To Wait for Fire

by DIPHTHERIA

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about

Originally formed in 1993, DIPHTHERIA has received raving reviews all over the world and has participated in various compilations with the most noteworthy being 1999's "Children of the Damned" tribute to Iron Maiden.

Deliverying a unique mixture of melodic heavy/power/doom metal DIPHTHERIA only managed to release their first full-length album 15 years later... If that's not dedication and passion then what is?!

The CD version is released as a limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies, including a... red match inside the spine so as to "complement" the album's title.

credits

released March 11, 2008

“This just kicked my ass all over the place!”
Ballbuster Hard Music

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Track Name: Ending Ceremony
ENDING CEREMONY

Here come the dead
All bleeding red
This one’s been choked
The other shot in the head

Here come the flies
Children with no eyes
They hold each others hands and dance
A jug of world demise

Hand in hand they march on down the altar
Heart in hand they stand before the father
In the ceremony of the end

Here come the numb
The weakened and the dumb
They turn a curtained eye on
What we have become

Here come the blind
The sick and out of mind
The only happy people
In all of human kind

All have gathered here
The trumpets of damnation blow
The actors take their place
It’s time to get on with the show

Sun he bows and goes
Night descends upon the hall
They’re standing in the isles
Waiting for the curtain call

Take your place next to me
Below this last of all the skies
We’ll hold each other close
And laugh like hell as the world dies

Here come the wise
Who brought on their demise
By severing the bars of
The birdcage of their lives

Then came you and I
Who gave meaning to the lie
By seeking refuge from the storm
In a feeling doomed to die

Hand in hand they march on down the altar
Heart in hand they stand before the father
In the ceremony of the end
Track Name: I Believe
I BELIEVE

I believe in love as it exists
Between a man and his hands
I believe in whispered lies
Pre-orgasmically timed and forgotten on the way to the car

I believe that Satan gets bad press
I’d like to hear his version of events
Had he pulled off his brave revolt
Would god be the bad guy shoveling coals down in hell

No more tears to cry
No more deaths to die
So go on live the lie
Cause truth breeds suicide

I believe in man as the bastard
Son of an angel and a dog
Only an angel could look as beautiful
Only a dog would so mindlessly crap on the floor

I believe that if someday
We spend less time howling and more time flying
Then up there we might realize
What being alive truly means and come spiraling down petrified

No more tears to cry
No more deaths to die
So go on live the lie
Cause truth breeds suicide

I believe that Satan gets bad press
I’d like to hear his version of events
Had he pulled off his brave revolt
Would god be the bad guy

Don’t know for sure but I’ve been told
It’s all in your head
God is love god is dread
God is light god is dead god is shoveling coals down in hell
Track Name: Behind the Mirror's Eye
BEHIND THE MIRROR'S EYE

Tortured by these thoughts in me, disciple of the beast
High up on the mountain stone that rots beneath our feet
Blaze of me reflects upon the corrupted minds and souls
Flaming bodies in a trench, it’s madness oh my Lord
Madness Oh my Lord….

I am the only truth
Look what I can do
I’m the strongest force
Wash the blood from my soul

Bastard son, where the hell do we belong
I’ve forgotten who I am, am I demon, am I man
I’ve forsaken everyone, solved my problems with a gun
Follow me into a sea of anger, anger, sorrow of angels

Now you’ve heard my story, did you figure out who I am?
I bet you think I am the devil or some other evil one
The truth you seek is closer than you’ll ever, ever think
I am the evil side of you in your mirror of deceit

I am the only truth
Look what I can do
I’m the strongest force
Wash the blood from my soul

Bastard son, where the hell do we belong
I’ve forgotten who I am, am I demon, am I man
I’ve forsaken everyone, solved my problems with a gun
Follow me in to a sea of anger, anger, sorrow, disbelief…
Track Name: To Wait for Fire
TO WAIT FOR FIRE

We had gathered here my friends
On this hill by this church spire
To speak at length of matters dire
And most of all to wait
(the hour’s getting late)
- for fire

We had heard of late of tales
That spoke of a people to the east
Who had tamed a furious beast
And from his bleeding bosom plucked
(it lay writhing in the muck)
- the fire

So we gathered up our best
(and send them on the quest)
To roam the Eastern Lands and seek
- the fire

Then beyond the hills we saw
A plume of smoke rise to the sky
And through the village rose the cry
Our boys are back and bring
(hear the children sing)
- the fire

But then our joy to horror turned
It was our men that were ablaze
Human torches in the haze
They ran towards us screaming
- FIRE

We saw their faces twist in pain
(blazed a trail across the plain)
And were swallowed by the flame
Reduced to ashes at our feet
- by fire
Track Name: As Darkness Casts its Veil
AS DARKNESS CASTS ITS VEIL

