'Sands Of Time' - Early Demos & Rarities

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This much anticipated special 78 min release features 14 tracks from the Mithras vaults. Airing both unheard rarities and remastered demos from the 1998-2003 chapter in their 11 year history, the booklet includes loads of old pictures and extensive liner notes from Rayner Coss and Leon Macey, with additional contributions from early members, including Liam Kavanagh (ex-guitarist / producer), Steve Crompton (ex guitarist) and Justin Joyce (ex drummer).

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released March 1, 2010

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Track Name: Gods Among Men
Kings across the sea
Coming for your land
Sending mighty armies
Come to take your homes
Inhabitants of your lands
Fighting for their lives
Smashed to the ground
By the over-powering

Leaders march their armies
Taking all your cities
Crusade across the sea
To rule a new land
Hopeless battle lost
Supremacy to reign
Bringing forth a god...
A god for your worship

See the Kings....
In purple robes
Sat aloft
On golden thrones
Gods among men
Dominating
Gods among men
Forever conquering

Ancient rituals torn away
Dictatorship enforced
Follow the new order
Brought from foreign lands
Bringing forth advances
Bringing forth the wise
Technology so superior
That lived in your dreams...

Deserted lands left by Kings
Constructions still stand
Left for the memory
Of this conquered land
Summoned by their Emperor
To go and save their homes
Land left to be haunted
Haunted forever more.......
Track Name: Ancient Prophecy
Ancient scripture on the wall
Carvings tell a prophecy
A Godly statue awaits release
To reign this land once more
Knowledge of writings slips away
Time grows ever short
Worshipped only by a few
Await the chosen one

An elder race, pray to he
keeping his name alive
As the years pass by your kind
numbers dwindle, tales die
Strictly following the sacred rites
Generations pass him by
His name lives for centuries
Until his time doth come

Statue waits in marble halls
A motionless god awake no more
Contained within his stone-clad fort
Imprisoned by a curse
Echoing walls , a sacred shrine
Display a god in static state
Something lives deep within
A Lord, A God, Your future King

A child born with holy mark
coming forth , the chosen one.
Set the quest centuries convey
writings, truth unfolds.
Across the deserts of distant lands
A man's crusade must go
Return your Saviour, son to thee
Release the Emperor, promised to me

In the halls, a statue stands
A lord awaits his promised land
Fulfil the prophecy of the ancient ones
Release the God, let him rule once more
Land barren and so forlorn
Needs a lord to rule once more
Let him free and be the one
To command his chosen son
Track Name: The Caller And The Listener (Demo)
The lowly
Piteous, weak but by nature abhorrent
The fallen
Throwbacks to a distant age
They clamour
United in aspiration
Grovelling for their redeemer

As prophesised
They turned their voices
Towards the heavens
Using the arts
They called out into the void
"Oh lord enlighten our souls"
In nescience
You know not what
Your exhaltations have unleashed

It hears
The ovation falls
On open ears
Yet you know not
What your exhaltations have unleashed
It hears and it doth come

You know not
what your exhaltations have unleashed
It comes
Sing the hossannas and it comes
Sing hossanas and the great host comes

You called for me
And you shall have me
Through your eyes
I shall pierce your souls with fear
And then you shall run
Track Name: Bequeath Thy Visions (Demo)
Awaken!
Your body rests yet you wander
Awaken!
What is it that makes you writhe?
Great Councillor
Unleash upon me your fear
You hesitate
Great terror hides behind your eyes
Bestow
Teach to me your learnings
Great one
Doubt grows heavy upon your brow

Brothers I've seen
I've seen the thing of greater terror
Fear, fear the words I am to speak
My dreams -
Contaminated by this horror
Relentless, these visions I wish to bequeath
Voices, I hear their voices
Its calls flood into my soul
Unleashing this greater terror

It seeks, beyond my eyes
Yet I see not the seeker
Its screams bringing me to my knees
The terror tears into my soul
I hear the singing, the beacon
Beckoning this beast
It listens
It hears their calls

It's time!
My brothers we must realize
Evolve, we must now evolve
It's near, it comes
We need to reach the greater planes
Oh my brothers it seeks us
This thing that comes ever closer to this earth
Track Name: Transcendence (Demo)
The call has come to return
To leave this mortal coil
Return to the eternal
Become as one again
To remove back to sprirt
I cast off these chains so binding
I ascend through separation
I aspire to transcend

