The Poison Skies

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[Edward:] Beneath an iron sky My people live in poverty and crime Existing underneath a tyrant ruler's hand And through the longest night I raise their spirits, guide them to a light And give what little hope I can We are lost - in an endless night The sun drained from our eyes Gone - when we sold our lives To the plague that stole the sky Where no one dares to go Yet there's a world outside, we know To leave the city is to throw your life away Yet there's a dream I hide To breathe the pure and poison sky At any moment I could Walk out and never return Outside the city walls The victims of infection haunt my thoughts The worst affliction ever known Condemned to waste away Or die by hunters stalking them as prey Abandoned, helpless and alone I could leave - and be vital To the ones in dire need If I stay - I'd be nothing more My choice is surely made And so I'm leaving all Leave the city far behind Cause there is nothing That I can do here for the world Now I'm leaving all Leave this short life far behind I know I'll never come back Do you still believe in life hereafter Even with the suffering of the living ones And do you feel that the will to heal Is subservient to God above I don't know if faith alone can help them That is why I venture out to give My own life so I and the afflicted ones can live Life before death Life before death Alone I make my way No more empty promises this time This is the precipice The point of no return The world of the afflicted Clear and calm before my eyes I only have to take one step To breathe the air at last And I have joined them And I have joined them I won't give my life for nothing If I can say I made a change To be remembered is the only thing I ask And leaving all behind I'll live so I may also find A place in life before my death In the wilds, all our pasts will be forgotten No matter who, we can all be redeemed one last time To respect all life, whether friend or enemy To bring the cycle of hurt to an end Do you still believe in life hereafter Even with the suffering of the living ones And do you feel that the will to heal Is subservient to God above I don't know if faith alone can help them That is why I venture out to give My own life so I and the afflicted ones can live Life before death Life before death Life before death
3.
The Tribe 01:43
[Celine:] Now he is gone Our leader was stolen The first of the angels to fall He left the city to live among us And shared the fate of us all [Everyone:] Though he is gone His story won't end here He knew that he had to die But he gave his life So that others might live For a day - one more day Each one of our souls has a story That deserves to be known Out here, our lives can never be saved But in time, perhaps we'll live on Now to honour his memory [Girard:] And the sake of revenge Keeping hope and pride We follow our guide We move on to the north And we live by the law of the tribe
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[Girard:] Alone I find myself in this land How did I get here, why am I in this place? Unknown No clues, no signs, no guidance Nothing but horror as I realize my fate And on this twisted morning Trapped outside, alone, afflicted Frightened and confused, rejected I was cast out without any warning How could I of all end up here What went on, what is the reason I'm left to die Outside There's no way back to living Get out of sight, I've got to get far away To run away Survive I'm on my own, I'm stranded No one to save me from the horror of fate And on this twisted morning Trapped outside, alone, afflicted Frightened and confused, rejected I was cast out without any warning How could I of all end up here What went on, what is the reason I'm left to die I wander I struggle and starve With no explanation why There's no way home, no way to try I suffer I cry out in pain Am I really meant to die Out in the wilds My life was taken away Out in the wilds Lost in fear and dismay In the land of sickness, starvation, pain, and death Here I am, betrayed and forsaken, left to die To wither beneath the poison sky What I need is a savior Out in the wilds [Edward:] I found him by the river, naked and alone I gave him food and shelter, everything he had to know Day by day his strength returned Till he'd survive on what he'd learned And time had come for me to take my leave [Girard:] No, this miracle can't walk out of my life Can't throw me back to face the silence of the poisoned wilds You found me in my distress The height of pain and hopelessness If you won't stay with me, I'll walk with you [Both:] And he became [Girard:] My keeper [Edward:] The first of the tribe [Girard:] My savior and friend I was lost without you here Out in the wilds My life was taken away Out in the wilds Lost in fear and dismay In the land of sickness, starvation, pain, and death Here I am, betrayed and cast out, but saved at last You helped me to overcome my past I live on with my savior Out in the wilds Erased and they don't care But you would still be here If only you'd stayed Been mine, only mine It's so unfair to leave me The tribe I formed deceived me But now I'll fight in your name [Voice of madness:] There's no way to hide from their stare I still feel their eyes everywhere And the hatred that clouds all their minds It hides the truth of it all The savior has gone from this world He left us behind, we are cursed To live outcast, forsaken and desolate [Girard:] Out in the wilds My life was taken away Out in the wilds Lost in fear and dismay In the land of sickness, starvation, pain, and death Here I am, betrayed and I'm once again alone Lost the only hope I've ever known They murdered my savior Out in the wilds My keeper My savior and friend He is lost, and left me here Out in the wilds