Lying in my room
I feel reality fade
Bound, deaf, dumb and blind again
To face another day

The me inside the mirror
He laughs at what he sees
I remain as he outgrows
They boy we used to be

Lost another job
Second one this week
Living on the edge my friend
And the future’s looking bleak

Dreams of Darkness
They wake me in the night
Lying in the shadows
Waiting for the light

Confused of my existence
I cannot understand
Dreams crumble into nothing
When I hold them in my hand

And tonight, As darkness casts its veil
Crying out, To a world of pain
But it’s too late, As Darkness twists my soul
Crying out, but no one hears my call

Over-bored again
Clawing at the walls
Madness settles in
And begins to take its toll

A scavenger of dreams
Has taken out my trash
The hopes and expectations
I couldn’t get to last

So here I lie alone
Waiting for the end
Covered by the Darkness
And death’s my only friend
Track Name: Sleeping With the Worms
SLEEPING WITH THE WORMS

Welcome to the abyss
Called universal dream
Bleeding and forgotten
Crippled and diseased

Welcome to the graveyard
Of buried souls alive
The lunacy of children
And tears in mothers' eyes

Welcome to our commune
At the house of the absurd
We're sleeping with the worms
In the asshole of the
world...
Track Name: Save me
SAVE ME

Fire, can you see the flame?
It’s burning like a fever

Hate, has gotten into me
Like bloodbath in a stream

The snake crawls into sands of time, to the depths of my soul
I’m slowly waking from the sound of eerie tunes

Save me from the evil one
His spirit sleeps beside me
Save me cause I’ve lost my soul
In twisters of the past

Gargoyles… What? Am I in hell?
Eternally, forever

I search for the path to take me back
To cleanse my inner self

I’ve reached a point in to my life where truth seems clear to me
The one I chose to hate is none other but me

Save me…..

Save me…from the evil one…his spirit…sleeps beside me…

Save me…
Track Name: Start Again
START AGAIN

Scavenge my brain for the pain of souls that haunt - the darkest corners of my dreams
Inject my ears with some tears from my mother’s eyes – so I won’t listen to their screams

Bleed out my veins for the stains of the parasites - sucking the life out of every idea
Blow out my chest for the lungs always breathing out - hope and breathing in only fear

Only fear…

And Start Again

Pump out my heart for the hate of the flee infested - dreams of this so called human race
Burn off my skin for the spite and rage that lock me in - and keep me captive in this cage

In this cage…

And Start Again

Just flick a switch and set it all alight


Your lies take a bow and head for the door - manic and seething
And your truth lies shaking on the floor - bandaged and bleeding

So come on now burn me some more - I like the feeling
I’ve felt this death by fire before - yet I’m still breathing

YET I’M STILL BREATHING
Track Name: Living to Die - Bonus (Promo 95)
LIVING TO DIE

Get on your knees
And pray with the blind
To that infernal god
Who lives within your mind

Here they come crawling back
To this altar of shame
Screaming bloody murder
In his almighty name

So many Christians
Suffer the loss
Bleeding the wounds
Of the man on the cross
A tooth for the truth
And an eye that is blind
In god's name you kill
In god's name you'll die

Blood flows through the streets
Blood dominates our homes
Blood of holy warriors
Blood of holy souls
The time has come again
To give your soul away
What do you mean you think?
Shut up and start to pray


In the hall of faceless idols you
roam
Can't understand what they say
I choose a life of irreverent sin
I can't believe in this no more
Sowing a bigot's seed of hate in your
mind
You understand what they say
You have become another sheep in the
herd
The god of grime has his way

Now you've given them your soul
There's one thing left to do
The god of grime is hungry
Feed him your children too

A cross around their necks
Uzi in their hands
Heads raised to the lord
His wishes their command

Millions of Christians
Suffer the loss
Bleeding the wounds
Of the man on the cross
A tooth for the truth
And an eye that is blind
You're living for god
You're Living To Die
Track Name: God Wanted (Apply Here) - Bonus (Promo 95)
GOD WANTED (APPLY HERE)

Children sit in circle
Trying to believe
Praying to a bearded man
their minds cannot conceive

Mom shoots up in corner
Blank stare in bloodshot eyes
No-one heard her speak a word
Since the day that daddy died

Girl crawled up in alley
Crying tears of shame
Virginity crushed by rapist's
hand
She'll never be the same

Neighbour sees what happened
Goes to bed and shuts the light
Alone and bleeding in the rain
She cries into the night

Old man lives in cardboard box
In sidestreet garbage heap
Cheap whiskey bottle held in
Hand
He tries to get to sleep

Discarded tabloids placed in
piles
To rest his weary head
Stray crossfire bullet loses
path
The sun will find him dead