The Shadow Requiem

by Cassandra Syndrome

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released December 18, 2014

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Cassandra Syndrome Frederick, Maryland

Cassandra Syndrome is a Maryland-based Symphonic/Gothic Metal band brimming with explosive riffs, operatic punch and infectious energy. This female-fronted powerhouse combines elements that are simultaneously dark and beautiful. Forcefully heavy riffs and a healthy dose of groove combine with soaring soprano vocals to create what Metal Bite calls “[P]ure metal magic." ... more

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Track Name: Carnival
When the river overflows
When the pain inside me grows
Past the point where I can think
This is the potion that I drink
And spilling out onto the page
All my sorrow, all my rage
Dripping into pools of verse
Running red with every curse

This is the world inside my head
This is the life that I have led
This is the nightmare in my dreams
This is the song inside my screams

Welcome to the syndrome side
Where the gates are open wide
And what you see beyond the door
Can change all that you knew before (x2)

Darkness exposed
Secrets disclosed
Melody enraged
Beauty caged
Madness enshrined
Shadows all mine
Burning me through
Offered to you

Step into the circus tent
Join us in our dark descent
Beauty, anger, pain displayed
Into madness you have strayed
Track Name: The Tower
This is the wave that passes
Darkness calling dawn
When all turns to ashes
We will continue on
This is the Tower falling
A brick and mortar rain
The ground below us churning
Yet we still remain

The shadow of the Tower
Darkening the sky
The shadow of the Tower
Destroys so we can fly

Ashes, ashes everywhere
A world of gray and brown
Ashes, ashes everywhere
But we will not fall down

When the dust has settled
Silence reigns once more
In moonlight we are cradled
On that distant shore
We see that in the chaos
New melody appears
New life for all we lost
New hope for all our fears

The shadow of the Tower
Darkening the sky
The shadow of the Tower
Destroys so we can fly

Ashes, ashes everywhere
A world of gray and brown
Ashes, ashes everywhere
But we will not fall down

The shadow of the Tower
Only takes the poison
The shadow of the Tower
Destroys the heavy burden
The shadow of the Tower
Burns away the briar
The shadow of the Tower
Is renewing fire

Ashes, ashes everywhere
A world of gray and brown
Ashes, ashes everywhere
But we will not fall down
Track Name: Red
I will tear the pages
From this book of blood
Release them to the flame
Release them to the flood
I will tear the pages
From this book of pain
Release them to the storm
Release them to the rain

Flame of light within me
Flashing into sight
Flame of light within me
Burn the book tonight
Flame of light within me
Incinerate and scorch
Flame of light within me
Put it to the torch

All the words that fill me
The knives inside my head
Coloring all I see
Tearing me to shreds
The war I’m always fighting
All I’ve ever known
The book that I’ve been writing
Graven into bone

(2x)Flame of light within me

The curse that I have carried
Too heavy now with age
Should have long been buried
Banished from the stage
I will pull the language
Darkening my hours
I will end the damage
I will destroy its power

Flame of light within me
Flashing into sight
Flame of light within me
Burn the book tonight
Flame of light within me
Flashing into sight
Ignite the words that plague me
Burn the book tonight
Flame of light within me
Incinerate and scorch
Wither chains that bind me
Put them to the torch
Flame of light within me
Burn the book tonight
Flame of light within me
Give it to the light
Track Name: The Tempest
How many prayers went unheard
Cried into the midnight sky
How many tears the pages blurred
A litany of love denied

With a siren’s voice I called you
Wrapped illusion round your eyes
As a succubus I drew you
To shatter on a shore of lies

What burns did this flame imbue
Welts upon a gentle soul
What hell did I put you through
Shattering what was once whole

With a siren’s voice I called you
Wrapped illusion round your eyes
As a succubus I drew you
To shatter on a shore of lies

Mirror of the past before me
My reflection I now see
Perilous when you adored me
Midnight on a raging sea
The tempest at last growing tame
Within the storm I did not see
The mark you carry bears my name
The shadow on your soul is me

With a siren’s voice I called you
Wrapped illusion round your eyes
As a succubus I drew you
To shatter on a shore of lies

The tempest at last growing tame
Within the storm I did not see
The mark you carry bears my name
The shadow on your soul is me
Track Name: Five of Coins
I remember an early spring
When sunlight coated everything
And all the future lay before
An open path outside your door

The clouds grow dark
The light is dim
The rain will fall
As the storm rolls in

Into the woods and wilds you went
Your living soul the coin you spent
On dragon glass and fairy gold
You lost forever what you sold

The clouds grow dark
The light is dim
The rain will fall
As the storm rolls in
The wind will scream
The trees will shake
And you will fall
As the thunder breaks

The mask you wear does not disguise
The emptiness behind your eyes
And in the fury of the storm
Your very spirit loses form

There is no shelter from the rain
The howling wind will not restrain
The storm you summoned bears a cost
Another ghost to wander lost

The clouds grow dark
The light is dim
The rain will fall
As the storm rolls in
The wind will scream
The trees will shake
And you will fall
As the thunder breaks
The whirlwind hits
The sky is black
And from the fall
You will not come back
Track Name: Poison In The Well
Seeding venom growing strong
Lies all told to string along
Falling in the name of gold
As we swallow what we’re sold
All of us are born to die
For a profit-making lie

