Ruination

by Adversary

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Ruination is a collection of songs that depict tales of tragedy, triumph, despair and survival. They are allegorical in nature and often inspired by characteristics of the human condition.

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released December 23, 2014

All music written and performed by Derek Dodd and Matt Gary.
Vocals by Drew Kiker, Derek Dodd and Matt Gary.
Lyrics written by Drew Kiker and Derek Dodd.

Drums on "A Silhouette Of Suffering" written by Dan Bowden.

Artwork by SG3 Designs.
Additional design by TJ Shockley.

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Adversary Columbus, Georgia

Adversary is a melodic death metal band whose songs are focused on emphasizing melody, emotion and song writing while remaining accessible and sincere.

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Track Name: Story Of Steel
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Victory In Vice
No need for rest, we feed on the quest
Fueled by our hatred and driven by flesh
Hewing men down, they shall die where they fall
Barbarian blessed - we live by no laws
 
A pain breeding power beast, chained to the earth and beaten by day
Released when the night falls to feast on the prey
Bending the forest and crushing your cities
The prayers go unheard to your weak, deafened deity
 
Behold— the battle rage below...
An inextinguishable force
All heaven resounds deep in discourse
 
An army of heathens thirsty for blood
Build up the front lines, prepare for the flood
 
Now towards the end
Virtue won't suffice
The vice in our victory - The victory in vice
 
Under the dawn of a bleeding sunrise we watch from up high
Smoke clears to show surrender of those left alive

Forced to consume that which sets them free
A seed that grows into a new disease
Slaves - We capture all who bend the knee
To join our legions of the Iron Breeze
 
Now towards the end
Virtue won't suffice
The vice in our victory - The victory in vice
 
Shield against shield, they struggle in anguish
A story of steel, the victors and vanquished
 
Under the dawn of a bleeding sunrise we watch from up high
Smoke clears to show surrender of those left alive
Track Name: Dark Designs
Chasing red ribbons, snow-blind and moonstruck, with dark designs bent below
This twisted trail of hope will end when the blood drops start to slow
 
The wolves are on the scent; I must go in haste
And keep their hounds at a distance 

Close to a feast of Thyestean grandeur in this winter will be a godsend
Fingers are numb, frozen to a knife, the lifeblood of an ill-fated friend
 
An endless winter siege with no end in sight
Overcome with this sick inclination
 
I said a prayer or two—silence…
Where the hell is your guidance?
Time to take control of my fate
Time to pick apart deadweight
 
What began as a party is now down to few—survival is the only law
The warmer the corpse, the easier to flay, no time for the flesh now to thaw
Around my neck hands a crucifix, praise God all the hope that it gives
Yet hope here is absent for the devil he knows: where all life dies, death lives
 
Still alive, I'll end you quick with one long slice
Show your throat, let blood seep into the snow
 
No virtue left within this sanguinary pursuit
When the sight of meat is present, hunger is absolute
Close, the ever-watching eyes, haunting while I eat
If we should both enter afterlife I hope our paths never meet
 
Slice forbidden fruit from the limb, praise the good God with a hymn
Feel the bitter juice trickle down, down my throat slowly and grim
A sacrifice was set in motion coming on like a dark flood
Ominous words are whispered, "This is my body, this is my blood."
 
A new craving for flesh, dark designs are refreshed
I feel a power rising deep within my soul
All illness gone yet there's a new hunger—uncontrolled
 
The morning star now bringing dawn, shedding light upon the kill
After days now of voracious hunger I won't stop till I've had my fill
 
In a storm of sins no one likes to point
Lest they themselves be judged

Turn a blind eye this way; never mind what they'll say
Just this one time you'll see, understand it's him or me

What began as a party is now down to few, survival is the only law
The warmer the corpse, the easier to flay, no time for the flesh now to thaw
Around my neck hands a crucifix, praise God all the hope that it gives
Yet hope here is absent for the devil he knows where all life dies death lives
Track Name: Into The Maelstrom
Her fictitious eyes were lit by the moon of an almost fictitious sky
I thought I smelled her fragrance through the sea salt breeze
We danced at midnight truly oblivious to the peril around us
We danced, the boards creaked and bottles rolled back and forth

