Arghoslent

Hornets of the Pogrom tracks

Lyrics


1. In Coffles They Were Led

Marooned at Sierra Leone
Galleons prepared for the ride loaded with the nation's raw source of labor
With not a courtesan in the swarthy bunch

So intolerably loathsome was the stench of the kidnapped that the air was unfit for respiration
The chained turned delirious from the weight of their fate

Their brutish tempers curbed
By ten to twenty lashes
The pain made them abate their
Courage and beliefs

In Coffles They Were Led

Their brutish tempers curbed
By ten to twenty lashes
Wrists and ankles bruised
From the weight of fetters

May Christian faith release us from this guilt
So that we may uphold our mission
May Christian faith release us from this guilt
So that we may never be led

All that is injurious to our existence must be annihilated
Someday this ruinous practice will come to haunt our peoples and our cultures




2. Swill Of The Knaves

Due east to prowl the coasts
Sails full, with purpose bestowed
Elmina's shores await
The iron girds of salvation
The captive whores of damnation
Prepare the hold for the beasts
Hatches nailed shut
Divide the worms from the meat
Swill is pissed on

Musket blast versus wooden shield
Runners in the sights, spray the field
Storm the mangrove
Cannons bray, the mighty quake
Centuries of blood becomes erased
I am the white ghost

Middle Passage nigh
Vessel of cruel new fate
Hope disappears in the merchan rudder's wake, sleep with the dead, cargo stowed, left to rot

Bronze gate unhinged for you
Stone steps, the path of doom
New England's shores await
The iron girds of salvation
The captive whores of damnation
Line the hold with our freight
Eyes are sewn shut

Musket plume, heed the lash

Into darkened depths the sick are cast
Run the mizzenmast
Cannon smoke, a magic fog
Spirits from the sea sound their call
I am the white ghost

Middle Passage nigh
Vessel of cruel new fate
Hope disappears in the merchan rudder's wake, sleep with the dead, cargo stowed, left to rot

Swill of the Knaves, slop for the herd
Swill of the Knaves
Suffer a fate of putrid squalor

Swill of the Knaves, slops for the herd
Swill of the Knaves
Suffer the vengeful endless curse




3. Manacled Freightage

Ill-suited for leadership
Nature bestowed her foulest pigmentation upon them much like a scar

It accompanies them to their nameless grave
On these malaria ridden vessels
A love affair between slaves and sugar
The ones who managed to escape
Dove like cormorants into the Atlantic

Ducats, Cowries, Reals or Silver Pesos
No currency denied in these ports

Beggary becomes a far fetched luxury
The world of noose justice

It accompanies them to their nameless grave
On these malaria ridden vessels
A love affair between slaves and sugar
Unwanted coexistence
Too drained to cry, too shamed to pray

Ducats, Cowries, Reals, or Silver Pesos
No currency denied in these ports

Beggary becomes a far fetched luxury
The world of noose justice

Exemplary behavior is worthless when
Their crime is genetic

Skin becomes hard leather
Disfigured by torrid irons
Immeasurable cruelty
Only man knows how to inflict

Manacled Freightage




4. The Nubian Archer

Predestined warring defeat
Unbearable beasts of a sizzling sun
No force able to civilize them
Predestined warring defeat

The mysteries and legends
South of the First Cataract
From whence natural wealth
Was traded with the Pharaohs

A boorish fellow traveling on foot
Across the flat plains of the Dongolo Reach

Predestined warring defeat
Unbearable beasts of a sizzling sun
No force able to civilize them
Predestined warring defeat

Land of Wawat, Land of the bow
The wooly-haired arrow handler
Reveled against discovery
His destiny carried in a quiver

Land of Wawat, Land of the bow
Reveled against discovery

Born with genetic imperfections
The Nubian Archer unable to grasp
The shortcomings of his brood




5. Dog And Broom

Novgorod, nest of sedition, wall them in
Snarling dogs, over 20,000 dead, kill them all
Peasants burn, cleansing of a plague
Torch the walls at Novgorod

Oprichnik guard cloak of black
Dog and broom crest, shadows charge,
Crushing foes of the first Tsar, mongrels slay from the steppes to the Baltic Sea

These wicked souls bathe in royal blood
Find the sons of David
March them east in chains
Defectors to Poland in 1570
Tortured bones break for the Grozny

Oprichnik guard cloak of black
Dog and broom crest, shadows charge
Dispossessed of a sane mind, insurgence quelled from the Tsartars to the Black Sea

These wicked souls sweep with loyal rage
A storm of hatred, riding west to the walls
Defectors to Poland in 1570
Tortured bones break for the King

My wicked men enraged with villain's blood
Find the traitors and march them north to die
Defectors to Poland in 1570
Tortured bones break for the Tsar




6. Oracle Of The Malefic Rhizome

Impious herbalist to deliver
Septic wreckage, special nature's strain

Unjust taxation and Cyrrhaen lawlessness
Bribery of pilgrims traveling to Delphi
Granted them a dose
Of the council's discipline
Sanctuary decreed
The plains to be shredded

Impious herbalist to deliver
Septic wreckage, special nature's strain

The league to exterminate, every man, woman and child

Solon to uphold Apollo's greatness
May a Grecian never dare
To befoul another God
Hardship to forever pursue them and
Their descendants

Sacred is the horse's hoof that tapped
Into the pipes, a vital source of life
Spring water source diverted unnaturally
Pleistos river briefly abducted from nature

Biological stratagem to punish Chaeronea
Port and trade blockaded, looming aches
The bellicose hellebore of Anticyra
Envenomed the streams of the victimized

A rhizome of the most malefic type

Skunk cabbage, the bioterror recipe
Flower toxins of the subalpine woods
City and harbor demolished
The herds accursed

The parched inhabitants then gluttoned
On contaminated wells and faucets
Intestinal illness, a violent purgative
City and harbor demolished
The herds accursed

A strike unlike the bite of an asp
Paralyzed the defense of the city walls
Land of the barren and neglected
City and harbor demolished
The herds accursed




7. Hornets Of The Pogrom

[Instrumental]




8. The Grenadier

Blahhh!!!

Cowardice absent from the soul of the trooper
Outnumbered to storm breaches in the siege
Fearsome and mounted grenadiers stand alone
Aiming and timing are prerequisites for success

Iron ball packed with volatile explosive powder
Metal stones awaiting to become shrapnel

Flawless reputation and acquired skill
In soldiers appointed to protect the King

Flintlock fusils, and slinging muskets
Wide brimmed hats made of bearskins
Coped crowns on furred caps
Uniforms evolve but their spirit unchanged

Flawless reputation and acquired skill
In soldiers appointed to protect the King

Flintlock fusils, and slinging muskets
Wide brimmed hats made of bearskins
Coped crowns on furred caps
Uniforms evolve but their spirit unchanged

Strategist of war in various campaigns
Persecuted by the constant fear of
Dismemberment by friendly fire