Remnants of Crumbling Empires

by Halberd

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1.
The gust of February's wind blew the tsar away Jewels hidden under their clothes Vast Siberia hides the Admiral’s mighty ambitions Distressing period of bloody oaths Workers and peasants united, glory to the Red Army! Blood red, glitter on the white snow Lenin and Trotsky united, glory to the Red Army! Blood red, slippery slope of dementia Will of fire, Will of frost Incinerating years! Do you bring tidings of madness or of hope? Spreading revolution, crushing all dissent, the Party attests it’s will Kolchak’s body laid to rest like his sword at the bottom of the sea Heavy casualties on both sides, troops falling prey to harsh conditions Supply lines falling, the deceased admiral’s progress halted Communism holds sway over half-forgotten martyrs Drought, death, and desolation, what’s the price of revolution? Glory to the Red Army!!!! Ruthless propaganda dealt the decisive blow The whites blood running through cruel snow The red army brings forth an uncertain future Ukrainian Pogrom waves! Proskurov's vicious massacre, slavic blood! Petliura, antijew militarist, killed by the NKVD Jewish support to the Red Army despite differences, atheism versus piety! Together against the White pogromists! Revolution rhymes with annihilation!
2.
The Sultan is dead, the crown is to be seized Coup d'état poisoned by his nephew The Ultimatum was given, Soothsayers were heard Casus Belli! Be pro British or perish! Slaves and soldiers united to protect the usurper 9:00 : the cruisers are firing, the palace is ablazed Artillery and royal yacht destroyed! 500 dead to make a puppet state 500 dead for the glory of the Empire Barghash's poison had immediate consequences Barghash's poison in the sultan's veins Cease fire at 9:40 The usurper flew away to German Africa Political asylum before his exile He tried to befriend the Queen but to no avail His harem was destroyed by the artillery hail 40 minutes of war, 500 dead 500 dead to make a puppet state Barghash's poison in the corpse of colonialism 500 dead for the glory of the Empire End of the sultunate, end of the sovereignty Khalid Bin Barghash ! Khalid Bin Barghash Island in the Indian sea, the water is rising, the tide is changing HMS Thrush and Sparrow anchored in the harbour, ready to fire 500 dead to make a puppet state 500 dead for the glory of the Empire Barghash's poison had immediate consequences Barghash's poison in the sultan's veins Social progress, abolition of slavery Effectiveness of the navy bringing honor Culture control ! Teaching of the White ways British poison into Barghash's veins
3.
Orphans in the streets, Naked Without A life His dreams severed, mutilated. He's going adrift towards hatred Drawing carricatural portraits of what's to come Somme, Dresden! Verdun, Marnes! Iron Cross of Trauma Bleeding in the trenches, blood on his bayonet Vivefeldwebel! Indifference and Affliction Humaness is selfish towards the survivors They're left to die, Left to rot alone Death walks this battlefield It waits If not though tattered limbs Through infection and insanity Dead Sentry in the Trenches, bayonet in his neck Realism balanced, inclination to the fantastic Berlin, Munich! Dandyish Ignorance of Morbidity Painted prostitutes, uncolored cripples Mental Massacre of the Survivors Falsche Republik! Expressionist terror, the brush is a weapon Traumatism of hell, livid corpses Sulfur Mustard ! Mustard Massacre! Versailles , Weimar! Between the two bloodbaths, The despair is a wound Crater full of flowers, pregnant with misery A daily horror show courtesy of the Emperor, The seven deadly sins, an allegorical fear of the Third Reich (Outro, poem by Paul Eluard, a part of La Bénediction) «Et le guerrier bardé de fer Que l’on fait rôtir à la broche Apprend l’amour et la musique.»
4.
«In days when men had joy of war, A god of battles sped each mortal jar» From the remnants of the Empire, soldiers are delivered Countrymen gathered in the cradle of humanity Fighting for gold and diamonds! Blood rivers on harsh land Australian horse soldiers! Whites versus whites on stolen lands Roberts, Kitchener, the lords of devastation Concentration camps, dark shadow before Auschwitz Oppression from above, the Boers must rise up! American mercenaries on both sides Canadians divided under Laurier Conquest of all colours under a pile of dead horses LongTom Demolition, Irish Commandos attacking The cavalry is riding.........dying Pom-Pom guns are firing! Bittereinders are exiled, no allegiance to England! Isolation, dark shadow of the apartheid Whites versus Whites England must not lose, Europeans rivals are watching The war was over since the beginning, Boer's might was vanquished Under the trojan horse of colonialism, the eyes of the world are watching Empires Shall crumble, only ashes will remain Corpses line the battlefield To a bitter horizon and beyond Riddled with bullets for country The gunfire a death knell for end times Brave souls, they charged in But found only despair As the pale moon hold dominion Only ash remains Only ash remains

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Now available on CD on Black Plague Records (free shipping for the US) blackplaguerecords.com/cds.html

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released July 5, 2014

Alexandre Ferland: vocals, additional lyrics
Andrés Felipe Murillo: lead guitars, drum programming, additional vocals
Antoine Richard: lyrics, art direction
Charles Wong: guitars, bass, keyboards, drum programming, songwriting

Cover art by Milan Novaković
Logo by Gabriel Richard-Brault

Mixed by Charles Wong
Mastered by Darren Heelis/Charles Wong

All songs written by Charles Wong
All songs produced by Halberd

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International project with members from Canada, England and Colombia. The music is crushing & atmospheric doom/death with war history lyrics.

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