Bound to a vessel, in spirit, the ship's a part of me
Bound to a life at sea when I left and neglected royalty
Innocence was gone... it left the moment the plague entered
Inside our home and took you... our love splintered
Derelict now, I have become one with the seven

My ship was true and my crew was dead, they lay all about the deck
Famine had taken them and taken me, yet I still breathe life
A deal with the devil has saved me thus far, but into the maelstrom we sail
Me and my love reunited again in this final dance of death

Deep in the maelstrom we go, into this black abyss below
Only I know how deep it goes and what awaits at the bottom
We dance to the thunder in childish delight and stare up above at the lightning
When it lights the seraphim are visible, staring sadly above

I cursed my men and I cursed my own soul for one last infernal dance
Back from death she was brought for a midnight meeting
Dance we shall, until the bottom, with skeletons watching around
Until flames pick our flesh and rum bottles roll to and fro

O’ Death has come back to find me again
The sea swallows me down with my men
And if I should fall to my doom on this night
I’ll know it was worth everything for the
Sight of her face staring at me, reunited, reliving dreams
With the wind in my sails, carrying me to a place of infinite seas

I never got a chance to say goodbye to her
I knew I’d see her again in this life or the next
God would never ever stop me on my quest

O’ Death has come back to find me again
The sea swallows me down with my men
And if I should fall to my doom on this night
I’ll know it was worth everything for the
Sight of her face staring at me, reunited, reliving dreams
With the wind in my sails, carrying me to a place of infinite seas

I know I'll see her again in this life or the next
This tempest will not founder me; it guides me towards my end
To the gates of Hell and back I’ll sail to be with her again
Track Name: A Hero's Tragedy
The nightingale’s song weeps sweetly on the sea-born breeze.
The windswept trees still whisper tales of he who, through his gift of song, lingers on.
His pain a somber melody...
 
A tragedy which would eclipse all others
Heartstrings ring out the song of time
No crueler fate could ere befall two lovers
A hero's tragedy, the gods design
 
In music, Orpheus was rivaled by none other
'Twas said that when he sang, all things bent to his will
So lovely, transfixing, the world would smile in wonder
Son of Caliope, father of song
He stood adored by both the gods and the mortals
With lyre in hand, he could have whom he pleased
But none had struck so sweet a chord within him
As when his gaze fell on Eurydice
 
Love's purity affords no viewing
As misfortune fails to enter thought
Affairs of man so oft fall prey to ruin
In webs of treachery, we oft get caught
 
The waves drum out their saddened roar upon the rocky shore.
Their foamy fingers clinging to the sands, which he roams forever free.
Walking hand in hand, their ghostly song eternally...
 
The lovely Eurydice was his now to be wed
A swell of joyous noise in them arose
So lovely, transfixing, was she upon the altar
These lover's destinies none could oppose
 
In delight, after the service concluded
A joyful frolic through the meadows nearby
Upon a serpents nest the maiden intruded
A viper's kiss would steal the light from her eyes

Away into the darkness she slipped, from this world she was ripped
Into the world of the dead where she would forever be in solitude, eternally
His loss would prove too heavy to bear, he would succumb to despair
Into a living hell he'd been sentenced to be, unless his love could be freed
 
He resolved to bring her back from the dead
Be reunited with the one he had wed
Regain the part of him which made him complete
The fates, which took his love, would suffer defeat
 
Through Tanaerus to the Stygian realm, with neither spear, shield, nor helm
Into the throne room of this underworld king, and then a song he would sing...
 
"The beauty of your song has convinced me to grant your lovers return. Though, there be a condition I insist must be met... You shan’t on your journey gaze upon her till you've reached the end. If it is so, she will forever be mine. Here is your one chance - heed my warning. Now, from here, be gone."
 
Welcomed by warm sunlight, the threshold Orpheus crossed
The world above a blessing, but was his lover lost?
In worry, in panic, he turned to face his wife
Alas, in doing so he forfeited her life
 
She failed to cross into the world of the living
When his eyes met hers into the darkness she fell
He gave his all to pull her back from her reaping
But with her final breath she whispered, "Farewell..."
 
