Castle in the Clouds

by The Wise Man's Fear

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nrhammer7990 The chorus just kills me. Tyler is a friend and his voice just shoots through on everything but whoever wrote that chorus had me captured on the whole album because of it. Favorite track: Secret of the Stone.
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Z/\C |-| /\RY NITZ A sword & sorcery tale sung by metalcore bards. Righteous. Favorite track: The Sea At Storm.
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HyJyncks Just what I needed Favorite track: Castle in the Clouds.
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Kamilla Dyreborg Bonnichsen It wouldn't really be fair to pick only one track off of this album!! Because together they tell a story! Listening to this album from start to finish is like watching a movie... but you'll have to create the images yourself!

This track is is EPIC!!! Perfect balance between super heavy, almost metalcore-ish parts with a hint of thrash and the very melodic rock/ heavy metal. Awesome! Fabulous! I simply love it! Favorite track: Castle in the Clouds.
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Deathtacurls The only word to describe the album is amazing. Everything from melodic clean vocals to harsh shotgun vocals and everything in between. Transitions in the songs are truly great switching from heavy to melodic in an instant and back before you even know it. Also helps that it reminds me of one of my favorite bands. If you love depth coupled with aggression and heart you need this truly great album. Favorite track: Castle in the Clouds.
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Jason Hennigan Songwriting up there with the top in the genre, album never feels like it drags at all, and overall just a great album. Favorite track: Castle in the Clouds.
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Castle in the Clouds explores concepts centered around some of life's big questions of existence and meaning through the eyes of a nameless knight on his journey to find a fabled castle.

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released July 9, 2015

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Johnny Franck
Vocal editing by Dylan Werle
Guest vocals performed by Kody Hale

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Track Name: Secret of the Stone
The air Is Alive!
I’ve waited far too long, been sleeping way too long and now I
Take Back My life!
I live to roam the earth, and I will find my worth

The secret of the Stone is Grave, it lays to waste the hearts of men
I warn you do not seek it, turn away while you still can.

So I go into the Great Unknown
I’ll let it Lead where it will, I’ll never be standing still
I go into the Great Unknown
This road before me will shape my story

If you go there will be none to walk beside you
Who can share your burden or reach out to guide you (x2)

I'll march on all the same (x2)

I will show my face
I will prove my name
I will find my place
I will open up the gates

There is a great fortress in the air
The answer that you seek is hidden there

So I go into the Great Unknown
I’ll let it Lead where it will, I’ll never be standing still
I go into the great unknown
This road before me will shape my story
Track Name: In Reach (Out of Touch)
Take a moment’s time
Look to the edge of everything that you have found

(It goes forever, and I could never, and I could never, and I could never)

Take this wondrous sight
See beauty dawning on the edge of the horizon

(And I could never, and I could never, and I could never, and I could never)

I see far away a Fragile flame hung in the sky
A pale cold flower in the night sky, It leads me on it pulls me in and now I’m chasing after the moon and chilling light the land is shaping

I see far away a Fragile flame hung in the sky
A pale cold flower in the night, planted among the stars and watered in the twilight, planted among the stars and watered in the twilight

But I chase it away
I move and it moves from me (in reach; out of touch)
A cold flame that will not stay
I have to catch it before the day

Run around, run around till you find it, I hope that this love isn’t clouded by blindness
And keep it down, keep it down in your heart now, but never let it fade
Don’t let it fade, let it fade, let it fade away
Keep pressing on, this love is strong but it may not stay
It’s bittersweet, a rose, a thorn, a choice I must make

Take in all this space
Your kingdom reaches out as far as your eye can see

It goes forever, and I could never, and I could never, and I could never

Take my thoughts in stride
A heart can be so free and filled that it is lonely

And I could never, and I could never, and I could never, and I could never

Run around, run around till you find it, I hope that this love isn’t clouded by blindness
And keep it down, keep it down in your heart now, but never let it fade
Don’t let it fade, let it fade, let it fade away
Keep pressing on, this love is strong but it may not stay
It’s bittersweet, a rose, a thorn, a choice I must make

Time's not on my side
Can't feel your warmth, where do you hide?

