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'Larks' is a compilation of fan-favourite songs by Returning We Hear the Larks, spanning all releases in chronological order. All tracks have been re-recorded and remastered to bring them up to the standard of Larks' last album 'Far-Stepper/Of Wide Sea'.

This release is essentially a 'greatest hits' album, signifying the end of Returning We Hear the Larks. At least for now. Maybe there'll be more one day.

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released March 30, 2015

All tracks composed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Jak Noble, with the exception of the covers bonus tracks.

Lyrics for track 13 written by Josh Astridge
Track 13 originally performed by Red Horizons.
Singing on tracks 17 and 18 by Lauren Krukiel.
Track 19 composed and originally performed by Red Seas Fire.
Track 20 composed and originally performed by Architects.
Track 21 composed and originally performed by The Arusha Accord.

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Returning We Hear the Larks Bristol, UK

Returning We Hear the Larks is the progressive metal solo project of Jack Noble, from Bristol, England.

'A bloody fantastic slice of British metal.'
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'Miss out on this one at your own peril. 666 out of 6.'
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Track Name: The End of All Things [Larks Mix]
And so we deny
Hanging upon the foundations of this home built from the solacy
From the hatred you seethed for your entire existence

Blackened noose hanging your reddening neck
Breathe out the spite

This is the end
If only we could turn the clockhand back
Release, forget, redeem
So let nothingness arise and claim its place
At the end of all things

Worlds crumbled at your feet
Just as your life crumbles below your body
Into the depths of the darkness that awaits
Track Name: Line-Trap
I will never get to sleep
I've never seen a cut run so deep
Parasites feast upon my mind
Dispatching all that has made me blind
Delirious and feverish; scratching at my eyes
Organs convulse and swell deep inside
Nausea overwhelms; welcome the taste of blood
Your voice resounding; I feel my mind erupt

I cannot just abide by you; so much you expect
Commonalities are lost on me; I feel your abhorrence
Waiting to kick me down; your malice is distinct
Life shouldn't be so regimented; like lambs to the slaughter

Adrenaline taking my mind, fueling my hate as I carve inside
Living like this is not worth the pain and memories
I cannot see; rapid blows puncture my lungs as I gradually fall asleep

No, not this time
You'll never know what changed inside
Track Name: The Corruption of the Third Sister
Raised and adored by her guardian to the tender age of fifteen
Medusa learnt of her sister's betrayal and demise by hand of the gods
Ignoring the orders of her elder and straying far from her home
The youngest Gorgon set upon a quest to avenge the death of her own

A journey far from the caverns and shores of the world that Medusa knew
Ascending the perilous Mount Olympus, searching for answers
A path paved with ghouls and creatures seeking to corrupt the girl
Met only by a beacon of passion, fuelled by her vengeance in heart

Medusa arrived in a temple of marble, bathed in the sun’s sky
And marvelled at the dazzling realm of gods
But soon, a man approached the young girl; beautiful, eternal
He led her to the shadows

Here; stay still, little girl and do just as I say

Forcing himself onto the young girl, Poseidon, god of the sea did mount Medusa violently
Grasping the child’s face, though her screams still resounded throughout the marble temple
As the raping of Medusa was heard through Olympus
The innocence of the Gorgons, forever lost

Goddess Athena witnessed the desecration of her temple
Shielding her virgin eyes from a holy abomination
And in punishment for allowing such an act, cursed the Gorgon Medusa
Destined to turn to stone the bodies of all mortal gaze upon her

Though Euryale cared for nothing more in the world than her sister
Medusa’s lonely existence longed for the companionship of another
But damned to never gaze into mortal eyes again
Her innocence destroyed, she cursed the sea
Track Name: Prologue: Stheno; Slain by Hand of Gods
Sister, I will always be here
We are the sea and forever we remain
Through all years, I will keep you near
Sister, I will always be here

Mount Olympus stood grand, casting shadow across the land
Ceasing the sun's existence in the caverns below
Under the realm of gods, rumoured daemons living where land meets the great sea
Said to be spawn of gods themselves, eating voyagers of the sea

The daughters of Phorcys and Ceto, born below the world
Damned to live forever hidden from the sun
Legend demonised Stheno and immortal sister Euryale; elegant, gentle and caring creatures
Living in harmony with waves for a thousand years of the early age

Fortune cursed the Gorgons in the form of one god; young Zeus arrived, hunting for the head of such a creature
The peaceful and wise Stheno witnessed Jupiter's arrival on the island and fled, fearful of his intentions

