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Portrait (Sweden)'2014

CrossroadsRelease by: Metal Blade Records

Portrait (Sweden) - Crossroads
The length can be different in the booklet, in the player and on the different disks.
1. Liberation

(01:43)

2. At the Ghost Gate

(06:52)

3. We Were Not Alone

(05:01)

4. In Time

(04:58)

5. Black Easter

(05:37)

6. Ageless Rites

(04:56)

7. Our Roads Must Never Cross

(04:35)

8. Lily

(09:04)



 
Liberation
(Instrumental)
 
 
At the Ghost Gate
Oh you, who spoke my name
Elevated one, or lonely shade
So friendly, yet your voice sounded sly
Art thou trickster or ally?

I'm still blind to your shaded plane
Tied by the tyrant's veil
But your presence indeed let me know
That this was a victory in its own

Oh, how should I know
How to read your signs?
Come again now and speak on this night
Let me know your kind

By the fires of the underworld
And by the waters of death thou art called
Speak to me now once again
Come forth through the ghost gate

I beg you, who called my name
To reveal to me now why you came
And at this place where borders are thin
To your secrets obscure let me in

Oh, tell me how
Should I read your signs?
Come again now, appear on this night
Let me know your kind

By the fires of the underworld
And by the waters of death thou art called
Speak to me now once again
Come forth through the ghost gate

Oh, the shivers
As I stare into the void
What will I meet, will anything answer me
And will its stains bless or curse?

To these Crossroads I welcome you now
The ghost gate is open
Hear the call of the quick to the dead
Echo through the land... of bones

Oh, tell me how
Should I read your signs?
Come again now, return on this night
Let me know your kind
 
 
We Were Not Alone
As we ventured to the land of the dead
To seek patronage of our ancestors
The ones who trod the paths before us long ago
And with whom we are as one

Oh the passion as we entered that place
And as the candle's flame led us further on
The hungry shades that prey within these hunting grounds
Would not dare defy our cause

We were not alone
On that night the cross showed the line of our
Family divine
We were not alone
On that night of kinship and are in the circle by the pine

As our voices burned with love and with joy
The signs then granted us were all so clear
We walked with them in circles unbound by time
To receive their wondrous light
 
 
In Time
The burdening looks of the profane
Their watching eyes, a tormenting strain
Cursed to wander in this strange land amongst the lame
For how long must we play this game?

The load I have to carry
To cope with their horrid masquerade
Drooling mouths conjoined in awe for mundane glory
A blind procession bound for the grave

The living dead around me I see
Shackled in line they keep spreading their seed

But I know that in time, all by the Master's grace
Triumphant I'll stand to see the end of their ways

The tormenting sight of the soulless
Brain-washed minds in a tragic mess
Born of mud by the hands of my enemy
They're shaped and fit for an endless sleep

The living dead around me I see
Chained by their necks, yet spreading their seed
But I know that in time, all by the Master's grace
Triumphant I'll stand to see the end of their ways

Long live the silent
Who behind our masks take the Warrior's Stance
The exiled and branded and hidden ones
Despising the tyrant's dance

Blood shall adorn our tools of harvest
As faithful shades blind their watching eyes
So we may work in this place of unrest
Relieved from all con men of lies

The living dead around us must bleed
In shallow graves we shall plant them as seeds
And we know for all time, all by the Master's grace
The shades we so plant will oblige and obey
 
 
Black Easter
Foolish mortal
Do you know what you're dealing with?
Magic is demons
And I summon them here to do as I bid
Speak your dreams
If you'd ever dare to confess
The lives I've taken
Are only a glimpse of the power
That I possess

To bring the wicked
Back to earth on Black Easter
Drawn... into the fire
By the rites of Black Easter

An infernal plan
To unleash a terror yet unmatched
Such grand blasphemy
Not seen since the cosmic egg was hatched
Invocation
I'll call the Lords of the Abyss
The end is near
And all of hell has been waiting for a moment like this

Rise of the wicked
On the eve of Black Easter
Crowned with dark defiance
Heaven bleeds on Black Easter

I call upon the Descending Hierarchy
With these ineffable names
Unleash the host and appear before me
Through the sacrificial flames
For on this night, released from Hell-mouth
The mortal world is yours
To fill mankind with a fear they'd never know
Through famine, death and wars
Rise from hell..!

