Dominion

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Riding quick upon the grey fields, hooves beat down upon scarred earth
Steam arises 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 tower looms

In 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 wind cries 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 machines roared
From the towers she gazed, enshrouded and malign
Beheld 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, at the towers of the northern channel
the Mark of the Lion was seen off our shores”

The advisors warred, the crowd in uproar, one hand raised in silence
The hall was suffocated and all eyes followed the king rising to the crowd
“One does not cross one’s enemy without declaration of war.
If the East has risen beyond their barren confines 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 shall await their word”

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from Vengeance, released May 9, 2017

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Lyceum California

Lyceum was founded in early 2010 by the former members of three Bay Area metal bands. The songs written since the 2010 demo have followed a single narrative written by the band.
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.
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