Where did you flee? I cannot find you
You spoke my name, you flew away, and left me confused
Please show your face to me again before the sunrise

Time's not on my side
Can't feel your warmth, where do you hide?

The last Rays of your light are fading
The path I'm following along is separating (The path I'm following along is separating)

Run around, run around till you find it, I hope that this love isn’t clouded by blindness
And keep it down, keep it down in your heart now, but never let it fade
Don’t let it fade, let it fade, let it fade away
Keep pressing on, this love is strong but it may not stay
It’s bittersweet, a rose, a thorn, a choice I must make
Track Name: With My Lesser Self
I don’t want to feel so broken anymore and I don’t want to feel alone anymore
I don’t want to be here, no, I don’t want to be here at all
(x2)

You were my heart (x4)
Track Name: Prayer of the Prey
I will not compete this way
I refuse to run your race.

She feeds off all of the anguish and wrath
Of those who could not escape from her grasp
I wish you could see, yourself as I do
All these obstructions are tangled round you

I will not compete this way
I refuse to run your race
turn and run, escape while you can
You're just a part of her master plan

You've heard the stories and still decided not to heed
She promised you she'd be everything that you need
She was an angel or at least that's what you believed
But when you turned your back you knew that you were deceived (x2)

I won't. Back down. I will. Hold my ground (x4)
(You were the world on my chest,
now that you’re gone I’ve got nothing left)

You've heard the stories and still decided not to heed
She promised you she'd be everything that you need
She was an angel or at least that's what you believed
But when you turned your back you knew you were deceived (x2)

You've heard the stories and still decided not to heed (you heard the stories x2)
She was an angel or at least that's what you believed (you heard the stories x2)

Light fires, light fires thanks to your goodbyes
Let's start new but start without you


I thought you might have been Better than this
But that ship has sailed and You will not be missed (x2)
Track Name: Chaotica
Black Bleeding from the skies above
Seeping into this parched earth
Savage ink of this world’s blood

My name is formed, marred across the land
“Chaotica” scrawled out by the Withered Hand

Feel the power of consuming fear
Dread clutched your heart as I draw near

A blackened tongue utters my name
My hunger seeks more lives to claim

My strength rides in upon the wind
An ancient evil was condemned
Now wandering freely once again
Lurking no longer I descend

Where I walk even the earth is wise enough to tremble

Forms of light curse my life
I’ll burn the world, swallow it alive

Feasting on all those in my way
Ripping out the heart of the day


Black Bleeding from the mourning skies
Poured out on all the earth
Hiding from my eyes
Track Name: The Sea At Storm
I cannot remember the last time that I could see the shore
The black clouds above have wrapped the sky into their deadly fold
This tempest all around pulls me down into the ocean’s core
Tell me what it is I’ve done that brought about this rain and cold

...The things I left behind
go on and let your rage unwind

Here I am. now’s your time
I haven’t been that hard to find

You think you're so wise and strong
I have been here all along
Feel my fury, spare your wrath
Just another fool in my path

You think that you’re All

My fears have taken form
They've blotted out all the light
Cast away by the waves (by the waves)
Guiding lights went astray (went astray)

-NO-

Live, learn, or at least you live
Forgive, forget, or at least you forget

The sea at storm has pulled me in
this is a fight I may not win
The sea at storm is testing me
Is this my end or destiny?

The sea at storm has pulled me in
You’ll never harm a soul again
The sea at storm is testing me
This is for all the suffering

Tidal anger pulls me under
Tidal anger
Track Name: Wrath of a Gentle Man
You've got an Axe to grind and tight closed eyes
Your contradictions come as no surprise
That you made yourself blind to your own lies
I think I'll sever my ties.

A penny is far too much for your thoughts
Your putrid mind corrupts and rots
There’s more to you than meets the ear,
Just nothing that I want to hear.

Try seeing things through another’s eyes
You don't have to lobotomize
To open someone else's mind
You have become what you despise

I won’t waste another moment on your dogma.

Obstinance: manifested. Blind-eyed, Closed-minded disaffection
Spare me your so-called “wisdom”
You’re a fake, an arrogant fraud
Save some judgement for God.

You’ve had plenty of practice preaching, why won’t you practice what you preach?

(Chorus)
You’ve got an axe to grind and tight closed eyes
Your contradictions come as no surprise
That you made yourself blind to your own lies
I think I’ll sever my ties.