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Run 04:45
[Marcus:] Born to success, to stand apart My life was planned out from the start With no permission to be free The one to keep the noble name To carry all their hopes and dreams A future severed When one night became forever Now on the boundary I stand This is my one and only chance To make a difference Just by being alive And suddenly I see it clear This is the reason why I'm here To take one last chance To be out there and free I will run And I'm invincible A blur that can't be found I'm faster than sound And I'll run Here I'm unstoppable Far from the hunters' eyes I'll run, cause to stop is to die Our pasts don't matter any more Where we're from or who we are It makes no difference in the wilds He trusted me, I realize To guide and unify the tribe I'll justify his faith Live up to my name And for a moment I am free Their future now depends on me I'll make a difference Just by being alive To fall now is unthinkable To disappear impossible Don't need to put my faith In life after death I will run And I'm invincible A blur that can't be found I'm faster than sound And I'll run Here I'm unstoppable Far from the hunters' eyes I'll run, cause to stop is to die Noble my name And noble my deed My curse turns to blessing Unnatural speed Don't look behind And I promise you'll see me again For all of our lives I will run And I'm invincible A blur that can't be found I'm faster than sound I will run And I'm unstoppable Far from the hunters' eyes I'll run, cause to stop is to die And I'm running Got to run for my life Run for the future As I run from my death Dangers unseen and unheard I'll run to the end of the world And still I'm going Too fast for the eye Never stop till I die
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[Cameron:] Been cast into the wasteland This photo and these notes are all that's left Of a life whose sun has set I must live on and wander Even as those around me fall and die Leaving me with the regret Self-directed hate I can't change their fate Visions that I can't erase Every time I see her face She reminds me of how I never tried And I watch us as we fall Can't help anyone at all Why did I alone survive? Survivor's guilt Why was it me instead of her When she could be with them to mend and heal So that they could have a chance I'm just a cold observer My only choice to stand and watch them die With no way to change the course Living is my fault I have failed them all Visions that I can't erase Every time I see her face She reminds me of how I never tried And I watch us as we fall Can't help anyone at all Why did I alone survive? Survivor's guilt Survivor Outsider No grand reward One life and we're gone Survivor Divider After this world No heaven or hell, just the void Visions that I can't erase Every time I see her face She reminds me of how I never tried And I watch us as we fall Can't help anyone at all Why did I alone survive? Survivor's guilt And so the path that brought me here Leaves harsh reality so clear All my knowledge left me nothing to give And for the hope that they could see If she were here instead of me For the lives that could have lived They are my guilt
8.
Infection 01:24
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Rescue Me 04:36
I was always told to make my name Raised to gather glory, wealth, and fame Be the winner of this wicked game I don't want to play You want me to break down every wall Go and prove myself to one and all I would rather live before I fall Find another way Chosen fighter Soldier forced onto the battlefield Claimed decider of the path I’m on Can a writer of her own fate choose instead to yield Something lighter for my final dawn Rescue me, rescue me You built me to be strong only by your decree Rescue me, rescue me But I’m only the hero you want me to be Rescue me Rescue me Rescue me I don't want to sit atop the throne Rule unchallenged, peerless, and alone Vanquish every foe I've ever known Just to fall and burn If I'm meant to perish in this land why do you insist I make a stand? Why can't I accept the helping hand you want me to spurn? Chosen fighter Soldier forced onto the battlefield Claimed decider of the path I’m on Can a writer of her own fate choose instead to yield Something lighter for my final dawn Rescue me, rescue me You built me to be strong only by your decree Rescue me, rescue me But I’m only the hero you want me to be Rescue me Rescue me, rescue me From this brave and fearless prison Is it stronger to admit when I am weak? With this sword you've forced into my hands I guess I may as well swing But it won't be for the conquest that you seek To wreak Rescue me, rescue me Rescue me, rescue me I don't want to be strong only by your decree Rescue me, rescue me I will not be the hero you want me to be I will live my own life before death comes for me I can stand on my own but I'd rather be free RESCUE ME!