The ultimate of man's fears
That which no-one "knows"
The key to the eternal
Passage off this earth
My spirit calls
For it knows the way
You "know" nothing
Blind you follow an idol

You are as nothing
For now I am the all
Track Name: Vae Solis (Demo)
The fire in the sky
He who gives us light
The sun - our lord
Giver of all life
His coming has been the herald
The dawn of a new cycle
For as long as it has been remembered
It has been this way

He is life eternal
The focus of our worship
We dared not look upon him
Until this fateful day

Solo: Macey

His flames diminish!
Shadows begin to fall
At the apex of his journey
This cannot be so!
In terror I look into his heavens
I need not shield my eyes
Dust rising from afar
Is swallowing our lord

Solo: Macey
Solo: Macey

The ground trembles
In the distance thunders roar
His powers blast the lands
Fierce winds whip up the sands
How have we displeased him?
Not in lack of dedication
We cower as the skies darken
Our lord is nowhere to be seen

Solo: Crompton

He did not return
Deserting us in twilight
Without his solar powers
Our crops withered and died
Terrible winter froze the sand
Killing the sick old and young
Our faith is all that binds us to
These lands our lord has left us to
Track Name: Dreaming In Splendour (Demo)
I see a world
Structured from my soul
Palaces from my dreams
My spirit can embrace
You attack my body
Making me ever strong
I shall stand tall
I am everlasting

Souls rise to the eternal sea
The weak crumble away
Strong becoming ever stronger
A force beyond the mortal
Hear the souls call
Lifting me from within
Embraced I rise
A god in my death

Reaching the invisible mass
It engulfs me with sanctity
I am caught with the others
The ones who dream in splendour
My beacon burns so bright
Becoming brighter still
My call cries over all
I have risen beyond the physical

Solo: Macey

I rise
I soar
I am everlasting

Solo: Macey

Call out to me
As I soar above
Beyond the power of sight
I exist in a world of dreams
Physical state gone from my memory
I rise forever more
Immortality beckons
I exist eternally

Solo: Crompton
Track Name: Wrath Of God (Demo)
Riding forth - For the greater glory of their god
Riding forth - To rage against their infidel
Taking by force - Claiming holy lands as their own
Allachibar - Can no one withstand the power of their god?

Sent by their pope
They rewarded tolerance
With no mercy
To reclaim their
Holy lands
They had to have slaughter
Diplomacy a concept
Lost on these uncivilised barbarians

Solo: Macey

I come forth
An unstoppable wind of the east
Taking under my vast wing
New lands for my governance
Horsemen of the open steppe
No one can withstand
"If you had not been so evil, I would not have come"
For I am the wrath of god

Solo: Crompton
Solo: Macey
Track Name: Tomb Of Kings (Demo)
I travelled far and wide
Searching.....
On paths trodden
Only by so few
I uncover the doorway
My journey nears its end
I complete the ritual
Which grants me passage unto -

This ancient tomb
Of kings - I open
I break the seal
Of three thousand years
What foul enchantment
Will befall me?
What will I
Behold?

Leaving the sun behind
Down passages so dark
The torch my only weapon
Against this vault of darkness
Soon I lose my way
Attempt to trace my footsteps
My torch fading fast
As I see a chink of light

My pace quickens
Running towards the distant glow
I stumble on the entrance
The awesome spectacle brings me to my knees

I behold the tomb of kings

On huge pedestals they stand
Mounted, weapons in hand
Once kings of this land
Their statues stand
Monarchs long forgotten
Rising towards the light
Once proud lords
Will rise again......

Terror in the air
Ancient tombs opening
Grotesque figures emerging
Still dressed in regal splendour
Followed by their servants
Entombed when their lord died
Empty eyes look towards the surface
As foretold: They rise again

Solo: Macey
Track Name: As The Wind Blows (Demo)
Your will shattered
Like an egg beneath my feet
Your nature to obey
Marked as a follower
You accomplish nothing
Too blind to see the way
You are as sand
As the wind blows

You cling to it
Your faith as your shield
Against the perils
Of this world
But blind you cannot see
Hidden by this guise of faith
An ultimately superior
Reality!

Solo: Macey

My will - crushes your will
Our will - sends
Tidal waves of fear
Throughout your mundane empire
Unseen we reign supreme
We stand ignored with sight
In your kingdom of the blind

A breed of men apart
We are the ones who shape our lives
We tread our way
Along these paths seldom trodden.

