Cathedral - The Ethereal Mirror

Artist: Cathedral
Release: The Ethereal Mirror


1. Violet Vortex

[Instrumental]

2. Ride

Lack-lustre vacuum magnetises the land
Scopeless material in ruthless demand
Concrete spectacle superficially grand
Divine animation buried in sight

We’ll rise from the ashes of stagnation
Crystal warriors of damnation

Nullified grafters manufactured from the womb
Out of the repro-clinic into household tomb
Drag the nothing tiring through coal-dark underground
Drive the wheels of iron round and round

We’ll rise from the ashes of stagnation
Crystal warriors of damnation

Scouring eyes sear through that book of lies
And to the truth, well our search is dignified
Whilst the yawny drone of physical machinery
March in robot mode to terminal destiny

Microscopic observance, forsaken innerland
Spiritual inertia, absorbed in bland
Well our significance shan’t sink in their charade
‘cos through their drab pantomime I say we’re gonna ride!

3. Enter The Worms

Adorned daggers, ruby hilted swords
Unfailing crucifixes, striking mortal cords
Huge violent serpents in volumes rolled
All holy poisons poured in cups of gold
Ooh these instruments so blessed and old
Here lay death’s sceptre, truth untold
Without mercy or…

Love, forgiveness – exile me
Blades of goodness set me free
Madness my destiny
Alone forever exile me

Sharp swords, bright lightings set brave souls free
Past God’s blind eyes through infinity
Of all these vessels transformed to clay
Rich ashes blown to dust, swept away!
Now take me steel to the gift of skies
Deliver me from weakness from this flesh that rides
Without pity or….

Love, forgiveness – exile me
Blades of goodness set me free
Madness my destiny
Alone forever exile me

Ooh to think how pleasant your touch would be
In that all my lovely limbs would fall away
And drop to nothing in their soft decay
Unto my frail heart, the worms shall find a door
Enter the weary pulp, into the core!

As all of my flesh lay soft on the floor
Released this soul from me, forevermore!
Into the loud tide screaming silent words
Out of this dreary world in screeching awe, without earthly

Love, forgiveness – exile me
Blades of goodness set me free
Madness my destiny
Alone forever exile me

4. Midnight Mountain

Sliding down the mountain, as dusk passes to day
The antidote of elation, now lifeless masses wake
Jaws of suxiety open, the luring vampire of agility
A fatal invitation, sight hazing from me

Oh midnight mountain, I require, inner relocation
Back to pinnacles high

Drowning in empty faces, sinking in banal
I crave the isolation of eventide when perception climbs
I just need the injection, a dose to boost my flight
A sonic blast of moonlight, nucleus ignites

Oh midnight mountain, now I’m revived
Stimulus transcending, back to pinnacles high

Screaming at doleful skies, absorbing all my sighs
Responding to my cries
Downcast a thunder of reprise
Won’t let the next sunrise, signal my landslide
From ecstatic highs, I’m on top of their demise

5. Fountain Of Innocence

Fountain of youth, life spirit flows
Into a well of truths of cold and dim repose
I craved to be as high as the pillowy clouds
To walk amongst the tall, who used to look back down and frown

Now here I stand by the wasteland, where our dreams began
From these once golden fields our curiosity ran…

I chased the sugar claw through temptation’s door
The bitterness I found, sweetness I taste no more
From the play ground to the slayground
The sombre middleground absords the emptiness

Look back across the marble sea of discovery
A fountain of innocent flows in juvenescence

I’m resident in corridors of sentiment
I face the wall, discovery terminal
But there’s no more false truths I wish to discover
And I am physically unable, to tread back down those corridors

Fountain of youth, oh how I bathed in your innocence
And now in cold repose, I must face the bitter truth…

6. Grim Luxuria

Cold sin and fire, burning wrath and anger
This crippled splendour of lust so dire, yeah
Insane visions of beauty, groanings so empty
Wriggling in agony, the frail corpse of love that’s me

Hair and eyes limbs and faces
Bending hard in fierce embraces
Ooh this loveless rage, come give me pain
Arcane exotica, ooh grim luxuria

Twisted lust on fire
Love the bastard liar

Sick grins of pleasure, warped torsos in heaven
Bending tongues, saliva, licking lifeforms of grotesque
On the floor bones cracking, like evil dogs mauling
Grunting in this ecstasy, shaking, screaming, clawing me

Pleading eyes mangled faces
Torn apart, in growling places
Ooh this seething cage, white light in vain
Arcane exotica – grim luxuria

Twisted lust on fire
Love – the bastard liar
Oh sweet sanctity,
Hell is pouring over me

7. Jaded Entity

Here, gibbering alone
Oh, the earth and heavens, they so tire me
Tomorrow’s dreams encased in a velvet sanctuary
The crumbled throne of worldly gain
Is glory forgotten, and now just nothing remains

We’ve come too far, we are so close
One soul, inside, one forever weeping

As the vain morning dawns all life fades away
You can take me now, beyond the violet veil
And whatever flames the night in these deeds I’ve done
In fate’s control, at last my time has come

We’ve come too far, we are so close
One soul, inside, one forever weeping

Death is death, the little host that squirms
Smell the dark, the coffin’s closed
And I so soft, ooh so soft, no movement
And no breath, no ears, no nose, no eyes

Death is death, in life’s sepulchre
No sight, no sound, no cry, and
Always, always, death is…
Death, yeah!
Alive again

Damp skin in greying sheets, decaying bed absorbing me
Bleached white ceiling above, dehydrating visions of love
Vitality slides back down the walls, saturating the velvet floor
Numbness writhes in all I adore, wasting here, can’t see the door…

8. Ashes You Leave

Your face, the furnace of my soul
The endless lies that we told
Clear blue waters in which we bathed
The yesterdays we failed to save

Still I see how we cannot be
Ashes you leave as you ascend from me

The leaves that fell unto our graves
And with the love that we made
The tree that filled my eyes
Tomorrow’s yesterdays in stone engraved

Still I see we cannot be
Ashes you leave as you ascend from me

Oh the black you gave me
The love you gave me
The anti-fears of pain
Our love’s my shelter
I try to fill up
Clouds of dust
It was a lie
Snow in those eyes
I tasted that wine too much
And now I sit
Beside our graves
And hold her hand

Weep for autumn skies shrouded in misty air
Weep for thy solemn dearth and for thy chill despair

Ashes you leave as you ascend from me

Ooh!

As shadows pass
In the misty night
Over though, on and moving fast
Ashes to life

Into darkness into night

9. Phantasmagoria




10. Imprisoned In Flesh

Wishing that the sun would shine
Flesh wasting dreams inside
In this prison burning light
Which fades on the outside

I only want to believe
That there’s a place better for me
A union where lost souls meet
Where I can share this flame with thee
Hide and reach beyond entropy in all that you seek
Burn with me