have left in our wake Bring forth apocalypse Chorus All is equal as prey and what’s right decided with melee We shall reap what others sow It’s either hell above or a grave below Verse 2 In pain we were born and fierce was the firestorm We’re bred by strife and woe Turned to locust that swarm We are the scourge the hidden, primal urge The force that defies rules by which all is purged Chorus All is equal as prey and what’s right decided with melee We shall reap what others sow It’s either hell above or a grave below Bridge Strife teaches us more than blind faith, thus we’ve chosen war Cruel and twisted is he who spits on those not born as free Chorus All is equal as prey and what’s right decided with melee We shall reap what others sow It’s either hell above or a grave below
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Verse 1 I can recall a day from my past when I used to walk a free man The night was still young, lit by the stars and celestial wonders of the skyline most vast There was a time when life and death seemed like the very same thing I was bound by my duty to fight for my kind that filled me with purpose to my last breath Chorus I stepped into the light With my last strength, rid of all fright The presence that I felt, seemed most divine It was the place where life and death entwine In that moment we thought we'd see the afterlife that our deacons would guarantee But when we all finally came to and saw before us what we had been through we face the truth that the war had begun anew Verse 2 New dawns rose, and to no-one’s surprise dead enemies faced us again Cursed by the gods to relive this fight drowning in blood and our desperate cries What had we done wrong, we did not know We thought our devotion would be enough Having no choice, we fought for our lives Under the stars and their ominous glow Interlude If the gods want our blood spilled again and again they will be most disappointed, for showing us disdain Betrayed by the powers that be, who once blessed our reign We will hunt you down, we swear we’ll come for you amain Spoken We’re veiled in infinite illusions until the end of time, they’re plotting our demise For when the divine differs not from the foe none but the greatest men dare defy it Chorus I stepped into the light With my last strength, rid of all fright The presence that I felt, seemed most divine It was the place where life and death entwine In that moment we thought we'd see the afterlife that our deacons would guarantee But when we all finally came to and saw before us what we had been through we face the truth that the war had begun anew
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Verse 1 We must cleanse them from their vile corruption with sword and sermon False prophets lead them to their destruction to crawl with vermin We fought hard for our place above them arcane policy Our rule will not succumb to this mayhem or apostasy Chorus Our place among their holy ones shall not be contested by new blood, or their sons Palaces have been raised in our names and none shall take it away from us, or tamper with our games We rule behind a veil of shadows, with might none can oppose Verse 2 When our gods fail we will turn to others, be they kind or not Offering our loyalty as brothers, retracing our plot We remain in power with these prayers, guiding the blinded, as we must, for we’re the hierophants heirs forever undead Verse 3 And when the time is drawing near our new lords word shall spread for all the world to hear With time our grasp of power slips but with sword and sermon we’ll alter their old scripts Chorus Our place among their holy ones shall not be contested by new blood, or their sons Palaces have been raised in our names and none shall take it away from us, or tamper with our games We rule behind a veil of shadows, with might none can oppose
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06:11
Verse 1 The ground shook as the slumbering giants convulsed in pain The last heirs of an abominable war for a long gone reign Imprisoned by the gods that they fought in the times they ruled Dethroned, cast away, forever ridiculed Bridge Gods! I’ll tear their walls asunder! Beasts with roars that rival thunder! Verse 2 Far have I travelled from my home, from my kingdom A quest to save humankind, guided by eldritch wisdom Beyond their gate, lies our hope to survive the coming aeons Released are the ancient masters of vast and cursed legions Pre-chorus Might bestowed upon me beyond mere men To throw this world into the grip of chaos again Chorus Time has come to open the titans’ gate Fight by my side! Together we can forge our own fate Face the four horsemen, bow down to no god Their deaths mark the end of oppression that must be paid with blood So opens the gateway
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released February 8, 2019

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