Ice Nine Kills

Every Trick in the Book tracks

Lyrics

1. THE NATURE OF THE BEAST

So come one and come all to the crumbling walls
Of our city now painted with red
As the stench of defeat emanates through the streets
Is the life we once dreamed of now dead?
But we won’t break, we will fight, we will storm through the night
Enslaved to their game nevermore
With the locks on our cage broken off by the rage
Now it’s time to settle the score

We are the frayed, we are the torn
We are the beaten and the scorned
And now you’ve forced the beast to bare its teeth
We’ll come in droves like animals
Hungry to reclaim our control
As we fight to bite the bitter hand that feeds
We are the frayed
We are the frayed
We are the frayed

Beyond the barricade oh can’t you hear that sound?
The march of tortured souls screaming
“Burn this place to the ground”
The pack you played for fools, the herd you led astray
Now run the slaughterhouse, welcome to Judgment Day
You’ll pay in blood as your retribution
So let’s gather at the gallows for the execution

We are the frayed, we are the torn
We are the beaten and the scorned
And now you’ve forced the beast to bare its teeth
We’ll come in droves like animals
Hungry to reclaim our control
As we fight to bite the bitter hand that feeds
We are the frayed

And when the new day dawns upon our master plan
Just hold your rifles still and then wait for my command
We’ll kill like savages ‘cause we’re unbreakable
But what did you expect? We’re fucking animals

Though what good is it to find the same sad solution?
Another power hungry biased fucking institution
We took the fort, we stormed the gates
But what kind of crooked paradox did we create?
We took the fort, we stormed the gates
But became the very thing that we hate

We are the frayed, we are the torn
We are the beaten and the scorned
And now you’ve forced the beast to bare its teeth
We’ll come in droves like animals
Hungry to reclaim our control
As we fight to bite the bitter hand that feeds
We are the frayed
We are the frayed
We are the frayed
We are the frayed

Where is the end? What have we done?
We’re what we swore we’d not become
Despite intent a noble heart still bleeds
Time goes on and history repeats




2. COMMUNION OF THE CURSED

So where’s your savior tonight?
As angels fall from the sky
His idle hands let me inside
Where I cannot be crucified

Forgive me father, have I sinned?
Who gives a fuck how long it’s been
Just let this holy war begin
I am the darkness deep within
The devil in her daughter’s skin
And I’ll be there ’til the bitter end
Don’t raise your claws to me
In the name of God I command you to flee
Relentlessly ‘cause we believe
By the power of Christ we will set her free

So where’s your savior tonight?
As angels fall from the sky
His idle hands let me inside
Where I cannot be crucified
You spent your life in his light
Still faith can’t save you tonight
Yet evil stands the test of time
I cannot be crucified

So round and round I spin my head
Circulate the blood that I have shed
Pass the cup and drink from me instead
Savor the taste and quench your thirst
With the communion of the cursed
Get on your knees and prove your worth
Don’t raise your filth to me
I know you’re in there, Regan
Just continue to breathe
I will cast him out, his grip is weakening
Cast him out, this is his day of reckoning
Through the father, the son, and the Holy ghost
I will lure this parasite from its wholesome host
Eternally, my last decree
If a soul must be taken I demand you take me

So where’s your savior tonight?
As angels fall from the sky
His idle hands let me inside
Where I cannot be crucified
You spent your life in his light
Still faith can’t save you tonight
Yet evil stands the test of time
I cannot be crucified

Now I lay her down to sleep
Her soul is mine, and mine to keep
If she dies before she wakes, I’ll find another soul to take
If she dies before she wakes
I’ll find another soul to take

So where’s your savior tonight?
As angels fall from the sky
His idle hands let me inside
Where I cannot be crucified
You spent your life in his light
Still faith can’t save you tonight
Yet evil stands the test of time
I cannot be crucified

If she dies before she wakes
I’ll find another soul to take




3. BLOODBATH & BEYOND

It's been six days since I've had my fix
And now I'm fixed on you
Despite your trembling body
I can tell you want it too
I'm every man you've ever dreamed of
All your fantasies combines
You can tell I'm the best by the blood on your dress
There's no bite as good as mine

Through the darkest of ages and blackest of plagues
I have fed off the blood of the land
Every girl that's in sight knows she's mine for the night
They're all trapped in the palm of my hand
I've crossed ocean of time, caused unspeakable crime
But I would not change a bloody thing
Hunted by all mankind but they're one step behind
"Prince of Darkness?" Fuck that, I'm the king

And I'm slipping through the cracks again
They'll never take me alive because I'm already dead
And forever in your head
So won't you come with me
And taste immortality
You're dripping from the ecstasy of one last crimson kiss
When the blood pours out like rain
Take pleasure in the pain
You're not the only girl to scream my name
But the first I can't resist
So here's one last crimson kiss

In my hungrier years I would prey on their fears
Devoid of all reason or rhyme
I've made every girl melt for the notch on my belt
But I swear that it's different this time

