Gods of a Fallen Empire

by Torrent

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Recorded in 2016 at Magnitude Studios.

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released June 6, 2016

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jason Catlett/Magnitude Studios.

All instruments and vocals written and recorded by Matt Sikes.

Guest Vocals:
Ricky Vanatta - Clean Vocals on Colorblind
Tyler Davis - Voice of Tempestus

Creative input provided by Collin Stables on Woodsmoke

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Track Name: Ghost of the Saint
Frail and listless
Your apathy defines you
A lie born from the truth
A failing whisper
Suggesting defiance
A pale hand to guide you

What once was certain
Now certainly is lost
Replaced by greed and corruption
A strangling grasp
At the throats of innocents
To break what once was pure

I will live forever
I am the truth beyond the hate
An apparition
Unyielding
I'm the Ghost of the Saint

Awakening the fallen spirit
Inside You
Beneath the ashes and decay
A life unbroken
You shall rise up
And be reborn
As a Ghost of the Saint
Track Name: Gods of a Fallen Empire
War, subjects slain before us
Followers died in vain
Sacrificed to fallen idols
Conquerors curse our holy name
Razing that which we deemed sacred
A consecrated burial ground
Sacrifices made unto us
Could not stop the war drums sound

A dying preacher
Forsaken one
His temple torn to rubble
We gods are silent
His faith undone
Our idols broken
Consumed by fire
What shall become of us
We gods of a fallen empire

Will we maintain existence
When all the flock is gone?
How will we bless the pious?
Decide what's right or wrong?
Will there be funerals for us?
Remembrance of each decree
All powerful omnipotent ones
Erased from history

A dying preacher
Forsaken one
His temple torn to rubble
We gods are silent
His faith undone
Our idols broken
Consumed by fire
What shall become of us
We gods of a fallen empire
Track Name: Leave This World
Ignorance
Far beneath us
Blind deceivers
Waging war with reality
Vision
Bleeding truth
Obscure view
Complacency will make a fact a lie
Disseminating fallacies
Inventing their own tragedies
A case against humanity
Growing larger with each louder voice
Byproducts of a panicking
Fear induced society
Exacerbated as we accept truth as a choice
Rewriting all of history
Endangering reality
Dissimulating demagogues peddling insanity
Production of a never-ending
Smokestack of a fabricating
Scream against which there is no logical recourse

Traitors
Anointed in hate
They bleed for truth that doesn't exist
With a grim silence we turn away
And leave this world to its tragedy

Reverence
Of deception
A vile collection
Intelligence drowned out by fear
Risen
To the surface
A violent purpose
Distorting all that once was clear
Promulgating fantasy
Disguised as bitter honesty
A masquerade of anarchy
Eradicating reasons' voice
Though senseless their denying
Intellectualism is dying
Buried under a monolith of ignorant force
What once was decided
Now chided and derided
Antipathy towards an ignominious ideal
Consequences coinciding
With our disgust and denial
It doesn't matter what they say we'll always know what's real


Traitors
Anointed in hate
They bleed for truth that doesn't exist
With a grim silence we turn away
And leave this world to its tragedy
Track Name: Woodsmoke
Instrumental
Track Name: Colorblind
It came like a whisper
It's silence was screaming
Forcing them down
A massive weight to bury us all
And as we cowered
A weakness so exposed
Oh were we unworthy
Just wretched creatures
Blinded to what it brought us
Can't bear to see its beauty

In this world
Where we crave black and white
All shades of gray surround us
But there are a few
Who would not hide their eyes
When they confronted the color

Beyond a reason
Past what all logic holds
There is a world to capture
It would lead us
If we would only follow
Yet we grip harder, our shackles

In this world
Where we crave black and white
All shades of gray surround us
But there are a few
Who would not hide their eyes
When they confronted the color

In this world
We are the willful blind
Less comforted by splendor
But all it takes
Get off your knees and rise
Open your eyes to color
Track Name: Walk Away
Moonlit shadows hide what was to be
My face, but you swore you could see
My image, calm and unopposed
As tainted as a black rose
Your heart was left for me to find
Tore out what kept my piece of mind
My willow weeps upon the ground
A raging river makes no sound

Slate black a starless night
A howling wind calls my name
Drawn into the twilight
Devoid of clarion treasures
As though looks could not deceive
Something. Anything. Tell me what you want from me
I can be what you can't believe
Then I'll walk away forever

