Bacchus' Curse

by Lumus

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A seamless blend of orchestral strings, and rich beautiful harmony underscored with heavy aggressive riffing and infectious offbeat rhythms. Classic tales both fantastic and literary told with top notch musicality and great dramatic flair.

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released June 11, 2012

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Lumus Portland, Oregon

Dark Symphonic Metal from Portland, OR. Lumus' music is heavy, dramatic, and melodically rich, while also paying great attention to storytelling. While the core of their music is the classical- metal pairing, they also draw frequently from progressive and world music to create their song and story. ... more

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Track Name: The Burning Plain
Feathers ripped from my wings by an angry wind.
As I fall into chaos, and deepest night.

All the elements seethe with an energy.
That gives tangible form to my visions.

Come to life.

-Chorus-
Hell has always lived within my mental walls.
Fire of my own making blot the sky.
Kingdom of the burning plain conceal your shame, I share your pain.
Nightmare brought to life in my downfall.

Sapphire skies turned to black in my burning stare.
No more pleasing than ashes to my eyes.

And where hymns sang in praise to my enemy
I rebelled to proclaim my own kingdom.

Come to life.

-Chorus-

Now I rule from a throne built of blackened bone.
And my kingdom is flame and despair

Gather in all my souls, make my grandeur known.
Throw your heads back and scream toward the heavens.

-Chorus-
Track Name: Scales of Justice
How dare he disgrace me
I begged for mercy

His animal lust has sharp fangs
and only answers hunger

Teeth that ripped into so many hearts
Shatter on a heart of stone
His strength is gone, his body broken down
His soul is still chained to his sins

-Chorus-
I am the scales of justice
I am the sword of judgment
I am the fire of heaven
Fires of his punishment burn in the darkness

The evil inside him
is burned to ashes

No beast is immune to
my divine vengeance

Teeth that ripped into so many hearts
Shatter on a heart of stone
His strength is gone, his body broken down
His soul is still chained to his sins

-Chorus-

The anger still lingers
His death is no release

The creature inside him
In me reborn

Teeth that ripped into so many hearts
Shatter on a heart of stone
His strength is gone, his body broken down
My soul is still chained to his sins

-Chorus-
Track Name: The Cave
I am a prisoner in pain
My arms and legs and neck are chained
All my life I've looked at shadows

But I feel there must be more
My intuition is the door
Behind the wall, I'll see beyond

There
I'll see
What life
Can truly be

-Chorus-
All the world we know is light and shadow
A cave of shifting images and sounds
Is there truth beyond the boundaries of perception
Past the dance of shadows underground

I worked for years to free my hands
And finally broke the iron bands
That held my body to the cave wall

I saw the fire that deceived
And saw the forms that I believed
To be the truth, but still there has to be more

Where
I'll see
What life
Can truly be

-Chorus-

I have stared into the depths of the sky
Looking up from here on earth
Even here the clouds cast shadows in my eyes
And all around
I haven't found

Where is the one truth?
I know that I could find
Clarity, purity
Perfect, the truth beyond the darkness?

-Chorus-
Track Name: Lost Child
Left without saying goodbye
but we kept a place for her
She always kept to herself
but she was one- she was one of us

Moon's face in the ocean
Nothing can hold back the tide

-Chorus-
She couldn't hold back her passion
Willful, naive, unrestrained
Followed her heart and was led astray

She was all mine to keep safe
I should have kept her from leaving
I could have helped her move on
I could have helped- stop her grieving

Moon's face in the ocean
Nothing can hold back the tide

-Chorus-

Moon's face in the ocean
Nothing can hold back the tide

-Chorus-
-Chorus-
Track Name: No Trace
Perfect heart that never warmed
Gave you love, you gave me scorn
Left me drifting at sea, alone in the waves

My desire brought me to shore
Left behind the ocean floor
Gave my soul just to step into your shadow

-Chorus-
Give me relief from a heart that's been betrayed
Set me free from a past that won't change

Watch the pre-dawn sky turn gray
She's still close in your embrace
To the sea I'll return, no trace to remain

-Chorus-
-Chorus-
Track Name: Bacchus' Curse I: Curse
Agave, daughter of Kadmos: hear me. I am Dionysus. I come before you twice born: once out of fire and lightning, and again from the thigh of Zeus himself, but you refuse to acknowledge me? Agave, My mother's sister, you should have been among the first. Know me now, and know the anger of a god! I could lift you to the heights of Olympus, heights no mortal has ever seen. You will see the world through my eyes, and enlightenment will be yours for an instant. But you will return to earth. And when you return, you will return an exile and a murderer and no matter how far you wander you will find not forgiveness, nor relief from your guilty conscience. Know me. And cry my name with the voice of despair!
Track Name: Bacchus' Curse II: Possession
Dionysus
Cup unending
Nectar divine

He lifts the veil
Pierces darkness
For mortal eyes

Severs memory
Tethers ego
He binds my flesh

-Chorus-
Ecstasy and madness hand in hand
Brided by the god at his command

My master bridles me
His mortal vessel

A temple flooded in the deluge
My blood turns to wine

All my life is washed away
In the power

-Chorus-
Track Name: Bacchus' Curse III: Maenad
Gathered in the clearing
Blood and wine rush through my veins
Inspiration calls to me to sing

Feet lift up with laughter
Whirling, dancing through the trees
All creation new and wild and free

-Chorus-
My spirit aches
to belong in your unity
complete

My body breaks as you touch through the core of me
I'm new again
Reborn

Kiss of silken sunshine
Cool caresses on the breeze
Everything he touches comes alive

Take me on the hillside
Plunge into the woodland floor
Wrap me in your power. Give me more

My spirit aches
to belong in your unity
complete

-Chorus-

The beast will sacrifice his blood to sate our rite.
Our hands will tear him limb from limb with awful might.

The lions head is cut. He's dead outside the wall.
The glory of the kill I share with one and all.
Track Name: Bacchus' Curse IV: Furies
Sea blue eyes piercing
Right through mine
Panicked face, your last moment
Carved in time

Your frightened stare reveals my guilt
I feel it clawing at my insides
I'll never find relief

-Chorus-
Bloody Butcher
Killer
Murderer, Filicide
Wretched Mother
End of my only son.

Dripping red bladed fingers
Cut like knives
Hands of pain, hands of sorrow
Sick inside

With godlike power in my arms
I ripped his body into pieces
Can never make amends

-Chorus-

Like blackened angels in the sky
The furies cries pursue me onward
Their taunting never ends

-Chorus-
Track Name: Spiders
Luminous thread
Spun in darkness
The spiders
pattern our lives
Tiny piece in
A grand design

All the power of creation running through me
Reaches out to alter destiny and time
Every thread of life is bright but also fragile
And the roles we play are always preassigned

-Chorus-
Spiders fill the tapestry of sorrows
Spinning all our lives into their web
Every sticky thread that I unravel
Wraps me round and binds me to the dead

Crossing of lives
Every choice
Defines us
Ripples in time
Steal our breath
Seal our fate

All the power of creation running through me
Reaches out to alter destiny and time
Every thread of life is bright but also fragile
And the roles we play are always preassigned

-Chorus-

Run down the sand
As your master approaches
Run while you can
but you can't change fate (you can't change your fate)

Run down the sand
As your master approaches
Run while you can
but you can't change fate (you can't change your fate)

-Chorus-