Neither man nor god set foot in the caverns until the young one came, confident in his youth and with malice in heart
He took chase, hunting the mortal Stheno as she ran to protect her sister, but to no avail
The caring woman impaled by Jupiter's sword

All that I know lies here bleeding
Love forsakes me; I am undone
You were comfort; my compassion
Love lies broken; I am undone

Jupiter lifted the corpse by the hair and detached the head
Turning only a menacing smile to the young girl as he fled the island

All that she knew in life lay beheaded and in spasm, jerking violently and staining the rocks in sharp blood
And for thousand years that followed, the girl mourned her only love
Screaming out to the sea that had given her false safety
Alone in the world, Euryale in time became her own myth
Luring and killing the men of sea who wandered too far from the known
Feeding on the eyes and brains, and all that she felt caused mankind to commit wrong
Track Name: A Dæmon Hunted/The Flight of Perseus
Medusa stared out to sea for eternity
Traumatised by what the world had brought upon her
And through all the years, her sister watched on
Desperate to quell the pain of her younger

As time progressed, Euryale’s passion began to swell
The despair she felt for Medusa grew to something more
Until she could restrain no longer and held her sister
In a passionate embrace of love and sorrowful empathy

The Gorgons’ love for each other blossomed intensely
And Medusa realised the comfort she so desperately craved
In the arms of her own sister
Yet the love they shared was cut tragically short
By whispers of another’s arrival

The sisters, cursed with such ill fate, would never last in peace
And in melancholy recurrence, a warrior did arrive
Perseus, child of the gods, intent on bloodshed
Fuelled by the lies told of the Gorgon sisters
With the reflection shield by his side to avoid her damned gaze
Tasked with removing the head of the feared Medusa
A dæmon hunted

With stealth of foot, Perseus hunted the Gorgons
Rendering them defenceless to his onslaught of steel
Euryale fought to protect her sister with all she could muster
But was beaten and broken by the sheer power of holy Perseus
Medusa in his sight

Deadly teeth and claws made Medusa a worthy foe for a warrior
Though his experience in battle gave Perseus higher ground
Clashing at blinding speeds, the Gorgon fought with all she had to survive
Yet the warrior’s master skill rendered Medusa nothing but prey

Beating the girl into submission, Perseus tore her cursed eyes from her head
Reducing the feared dæmon of stone to a young girl, writhing in agony upon the rocks
Euryale lay paralysed, watching her life destroyed
As Perseus lifted the girl by the hair and separated her head from body with a swing of the sword

All the world was numb as Euryale watched the blood of her only love burst from the battered and decapitated corpse
Perseus smirked as he tossed the naked body to the ground
Drenching Euryale in her true love’s dying blood

Flight

As swiftly as he had arrived, Perseus made his departure
The youngest Gorgon’s head in hand
Fuelled by the purest rage and despair, Euryale summoned the strength
To raise her broken body in pursuit

Giving chase to the holy assailant
Euryale’s speed fuelled by such intense malice
Desperate to slay and eat the man who had destroyed her love
To find solace in the taste of his organs

Yet with the speed of gods at his heel, Perseus outran his pursuer
Never to be seen again, Euryale left broken

Sister, I will always be here
We are the sea and forever we remain
Through all years, I will keep you near
Sister, I will always be here
Track Name: Cipher [Red Seas Fire Cover] [Bonus Track]
This is the harmless truth you've concealed; no expense spared
Your defiance assured through god-given right
How can you carry on? How blind must you be
Not to see ancient history

This is the timeless lie you propagated
No care for the hate you've created

Will it be your last?
To save your conflicting words

You're the disease

This is the shroud you've cast on all of us
You're so faithless
Track Name: To the Death [Architects Cover] [Bonus Track]
When in Troy, do as the Greeks do

This is treacherous
This is cold-hearted betrayal
Move in for the kill

And you’re all traitors

We’ll fight them to the death

Burn down the houses
Loot all the churches

And we found the time to pray
Pray that our justice be done
Pray by the light of the moon
That we’re not here
Track Name: Dead to Me [The Arusha Accord Cover] [Bonus Track]
You still remain here in my head
With ever thought you haunt me
These thoughts are strangling me
Always you lure me

No more will you tempt me
An itch that can't be scratched
No more of your poison

You will not suffice
Not this time
Will you survive
Now I see

I used to think this haze would not lift
And now it is so clear to me
You used to be in control of my life
But now you are so dead to me

No more will you tempt
No more of your poison
Will flow through my veins

I know that I dug my own grave
But I long to be exhumed
I will stand alone if I have to
I won't let you consume
All that is good if it takes me all my life

In my head you remain
I am affected but not lost