Phantoms of Our Ruin

by Nightmare A.D.

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Recorded and Mixed between Aug 2017 - Aug 2018 at First in Space Studio ( and Links Cambodia
Mixed and Mastered by Alex Khalchenia
Produced by Nightmare A.D. and Alex Khalchenia

All Music by Mia Priest and Nightmare A.D.
All Lyrics by Mia Priest
Additional Keyboards by Jon Banules

Artwork by Mia Priest


released November 19, 2018

MIA PRIEST - Vocals / Guitars


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Track Name: The Great Equaliser
Led through the fire, a test of will.
Unbind the eyes under illusion.
Awaken you sleeper of reality,
Begin anew.

The rifts that divide are incorporeal.
These bridges do not burn.
For those who seek to dismantle
Are disavowed.

Under the watchful eye...
Shadows of doubt are denied.
To pierce the false veil of perception
Is to run to the light.

Let us see...
And we shall believe.

No weapon formed against us shall prosper,
For we have not faltered in our weakness
And found absolution.
Track Name: Deathtrip
From death archaic we shall rise...

Insurgents of the system,
Break the laws of Man.
Guide us O Prometheus,
Illuminate our descent.

Nascent spur of agony,
Achillean woe bestowed.
Paradigms of entropy,
Death to the world.

We are but gears to machines.
We are not told of what we truly are.
The furious spark of revolution ignites
The fire,

The fire that burns deep inside.
Track Name: Pain is a Master
The hardest truth is one
That you must bear alone.
A scar that is a lesson,
The one that breaks your bones.

In those wasted midnight hours
When it comes biting at your neck,
The bloodletting of tragedy,
There is no going back.

Is a master.

What has been done is done as I was told.
Stricken with fear in moments where I behold.
A lie or a truth that is discerning to be,
A pain so real that it brings you to your knees.

All that makes you weak,
Is what enpowers you.
Strength beyond the chains that bind,
Rise above your limitations.
Track Name: Interloper
Tear down to see,
The loss of control.
All of which bleeds
For those far below.

To those who have followed
Yet begging for none,
I witnessed the axiom of what has been done.
A canon of corruption explicit in name,
The fallible lie...

Reveal the words once obscene...
Freedom from this autocracy.
Tell me what the future holds...
It's now yours.

In these darkest hours,
A nation sleepless in trepidation.
The answers stay buried,
In riddles of disinformation.

How do we remain
In their thrall of subjugation?
No justice, no peace.
We must wrest from domination.

We will return.
Track Name: Vultures
All I see are vultures,
They all scream your name.
These failures of consequence
Are answered only in vain.

What do you know...
They circle for flesh.
Their hungry eyes
Are waiting.

To be alone.
To be disowned.

To crawl back from the never,
Only to be cursed by you.
Your existence is my cancer,
My bane,
My burden paid in fucking blood.

Birds of prey,
Claw out my eyes.
Hex surrogate,
Your sacrifice.

To suffer in memory of passing years,
A cold heart betrays the lack of empathy.
A backhanded slap to a face full of tears,
The unhinged mouth that spewed unbridled cruelty.

To be used and abused and thrown aside,
As you start your brand new life.
The past buried in filth and rot,
In your mind I have died.

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