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The IVth Crusade

(1992)
TypeStudio Full-length
GenresDeath Metal
LabelsEarache Records
Album rating :  91.8 / 100
Votes :  6
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The IVth Crusade Lyrics

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Submitted by level Sathanas
1. The IVth Crusade (4:59)
Mortified by the lack of conscience,
Our sanctity bears no relevance.
Insignificance is our existence,
Hear the litany of life's persistence.
Our pleas for mercy fall upon
unhearing ears,
Take my life, my soul, wipe away these
bitter tears.
Vanquished in the name of your god,
One of the same to whom we all pray.
Vanquished in the name of your god,
One of the same to whom we onced
prayed
Try to close my mind - From the
screams I hear,
Repentance is denied, the
conformation of my fear.
2. Icon (4:10)
No escape, there is no way out,
Of this constructed existence.
A created image of untrue conception,
You cannot find the real you.
Manipulated a hyped invention,
Who is this false identity?
The ideal person, perfect role model,
Beneath you can feel the cracks,
Now your nerves begin to break,
Losing grip, now its too late,
Perceive this is no fallacy,
This icon faces insanity,
On the verge of mental breakdown,
Forgotten realms of madness
are found,
Now you face the final curtain,
You future life is now uncertain.
3. Embers (5:18)
From the glowing fragments of
what remains,
The soul shall rise from amongst
the flames,
From smouldering ruins the
power grows,
Feel the pulse of fear as we
regain control.
From the ashes of a million dead,
The children of tomorrow now are led.
Into the darkness as emotions slowly
Memories of the past cannot be saved.
Blowing down to face your new
found life,
There is no escape, you must comply,
This resurrected hate can't be denied.
Asking for redemption - we laugh and
look away,
There shall be no exception - Revenge
on man begins today.
You thought that it was all over, But its
only just begun,
For your life is mortal, Look to what fate
will become.
Learn to live afraid of what may be,
For we possess this world - All that
you see,
Your life is no more than a game to me.
Visions of the future reflected in
the past,
Existing in the present which surely
cannot last.
From the void terror takes its hold,
Face the wrath as history unfolds.
4. Where Next To Conquer (3:50)
Lost on a voyage with no destiny,
Forgotten original ideology.
Generations born and died,
Their intentions misplaced
through time,
Another world falls to its knees,
With vast contempt your hatred breads,
Nothing left for us to slaughter
Annihilation achieved
Where next to conquer?
Civilisations of the past'
faced attrition now ripped apart,
Moving onwards to another war,
Into battle to die once more.
An endless spiral of depravity,
Mankind's journey throughout infinity.
Where next to conquer?
5. As The World Burns (5:25)
Turn around and shield your eyes,
Don't look back as the earth dies
No tomorrow for eternity'
The apocalyptic prophecy'
Few shall survive the final war'
Our futile lives shall be no more.
Innocent victims of the nuclear glare,
Are torn apart as they stand unaware.
The whole world is radioactive,
What's left of men now unproductive,
None shall escape the fall-out rain,
Our future life shall be steeped in pain.
Feel the chill of the nuclear winds,
Our planets downfall shall now begin.
No excuse for the vast destruction,
Caused by man with no
comprehension.
Life expectancy now decreases,
As atomic warfare rapidly increases,
Our foolish games, what have we
learnt?
No time for sorrow as the world burns.
6. This Time It's War (5:50)
Intimidation you can't take much more,
No compromise - this time its war.
Take none alive - their battle cry roars,
Nowhere to hide - this time its war.
Face the fear that grips your mind,
The final conflict - the end of mankind.
Read the hatred deep within their eyes,
It's your time to die you now realise.
What has occurred to man,
Just isn't how you planned,
Enslaved by machinery,
Submit to technology.
Our future lives - Mankind's entity,
Lies in our hands - Together we must
face reality,
A ruined world of lost identity,
Technological supremacy.
7. Ritual (4:30)
Remembering promises,
Once made but now unspoken,
Born of child like minds,
These shadows of the past are now
forsaken.
From the dawn of your first day,
To this death bed on which you lay,
To survive we must comply,
With the ritual of your life.
Can you remember things we said,
The dreams our expectations,
Like ashes scattered in the wind,
There is no recollection.
