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Eighteen Degrees Beneath

from By the Light of Their Destruction by Ares Kingdom

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From 'By the Light of Their Destruction,' (c) 2019 NWN! Productions and Tranquility Base Publishing


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…


from By the Light of Their Destruction, released May 21, 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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