Don't think of this as damnation
Cause we don't need their salvation

And I'm slipping through the cracks again
They'll never take me alive because I'm already dead
And forever in your head
So won't you come with me
And taste immortality
You're dripping from the ecstasy of one last crimson kiss
When the blood pours out like rain
Take pleasure in the pain
You're not the only girl to scream my name
But the first I can't resist
So here's one last crimson kiss

And you know what, baby?
Your neck is up next

And I'm slipping through the cracks again
They'll never take me alive because I'm already dead
And forever in your head
So won't you come with me
And taste immortality
You're dripping from the ecstasy of one last crimson kiss
When the blood pours out like rain
Take pleasure in the pain
You're not the only girl to scream my name
But the first I can't resist
So here's one last crimson kiss

One last crimson kiss
Don't think of this as damnation
Your neck is up next




4. THE PLOT SICKENS

We’ll make it out alive

Lord hear our prayer across the air
The captain’s screaming, “Mayday!”
Is God’s intent final decent or just a test of our faith?
This oxygen is wearing thin, the ground is fast approaching
Our fears intact upon impact, so brothers here’s to hoping

If we have to crawl out, in spite of this hell
We’ll find a way out, we’ll find a way out
Left behind by God or the devil himself
To find a way, find a way, to make it out alive

The sight at hand, gruesome and grand, cannot be rectified
Searching for signs of life in wreckage we can’t recognize
We cry out for those who can’t be saved
One foot on sacred ground and one foot in the grave

If we have to crawl out, in spite of this hell
We’ll find a way out, we’ll find a way out
Left behind by God or the devil himself
To find a way, find a way, to make it out alive

Steady we climb, ready to die
To look salvation in the eye
If we have to crawl out, in spite of this hell
We’ll find a way, find away, to make it out alive
Sixteen souls left in the cold, to be alive is a miracle
It all comes down to flesh and bone
It’s hard to swallow the unthinkable

The final course we won’t concede
Desperate times call for desperate deeds
Forgiven in our time of need
Desperate times call for desperate deeds
The final course we won’t concede
Desperate times call for desperate deeds
Forgiven in our time of need
Desperate times call for desperate deeds

Crawl out, in spite of this hell
We’ll find a way out, we’ll find a way out
Left behind by God or the devil himself
To find a way, find a way, to make it out

Steady we climb
Ready to die, to look salvation in the eye
If we have to crawl out, in spite of this hell
We’ll find a way, find away, to make it out alive

We’ll make it out alive
We’ll make it out alive




5. STAR-CROSSED ENEMIES

Here, we’re just stuck in the spotlight
We should make like shadows and disappear
Silhouettes in the sunset, our final curtain call is drawing near

If parting is such sweet sorrow, to hell with waiting for tomorrow
Hand in hand like we planned, as the night takes us away
And I hope when they find me and you in this tomb built for two
They get the glory for the end of our story, and take their fucking bows

So remember us, the soon dearly departed
And how the war our fathers started
Sealed the fate of star-crossed enemies
You and I both know that death won’t matter
Bring on the poison and the dagger
They set the stage for tragedy

Don’t scream cause the show must go on
Though our fairy tale is ripping at the seams
But love doesn’t have to be something that we hide behind the scenes

If parting is such sweet sorrow, to hell with waiting for tomorrow
Side by side when we die, as the night takes us away
And I hope when they find me and you in this tomb built for two
They get the glory for the end of our story, and take their fucking bows

So remember us, the soon dearly departed
And how the war our fathers started
Sealed the fate of star-crossed enemies
You and I both know that death won’t matter
Bring on the poison and the dagger
They set the stage for tragedy

They set the stage for tragedy
They set the stage for tragedy, they set the stage for tragedy

So remember us, the soon dearly departed
And how the war our fathers started
Sealed the fate of star-crossed enemies
You and I both know that death won’t matter
Bring on the poison and the dagger
They set the stage for tragedy




6. ME, MYSELF & HYDE

I tear apart the pages of the story of my life
In black and white the wrong and right
Will struggle to survive

And I've been falling apart in the pouring rain
I'm waging war on myself
A captive casualty
Traded a merciful heart for a murderer’s brain
But now I curse what's in my head
Because I can't stop seeing red

Did you really think I would falter my friend?
I've destroyed you before I'll destroy you again

I'm the hell that is your future
I'll incinerate your past
I'm the devil on your shoulder
But I'll always be your better half

We might share one body
But this spine is fucking mine
By now you should know
You're just a spectator
I'm the show!
Is this the end of me?

