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Return to Grace

(2013)
TypeStudio Full-length
GenresProgressive Metal
LabelsNail Records
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Return to Grace Lyrics

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1. The Veiled Tale (6:49)
the beginning and the end are just the same
we return where we’re born to the Celestial Spheres
to the formless void above which the face of god lingers
to the primordial cosmos where no stars shine

"in principio erat Verbum et Verbum erat apud Deum et Deus erat Verbum"

God was alone in the nothingness he was also nothing, but
a thought - he thought of himself, so he came to be an idea,
entwined in itself like the snake that bites its own tail
so god became the word and the word was with him

there was no time
as time stood still
an infinity has passed every second

"terra autem erat inanis et vacua et tenebrae super faciem abyssi et spiritus Dei ferebatur super aquas"

then God thought of matter and matter came to be
he severed the arid land from the sea
he painted soil with will to consecrate
for belief has power to create


impure matter so constrained and so imperfect
incapable cannot reflect god
frail dimensions insufficient for the pattern
that’s why matter and idea had to be torn
separated by a veil not to be penetrated
impervious for mortal eyes

"et lux in tenebris lucet et tenebrae eam non conprehenderunt"

and so it came to pass that god was also split in two
the demiurge, or logos and the Primum Movens

"sic transit gloria mundi"

the creation was done parallel
the logos created the ideas
and the prime mover has done
its best to mirror them
Logos: planting soul seeds
Prime Mover: planting star seeds
and then they both watched
as their cosmos grew

then God thought of matter and matter came to be
he severed the arid land from the sea
he painted soil with will to consecrate
for belief has power to create
2. Outer Space System Sequencer (Industrial Intermezzo) (5:43)
“… a single system which is composed of several well-matched interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning is an irreducibly complex system… Take a clock, for example: remove any of the dozens of cog-wheels, and the clock will cease to work any longer. Would you ever doubt that a clock was designed by an intelligent being? Now, take a look at a cell of the human body. Its complexity outdoes even that of the most well-built clock. Try removing any of the refined biological parts, and see what happens. Why doubt it then, that a living cell was also designed by an intelligent being?”
“… a single letter of the alphabet is specified without being complex. A long sentence of random letters is complex without being specified. A Shakespearean sonnet is both complex and specified… the chance of anything this complex to occur naturally is 1 in 10150 . It is worthy to note, that the estimated number of stars in the universe is in the magnitude of 1022, the approximate number of atoms is around 1080, so if every single atom of our universe was different, even then we would need millions and millions of such universes to naturally create anything even distantly resembling life as we know it.”
“… the conditions that allow life in the Universe can only occur when certain universal fundamental physical constants lie within a very narrow range, so that if any of those constants were only slightly different, the universe would be unlikely to be conducive to the establishment and development of matter, astronomical structures, elemental diversity, or life as it is presently understood…”
„Our cells are completely regenerating every seven years; we’ve already become completely different people several times over, and yet we always remain quintessentially ourselves.”
3. All Lights Out (In Celestial Spheres) (4:25)
all lights went out above the wasteland
the atmosphere was penetrated
by falling star-kin cast to dust
that glare like pieces of broken glass
in veins

i feed the self-encompassing chaos
i devour the shift of permanence
i long for stationarity
i long for the change to come

the sky was illuminated
blazing trails of light were torn
the past replaced by new-formed bodies
not of light but dirt and mud
of rains

i see my own thoughts rotting dissolved
i disguise my fear and disgust
i have to find a reason to be
i long for the change to come
change must come

the sky was illuminated
blazing trails of light were torn
the past replaced by new-formed bodies
not of light but dirt and mud
of rains...
4. Star Curtain (3:10)
ages have passed
star-dust went cold
ashes formed mankind
and souls wondered
what is it like

to be bound by time
and thus souls left behind the formless arche
the void of apeiron
and took bodies of ashes
yearning to feel the sunshine on their skin

wind in their hair
cold in their bones
blood in their veins
love in their hearts

and the death in their mouth
to feel the binding of time
to be subject of age and decay

they enjoyed the light of stars
and bathed in each other's lights
they learned to love and hate
to wait and anticipate
5. Imagination Destroyed (5:45)
…and then they realized they can't return
they became infected with life
caught in its circle of change became slaves
to the snake that bites its own tail

and they learned to fear and shake
to wait and anticipate their return

they wanted to hear the word
to understand the logos once more
yet all they could see was but the face of god
in the works of the prime mover

ember went cold skin wrinkled
bones broke and veins run dry
the hearts emptied and the taste of death was bitter

and they learned to fear and shake
to wait and anticipate their return

the stars gave off all their lights
in bright supernovas
and the star-dust felt alone
for its parents had all passed
and the star-dust felt alone
for its parents had all passed
ancient darkness returned but
the voice of god lingered up there no more

the souls became sick of life
attempted to escape
by any means necessary
by prayers of faith
and outbursts of hate yet
the bindings of matter
and time were too strong

they had to transcend
to find and see and be the image
and not the pattern any more
to return to the stars...

