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[d​]​Æscend

by Mandragora

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1.
Rise 05:05
Warfare, it’s the way of life we know. Cut the throat of every foe. Take the place in the pure flesh throne. Sickness thrives inside the mind, Fresh blood stench makes us blind. It’s not the only way, We can still decide. Rise above this madness reign, We are the ones that can make the change. Open your eyes, See through the curtains of fear. No time to regret, We have reached the frontier. Rise above this madness reign, We are the ones that can make the change. Dystopia is what we create. All the time we search for easy bait. We pave our way with bodies, Our being inked in blood. There’s nothing to be proud of, It’s not the only way. We can still decide. Cities crushed to the ground, Clouds of dust everywhere around. Faces carved in pain, Anguish of loss is what we gain. Sickness thrives inside the mind, Fresh blood stench makes us blind. Rise above this madness reign, We are the ones that can make the change. Open your eyes, See through the curtains of fear. No time to regret, We have reached the frontier. Rise above this madness reign, We are the ones that can make the change.
2.
Torn 05:44
I crawl through ashes Like a worm in trash. Covered with dirt and dust, My bones encased in rust. Six needles pierced in back, This world is turning black. I’ll never be the same, Burden overfills my veins. Always first to blame, Doesn’t matter that we’re all the same. Gathered under cape of fear We forget to care. Can’t take it, Can’t take it anymore. Tear me apart, rip of this skin. It doesn’t matter after all because I don’t fit in. I will carry this burden on my own, Till bones will crack and I will hear my groan. Underneath the black sun, Same place where I begun, Listening to demons’ song, Is this where I belong? I’m fading out, I have no voice to scream, I’m an exile Of this forsaken realm. I am an exile Of this forsaken realm. This flesh is just a disguise. That’s what I realize. It is hard to hold it, I can’t take it anymore. Can’t take it, Can’t take it anymore. Tear me apart, rip of this skin. It doesn’t matter after all because I don’t fit in. I will carry this burden on my own, Till bones will crack and I will hear my groan. I will carry this burden on my own. On my own, I will carry this burden on my own. I will carry this burden on my own. on my own... on my own...
3.
Lambs burnt in fire, their doom were dire, Desolated pastures left blessed with ire, The lords, gods and saviors where have they been, The almighty masters that lambs believed in. Religious fantasies, brainwashing illusions, That's what we let in and fell into a dream, Armies of spineless creatures betrayed themselves, The seed was swallowed and then it branched out. There is no kingdom that will hear our cries. Upon your heads are burning skies, There is no kingdom that will hear your cries. The time has come to accept this fate, To throw ourselves to flames, there is no heaven's gate. Masses fell on their knees, drank from the chalice of lies, Renounced their freedom and allowed the hypocrites to thrive. Led with a sacred word, they got rich from the poor, Built shrines from bones, they sucked the souls from the hopeless ones, Filled with promises the masses refused to think - The only way was to slowly sink. There is no kingdom that will hear our cries. The skies fell into the ground, Flames burnt everything around. We choked ourselves with lies While there left nothing to despite. Upon your heads are burning skies, There is no kingdom that will hear your cries. The time has come to accept this fate, To throw ourselves to flames, there is no heaven's gate. Upon your heads are burning skies, There is no kingdom that will hear your cries. The time has come to accept this fate, To throw ourselves to flames, there is no heaven's gate.
4.
Fall 06:21
We have reached the line, There is no way back for us. Different point of view, Different religion infects, incites us. Nations are falling down, Obsessed with primal rage. Under the bright skies our blood is red. The perdition has spread. Homeless creatures are strolling, Banished from their homes by fire. Psychotic rulers demand us to fulfill their desires. Instead of peace there's pointless death, We are doomed to fall. Under the bright skies our blood is red. The perdition has spread. We will fall Behind the walls we want to change. But no, We have locked ourselves in a tiny cage. Under the soil there is flesh soaked in pain. So many souls were washed by the rain of flames. No one will stop This madness, Death will prevail. And urge to kill, we will obey. Under the bright skies our blood is red. The perdition has spread. We will fall Behind the walls we want to change. But no, We have locked ourselves in a tiny cage.
5.
Empty eyes stare into the mists of doom. Land of solitude reflects the light of the moon. Bitter taste of loneliness brings me to despair, Can’t understand no more what is fair. Beyond the horizon there is nothing clear. Withering visions silence me with fear. I am standing alone in this path, Over me are clouds… The clouds of wrath. And after all I’ll be standing tall, With flaming heart and soul. The reign of suffering must end, Even if that would be the final call. With bleeding eyes and palms, The reign of suffering must end. Closed in the shell of remorse I will stay on course. Each day it is harder not to get lost. Deafened by the spite, can hear no voice to rely. Decline, erase, deny, it is my internal fight. Surrounded by a treason, Followed by a grief, I still try to find a reason, Hold on to my beliefs. And after all I’ll be standing tall, With flaming heart and soul. The reign of suffering must end. Even if that would be the final call. With bleeding eyes and palms, The reign of suffering must end.
