"You want to know what happened to the fucking fish? I ate it! And washed it down with some Pedialyte!!" --Mike Wengren



Remnants

Instrumental opening to Asylum.

Asylum

"About the loss of a love, a great love, driving someone insane. But there's a dual meaning to the word asylum. Asylum is classically known to be a madhouse, but asylum also means a safe place, somewhere where somebody can have refuge. And so it is meant to outline the duality of that meaning. That I seek the asylum of joining her in the grave. It's very dark, very fucked up, as usual."

Release me
No remnants were ever found of it
Feeling the hot bile
With every fake smile
Though no evidence was ever found
It never went away completely
I try to hide from the unholy sound of it
Another day gone, another night's dawn
Dark forces pull me underground
That never went away completely
How can I feel this empty?
I will not recover this time
This loneliness is killing me
Will I ever know peace of mind again?
I don't believe it, I can't achieve it
I think it all is just another sign
It never went away completely

Terror is coursing in me
Dreading the final moment
When I have to dream
And feel you die

Death inside of me
Keeps a diligent watch on everything
Keeps a terrible hold on my belief
Just waiting for the moment when I...

In asylum (I live a lie)
Don't you know I'm in love with you
And I wasn't ready
For asylum (relive a lie)
To let go, now it's dragging me into your grave
Your asylum (forgive the lie)
Overcome by the feeling
That I will get to join you in time
For the loneliness is killing me

Death's images are all around again
They're right behind me
They're going to find me
Judgment for the immortal sin
That had enveloped me completely
I know I'll never know a peaceful night again
Afraid they'll hear me, they don't fear me
Punishment for the immoral crime
The debt was never paid completely

Terror is coursing in me
Dreading the final moments
When I have to dream
And feel you die

Death's inside of me
Keeps a diligent watch on everything
Keeps a terrible hold on my belief
Just waiting for the moment when I...

In the end there will be no suffering (more suffering)
In the end you will find out everything (not anything)
In the end you may question your belief (what belief?)
In the end you will realize finally, how you were deceived
This has gone on too long
No more demonic dreams
Destroyer, come tonight because her memory is killing me

In asylum (I live a lie)
I let go, now it's dragging me
Into your grave
For asylum (relive the lie)
Overcome by the feeling
That I will get to join you in time (without you)
This world is not fulfilling me

Don't think I live in asylum, I live a lie
Don't want to live in asylum, I'll live a lie
Don't think I live in asylum, I live a lie

The Infection

"Treats the depression that you feel after a relationship is over as if it is an infection - something that digs away inside of you."

In the back of my mind I can
Barely even remember when
There was nothing left to hide and
She had found a way inside, then
I was forced to walk alone
Living in an empty home
All I wanted was to hide and
Try to numb the ache inside

And I'm still afraid of the light
And a thousand voices share their laughter at my demise
Now if I am to survive
The infection must die
Murder the beast that's been eating me alive
The infection must die

Nothing left but a broken man
Terrified of everything
Nothing left of his foolish pride, his
Fond memories slowly die, then
As he wakes again alone
Still a prisoner in his home
Ready to allow the dark to
Penetrate his broken heart

And he's still afraid of the light
And a thousand voices share their laughter at his demise

This is where I draw the line
This infection must die
Give me release from this demon of mine
The infection must die

Warrior

"About anybody who needs fighting inspiration."

I am now, an instrument of violence
I am a vessel of invincibility
I cannot leave this undecided
Stepping down to battle another day
Remember me for all time this
Determination is a vital part of me
Surrender now or be counted
With the endless masses that I will defeat

Come on bring it
Don't sing it
Better believe it
Broken down 'till your hope has died
Beat down 'till victory's mine
Stand up and show me some pride
And now, are you ready?

I'm one with the warrior inside
My dominance can't be denied
Your entire world will turn
Into a battlefield tonight
As I look upon you, through the warrior's eyes now
I can see the fear
That will ensure my victory this time

I can't be told to compromise this
They'll never doubt the body lying at my feet
A most formidable reminder
They will speak my name for eternity
I have no need of any guidance
I am a weapon, powerful beyond belief
Seen through the warrior's eyes, I
Never need to question, how to defeat you

Come on bring it
Don't sing it
Better believe it
Broken down 'till your hope has died
Beat down 'till victory's mine
Stand up and show me some pride
And now, are you ready?

You can't hide now
I am the warrior
So decide now
How they'll remember you
Do not hide now
Act like a warrior
Show your pride now
Solidify your place in time

I'm one with the warrior inside
The evidence can't be denied
The entire world will stare
Into this battlefield tonight

As I stand before you with a warrior's heart now
I can feel the strength that will
Ensure my victory this time

Another Way To Die

"About the acknowledgment of global warming. We took a different approach. We're not trying to be environmentalists, but maybe our choices in life and the ignorance of how we live is leading us to another way to die and affecting the food chain."

