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ILLUMINATI - 2018
Release Date: November 9, 2018

Label:  Frontiers Records (FR CD 897) - 

King Records (KICP - 1945)

Producer: Gary Hughes

Tracklisting:

All songs written by Gary Hughes.

  

  1. Be As Your Are Forever - 8:04

  2. Shield Wall - 5:39

  3. The Esoteric Ocean - 5:05

  4. Jericho - 5:47

  5. Rosetta Stone - 6:14

  6. Illuminati - 5:42

  7. Heaven And The Hollier-Than-Thou - 5:28

  8. Exile - 5:16

  9. Mephistopheles - 5:13

  10. Of Battles Lost And Won - 5:45

  11. Rosetta Stone (Bonus Mix) - Japanese Edition - 4:00

Personnel:

    Gary Hughes – vocals, guitars, backing vocals
    Dann Rosingana – guitars, Lead guitars
    Steve Grocott – guitars, Lead guitars

    John Halliwell – guitars
    Darrel Treece-Birch – keyboards, Programming
    Steve Mckenna – bass guitar
    Max Yates – drums and percussion

Production:

    Produced by Gary Hughes and Dennis Ward
    Mixing – Dennis Ward

 
LYRICS

1. Be As You Are Forever

Born into the light
From a wasteland of black endless night
So the dark hordes of winter took flight
For your rapturous births gave
New meaning to life

Sworn in to the fight
With the eternal flame in your eyes
Not the first but the best of mankind
And the closest we’ve come
To perfection in time

Venture in, its fate
As stars collide, become aligned
Centuries of waiting
Staring skyward for a sign
Is a drop in the ocean

You are the King
And the Queen of Utopia
Gods given wings
You ascend to your crowns
Immortal things
Never fade or grow older
Be as you are forever

Ride on the wind
With a beast at your shoulder
You are the sea
And the faithless will drown
Spirited, free
The unbreakable soldiers
Be as you are forever

Draw your battle lines
We will rise on devotion with pride
In defense of the realm you combine
We will lay down our lives
Without questioning why

Sound your battle cry
It's a purge of a virulent kind
We will drive such malevolent lies
To the brink of inferno
Then burn them alive

Venture in, its fate
As stars collide, become aligned
Centuries of waiting
Staring skyward for a sign
Is a drop in the ocean

You are the King
And the Queen of Utopia
Gods given wings
You ascend to your crowns
Immortal things
Never fade or grow older
Be as you are forever

Ride on the wind
With a beast at your shoulder
You are the sea
And the faithless will drown
Spirited, free
The unbreakable soldiers
Be as you are forever

You are the King
And the Queen of Utopia
Gods given wings
You ascend to your crowns
Immortal things
Never fade or grow older
Be as you are forever

Ride on the wind
With a beast at your shoulder
You are the sea
And the faithless will drown
Spirited, free
The unbreakable soldiers
Be as you are forever

2. Shield Wall

The battleground has bled
The mist enshrouds its crimson dead
And all around I see
The spectacle that war can be

As once again we stand
To face the battle swords in hand
The gods have turned away?
But gods will not relive this day
Forever, forever

Hundreds falling
Flightless broken arrows
Black rain turns the daylight sky to night
(Shield Wall)
Hundreds calling
Blood, flesh, bone and marrow
Thundering words and horns infinite
(Shield Wall)

We sailed from frozen lands
Our destiny in Odin's hands
To sew our future seed
Of settlements, a Viking creed

Each of us understands
We finish as our Gods command
We live and die this way
In endless night, eternal day
Forever, forever

Hundreds falling
Flightless broken arrows
Black rain turns the daylight sky to night
(Shield Wall)
Hundreds calling
Blood, flesh, bone and marrow
Thundering words and horns infinite
(Shield Wall)

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Hundreds falling
Flightless broken arrows
Black rain turns the daylight sky to night
(Shield Wall)
Hundreds calling
Blood, flesh, bone and marrow
Thundering words and horns infinite
(Shield Wall)

Hundreds falling
Flightless broken arrows
Black rain turns the daylight sky to night
(Shield Wall)
Hundreds calling
Blood, flesh, bone and marrow
Thundering words and horns infinite
(Shield Wall)

(Shield Wall)

3. The Esoteric Ocean

I can see
The shadows in the half-light
A haunting scene
I breathe
But drown in my emotions
The esoteric ocean
Inside of me

I drown in emotions
This esoteric ocean
I drown in emotions
This esoteric ocean

This tidal wasteland
Consumes my body every day
I play the hero just to falter
In the cast rehearsal

Each timeless grain of sand
Immersed and drowned beneath the waves
Is sacrificed upon the altar
Of the universe

Now that dawn is breaking
Nothing is what it seems
I stand alone in this place
Out of reach

