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Praesagium

by Iconoclast//Messiah

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You were born with a Y chromosome, mutilated at birth, mutilated at birth Gender assigned as male can’t you see, it determined your worth, determined your worth Other men taught me to keep emotions inside, don’t let them betray you, big boys don’t cry They said be strong, heart made of stone, you have to stay hard until the day you die They said Come one day, you will see, what it is to be me You’re a disposable male, the world wants you to fail, but remember you can never let go You’re a disposable male, and life hangs on a rail, so be prepared for when you see the blood flow The notice came in the mail at 18 and said you’re going to war, yes, going to war No, wars are never fought by the rich man’s son and they fall on the poor, yes, they fall on the poor Dropped in a desert, with a rifle at my waist, terrorizing the people of another land The old vet said don’t show any mercy you must be brave and leave their brains in the sand He said Come one day, you will see, what it is to be me You’re a disposable male, the world wants you to fail, but remember you can never let go You’re a disposable male, and life hangs on a rail, so be prepared for when you see the blood flow Don’t try to deny, it’s a matter of fate, ask and you’ll see it’s always been this way There is no escape for the role that you take, just try to hold on and die another day The factory accepts your toils for a wage, and it’s breaking your back, yeah breaking your back A rich man’s son, in charge, half your age, won’t cut you no slack, won’t cut you no slack Home at night, nursing aches and pains, ain’t living no life of ease and luxury Sacrificing your health to support your family you take your young son up upon your knee And you say Come one day, you will see, what it is to be me You’re a disposable male, the world wants you to fail, but remember you can never let go You’re a disposable male, and life hangs on a rail, so be prepared for when you see the blood flow You’re just another disposable male. No different than the rest, sad to say. You’re just another disposable male. Put to the test, will you obey? Disposable.
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Duplicitous 03:28
You ever know a motherfucker, cold blood Give him 30 pieces and your ass in the mud It takes about a minute now, to realize Ain't no honor behind lying eyes Wants to be your boy, wants to be your ace But suckers like him need to know their place They treat you like the king, yeah, when you around But turn your back they gonna steal that crown Everything is kosher when you're playing the game But they won't be there when situations change 'Cause the real them are there behind a social mask So get wise quick it's time to kick some ass Tossing them daggers aimed straight at your back Spinning your head til your neck goes snap So listen up good to the sermon today Going nowhere, time to make them pay People like you just make me sick So jealous and hating, na na na na People like you can't make me quit, So step the fuck back and get off my jock You're duplicitous, can't say it to my face Like Stalin with his photographs you'll be erased Yeah you're trying but you ain't winning So bow the fuck down you two-faced asshole You thought that you could write me off I didn't matter, but you never seen me come off And now it's a matter of time before we make it right And show you just how a fucker like me rolls Tried to hold me down and thought I couldn't do it But Messiah is here and running through it So it hurts inside when I told you so With a dope ass sound while you eatin' that crow Never think you'll get on this side of the line And hold real still while I wax that behind The real deal's here and he's doing it solo And I keep rising so I'll never plateau I know you think you'll be on this level someday But you never listen to the words I say Cause you can't put up or shut up or get up so shut the fuck up And choke on those tears while you watch me blow the fuck up You're duplicitous, can't say it to my face Burning like an effigy you'll be defaced Yeah you're trying but you ain't winning So get the fuck out you treasonous bastard You want a piece of me, go ahead Wanna be on the marquee, go ahead Wanna go up toe to toe, go ahead You can calm this tornado, go ahead Just heed the warning that I told you before and pucker those lips so you just can kiss my ass Now it's time to come around, can't hold me down Dancing a jig because you're a fucking clown Thought that you could leave an artist dead and buried But I rise from the grave because my style's so varied You might cock the hammer and aim for the head But unlike a zombie I'll never stay dead I'ma flick you off my ballsack like a flea And that's when you'll know you never dick with me So, taste your defeat You're trampled underneath Weeping and gnashing of teeth Now you know You're duplicitous, can't say it to my face And like a sinning preacher you'll be disgraced Yeah you're trying but you ain't winning So crawl on the fucking ground you cold backstabber
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Easin' It 04:14
They told us, to forget our heroes because they were the oppressors They told us, to burn the churches because they were antiquated They told us, to trust in education as the way to our salvation They told us, to mock authority because they created victims And this is what they promised Get yourself ready for a new world religion, blue skies and luxury is the future that we're giving We know that memory is short, over time, that's why we're easin' it, easin' it Get yourself ready for the days of happy living, milk and honey flows never-ending like a river We control temporal thoughts, as we prime, that's why we're easin' it, easin' it They told us, to lose our morals and just follow our obsessions They told us, that life's only meaning is material possessions They told us, parenthood was futile without state intervention They told us, to love the wealthy and we'd follow their ascension And this is what they promised Get yourself ready for a new world religion, blue skies and luxury is the future that we're giving We can turn a stronger force against itself, that's why we're easin' it, easin' it Get yourself ready for the days of happy living, milk and honey flows never-ending like a river We can subvert you in a bloodless coup, that's why we're easin' it, easin' it They told us, to leave our family and embrace our divisions They told us, that some were privileged and needed more derision They told us, that we were equal and reject stratification They told us, masculinity is answered with castration And this is what they promised Get yourself ready for a new world religion, blue skies and luxury is the future that we're giving Your identity becomes defunct, just a stat, that's why we're easin' it, easin' it Get yourself ready for the days of happy living, milk and honey flows never-ending like a river As you slowly self-destruct while asleep, that's why we're easin' it, easin' it