The indulgence of our lives
Has cast a shadow on our world
Our devotion to our appetites betrayed us all

An apocalyptic plight
More destruction will unfold
Mother Earth will show her darker side
And take her toll

It's just another way to die
There can be no other reason why
You know we should've seen it coming
Consequences we cannot deny
Will be revealed in time

Glaciers melt as we pollute the sky
A sign of devastation coming
We don't need another way to die
Can we repent in time?

The time bomb is ticking
And no one is listening
Our future is fading
Is there any hope we'll survive?

Still, we ravage the world that we love
And the millions cry out to be saved
Our endless maniacal appetite
Left us with another way to die

It's just another way to die
Can we repent in time?

Greed and hunger led to our demise
A path I can't believe we followed
Black agenda's rooted in a lie
Will we repent in time?

Species fall before our very eyes
A world that they cannot survive in
Left them with another way to die
Are we dead inside?

Never Again

"About the Nazi holocaust of World War II."

Never again
Never again

They had a frightening desire for genocide
They wouldn't stop
'Till what what was left of my family died
Hell-bent on taking over the world
You couldn't hide in the shroud of conformity
We can't forget how we were devastated by the beast
And how we pleaded with our captors for release
We were hunted for no reason at all
One of the darkest times in our history

All that I have left inside
Is a soul that's filled with pride
I tell you, never again
Their depraved society
Didn't end up killing me
Scream with me, never again
Not again

A generation that was persecuted endlessly
Exterminated by the Nazi war machine
We will remember, let the story be told
To realize how we lost our humanity
You dare to tell me that there never was a Holocaust
You think that history will leave their memory lost
Another Hitler, using fear to control
You're going to fail this time, for the world to see

For the countless souls who've died
Let our voices fill this night
Sing with me, never again
Oh they aren't lost, you see
For the truth will live in me
Believe me, never again

The Animal

"Inspired by movies like Underworld and The Wolfman. It's about somebody who transforms into a warewolf under the light of the full moon - it's kind of a tongue-in-cheek song."

I can feel the animal inside
My resolve is weakening
Pounding at the doors of my mind
It’s nearly overpowering
I cannot begin to describe
The hunger that I feel again
Run, if you intend to survive
For the beast is coming to life
Taking form in the glimmer of this tainted moonlight
Death approaches on this night

For the animal’s soul is mine
We will be completed right before your eyes
I have no control this time
And now, we both shall dine
In Hell tonight

I can hear it calling again
The primal need is filling me
Changes are about to begin
And now my blood is boiling
I can see the fear in your eyes
But you can’t bring yourself to scream
Time to shed the mortal disguise
For the beast is coming to life
Taking form in the glimmer of this tainted moonlight
Death approaches on this night

We begin the hunt and I
Feel the power course, as the creatures take flight
For the kill is close and I
Will be satisfied
For the smell of fear tonight
Wakes an ancient lust
That will not be denied (you're mine)

For the animal’s soul is mine
And the world around will never hear your cries
An unholy crime
And now we both shall dine
In Hell tonight

Crucified

"About how you are left feeling after a break-up where you find yourself so wrapped up in the individual that you cannot really let them go and you feel you are nailed to the cross and cannot move on."

When others left before
I could bear to turn away
Now that it's come to this
Is there nothing left to say?
I've never known before
Such exquisite suffering
As I watched you walk away
I gave into panicking

I can't believe that
This is really happening
Have I really lost again?
Desperation drives me insane

I will focus all the pain
Right into your heart

'Till it makes you blind
'Till the faces of your former world
Have fallen from your sight
'Till you're mine
Until the voice of doubt no longer
Dominates your mind
I'm crucified

Cold and unwhole again
Crying out and questioning
Will I ever love again?
What's the point of anything?
It takes a toll again
This is where the "fun" begins
Visions haunt me through the night
Now I'm dying for your sins

I can't believe that
If you look me in the face
You could say there's nothing left
How the silence drives me insane

I will focus all my pain
Right into your heart

I cannot feel anything, anger I've been harboring
You've nailed me to the cross, upon it I will remain
I can't feel anything, rage inside is festering
You've nailed me to the cross, upon it I will remain

I will focus all my pain
Right into your heart

Serpentine

"A song intended to be ethereal and frightening about a succubus demon woman who utilizes her sexuality to prey on the weaknesses of men."

