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Return to Dust

by Ares Kingdom

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I am the offspring of resignation adopted by the fires of discontent Optimism becomes an opiate Survival and glory to the brave Struggle stirs the human spirit kept keen on the grindstone of toil Pain and fear light the fire But how high to stoke the flames? Burn Can the sheep be awakened? I see signs of life flicker and die Countless as the stars are our choices The road has forged before us - now choose Not this time, a new way must be forged Forged to or from hell - we choose Salvation just within reach But how high must we stoke the flames? Burn, Burn, Burn The sanctimonious rabble cries louder Opposition for its own sake All caught within this maze How many wolves are there among us? If discipline is born through struggle... Where is it now? Unconcious and buried by apathy A cleansing firestorm gathers and grows... The cloudless night sky glows at the horizon But the zenith remains black as pitch silent flashes like summer lightning Dawn approaches - the morning horned moon rises This morning will be like no other Firestorm awaits beneath the skyline Awaits to consume our timid world Because it's time to burn again Thunder sounds a warning But no one stirs to rise Silence descends like a funeral shroud A final chance passes The firestorm consumes the dead Burn, Burn, Burn White phosphorous flames reaching higher Heaven chokes on the smoke Mesmerized by the light of their own death Burning out forever The dust - borne by the wind... Slash and burn and slash and burn and turn to 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...
Failsafe 05:32
Burning skies - raining fire Down on the helpless below Hell has come - storming legions Iron eagles - angels of death Searing wings - roar as thunder Burning the life right out of the night Heavens above - slaughtered outright Reducing bodies to ashes and dust No more tomorrows - sunrise on a dead world Burning the shadows right into the walls Paying the price in self-sacrifice Final breath - ends in fire Fallout snows its seeds of death Darkened skies - deadly quiet Nuclear winter settles its frost Pitiful end - human folly Centuries of work now scattered to dust Victor defeated - final chapter Closing the book and set it alight Failsafe - cannot be recalled Flee to nowhere - death consumes all Return to the earth from which you crawled Return to darkness - return to dust
Fear Itself 06:23
I bleed as a wound ripped in my flesh Slash destiny into each arm... With blood, with fire Dead blood flows from my veins (My blood feeds the firestorm) And withstands the spreading blaze Before the harvest of souls Death whets his gleaming scythe The sound of stone on steel And sparks as lightning across the sky Fear not you righteous ones Though Death is always the winner He is also easily appeased... Never fear the night Never fear the darkness My breath scorches like desert winds Far above the reek and stench Time will come to pay - hell won't be enough Desire feeds the leaping flames Firestorm - smoke rises to the sky Entrenched bodies - frozen, charred stumps Screaming in silence as echoes fade The light of peace glows dying red The civilized veneer is drawn like a curtain Drawn for the next act of blasphemy And falls when the course is crimson drenched
Lamentations 04:57
Few know the true lined face of mars To charge across the desolation Bayonets fixed for close quarter... Sawbacks gleam red perspiration Who among us would dare... Dare to walk the killing fields? The heather that drank the blood of our fathers And bled from trenches...slashed... By what authority are we granted peace? Over dead bodies of the more worthy More worthy than we Like the moth, we serve the light blindly Ever colliding with another servant Capitulation, resignation The rot seeps everywhere Unstemmed tide of ruin Entropy gathers and engulfs instead Few know the true lined face of mars But the lessons of the learned Drawn from killing and burning fields Offer a tourniquet to staunch the flow But we'd rather stand and bleat Flashes of the storm our only light Perhaps it's time to burn again
None Escape 03:36
Ironclad 07:06
We've survived a firestorm of derision And now their weakness is revealed The hydra called modernity has failed And whether or not the flock understands... The blood of our fathers must be justified Justified at all costs This foul, foul 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


Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered at Very Metal Sound, September 2004 - December 2005.
Released May 3, 2006, (c) 2006 NWN! Prod and Tranquility Base Publishing.


released May 3, 2006

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


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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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