Cause I've been falling apart in the pouring rain
I'm waging war on myself
A captive casualty
Traded a merciful heart for a murderer’s brain
But now I curse what's in my head
Because I can't stop seeing red

Did you really think you could hyde from me doctor?
Have you not seen the legacy I've carved into the flesh of this city?
Even Van Gogh would call it a bloody good impression
An artist of infection and your just another piece in my collection

A mirror image of perfection
Who's time has fucking come

Cause I've been falling apart in the pouring rain
I'm waging war on myself
A captive casualty
Traded a merciful heart for a murderer’s brain
But now I curse what's in my head
Because I can't stop seeing red

Friends and fellow countrymen lend me your ears
The following revelation's for you skeptics to hear
There exists no good
Only unrealized evil
I'll bring hope to the sinners
And death to the people

I tear apart the pages of the story of my life

Cause I've been falling apart in the pouring rain
I'm waging war on myself
A captive casualty
Traded a merciful heart for a murderer’s brain
But now I curse what's in my head
Because I can't stop seeing red
I'm seeing red
The doctor is dead
I bid thee farewell
Fuck my fate
Just save a seat for me in hell




7. ALICE

Dear diary
This battle’s on the verge of emergency
Call in a chemical warfare attack

Tempting fate with the crisis that my vices will orchestrate
Cold sweats as my bold pupils dilate
I could die from the weight of it all
Or make it through another close call

Here’s a note to myself, “Back to the wall
The higher you get, girl, the further you fall”
Here’s a note to myself, “Alone in my pain
How close can you come to the edge before you walk away?”

Through blackened veins the evil in the needle bleeds into my brain
And sells me on the sense of a fool’s escape
I could die from the weight of it all
Or make it through another close call

Here’s a note to myself, “Back to the wall
The higher you get, girl, the further you fall”
Here’s a note to myself, “Alone in my pain
How close can you come to the edge before you walk away?”
Before you walk away

But I just need one more taste, one more taste
Scars earned from searching for solutions
So desperate just to feel
Sold on self-prescribed pollution, just distorting what was real
And so it goes in the throes of what I can’t overcome
Painfully numb
Dear diary
This battle’s on the verge of emergency

Here’s a note to myself, “Back to the wall
The higher you get, girl, the further you fall”
Here’s a note to myself, “Alone in my pain
How close can you come to the edge before you walk away?”

Before you walk away
Before you walk away




8. THE PEOPLE IN THE ATTIC

It's difficult in times like these: ideals,
dreams and cherished hopes rise within us,
only to be crushed by grim reality
(These are the words that set me free)

We are the last of what used to be
Every breath, every moment
They’re getting closer and closer to me
Stripping my dignity with every brick as it’s broken
Stealing hope from my whole family
Lights out
The path that God has lit grows ever darker
But my faith goes further now
I didn’t want to be a fucking martyr
But I can’t put my pen down

I stare through the cracks of my life in slow motion
As my world crumbles down around me
I write the words that set me free

Always glued to the radio
Getting lost in the static as the attic is taking its toll
Can’t we all just go? I’m fucking sick of the inside
We’re alive yet deprived and alone but never on our own
Alive yet deprived and alone but never on our own

I stare through the cracks of my life in slow motion
As my world crumbles down around me
I write the words that set me free
These are the words that set me free
These are the words that set me free, yeah

I stare through the cracks of my life in slow motion
As my world crumbles down around me
I write the words that set me free
These are the words that set me free
These are the words that set me free, yeah




9. TESS-TIMONY

A makeshift smile, a polished look
Some rehearsed lines was all it took
He had it down, man, he was good
A woman screams, her mother weeps
A life so changed irrevocably
What he stole from her is gone for good

I see sirens spinning around through my eyelids
As he begs and he pleads just like I did
Is this what my life is? Restless and silent
Where all I can do is survive

When the purest soul is stained by sin
To the public eye where can she begin?
She lost it all and it’s gone for good
And she may never beat the system
But she won’t rest until she’s turned the villain to the victim

I see sirens spinning around through my eyelids
As he begs and he pleads just like I did
Is this what my life is? Restless and silent
Where all I can do is survive

So officer please that’s the man who’s destroyed my existence
Yeah he begged and he screamed just like I did
And for this I was willing to die
It was all I could do to survive




10. HELL IN THE HALLWAYS

Ostracized and terrorized
The outcast knows no way to survive
Plagued by fear, year after year
Her cries for help fell on deaf ears
Forever unknown and so alone
Where the hell in the hallways always feels like home

The girl that was lost
The girl no one saved, with blood on her face
Maybe now they’ll remember her name
The girl that they crossed
They’ll never contain and no one is safe
Maybe now they’ll remember her name

Stepped on like shit and drowned in their spit
They tore her world apart for their own benefit
But they can’t hold back the certain wrath of a pissed off prom queen psychopath

The girl that was lost
The girl no one saved, with blood on her face
Maybe now they’ll remember her name
The girl that they crossed
They’ll never contain and no one is safe
Maybe now they’ll remember her name

When happily ever after came crashing from the rafters
She knew she wasn’t meant to wear their crooked crown
But look who’s laughing now

“And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for
Your Bates High Prom queen for 1976 is…Carrie White!”

Covered in blood, they called it good clean fun
But now her mind is a weapon that they can’t outrun
When rivals attack a school’s spirit strikes back

The girl that was lost
The girl no one saved, with blood on her face
Maybe now they’ll remember her name
The girl that they crossed
They’ll never contain and no one is safe
Maybe now they’ll remember her name
When happily ever after came crashing from the rafters
She knew she wasn’t meant to wear their crooked crown
But look who’s laughing now

Look who's laughing now
Well look who's laughing now
Well look who's laughing now
Look who's laughing now
Well look who's laughing now