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My Life 04:55
As I smoke a victory cigarette and write in my journal, I know, that in the end I don't matter. As you watch above, controlling all the proles, I just don't know if you're there at all And all our toils go to the endless war, and we conform to you, or face a cold cell wall You police our thoughts, and rule our hearts with fear, yet one mistake and you'll pay dear Eyes abound, respect no privacy, crushing the notion of freedom right out of me In this life, I have never known, simple pleasures that I could call my own All I know is pain and strife, the gifts you gave to me my brother Is this all our small lives could ever be? No we shall rise and end this madness! In my lifetime, in my lifetime, I've been taught that our freedom is slavery In my lifetime, in my lifetime, been programmed by endless newspeak In my lifetime, in my lifetime, I will win if I keep my humanity But in this lifetime, in this lifetime, mind your step because they're always watching, always watching Coffee with saccharine, a confessional note Mesmerized with the three words that she wrote She had a scarlet sash and short dark hair And what she brought out in me, a true love affair Her lust was as passionate as minutes of hate, Current politics, and that man Goldstein's fate We vowed to ignore party faithfulness And in a shopkeep's room that I must confess In this life, we have never known, simple pleasures that we could call our own All we have is wantonness, the gift you gave to me my darling Is this all our passion could ever be? But I had to betray you in that clinical chamber No we shall rise and end this madness! In my lifetime, in my lifetime, I've been taught that our freedom is slavery In my lifetime, in my lifetime, been programmed by endless newspeak In my lifetime, in my lifetime, I will win if I keep my humanity But in this lifetime, in this lifetime, mind your step because they're always watching, always watching You are left hollow and then filled with the approved rhetoric
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Our young minds left fallow, and he knew that we needed a path for evolution Shed this mortal coil and you’ll open the path for your soul to reach the higher level Do you want to reach up to Heaven? Do you want to take all your brethren? Do you want the Kingdom of Heaven? Are you ready for 97? Say you want to reach up to Heaven Say you want to take all your brethren Say you want the Kingdom of Heaven Say you’re ready for 97 White light in the sky coming to take you home Are you ready for a journey into the unknown All you gotta do is keep your faith in me Because awaiting us now is just pure ecstasy Imprisoned by earthly chains Limited, primate brains And you can’t escape the hell of this world while you continue to be shackled and bound by flesh He said the end time was coming, war timpani drumming So leave your possessions, forget your obsessions I know of a power far from the stars To take the righteous back with them real soon So child it's time to leave your vehicle Because on a March night they will show So we abhor the flesh and the sins that come With such burdens of existence White light in the sky coming to take you home Are you ready for a journey into the unknown All you gotta do is keep your faith in me Because awaiting us now is just pure ecstasy Imprisoned by earthly chains Limited, primate brains And you can’t escape the hell of this world while you continue to be shackled and bound by flesh Did, did you think that you, you could leave this way? Did, did you think that you, you could escape this world? Did, did you think that you, you could be taken away? Did, did you think that they, would agree to this? You know it's not that easy. You haven't earned the next existence. The material world won't let you go. You can't escape yet.
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Delusion 03:45
You can't control me so you want to portray how others see me You live your life, spinning lies, albeit with no compunction But you don't know, that there's a price, to pay for your dysfunction Burn the bridge, yet building walls, from phantom provocation A futile exercise, born inside, from ego condemnation But I know you well, I know the game, teetering on the border So don't fool yourself, because you can't hide, from buried mind disorder The truth will come to light, despite the cries, of a soul unsound So let me ask what you'll do - When it all breaks down Your delusion, won't save you from this hell Your delusion, despite the tales you tell Your delusion, blind illusion You think you can, convince them all, that I'm the devil walking But tell the truth, I live my life, despite persistent stalking You press the fight, assured you're right, a world of pure invention But your attack, aimed at the back, of those without contention So what I ask, remove the mask, and live your life at ease Just take a rest, and let God bless, no cure for your disease A rising tide, of hate inside, will only make you drown Yet you plead, no help you need - Until it all breaks down Your delusion, leads you to the fall Your delusion, lost in darkened halls Your delusion, blind confusion
