At The Gates

Gardens of Grief - In the Embrace of Evil tracks

Lyrics

AT THE GATES

1. SOULS OF THE EVIL DEPARTED

Floating away within dreams
From a thousand worlds,
My soul has left the spheres of man
For all time...

The rest of me
The rotten limbs and my bones
Dwelling within
The sacred gardens of grief
While my mind is adrift
Upon the seas of starvation
A tombstone is raised to mark

I am not forgotten
I remember faintly,
Like whispers from beyond all time
The reasons for my death
But reason are part of life
And I am forever more, part of death
Part of death
Part of death
I greet you

Welcome to the world of the evil departed
The neverending landscape of damnation
We were sowing the seeds of blasphemy
consumed by the burning flame of eternity
We were sowing the seeds of blasphemy
Souls of the evil departed
All dwell here
In a number beyond counting

Souls of the evil departed
Souls of the evil departed

The memories are slowly eating away
At my shredded sanity
The yearning for life has vanished,
Nothing left to live for
In this void
Of lost souls and insanity
My existence is a mockery




2. AT THE GATES

It is cold out here
And lonely is my journey
I walk the trail of broken souls
The darkest path through infinity
Far behind my body rot
For me no more tomorrow
Fear or pain I know not
And yet I am filled with sorrow

I am at the gates
Lord of chaos
Let me sleep
Space is deep
Lord of chaos...

Through the gates the journey goes on
The fate of my immortal soul
Through the gates the journey goes on and on...

All I crave is to sleep
All I crave is to sleep

Across the seas without no name
The weak spot of the creation
My crown of thorns all life it drains
As the sears back of my mind
But at the side of my lake
Insanity wait for me to find

I am all as I am you and me
I am everything and will forever be
A part of your throughout eternity
When you die you too will be
Heaven waits below as you will see
I am at the the gates but where are the keys

All I crave is to sleep
All I crave is to sleep
Lord of chaos...




3. ALL LIFE ENDS

My life fades the visions dim, all that remains are memories
I remember a time of chaos, time of war
As men began to feed on man, only the scavengers survived
Gone now, swept away for reasons long forgotten
Touched of a blaze which engulfed them all, a firestorm of fear
The answer is written in their bones

All life ends

I remember an old man griping my wrist
He was dying "Imagine", he said Looking into the eye of a nova
The bursting flames, the roar of it's energy
Faintly echoing down the corridors of time
Whispering, "All life ends"

"Death", he said, "Is like a bolt of lightning
Light cast upon every secret, just for a moment
'Til the last spark of life fades and all is dark"
Then he breathed out his last breath into my ear
His gaze already way out among the stars among
The ruins of the past

I shelter from the storm my mind is numb from
The loneliness and the rain that never stops
This wasteland, ones a beautiful place
Where trees and flowers grew
Where deer squirrels had their home
Now rotting are their bones

Where raging waters grind the earth
I go to end my days, the sea that witnessed
Mankind's birth shall watch us die again
Black and deep, empty of life as in heaven so below
The sun has now forever set and bids our time to go
I am tired and
I fear not the cold that now descends
As light grows dim, I bid farewell

All life ends

I am leaving now, my body stiff
Just watching for a while that rigid shell
So small and weak, a corpse on a broken cliff
The stars are calling me now with distant
Speechless voices and caught by a wind

I drift away and nothing calls me to stay
I am riding the wind that has no name
The fire that burns without a flame
Caught by the spell on which all depends

All life ends

The answer is written in their bones

All life ends




4. CITY OF SCREAMING STATUES

City of screaming statues
City of screaming statues
Your soul will grow to understand and respect this place
It will be with your in your heart, on your journey

The gates of city lies before you
The temple of truth whispering their waves
Chase your visions, slay your fears
What moves the truth is the sound of your thoughts

Scream

The struggle of the soul
Depends on the strength of your will
Among the twisted shapes of your madness
You will find your light and your genius
In the city where the statues they scream
For their truth to be real

The dreams and the visions
The reality and the light
Within the soul of the city
May be whatever you wish it to be In the city where the statues they scream
For their truth to be real

Stand up and turn your back on reality
Lie down and let your dreams attack
The silence of a soul that is true Is the silence that you lack
Feel the strength pulsating through you
As the gates they close behind you

The answers lie within the city
Within the light
In the sunrise of your soul, time is the key
The music of the truth, now behold

Rise and crush them

The gates of city lies before you
The temple of truth whispering their waves
Chase your visions, slay your fears
What moves the truth is the sound of your thoughts

The statues they scream
For their truth to be real
Within the walls of the city
Where death aint the end

