The Outstretched Arms of Damnation

by Sworn Vengeance

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4th full length album by Sworn Vengeance (unreleased)

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released March 1, 2002

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Track Name: Virus de Christo
Clutching at your crucifix
You beg and plead and cry and pray
Believing in a malignant disease that’s said to protect humanity
Innocence ripped away
The beginning of the pain
The lies you believe do more damage
Than the sins you fight to avoid
But your faith has caused your suffering
The loathing of your own soul is more than you can handle
Hope for a cleansing
Upon deaf ears you plead your case
You’ll never find the answer in a hollow empty idol
As skin is stripped and muscles torn and bone is turned to ash
This is a world without hope
Wrought with pain and loss
You’re damned to suffer as you fall to your knees and pray
Scream for salvation
With no soul to surrender
Watch as you fall from grace
Desolation; rejected since creation
Face the world as Heaven crumbles away
All the agony and disease
The destruction and decay
The demise of your faith
Forsaken once again, this curse is carved in my heart
Now suffer
Clinging to your crucifix on your knees
Praying for redemption of your soul
Torn apart; begging for forgiveness of your sins
Preservation without cause
Justified by a pious doctrine
Your desire for upliftment
Has bred your insanity
As you’re engulfed by hopelessness
Say goodbye to eternal joy
For when you breathe your last breath
You’ll find your Heaven burning
Track Name: Omega
There is nothing left to say
Too long now I hurt inside; so hollow
Can you imagine a world that’s dead within your eyes?
Emptiness chokes my life
I’ve tried for years to cope
To be open to the world
To have the darkness washed away
And with every broken promise
And with every betrayal
I felt a choking grip around my throat
I have no answers and no one to confide in anymore
Maybe I’m just insane
Lost to an abject mind
Haunted by rejection
Tormented by a distraught life
A disgusting span of broken hearts and dreams
That in the end leave us in pain and alone
Faced to suffer the agony
And no one will care when it’s all said and done
Left alive in a world of corpses
A cemetery of humanity
Come see what I see
View the world through sewed shut eyes
There is no such thing as tomorrow
When each hour keeps killing me
I see my friends, I see my family and my loved ones
And I know they will die one day
And I will be left alone
So I wait forever
For death to take the pain away
Pray for this soul now devoured
Overwhelmed by the rot of existence
The waiting embrace of death is just one step away
Track Name: Solace
Waiting forever for redemption
Praying for you to understand
The rejection of grace
Keeps me pinned to the ground
My faith is always tested
As my life drifts in and out
Your eyes never gaze upon my life
The pain the resides in my soul
My whole existence has been built around acceptance
I’ve been given no choice
So why am I still ignored?
I’ve never claimed to be the perfect one
But pain has been pushed upon me countless times
Yet I am still ignored
Bonded to death as I walk in the dark
Agony distorts my outlook
The vicious cycle never changes
Black soiled vision
The dismal display of apathy
As it festers inside
Standing in your shadow
I wish you could experience this suffering
There’s no room for indifference
Withdrawn I seek a future with no past
The days of solace weigh upon my conscious
There’s no room for indifference
Withdrawn I seek a future with no past
The days of solace weigh upon my conscious
Why was I chosen to suffer?
I need your sympathy
You’ve contaminated my belief
As you turn your back on me
Bonded to death as I walk in the dark
Why was I chosen to suffer?
I need your sympathy
You’ve contaminated my belief
As you turn your back on me
Waiting forever for redemption
Praying for you to understand
The rejection of grace
Keeps me pinned to the ground
My faith is always tested
As my life drifts in and out
Your eyes never gaze upon my life
But pain has been pushed upon me countless times
I’ve been given no choice
Why am I still ignored?
