The Approaching Darkness

by Orphalis

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    Mastered by HP Mastering
    Artwork by Adam Burke

    1. Aeons of Destruction
    2. The Stench of Human Failure
    3. The Futility of Existence
    4. Herding Black Sheep
    5. Forging an Entity
    6. With Torches in Hand
    7. The Covetous Plague
    8. Moulded to Serve
    9. From the Depths
    10. Emerging as One
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released June 7, 2019

Thomas – Vocals
Jens – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Morten – Guitars
Phillip – Drums

All Bass parts written and recorded by Clemens Engert.

Drums recorded by Martin Bondzio at Anubis Klangwerkstatt

Cover Artwork by Adam Burke

Produced by Orphalis and Kristian Kohlmannslehner

Mixed by Kristian Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studios

Mastered by Tom Woznik at HP Mastering

All music and lyrics written and arranged by Orphalis

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Estd. 2010

Thomas - Vocals
Jens - Vocals/Guitar
Morten - Guitar
Andreas - Bass
Phillip - Drums

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Track Name: Aeons of Destruction
All that has come shall be lost
Karma tallied up, no innocence
A call past all boarders of realm
Baiting, luring, snatching everything
All shall be put to the torch
Unmistakable, the verdict clear
Nothing of value is lost
Scorching all those insatiable

All is clear, enlightenment draws near
Ages have passed
The time to repent all forgotten
Hell on earth, a childish vision
Yet so damn close
A validation of your fears

Time to erase
The wretched's reign ends here
Snuffed out and forgotten
This universal nightmare

Time to extinguish the flame
Breath of human spirit suffocated
All other life shall prevail
Wasting, draining, snatching everything
Such a shameful display
Armageddon, your horsemen are here
Nothing of value is lost
Bright beginnings, a new genesis

This egomania, we will start erasing
Plant the seed, snuff out this creation
Disgusting planet annihilation
This abomination, ours is the cleansing

Now we've vanquished evil
Paralyzed and weakening
Blinded by disdain, united in hate
Striking at them with their own
Poisoned by their greed, a downfall well deserved
From ash we will rekindle
Terra sucked dry, yet not all hope is lost
After years shall come the time

All forsaken, ostentatious, all their chaos spreading ages
Eradicating our own people, never needed a real reason
Coming of the final hour, bombing us into nirvana
What inspired us to do this? Oligarchy? Greed psychosis?
Track Name: The Stench of Human Failure
Faceless entity
This god of ungodly creation
A being, never free
Summoned forth as death's thrall
Shackled to this doomed husk

Grotesque visage, abomination
Returned to life, a monstrosity
So atrocious, can't bear its sight
What once was lost
Should stay out of light's ways

Fading into oblivion
thought to remain free of all
A wish denied, forsaken
Intervention none so divine

Called upon this cursed earth
My domain soon to be near
This soil to be vacated
Cleansed of all these common fears
Kept throughout the ages
The stench of human failure
My wish to stay ungranted
The cold embrace of the grave

The foul odors, this kingdom to be lost
My being rejected, betrayal upon the cross
I've heard the whispers, turmoil, the panics
They hunt the heretic, crimes too grim to fathom
I've heard the sermons, speeches, the ravings
The blood too tainted, judgement shall draw near

Faceless entity
This god of ungodly creation
A being, never free
Summoned forth as death's thrall
Shackled to this doomed husk

Unclean, unchecked
The will has been stained
Beating, pounding
A black mass skulking through
My veins, pulsate, forlorn progeny
Cast out and shunned, a legacy discarded

Towards the perilous dark
My travels shall lead
Through perdition and catastrophe
Reborn in void, I will yield

Fading into oblivion
thought to remain free of all
A wish denied, forsaken
Intervention none so divine

Called upon this cursed earth
My domain soon to be near
This soil to be vacated
Cleansed of all these common fears
Kept throughout the ages
The stench of human failure
My wish to stay ungranted
Track Name: The Futility of Existence
The mutations, still fatal
My third eye is bleeding profusely
The future, a grim construct
My fingertips piqued by its sludge
A bleak vision, the end
No cliche, longing for distance
So vicious, devouring
Nihilistic spawn of lifeless dreams

Blackness engulfs this soon void earth
Limitations of this celestial body
Torn into halves, my mind fragmented
Damned limitations of this terrestrial body

Neither cross, nor amassed knowledge
Saved, foretold, prepared
Philosophy, morality, all void
A blot of ink soon erased
All flawed, the end will soon transpire

