Lacus Somniorum

by Alwaid

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Frederic Bezies
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Frederic Bezies A classical symphonic metal album. Even if you can think it is rough, I do appreciate this.

I hope their sophomore album will be more polished in post-production, but not too much. Favorite track: Hei! Aa-shanta 'Nygh!.
Stéphane Gallay
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Stéphane Gallay Un album qui est intéressant, en ce qu’il montre un groupe qui a de bons atouts pour se faire un nom dans le métal symphonique. Favorite track: The Dreaming.
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1.
The world's awake The stars are quivering in the sky The mountains shake An echo's coming from the dawn of time Gliding away With tortuous windings, round and round A yellow flame Keeps watch when stars are falling down CHORUS The nebulous star in the Dragon's eye Circles round the golden fruits of the North He holds the axis of the world in his folds The Old Serpent wakes Alghavil Altannin Cast a comet to the earth Alghavil Altannin He rears his head over Heaven He distils poison all over the world Immense and slow as he wanders (The) eternal vigil in the cosmic river CHORUS I'm the one who is to be destroyed Altannin, united with the void The Dragon dreams - Drama of Creation Hear my scream - Silent revelation Way up on high is the one who's been slain Slain a thousand times yet immortal in the sky Devouring the stars, a dark omen when the moon cries Drink of his waters and you'll face Consciousness in his embrace Denying you all rest See with a new lucidity Senses brought to ecstasy (A) glimpse of reality
2.
All things began in order So shall they end, so shall they begin again According to the Ordainer of Order And mystical Mathematicks of the City of Heaven. That the first day should make the last, (that) the Tail of the Snake (should) return into its Mouth Is indeed a remarkable Coincidence, Life in but a shadow of death, Sun is but a dark simulacrum Aspis spires, Serpent's order, Ouroboros But the Quincunx of Heaven runs low, and 'tis time to close the five ports of knowledge; We are unwilling to spin out our awaking thoughts Into the phantasms of sleep, Which often continueth præcogitations; Making Cables of Cobwebbes and Wildernesses of handsome Groves. There is little encouragement To dream of Paradise itself. Nor will the sweetest delight of Gardens Afford much comfort in sleep; Wherein the dulnesse of that sense Shakes hands with delectable odours; And though in the Bed of Cleopatra, Can hardly with any delight Raise up the ghost of a Rose. But who can be drowsie at that hour Which freed us from everlasting sleep? Or have slumbering thoughts at that time, When sleep itself must end, As some conjecture all shall awake again? (adapted from sir Thomas Browne)
3.
Asphodels 04:47
Far have I wandered Down to the edge of life, where forgetfulness dwells There I'll find a place, my place of rest I walked till the world grew dim Where silence and twilight shadows reign Ghostly flowers of pallid beauty The scent of the asphodels I walked by the elm tree False dreams clinging under every leaf With the unburied souls I waited In the field of the asphodels CHORUS Oh, Hypnos in land of Erebos Beyond the gates of Rising Sun Unleash the dark-winged Oneiroi Let flow the waters of Oblivion Oh Hypnos in land of Erebos Hear my silent supplication Rise in the night Grant me the peace that I long for ! I came to a place of gloom A cave in a hollow mountain side Standing before its mouth I stopped and picked up A pale asphodel He lay on a drowsy bed Surrounded by empty shapes Can you smell the intoxicating essence Of the asphodel? Do you envy those numb and dumb soulless ragdolls? Hope freely I’ll bestow somnolence upon thee. I'm denied, I have tried to find a way to Elysium So now, please provide a merciful spell, your sweet opium CHORUS
4.
Down in the dead of night Blind, tearing time apart Psychedelic insight Wild in the dead of Night Against the window, there’s a dead black heart pounding The sky has burst open I can hear something’s trying to get in. Let me in I’ll have my ride No door can keep me out Paralysed by the sound of madness Lost in a feverish maze Running away from the chase Consumed by a burning gaze Smothered in this embrace. Back at last, the storm abates And safe inside, I look for a familiar smile in the mirror But this has to be a lie, This face is not mine! Broken visions of a multitude of fragments Broken ! Tangles that I weave to ensnare all of your thoughts Tangles ! Freezing fingers stealing your breath Freezing ! Falling faster, lost inside this maze Falling... Down in the dead of night Blind, tearing time apart Psychedelic insight Wild in the dead of Night The clock has gone astray Hours are all out of order Time and space melt away The white hell has silently crept in and taken over. Let me in I’ll have my ride No door can keep me out Paralysed by the sound of madness
5.
Tired of a life of ever-gray, Weary of the daily taste of clay, Late at night I shiver in my bed, A call from beyond resonates An old silver key leads the way, I’ll lose myself in the dark And leave my name behind. Anxious to lay down the weight ; We’re all but transient shapes Soon after I’ve buried sense I may rise and forsake my home In a quest for the unknown Towers of wondrous blue Spires of frightening hue I know my dream city’s waiting for me CHORUS Hei! Aa-shanta 'nygh! Enter through the gate of deeper slumber Hei! Aa-shanta 'nygh! Your heart vacillates, impending danger Hei! Aa-shanta 'nygh! Will you dare to face the nameless horror? Hei! Aa-shanta 'nygh! Fly on the wings of aether’s winds I sailed over red twilight seas From gaunt mountains and gloom To the dark side of the moon Night’s rushing in my veins Wars and warnings in vain To find the gods, I may die but I’ll reign CHORUS (The) Crawling chaos’s haunting my mind Malicious night Labyrinths and ruins where I’m blind Kadath draws near (The) Crawling chaos’s haunting my mind Wings and shapes on luminous clouds Labyrinths and ruins where I’m blind Song of the spheres (The) Crawling chaos’s haunting my mind I fall like a star from the sky All my wishes tore me apart