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When I was young they told me You were everything, that you were all The source of good and bad An everlasting light So we believed in you In wisdom, bravery, knowledge or the truth So we might see your face at last In some eternal life How could I follow you Believed you cared about me As shades of hope disappear Hell has no meaning, we're already here What kind of god would abandon his world What kind of god lives behind such a lie Questioning faith that I've held all my life And it hurts What kind of god I've seen the ones I knew cast out of here Existences erased You take the lives you made And proudly watch them die Beneath the dome we crawl The artificial stars and soulless light In day or night, and life or death It's all the same inside Where is your mercy now How could I never have seen When hope is lost to our fear Hell has no meaning, we're already here What kind of god would abandon his world What kind of god lives behind such a lie Questioning faith that I've held all my life What kind of god would leave us here to die What kind of god would abandon his world What kind of god lives behind such a lie Questioning faith that I've held all my life And it hurts What kind of god What kind of god would abandon his world What kind of god lives behind such a lie Questioning faith that I've held all my life What kind of god would leave us here to die
11.
[Scout:] The silent paths in wilderness I’ve walked so many times Familiar roads are fading As the poison consumes my mind [Jonathan:] Everything I'm fighting for Is gone and far behind Murdered by the tyrant king’s design With every day a fight to live on We'll fade away But can we still be something more So give us all a chance to live on Before the virus takes us all Ahead of the hunters We hide from their stare We're lost, we're weak And we're helpless Their eyes everywhere They're closing in As far as we wander We're reaching the end of our lives We walk beneath the poison skies [Cameron:] Fever crawls in all of us And I can only wait Writing down the warnings Of affliction as we decay [Celine:] Living out as best we can Our final days of life Holding back the poison in the tribe With every day a fight to live on After the virus takes us all Ahead of the hunters We hide from their stare We're lost, we're weak And we're helpless Their eyes everywhere They're closing in As far as we wander We're reaching the end of our lives We walk beneath the poison skies [Girard:] Can't let the traitor in our midst Destroy my chance to be remembered A murderer is standing tall And all the rest refuse to see Come with me And we'll be free From all the laws That drag us down Come with me And we'll leave the weak behind Come with me And your lives are going To matter in the end [Cameron:] I have to follow on To honour her name Perhaps for the world [Jonathan:] For duty, so there can be hope My life and my daughter must wait [All:] And so we tear the tribe We say goodbye [Celine:] Find the city for me Before regret has time to rise Our roads divide Push ahead Waste no time Prove that we were once alive And leave them all behind [Cameron:] And so I walk on for the future [Jonathan:] So she can live at least for now [Rook:] The hunters coming from behind [Girard:] We must win out our race with death [Celine:] And every day I'm fading further [Scout:] With fog encroaching on my mind [Everyone:] And so in time, it takes us all Ahead of the hunters We hide from their stare We're lost, we're weak And we're helpless Their eyes everywhere They're closing in As far as we wander We're reaching the end of our lives We live and breathe the poison Ahead of the hunters We hide from their stare We're lost, we're weak And we're helpless Their eyes everywhere They're closing in And now, at the ending We split up and say our goodbyes Walk on beneath the poison skies
12.