...from where they came lit aflame
the stars from which they became
to end it where it all began
and the earth the earth was lit
by millions of new-lit soul-stars
and their light formed the pattern
and the pattern became the image
and they left the earth behind
6. Cobalt Clouds Approaching (5:46)
our rapid movement reflects change
our grim fate is foretold
for the winds are whispering
of the coming of cold rains

we are blind to see the disease
as people of the distant cities

summer evening, dying sunlight
the season’s passing by
flies are circling in the garden
above the fallen fruits of life

we smell nothing of the autumn yet don’t feel the terminal cold
the sparks of the neon-lights took our sight
our glass skyscrapers block our skies
we can’t see the clouds till we

we feel the drops on our pale skin
on our pale and fragile skin

summer evening, dying sunlight
the season’s passing by
flies are circling in the paradise
above the fallen fruits of life

black concrete blocks dripping wet protect
from feeling regret
from hate, fear, pain
and denial
but all shelters have to fall

our Ferris-wheels take us high
yet not above the cobalt-stained skies
not high enough to escape this rain
which we brought upon ourselves

a moment of clarity when silent factories
vomit not smoke and goods but truth
7. Insubordinate (Golden Ashes) (5:01)
tastes of tongues and tastes of triumphs
smells of perfumes & autumn nights
textures of skin just like velvet
pattern of a summer sky
wind in the hair music of joy
sound of laughter and delight
passionate dance scorching romance
a face remembered all by heart

When the cataracts of the Hells have opened
We swarmed out and reigned free
We were young and bold
We thought we own everything
While in fact we possessed nothing
We were mere parasites upon the surface of the Earth
printed in letters of golden tint
to be shielded for eternity
by the power of words
like sheltering cocoons

the bitterness of defeat the uneasy taste of lies
the sound of distant, painful cries
the smell of blood and dripping sweat
tainting the pure white velvet

As the embers of youth went cold
And our folly of freedom has passed away
We came to realize that we were alone
We have chosen exile of our free will
Though never knowing the significance of our solitary confinement

printed in letters of ashes
to be remembered for all eternity
as a memento of our fears
as a warning of what’s to be

And by the time we became aware of that, it was too late to make amends
We were outcasts

nails to the heart thorns to the skin
losing the loved, losing the kin
repetitive scream of anguish and death
that’s the sound of a final breath

printed in letters of ashes
to be remembered for all eternity
as a memento of our fears
as a warning of what’s to be

you’re above us all
yet we write our history
subordinate not enslaved
in our ways, we are free
8. Music Box (5:26)
Why are my words lost in the void
never reaching up to the skies?

Where have you gone?
Where have you gone my Lord?

What happens to our prayers?
Why don't you answer our cries?
Why do you hide from us,
abandon us, and forget our dreams?
What happens to your children
without you showing us the way?
What happens to our prayers?
Why don't you ever answer our cries?

What happens to the children happens to the choir
of lost voices crying out your name

when did we lose the gift of communication?
when did you mute our voice of complaint?
why can’t we speak free without self-doubt?
why can’t we perceive the world without boundaries?

why can’t we see the truth inside the lie?
why did you let us wander on untrodden paths?

when did we lose the gift of communication?
when did you mute our voice of complaint?
why can’t we speak free without self-doubt?
why can’t we perceive the world without boundaries?

why can’t we just join you leaving all behind?
if you will redeem us why waste our time?

where have you gone?
where have you gone, lord?

