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Harbinger IV

by Ares Kingdom

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Children of confusion awake! Grasp the reigns of power And as we master this world Our cleansing fires consume the placid The Hydra of modern piety beckons - Provoking our deepest convictions Our coils of strength & virtue Arise like a diamond-backed serpent Many heads of deviance clamor Denying this new morning twilight, They spit poison & contempt upon us But we wear their scorn with pride From the mountains to the hinterlands Burns this Undying Fire... Recreants could not extinguish it, The everlasting standard restored Restoration:the Icon & Sword An enduring standard is raised... Restoration of the Undying Fire
As I awaken to this dream I saw fire rain from the skies Blasting from the portals of hell Black clouds descending darkly The northern hills and valleys Scorched by armageddon's hand Blackened hills and valleys Firestorm consumes all the dead all the dead... Black clouds drive across the face of the sun a Blood-red spirit rising eastward Chokes on glowing red embers Freed by the winds of ignorance War expands like a pool of blood to cover the earth with crimson The Gauntlet is smashed into the dirt And the standard bearer is slaughtered first Spreading like a fever in the night Primal hatred infects once righteous souls a holy war of attrition embraces death and fear is left to brood in the shadows The credo is drowned out by rocket's red glare Belched from silos frothing smoke Oh beautiful for spacious skies That rained down waves of dread Blackened landscape majesty Across slash and burned plains Black wings' firestorm holocaust Engulfs all the dead....
Confront the chaos boiling in your mind Question the doubt that confuses your will Bitten by the serpent, caressed by original sin Feasting on the fruit of the tree Bright eyes now grow brighter Shine out and illuminate the darkness… A starless void seethes and froths confusion The ebb and flow mark time A challenge of reason confronts the flock Dreaming of convention and binding absolutes Dogma turns on an axis of belief Collared by fear and its dowry of damnation Revisit sacred texts, now forced to explain beyond imperium Pronounce the living dead – yet still fear the remains Piety digs a necropolis for the future Encircled by iron wills, galvanized by serene faith Shuttered consciences in denial at all costs Declare encroaching darkness in spite of the light Yet from a bully pulpit spews an intoxicating thought Dreams of convention and binding absolutes Faith in an idea to provincialize all creation Borne of paralyzing process and ironclad mistrust Playing the music of creation through a skipping media Imperfection enshrined as a great destroyer The liberating power of original sin And the endowment of free will Each twisted by the other into the Mark of Cain Questions to confuse the doubt of your will And avoid the chaos boiling in your mind The likeness of being – shaken awake Achieve what God has not? The descent of man…
Cease fire! Cease fire! Cease fire! The Devil is sick of sin Silence returns to tolerate vanities The ram of pride lives on Sick men’s hands direct a sham passion play Ancient bulwarks collapsed into trenches Recomposed in convulsions Shed blood to rust the cuirass Seething masses and courage rising visible As heat above a flame - Distorting all around Days of hell let loose Plaintive voice spoke delusion to the deaf Beyond good and evil Beyond hope and full of fear Will to powerlessness Push the salt further into the wound While giving thanks to almighty God For ending the violent miracle Memories of guttering flares arc above Another day dims in reverence for the departed Tides bore and delivered - Stultifera Navis Adrift…
Megatons of mayhem Bring cities to the ground Deliverance of torture Exterminate your minds Brain eating metal parasites Attack the false with greed Vultures feed on carcasses Infected with disease Sonic blasts of mayhem Destruction's ever near The violent sounds of thrashing Mayhem even Satan fears Metal holocaust of devastation shall devour Our cabinets hold armageddon Die by power Die by power Fucken die by power Die by fucken power Now the battle is over And victory is ours Disbelievers' bodies lie slaughtered from the sound Tidal waves of power Smashing all in sight We salute all true believers Death metal rules tonight Die by power Die by power Die by power Fucken die by power


released April 1, 2019

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

Live recording by Cheyenne Brandt
Graphic design by Seth Bennett


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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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