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Alpha: The Ypres Months

by Returning We Hear the Larks

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This album is a compilation of tracks written and/or recorded by me in the last 10 months. I would consider them 'b-sides' to Ypres.

Artwork once again by the brilliant Jason Karavokiris at


released October 4, 2010

Artwork by Jason Karavokiris

Tracks 2, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 composed by Jak Noble between January and October 2010.
Track 11 composed by Jak Noble between May and July 2006.
Track 3 composed by Zach Norman
Track 4 composed by Brandon Butler/Veil of Maya
Track 7 composed by Martin Hagström/Meshuggah

Lyrics for track 2 written by Chris Gengler and Jak Noble
Lyrics for track 3 written by the Bard of Blasphemy

Main vocals on track 2 performed by Chris Gengler
All guitars on track 3 performed by Zach Norman
All vocals on track 3 performed by the Bard of Blasphemy

Track 3 mixed by Zach Norman

Sample on track 1 taken from 'FullMetal Alchemist'
Samples on track 11 taken from 'N64 Kid', 'Black Man Angry at Toys R Us', 'Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood', 'The Shining' and 'Fallout 3: Ronald the Assaulter'



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Track Name: The Virus [ft. Chris Gengler]
[C. Gengler]
It's about to come
It will consume you
You will fall
You will break
But you'll see the end of days

Pray to your god, pray
Get on your knees and pray for your God

[J. Noble]
The world falls to its knees
An incureable hybrid disease
Death-tolls soar as governments fall
Mankind witnesses the end of all

Your kingdom will burn to the ground
Your kingdom will burn to the ground before your eyes

[C. Gengler]
Watch as this crimson sky turns black
From all the ash from these burning trees
Watch as this world will decay
Why can't you see, why can't you hear?

Because of all these ashes
Falling down from the heavens
Can't you hear? No-one can hear you scream anymore

[J. Noble]
Mankind, a world in ashes
Civilisation no more
Starving parents gut their children
Desperate for their flesh and organs

All the years of human progress
Life on Earth eaten from the inside
Butcher the weak, mutilate the afflicted
Feed on your brothers just to survive
Track Name: This Mangled, Rotting World... [ft. Beyond Our Eyes; The Bard of Blasphemy]

Everything now, a shade of grey
Lost its magic, ain't it tragic?
Regurgitate and hit replay
Automatic gimick addict
Innocence didn't last a day
Dirty habit, naughty rabbit
Watch the world as it rots away
Filthy maggots chew and mash it

Insides worn out, patch the leak again
New age burn-out, wasted lives away
Thieves' lies caught out, broken dreams replay
Progress in doubt, corporation games rot the world away

The world may end in flames to be rebuilt again
Despite the death and pain, the fools would rule the same

This mangled, rotting world will sink into the sea
And in its place shall rise...

This mangled, rotting world will sink into the sea
And in its place shall rise...
This mangled, rotting...
Track Name: Unbreakable
I hear them calling
The damned are calling from this hell on Earth

Their voices flooding my ears
I hear them calling
Their voices flooding my ears from this hell on Earth

I sit back, watching above
Sacrifice would mean relief from these times

We all hold the power to trust
and have faith in ourselves
But just like a coward we flee from our hearts

Now is the time to believe in yourself
Have no fear how others think of you or will judge you
For your greatness will silence them all

Now is the time, to believe

Now is the time (together)
Now is the time to believe

Track Name: Obzen
A state of perfection, immersed in filth
Equilibrium obtained
Pure in devotion to all things unwell
This sweet zen of our ill condition sustained

A new belief-system
Salvation found in vomit and blood
Where deprivation, lies
Corruption, war and pain is god

Harmony found in the sickly, the vile
Unflinching eyes, joyous and gleeming
Intense in their need to watch things die

Decay, disgrace, disgust - our state of zen

The grime of contempt and degeneration,
Sticky, foul and pungent
The sediment of our creation
We flourish in this bloodred soil
Track Name: The Soundtrack to the Apocalypse Will Be Grindcore [2010 Remake]
Fear strikes the world as dumb as the Watchmen
The end is nigh
Families gather in prayer
Looters line the streets ready for hell

They kneel in prayer with God as their witness
(Tomorrow) will be the last day of humankind’s existence

Now they can plainly see
2012 AD
Nibiru calling me

A heavy darkness spreads across the world
Our doomsday here for all to see
The soundtrack to the apocalypse will be grindcore

Black Death begins to spread
Mothers and children dead

They kneel in prayer with God as their witness
Tomorrow will be the last day of humankind’s existence

The apocalypse upon us
We will be judged on our sins
On our sins
The apocalypse upon us
Armageddon watches from above

Everyone’s dead outside
It’s a global genocide

Parents start to kill and eat their young in search of food
Humans turn their weapons on themselves and earth is renewed

All life slaughtered by the power of the gods
The fallen angels begin to descend
No more shall mankind dominate the earth
Nephilim begin their reign on blood and bone
Blood and bone