Words I wish to speak all fall away
Truth undefined and gray
Your spirit, pure as the snow
That hides what no once can know
Lost my light to what you can conceive
Luminous shadows in the trees
Rejecting what you'd thought you'd found
Leaves only frozen sun-scorched ground


Slate black a starless night
A howling wind calls my name
Drawn into the twilight
Devoid of clarion treasures
As though looks could not deceive
Something. Anything. Tell me what you want from me
I can be what you can't believe
Then I'll walk away forever
Track Name: Black Water Burial
Black clouds
Converging
I feel them weighing me down
Each drop
A torrent
I'm sinking into the ground
(Futile)
Futile is the life we're given
(Searching)
Searching for a greater meaning
(Deeper)
The deeper that we dig the hole
(We find)
We find we come away with
(Nothing)
Nothing left to leave our sons
(Dying)
But dying palms filled with soil
(Broken)
Our broken backs arched to the sky
(We see)
We see how deep a grave we've dug

The rain falls down
Thunder echoes through the air
Your final sound
A simple sigh of despair
Death rises around
Buried beneath a wave
Struggle no more
As black water fills your grave

Silence
Forever
I feel it enveloping me
All light
fading
A deadly grip tightening
(Our lives)
All our lives we spend escaping
(An end)
An end we know will one day come
(Avoid)
Avoid the presence of the moment
(We're left)
We're left with naught but broken
(Memories)
Memories filled with lies
(Another)
Another wasted destiny
(Pleading)
Pleading for a new tomorrow
(Deaf ears)
On deaf ears fall our final cries

The rain falls down
Thunder echoes through the air
Your final sound
A simple sigh of despair
Death rises around
Buried beneath a wave
Struggle no more
As black water fills your grave

Mother
Remember
The first time I made a sound
Waste not
Tear drops
There's already plenty to drown
(Devastate)
Devastated by a weakness
(I could)
I could always call my own
(As dark)
As dark waters rise around me
(Exhale)
I exhale and make my
(Final)
Final mark upon the world
(My loss)
My loss met with indifference
(The rain)
The rain will not mourn for me
(Washes)
As it washes me away

The rain falls down
Thunder echoes through the air
Your final sound
A simple sigh of despair
Death rises around
Buried beneath a wave
Struggle no more
As black water fills your grave
Track Name: Tempestus - From Death, Life
Tempestus:
(As I make my descent into the valley
Aching roots under my feet
I see throngs of dying faces
Amongst the trees
Wan and narrow
Broken and humbled
They've abandoned their homes

The land is scorched and barren
A bitter drought flowered only with death
My boots scrape on cracked and broken clay
My eyes well with tears
As dust permeates the air
It seems nothing will ever grow here again)

Amongst the ruined waste
There remained
A failing child
His hope gone with the rain
Praying to
A god that will deliver nothing
Stranded here
A family lost at home

The wanderer approaching
His eyes are hollow
A shadow of loss
Trailing at his feet
But still they feel
That compassion must guide them
A stranger made of death
They invite into their home

Rain must fall
The storm clouds within
You cannot defy
the rage building inside of you
A loss again
All the same
Yet worse than before
A black shroud falls
The storm will consume
Erasing all
Like that which created you
And though you exist
to manifest strife
In your wake of death...
Life

The kindness that they gave
He repaid
A bond was forged
born out of despair
But as the light gave way
Eyes empty as the grave
Unleashing rage
Tempestus tore the sky!

Rain must fall
The storm clouds within
You cannot defy
the rage building inside of you
A loss again
All the same
Yet worse than before
A black shroud falls
The storm will consume
Erasing all
Like that which created you
And though you exist
to manifest strife
In your wake of death...
Life

At last the thunder fades
Nothing remains
The family and child
All washed away
His tears they fall
Each drop into the flood
Once again
A drowned Love

Rain must fall
The storm clouds within
You cannot defy
the rage building inside of you
A loss again
All the same
Yet worse than before
A black shroud falls
The storm will consume
Erasing all
Like that which created you
And though you exist
to manifest strife
In your wake of death...
Life

Tempestus:
(As I take my final step out of the valley
I cannot bear to see
the carnage I have caused
A loss floating among the detritus
Absolute destruction of that which showed me love
And born out of the same
And though life may blossom here again
It will be a joy I never witness)