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Post Hardcore Alesana On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax
Album, Released date : 06 June 2006 - Fearless Records / Tragic Hero Records
Produced by : Jamie King , Recorded at : The Basement Studios
Style: Post Hardcore
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RATING SOM : 6/20
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Tracklist
Re-Issue in 2007 by Fearless Records with bonustracks.
1. Icarus 01:00
2. Ambrosia 03:07
3. Pathetic, Ordinary 04:00
4. Alchemy Sounded Good at the Time 04:13
5. Daggers Speak Louder than Words 03:27
6. The Last Three Letters 03:32
7. Apology 05:18
8. Tilting the Hourglass 03:48
9. This Conversation Is Over 03:22
10. Congratulations, I Hate You 04:02
11. The Third Temptation of Paris 03:42
12. A Siren's Soliloquy 04:00
13. Nero's Decay 04:26
Bonustracks (Re-Issue 2007)
14. Early Mourning 03:54
15. Apology (Remix) 03:59
Total playing time 47:57

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Lyrics
1. SIREN'S SOLILOQUY

Paralyzed by the beauty of those words
That so delicately drip from this angel of untamed lust
Suddenly I fear the end of my solitude
Once a warrior, poetic shrieks now own my soul

Left behind to fight the ruthless pawns of Eris
Hope will strike her down beneath
The blade as she sings for him

Suffering unseen now will be left to burn in her stare
But he no longer fights the torture of her voice
So long forgotten, I am lost in her stare
Mad so clear as she extracts her painful toll
A soul now echoes with the torture of the sirens
...He is hers...

Beautiful whispers leave one so far
Chain these hands of ageless struggle
Rid us of this beloved curse
An epic tale of deceit is given life once more on silver
Lips so spiteful
Her tongue screams for him
Rid us of this curse

Suffering unseen now will be left to burn in her stare
But he no longer fights the torture of her voice
So long forgotten, I am lost in her stare
Mad so clear as she extracts her painful toll
A soul now echoes with the torture of the sirens
...He is hers...

Set loose so long ago by the foolish whim of Pandora
Phantoms which shall forever prey on mankind's weakness
The grains of time hold no bearing to those eyes
In pale moonlight she sings to the haunted sea
Vile notes seduce old Cerberus to slake unholy thirst

Left behind to fight the ruthless pawns of Eris
Hope will strike her down beneath
The blade as she sings for him

Suffering unseen now will be left to burn in her stare
But he no longer fights the torture of her voice
So long forgotten, I am lost in her stare
Mad so clear as she extracts her painful toll
A soul now echoes with the torture of the sirens
...He is hers...


2. ICARUS

...Black engulfs the dying light as he falls
On frail wings of vanity and wax..


3. AMBROSIA

A touch of poison seals my fate
The dawn echoes the night with my glory...
The sun himself honors me

Once king of roses, now lord of gold
The Gods themselves envy my hand
Blessed with the gift of gilded touch
Fate wields its knife to cut the thread

I curse the day my dream became my descent
Suddenly I long for you, my only love

In my perfection I have no want
Yet eyes still glint with greed untold
A folly as fatal as sin has now become the end of me

I curse the day my dream became my descent
Suddenly I long for you, my only love

Have I not earned this, the gift of beauty within?
How selfish were the Gods to keep their riches from my rightful treasure?
I truly have become one of them...my fatal flaw

Oh yeah! Ive got her hook, line, and sinker!
Thanks to me, shes her own new necklace!
Now shes good as gold!

I curse the day my dream became my descent
Suddenly I long for you, my only love

...Cut the thread...


4. PATHETIC, ORDINARY

She haunts me in dreams
I see her silhouette dance across landscapes of golden
light and autumn
...In my dreams...

Her soft eyes see through my tortured soul
Vanishing any hope for fantasy
The thing I'd give, to prove myself to her,
To make her see...

Jaded eyes awake as her selfish words
Rain from such placid lips
Still I kiss her silken flesh

Frigid air leaves me breathless
Foolish agony fills my lungs as I try to scream for her
I confess...I scare myself
Through the howling wind, on my knees,
I cry...listen to me...