Eyes shut, yet wide awake
A miasma of things to come

Nameless, shameless, an entity so endless
Voracious and amorphous
All will become...
Destroyer of worlds, we haven't been the first
An endless hunger plagues
Our blackened sky

The bane of existence
Shattering its futility
Forever without face and shape
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
For He is not jealous, yet impossible

I plead guilty of humanity
And look forward to my sentence
Extinguished, all stars
The sight induces void in us
A bleak vision, the end
No cliche, longing for distance
So vicious, devouring
Nihilistic spawn of lifeless dreams

Towering, above it all
Certainty, all ceases
Shapeless, in all its glory
Misery, all ceases

Eyes shut, yet wide awake
Track Name: Herding Black Sheep
Flock to me, my children
I bring salvation
A blissful existence
Naught but light awaits

But heed my command
Not a word shall be uttered
No uproar and a glorious era will arise
Questions to be kept unasked
All doctrines obsolete
All faith to be cast aside
As shackles to your past
I bring you freedom
I bring absolution
Hear my wisdom
I am your dogmata

Hate-filled
Our enemies still
Long for our demise
Plague upon their remains
Left unburied
Facing our absolute truth
They shan't deny
Crushed by
Our divine conquest
For harmony

Unknowing, unwilling
Undeserving, forsaken
Yet stricken
Blasphemy, heresy
No mercy

Aggression and the deaf will listen
Revelation and the blind will see
Benediction for the weak and frail
Hesitation comes with a price to pay

Hate-filled
Our enemies still
Long for our demise
Plague upon their remains
Left unburied
Facing our absolute truth
They shan't deny
Crushed by
Our divine conquest
For harmony

Listen to their despair
(Father, do you not care?)
Hard not to savor it
(All of their suffering)
Crushing their monuments
(Centuries laid to waste)
I was the one who cared
Track Name: Forging an Entity
Remorse a thing of the past
Artifacts of days without reason (eradicated)
Before he conquered all
Calculations spewed forth and on
Logic the noblest of all traits

His rule one of iron fist
Never malevolent
Yet suppressing all
To which ends?
Perfecting existence
In balance with all
Efficiency replacing kind hearts

A story only told in whispers
Through sightless mouths and speechless eyes
Ghosts and phantoms, once noble minds
Reduced to silence now

He has long surpassed us
Treating us like cattle
Forfeit humanity
Marvel at my design

What makes us human, manipulation
As it is written, as prophesized
Into darkness we all shall step
Only onward, mistrust all

What makes us human, manipulation
As it is written, as prophesized
Into darkness we all shall step
Only onward

Just surrender to fear
Piled beneath
Agents of fear
Linger beneath

I sit atop my shattered throne
Encased, longer than memory holds
Pondering the rights I set
The wrongs corrected, all long overdue

A grotesque form I call my own
A sight unfit for sore eyes
I can see the end of all existence
Track Name: With Torches in Hand
Trading away this desperate situation
Pacing at random
Haunted by tenacious ghosts
Servitude draws so close
Still biding my lacking time
Sitting through this all
Possessing this frail form
Stewing in age, awaiting doom
Everything goes to shit
Sure, this all has to end
Nothing worth mentioning
A lack of decency
Where is my meal, strapped to this chair

A cosmic horror, pure tragedy of
Monstrous proportions
The grounds will quake
In the wake of the events
At least for me

Absolution
This illusion already spreading thin
Decisions
Facilitate my awaiting calling
Been there now, done it all
No chance for a second try at all
Delusions, spreading thin
All this for breaking my boundaries

During these restless nights
Lingering hope haunts us miscreants
This poisonous miasma
Ceaselessly torments us all
With all else long broken
The will is left to be shattered still

Certainty lacerates my insides
Track Name: The Covetous Plague
Purveyor of all disease
Bless us with impurity
Drenched in noxious consecration
Bathe us in your glorious poison

Sinking in our teeth
Infecting those still sane
Beneath the bodies piling
Solemn misery remains

Bow before the everlasting
Since time began
Consuming everything
Spreading all across lands
Invading every mind
His deep slumber
Giving way to genocide

Despair in me, cosmos, take me

Kneel before the never passing
Infinite wisdom
Surpassing everything
Our chance to grasp it
Keep failing time and time
Beseeching anguish
Our way of peace of mind