I can see
The shadows in the half-light
A haunting scene
I breathe
But drown in my emotions
The esoteric ocean
Inside of me

I drown in emotions
This esoteric ocean
I drown in emotions
This esoteric ocean

Blinded, betrayed now
Each scene plays out and fades away
Focal reality has altered
To be irreversible

Earth is quaking
Hell on the wildest seas
Out of control, no escape
From my dreams

I can see
The shadows in the half-light
A haunting scene
I breathe
But drown in my emotions
The esoteric ocean
Inside of me

I can see
The shadows in the half-light
A haunting scene
I breathe
But drown in my emotions
It's daunting

I can see
The shadows in the half-light
A haunting scene
I breathe
But drown in my emotions
The esoteric ocean
Inside of me

I drown in emotions
This esoteric ocean
I drown in emotions
This esoteric ocean

Inside of me

I drown in emotions
This esoteric ocean
I drown in emotions
This esoteric ocean

4. Jericho

Praise the Neolithic desert seed
Raised in ninety six hundred (9600) BC
Centuries later the dawn is breaking
Israelites are reborn
And they're making plans
For Canaan land

Trace the river Jordan to the sea
Face the west and Jericho is seen
Destiny comes and there is no escaping
This Promised Land could be ours
If we make this stand
Replace this sand with milk and honey

Tear down the walls of Jericho
Tear down the walls of Jericho
Tear down the walls of Jericho
Tear down the walls of Jericho

Days defined as military siege
The Ark of the Covenant is all we need
Exodus came at a price and we paid it
Born out of faith, not a world we created
Now, survive somehow
To shape and conquer

Tear down the walls of Jericho
The ark unleashed, the hammer blow
Tear down the walls of Jericho
A tale of dissidence and woe
Tear down the walls of Jericho
When faith and battle horns breach stone
Tear down the walls of Jericho
The whole damned city's got to go

Tear down the walls of Jericho
The ark unleashed, the hammer blow
Tear down the walls of Jericho
A tale of dissidence and woe
Tear down the walls of Jericho
When faith and battle horns breach stone
Tear down the walls of Jericho
The whole damned city's got to go

Tear down the walls of Jericho
Tear down the walls of Jericho
Tear down the walls of Jericho
Tear down the walls of Jericho

Tear down the walls of Jericho
The ark unleashed, the hammer blow
Tear down the walls of Jericho
A tale of dissidence and woe
Tear down the walls of Jericho
When faith and battle horns breach stone
Tear down the walls of Jericho
The whole damned city's got to

5. Rosetta Stone

Watch the raindrops falling
Glide together
Hear the wind-bells calling
Chime forever

What wisdom shapes the pearls
Of our devotion?
A chemistry of shifting sands
And raw emotion
As lovers of the world
We take a potion
Then vanish like the waves
Upon a tireless ocean

Time and tide, the lonely strangers
Scale these climbs, the road I roam
Live and die, forgotten saviours
Strive to find their own way home
Single minded desperation
Shaping every chromosome
Of flesh and bone

Watch the eagles soaring
Flight of feather
In the snow drift thawing
Find the heather

If tendrils of our sleep
Could last a lifetime
We'd live our dreams
And never face another landslide
To find that missing
Particle or enzyme
And learn to live in peace
And love beyond the headlines

Time and tide, the lonely strangers
Scale these climbs, the road I roam
Live and die, forgotten saviours
Strive to find their own way home
Single minded desperation
Shaping every chromosome
Of flesh and bone

We define our own salvation
Fates entwine and down we go
No one hides beyond temptation
Tightrope lines with rocks below
Every faith and every nation
Carved in every language known
This letter home
Loves Rosetta stone

Time and tide, the lonely strangers
Scale these climbs, the road I roam
Live and die, forgotten saviours
Strive to find their own way home
Single minded desperation
Shaping every chromosome
Of flesh and bone

We define our own salvation
Fates entwine and down we go
No one hides beyond temptation
Tightrope lines with rocks below
Every faith and every nation
Carved in every language known
This letter home
Loves Rosetta stone 

6. Illuminati

Titans, Illuminati
Loyal legions endlessly crusade
Keepers of the faith
Shadowed but not departed
Centuries under our watchful gaze
Never far away

We are Nephilim, giants exist
Not just legend or shapes in the mist
Living proof, now there's truth in the myth
That one sweet apple was hard to resist
So come on

We will illuminate these times
To this oath we swear allegiance
Out of the darkness into light
We are Templars, we never break

We who descend from ancient lines
In a world which we are regent
We are the luciferian kind
We are Brotherhood of the snake

Ghost-like, spectre grey
Watching time and space
Changelings, altered states
Keep the balance straight
We transcend, embrace immortality
New gods light the way
We illuminate