I'm broken by her silence to a love unseen
Blood soaked feathers rained down
My wingless angel so broken falls gracefully
From the sky to waiting arms...to waiting arms...

Frigid air leaves me breathless
Foolish agony fills my lungs as I try to scream for her
I confess...I scare myself
Through the howling wind, on my knees,
I cry...listen to me...

Such foolish agony fills my lungs as I try to scream for her
Jaded eyes wake to the sounds of my voice as I scream to her
In dreams I've seen her silhouette dance across golden light
And autumn...in my dreams...


5. ALCHEMY SOUNDED GOOD AT THE TIME

[Spoken:]
This the oldest story in the book...
He desires the one thing he cannot have...

My darling queen, I lay myself at your feet
And I shall stay the hands of fate

Wind cries out, heavens boil above
Voicing discontent to my sins
I have found the way to trick the ferryman
I have deceived the ancient Gods

Cold flesh lends to me its secrets for a price too high
I shudder at what I have done
Each day brings me closer to you, my tragic victory

Darling queen I lay at your feet...
Chills take me as she wakes, throat gasps tainted breath
I've reclaimed you my stolen bride
Can your soul forgive my crimes of passion?
I would not close the casket; I'm so consumed by your pain
Faint screams echo through the night...

Cold flesh lends to me its secrets for a price too high
I shudder at what I have done
Each day brings me closer to you, my tragic victory

The pains of death can no longer haunt you
As the dawning sky brings forth one forsaken thought
Death can not win for I now dwell in the palace of decay
And I shall stay the hands of fate

Night descends, sinews twitch
My pale queen finally stands to taste silent lips now cursed with her love

Cold flesh lends to me its secrets for a price too high
I shudder at what I have done
Each day brings me closer to you, my tragic victory


6. DAGGERS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

Eyes open to splattered blood
Cold tile mocks me as I arise to find
The knife is still in my back
Shifting thoughts now slow with venom
Take me as i stagger...is this all we were worth?
I've lost you for good without regret
Your once gentle words are bleeding from my eyes
Screams of terror now fill my every breath
I know you'll rue the day you ever met me
I'll lay you down to sleep when
Sorrow will bury the blade hilt deep

You know i would have died for you
Now i'm forced to choose between a life of revenge or regret
As i thirst for vengeance,
My heart struggles to come to grips
Why would you leave me to die, turn, and walk away?

Alone, you stood so still as you watched me break
Did it now kill you too?
What has led you to the dagger my friend?

You know i would have died for you
Now i'm forced to choose between a life of revenge or regret
As i thirst for vengeance,
My heart struggles to come to grips
Why would you leave me to die, turn, and walk away?

My revenge is made so clear midst
Cold tears left with the betrayed
I'll see that you never forget this
I will hunt you down like a dog
Lies could never disguise what I saw behind me in you
Remembering times we have shared...
My friend for life is gone
We'll let the embers serve as the only memory of last days,
So long ago

Why would you leave me to die, turn, and walk away?
Why would you leave me to die after
You had buried the dagger hilt deep?

...You're dead to me...
I would have died for you
Now i'm forced to choose between a life of revenge or regret
As i thirst for vengeance,
My heart struggles to come to grips
Why would you leave me to die, turn, and walk away?
...You're dead to me...


7. THE LAST THREE LETTERS

Dearest love,
I hope this message finds you well
As these endless thoughts drip from my soul
Every single word secretly paints a fairytale
Of when we will melt into one...

Eyes forfeit sight to the pain
Cold scalpel's steel whispers tear at my very core
As i cling to memories of you
I am so scared...so scared...i need you with me

Were the last words that i wrote for you enough to tell you
That in my death the light that shone through my painful darkness
Was a blinding vision of your eternal smile?

It's me again,
Is it me or am i wrong to be concerned?
Will the beauty of your pen ever cross my eyes again?
Was this all a lie? Why?

Were the last words that i wrote for you enough to tell you
That in my death the light that shone through my painful darkness
Was a blinding vision of your eternal smile?

