This Shameful Burden

by Altars of Grief

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released August 6, 2014

Recorded at Blue Door Studios
Produced Mixed and Mastered by Justin Bender
Album art by Sam Nelson
Music written by Altars of Grief
Lyrics written by Damian Smith
Guest vocals by Erik Labossiere

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Track Name: This Shameful Burden
A dim light peers in
Illuminating
The bruises that you hide
I've chosen not to see
You crawl to me
Eyes bearing distant fire
I feel my world collapse with every exhale

Your skin is cold
Scarred, but perfect
This shameful burden
Is mine alone
Your stare burns right through me
Revealing every lie
Your fragile beauty hides such a callous smile

What have I become?
Entombed within myself
The wreckage of our hearts
Is tearing me down

As you stand before me
I see what we've become
The wreckage of our hearts
And all the lies undone
A dim light peers in
Illuminating
My hands around your throat
This burden is mine alone

What have I become?
Entombed within myself
The wreckage of our hearts
Is forcing me...

The light is fading
The walls are closing in
This burden is mine alone!
Your stare burns right through me
Until your dying breath
This shameful burden is mine alone!
Track Name: Only Our Scars
Far...
Far from here is all you said
There is nothing left inside
Nothing left alive
There is no fucking hope

I sit and stare
As these grey walls close in
Endlessly suffer
To merely exist

There is nothing else here
But, lost words left to decay
As another grain falls
We latch on desperately
All of our dreams, all we hold dear
It all goes away
We carry only our scars
Alone, to our graves

In our most broken days
Will we find the strength to stand
Or take the path of finality
To lay beneath the altars of our grief

I sit and stare
As these grey walls close in
Endlessly suffer
To merely exist
Track Name: In Your Arms, In Ruin
You arrive with grace
To quell the distance
Pull me into your ethereal skin
In your arms the world will fall away

As if I alone could carry this weight

In your eyes
I burn in my reflection
You move through my veins
And light the cold, endless night

Sightless, I cry out for you to carry me back

In your eyes
I burn in my reflection
In your arms
I stand alone in ruin

Amidst the ashes of my thoughts
And the silence of my decay

I alone cannot bear the weight of my own imminent collapse

I alone cannot bear the weight of my own failure
Track Name: The Plague that Haunts the Darkness
I hide my body away from the day
Flesh and bone scattered on the frozen wind
Desperate to hold every piece in place
As the sunlight consumes me

Awoken by a voice
Scraping at my skin
A storm of hunger and ecstasy
Awaiting the nights cold embrace
The moon hangs silent, shrouded in mist
Carrier of pestilence, harbinger of dread
I arrive in a haze of bloody delirium
I am the plague that haunts the darkness

Into the vastness of the abyss
Free from the weight of your suffering
Swallowed up by my hatred and the blood-stained earth
The silence is broken
Crawl out from the void
That has stripped you of your faith
Your god has abandoned you, my child
In blackness, forever
Never again
Never again to feel the sun
Cursed to exist in isolation
A deathless disgrace
Within your loathsome tomb
In the throes of solitude
Withered from famine
This night, gods children will suffer

She lay still
Naked in death, for all to behold
When all hope disappears
The light won't find her here

Awoken by a voice
Scraping at my skin
A storm of hunger and ecstasy
Awaiting the nights cold embrace
The moon hangs silent, Shrouded in mist
Carrier of pestilence, harbinger of dread
I arrive in a haze of bloody delirium
I am the plague that haunts the darkness
Track Name: Her Shadow is the Night
Your death-white face haunts me still
In these endless nights where no dreams dwell
Held down beneath the surface, I watched the light leave your eyes
Fading, further down, into the gloom

I will drown in my grief, as you did
In these deathless nights my torment brings
I have lost my faith in these cold skies above
What god could ever forgive what I've done to you?

I am disgraced
Broken and wretched
Unable to face
What I have become
Hours in silence
Pry open old wounds

Her breathless body
Pale flesh
In the depths of a memory
Where she met with death
Please help me, oh lord
Help me carry this weight
I see her face when I close my eyes
Her shadow is the night
Please god, don't leave me
Don't leave me alone
Cold, dead hands
Pry open old wounds
The blackness buries me
As time depletes
Oh god, what have I done?
What have I done?