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By the Light of Their Destruction

by Ares Kingdom

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epitomeofpantalgia A crushing statement of true metal in an era of weak riffs and feeble aims. It has stayed in my stereo for 2 years now. Favorite track: The Bones of All Men.
Ron Ben-Tovim
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Ron Ben-Tovim Thrashing death that'll knock your head off Favorite track: The Bones of All Men.
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Putragunawan Hosni I can't wait to hear the new album so decided to get the digital version first. What do I think? It's a great new album. The band never disappoint. The new album is raging as always and there're parts remind me of Vulpecula. Those spacey parts. This is my fourth time listening to this album today while I'm typing this.
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Sean Hampton This fuckin slays . These guys whole discography is strong and this is no exception . A fat slab of pissed of full blown dirty thrashing madness .
Impeccable songwriting skills as well . Another masterful effort
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ceragan42 Outstanding, as usual. Raw, rough, raging, and tight
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The starry beast climbs the sky Serpent swims in night’s black sea Shining dimly across its length Alphard, the heart, the Solitary One The Hydra Void Poisoned breath, poisoned blood, smell of death Guarding Hell, killed by sword, killed by fire The snake, the bird, the krater Glittering with the stars of the line Serpent The Hydra Void Lernean serpent – son of Typhon Species - serpentium Serpens aquaticus, sidera juncta micant Across the sky the beast uncoils Chaotic stars like fiery scales Gleaming heart pulses pale orange Glittering with the stars of the line Serpent The Hydra Void
Burn, Antares – scorpion heart – Kalb al-Akrab Rise! Scintillating bloodlight heart – tendit ad rapinam Flashing orange, flashing red – Per sepulchral regionum Orion’s slayer, presiding over arms – Insidiata – The Lurking One A fire that burns in the head and heart, fearful arc across the southern sky A creature that treads the skyline and winter home for the Lord of Worlds Exalted to the sky by the gods, and terror to the hunter A dark summer nocturne – equal to its god Sidus Martis Creating an ardor for war, Shaula and Lesath – Quantus tremor The old crowned serpent and basilisk capricious – Solvet saeclum in favilla The terror of Phaethon – rutilans – Per sepulchral regionum Melt cold shadows – carry warfare forward…burning orange, burning red The flaming rays of the scorpion’s heart – the only rival of Mars Celebrated in the palace of Sennacherib, red as the blood of his destruction A Lance Star which forever chases west at the feet of Ophiuchus Fleeing the rising sun to opposition - and chase it again as it sets Sidus Martis Now all the horrors of the heavens he spies And monstrous shadows of prodigious size That, deck’d with stars, lie scattered o’er the skies In tail and arms surrounds a vast night Sidus Martis
A river of light that cuts the night and flows beneath the horizon Ligurian Bodencus, the Padus of ancients, into the Euxine Sea Dark waters Eridanus surge to stella lucida – al-Ahir, al-Nahr Like the stars of heaven he shall shine - like the River of Night he shall flow Dark-Waters-Eridanus Where the Shining One, bold Phaeton fell, fearing the mighty scorpion sting Nilus, Nerus, Amnis, Rex fluviorum, the River of Orion His long fall blazed across the darkened heavens – burning, burning, burning Like the fall of Lucifer, Phosphorous, Morning Star, bringer of light A starry stream for this remnant Eridanus That stream of tears beneath the gods’ feet is borne… A starry stream for this remnant Eridanus That stream of tears beneath the gods’ feet Beneath the gods’ feet Is borne…