Make it stop, make this pounding in my head stop
Fill my lungs with air, give me one more day to make her dreams come true
She understands right? That i'm not coming back...
She understands right? That i'm not coming back...
Make it stop, make the pounding stop
I'm not coming back, I'm not coming back,
I'm not coming back...
I don't know what happened...
Who would have thought my life would end up like this?
I didn't mean to hurt her,
Not hurt her like this...I can't feel my legs
I can't feel my legs and I can't even cry...
How could somebody die like this?

If my words ever reach you i'll assume you don't care
Never knew that silence could cut
So deep or that you could twist the blade
Now i curse all of your beautiful lies..
I love you and goodbye...

Were the last words that i wrote for you enough to tell you
That in my death the light that
Shone through my painful darkness
Was a blinding vision of your eternal smile?

Cold scalpel's steel whispers tear at my very core
As I cling to my memories of you...


8. TILTING THE HOURGLASS

You take my breathe away...
But i'll never taste your lips
As fate keeps me locked away
I must close my eyes to see your face

Emptiness has darkened my eyes
As I hopelessly beg for my life to end
...Tell me why...
My iron eyes tell the tale
Heroes always pay in their blood
I can be only this

I see the fear growing in their lost eyes
My purpose is so clear...I am the ax
I am the ax and this is why I must not fear the end
And when I'm gone will you forget me?
Pen wears its steady course across the page
Resigned to it's designs to take the hive

Emptiness has darkened my eyes
As I hopelessly beg for my life to end
...Tell me why...
I wish I could make you see,
I wish I could make you see through the pain
Through the end, I wish I could make you see the greater purpose that I have to serve...
No one else will fight...no-one else will fight...
So I must
My iron eyes tell the tale
Heroes always pay in their blood
I can be only this

...I am the ax...
Fear has been lost to faith
The darkened night has come before the end
Of which we must prevail
Amidst the pitch of steel we shall arise
I will destroy all those who oppose me

My iron eyes tell the tale
Heroes always pay in their blood
I can be only this

I see the fear growing in there...


9. APOLOGY

Sweat drips in my eyes
Screams of lust we cry
Tonight you are everything
You're everything...
You're everything to me no more
As I wake from this perfect dream
I'll escape from Eden's walls
Can I not stay and live this lie?
Go away and I'll think only of myself

And to think that you would not be scared
Or surprised if I'd severed all these ties
This is the end...

I'll lose myself in anguish for tonight
Help me get over you

I feel so numb to see this bitter end of beautiful illusions...
Would this be the same?
Broken pieces will not mend to save our past now...
Go away...

I'll lose myself in anguish for tonight
Help me get over you
One last false apology
Help me get over you

Now we must let go
Urgency overwhelms me as I must restrain my flood of tears
I refuse to be slave to your false beauty again

I'll lose myself in anguish for tonight
Help me get over you
One last false apology
Help me get over you

In my mind blood drips from your eyes
A beautiful last goodbye


10. THIS CONVERSATION IS OVER

Take everything away from me silent angel...

Apathy cries out from your lungs,
Indifference reeks of fiction
Time will tell how far you will go
I can't see why you'd run and hide excluding such complacence
As tears rain from bloodshot eyes

Take everything away from me silent angel
Leave me nothing to remind me of this time now lost

The air now reeks with the presence of your vile voice
As your smile masks the advance you keep
...I am not your trophy...
The air now reeks with the presence of your vile voice
As your smile masks the advance you keep
...I am not your trophy...

Please try to say more carefully that you no longer need me
This back and forth is killing me
The only eyes you'll look into are those in your reflection
You are the means to my end

This conversation is over, it's over...
Your truth is a deception meant to poison me

Take everything away from me silent angel
Leave me nothing to remind me of this time now lost

I can't seem to believe that you ever cared for me
...this conversation is over...
Your empty words now drift away as fragile whispers
I saw the day when the fire left your eyes,
Your tongue fell still
Your treason is silence...
Take everything away from me silent angel
Leave me nothing to remind me of this time now lost


11. THE THIRD TEMPTATION OF PARIS

The horizon, now as dark as the crimes that brought them here,
Is filled with my impending dread...
My foolish actions will cost so many good men
Achilles has come...

A thousand sails approaching
Sent here in her name to reclaim the one I stole
And destroy the walls of Troy...