Flames 01:17
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Death March 03:40
Dead men walking Between the cities with no name Close to falling With every inch bringing new pain Strength in numbers Means nothing if we cannot stay alive Encumbered With weight upon our backs and in our minds [Jonathan:] Don’t know if I’m already out of time I turned my back and said goodbye And told myself I chose this for the world Over the wasted land With no reprieve in sight Losing hope and losing time With death one step behind Under the brutal sun That lights the poison sky Desperate and desolate We march until we die Tyrant leader Relentless marching on to conquer time Fighting fever To hold our heads up, let him lead us Unforgiving At last we stop and shelter in the Barren city Reminder of the world that we have lost [Cameron:] Deliver all we can to them and pray That they might find a cure some day And so the world will come to life again Over the wasted land With no reprieve in sight Losing hope and losing time With death one step behind Under the brutal sun That lights the poison sky Desperate and desolate We march until we die [Girard:] Walk without a fight You’ll do what I decide Cause you’ve made your choice And now you follow me Over the wasted land With no reprieve in sight Losing hope and losing time With death one step behind Under the brutal sun That lights the poison sky Desperate and desolate We march until we die
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Disappear 05:09
[Rook:] I've seen reason destroyed by violence Through maltreatment and abuse I've seen strength become twisted power And the strong rewriting the truth I made a promise in pain and fear To never use my strength for harm Every time I have raised my hand I know I've failed, betrayed who I am It's not enough to regret I must be punished in the end I am buried in the shadows of my past Of the ones that died by my own hand Traded conscience for a chance at better life Now I can't live with what I am And so it's time To disappear In this heart made of steel I'll live I'll hide my pain, become a wall Stop resisting the fate That's meant for me I'll walk, and fall where I fall No escape from my past This worthless weapon Symbolizes who I am Remaining silent Offer no resistance And I become the iron mask I am buried in the shadows of my past Of the ones that died by my own hand Traded conscience for a chance at better life Now I can't live with what I am And so it's time To disappear I'm no longer the one that they knew And my old name has no place in the truth Now my future is loathsome but deserved Accepting the fate I've earned I am buried in the shadows of my past Of the ones that died by my own hand Traded conscience for a chance at better life Now I can't live with what I am And so it's time To disappear I won't be found where you can never follow me I'll take the burden now that no one sees Out to the wilds where the weak are sent to die I'll share their fate Repent for all that made my life And disappear
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[Jonathan:] I fought the war of cities And saw a despot steal the throne His cruelty suppressing how we live Accepting fear means we survive But finally there comes a time When we have nothing more to give There is a virus That's crawling through society It lives on fear Where no good men will fight Against the madness The wickedness and tyranny As hopeless as it seems We have to try When the world is falling under Are we to die Or stand up and fight In the end We won’t surrender Standing strong Our hope will survive We’ll stand our ground And now I walk the wasteland Beneath another tyrant’s hand But still the war is not yet lost Oh no Oppression may outlast one life But dreams of freedom never die Intimidation falls And then we fight There is a virus That's crawling through society It lives on fear Where no good men will fight Against the madness The wickedness and tyranny As hopeless as it seems We have to try When the world is falling under Are we to die Or stand up and fight In the end We won’t surrender Standing strong Our hope will survive We’ll stand our ground Stand with me Together we’ll be strong And still I dream Of a life without the dome Strength and hope The will to carry on For life and light Someone must stand up and fight When the world is falling under Are we to die Or stand up and fight In the end We won’t surrender Standing strong I’ll fight to the last And stand our ground When the world is falling down I’ll stand on my ground For the future of us all I’ll never surrender I’ll fight to the last And stand our ground
16.
[Scout:] Reaching a city once warm and alive Now the silence is endless As we stare at the cold empty streets A creature strikes out from the tempest Skeletal, haggard, and barely alive Corrupted and feral but still he survives Lost so much, but there’s still one thing left That’s precious to me and I must defend Here at the end of a dream Here in the silence we scream [Girard:] I was the one to find you And I let us walk beside you But you and the tribe have taken My savior and life All of your hate I’ve seen Now it’s down to just you and me And so fuelled by perfect hatred One of us leaves standing tonight [Voice of madness:] All alone and surrounded by spies People who laughed and who shamed me Lost so much but there’s time to strike back And now you will see who is crazy Here at the end of a dream Here in the silence we scream [Scout:] I learned to fear and hate you As I saw the madness take you Now you and the plague have taken My hope and their lives Fear now gives way to anger And I want to see you suffer Now soaked in perfect hatred One of us leaves standing tonight [Both:] Here at the end of the tribe [Scout:] What could I have done To protect them from you [Both:] Here you will pay with your life [Girard:] Suffer as I have and know my revenge [Both:] Now blood and tears are rising As here in the cold we’re fighting To win over hate and madness The last of the tribe After the pain and bleeding My struggle will have a meaning And from this perfect hatred One of us will leave here alive Blood and tears are rising As here in the cold we’re fighting To win over hate and madness The last of the tribe After the pain and bleeding My struggle will have a meaning And from this perfect hatred One of us One of us One of us leaves standing tonight
17.