6.
Before 01:15
7.
A shrieking sound arose from the abyss And shook the body to its fingertips. To burn the grounds in the name of peace, Was not the way to the eternal bliss. The flame is set and going higher, Neglect mistakes and burn in fire. Burn it down and scorn in fire. Blazing lands will show what I have been, what I‘ve become. Just ruins and ashes, no glimpse of green, Neither gold nor jewels no longer gleam, The time has ended, there is no way to redeem, The blazing earth drew her final scream. The flame is set and going higher, Neglect mistakes and burn in fire. Burn it down and scorn in fire. Blazing lands will show what I have been, what I‘ve become. Tear it out, the heart of Gaia, Condemn last hopes of men. We can't get back, never again! What‘s done is done, Just the infertile deserts Left under the sun, Burnt down body, Bleeding sore, Lances pierced into the core. The flame is set and going higher, Neglect mistakes and burn in fire. Burn it down and scorn in fire. Blazing lands will show what I have been, what I‘ve become. Tear it out, the heart of Gaia, Condemn last hopes of men. We can’t get back, never again!
8.
I‘m a vicious master of this world, Your own reflection, a lethal contraption of hypocrites. I‘m the lord of myself and of you as well, Redeemer of all sins filled with hatred For my kin! Disgusting slaves of hypocrisy. You‘ll never see the light because you‘re blind. So fall and consume the fruits of the infertile mother. Cringe and pray in front of your faceless prophets And drown in the river of lies. The masses roaming in a wasteland of vanity, Treacherous impostors behind the masks of sanity. Insidious thoughts in their heads, poisonous jaws. Bloodthirsty animals filled with Hatred for your kin. Disgusting slaves of hypocrisy. You‘ll never see the light because you‘re blind. So fall and consume the fruits of the infertile mother. Cringe and pray in front of your faceless prophets And drown in the river of lies. Betrayed, crushed and forsaken, Your priceless soul soon will be taken. Now drown, choke and drown In your own endless deception. Disgusting slaves of hypocrisy. You‘ll never see the light because you‘re blind. So fall and consume the fruits of the infertile mother. Cringe and pray in front of your faceless prophets And drown in the river of lies.
9.
I see the light, The light that leads me through urban blight And memories that are gnawing me inside. I turned to the shadow’s side, Now I'm drifting all the time. Fractured silhouettes encircle me, Bring me down and burn me alive. True values of life, everything left behind. Gone is everything that I created, Turned into dust By a corrupt humanity, Everything was taken (and) Gone is everything that I believed in. Turned into dust By infected morality, Everything is taken and gone... Seems like familiar places but they are not the same. There is no being that would take the blame For all the destruction and everything that's gone. Fractured silhouettes encircle me Bring me down and burn me alive. True values of life, everything left behind. Gone is everything that I created, Turned into dust By a corrupt humanity, Everything was taken (and) Gone is everything that I believed in. Turned into dust By infected morality, Everything is taken and gone... Memories torture me, Don‘t let me go, don‘t let me out. And if it's not... not a dream, How is it that I‘m alive? There is nothing left, Just soulless frames, Lifeless pillars of the past. All is taken and all is... Gone is everything that I created, Turned into dust By a corrupt humanity, Everything was taken (and) Gone is everything that I believed in. Turned into dust By infected morality, Everything is taken and gone...
10.
Heart full of holes, don’t stop to bleed. Unanswered questions, don’t let me be. Abandoned places are filled with gloom, So many faces buried in mounds of doom. Familiar voices screaming in my head, I feel trapped… Always wall ahead. When monument of existence begins to crack, Something is gone, it won’t come back. Something is gone, it won’t come back. Before the morning light, Covered by the shade of night, I walk in circles amongst the graves, Amongst grief, sorrow and fading names. The sands of time are running fast, Covering everything that I left in the past. This state of mind I won‘t avoid, When dreams will turn... When dreams will turn into the void. I’m disappearing like words in silence. Last thing I’ll hear is the mourn of sirens. There won’t be plaints, I have no claims, I’ll take my place among those fading names. I'm fading, I'm disappearing, Ancestral call is what I’m hearing. Something is gone, it won’t come back. Before the morning light, Covered by the shade of night, I walk in circles amongst the graves, Amongst grief, sorrow and fading names. The sands of time are running fast, Covering everything that I left in the past. This state of mind I won‘t avoid, When dreams will turn... When dreams will turn into the void.

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released March 25, 2021

Recorded, engineered, mixed, mastered by Mantas Gurkšnys and Mandragora. Artwork and cover design by Gražvydas.

Thanx and greetings to: Mantas Gurkšnys (recordmaster), Vytautas Juozas Barkauskas (work on drum parts), Vytautas Budvytis (programming), Almantas Jasiūnas (co-author of songs), Kirill Degtiarenko and Šarūnas Bedulis (working with album material), Emilis Mamedaitis (technical support), Marazmas (bodyguard), Gabriella Žičkienė, Paulius Vinčiauskas, our families, friends, all fans, that means you too, for getting and listening to this album. Enjoy...

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Mandragora Lithuania

Melodic Death Metal from Vilnius, Lithuania

Members:
Gražvydas (vocals)
Rimas (guitar)
Margo (bass)
Matas (guitar)
Mindaugas (drums)

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