There is poison in the well
There is malice to compel
Our world under the spell
There is poison in the well

The tally only grows,
We die from what we do not know
Pestilence and misery
Keep our people company
All of us are born to die
For a profit-making lie

There is poison in the well
There is malice to compel
Our world under the spell
There is poison in the well

If we are weak we will not fight
If we are sick we do not bite
So they keep us frail and faint
With invisible restraint

There is poison in the well
There is malice to compel
Our world under the spell
There is poison in the well

We do not ask, we do not think,
We do not look at what we drink
We trust the wolves to keep us sound
We miss the blood upon the ground
We do not ask, we do not think,
We do not look at what we drink
We trust the wolves to keep us sound
We miss the blood upon the ground
All of us are born to die
For a profit-making lie

There is poison in the well
There is malice to compel
Our world under the spell
There is poison in the well

There is poison in the well
There is malice to compel
Our world under the spell
There is poison in the well
Track Name: Blood Gold
It is a vengeful angel
I would call down tonight
Wings of blood and ivory
to set the darkness right

It is a goddess wild
I would summon from the stones
Banshee wails to shake us
Avenge her silent bones

Blood Gold

It is the whirlwind raging
I would set upon his path
Rip and tear and twist away
carrying my wrath

Justice from the crashing seas
Vengeance from the skies
Winds to burn and rain to freeze
Anger in their cries

Blood Gold

Return the scales to balance
A life hangs in the cold
Recompense in ruby red
The Fates are owed blood gold
Return the scales to balance
A life hangs in the cold
Recompense in ruby red
The Fates are owed blood gold
Return the scales to balance
A life hangs in the cold
Recompense in ruby red
The Fates are owed blood gold

Blood Gold
Track Name: The Empress
The wicked world defeats me
I’m bloody from the fight
Broken from the battle
And longing for the night

I see the souls around me
What burdens we do bear
The folly of our fathers
All of us now share

I lay my broken spirit at her feet
Praying that her touch can heal complete
We lay our broken world in her arms
Pray that she can shield us from all harm
In the arms of the Empress
The arms of the Empress
The arms of the Empress

Shattered spirits, crippled world
Weeping on the wind
Sundered hearts, mangled land
Where could we begin?

Can the barren ever grow
Can she light a darkened soul
Will the sundered pieces fit
Will there be an end to it

I lay my broken spirit at her feet
Praying that her touch can heal complete
We lay our broken world in her arms
Pray that she can shield us from all harm
In the arms of the Empress
The arms of the Empress
The arms of the Empress

In the growing darkness
A glowing spark burns bright
Not enough to break the shadows
But enough to cast some light
In the falling ashes
A tender leaf is growing
Not enough to hide the damage
But enough to keep us going
Track Name: Arsenic
The toxin stole the color from my face and from my mind
And so into the dark I went, navigating blind
Brambles tripped me up and I tumbled to the ground
There the vines ensnared me and there I was bound

Arsenic inside my heart
Colors what I see
Arsenic in every part
From the one who poisoned me
Arsenic inside my heart
Colors what I see
Arsenic in every part
From the one who poisoned me

Self hatred fed the bramble and it pierced me till I bled
Helped the poison in the vines find new ways to spread
In my fear I held them close, the briar whispered lies
That all the world was hatred, to hide was only wise

Arsenic inside my heart
Colors what I see
Arsenic in every part
From the one who poisoned me
Arsenic inside my heart
Colors what I see
Arsenic in every part
From the one who poisoned me

I don’t know how you found me
Inside the grave I grew
I don’t know how you freed me
And gave me life anew
Now I see the sky above
Now I see the fact
It was my own lack of love
That always held me back

Arsenic flows from my heart
Now I clearly see
Arsenic leaves every part
I was the one who poisoned me
Arsenic flows from my heart
Now I clearly see
Arsenic leaves every part
I was the one who poisoned me
Track Name: Epitaph
Sunlight steals into the room
Illuminates the dusty treasure
Piercing grudge and clearing gloom
Reaching deep into the center

Walls all tumble to the ground
Take a chance and look outside
Silence breaking into sound
Reveal the things we tried to hide

This is all that’s left to us
Put the pieces back together
See the picture whole once more
Before the curtain falls forever
This is all that’s left to us
One last chance to set things right
Cover over wounds with words
Before the coming of the night

All the wrongs now stand forgiven
Feeble in the light of day
Little cuts the cost of living
Where the words got in the way

Speak at last the truth we hold
These words are now a legacy
Watch the miracle unfold
As anger fades to clarity

This is all that’s left to us
Put the pieces back together
See the picture whole once more
Before the curtain falls forever
This is all that’s left to us
One last chance to set things right
Cover over wounds with words
Before the coming of the night

Silence falls and tears are shed
Shadows lengthen and take flight
Disaster freed the words unsaid
But loosed them into endless night

This is all that’s left to us
Put the pieces back together
See the picture whole once more
Before the curtain falls forever
This is all that’s left to us
One last chance to set things right
Cover over wounds with words
Before the coming of the night

An olive branch takes root at last
We are the life that we create
Can we learn now from the past
To speak before it is too late