The Last Death is riding
On the night wind overhead
And in that final moment
We realise... that God is dead
 
 
Ageless Rites
Sorcery conjuring ancient rites
Summoning the Goat of Hell
And a thousand young
Speaking the infernal names of hell
Reciting the words of evil
Morbid hymns of praise

Ageless rites
Ageless rites

Chanting endless repetitions
Formulas to bring forth the Beast into flesh
Darkness unholy presence a shadow of old
Black masses, Covenant of blood

Ageless rites
Ageless rites

Dark Lord!
Come forth!
Lead us
Into hell

Master - hear my invocations!
Awaiting your return, break the chains of scorn
Eternal years have passed since the fall
Endless cursed torment, yet still I hear Him call

Ageless rites
Ageless rites
 
 
Our Roads Must Never Cross
Archonic avatar, how dare you speak your mind
Won't you ever heed the warnings from one who knows your kind
The lies you try to live by I saw through long ago
And as you wouldn't get it, I let the discord flow

Do you ever wonder what happened in your chest
And why your simple life turned into such a mess?
I tell you it was me who through this blessed blend
Took the process further, quickening your end

Our roads must never cross

O evil parasite, don't dare to block my path
The errors of your ways, are yet to face my wrath

Do you ever wonder what happened to your home
When standing at the crossroads with nowhere else to roam?
I tell you it was me who through this blessed blend
Took the matter further, hastening your end

Our roads must never cross

So stand aside poor shepherd for I have seen you through
And mark my words of warning, or I'll truly mess with you

You brood of human waste
Say can you feel the heat
The scorching flames behind you
Burning as you weep
I tell you it's my blood
A force of darksome fire
Quickening your end
A dream for you so dire

Our roads must never cross
 
 
Lily
A heraldic sign of purity
Shown to the blind in a time of distress
The great mask of an altered destiny
Shed its light upon a path towards egress

Yet the shadows of oppression were haunting
And the eyes of man could not see
The splendour of the beckoning exile
The road for a soul set to flee

I stood for so long in slavery
Asleep to the sound of their stagnating beat
But as I woke the fires of clarity
Through their lies I started to see

Yes the shadows of oppression were weakened
And the Eye of Spirit could see
The splendour of this graceful exile
Once shown through you, oh Lily...

I saw your signs
Sweet enhancer of my dreams
And picked your white to reach thy black

In turbid times
My longing soul you grasped and blessed
And granted the pleasures of soul flight

The archon's theft
Of my memories now healed
For there is a fire they can't reach

Your guarding shield
And your bliss of prophecy
Shall forever honoured be

You showed me the path, oh Lily
And let me commune with others like thee
Your guiding bliss, oh sweet Lily
Let me see the works of others like me

By your grace
I am stronger in our strife
Against the mud and plagues of life

Accept this hymn
As a part of my adoration
And as a vow of endless faith

Keep open the paths, oh Lily
And let me commune with others like thee
Your blissful might, oh sweet Lily
I'll forever honor, praise and feed

I mighty Daemon, you proved to the I
That the chains of fate through will have broken

When the thorns pierce inwards, then stay by my side
In my dreams keep guiding me upon these burning roads

Where I found my tracks, and through death in life
Until the very end shall climb the steps of His cross
 
Lineup:
Per Lengstedt - vocal
Christian Lindell - guitar
David Olofsson - guitar
Mikael Castervall (Cab) - bass guitar
Anders Persson - drums

Guests:
 
Produced by Tore Stjerna.



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