Away into depression he slipped, from his grasp she was ripped.
Accursed, he'd always be victim to his memories
Wandering alone until again they would meet

His last years spent alone in torment and pain, his death a welcome refrain
For with his love he would be, their song for eternity
Bringing an end to this tale of tragedy
Track Name: Ashen Effigy
As fate would have it I was awakened in the sweat of the night
I heard the susurrus of the black attendant, hidden to my right
As screams unfurled, as in pattern, erupting from cell to cell
I saw the origin of despair, the smoke of a thousand hells
 
Suddenly, misery sings all around
In the verse of a primal pentameter… weaving profoundly
 
Through a sea of arms the last sentries flee past in sadness
Despite the alarms they come not to rescue for their madness
 
An unforeseen turn of events, I wonder if it's too late to repent
All along I thought I had much longer
(It) seems I couldn't have been more wrong
 
The teeth of the flames bite hard into skin of the poor souls across from me
It then realigns its gaze and inches along, roaring hungrily
 
The smoke billows up and panic erupts in a tempest perfect for death
To yell is no use. To inhale the noose, around your throat, every breath
 
The smell of burnt meat, the ominous stench, awaiting of what I’ll soon feel
Using my mirror to reflect the horror of flesh melted to steel
 
Pain- the perfect misery
Captured in an ashen effigy
Pain- the perfect misery
Wearing the mask of tragedy
 
Projecting images on the wall, our shadows mocking our own downfall
Acting out scenes of truest sincerity, the stage of set for a tragedy
Now for a curtain call...
 
Ashes to ash, rising distrust - a breeze blows the stench of an utter disgust
Foreshadowing my demise…
 
Burning my eyes the inferno's alive
It has a mind of its own
Sentencing death with every breath
The fate of all is known
 
Backed in a corner with nowhere to go- is this judgment for all my deeds?
What if this hell I can never escape, will go on continuously?
 
As flames engulf me I reach for the pictures of all I have left to cherish
Outside it reads, "Let justice be done, even if the world shall perish."
Track Name: A Silhouette Of Suffering
The faint horn of the hunt sings and the echo of the hounds ring deep
Where death greats poor Bassianus by the hands of dear Demetrius and Chiron
Brothers, born of the Goth whore, bred for treachery and for torture
Their eyes fix on the dear girl, their sadistic desires now unfurl
 
Left in a lingering perdition, a living hell
Her lament in the dead of the night heard by a midnight knell
A silhouette of suffering, with no one to tell
If she had just but one thing to speak, their names she would yell
 
The raping of Lavinia- Oh, the sweet sound of surrender
The divine blood of this virgin shall be spilled now by converging to pain
They came henceforth to maim her and to ravish the remainder
To quench their thirst for blind lust; evil deeds grow with every thrust of hate

The morning mist rolls by, and listening, angels cry
A funeral dirge is heard, fallen ones sing the word
 
"Summon Hell and its fury! On this night I call to you.
Bring hence ten thousand men at arms to fight with Rome so true."
 
Tears descend to unite with blood stained lips tonight
A crimson soliloquy; bringing solace from tragedy
 
"Come forth with no mercy, with lies they've slain my sons!
Brought death and destruction of my kin, they've come undone!"
 
All the blood from their throats, and all that's come from their lies
All that's ground from their bones, be baked for their mother is nigh
 
"In the night it's hard to see, I let the moonlight guide me.
My pulse is quickened by the virtue fading from her.
These woods are ruthless, dreadful, deaf and dull,
Endearing the framework to maim and satisfy my lust."
 
Despite all the vengeance at hand, in her dreams things seem so real
When she awakes from her slumber there's no way to wipe the tears

The gentle tongue that now wails, soon will never whisper this tale
For it will kiss the cold knife, severing the secrets of this strife
Left cold, bare and broken; a blood-soaked, naked token
Of the disdain for Andronicus, the name screamed when the blade bit in her wrists
 
Left in a lingering perdition, a living hell
Her lament in the dead of the night heard by a midnight knell
A silhouette of suffering, with no one to tell
If she had just but one thing to speak, their names she would yell
Track Name: My Adversary
Bloodshot eyes betray my desperate cries, so weak
So hard to realize that deep inside this grinding and groveling is breaking me
So who am I? The answer I've sought but fail to seek
From he who dwells inside, content to hide behind this mask of normalcy
 
This life once filled with so much hope, now broken and buried
In graves of my dreams and desires, tombs begat by my adversary
His hold on me is so strong I can barely draw strength to move
The truth is, I know not how long I can manage to disapprove
 