The music of the truth, the light of the end





GROTESQUE (SWE)




5. THIRTEEN BELLS OF DOOM

(Instrumental)




6. BLOOD RUNS FROM THE ALTAR

Blood runs from the altar
Unholy rite of sacrifice
The wrath of the lord
Invoked by the blasphemous

Welcome to our black mass
Blood runs from the altar
IA Lucifericon

Blood runs from the altar
Upon the altar of lies
A virgin which blood
Will be spilled for the one below

IA Lucifericon

Blood runs from the altar
The masses start to sing
The words of the bible
Inverted for king

Welcome to our black mass
Blood runs from the altar
IA Lucifericon

Blood runs from the altar
The priest is now in trance
Black art, sacrifice
He raises the dagger again

IA Lucifericon

Blood runs from the altar
Unholy rite of sacrifice
The wrath of the lord
Invoked buy the blasphemous




7. SUBMIT TO DEATH

Cold winds of hades
Whispers your name
A call from hell
That drives you insane
When the reaper
Reaches out for your hand
Eternal secrets of death
Lies behind

Submit to death

Trapped within
The never ending flames of hell
Possessed chasm
Hollowed by spell
As you’re laid to rest
Within your grave
Your soul is bought
Now you’re his slave

Submit to death

A strange shadow
Unlocks the forbidden gate
Hideous darkness
Monstrous spawn of death

Now the bells
For you they chime
Time to suffer
Life is your crime
The flames of hell
Suffocate your very last breath
As the embrace of evil
Welcomes you to your death

Submit to death




8. FALL INTO DECAY

Cast out from the living world
Violently decomposed
The horror that you feel
Unfortunately is real
Visions beyond
Greet me with a cold embrace
I slowly slip away
As putrefaction sets in

What's left for the autopsy?
A pile of rotting flesh
The coroner completes the ceremony
And reveals the cause of decay

Decay - I fall onto decay
Decay - My body rots away

I slowly slip into
A realm beyond my senses
The last light slips away
My decay is complete
My soul is cold
I'm cast into the void
Visions beyond
Greet me with a cold embrace

A slowly slip into
A realm beyond my senses
As I fall into
The depths of infernal decay
I fall into
The depths of infernal decay




9. SEVEN GATES

Farewell you beloved earth and skies
Blessed forever you will be
For when she began gently her dance
The fair below the crystal moon
It all into nothingless fell
If hardly a bit the eye will recall
If once again chaos enters
...her face so pale and noble
With it's twilight, dawn, earth and skies
Our world still had a meaning...
...It to the dancer once gave life




10. ANGELS BLOOD

Armageddon's come with the truth

The truth collapsing in for your tear-filled eyes
Armageddon's rising, the light has now fled
To conquer the minds of man
With the banality of the truth
And break us with our own vanity
As the hordes invade the halls of heaven

"Foreseeing the fall of myself
My mind it started to revolt"

Armageddon's come with the truth

"I heard the tales of the bitterness and hate
Of when he invades and begins to reign
It caresses your soul
Awakens the thirst for knowledge
Armageddon's now rising
The distorted truth appears"

The merciless servants of the lord expelled from heaven
Assault the pearly gates to spill pure angels blood
His growing shadow covers the world
The angel fallen claims his revenge on god
As the creatures born in darkness storm the pearly gates
To spill pure angels blood

"Call me whatever you want, but I'm your fate
My armies I've sent to haunt beyond the seven gates
The creatures of darkness
And the demons from my home
Created in hate towards god
It's time for our revenge"

"I saw the signs and received
the voice of armageddon
A twisted world of blackness, cries and blood"

The truth collapsing in for your tear-filled eyes
Armageddon's rising, the light has now fled
To conquer the minds of man
With the banality of the truth
And break us with out own vanity
As the hordes invade the halls of heaven

The merciless servants of the lord expelled from heaven
Assault the pearly gates to spill pure angels blood
His growing shadow covers the world
The angel fallen claims his revenge on god
As the creatures born in darkness storm the pearly gates
To spill pure angels blood

"I heard the tales of the bitterness and hate
Of when he invades and begins to reign
It caresses your soul
Awakens the thirst for knowledge
Armageddon's now rising
The distorted truth appears"

"Foreseeing the fall of myself
My mind it started to revolt
A twisted world of blackness, cries and blood"

"Centuries of anger
And a long wait
Fills us with lust
Nihilism and thirst for blood
We will cease the life
Of holy weak symbols
And take over and rule in blood"




11. NOCTURNAL BLASPHEMIES

Come with me – into the dark

Nocturnal, born of evil
And the seed of death
Through diabolic breeding
On a virgin womb

