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This album is a compilation of tracks that were left off of our first album. Only ten minutes shy of our s/t debut, this record just goes to show home much music we really had stored up for that record, and how hard it was to slim it back to what was still a lengthy hour of music.

Because much of this music was actually conceived before the idea for Artists of War came about, it should be considered as pre-AoW, and not necessarily a direct part of the present-AoW canon. Musically it alludes greatly to what was to come on our s/t and even our more recent records, but on a whole, it is less cohesive and more episodic with each song varying greatly from the next.

This 2012 reissue took nearly a year of remixing and remastering to get to the form you see now. Each song was individually dissected and then reassembled in order to retain it's original intent while giving it a breathe of new life by way of superior mixing and mastering.


released August 17, 2012

The Dragon - Guitars
Skullcrusher - Bass
Dynamo - Drums


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Artists of War Atlanta, Georgia

A heavy metal concept project inspired by Mastodon, High On Fire, Bach, transcendental meditation and all things heavy.

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Track Name: Shogun Assassin
Fights to free our sons
now that he has turned
from the holy guard.
He`ll attack the one he served.

bathes his knife in blood.
On the night before he strikes
a kiss for the wife he loved.

He will not
fight this war.

Forgotten promise
sealed the shoguns fate.
Escaped blades of mad men
but this vengeance will not wait.

Run you from your chamber
Run you out of breath.
Hide behind your victims pleas
though you know he brings you death.

Child lost
to your war.

drags him down the stairs.
Spills his throat and leaves him
Knows his time is short.

bears the emperors mark.
Bodies draped in iron surround him
ready with spears sharp.

Removing sword from sheath at side
he readies to pierce his chest and die.
Loyal warrior to the emperors throne.
For the honor he fought and died alone.

Weeping widow bursts into hall.
She falls to her feet and begins to crawl
to his body now dead on the ground.
She gathers him up and curses aloud:
Burn this place thats taken my loves.
First my son though he was young.
Now samurai, you rest in peace.
Your duty is done and soon well meet.

Track Name: Zombie Hunter
Zombie Hunter rides
Zombie Hunter rides

Watchmen seize the lights
The dead men join the fight
Coming into sight
The hunter he's arrived
Pray for Pentecost
Pray for souls he's lost

Zombie Hunter rides
Zombie Hunter rides

Commissioned man of God
Carries heads he's won
Protecting the towns
Only joy hes found
Death he becomes
Breathes medieval tongue

Zombie Hunter Rides
Zombie Hunter Rides

His monastery burned
Away from god he turned
Riding cross the land
For a price he'll take their heads
Pray for Pentecost
Pray for souls he's lost

Zombie Hunter rides
Zombie Hunter rides
Track Name: Earthless
Earth, Earthless sky
Ride, ride the light
Float on astral waves
Sail to blackened grave

Time and space rift
Evil red eye
Master of skies

Death - Damn this place
Doom and disgrace

Twist, twisting space
Dark matter laced
Gut full of fear
Of this unknown

Thousand years I've cried
Waiting for my time
Awake among clouds
Cosmic rays confound me inside this place

Will we live
Outside planet?
No one knows
So you forget

Who is to blame?
For dimension crack?
Cast, cast away
From my home

God, God is he?
Could, could it be?
Mind trapped in maze
I feel again
Track Name: Carrier
Stripped my rights
Probed my body
Through those veins
My disease

They dont know what I can see now
If only they knew
Darkness lived through
I just want to see her again

Burn - My - Flesh

Blood Virus

Walk into the forest
Walk into the forest now
Walk into the forest
Walk into the forest go

Conscience grows
See my woes
Point and run

Boiling from beneath my skin now
Born within
Can't escape
This prison state

Burn - My - Flesh

Blood Virus

Turned to hybrid faith
Blessed little ones
New cure at this rate...
No more hiding in ruin

Heavens painted in blood
Hated by everyone
Am I just one of those things?
Just an obedient sheep?

Scourge of the Earth!

Blood Virus

Trapped behind these walls I pray
For a life thats been
Corruption within has kept me
From my crucifixion

Realize the lies trapped ten feet
Under a dead bog
Cameras peering in detect me
Keep me paralyzed

Welcome me a garden away
From these human flowers
Black light all around gets high
Humanity's soured
Track Name: The Drone Machine (Arrival/Awakening)
Deep in the black
On a rock in the sky
A drone machine lies
Bleeding power

Come with me up to the sky
We'll make them see
Our god shall rise

Humans sing to rid this place
They seal the light away
Trapped with it on Altar
Until the time of the final eclipse

March forward
A doom siren screams

Come with me up to the sky
We'll make them see
We will survive

Suffocates the light
Turns it into power
Satellites will fall
Eats away the earth
Spewing molten lead
It splits the mountains
Built for killing bad
Planets it kills instead

Billions tremble
Beneath its gears
12 Ton footprint
Fueled to dread
Beats draw near
See him in fear
Automaton monster
The drone machine is here!

~Drone Machine~

People blackened
Earth is taken
Terrorizes night's

See him
don't get near him
Earth is taken
He chokes out the light
Track Name: House of Clouds
Went to the mountain saw a golden place
Escorted by angels I left to tell my race
They couldn't believe me, called me insane
Now I can't return up the mountain

House of Clouds holds me within its shroud
Won't let go throws me to the ground
Mystical voice calls to me with grace
Ultra-creator show them your face

Led through the jungle in my own day dream
Travel to a village happiness I see
My own kind doesn't believe me
Can't they realize that I have the key

Wake every day to see the cloud house
Just to coincide with the ending of my life
Haunting me and making me doubt
My sanity, tranquility, my only self

Awake from dream
Paradise I have seen
Happy children playing in fields
Infinite sky populace kneels
Track Name: What Lies Above (And Below)
Believers heed the signs
Followed a blind caravan
Rivers ahead were flowin
Towards the resolution of my mind

Ride on
Towards a dying sun
On an ether flow
Our love will grow

No reservation
Faith preservation
Seal the tomb of lonely minds
Who walk ahead to heal the rest of us

What lies above deceives us
What lies below tempts our faith
Trapped in the middle of war
We rise to protect ourselves from envy

Ride on
My only son
On dead ether flow
Our love you know

False segregation
Faith degradation
On the horizon awakes a massive horde
Seeking to merge their worlds

Bloody scaffold ripping flesh from cheek and bone to ear
Sodom rising kills the liars burning higher disappears

Spears they're throwing, dead men blowing horns which raise a clan
Drums are beating, hoofs are marching, darkness comes though soldiers stand

All we do is sit and watch, a prophecy will end with us
In the end, as one we kneel below a bloodied obelisk

Pray forever for our souls damned to eat from the ruins
Earth is now a house of war, just another politic