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from Demo 2012 by Lyceum

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In our fourth song, Dominion, the hero is captured at sea and dragged in chains to the work camps of the north, presided over by the Queen. Meanwhile, a messenger brings word to the King that a massive fleet has shown itself off of the northern shore, and that although many ships have broken on the ice, many more may still present a looming threat. When the messenger arrives at the capital, his words are taken as the first warning of a coming invasion, and the King dispatches his elite riders to bring word as to where the first strike may fall.


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”


from Demo 2012, 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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