Blasphemy
My prayers answered finally
The answer came forth
Through the mist

Separate reality
Nocturnal Blasphemy

To the notes
Of buried blasphemy
From the elder earth
Rise the hellish beast

Damnation left forsaken
In a crypt below
The total lie of god
Now unfolds

Nocturnal blasphemies

The days of god are over
And the sun, like any other Sabbath,
Goes down into the sea
Running into the very last twilight
My faith in my soul,
My mind and my wisdom goes on

My life was meant to be
Eternal blasphemy
To blaspheme against
The church and Jehovah

A separate reality
Deep within my mind
In league forever
With horned divine

Nocturnal blasphemies




12. SPAWN OF AZATHOTH

Summoned through inverted signs of magick
I am the symbol of supreme evil
I am raised in the plague of sin
And the fluids of hell run through me

I am divine
Demon from hell
My time finally
To prevail

I am released through the incantations
And the harmonies within the song of spells

I am the spawn of Azathoth
The embodiment of absolute evil
I am hell itself within you
And my wrath will swallow you whole

I am the spawn of the seed
Planted within your soul
I am the voice inside you
Telling you what to do

Woman, meet thy destiny
And give birth to me, your son
The voice within your sinful mind
Let me tear your soul to pieces

I make you writhe in torment
Speaking my words with your tongue

As my part of the deal is kept
I claim your soul as mine




13. INCANTATION

Beyond inferno lies my sanctuary

Bone, blood, flesh and sinews
Spell and spirit bind anew

Their deaths so cruel and macabre
Keep its givers safe from harm

Incantations, chantings & repetitions
I call the abysmal depths
For thee to ascend

Let the laws which govern all things
Not so lightly be dismissed
Let the ones who rule the chaos
With a fresher death be kissed

Incantation
Incantation

A terrible invocation addressed to secret gods
Beyond the mortal spheres
In an aura of evil, incantation

Let thy almighty powers
Knowing no boundaries
In a morbid shade of presence
Travel through my soul

Arch-angel, prince of hell
Awake thy sleeping servants of the dead

Master, invoke thee, lord of chaos
Here is a soul for thee to claim
Repay my loyalty
I invoke thee, prince of darkness
Hear my - incantation

As my life now it ends
Fulfill this one last wish of mine
Release thy divine wrath
To fulfill our darkest dreams

Now as my blood is spilled for the last time
I toast in it with thee
My last words, as I die, is my incantation

Hear my infernal chanting
As I open the gates to your dimension
Hear me, I beg thee,
Spewing forth from the pits of death

Incantation
Incantation

Beyond inferno
My sanctuary

As my soul is engulfed
By the flaming inferno
My hands grasp at the straws of life
As it eventually fades away

Within the burning flames
My soul now dwells forever more
Tormented, but in peace
I am by thy side, prince of darkness

Incantation
Incantation

Covered in the burning flames
The world as you knew it is no more




14. CHURCH OF THE PENTAGRAM

"Humanity - a fallen angel, wings stained with blood"

Out of the abyss, upheaveled as with fire
Risen from below to crush your righteous reign
Govern those who govern, by the works of Satan
Pledge allegiance to the powers that be
Bow to the coven of Hades, covenant of flame
Communion of fire, the church of the pentagram

We are the initiated ones in whose veins the hatred flows
In whose veins the sulphur burns
And in whose minds is death

The mad with sin they call forth and hail the sign
Now destroy this creation of god

By the black, infernal Styx they swear that dreadful oath
Which binds the underworld
Allegiance sworn to the flags of war
Damnation so pure, on blackened wings, spew forth

Church of the pentagram - blasphemous sons of hell
Church of the pentagram - Satan rise!

A sickening rush, high on pain
As black blood tears through tortured veins
Hordes of the undead awake
Their suffering to be avenged
Govern those who govern, by the works of Satan
Pledge allegiance to the powers that be
Bow to the coven of Hades, covenant of flame
Communion of fire, the church of the pentagram

We are the initiated ones in whose veins the hatred flows
in whose veins the sulphur burns
and in whose minds is death

The mad with sin they call forth and hail the sign
Now destroy this creation of god

By the black, infernal Styx they swear that dreadful oath
Which binds the underworld
Allegiance sworn to the flags of war
Damnation so pure, on blackened wings, spew forth

Church of the pentagram - blasphemous sons of hell
Church of the pentagram - Satan rise!

The infernal hordes awake, angels fall down from the sky
Into the pit of hell they shall burn
To perish in the flames
Forever imprisoned beyond the gates of hell

Church of the pentagram - blasphemous sons of hell
Church of the pentagram - Satan rise!