Strength and belief, the bedrock
Of our fealty, heart and soul ablaze
'Till the end of days
Ignite the books of Enoch
New World Order, fallen angels came
For Nephilim remain

We are Nephilim, giants exist
Not just legend or shapes in the mist
Living proof, now there's truth in the myth
That one sweet apple was hard to resist
So come on

We will illuminate these times
To this oath we swear allegiance
Out of the darkness into light
We are Templars, we never break

We who descend from ancient lines
In a world which we are regent
We are the luciferian kind
We are Brotherhood of the snake

Ghost-like, spectre grey
Watching time and space
Changelings, altered states
Keep the balance straight
We transcend, embrace immortality
New gods light the way
We illuminate

We will illuminate these times
To this oath we swear allegiance
Out of the darkness into light
We are Templars, we never break

We who descend from ancient lines
In a world which we are regent
We are the luciferian kind
We are Brotherhood of the snake

We will illuminate these times
To this oath we swear allegiance
Out of the darkness into light
We are Templars, we never break

We who descend from ancient lines
In a world which we are regent
We are the luciferian kind
We are Brotherhood of the snake

Ghost-like, spectre grey
Watching time and space
Changelings, altered states
Keep the balance straight
We transcend, embrace immortality
New gods light the way

7. Heaven And The Hollier-Than-Thou

The radio's playing songs
That remind me of love
And lust and fantasy
I'm waiting for the hands of time to slow
I'm watching from the wings
But no one knows

Contained in those familiar songs
Sharp reminders of pain
And loss and timeless need
Reflecting in shapes of afterglow
Rejected, in decay, the frozen rose

Hold tight, don't fight
Drifting in a sleepless bromide
So high, won't die
Desolate and beached at low tide

A seance for a billion souls
Just reminds me I'm lost
Consigned to purgatory

We are the night, as cold as ice
The spirits caught up in the astral sphere
We are the time honoured ghosts
Of a by gone promise
Damned and Necronomicon bound

Our earthly ties were our demise
A smoke dispersing through the atmosphere
We faced the eye of the storm
And the dawn stopped coming
Heaven and the 'holier-than-thou'
Can't save us now

(Aah, aah, aah-aah)
(Aah, aah, aah-aah)

They say not every demon
Lies in the deepest
Of all our dreams and ecstasies
The Exorcist at least defines the blow
We pacify the beast but down we go

The day we keep in all inside is the day
That we doubt our own complexities
We're fading like a Michelangelo
And fated to the dark adagio

Hold tight, don't fight
Drifting in a sleepless bromide
So high, won't die
Desolate and beached at low tide

Departed and deceased
Designed to divide
Into shades of light a prism bleeds

We are the night, as cold as ice
The spirits caught up in the astral sphere
We are the time honoured ghosts
Of a by gone promise
Damned and Necronomicon bound

Our earthly ties were our demise
A smoke dispersing through the atmosphere
We faced the eye of the storm
And the dawn stopped coming
Heaven and the 'holier-than-thou'
Can't save us now

(Aah, don't fight)
(Aah, bromide)
(Aah, won't die)
(Aah, aah)

We are the night, as cold as ice
The spirits caught up in the astral sphere
We are the time honoured ghosts
Of a by gone promise
Damned and Necronomicon bound

Our earthly ties were our demise
A smoke dispersing through the atmosphere
We faced the eye of the storm
And the dawn stopped coming
Heaven and the 'holier-than-thou'

We are the night, as cold as ice
The spirits caught up in the astral sphere
We are the time honoured ghosts
Of a by gone promise
Damned and Necronomicon bound

Our earthly ties were our demise
A smoke dispersing through the atmosphere
We faced the eye of the storm
And the dawn stopped coming
Heaven and the 'holier-than-thou'
Can't save us now

(Aah, aah, aah-aah)
(Aah, aah, aah-aah)
(Aah, aah, aah-aah)
(Aah, aah, aah-aah)

The radio's playing songs
That remind me of love
And lust and fantasy

8. Exile

I took my hands off the wheel
And braced for impact
Stepped off the treadmill to feel
And never looked back

I thought I'd found something real
I ached for contact
My Esmeralda concealed
She'd break the hunchback

Jewel, why so cruel?
Mistress of the devil and de Sade
Fuel for the duel
De Medici, Bathory and Koch

True
That I was born and raised
Without you
But then forlorn, enchained, devoured
You tested, I proved sectile

Through
Another storm's embrace
And I bruise
Out in the pouring rain and drought
You guess but I choose exile

Each time I surfaced to breathe
You held me under
What do you think this achieves?
It makes me wonder?

