Render Unto Archarus

by Archarus

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Duke LaRue
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Duke LaRue I discovered this after their 'Waffle House' tour video... and these are some of the tastiest riffs I have EVER heard. If you're really listening to this, then you know these guys have powers that let them summon demons and dragons and dungeons and stuff... Favorite track: Fire Blade.
Matthew Rukgaber
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Matthew Rukgaber This is a very unsual mixture of styles. Sort of like southern rock meets traditional metal (Grand Magus) with a bit modern NWOBHM-ism thrown in (e.g. The Sword). It has a driving stoner-thrash aspect as well (High on Fire). Mix all of that up and you have one unique, catchy, and kick-ass record. Favorite track: Snow Hammer.
Jeffery Tillotson
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Jeffery Tillotson Tower of the Wizard hit my headphones while I was at work today. I had to get up and walk around before I broke my chair from bouncing me leg and head to the beat. I only have two settings for music: things I like and things I don't like. Render Unto Archarus is certainly in the things I like category. Favorite track: Tower of the Wizard.
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released November 9, 2015

Smith - Hannon - Thompson - Olson

Recorded, mixed, mastered at Thanasphere Studios by Niko Albanese.

Artwork by Tristan Thompson

Lyrics by Drew Smith and Matt Hannon
Lyrics for Last of the Giants credit to George RR Martin



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Archarus Indianapolis, Indiana


the Celestial Sea Dragon, Guardian of the Waves, the Keeper of Seas,

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Track Name: Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf sails so swiftly and under cover of night
To prey on unprotected ships that cross beyond the light
Render Unto Archarus the souls of mortal men
Who dare to cross the oceans and fail to tribute him

Sea Wolf! She haunts the seas!
Sea Wolf! Get on your knees!

A burdened Spanish galleon off the starboard bow
Now sitting on the horizon, but Sea Wolf’s on the prowl
The captain barks the orders, She’s sailing at full speed
The cannons loaded to send the Spanish to the bottom of the sea

Sea Wolf! She haunts the seas!
Sea Wolf! Get on your knees!
Track Name: Under A Tattered Banner
On blood drenched fields
In the shattered forests
On relentless seas
In the forgotten abyss

Under sun scorched skies
In the haunted mountains
In our hearts and our minds
We will fight you

Under A Tattered Banner

Our beloved home fell
To Aldmeri invaders
Now we wander abroad
Hunting down the traitors

Though we lack in strength
We are growing stronger
We will forge our way
And we will fight you

Under A Tattered Banner
Track Name: Lizardfish
Tossing, churning, floating upon the waves
Toiling, swabbing, heaving, counting the days
the sun beats down,
the winds are becalm,
Oh, the Guardian, the Keeper, we ask, we pray

We ask for its aid, but we fear from a raid
We ask for our lives, but it takes them away
Ode to mighty Archarus, we hope and we wish
Nay, all hope is lost, it’s the Lizardfish!

Astern the waters swirl, begins the telling vortex
Off port ocean explodes with cosmic effect
The Guardian of Waves, the Keeper of Seas
The Celestial Sea Dragon, get down on your knees!

Archarian priests claim tomes are writ
The Sea-Beast charting the stars insists
Claws rake the sails,
Harpoons deflect off scales
Surrender now to the Lizardfish!
Track Name: Tower of the Wizard
The square is lit with their torches
The wells have shallowed and dried
The fields are barren and withered
The livestock rotten with flies
The women cry for their children
The peasants cry in the mud
The nobles cry for their riches
The men cry for blood

Upon the dais he preaches
This massing far from benign
The townsfolk gather in piety
To heed the prophet’s lies
“You see now off in the distance,
The tower rises so high.
He brings starvation and ruin;
This wizard, this devil, must fly.”

They’ve gathered with torches
They’ve drained the wells dry
They’ve abandoned the fields
They’ve let the animals die
The women have too many children
The peasants bemoan the days
The nobles hoard all the riches
The men feed their rage

Upon the dais he’s piping
The sheep bleat and they dance
This world is their creation
This vermin stands no chance
“You see, ‘cause I am the Wizard,
So bring your fire and knives.
This Tower shall stand for evermore.
A Wizard, a god, am I.”

I am the Wizard!
Track Name: The Last of the Giants
I am the Last of the Giants
My people have gone from the earth
Last of great mountain giants
Who ruled all the world at my birth

The small folk have stolen my forests
They’ve stolen my rivers and hills
They’ve built a great wall through my valleys
And fished all the fish from my rills

I am the Last of the Giants
So learn well the words of my song
For when I am gone, the singing will fade
And the silence will last long and long

In stone halls they build their great fires
In stone halls they forge their sharp spears
As I walk alone in the mountains
With no true companions but tears

They hunt me with dogs in the daylight
They hunt me with torches by night
But these men who’re small will never stand tall
Whilst giants still walk in the light

I am the Last of the Giants
So learn well the words of my song
For when I am gone, the singing will fade
And the silence will last long and long
Track Name: Fire Blade
Atlas Elementum I: Act I

Across the desert, across the south
They worship the flame, the most devout
Beneath Mount Ru, the coronation rings
Arise Valcaran, the Fire King

Savior of fire, the stories foretell
Enlighten when the kneel, burn when they rebel
Some thralls & servants, some allies or slaves
Wielding Nauritha, to reap with the flame

All fall before the might of the Blade
But the North and their cold bring the Fire to a haze
Flame melts the ice, but is dimmed by the cold
To seduce the Snow Maiden, a plan so bold

A spirit of fire trapped beneath ice
Valcaran burns out that which poisons her life
He melts away her heart of cold
She tames the wild flames and the evils of old

Peace can be seen, a union divine
Uniting the worlds, as foretold in sublime
The way to rule dawns in the right
Not fear but through love, true prophetic light

But the Ice Guards attack, the fighting ensues
Though defending the same, the damage shows through
From the frost or the flame, her ending remains
The peace shall die, with the Snow Maiden’s flame
Track Name: Snow Hammer
Atlas Elementum I: Act II

Footprints tracked through the snow
Up the mountain he must go
The winter wills to break his stride
For love, he must break its pride

Silenced by the wind, cursing the accused
The most dangerous man has naught to lose

Ice clings upon a golden mane
These frozen tears are sorrow’s claim
Drenched and heavy, wear crown and crest
Eclipsed by only pain beneath his chest

Hundreds of souls, in little time shall
At his hands, be condemned to hell

Secrets only a blade confides
Ringless by a former bride
Eagle sound and salty streams
Born among the thieves and screams

Lifeless, lessened, hold and breath
Enemies of a nameless death
Dark light from the east does glow
Death reigns down across the snow

Flash of steel, gleam of light
More a massacre, less a fight

Revenge sought, vengeance known,
Crimson rivers run in the snow
Heavy breath and blurry eyes
The deceased are not all that died
And though he stands, he has not won
A heart to never again be one
Track Name: San Sabado
Atlas Elementum I: Act III

San Sabado approaches, swinging his staff
The fog and haze come tailing to aft
The people flee because they do not know
Open your eyes to see what’s bestowed

The gloom is not his own, shrouds colors so pure
Crimson commands, controls, imprisons azure
Verdant fields claimed by Valcarian scythes
Sweet fronds die along with nature’s true rights

San Sabado approaches, swinging his staff
The clouds and bliss come tailing to aft
The people weep because they can now see
Open your eyes and set yourself free

San Sabado save us
San Sabado save our lives
San Sabado save me
San Sabado save my life
San Sabado take me
San Sabado take me away