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released April 16, 2013

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Track Name: Born To Kill
i was born to kill
i was made to slay
unafraid to spill
blood on the land
when you command
i will

i am locked to fate
locked to the lives i take
i will never be done
i will always be hungry

each final breath i breathe
burns a bright fire inside of me
it keeps me alive
it keeps me alive

i was born to kill
i was made to slay
unafraid to feel
blood on my hands
when you command
i will

i am locked to joy
locked to the lives i destroy
i will never be dry
i will never be satisfied

each final breath i breathe
burns a bright fire inside of me
it keeps me alive
it keeps me alive

til the day in the dirt i lie
til my ashes scatter in the sea
i will not be denied my destiny

i was born to kill
i was made to slay
unafraid to spill
blood on the land
when you command
i will

born to kill
when you command
i will
Track Name: You Will Be Free
before you existed
before you were born
before we were taken
before we were torn

we were at peace
love all we knew
before we were taken away from you

before you could speak
before you could stress
before you were aware
of this terrible mess

we were at peace
love all we knew
until we were taken away from you

know we are far
know that we burn
know we are close
know we will return

we are alive
we will fight to the end
you will be free
you will be free soon again
Track Name: The Sunset
i am never alone
my shadows are close
where i need them to be
i keep them with me

i am never afraid
my shadows are close
i am safe when they stay
they whisper the way

they hold my head to the sky
and point my eyes to the end
now the sunset won't pass me by again

i stray from the path
my shadows are late
they escape from my mind
they fall far behind

now i feel free to kill
but i know my shadows
they follow me still
and they probably always will

they hold my head to the sky
and point my eyes to the end
now the sunset won't pass me by again

i am always alert
although my enemies are few
i know the ones you will hurt
are the closest to you

i am always awake
in the fear they are gone
but my shadows are fate
they've been here all along

they hold my head to the sky
and point my eyes to the end
now the sunset won't pass me by again
Track Name: I Go Alone
each night i dream of a war
each one worse than the one before
a cold dark force, it hangs above
you have to leave, to leave me my love
i've been waiting for this all of my life
my fate, and my greatest fear

each night i dream of a road
it points one way, i know where it goes
a cold dark force lies at the end
you have to leave, to leave me my friend
i've been waiting for this all of my life
my day is finally here

i go alone
the path is all i know
it's the only way i can make it home
i go alone
the path is all i see
it's the only way i can bring you back to me

each night i dream of a war
each one greater than the one before
a cold dark force, it hangs above
i have to leave, to save you my love
i've been waiting for this all of my life
my purpose is clear

i go alone
the path is all i know
it's the only way i can make it home
i go alone
the path is all i see
it's the only way i can bring you back to me

i will bring you back to me
Track Name: The Sword By My Side
sun at my back
wind in my way
the path, like the light
like the light, will decay

the hand at the end of my arm
holds tight
knows what we fight for
the hand at the end of my arm
holds tight
waits for the sword

moon in the sky
lighting the way
the path, like time
like all time, will pass away

the hand at the end of my arm
bred to fight, headed to war
the hand at the end of my arm
readies the sword

the sword by my side
will cut a hole in the sky
will leave nowhere to hide

the sword by my side
will allow me to be
the last thing my enemies will see

the sword by my side
it will lead me to lie
to a hole in the ground when i die

yeah, when i die
Track Name: You Will Find Me
i run in the darkest of tunnels
and climb to the highest degrees
i was torn in the forest
and drowned in the sea

i'm stuck in the cold and the blue
i keep looking over my shoulder for you
for you are mine and you will find me

you will find me
you will follow me always
and get me eventually

you will find me

i'm losing the sun, losing my light
i struggle to see
first i feared to fall, now i'm scared to sleep
i'm trapped on my back in the dark
i feel you're so close
though i know you're still far
for you are mine and you will find me

you will find me
scared and alone
bleeding and torn
needing you so
barely alive
battered and bruised
waiting for you

you will find me
you will follow me always
and get me eventually

you will find me
you will crawl on my trail
in the snow and the hail
through the dirt and the fallen debris

you will find me
Track Name: Faces Stay With Me
the friends i've lost
i can clearly see
the men i've ended
not forgotten to me
i remember their faces
as i set them free
faces stay with me

the love i left
i left in the dark
i fight for you now
they will know who we are
when i fall to the ground
when i sink in the sea
i picture your face
it's all i can see

faces stay with me
when i close my eyes
faces stay with me
when i stare at the sky
i will not erase
i can not unsee
faces stay with me

the fate i fear
if it comes for me
if there is no way
of escaping
i will welcome their faces
as the last thing i see

faces stay with me
Track Name: The Howl of the Winds
deep in the night
far from the path
the need to sleep
finally conquered the urge to fight
the howl of the winds
in my head still ring

deep in the trees
far from the path
the need for peace
finally conquered the urge to fight
it slowly faded
without a sound
the howl of the winds
in my head still ring

deep in the dirt
far from the past
the need to leave
finally conquered the will to live
it slowly faded
without a sound
the howl of the winds
in my head still ring

i opened my eyes
and the sky did sing
the howl of the winds
in my head still ring
Track Name: Where I Stand
alone in the night, lying awake
knowing it's only a matter of time
no use to run, soon they will come
here i will wait

deep in a dream, a dream with you
deep in a dream i am free with you
no use to run, soon they will come
i will defend
here it will end

so i will love you when i can
until they kill me where i stand
no use to run, soon they will come
this i demand

alone in the night, lying awake
knowing it's only a matter of fate
no use to run, soon they will come
here i will wait

and i will love you when i can
until they kill me where i stand
no use to run, soon they will come
no use to hide, we are dead already tonight
soon they will come, i will defend
here it will end
Track Name: Our Love Survives
our love is true
it's why we fight
what we defend

though our love is new
and still beginning
it will be the end

the world we knew
washed away
the life we led
led us astray

now we face
our greatest foe
but we fear not
for we know

our love survives
it will never die
it will outlive the earth
the sun and the sky

our love destroys
anything in our way
from the cities we burned
to the fools we betray

our love survives
it will always be
no matter if we die
or we live eternally

our love survives