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House of Usher

Release: 21.10.2016

MASSACRE RECORDS / Soulfood

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1. Le Coeur
2. House Of Usher
3. The Prophecy
4. Roderick
5. Madeline
6. Fear
7. Forbidden Love
8. The Haunted Palace
9. Tears
10. Buried Alive
11. Can You Hear The Demons
12. The Fall
13. Falling Star
14. Open Your Eyes
15. Ethelred
Alma Mathar Vocals
Oliver Bandmann Vocals
Alexander Hunzinger Guitar, Backing vocals
Anja Hunzinger Keyboard
Daniel T. Lentz Guitar
Stefan Baltzer Bass
Frank Mölk Drums
Music Alexander Hunzinger, Anja Hunzinger
Lyrics Alexander Hunzinger
Production & Mix Alexander Hunzinger
Vocal production Henning Basse (Vocalbase)
Mastering Götz Kretschmann (Wonderland Studio)
Studio Serpina Studio
Recording period Juli – September 2015
Orchestra production Alexander Hunzinger
Cover Artwork Kurt Wörsdörfer (www.headcrime-artwork.de)

Le Coeur

Son coeur est un luth suspendu;
Sitôt qu’on le touche il résonne.

 

House Of Usher

Low hanging clouds conceal the sky – feel an eerie breeze
Sinister shades will come alive – in the ghastly trees

 

Vacant dark eyes staring in fear – through the window frame
Mysterious tales surround the estate – Usher is the name

 

What do you expect?
What do you expect in here?
What you do expect will be exactly what you get!

 

In the house you can hear the echoes
In the house you can hear the echoes disappear

 

Eroded old stones and broken glass – signs of the decay
Shadowy fancies walk abroad – in the shades of grey

 

A desolate house with the old walls – thrilling atmosphere
Every step, every breath – forces up the fear

 

Come enter herein
Come enter inside the walls
Come enter herein and cross the point of no return

 

In the house you can hear the echoes
In the house you can hear the echoes disappear
In the house you can see the shadows
In the house you can see the shadows flying by

 

From ancient times
It is alive
It rules your mind
It captivates!

 

Please save the lonesome soul that cries for help

 

Enter the house!

 

The Prophecy

Do you hope for the new day?
Predetermined is your way!

 

No self-control
But self-destruction

 

Are you actually blind
Are you losing your mind
Are you straying?
Are you playing a role
Are you losing control
Are you caught in your fate?

 

Follow the future uncertainty wins
Follow the future your insecure life begins
Follow the future (it’s) deciding for you
Follow the future the prophecy will become true!

 

Are you hoping to evade?
Do you trust in your own fate?

 

No self-esteem
But self-delusion

 

What is right, what is wrong
What is weak, what is strong
Just a feeling
What is black, what is white
What is day, what is night
For the truth won’t prevail!

 

You can run but look behind you
You can run but not escape

 

Roderick

Who knows my everlasting sin?
Who knows the burden deep within?
All the years imprisoned by the ancient legacy
All the years of mental deprivation
Where is the way into salvation?

 

I’m out of my control
When the shadows appear
All the lights will be fading away
I’m out of my control
It’s a dangerous game
And uncertain who carries the day

 

Who knows my secret that I bear?
Who knows the terrible affair?
Centuries of fear about the gradual disease
Centuries of full degeneration
Is there a way into salvation?

 

Madeline

Pleasures of life drifted to sorrow
Sorrow has torn me apart
Yesterday’s gone, where is tomorrow
Tomorrow is never to come

 

But there’s a light deep in the darkness
Far and yet so near
Shining for me
Hopeful and clear

 

Now I can already see the end of my way
The final journey is closer, just one step away
In the end I feel relieved
There is much that I have achieved
But for you, I fear…

 

Long was my way, painful and lonely
Lonely for most of my time
Shattered my dreams, even the only
The only dream I ever had

 

Is this the end, end of my lifetime?
End of all the pain?
Life is in flow
I can’t retain

 

Fear

If you awake straight from your nightmares
Would you find back to sleep?
If you look round with every footstep
Then you are mad indeed!

 

I am a servant
I’m a slave
I am addicted to

 

Fear!
Fear of the light
Fear of the darkness
You cannot escape your fear!
Fear of the past
Fear of the future
I constantly live in fear!

 

If you are locked inside of your chamber
Would you unclose the door?
If you run scared with every whisper
You’re lost forever more

 

There is no hope
There’s no resort
There is just endless

 

Fear of the truth
Fear of the unknown
Just face up to your primal fear!
Fear of the ghosts
Fear of the demons
I’m fading away in fear!

 

Forbidden Love

You are my light in all the dark
You are my guide through all the dangers

 

Losing you is like losing my direction
Losing us is like losing our mind

 

A lasting pain
An olden bane
Forbidden love is our feeling!
A secret game
A crying shame
Forbidden love is our healing!
When they tear us apart
We believe in our heart
And we keep the forbidden love!

 

You are my eyes when I am blind
You are the skies when I am flying

 

Giving up is like giving up the future
Giving up is like giving up our life

 

Deep down inside I know the end is coming near
Deep down inside I know there’s nothing left to fear

 

A lasting pain
An olden bane
Forbidden love is our feeling!
A secret game
A crying shame
Forbidden love is our healing!
Nothing tears us apart
We are strong in our heart
And we keep the forbidden love!

