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Red in Claw

by Ares Kingdom

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Ironclad 07:05
We've survived a firestorm of derision And now their weaknes is revealed The hydra called modernity has failed And wether or not the flock understands... The blood of our fathers must be justified Justified at all costs This faul, faul world ridden with apathy has lost its place in all things I am as the serpent's crest Ouroborous and Regal at once The world at the center of my coil My tail consumed, leaves me hungry for more Finding courage in the spheres Horizons dark as ever before Once you come this way You'll never wish to return The path is of fire and lit by pain Stark truths are their own reward Dreams and illusions shatter like glass Sans sympathy for its own sake I am as the serpent's crest Ouroborous and Regal at once The world at the center of my coil Sans sympathy for its own sake From nothingness to nothingness Black clouds parting for the dawn From far beyond the voices still sound Made wretched by the distance we've come I've lived to fight another day The day of infamy - declaration of war
Fear in the eyes of the white dove Wings clipped by the will to power Cowers in its nest – it watches (furtively) Too scared to take flight Forced to face futurity Fury like fire on a desolate altar Extinguish hope – extinguish life Hope stillborn – astride a dark horse Face to face with oblivion Gathering (the eagles) Those beyond fear This bloodied dove confronts a world in denial Hope and appeasement invite death Words of comfort tranquilize As blood-red contrails streak the skies The dove cries a last accord to the darkness Eyes of hellfire sear the answer and intent Freedom’s ring fades as thunder rolls above Hellish winds scatter embers and ash The gasping dove now prays the eagles come A holy alliance and its holy work Fury like fire on a desolate altar Hope and appeasement have brought death Call down the thunder on jet-black wings From the sun they descend battle dressed Merciless beauty dripping red in claw Ecstasy to see…see the conquered fall
Ubique 07:52
Awaiting its hour… Mobilisation means war And He followed at midnight Announced with incredible atrocity Souls driven forward into the arms of death Patriotism left at the railhead Fervor even further back Lions all, led by donkeys All fed with steel - contorted Seed slain one by one Declarations mask a hideous face Wave upon wave Upon wave upon wave Wave upon wave Upon wave upon wave Pronounced with incredible atrocity Declarations shake the foundations Give throat to the spirit of preservation through destruction Have faith in your creator, War Death comes to us all, after all But who authors such a document? When is stayed the hand of God? (Left to) contemplate endless supplication Wave upon wave Upon wave upon wave Wave upon wave Upon wave upon wave We are left to write the dedication - Do it in blood It is ‘him,’ ‘they,’ ‘we,’ ‘them’ - Dedicate it in blood
Salient and Redoubt: A creeping barrage wakes the sun Dawn breaks red, reflecting the blood Upon the ground God’s hand seems a clinched fist Bursting downwards Gericht – Indiscriminate Pock-marked, bruised earth Daybreak welcomed with blasphemies But we hold Salient and Redoubt Speak with the mouthless dead en clar A code of blood, of sweat, of piss, of puke We’re here because we’re here Hell no longer of fire and flame Hell is mud Demoralize: Let us surround them Speak the language of fire – Scrawl blasphemy upon your shells And rip from them salvation Churn the corpses in the earth Rain their departed back into their arms Cover them in their brotherhood to embrace Demoralize Mark each sunrise with terror And horror-illuminated sunsets with blood Their valiant entrails as ribbons Shredded to decorate enemy uniforms Awarded to every survivor Leave nothing to chance The clinched fist of God bursting downward Churn the corpses in the earth Rain their departed back into their arms Cover them with their brotherhood to embrace Demoralize Let it give no pleasure but relief For our fear is just as great And our uniforms decorated as theirs Shredded crimson ribbons of brotherhood


released December 1, 2018

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

Live recordings 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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