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Fenestrelle grips me behind cold walls Where I still feel the fear from the commissaire’s call A man condemned for reasons unknown Shackled to steel, shackled to stone I had no name, I did no crime But soon found reason in two years time They wanted my love, they wanted my wealth They wanted my blood, I won’t destroy myself Father Torri told that I should stay my sword “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” said the Lord Walking the path of revenge, be careful what you crave Stay pure of intent or join them in the grave 7 years pass and I’m a free man A hidden treasure fuels a bitter plan I know I’ll plot until the last breath To ruin who sent me to a living death Much has changed since the years went by The accusations of an English spy My love lost courted by my best friend And tiers of society I now ascend Wiser men have said to turn the other cheek But my path is set now so save it for the weak Walking the path of revenge, be careful what you crave Stay pure of intent or join them in the grave You want vengeance, you’ll have vengeance! The first one I murder, yes, in cold blood Stuck like a pig and dragged through the mud The second one’s daughter is the next I’m upon She dies from shock married to a con I stabbed her father, cries of denial And poisoned the third from a witch’s vial I torched their business on unholy ground And framed their spawn to turn it all around Yet the 4th one killed me before my plot was done Didn’t heed the warning, trapped by the web I spun Walking the path of revenge, be careful what you crave Stay pure of intent or join them in the grave
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Witch 05:04
I remember long ago, In days of youth I became a man, when I found the truth My mother said that I must pass the test Put childish things away and leave the nest And in the dark her looming shadow came And placed my hand into a box of pain She said I must endure, find a way to cope Raging fire inside and needle at my throat Yeah she's a witch And she's nearly got a hold of me Yeah she's a witch Probing depths of insanity Tearing at me, like a succubus, God help me Find inner strength to repel this enemy Yeah she's a witch Her eyes burn inside of me Yeah she's a witch Testing every insecurity But my will is strong and you're blind 'cause you can't see I was born from a witch so you'll never take control of me NOW Silently through space, into a world of sand In a foreign place where I'd make my stand Awake from sleep from water I'd imbibed Rising up to lead a chosen tribe And as I grow and look upon the sky I know what fate has brought yet no reason why I feel the worms below, I hear my father's voice And what she woke in me, left a path with no choice Yeah she's a witch And she's nearly got a hold of me Yeah she's a witch Probing depths of insanity Tearing at me, like a succubus, God help me Find inner strength to repel this enemy Yeah she's a witch Her eyes burn inside of me Yeah she's a witch Testing every insecurity But my will is strong and you're blind 'cause you can't see I was born from a witch so you'll never take control of me I feel the sister's fear, weapon of sound You can't control a power with no bounds You had your doubts, I wasn't as you planned But space and time are forces that I've spanned And as I ride the beasts of your demise I see the soldiers fall upon our battle cries There's no escape, you know the time has come On a new crusade, unite them all as one When kings fall, the righteous, must make haste, To fill the, void left wide, by abdication, Lest mistakes repeat again, again, again Burn witch, burn. Twisting and turning the fire is burning. Burn witch.
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The Fall 04:34
When Armageddon comes what will you do? Face it all head on or hide in the shadows? When there's nowhere to run where will you go? Will you fight the demons and vanquish them to Hell? When others lose their head will you keep your virtue? Even when they point and speak your name as a sin? No, you must stand, stand tall as a man Pick yourself up and know you're not alone, now And when the angels call reach out, reach out And touch the hand of God, submit, and you will feel his power And when the darkness falls, cry out, cry out Unleash the light within, rejoice, and see the evil cower Will you trust yourself when all will doubt you? Will you listen to within and ignore the disbelievers? Will you have your dreams and be their master? Or wallow in the diffidence brought by the fools? Can you walk among the stars and yet be grounded? Or drown in your own pride and lose the common touch? No, you will stand, stand tall as a man Pick yourself up because you're not alone, now And when the angels call reach out, reach out And touch the hand of God, submit, and you will feel his power And when the darkness falls, cry out, cry out Unleash the light within, rejoice, and see the evil cower No matter who you are, no matter how strong No matter where you are, we all fall down It doesn't matter how or why, just remember Never let them keep you there and pick up the pieces! And when the angels call reach out, reach out And touch the hand of God, submit, and you will feel his power And when the darkness falls, cry out, cry out Unleash the light within, rejoice, and see the evil cower And when the angels call reach out, reach out And touch the hand of God, submit, and you will feel his power And when the darkness falls, cry out, cry out Unleash the light within, rejoice, and see the evil cower This Earth is yours.
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Enemies at the gates and eyes in space Erase your life and leave no trace So lower your voice and don't make a sound Or answer to a king, never crowned Shadows control and puppets they dance LCDs put you in a trance There is no justice in the land of the free When you've got power and currency Poisoned minds and bitter tastes From crops dusted with a toxic waste So hear these words, accept this plea No matter what they told... You're not free!

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released October 11, 2017

Mixing/Mastering: Sammy Sabbah
Chorus Vocals "The Fall": Karen Warren
Cover Art: Raymond Lowell

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Iconoclast//Messiah Albany, New York

Many have called without report but the clarion trumpets have finally answered in the form of pounding drums, vertiginous synthesizers, thunderous bass, ominous guitars, and guttural vocals telling stories intended to entertain, pontificate, shock, and inspire.

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