the fall of samarkand

by Gate of Horn

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Dusting off long-forgotten ancient texts for their inspirational cues, Gate of Horn combines the mournful strains of traditional Middle Eastern and Central Asian scales with sludgy doom metal grooves. The result is a uniquely psychedelic trip through an alternate history where conjured Djinns wreak havoc across desolated landscapes, and the brutality of human nature is revealed in all its terrible glory. Composed of equal parts trance-inducing ethnic melodies and crushing metal riffs, Gate of Horn is sure to get your Dervish whirling.

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released October 30, 2014

Guitar, vox: Matt FP
Guitar, vox, other: Mark RP
Additional Vox on "Exile's End": Taj S
Additional Recording: ACIEM Studios
Art: Michelle DN
GFX: Ryan VF

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Gate of Horn New York, New York

Swords. Sand. Samarkand. Through the Gate of Horn, lost history is forgotten once again.

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Track Name: Djinn
djinn
unknown madness bound in chains
djinn
endless hatred without a name
djinn
destruction in a single breath
djinn
in its wake only death

monuments of man reduced to dust
steel draws blood red rust
visions of apocalypse fill the sky
some may live all must die

djinn
cities crumble nights collapse
djinn
echoes deep beyond the past
djinn
crack the earth the righteous act
djinn
this the first but not the last

monuments of man reduced to dust
steel draws blood red rust
visions of apocalypse fill the sky
some may live all must die
Track Name: Exile's End
cut down the tree
strip its leaves
let the beast leave its shade and the birds its branches
but leave the Earth its stump and roots
fettered with iron and bronze
let him be bathed with the dew of the heavens
his lot be to eat among beasts the grass of the earth
let his mind be changed from human
let him be given the sense of the beast
til seven years pass over him
by decree of the sentinels is this decided
Track Name: Worship of Agin
we ride west with no regret
with fire on our backs
we take your blood we take your lives
your bones sharpen our axe
a god's price we exact a payment made in blood
the innocent shall fall in fire plague and flood

scythian blood god
scythian blood god
scythian blood god
scythian blood god

bodies strewn across red fields
the dead laid to rot
drink the marrow eat the flesh
is this what you sought?
the pyre raised on high
exalted flames consume
the throats of men are cut
the sword slaked in doom

scythian blood god
scythian blood god
scythian blood god
scythian blood god

coils of smoke ascend again
fumes of death stain the sky
the sacrifice is not enough
for Agin more must die

scythian blood god
scythian blood god
scythian blood god
scythian blood god
Track Name: Scales of Osiris
heavy is the heart that wears the crown
tears of blood cities drown
an army of ghosts but weapons of flesh
of all the things undone Ausare won't soon forget

nothing left to atone
ashes stolen from bone
suffer not the will to live
set the scars into stone

purification through fire and flame
forsake the realm invoke his name
annihilation the damned destroyed
oblivion awaits within the void

nothing left to atone
ashes stolen from bone
suffer not the will to live
set the scars into stone

eons beyond the blackened sun
when at the end it has begun
a kingdom ruined a king once flawed
behind the mask a faceless god

the scales of Osiris weights of dread
final verdict for legion of the dead
tribune divine judge men alike
samarkand the endless fight

another heart before me to tilt the scales
another century slips and Anubis sips the grail
another unknown man from another unknown time
watch the foul down rise
your soul is mine