Snow 10:33
[Scout:] As the winter closes in And the frost and ice descend Will nobody know who we were Our lives forgotten in the end The snow will cover every trace And make our footsteps disappear And once it fades, life will return As if we never were here Can you remember what we used to be We grew into a world taught to fear by all they said Far from the front lines of an endless war Just children scared of life and where it led It's a lie - there was no way we could live on And in time, our memories grow cold So we die - here the journey ends forever With a grave on blood red snow Struggling to remember why I’m here Finding words for countless names unknown Crumbling images of walking with the tribe But now I’m lost, unbearably alone Nowhere left to go Now this is all that I can give to you These memories and words that go unheard It's a lie - there was no way we could live on And in time, our memories grow cold So we die - here the journey ends forever With a grave on blood red snow [Girard:] Why don’t you kill me After all I have done Just one more wound Will take my life from your hands And end it all Take your revenge now For your pain and his life Don’t turn your back And leave me in the cold [Scout:] Cold... how long has he remained Memento of a life For no one to recall His name and all that we have fought for Will fade into time, forgotten by all But still there’s hope for remembrance As my memory fades Keep holding on to one thing And leave this barren place Survive the last stretch Through the wind and the cold We can’t change our stories But they still can be told To tell of the journey To tell of the tribe To tell of the final days Of eight poisoned lives So they know who we were So they know what we saw So the story has meaning Now I’m heading north I feel the Keeper watching over us Beyond this fading world He sees what we’ve become Forgetting what we used to be Our lives, our journey and the tribe It's a lie - there was no way we could live on And the cold kills everything we know So we die - here the journey ends forever With a grave on blood red snow It’s a lie - there is no way I can live on Now I’ve lost my precious cat and crow When I die, maybe then we'll be united Underneath the blood red snow We’ll be gone Lost to time We’ll sleep beneath the snow
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New Dawn 01:35
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[Scout:] Under the light of a new dawn I’m running on towards the north To escape the place of death Take the notes and make my way As my memory falls away They're all I have left Words and pictures of a tribe That I barely recognize Scattered thoughts of those Who lived here and died in the wilds Now that I’m the only one Determination makes me run Push to reach the end With all of my strength Stay out of sight And reach for the daylight My name forgotten My will standing strong Strive for the city Lives that run with me Speak from somewhere beyond All our stories All our histories All joined together, bound here as one We have carried All our memories of life After the end, we'll walk together Far from the dust where we rest And as long as we're never forgotten We've life after death Now the future’s in their hands And I pray they’ll understand As my mind gives way It’s my time to leave Reaching out and holding on To my last reminder Silent and sealed Now a symbol of peace Over the skies As I leave my mind I see a vision of hope Cities rising out of Torment and suffering Dethrone the false king Tear his empire apart All our stories All our histories All joined together, bound here as one We have carried All our memories of life After the end, we'll walk together Far from the dust where we rest And as long as we're never forgotten We've life after death In the wilds, all our pasts will be remembered With every remnant that our actions leave behind To respect all life, carry those who came before us With memories that keep them alive All our stories All our histories All joined together, bound here as one We have carried All our memories of life After the end, we'll walk together Far from dust where we rest And as long as we're never forgotten We've life after death As long as we're never forgotten We've life after death
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Now we are gone And our journey is over As our bodies return to the ground Though our lives may have ended The story goes on As the world keeps turning around All of our lives only last for a moment Our destiny always to die But through our own words We can carry our names beyond life Beyond life Each one of their souls has a story And a life, and a name Now their bodies lie under the wasteland But their memory will always remain [Jonathan:] Of the march of the tribe [Cameron:] Of the strength to change lives [Celine:] Of the will of the young [Marcus:] Of the courage to run [Rook:] Of the punished and blind [Scout:] Of the hope that survived [Girard:] Of the fear that divides [Edward:] Of the lives in the wilds The afflicted Til our names are last spoken We’ll all be alive In life beyond death The afflicted And the silence is broken Our echoes reach forward in time So your body may die But in the world’s mind Your story will never be truly gone The waves of your life Transcending through time Your name and your memory live on

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A concept album based on the novel "The Afflicted" by Kjorteo Kalante - kjorteo.net/view/works

An unknown airborne pathogen has spread throughout the atmosphere. Entire countries are devastated, leaving only isolated pockets of life.

After all attempts at quarantine fail, the outside world is declared a lost cause. The tyrant mayor King orders the construction of a massive dome to seal what’s left of his city, conceding everything else to the unstoppable disease. He establishes a group of Hunters who are authorized to explore the wilderness and cull the afflicted, starving out the virus by executing its carriers.

Uninfected civilians live in constant oppression beneath a cold metal sky, while those outside face death in the wilds.

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released July 11, 2016

Music and lyrics by @Kjorteo and @DavidXNewton
Produced by David Newton
Booklet artwork by C. M. Hoskins: @Sparkyopteryx

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