Over time I've ceased to be
The Casanova
Broken somehow, I concede
That this is over

Jewel, why so cruel?
Mistress of the devil and de Sade
Fuel for the duel, yeah
De Medici, Bathory and Koch

True
That I was born and raised
Without you
But then forlorn, enchained, devoured
You tested, I proved sectile

Through
Another storm's embrace
And I bruise
Out in the pouring rain and drought
You guess but I choose exile

Jewel, why so cruel?
Mistress of the devil and de Sade
Fuel for the duel, yeah
De Medici, Bathory and Koch

True
That I was born and raised
Without you
But then forlorn, enchained, devoured
You tested, I proved sectile

Through
Another storm's embrace
And I bruise
Out in the pouring rain and drought
You guess but I choose exile

9. Mephistopheles

Ready or not
To give it all that you've got
No matter how surreal it feels
Taking the knocks
When your world is rocked
In electrostatic fields

Bracing to block
The sudden temperature drop
Infusing blood with sweat and tears
Losing the plot
The psychosis shocks
Tell me all about your fears

Could you end this fight?
Years
Of this endless plight
Speak

Craving like Faust
Wild and extreme
The Devil's in town
And the beast off the leash
Wearing that crown
Down on your knees
Screaming out loud
While you spread your disease

Ready, Set, Joust
Thrust the lance deep
Chained and soul bound
There can be no release
Brazen, empowered
Rock your striptease
Slave to that sound
And Mephistopheles

System in play
Reacting day after day
To every pendulous swing
Stoning a knife
Brings its blade to life
A reanimating thing

Numb to the pain
You bring it time and again
Your diagnosis is clear
Bodies you break
Scattered in your wake
Don't you ever shed a tear?

Could you end this fight?
Years
Of this endless plight
Speak

Craving like Faust
Wild and extreme
The Devil's in town
And the beast off the leash
Wearing that crown
Down on your knees
Screaming out loud
While you spread your disease

Ready, Set, Joust
Thrust the lance deep
Chained and soul bound
There can be no release
Brazen, empowered
Rock your striptease
Slave to that sound
And Mephistopheles

Craving like Faust
Wild and extreme
The Devil's in town
And the beast off the leash
Wearing that crown
Down on your knees
Screaming out loud
While you spread your disease

Ready, Set, Joust
Thrust the lance deep
Chained and soul bound
There can be no release
Brazen, empowered
Rock your striptease
Slave to that sound
And Mephistopheles

Ready or not
To give it all that you've got
No matter how surreal it feels
Taking the knocks
When your world is rocked
In electrostatic fields

Craving like Faust
Wild and extreme
The Devil's in town
And the beast off the leash
Wearing that crown
Down on your knees
Screaming out loud
While you spread your disease

Ready, Set, Joust
Thrust the lance deep
Chained and soul bound
There can be no release
Brazen, empowered
Rock your striptease
Slave to that sound
And Mephistopheles

10. Of Battles Lost And Won

Nothing stirs emotion
Like a passionate kiss
Stolen at the moment
Of perfection and bliss

Something unexpected
An unspoken wish
Comes stepping
From the shadows
And we're reaching
For the Moon again

Faith can move a mountain
Guide a hand or a fist
Love becomes impossible
To fight or resist
Mends or ends in heartbreak
But we never give in

The skies electrify
The air is full of wonder
Of dreams, realities
Of lightning and of thunder
You reach, you climb
Spread your wings and fly
Your Battle's just begun

This incantation weaves a spell
And puts you under
Too late to make the great escape
And score the plunder
Are we defined
Greater than the sum
Of battles lost and won?

Tidal waves and hurricanes
From whispers of thread
Natural born survivors
We perform and duet

Cinderellas all
We scorn the ball and yet
It plays that old refrain and soon
We're dancing to its beat again

Slaves to our devotions
We are marionettes
Love makes us remember things
We'd rather forget
That which makes us who we are
Don't ever regret

The skies electrify
The air is full of wonder
Of dreams, realities
Of lightning and of thunder
You reach, you climb
Spread your wings and fly
Your Battle's just begun

This incantation weaves a spell
And puts you under
Too late to make the great escape
And score the plunder
Are we defined
Greater than the sum
Of battles lost and won?

The skies electrify
The air is full of wonder
Of dreams, realities
Of lightning and of thunder
You reach, you climb
Spread your wings and fly
Your Battle's just begun

This incantation weaves a spell
And puts you under
Too late to make the great escape
And score the plunder
Are we defined
Greater than the sum
Of battles lost and won?

(The skies electrify)
(The air is full of wonder)
(Of dreams, realities)
(Of lightning and of thunder)
You reach, you climb
Spread your wings and fly
Your Battle's just begun

(This incantation weaves a spell)
(And puts you under)
(Too late to make the great escape)
(And score the plunder)
Are we defined
Greater than the sum
Of battles lost and won?

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