The Ichorite's Plague

by Monarch Woods

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released May 20, 2017

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Monarch Woods is a Canadian symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist Jonah Kay and vocalist J Ivaree. The band 's lineup was completed by Brian Scheid (bass) Kylie Gallaher (cello) in 2015 and Shareef Hassanien (drums) in 2016.

MW writes concept albums based off of Ivaree's fantasy comic book "Wergild Atlas."
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Track Name: The Dark Strain
Blood. Silver blood, it's taking her
There's blood, silver blood, I'm missing her
Ah she knows my face, but not my name
Ah I'm begging you for a remedy

Take her to the killing priests
Or watch as she slips
Into darkness
Darkness
Will you let her die?

No survival.
Power's not meant for man
This is the might of gods

Blood. Silver blood, it's killing her
There's blood, silver blood, I'm losing her
Ah she speaks in tongues, no one's taught
Ah I'm begging you for a remedy

Her veins will ache
She'll be consumed
This fabled Strain
Will be her doom

Blegh!

Take her to the killing priests
Or watch as she slips
Into darkness
Darkness
Will you let her die

The Dark Strain, I will rescue her from
The Dark Strain, I'll do whatever it takes

Drain the Silver Blood!
Drain the Silver Blood!
Track Name: Justice for the Fallen
(Monologue):
"Welcome Prospects. Thus begins your first year at Argoda Temple. You have worked to get this far, only to face greater dangers. The Ichorite's Plague is spreading across the nation, to save us all you must study their nature, and leave any and every attachment behind. Here you will learn the skills to protect yourself and your peers, dedicate your life to our teachings. You must destroy the shell and contain this merciless energy within so no more souls lay waste, to this possessive force.
But know this, if you fail, you will die."

The bright faces of today will be ashes by the morn'
Of those I meet, who will return?
Will it always be goodbye?

Honour! Resilience!
Pillars of this Temple
Do you stand with us?

In this land our task means justice for the fallen.

See them claw, scars in their skin
See them gasping, air they can't breathe in
See them clay, scars in their skin
See them gasping, air they can't breathe in

Honour! Resilience!
Pillars of this Temple
Do you stand with us?

(Monologue):
"The time has come for you to show us your strength, and undying devotion to this Temple. Now go, and kill the Ichorite's before you. This will show your worth.

In this land our task means justice for the fallen.
In this land our task means justice for the fallen.
Track Name: Enter Bloodroot.
Sail on waves of blood
Sail on waves of blood.

The Collector, it's my favourite name.
They say I'm the bad guy, mostly insane

Sail on waves of blood
Sail on waves of blood

It's a hard business, where, I'm the boss
You could do well too, but for a cost

Ophesa's fall was right on time
The Allfather's collapse begins
The Dark Strain will be mine

Sail on waves of blood
Escape death for fun
Sail on waves of blood
Escape death for fun

Sail on waves of blood
Sail on waves of blood

I'm only human, I'm just like you
Well except, for the killing that I like to do

The Lady Mother's here, before my feet
It's Ovn's turn, to worship me

Ophesa's fall was right on time,
The Allfather's collapse begins
The Dark Strain will be mine

Sail on waves of blood
Escape death for fun
Sail on waves of blood
Escape death for fun

His Armada, it fights as one
Towns! Cities! Overrun

Enter Bloodroot.
Track Name: Lost Factor
They all judge and don't understand, say I'm lost 'cause it's not their plan
But I've got a dream you can't believe, the kind of hopes only artists foresee

Write your own destiny, break down the fallacy

Don't wait for gates from another time,
You have one life
And it's passing by

This is the path, known to few, be brave if its shown to you
Take a risk, and you could be living in a fantasy

Don't wait for gates, from another time
You have one life
And it's passing by

I will set myself apart
I will set myself apart

Don't wait for gates from another time
You have one life
And its passing by

Don't wait for gates from another time
You have one life
And it's passing by.
Track Name: Battling the Possessed
Fight to find the fault in this
You are no friend of mine

This war, I will win
This sin, is mine to inflict
You're only a remnant of the past

No moral dilemma
You've reached your end
I'll give you retribution

Swords clashing
Bodies aching
You've got nothing that'll take me out
Swords clashing
Bodies aching
You've got nothing that'll take me out

Fight to find the fault in this
You are no friend of mine

This war, I will win
This sin, is mine to inflict
You're only a remnant of the past

Fight to find the fault in this
You are no friend of mine
Reap the soul
The life you stole
Your haunting ends tonight
Track Name: Loyalties Die
Armies of dust, idols from sand
Since when were we so many?
But their blood is cold, and my heart is weak.
Oh, what have you done?

How can destruction, befall us?
We are descendants of a god?

I have to break free
Of this calamity
My heart aches for my own
As my daughters wander alone

He's fooled us all
The illusion's gone

Armies of dust, idols from sand
Since when were we so many?
But their blood is cold, and my heart is weak.
Oh, what have you done?

How could I be so blind?
His word, his truth, all lies

I have to break free
Of this calamity
My heart aches for my own
As my daughters wander alone

Seek the truth
Be anew
Seek the truth
Be anew

A rebellion brews!
The deceiver falls from grace
My love for him
Eternally erased

He's fooled us all
The illusion's gone

Armies of dust, idols from sand
Since when were we so many?
But their blood is cold, and my heart is weak.
Oh, what have you done?

A rebellion brews
A rebellion brews.