Track Name: Empty
Don't hold on to anything
Time will rip it away
The bleeding hands begging for connection
Dead skin and pain the only reminder
The scars that harden my soul
Have reinvented my stance
When I look in the mirror
The reflection I see is jagged and blurred
Too long now I've been attached
So take these pieces of my shattered dreams
And rake them across my wrist
As I watch my existence drain away
I can taste my own blood
Haunted by my regret
Turned stoned by hope's demise
I only live for my own death
There are no cracks in my armor
Yet I rot from the inside out
Hating everything that I've become
Too much bitterness lies within
No peace until I die
So alone I remain
A victim of my callousness
The murder of my very soul
Forced by my own hand
The disgust of regret
The determination to obliterate it all
Let the pain be my salvation
And embrace the desire
To cut and tear and rip and slash and stab and kill and fucking destroy
Trapped in an unending hell
My world belongs in a grave
Take this pain and bury it six feet deep
Nothing is left of me
I can only hold on so long
Cold and empty; sick inside
I failed looking for my own release
No escape from a tortured past
Hopeless I realize
Life is hostile
Track Name: The Outstretched Arms Of Damnation
Pressure weighs upon my soul
Hold my breath and wait for the end
Choked with the fear of existence
In a black rooted world
The only way out is annihilation
I wonder how its possible
To live in this infested wasteland
Surrounded by rape, greed, death, misery
The nature of our species takes control
In a cataclysm of violence
This cycle needs to stop
So deeply embedded in our souls
What we fear, we kill
What we hate, we kill
What we love, we kill
We won’t be at peace until we’re dead
Humanity must die
Let our destructive nature reign
Unleash a wave of terror
And wipe this fucking race out
Erase humanity
and it’s afflicted legacy
This disease known as man must be destroyed
So this world can live again
Drown 7 billion demons with their own blood
Poison 7 billion demons with their own hate
Bury 7 billion demons with their own bones
Slaughter 7 billion demons with their own swords
Track Name: Conversations With The Shadow
Watching as my life slowly passes by
Feeling prisoner to the void
A black cold shadow envelops my beating heart
The discouraging winds of failure pass through my bones
As the night rips clean of its chamber
My cold skin freezes my breath
Feeling the effects of war and defeat
I sink lower and lower still
Escape would be a godsend
But I lack the courage to set my soul free
I would give anything to look up from coffin walls
And see a tombstone above my skull
The peaceful sleep of eternity
To have a conversation with the shadow itself
As my blood is drained of misery and strife
Forgotten once the world of the damned
This would be the perfect dream
A happy ending for a broken man
The blessed curse of a rotting virtue
The awakening of truth
An existence begging for the end of all this torment
The sum of my parts will never amount to anything
This loathing I can’t destroy
My own self-destruction occurred so long ago
As the shadow rips clean of its prison
My cold skin signals my death
Feeling the effects of age and decay
I sink lower and lower still
Escape will never happen
But I lack the courage to let my life go
I would give anything to seal this tomb
There’s nothing left to live for
Watching as my life hangs by a thread
Feeling emptiness in my soul
A black cold shadow envelops my dying heart
The time has arrived to surrender to this world
As death stands by
Track Name: Hammer
I'd sell my soul for a chance
To watch you die in agony
Burn in a fire of guilt
Their cries of justice will never rest
Until the day your destruction is at hand
In a flash you stole my hope
Took them away from my life
Your blood stained hands will not come clean
It's time to face the terror within
You thought that you might escape
Get away with what you've done
To you it might have been nothing
But to me it was my world
There will be no salvation
No sanctuary for your soul
Your actions will be your demise
At my hands you'll feel my pain
I'll make you suffer for what I've endured
Nothing will stand in my way
I used to burn when I thought of your face
Now I'll smile when I spit on your grave
Your death is the only solution
To end this madness within
A worthless life is my sacrifice
To the dead screaming for your soul
I wait for my chance at revenge
Savor the moment of truth
And with this hammer of vengeance
I will deliver your last rites
Track Name: The Process And The Failure
Falling from the pedestal has never burned like this before
The searing sensation of failure stings my pride
Broken and shattered again
It feels like I’m always in this condition
Looking at myself I seem so ravaged through and through
Beaten by emotion and dragged through the mud
Was it all my fault this fell apart?
I can’t find direction in demise
And so it happens again
The loss of love and the failure of the heart
The patchwork process begins again
Each time a piece is lost as I pick up the rusted needle
I struggle as I pierce the scars from time before
The bruised remains of past mistakes still tender to the touch
I’ll never comprehend this pain
The failure comes so fast
And then the heart is dropped
And as it lays in pieces
I try again
But failure comes so fast
Once again the heart is dropped
And as it lays in pieces
It’s time to surrender forever
Falling from the pedestal has never burned like this before
The searing sensation of failure stings my pride
Broken and shattered again
It feels like I’m always in this condition
Looking at myself I seem so ravaged through and through
Broken and shattered again
Track Name: 7 Roads
7 roads to Hell
Pure and holy
Drenched in blood
I’m forced to suffer for your sins
Severed wings
Murdered and bleeding
Angelic prose
Never free and left to burn
Drained of perseverance
Entrapped by loneliness and yearning for my soul
Looking down upon a chasm of regret
I clutch for life upon the frail hopes of what was lost
Isolation breeds despair
Drowning
Caught in tides of suicide
Gasping throat deep
Darkness washes over me
As I wonder
Where were you when the gun was pointed at my head?