 

The Haunted Palace

A radiant palace
Where angels exist
Lies deep in the valleys
Of thoughts it consists

 

What floating and flying
The heavens did flow
And all thoughts were dying
A long time ago

 

But the times have changed

 

In the end all is gone
Of the king’s golden glory
What is left is a dream
And an unknown old story
All the angels cry
But the tears won’t dry
They all laugh – but smile no more

 

If wanderers attended
They once could have seen
Majestic and splendid:
The king and his queen

 

The angels’ sweet voices
Could heavenly sing
At them he rejoices
Their glorious king

 

But the times have changed

 

But evil ghosts and demons
Assailed the palace over and over again

 

Tears

This cannot be the last goodbye
Why don’t we get a second try?
All of your tears I won’t forget
All of the words unspoken I regret

 

When will we meet again?
When will we go insane?

 

Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder
Und rufen dir im Grabe zu:
Ruhe sanfte! Sanfte Ruh!

 

All I can do is close my eyes
Hoping one day you will arise
But in the end I have to see
Life will become a slipping memory

 

I cannot even cry!
We cannot even die!

 

In tears I call you:
Rest in peace!

 

Live the life that I have missed
Fulfill my dreams; don’t shed a tear over me!
Deep inside we all have died
We realize the truth when it’s much too late!

 

Buried Alive

Silence, haunting silence
That surrounds me
That surrounds my mind

 

Darkness, dreary darkness
That pervades me
That pervades my head

 

Can you forgive me for what I have done?
Don’t you see clearly what I have become?

 

I’m buried alive – my mind is clear!
I’m buried alive – where is salvation?
I’m buried alive – the end is near!
I’m buried alive – in isolation!

Buried alive!

 

Crying, endless crying
That degrades me
That degrades my way

 

Freedom, stolen freedom
That deprives me
That deprives my life

 

Don’t try to stop me – accept your own fate!
Crying for mercy is really too late!

 

So much worse than all the darkness surrounding me
Is the darkness in the heart!

 

Buried alive!

 

I’m buried alive – I will revive!
I’m buried alive – I will betray you!
I’m buried alive – I will survive!
I’m buried alive – just to repay you!

 

Buried alive!

 

Can You Hear The Demons

I awoke from my sleep; sleep of mercy
I heard it in the deep; deep inside me

 

Either the day or night; night of madness
What brings the truth to light; light my sadness

 

But when my fears subdue me
But when your fears engulf thee
But when the fears are slowly breaking through the dreadful tomb

 

Can you hear the demons – screaming deep out of my soul tonight
Can you hear the demons – they were hiding too long inside
Can you hear the demons – they are really laughing in my face
Can you hear the demons – feel their final deadly embrace

 

I’m lost here in my dreams; dreams of horror
I heard a million screams; screams of sorrow

 

I feel a lurking doubt; doubt of treason
When does the truth break out; out of reason

 

But when my deeds subdue me
But when your deeds engulf thee
But when the deeds are slowly gaining on your desperate soul

 

The Fall

Awakened from the dead
Dressed in bloody red
Thus she stands before him

 

When you will arise
The dream won’t disguise
You’re losing your mind
You’re utterly blind

 

This is the fall of the house and its generation
Fall of the house into desolation
This is the end of all!
This is the fall of the house with its violation
Fall of the house in complete damnation
This is the end of all!
This is the fall!

 

A wild, destructive light
Cracks the fissure wide
Breaking down the mansion

 

Be wary, be smart
Your world falls apart
Beware of the fate
Before it’s too late

 

What remains is just a fading memory
Disappearing constantly

 

Falling Star

Why are you so blue?
I’m waiting for you
We are meant to be
If I could only see

 

I always will shine
Just give me one sign
Now look at the sky
I wish that I could fly

 

Light in the darkness – protect me and guide me
Light in the darkness – is shining so brightly
Light in the darkness – why can I not hold you?
Light in the darkness – is not what it seems to be!

 

Illusively near
I wish you were here
Defenseless you are
So near and yet so far

 

We live just to fall
I’m feeling so small
It’s all in your mind
I was completely blind

 

We flew above the endless firmament
We travelled from the stars to rainbow’s end
I gave you all my light and now it’s gone

 

Light in the darkness – protect me and guide me
Light in the darkness – is shining so brightly
Light in the darkness – why can I not hold you?
Light in the darkness – is only a falling star!

 

Open Your Eyes

No word, no glance
Just the silence tells the truth: You left for good
No second chance
But the voices in your head – they understood

 

So hear what they said so many times:

 

Open your eyes
And realize
The world around is just a dream
Return to mind
And leave behind
The darkness of your haunted soul
Open your eyes

 

Inside your dream
You are caught without a touch of confidence
A silent scream
Cannot break away the walls of ignorance

 

You lost the control of your own mind

 

The demons in you they won’t guide you
They will deceive!

 

I hear your call
I can’t reply (to) you
Don’t let me fall
I will rely (on) you

 

Ethelred

Long and painful was the road
Predetermined was my fate
No one stopped me in my tracks
Neither human nor a gate

 

Just a shadow of yourself
Are you proud (of) what you became?
Much is lost and much is gone
On the avenue to fame

 

Crossing the border
Losing the order
Loss of perception
Breaking the truth away

 

Ethelred – slayeth the dragon herein
Ethelred – conqueror he hath bin

 

I am proud of all my deeds
I have nothing to regret
Never hesitate or doubt
No forgive and no forget!

 

On your long and bloody road
Did you reach your final goal?
Whether hero or a wretch
We just play a given role

 

Crossing the border
Losing the order
Loss of perception
Breaking the truth away

 

Ethelred – slayeth the dragon inside
Ethelred – falling for dangerous pride

 

Ethelred – slayeth the dragon in you
Ethelred – doing what no one will do