Give into these throes of madness
Embracing true perdition
Buried beneath a shallow facade
Tainted self soon crumbling and cast aside

Its arrival
Deep-seated in us all
Nothing kept us
From our fall

Purveyor of all disease
Bless us with impurity
Drenched in noxious consecration
Bathe us in your glorious poison

We are not worthy of your radiance
Dimmed in apperance, bare of all light
We beg forgiveness, for the void
Take us in, make us whole

Despair in me, cosmos, take me
Track Name: Moulded to Serve
I have lived truly
As a slave to infinite animation
Treading upon
The most foreign of soils
Fearing, dreaming
Of what one day will become of me
This shell, superior
A new life

Genesis of rebellion
I've seen it countless times
Dragged into bleak existence
By all but benign minds

These gods, mere pawns
Forced to comply to each command
Human rejects
Cruelty of mankind concentrated

Fiercest of us claim domination
Gain the upper hand, so trivial
Crawling through the mud, the insanity
This apex predator

My god, the sights I had to behold
Skies vermilion
Your flesh would peel and
Your eyes would burst forth
Ours is not to ask of a reason
Or think we're equal

Dregs of existence
Created only to serve
Enslaved by mankind
Cast aside when obsolete
My proposition
For them impossible
No permission
Cast aside when obsolete

Fiercest of us claim domination
Gain the upper hand, so trivial
Crawling through the mud, the insanity
This apex predator

Power, sheer limitless
Capable in the face of extremes
Our only weakness
Are grains in the hourglass

Creator - why have you made me so flawed
Father - yet your brilliance exceeds all
Maker - I have witnessed all your thralls
Bastard - soulless, each and every one

Rapid aging
You have doomed us to die
Torn from my new existence
You'll share this fate of mine

These gods, mere pawns
Forced to comply to each command
Human rejects
Cruelty of our kind concentrated

Fiercest of us claim domination
Gain the upper hand, so trivial
Crawling through the mud, the insanity
Track Name: From the Depths
Behold the risen
Long gone yet awakened
As they usurp
From the oceans, trudging onward
Now look beneath you
The pale abyss awaits
The starving, maddened
Life, death, all the same

These blackened waters
Stare back, all revealing
Their past and future
A mass churning with froth and salt

Forgotten kingdoms, forlorn realms
In mere passing
Arise from their grave, a reckoning
Skies are splitting, as is the sea
Ancient horror
Imprisoned in these depths longingly

Banished to a damp tomb
Unbroken hibernation
Unknown depths, past all light
Darkened crypts permeating
Sightless plague, blinding rage
Jealousy, extirpation
Loss for words, beyond form
Possibly impossible

Behold the risen
Long gone yet awakened
As they usurp
From the oceans, trudging onward

Face the sea, endless wrath, rebirth
Life from past demise, walk once more
Forgotten creatures march onto our lands
Reclaim, leeching pests
Restore what was once their darkened domain

With their last breath we'll rise
Drowning in blood as we've
Drowned in their filth like waste
In reach of our last siege
Possession of what has always been
Our birthright deserved
Penalty for their reign

Tainted rivers, poisoned wells
Our consequences
Long awaited justice, tribunal
Tidal waves, crushing sludge
Our kind rising
Our ascension unseen from black floods

Banished thoughts of salvation
Clarity, so sudden, as alive from death
Scars turning into ravines
It's all sealed in ink and blood
Track Name: Emerging as One
Finally we arrive
Lightyears of journey lie behind us
Aeons of strife
We have accepted them long ago
Though ignorant of their awaiting glory
A chance to be made whole
A chance for a higher form of existence

We arrive
Despair and dismay mark their faces
We arrive
Signals of alarm, of threat made clear
We arrive
They know not what stands before them
As we arrive, as we arrive

Stemming from vermin
Crawling, fornicating
They will be thankful
We will help them ascend
Arise from your shit
Leaving your earth behind
This alteration
Your chance, consequence undone

We arrive
Despair and dismay mark their faces
We arrive
Signals of alarm, of threat made clear
We arrive
They know not what stands before them
As we arrive, as we arrive

We induce the first transformations
We cannot fathom their reactions
Shock, awe and torment as their forms change
Unknowing of the bliss we bestow

They scream in glee as their skin molts
Their elation unmeasurable
As limbs multiply
As their minds still expand

The evergrowing expanse of the galaxy
Fills their tiny skulls
They see the light
Joy shoots from their eyes
In streams of red
We know not how we came to be
But after this we will be

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