With every day, I slip away
After all what else can I do?
A small tragedy, what's become of me
Walled within, with no breaking through
 
Why lie? This fear is my crippler and my crutch
For always I feel his stare, the piercing glare
The weight of his presence is far too much
Screaming inside! A new me just trying to break free
But this cloud has no silver lining while grace is dying
Delusions abound of what was to be…
 
A tunnel ahead with no light at the end
A new dawn with no sun to transcend
The twilight upon which I've come to depend
Shrouding me in perpetual sin
Not sins of the flesh, nor malice, or rage
But the sins I've no hope to assuage
They're those of my captor who keeps me encaged
My own lock, my own key, my prison, my stage 

With every day, I slip away
After all what else can I do?
A small tragedy, what's become of me
Walled within with no breaking through
 
Always blinding my way, my chance to be free
From this path I can’t stray
What price must I pay to bring night into day?
My adversary

Lashed to the slaving stone - I must break free unfettered
I must do this on my own - Time now to be untethered
Strength will be found again - For my emancipation
The death of this foe within - Self-worth initiation
 
Conquering my imposed injustice
Satisfying my right to be
Reigning o'er all which lies before us
By my will I've chosen to be free
 
Once blinding my way, my chance to be free
On this path I won't stay
But this price I have paid brings yet a new day
My adversary
Track Name: Silent Symphony
My gaze met the wall towering high past sight
With no gate to be seen, only immortal night
 
Thoughts bent inwards, I can almost feel her there
Pacing in trance, eyes to the sky, skin - naked and bare
"Abandon all hope ye who enter here"
Should be written, so bold, for all who come near
Yet hope's all I have left amid the broken dreams
A dream in which I can save her from this harrowing scene
 
I've traveled in desperation to overcome this wall
I will not return alone, if I should return at all
 
If she were encircled by the river Lethe
I would upheave my anchor, tied tightly around me
And sink into forgetfulness through cold black shades
To the bottom, to remain in a perpetual state
 
Just to be near her fire, to feel the warmth inside her
I'll stay silent and humble waiting for walls to crumble
 
A broadened view - a realization
Of all I've lost - my own ruination
A broadened view - a new epiphany
Weeping inside - a silent symphony
 
Inside on her own; distorted memories from a home
The rivers and the rain won't wash away undying pain
Held together by a thread, her wasted words will go unread
The letters to the one, hoping soon one day he'd come for her
 
A promise to always be kept no matter what may come
Nothing will stand in the way of what's to be done
Her blue eyes will still have their hue; embrace will be just as sweet
The final chapters left will be complete

A broadened view - a realization
Of all I've lost - my own ruination
A broadened view - a new epiphany
Weeping inside - a silent symphony
Track Name: Portrait Of Ruination
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Keepers Of The Flame
Trials and adversity
The weaker their will, the greater their dependency
When darkness is darkest and the foundation shakes
It's always surprising how little effort it takes

To sway their thoughts, to be received 
They must always be humble, they must always believe
To sow the seeds, to justify 
They must always be willing to relent to the lie
 
For ages we have stoked the fires
Compelling the masses to fulfill all of our desires
When saying their prayers it is to us whom they speak
It's always so trivial all the things that they seek
 
Like a shepherd tends his sheep
A watchful eye we must keep
To reign them in from all their sin
Completely oblivious to the world they live in
 
We are the keepers of the flame
You are the ash over which we reign
We mold for you reality
We are the eyes through which you see
 
The greatest of you all are we who brace your fall
Content to be led astray, we've watched as you waste away
Your idle minds so frail, believing in childish stories and tales
For we, the authors of all you've known, sit atop a burning throne
 
A day will come to pass when you all will know our names
A promise of deliverance consumed by flames
 
The eyes through which you see
 
Silence and complacency
The less that they know, the more they'll assume they are free
When questions need answers and the truth is too much
It's always amusing when the flesh and flame touch

To have our way, to gain their trust
They must always be driven by their fear and their lust
To keep them calm, to satisfy
They must never acknowledge that their life is a lie
 
Like a shepherd tends his sheep
A watchful eye we must keep
To reign them in from all their sin
Completely oblivious to the world they live in
 
We are the keepers of the flame
You are the ash over which we reign
We mold for you reality
We are the eyes through which you see