Throughout the passing years,
Faith will allay your years,
Follow the holy rites,
In the ritual of your life.
Life an endless ritual
Continuation perpetual
Throughout the passing years,
Faith will allay your years,
Follow the holy rites,
In the ritual of you life.
Try to remember if you can,
The pacts we made most solemn,
Hands of time have brought decay,
Those memories are forgotten.
Now as you reach the end,
All pain you must transcend,
When you die you can't deny,
The ritual of your life.
8. Spearhead (6:47)
Spearhead marching onward,
Take my soul sacrificial offering.
Your initial strike taken by surprise,
Now left alone, condemned
by my pride,
Drained of all emotion - body now an
empty shell,
There's nothing left - you've taken all
away
[chorus]
Adrenaline flows,
Now filled with anger,
Just what will be the ourcome,
Mass confusion, tears my mind.
Spearhead - No victory sublime,
Another fallen victim - I will
not beg to you,
Spearhead - to which I cannot hold
With clear perception my
destiny unfolds.
I look to the reflection, fail to
recognise what's seen
A figure clothed in hatred, I pray that
this cannot be,
Faced by this total stranger - aware
of your creation
No vision of the former self-
Controlled by your instruction,
Onward you advance, left in a
mindless trance.
Hypnotised by you will, desire
is now instilled,
Now staring face to face, your eyes
filled with hate,
Held by your contempt, both by
weakness and by strength.
[repeat chorus]
9. Celestial Sanctuary (4:37)
As the sky turns black,
And the earth sleeps in peace,
Roaming the clouds,
In search of a sacred place.
Spirits soar higher, to a land where
they are king,
Mortals shells left with you, within
shadows they dwell.
Take me far away-deep
within the dream,
There I can be free from life's misery
Blood rushes through my veins,
I can feel exhilaration,
The freedom of my mind can take
me far beyond.
Take me far away-deep within
the dream,
There clearly seen life's unreality,
Sanctuary.
Take me far away-deep within
the dream,
There I can be free from life's misery.
Each night I await the call of my
silent quest,
To run through the wind alive in
the darkness,
Take me far away-deep within
the dream,
There clearly seen life's unreality,
As the dawn gets closer-to my body
I shall return,
To live amongst you all, for nightfall
I yearn.
10. Dying Creed (4:17)
Fallen are the people of a decaying race,
Now proclaiming the legacy inherited too
late - too late,
Mankind - The dying creed, Reared on
ignorance and greed,
On suffering we feed devouring all
beyond our needs.
A path of self destruction they
cannot see,
Regarding their only interest in
profitability - They cannot see,
Open our mind before it is too late,
Unlock the chains of confinement
that we create.
Grasping all that you can - overloaded
capacity,
Nothing can conceal instinctive
rapacity.
A movement to disaster could this
be the final plan,
Blinded by our avarice, the closing
chapter, extinction of man.
Mankind - the dying creed, Reared on
ignorance and greed,
On suffering we feed, devouring all
beyond our needs.
11. Through The Ages (Outro) (3:45)
From the Roman conquest of Britain in the year 43 AD to 61 AD,
to the Saxon Raids include 205 to 577 AD
Followed by Viking Raids, 793 to around 1016

The Norman Conquest of 1066, including the Battle of Hastings,
leading to the Crusades, which persisted throughout the Eleventh, Twelfth, and
Thirteenth centuries.

The Anglo-French Wars of the Twelfth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth centuries
Culminating in the Massacre of Agincourt.

The First English Civil War of 1215 to 1217, the first of many.

The Hundred Years' War from 1337 to 1437,
and the War of the Roses of 1455 to 1485,
war of the Holy League, 1510 to 1514 - another war created in the name of God,
the Eighty Years' War of 1568 to 1648,
followed by the great English Civil War of 1642 to 1651

The American Revolution of 1792 lasting through to 1802
Followed by Napoleonic Wars of 1803 to 1815, ending with the Battle of Waterloo

The Wars on both the Zulus and the Boers through around 1879 till 1902

World War I - 1914 to 1918
The so-called 'War of all Wars', the Great War
Millions slaughtered in the mud of France

World War II, 1939 to 1945
The war that should never have happened
The prime example of man's inhumanity
Concluding in the bombing of Japan

Vietnam through 1956 - 1975
The war that America will never forget

More recently the Falklands War in 1982 and the Gulf War of 1991
Mankind's destructive nature - Throughout the ages
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