Disregard not a prayer, don't discard every single cry!
Stop denying from us, and witness us embracing our dreams!
Just linger above the waters remain here for a little while
don’t leave us for an Eden suspended in a frozen distant sky

stay
9. Out of Reach (6:05)
Your intruding presence is intolerable
within our sacred garden amongst our faithful walls

you are no longer welcome in this heart so taintless
nor in this hollow temple devoid of faith and trust
you are damned to wander through the fields of sorrow
forgotten, barren vistas ‘neath tempest-bearing clouds

to learn subordination feel humiliation
to face the consequences suffer the aftermath
pouring down on my skin the essence of heavy rains
washing away the sin bursting into my veins

to cleanse me from within and eliminate
your poisoning presence
with the lingering sense of guilt and shame

I miss your tender touch your fragrant, sensual scent
your frail figure in my arms your voice of assurance
you are always desired in this heart so lonesome
sheltered amongst memories so often conjured up

features well-remembered traced in air by fingers
your every single sentence recited all by heart
but all torrents of passion run dry without action
longing without deeds is dead all of my deeds are dead

pouring down on my skin the essence of heavy rains
washing away the sin bursting into my veins
to cleanse me from within and eliminate
your haunting presence and the lingering sense of fear and loss

destiny fades casually
memories frozen eternally
harmony breaks the blankness
agony leaves you in darkness
10. Nebula Helix (3:40)
this night the moon’s darkened
the horizon’s lost in tint
star-stained sky and light-tainted cities
and nothing inbetween

the lookout-tower’s empty
the forest’s silent, still
time for a last dance
time for the last words
time to test the will

this night the moon’s darkened
the horizons lost in tint
star-stained sky and light-tainted cities
and no one inbetween

my mouth of prayers is empty
i am silent, still
the crushing weight of stillness
descends over me
and I surrender myself… to thee

take a last breath
embrace the sky
fly high with the wind
be what you are stardust

the crushing weight of stillness
descends over me
and I surrender myself to thee
and I’ll be born again
11. The Wanderer (6:55)
the wanderer returns home
ashes to ashes dust to dust
stars to stars souls to souls
leaving all matter behind

leaving the taste of death behind
with the cold earth of mud and rigid bones
leaving the ashes behind
parting from all the glittering stars

from all their lights
and from all the shadows they cast
parting from all the vast
emptiness that fills the hearts

tearing memories apart retaining but one
his image, holding onto it to guide them through the endless void
on the way where no stars shine and they cannot
navigate by their light

an eternal return to the infinite horizon
through the veil that mortal eyes cannot penetrate
past the wandering stars and the standing stars
past the firmaments and the prime mover himself

"omnia per ipsum facta sunt et sine ipso factum est nihil quod factum est"

back to the void the image the idea
to where it all began for that's where it has to end
for the beginning shall be the end
and the end shall be a beginning anew

tearing memories apart retaining but one
his image, holding onto it to guide them through the endless void
on the way where no stars shine and they cannot
navigate by their light

the wanderer returns home
ashes to ashes dust to dust
stars to stars souls to souls
leaving all matter behind

leaving the taste of death behind
with the cold flesh of mud and rigid bones
leaving the ashes behind
parting from all the glittering stars

from all their lights
and from all the shadows they cast
parting from all the vast
emptiness that fills the hearts

leaving all the lies behind the concept of prayers
the patterns of heaven of heaven and hell
Parting is all we know all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell And all we need of hell

...so the beginning and the end are the same...
12. Dreamtide (4:48)
Feel free like a particle
swim down on the stream that’s human life
do the best you can in this world,
and leave footprints in the hearts

Life seems like a hurricane,
or a floating pattern on a painting
experience will make us prudent
all that we know can be stolen, right?

destiny fades casually
memories frozen eternally
harmony breaks the blankness
agony leaves you in darkness

Fight for your thoughts and faith
Believe in yourself, cause your acts determine you,
depression is not the way
which you have to walk on

Life seems like a hurricane,
or a floating pattern on a painting
regression is not the way
you will know it one day

destiny fades casually
memories frozen eternally
harmony breaks the blankness
agony leaves you in darkness

Lost in the dreamtide like a foolish childboy
It's time to break out from the dark
Leave the painful memories and scars
chances will be reborn
13. Wayfaring Stranger / Insubordinate (9:50)
I am a poor wayfaring stranger
While traveling through, this world of woe.
But there’s no sickness, toil or danger
In that bright land, to which I go.

I’m going there to see my father
I’m going there no more to roam;
I’m just a going over Jordan
I’m just a going over home.

I know dark clouds will gather 'round me
I know my way is rough and steep;
Yet beauteous fields lie just before me
Where God’s redeemed, no more shall weep

I’m going there to see my mother
She said she’d meet me when I come;
I’m just a going over this world
I’m just a going over home.

I’ll soon be free from earthly trials,
my body sleep in the old church yard,
I’ll drop the cross of self denial
and enter in my great reward,

I’m going there to see my savior
I’m going there no more to roam,
I’m just a going over Jordan.
I’m just a going over home.
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