Your idolatry breeds hypocrisy
Your eyes are blinded by the pride you see
That the elegy that you wrote for me
Should have ended up so differently.

You're a mockery of humanity
The incarnation of dystrophy
You're a harbinger of catastrophe
A plague, pure ruin, you are disease.
Track Name: The Moonless Night
He roams the earth by night
He prays to catch a sight
Of the thing that escapes his mind

It hunts and haunts escapes and eludes
it's gone when he opens up his eyes.
It’s nots living when you’re dead inside.

I’ve been through Hell, I’ve tasted heaven, I’ve walked the road that joins the two.
Now I’ve lost myself somewhere inside of me and I'm not sure what to do.

This past year has been the hardest time of my life and I would kill for a rock or a hard place.
But now the clock has turned, I guess the lesson learned is that The heart of stone shatters into the most pieces.


It's been difficult and getting worse ever since the start, I burned down every bridge between my mind and my heart.


The flame that lit my way
The Moon led me astray
The things my heart once had
That led me down this path
A wilted fragment of my Focus
A hidden thorn among the roses
Track Name: Vitality
I’m so tired of sleeping and sick-to-death of this illness and
Each day I can feel as the stronghold of my mind

Slips out of focus, away from these dreams
Heart beaten down, torn at the seams

This can't be the end of everything that I've done
All the darkness in this world could never block out the sun
There’s no evil that surrounds us that can outweigh the good
Bound by the light, lifted up from the ground where we stood

Vitality is gone from me, my apathy a eulogy,
That reads: “here lies a tragedy,
A hollow shell of what was me”

You’re a skeleton of your former self, and I can see that you lack a spine.

I fear there is no cure for this
Lethargy-wrapped narcotic bliss
No shock that can awaken me
No force to break this apathy

Wake me up, wake me up, I'm far too dead to die
I can't remember how long it's been since I last saw sunlight
Wake me up, wake me up, I'm far too dead to die
I can't remember how long it’s been since I saw any light

Vitality is gone from me,
My apathy a eulogy
That reads: “here lies a tragedy,
A hollow shell of what was me.”

Restore to me vitality
Track Name: Castle in the Clouds
Years spent roaming
Through countless nights
This road before me
The end in sight


It Falls Around
The fortress walls they crack like brittle bone
Hear the sound
Magnificent and full of horror
Go live your life outside of the shadows
Be a voice, not an echo
I stand on battered feet
From the ground beneath
I can’t help but think it’s the end

My path ends here

Stained glass falling everywhere
I see it passing through the air
And past the broken shroud I found:
An end to my life on the ground

Stained glass falling everywhere
I see it passing through the air
And past the broken shroud I found:
An end to my life on the ground

Look around at desolation
See the fall of the creation
A fear was born of insurrection:
End of my life or a new start?

Far beyond the moonlight’s reach
I have traveled looking for the fortress in the air that I was brought to seek

Led by the Stone, away from Sea
Finally I have found meaning to my quest that has always been inside of me

But the fortress walls crack like brittle bone
They reveal the Secret of the Stone

Live for Life without the fear of Death
Glory fades and the Grave takes the rest

It Falls Around
The fortress walls they crack like brittle bone
Hear the sound
Magnificent and full of horror
Go live your life outside of the shadows
Be a voice, not an echo
I stand on battered feet
from the ground beneath
I can’t help but think it’s the end

I’ve faced my fears, I’ve fought my doubts
What I found was a Castle in the Clouds

I see the walls of the great Castle, so strong against the attacks
Crumble before their own dead weight, and spread a web of cracks

There’s more to life than death
And seeing is only believing for the blind

But Death and I are the best of friends
We’ve been close so many times

Through forests and plains I have wasted away
Over mountains and glaciers my skin turned to gray
I gave up my home to travel alone
Into the world, leaving all I had known

LISTEN TO ME

In every trial from far away
I have been here with you each step of the way

It Falls Around
The fortress walls they crack like brittle bone
Hear the sound
Magnificent and full of horror
Go live your life outside of the shadows
Be a voice, not an echo
I stand on battered feet
from the ground beneath
I can’t help but think it’s the end