Where were you when the razorblade was kissing my wrist?
Where were you when the rope was wrapped around my neck?
I was alone
Drained of all endurance
Entrapped by emptiness and yearning for a chance
Staring down upon a chasm of neglect
I clutch for hope upon the frail remains of what is gone
Left to walk these 7 roads to Hell
Sacrificed – You forced me to grow up alone
Denied – You rejected the notion of love
Forsaken – You gave up on me for yourself
Betrayed – By my own blood
Isolation breeds despair
Caught in tides of suicide
Darkness washes over me
As I wonder
Where were you when I was standing on the ledge?
Where were you when I was choking on these pills?
Where were you when my flesh began to burn?
I was alone
Denied a savior
As my life slips away
Track Name: Evangelic Lies
I feel like the dead
You will never understand this pain that hides inside
My heart is never full
A fraction of a man stuck in this bitter life and sinking in the sand
This is my prison cell
Trapped in the alleys of my mind. A shadow of the man I was
I can’t even breathe
I face the sun and wonder why I am so cold
And if I die tomorrow
This world won’t shed a tear
Walking indifference
Rejected life. A parasite that feeds off my soul
I beg for mercy
Blackest thoughts cloud my head as I forget what it’s like to be alive
I feel nothing
Facing walls of silence and left without a scream
Forced to live this existence alone
I feel like the dead
My heart is never full
This is my prison cell
I can’t even breathe
Beyond my shallow grave lies a plane of deception
I look at the ashes of my self inflicted ruination
and sift through the charred remains
I find my only companion is the emptiness I feel within
The ghosted image of a broken past remains embedded
Trapped bound and shackled in a chasm of regret
Beyond my shallow grave lies a plane of deception
I find my only companion within
Track Name: Crimson Mask
I gaze in absence at this hollow void reflection
Nothing is recognized
I’ve spent the better part of life trapped in this coffin
Built by my own obliquity
Now my emotions are watered down
I used to have aspirations
But all my dreams just died
I’m just a broken empty vessel poised to fall
The faceplate painted in blood
Erosion of humanity
Elimination of my being
Failure was my greatest success
No joy is hidden within
For only death has a reason to smile
Broken, shattered, hopeless, forsaken
I stare in horror at the image gazing back
Vaguely human anymore
Confined to isolation. Life has drained my spirit
The Devils’ curse carved in my soul
I’m left alone to suffer
A prisoner to the embrace of despair
This life once full of promise
Now is nothing more than dust
Confined to isolation
Broken, shattered, hopeless, forsaken
Track Name: Eternal
I've opened my eyes to see this dying world laid out before me
The scarlet rush of pain has dampened every soul
I refuse to be another zombie in the fold
Awaiting death. The rotted poison of your vices
No one to blame but yourself as you ingest your lie
No one to blame but yourself as you inhale your lie
No one to blame but yourself as you inject your lie
No one to blame as you decay from what's inside
Bonded by the strength within
Focused by integrity
Fueled by perseverance
I'll never forget the meaning of straight edge
Purity is my shield
My salvation is my resolve
Fighting for my last breath
With my swords crossed in an X
You're just a shadow of yourself that's fading slowly
Face reality as poison's running through your veins
I just can't take this life for granted
A witness as the world declines
Remove the blinders. No reason to look back
Nothing can tear me down
You’ll never break me
My spirit will never die
I will always remain strong
While society rots
No room for moderation
While innocents keep dying
My fight will never end
This promise carved in my heart
Bonded by the strength within
Focused by integrity
Fueled by perseverance
I'll never forget the meaning of straight edge
Purity is my shield
My salvation is my resolve
Fighting for my last breath
With my swords crossed in an X
I ignore this world’s deceptions
Your too blind to see the truth
Trapped in your self-made prison
I reject this curse
My fight will never end
There is no compromise
I won’t become infected
I’ll always fight until I breathe my dying breath
For every life that’s taken
For every year that’s stolen
I will take revenge
Now and forever
Straight edge