Way of the Reaper

by Declared Dead

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released May 21, 2019

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Declared Dead Zwijndrecht, Belgium

The band began in June of 2014. The "Subterranean Nightmare" (Demo) was recorded and released about a month later. After a major band member change, the debut album "Denounced and Defiled" was released in April of 2016. About two and a half months later - "Shiv" (a mini-album/e.p.) was released.
"Revel in the Macabre" was released in early Jan. 2017. Now, it's time for "A Date With The Coroner".
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Track Name: Atonement of the Myriad
"Atonement of the Myriad"

I am Ra - from whom time began
I am the hub of a wheel
A day star hovering over an endless sea
I am not the harvest
I am the seed

I am Ra - from whom time began
I am the hub of a wheel
A day star hovering over an endless sea
I will not pass away

When I became the becoming became
I have become the becoming
I am one seeing myself divided
I am two and four and eight
I am the universe in diversity
I am my transformations
This is my coming together
Here are my selves become one

The essence of Atum
Is primal goodness
The essence of the cosmic mind
Is permanent sameness
The essence of the cosmos
Is beautiful order
The essence of time
Is movement
The essence of change is life!

Life!

(Repeat)

When I became the becoming became
I have become the becoming
I am one seeing myself divided
I am two and four and eight
I am the universe in diversity
I am my transformations
This is my coming together
Here are my selves become one
Track Name: Samsara is Nibbana
"Samsara is Nibbana"

Bound to the boundless
The force without force
The unmoved mover
'Ever expanding yet always contained
Limited by design yet vast
In the scope of designation

Awareness becoming aware of awareness!

Bound to the boundless
To wonder is to wander
The unknown knower
Aimless and directionless
The journey is to the destination
As the oracle is to the flame

Advancing towards simplicity!

Holding mountains with open hands
Grasping pebbles with clenched fists
Openness is wholeness
Withholding makes powerless

Live, evil, vile, veil!!!
See the creator in all its forms!
Perception from the centered
Samsara is Nibbana!

(Repeat)
Track Name: Longing & Loathing
"Longing & Loathing"

Longing ... loathing
Joined together yet separated
Everything you've known is falling away
It's better to die before you die
Then - only the hollow remains

Longing ... loathing
Memories fade with every passing day
"Why can't it be this way forever?"
To never have to say goodbye and move on?

Longing ... loathing
He who mourns is he who's lost in shadows
Does absence make the heart grow ever fonder?
When haunted by the mystery of ages?
The echoes from the void
Where nothing hides...
Track Name: Empty Sky of Being
"Empty Sky of Being"

Empty is the sky of being
Where upon the canvas of life is painted
Ubiquitous reflections of the origin
Centered in the whirlwind
A calm that never ceases

(Repeat)

From pure potentiality
Stems the arc of possibility
Creating probabilities
Informing all principles to be

Empty is the sky of being
Where upon the canvas of life is painted
Ubiquitous reflections of the origin
Centered in the whirlwind
A calm that never ceases

From pure potentiality
Stems the arc of possibility
Creating probabilities
Informing all principles to be
Track Name: Dandelions in December
"Dandelions in December"

Cowardly lion
King of the fools
Respected through fear
Dismembering the herds
Devouring their hopes
Chafing their dreams
Clamping their throats
So none speak against him

Cowardly lion
King of the fools
Respected through fear
Dismembering the herds
Devouring their hopes
Chafing their dreams
Clamping their throats
So none speak against him
Clawing their eyes
Blinding their truths
He lies in their wake
And growls with contentment
He's pleased with the kill
It wasn't his own
He's caged by his pride
And fed by his porcelain throne

I'm going to teach you a lesson or two
Talk back to me and I'll give you what's due
This will hurt me more than it will hurt you
I will apologize after I'm through

Over and over I show you my ways
If you don't like it
Then why do you stay?
The wind summons courage
The Sun beckons scars
I bring down the hammer
And you see the stars

My mouth's full of anger
My fists carry rage
You suffer in silence and pray for a change
"He doesn't mean it" is all you can say
I wouldn't beat you if you'd just obey!
Track Name: The Twitch
"The Twitch"

Honestly
I cannot see
A better way to
Cease to be
To entertain
Without refrain
The twitch
Betwixt
The final stage
Convulsion like
Orgasmic phase
The rigid spastic
Force displayed
A ghastly thrust
That shucks
The corpse
From the
Fated ghost

How I love to
Watch you die
Over and over
Again and again!!!
Oh, such a lovely
Way to die!
Coursing with a
Hint of dread

(Repeat)

I love the twitch!
Gotta love the twitch!
Don't take away the twitch!
Flick the switch to see the twitch!

