Lyrics for "A Show of Force"




Trilemma

Was He really insane? Had He lost His mind?
Wouldn’t we see some proof that demonstrates these signs?
There should be some display in the things He did
And yet we find someone who’s cogent and lucid

Must face the three, Just one can be, The way you see, Reality
Are you willing, to face the thing, that questioning and truth might bring?

Was He simply a fraud - Did he just deceive?
Perhaps He knew His lie and He didn’t believe
What would He have to gain for him to pretend?
Needy, Tortured, Despised – Meeting a gory end

Madman, Liar, or Supreme Messiah
Caught in a Trilemma
Must appraise each case
Psycho, Con man, or Cosmic Sovereign
Trapped in a Trilemma
The choice you must face

Was He indeed a god – all that He had claimed?
Willing to die for man and endure the world’s shame
Were His teachings arcane wisdom in disguise?
Given every escape but chose death over lies

Can’t be taken in part can’t equivocate
There’s no room in His words for an in-between state
Records recall His words Witnesses attest
When all options are judged this case is put to rest

His claims have obvious implications
That critics try to avoid
Doubt each text and doubt history itself
Trilemma can’t be destroyed


Exalted


From a lowly station a most unlikely champion arose
He wielded power in His hands and with every word he spoke
He challenged all the reigning powers who took His life away
When He defied even death it forever made His name

Exalted – His subjects proclaim – that our king’s throne is Exalted – Let all exalt His name

In time, the word of His victory spread across every land
His every sacrosanct decree outlived the kingdoms of man
In death His domain spread out to Heaven, Hell, and everything
He proved his worth to the world and that’s why we call our King

From peasant born, Ruling-class scorn
Both prince and king of humanity
Unite the tribes. Heal all the lives
Rule shore to shore - Forevermore

Learn from His life. Endure all strife
He leads us on to right the wrong.
Speak what is right. Walk in His light.
The life He led is Exalted

Greater than Death

Possessed – by a will from beyond
Compelled – by this force of realization
Intent – on completing this task
Focused –with unswerving dedication

Steadfast – and driven to achieve
Success – is always within our control
Pursue – this course with eagerness
Proceed – ever onward toward the goal

The drive to crush - all that stands in our way
The will to win – can’t be taken away
The goal to fight – for the sake of the lost
The urge to win - no matter what the cost

Not to enrage He who imparts our breath
Consumed by a fear that’s greater than death

Triumph – over all obstacles
Conquer – our inner demons that restrain
Hasten – to suffer for what’s just
Perform- our struggle is never in vain

Advance – the solemn cause we hold
Endure – all the oppressive misery
Progress –move forward every day
Zealous – for the ultimate victory

The Advocate and the Accuser

End of your life
Placed on trial
You deserve death
Claims Belial

He brings the charge
Before the court
You stand accused
With no retort

Being judged before the highest throne
Final outcome you must brave alone
The Accuser has indicted you
You’ve committed crimes without excuse

Hatred and lies
Exhibit A
Every wrong
Put on display

Each secret thought
Shown to the crowd
Iniquities
All read aloud

Being judged before the highest throne
Final outcome you must brave alone
The Accuser has indicted you
Now The Overseer will review

All rise!

But before you’re condemned an Advocate comes. He’s pleading for your case
He proposes that He would be willing to completely take your place
No guilt on His record. A perfect proxy, a surrogate to give
Can’t repay what He’s done with all that you have as long as you shall live

Now the gavel falls!

Being judged before the highest throne
Final outcome you must brave alone
The Accuser has indicted you
But your Advocate has seen you through


A Show of Force

They lost their sense of purpose
and fell away
To serve the basest instincts
of the depraved

One leader stood against them
And brought a test
Bring forth your slumbering god
by your request

OR ELSE

They met upon the mountain
To see what’s real
They cried out loudly in vain
Their god concealed

The leader then stepped forward
To show the way
Entreating The One above
To call down flames

Beckon, and summon, and conjure, and pleading for a
Signal, a vision, a symbol, a gesture
They don’t relent, They show no remorse
They won’t renounce their ways without a show of force

Screaming, and running, and bleeding, and dying from the
Slashing, the stabbing, the piercing, the slaughter
They don’t relent, They show no remorse
They won’t renounce their ways without a show of force


Escape from the Abyss

Don’t plunge into the depths, Must exit from this void
Trapped so far from the world From the past you enjoyed
Clutch onto a crevasse, Cross over the expanse
Make your way to the top, Try to safely advance

Must use every resource at any cost
Must find some way out or all is lost

Escape from the Abyss – Escape from extinction
Extend your hand outwards – towards the light of The Son

Feel panic setting in, No sight of ground below
Can’t handle this distress, So frightened to let go
With no rock to stand on, You’ll - surely meet your fate
Call to throw down a line, Soon – it will be too late

An unending chasm of death
Disconsolate and bottomless
Vast cavern of despondency
The darkest depths of nothingness


Battle Angels

(Originally written and performed by SANCTUARY)

An army of vengeance invading from the sky
Hot wings of iron pierce into the night
Slaughtering the lost souls, the fruit of evil's womb
Their heathen ways have sealed their door

Echoing across the distant skies
The shout is heard battle angels cry
You'll all fall on your knees, and hail to our dawn
Crawl on your knees, the slaughter is on

The battle is raging, attack formation set
Hot blood flows through the streets, their pact is kept
To rape and kill the martyr, who dwells within this shrine
They did not heed the warning signs

Descending from the clouds they hunt you still
Battle angels kill your forces of will
You'll all fall on your knees, and hail to the our dawn
Crawl on your knees, the slaughter is on

Fall on your knees and hail to the our dawn
Crawl on your knees, the slaughter is on

Slaughter


Curse of Black Hearts

No hope for those who can’t discern what is worthy from the vile
Callous ego without regard – full of - slander greed and bile
Living merely to gratify themselves in all the things they see
Every action is justified by their total hypocrisy

How can they dream of being spared?

Viewing the world through a prism of their shallow undertakings
Blaming others for their troubles that are purely of their making
Never – seeing beyond themselves cannot provide some empathy
Will their absence be lamented when they suffer eternally

Since time began there’s been a curse
For the hateful, foul, and perverse
Black hearts who are lost in descent
Banished to unending torment

Down a path since they were born
The carnal life the meek forsworn
Falling far from perfect grace
Ending in a dreary place

Many choices that were wrong
Lead them from where they belong
Living out the age-old curse
Draw last breath and get what’s yours

Suffer!

Since time began there’s been a curse
For the hateful, foul, and perverse
Black hearts who are lost in descent
Banished to never-ending torment