Black Hymnal

by Philistine

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released December 1, 2008

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Track Name: Dybbuk
a black demon crawls behind
the bright light
of my fascade

betraying
all that I
pretend to be

oh, the dweller takes root

infiltrated
both cradled and crushed by
this presence
laced with honey
for bonds of pure pain
hold no sway

how trapped

indulgence makes me
feel alive
compelled beyond reason
my need is sick

I'm so sick
I'm so sick

bend and serve to please your masters
on your knees torn apart
bend and serve to please your masters
on your knees
torn apart torn apart
torn apart

this is no evil, this is weakness
casting stones at myself
to cast you out

this is no evil, this is weakness
casting stones at myself
and I still can't cast you out

cast you out
cast you out
cast you out
cast you out
cast you out
Track Name: Kaspar Hauser Safe in the Arms of the Blue Fairy
raised by wolves
abandoned to a wilderness
of cold bodies
savage hunters lust for
a naive child

outside the fold
beyond the circle
their sharp cruel fingers
trace the contours of
my strange design

incubated
isolated
uncompleted
broken form

I will
to be
received
into your unconditional light

I will
to be
received
into the shadow of your grace

I will
to be
received
into the shelter of your calm

I will
to be
received
into the warmth of your embrace

bless me
oh gentle hands
pure true ascendance
I need your touch

soothe me
sweet gentle eyes
spilling over with serenity
I need your love
Track Name: The Citizens of Oran
I see it
I see it
out of
the corner of my
I see it
I see it
out of
the corner of my

a terrible
aura
surrounding the bastard children
of whoredom and inertia
Malthusian trap

the countdown begins
moribund
the days shorten
collapse under the vacuum of
the void that is your
everything
everything
your numbers
are no
ward for you
reason to live
before
a reason to breed

beg
for your life
beg
for your life
scream to me
all your hollow needs

beg
for your life
beg
for your life
scream to me
all your hollow needs
Track Name: Human Nature Reflected in the Semantics of Apocalypse
lost
not all who wander are lost
but we are

heed
great minds fail
to heed the call

only when consumed by
oceans of fire
only! only!
only threats or fear
can open your mind
only! only!

only when consumed by
oceans of fire
only! only!
only theats or fear
can open your mind
only! only!

then
will we learn
will we ever learn?

how many times must we be told?
how many times must we be shown?

oracles come and messiahs go
insight
pales
beside
the rising tide

we need the bodies piled high
against the wall to find

sparing the rod, spoils the child
pain reveals
Track Name: Iron is Earth, Sword is Man
the devil is a pale demon
beside a thoughtless man
what I want I take
what I need I take
now mine
all mine
mine

you have had your hand in this
Track Name: Haruspex
augur, scryer
doom crier

the end is not coming
none are so blessed
to escape
the future propels the curse
life goes on

prophet, diviner
predictions of cleansing fire

the omens are empty

spirit channel
spouts babble

the horror marches on
in lockstep

with the wicked
beating

of our hearts
of our hearts
of our hearts
of our hearts
Track Name: Genovese Syndrome
blind eyes
sandbagged limbs
watch your own back
you know we watch ours

today's heroes
are not found
but hired, but hired

show me where the money is
show me the money
money

involvement
follows reward
what's in it for me?
for me?
mind your own business
this is not your problem

move along, move along
there's nothing to see here
there's nothing to see
pull the curtain
close your eyes
close the blinds
the world is small, safe and warm
Track Name: Strigoi
this corpse pales
the blood drains
no earthly reward
is worth this pain

living in the graves of the nameless
auto-da-fé for the faithless

the world
they still threaten with teeth
writhe
victim
dimming vision
filled with threatening teeth
no awaiting miracles anymore

seized by the throat
fear in sickening flow
punished by light
i cower

the world
they still threaten with teeth
writhe
victim
dimming vision
filled with threatening teeth
no awaiting miracles anymore

charnel wasteland
bury the body
salt the earth
to deny the return

take this husk
burn it away
scatter the ashes
obsidian wind

chaos is mercy
never to rise
fire is mercy
never to rise
ocean is mercy
never to rise
time is mercy
never to rise
Track Name: Job
cut off the arms
cut off the legs
cut off the head
get rid of the body
get rid of the body
heartache to heartache
heartache to heartache
job to job

dollar to dollar
heartache to heartache
heartache to heartache
heartache to heartache

body to body to body to body to body
to body to body to body to body to body

pus, poison, blood, shit
pus, poison, blood, shit

heartache to heartache

survival persists among
shattered limbs
while blind hope drives
torn minds and bodies
from rancorous pasts
to intangible futures

beckoned by ephemeral grace
we drag our crippled
and worn husks
towards unknown horizons
and implausable salvation

broken lives of men forming
an incongruous mosaic
of possible glories
and ruinous experience

a strident contrast between
scorched terra firma
cloaked in slate grey sky
and the warm red glow
of a glorious sun

day to day we bleed
and yearn to live