How I love to
Watch you die
Over and over
Again and again!!!
Oh, such a lovely
Way to die!
Coursing with a
Hint of dread

I love the twitch!
Gotta love the twitch!
Don't take away the twitch!
Flick the switch to see the twitch!

Honestly
I cannot see
A better way to
Cease to be
To entertain
Without refrain
The twitch
Betwixt
The final stage
Convulsion like
Orgasmic phase
The rigid spastic
Force displayed
A ghastly thrust
That shucks
The corpse
From the
Fated ghost
Track Name: Sublime Insouciance
"Sublime Insouciance"
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Sleeping Giants
"Sleeping Giants"

Sleeping giants
Aging tyrants
Blinded by
The Veil of Maya
Godhood - cloak of darkness
Can you see the light
Prevailing?
That which sees
But speaks no words
Wisdom brought through
Clashing herds
Grace is found
Through ignorance
Pervading all that dream

Acting like there is no failing
Cursing all that hinders
With faith comes only shameful
Reminders of past
Failing like there is no acting
Hindering all that curses
With shame comes only faithful
Reminders of the past...

Acting like there is no failing
Cursing all that hinders
With faith comes only shameful
Reminders of past
Failing like there is no acting
Hindering all that curses
With shame comes only faithful
Reminders of the...

Sleeping giants
Aging tyrants
Blinded by
The Veil of Maya
Godhood - cloak of darkness
Can you see the light
Prevailing?
That which sees
But speaks no words
Wisdom brought through
Clashing herds
Grace is found
Through ignorance
Pervading all that dream
Track Name: Tatterdemalion
"Tatterdemalion"

You, you always talk about the cross you wear
You never talk about the cross that glares
All seeing eye of your rotting god
Your knees - they bleed to hide the grief
You hold your breath until your mind turns blue
You always pray to God to help you through
A tribulation against all odds
You sinned, repent, the end but NO!!!
You have to tell the whole world about
The legacy of The Sun's Black Shroud
The ministry of misery
To make a fool go preach his rule

Christ is nothing more than an expletive
The utterance is a compliment
God damned the world and Christ still lives
We speak his name most every day
The day of judgement is closing in
Much like a wound from a misplaced shiv
But the battle scar shall always remain
We wash in vain the crimson stain
The robe of holiness will always be stained
From the pressures of m(oral) restraint
Neglect the beast inside
You'll always bring shame
Defame his name reptilian brain

Praise your god
In your sleep
No regard
Mindless sheep
Tattered thoughts is all you keep
Hold them near until they smear
His written word - so absurd
Likened to a polished turd
The sacred vows - so profound
Like dung upon the dusty ground

Behold the mystery
So called theology
God always talks to me
And tells me how to be
A better man through sin
His patience wearing thin
Just like the masquerade
His silver tongue persuades
The Law of Opposites
To play the role that fits
Both sides are pestilence
Offense is best defense
The sport of war can tempt
The act of love resents
The tears of joy dry fast
No lasting sentiments

The solace - to obsolesce
Reject all life's nonsense
Agree to stubbornness
Refute their honed weakness
Destroy facade of God
Tear down the walls that block
It's not of arrogance
It's in our best interest
To be responsible
The human animal
Might be intelligent
But doesn't represent
A higher thinking lot
Most form a giant clot
Cajoled and cankerous
Repeating past attempts

Praise your god
In your sleep
No regard
Mindless sheep
Tattered thoughts is all you keep
Hold them near until they smear
His written word - so absurd
Likened to a polished turd
The sacred vows - so profound
Like dung upon the dusty ground
Track Name: The Soul Grifter
"The Soul Grifter"

I am the night
I am decay
I am the past that haunts
To the sinister grave
I am the dark
From which all light
Is cast away
With a shadow's reach
Of sufferance
The body - it sways

I am the blight
I am dismay
I am the constant threat
Of grief that turns
The dream to grey
I am the storm of unrest
The twisting dismal
Clouds bereft
No clarity of peace
There's just the stifled mind

I impart the muck and mire!
I inflict the tragic plagues!
I invoke the downward spiral!
I ignite the flames constrained!

(Repeat)

I am the night
I am decay
I am the past that haunts
To the sinister grave
I am the dark
From which all light
Is cast away
With a shadow's reach
Of sufferance
The body - it sways
Track Name: A Field of Crows
"A Field of Crows"

With plagues in the droves
An overflow of grievances
The mourning shall arise
As the bodies are laid to rest
Hungry they'll feed on the flesh
As retribution
The harbingers of sorrow
An omen of what is yet to come...

(Repeat)

A field of crows
Gathering to harvest
All the souls departing
Upon the wind
Misfortune of the fallen
The season's at an end
It's time to reap them all

(Repeat)

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