Desire leaves me numb to all the pain surrounding me
To all the pain surrounding me
Storms will arise to condemn me
I will not die before her eyes...
It ends tonight

Tragically I now must accept the penance I have earned
She is cursed and tonight we die
In the dawn of this, my end, I hold my sword true
I must let her go

A thousand sails approaching
Sent here in her name to reclaim the one I stole
And destroy the walls of Troy...

Desire leaves me numb to all the pain surrounding me
To all the pain surrounding me
Storms will arise to condemn me
I will not die before her eyes...
It ends tonight

It ends tonight
It ends tonight
It ends tonight
I am alone
Pain fills her eyes
I am alone

I must save my honor,
(Sacred and profane is our love in death)
I cannot let them win,
(Sacred and profane is our love in death)
The blood of many spills
(Sacred and profane is our love)
In death


12. CONGRATULATIONS, I HATE YOU

No one ever said that life was fair and
I'm not saying that it should be
So knowing that you are what you want to be
And I'm not comes as no surprise
But don't expect me to be happy for you
And don't smile at me and tell me things
Will work out for me too
I don't want your pity...I hate your pity

Taste your vanity and its sweet bitterness
As you hide behind your veil of
My stolen hopes and lost dreams
...You took them all...
I watched you steal my thoughts and had to see you smile

As you build your dreams on my shattered hopes
I'll look back on a day once loved and fantasize for tragedy

Swallow your pride

Beg me to make this easier and listen to my hopeless cries

Suffer alone in emptiness
I lust to see you swallowed
By the mess that you left in your wake
Disgust lies deep within your empty gaze...

Beg me to make this easier and listen as
My hopeless cries
send stares into your meaningless eyes

My envy can't describe how
I loathe you for having all the stars
Leaving my eyes to marvel the sky knowing it should be mine
yet it's you I see wasting the dream that only I deserve
I'll tear off your face to see your smile.

As you build your dreams on my shattered hopes
I'll look back on a day once loved and fantasize for tragedy

Swallow your pride

Beg me to make this easier and listen as my hopeless cries
send stares into your meaningless eyes


13. NERO'S DECAY

Our empire has fallen
The columns came crashing down
Faster that children could outrun the shadows
Drunk with hysteria the survivors
Are running for their lives
As precious dreams erupt before their very eyes

Tonight, it's over...at long last we will fall
Ruins will fight in our stead

My flesh is burning from the embers
But still the brilliant tale of our utopia survives
Tonight her beautiful exterior may crash and burn to ash
but the fight for her honor will rage on
I hope I never see the end
I hope I never have to live without her comfort
But for now she dies...
Oh Rome! so full of majesty, you're gone...

Wind chokes on the ashes as acrid smoke strangles the sun
Their jealous arrows ran, hollow drums pound at the gates
Breaking the din of screams
Our feeble offerings to forgotten Gods are left to rot in temples of their lust
As they lay forth their plans to destroy our pride, our home

Tonight, it's over...at long last we will fall
ruins will fight in our stead

My flesh is burning from the embers
But still the brilliant tale of our utopia survives
Tonight her beautiful exterior may crash and burn to ash
But the fight for her honor will rage on
I hope I never see the end
I hope I never have to live without her comfort
But for now she dies... oh Rome! so full of majesty, you're gone...
...beg the flames for our mercy...
These aged walls have seen too much
To forget the past in the face of this final trial
Watch her crumble so true as mayhem cuts her down
Let them have our treasure, her voice lives on
Let them take our city for her splendor lives on

...at long last we will fall...


14. EARLY MOURNING

Last night I forgot
How the sound your voice whispered sweet
Goodbyes, your eyes left to die
I'm alone too
I don't stand why

Why not one more night
One last kiss good bye
My sweet love tonight
I hope the stars still spell out your name where you are

Kiss my closings eyes
Help me sleep without you I'm so lost
Tonight I cry
Tell me why
I can't live without your warm embrace

Why not one more night
one last kiss good bye
my sweet love tonight
I hope the stars still spell out your name where you are

I close my eyes and you are everything I see
Goodbye

Goodbye to you my love
I will forget you
I'll see you soon
Goodbye my love
Goodbye to you my love
I will forget you
Let me live


15. APOLOGY (REMIX)

(See lyrics on track 9)

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