Dying light fades as the stars tremble into sight One by one, emerging points assert their place in the black Twilight dies as the strength of darkness grows Twilight’s veil decayed black at eighteen degrees beneath Night descends in swathings of black – enfolding all things Swallows in shadow like before the beginning and after the end Written in light that a single bare hand may eclipse Yet suspended in those depths is the feeble light of creation Revealed corona around eternity, the black infinite, in silent violence Glowing luminous red across unfathomed depths When gone is the one, two-thousand will come, between dusk and dawn Arcing above, twisting around the pole, guarded by the Alpha Draconis The path to the stars Winds through the past Astride ancient cultures And empires now dead Night sky ascending The dead alive again Their gods and terrors Frozen helpless in the black Darkness sweeps across the land Absorbing guttering shadows Melting into one A grey world turns black The gods and terrors above Stare down eternally Intent gaze flashing starlight Drowning man where he stands…
Allegory 01:13
Cave miser – Ne meo te confium – Telo – In hoc tetrico collocem feretri lecto...
Whitened bones in gleaming sepulcher shift in shadow Afterlife animate cut to wood and wander the earth Recomposed with parable sinews, resumed life frozen on paper Clinched in diabolic resolve to strike fear in the living Bones of all men, Totentanz to trumpet and drum Ossuary, necropolis, stalagmites, eternal darkness Bones of all men outlast the memory of their flesh The bones of all men! Death – Imperator – astride his decaying horse Richly adorned with herald banners flowing in the stench-filled wind Man, woman and child - equal in his abysmal black eyes Putrid blast from his horn proclaims another’s end Above the tepid moonlight filters the stars dim Across this city of the dead – celebration – as numbers swell Winged hourglass cut above every door and passage Winged skull lifting mortality beyond its own death Bones of all men, Totentanz to trumpet and drum Ossuary, necropolis, stalagmites, eternal darkness Bones of all men outlast the memory of their flesh The bones of all men! Oh human, consider from where you come and what you are now and what you will become in time...
Iconologia 04:56
Transcendent - resplendent, emblems of death and glory A vision spanning the ages, inspiring awe and fear Illuminate - celebrate symbolic fires of antiquity Allegories of faith, virtuous beauty, deformed vice Iconologia - oracle of the deathless Once hewn in granite with sightless eyes Cast into the heavens and frozen among the stars Now suspended in ashes, dried upon the page Allegories of faith, virtuous beauty Sacred oracles with enigmas Iconologia Steady gaze down the corridors of time Constant light of wisdom unceasing Unchanged by time, their truths confirmed And in the flesh, the cycle of sin and salvation So, in man, the measure of all things From enigma is drawn the mind's diversion A union of the essential with the tribal The way of the world and the folly of man
A thing of immortal make – a beast that ought to be A trinity of terror – eternal fires of the Lycian Way The omen that beats the forge of Vulcan – inflammable Breath of methane drifts though the temple of Hephaestus The rising of Cilicia has – Nam habet ab ortu Ciliciam From sunset and noontime sea – Ab occasu et meride mare On the north side of Caria – septentrione Cariam Qui noctibus aestibus ignem exhalat Twin horns twist and turn across the length The head roars a fetid breath, rending the night air Serpent tail rise in gleaming spectral gaze Surveys the stars and prepares to strike Talis Chimera Est, a thing of immortal make The fire that breathes out the heat of the night Talis Chimera Est, a beast that ought to be A trinity of terror, by the light of their destruction


Conceived between immensity and eternity, echoing from the edge of forever and stirring the dust of ages comes 'By the Light of Their Destruction,' the fourth original full-length album by Ares Kingdom.


released May 21, 2019

Alex Blume - Vocals, Bass
Mike Miller - Drums
Chuck Keller - Guitars

Music and lyrics by Chuck Keller
Talis Chimera Est music by Keller/Miller
Additional arrangements by Ares Kingdom
Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered at Very Metal Sound, July 2018 - February 2019


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Ares Kingdom Kansas City, Missouri

Founded in 1996 by Chuck Keller and Mike Miller, Alex Blume and Doug Overbay were recruited in 2000, rounding out a line-up that would remain in place until Overbay stepped away in 2015. The band released four online-only 'best of' EPs during 2018 and 2019, and unleashed 'By the Light of Their Destruction' in May 2019. The feral and unrelenting 'In Darkness at Last' followed in September 2022. ... more

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