6.
The Dreaming 05:11
Every man beholds the earth and his birth with wonder. In such a design, is there neither rhyme nor reason ? A spark was born of the dark, The ancient voices awoke and began to dream, Stories down from the stars, The seven sisters descended and began to sing, Past and future are but one thread that they spin. As it is above, so it is below. Sink deeper and deeper, down to the underworld Nature is an altar, a thousand rhymes entangled Should you decypher the signs, and read the lines in the sand, You'll see shimmering seeds engraved And the Serpent's eggs bloom in your hands. CHORUS Seek the hollow earth When the wind whispers, When the Crow can speak And answer all riddles, When the Cross is high In the Southern sky, Should you think, you'll find a tale in every thing Can we make sense out of chance ? that orchestrates our existence ? We are the creators, We are mimes, and shape-shifters. CHORUS
7.
Dont' – Oh don't, please don't wake me up. Not yet! Let me wallow in this fantasy Long-lost voice and forgotten warmth So sad! A phantom has come back to me. Don't – Oh don't, please don't wake me up. I know! Though numb I'm well aware this is not real I know it's but a fragment of my past creeping back! The shard of a broken memory. Don't wake me up... I'm willing to pretend This one moment Is more than a fragile figment. I won't be another forsaken bride I won't! Stop all the clocks and pretend time stood still Not another mermaid turned to foam at dawn. Because another came to fill the prince's thoughts. You had wings but could not fly You had wings but wished to hide, Forever hide in the crowd CHORUS Don't wake me up... I'm willing to pretend This one moment Is more than a fragile figment. Don't wake me now... Under this dying moon We vowed to hide Into the darkness of daylight. Drowning in a lake of pretense, did we ever make any sense? Feeding on illusion so sweet, weren't we doomed from the beginning? We were made up out of thin air, we'll be gone by morn, I don't care Such are the poisonous chains and masks we wear. I had wings but could never fly and your spirit used to sing with mine but they had no voices We never made sense You had wings but could never fly and my spirit used to sing with yours but they had no voices We never made sense Find music in any sound, Magic in the Northern Lights Give in to fascination, Lure of sensation Full of shouts, fury and cries, Life goes on, time passes by Oblivious of the edge, a life in a cage CHORUS Fade to black As dawn breaks Drawn apart, Two fools awake.
8.
Young Susie was just fourteen Full of hopes and full of dreams Fascinated with life, she’d capture Moments before they’re gone, take pictures. How could she have known a man Would rob her of her future? Lure her beneath the earth forever To quench his thirst for youth and slaughter. CHORUS He took it all away She’s drifting alone in her own perfect world Where linger the echoes of her scream The scream that no one heard. Watching from the in-between Each night dreaming the same dream She sees her bearings falling apart Glass vessels wrecked and lost and shattered May there be a way out, A bleak beacon in the dark? To escape a snow-globe of sorrow But her soft heart’s afraid, she can’t go. She’s a draft in the rain, she’s a whisper in vain Pictures on a wall of tears are all that remains. CHORUS A sea of light, promise of Heaven But she can’t abide, her murderer’s watching again Can she protect from pain? Her sister’s his new prey. CHORUS
9.
"Sleep is a death, O make me try By sleeping, what it is to die, And as gently lay my head On my grave, as now my bed." (Sir Thomas Browne) Eyelids heavy, and limbs at rest A murmur of stone-black waters Invites to slumber through the waves On a last journey, never to return Chains are broken. You’re forsaken. Lie and pray, you are here to stay Sigh and stray into darkest ways This is where the true journey begins. Vision, naked horizon A dream picture slowly appears Motionless isle of solid soul Crowned with cypress trees, where I'm bound to be Stillness… There is not a sound, all voices are gone Dark clouds of despair colliding above Soon I'll be walking in the cypress grove Nevermore will I leave these shores Nevermore will I pass these doors I'm left to gather invisible dreams in the midst of ghosts Stillness.. Precipitous cliffs are closing in on me I'm facing the gate, dressed in snow white robe Will I find haven in the cypress grove? Stillness… Now I lie awake in the shades of dawn When the day's over, again shall I know Ephemeral sleep in the cypress grove
10.
Welcome to Horologium City of brass and iron You’re a cog in the machine Round goes the wheel! Welcome to Horologium Men of steel and clouds of steam Don’t touch anyone’s skin For fear of feeling! What if chimaeras are real In a lake of dreams? Clocks are no friends to man The stream of life’s ticking away There’s no getting off this train Before the end! Trilling sounds upon the roofs The soft shift of sand upon sand Dip your pen, maybe we can Defeat concrete. What if chimaeras are real In a lake of dreams? Waiting for us to yield For us to believe CHORUS Queen Mab’s whispering In the poet’s ear Chase the circus escapee Track the golden trail of mystery Never lay down your quill Whenever you’re out of rhyme Just write for the sake of words Let (the) tables turn! Build new castles in the air Soft pillows make the strongest forts Tiger, tiger burning bright Outshine daylight! What if chimaeras were real In a lake of dreams? CHORUS Lacus Somniorum

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released March 21, 2014

Marie : vocals
Max : guitars
Alexis : guitars
Simon : bass
Robin : drums

Art by Mic'n Lo

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Alwaid Lille, France

Alwaid is a melodic metal band from Lille, France. Founded in 2010 as a band both melodic and with a touch of heavy metal, it was named after a star that evokes a nocturnal and oneiric world. A demo was released in the course of the summer 2012. After a number of shows in 2013, the band's first album "Lacus Somniorum" was released in March 2014. ... more

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