Outro Solo: Macey
Track Name: Conquered Realms
Confronted massive armies
Clash for forgotten lands
I oppose the enemy
To overthrow their few
Dispensing of my thousands
Promising them the riches
Mercenaries marching on
Prevailing at my call

I come to command
This forgotten land
I must control them all
They all must fall
I am the one
Godly in my stature
Leader of these men
Conqueror of all

Men standing under command
waiting for my orders
Lands to rule far away
Come to take it all
I am of many powers
Leader of the countless
Mocking the attempts
Of all in my way

Hear of me and live in fear
The one who dominates
Bringing your homes to their knees
Another land to rule
Nominal forces pushed aside
My men never seize
Followers of my orders
Crush under foot

Men scatter in terror
At what their eyes behold
Masses rising high
As men flock to me
Legend amongst mankind
Forever standing tall
Commander of my realm
Monarch to its grounds
Track Name: Gods Among Men
Kings across the sea
Coming for your land
Sending mighty armies
Come to take your homes
Inhabitants of your lands
Fighting for their lives
Smashed to the ground
By the over-powering

Leaders march their armies
Taking all your cities
Crusade across the sea
To rule a new land
Hopeless battle lost
Supremacy to reign
Bringing forth a god...
A god for your worship

See the Kings....
In purple robes
Sat aloft
On golden thrones
Gods among men
Dominating
Gods among men
Forever conquering

Ancient rituals torn away
Dictatorship enforced
Follow the new order
Brought from foreign lands
Bringing forth advances
Bringing forth the wise
Technology so superior
That lived in your dreams...

Deserted lands left by Kings
Constructions still stand
Left for the memory
Of this conquered land
Summoned by their Emperor
To go and save their homes
Land left to be haunted
Haunted forever more.......
Track Name: Ancient Prophecy
Ancient scripture upon the wall
Carvings tell a prophecy
A Godly statue awaits release
To reign this land once more
Knowledge of writings slips away
Time grows ever short
Worshipped only by a few
Await the chosen one

An elder race, pray to he
keeping his name alive
As the years pass by your kind
numbers dwindle, tales die
Strictly following the sacred rites
Generations pass him by
His name lives for centuries
Until his time doth come

Statue waits in marble halls
A motionless god awake no more
Contained within his stone-clad fort
Imprisoned by a curse
Echoing walls , a sacred shrine
Display a god in static state
Something lives deep within
A Lord, A God, Your future King

A child born with holy mark
coming forth , the chosen one.
Set the quest centuries convey
writings, truth unfolds.
Across the deserts of distant lands
A man's crusade must go
Return your Saviour, son to thee
Release the Emperor, promised to me

In the halls, a statue stands
A lord awaits his promised land
Fulfil the prophecy of the ancient ones
Release the God, let him rule once more
Land barren and so forlorn
Needs a lord to rule once more
Let him free and be the one
To command his chosen son
Track Name: Plagued Lands
Release his beaten army
Show me immortal ones
As the land starts to bleed
Rivers now blood - filled
Attack upon man and beast
Lice infected, swarm
Amphibious epidemic rules
Plague across the land

Land left so desolate
Watch it drift away
Hear last commandment
Justice to be done
See the first born of kin
Consumed in a sea of death
Land released from holy rule
Kill the Pharaoh king

Lands so cancerous
Anthrax infected flock
Ashes begin to blister
Ruptures on man's skin
Hail falls as fires burn
Disaster raining down
leaving land exposed to pain
Pharaohs evil rule

Shadows fall upon
Locusts start to feed
Strip the crops, expose the sand
Condemn this desert land
Sky darkens three days long
Darkness all to rule
Every man blind to see-
What this lands become

See the sign, smeared
Blood of sacrificed
Devour with haste, the flesh
Never water sodden, burn
Plague comes to pass
Smite Egyptian first born
Follow and live by demand
Leave Egyptian land

Children to live in fear
follow cloud of dust
Column of fire dictates
See the sight of war
Guarded night and day
Encamp by nature's side
Carrying bones of the dead
Mistrusted god commands

Rested by coast of sea
Let the Pharaoh come
Chariots six-hundred strong
led by chosen few
Retreat across divided sea
Closes upon ungodly son
My hand shall destroy
We all be dead men