See the dogs come running
Smelling blood now
To an open sore
On a parasite
Countless hearts have fallen
Hard to number
Damnation's whore
Is looking for a victim tonight

With an angry soul
And a wicked design
Your will cannot endure
And your heart is torn away

I was caught up in the moment
We were alone and you seemed to harness the light
Even though I felt cold inside
When you told me it would be alright
I had given up control and
I didn't focus hard enough to see the warning signs
Your heart is serpentine

Damn what I'm becoming
One of them now
Just an opened door
On an endless night
Dark desire burning
In my blood now
How can I be sure
I don't know if I'll be able to fight

With a tortured soul
And an honest design
My will cannot endure
As my heart is torn away

Now that I've been torn apart
Will there be an end to this?
Will there finally be release?
Will I finally rest in peace?
I'm determined to believe
My prayers will be received

With a tortured soul
And an honest design
My will cannot endure
As my heart is torn away

The warning signs
Your heart is serpentine
Evil personified
Your heart is serpentine

My Child

"I had gotten a previous girlfriend pregnant and got ready to have the baby and was anticipating it and she miscarried after the first trimester. So I was already in the mindset of "Okay, I am going to become a father, I'm ready, I want to do this" and we lost the child."

Tore it up again
I couldn't stop again
Let it go 'till there was nothing in the way
Fought the feeling then
I gave in again
Sweet surrender to the angel I denied
When you came to life
I was terrified
I knew that nothing else would ever feel the same
Doubt came over me
What kind of father would I be?
I knew the time had come to stand up and be a man
To change the face of my life
With your future in mind
Time to do what was right
A new beginning

The world around me died
When I saw that heartbeat
I knew it wasn't a sin
Can someone tell me
Why this has happened to me?
Why was it only in death, were you redeemed, my child?

No serenity
Within agony
Every day brings on a hundred ways to fight
Constant scrutiny
I can feel you judging me
Resurrecting every demon left inside
Her face was horrified
You struggled still alive
My one desire was to trade my soul for yours
Grief crippled me
The reaper cheated me
Left me yearning for the path I'd come to adore
To change the face of my life
With your future in mind
Time to do what was right
A new beginning

My child

I pray you will redeem my child

Sacrifice

"Talking about the two sides of our personalities that are in each of us and that within each of us is a Jekyll and a Hyde. That we all have our dark side and that you should always tread carefully when approaching it. You can invoke the wrath of the darker side."

I will forever be reminded
Of how I struggled to survive
The betrayal that you conspired in
All that devotion thrown away
And with everything I confided
I should have known not to trust again
This insanity has divided
Left me with nothing left to destroy
I'm becoming so paranoid
Everyone is so paranoid
In a moment you will see my other side
When I'm confronted
My demeanor turns from Jekyll into Hyde

Hell has broken free tonight
No pale deception anymore
You awoke him, now he will feed
On the lies
He demands your sacrifice

I can barely control this feeling
Look at the murder in my eyes
I was never good at concealing
Violent thoughts have come to life
Horror will have a deeper meaning
You are the reason this began
Even now I can hear you screaming
There's only one thing left to destroy
And I'll no longer be paranoid
No more reason to be annoyed
In a moment you will see my other side
When I'm confronted
My demeanor turns from Jekyll into Hyde

Innocence

"About corrupt attorneys and the criminals that they choose to defend."

(Who is innocent? No one is innocent. Who is innocent?)

Who is innocent?
Is it relevant, in the world today?
I shake my head in disbelief
The killer walks again
Freed by evil men in their dark charade
This can't be happening
A mother's selfish pride
Her child's homicide
Can she be to blame?
The suited vultures circling
A father's cruelty
A murdered family
Is the world insane?
Their defenders ready to embrace their lies
With their devious smiles

Your corruption is like
A cancer growing inside
You owe the world an apology
You've been taught all your life
That truth is easy to hide
You'll face your judgment another day
And suffer eternally

Presumed innocent
Justice fails again in the masquerade
A battered woman trembling
Her lover drunk again
When will the torture end
In her web of shame?
Is death the only way?
A child victimized
The crime politicized
For the counselor's gain
The rabid media congregates
His tortured memories
A pervert's fantasies
Is the world insane?

The parasitic devastation seen
On your TV screen

False defender, burn forever
Cold and spineless, have you no soul?
Wicked-minded, out of control, and guided
By their hunger, they will find new
Ways to betray us

Who is innocent?
Is it relevant, in the world today?
I shake my head in disbelief
Presumed innocent
Justice fails again in the masquerade
Has the whole world become insane?

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Cover of U2's song.

I have climbed the highest mountains
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you

I have run, I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with you

But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for

I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in her finger tips
It burned like fire
(I was) burning inside her

I have spoke with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone

I believe in the Kingdom Come
Then all the colours will bleed into one
Bleed into one
But yes, I'm still running

You broke the bonds
And you loosed the chains
Carried the cross of my shame
Oh my shame, you know I believe it