Demo 2012

by Lyceum

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released July 6, 2012

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Lyceum Concord, California

Lyceum was founded in early 2010 by the former members of three Bay Area metal bands.
The name Lyceum refers to the academy of Aristotle, the teacher of Alexander the Great, dedicated to Apollo Lyceus, pivotal in the history of western aesthetics, education, and philosophy. ... more

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Track Name: Armada
In battles of the East we’ve earned our names
Victorious, their towers wreathed inflames
And the walls off the world must bear the lion’s mark
Empires rise and fall to dust in the passing of our march

We are the golden horde, the shield of iron, mask of the beast ride far
Who led by him, stalk the plains
Engulfed in the fire of the dark

We go beyond my brothers, far beyond
But I promise you that soon we shall return
From deep horizons to seas unknown
Our enemies of the dark
So set you scarlet sails aflight with hatred in your hearts
And loosed like the arrow from an emerald bow
We shall strike them from this world
And the tyrants will fear our names

And with brave words the ship set sail, carving through the silver bays
Beneath the wheeling gulls and cormorants that day
Following the northern star, where ice like dragon's teeth
Had long guarded the ancient strongholds of the enemy

Lashed to the mast a sailor, a traitor, will guide
And with each shuddering night, the shadows return as he closed his eyes
Their lives are were only his to lose
His lantern is their comfort in the night

We go beyond my brothers, far beyond
But I promise you that soon we shall return
From deep horizons to seas unknown
Our enemies of the dark
So set you scarlet sails aflight with hatred in your hearts
And loosed like the arrow from an emerald bow
We shall strike them from this world
And the tyrants will fear our names
Track Name: Dominion
Riding quick upon the grey fields, hooves beat down upon scarred earth
Steam rising from rider and horse as they thunder down the watchers road
Gates open before him as he passes under the arch of the victor
The crowds parted before his path, on the mount the towers loom

In the darkness he awakened to cracking whips and oaken oars
Gaunt faces stare through the gloom
As callous hands pulled him from the black
Worn and enslaved he was taken from the waves

From high above the northern wastes
The overseer gazes upon her dominion
The winds cry through the night as flames guide their blades

One thousand slaves from foreign lands clear the forest with axe and chain
Backs bent while wheels turned, and the machines roared
From the towers she gazed, enshrouded and malign
behold the shadow of the queen in the fading light.

The messenger strides up the marble stairs, footsteps echoing down the hall
Advisors and guards line the throne, weary with somber voice he spoke
“My lord, from the towers of the northern channel
the mark of the lion was seen off our shore”

The advisors warred, the crowd in uproar, one hand raised in silence
The hall was suffocated, all eyes followed the king, rising to the crowd
“One does cross one's enemies without declaration of war,
If the East has risen beyond their barren confine, we will restore balance with rivers of blood.”

“Send out the riders of the throne, they will seek the lions crest throughout our lands
And I will await their word”
Track Name: Exiled
With swift winds at his back
Landing on the kingdom’s shores
He sought shelter along the outer paths
Alone in the realms of the enemy

As night fell, wandering far
A light off the trail
Fire and voices within, welcoming in the darkness

Over him the white sun rose as departed for the mountain pass
Many days he traveled into the windswept heights

On the seventh day as the sun passed the northernmost peak
He descended upon the forsaken city

Between boulders of rock and rubble he strode
A black shape appeared above
Sword drawn an assassin fell upon him, crushing him to the ground
Entangled in cloak and flashing blades,
two men struggled in the shadow of the crags

The gravel below them shifting
As they rolled toward the ledge
Sword ringing down the abyss

Suspended over the precipice
A dagger rose and fell
The defeated foe cast down
Broken upon the rocks

“Keeper of the Golden Crown, Warden of the Gate
Guardian of the Heaven Door, Enemy of Hate
Mountain guard, O’ blackened loam
Forests still and silent home
Keep your knowledge long untold, guard it as the gold.
Man is but a breathless runner,
A deer fleeing from the sound,
Stay still and calm, O’ Faithless Wonder
In your silence, song resounds.”

With swift winds at his back
Landing on the kingdom’s shores
He drew shelter along the outer paths
Alone in the realms of the enemy

Exiled