Until The Darkness Takes Us

by Nathan Gray Collective

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crusbarsky This album is ALL I've been listening to since I discovered it 5 days ago. I am absolutely in love with it, and I thank you with all my heart for giving this to us. I saw one of your live streams the other night about how this album's music is dark, but the lyrics are very positive and uplifting, and how you'd hoped that came across. I'll tell you, it 100% does. There couldn't have been a better time in my life for this to find me/me to find it, in the midst of a major personal mentality shift- which at first scared the shit out of me. I'm 23, and it is to be expected to happen, as it does for all, multiple times throughout their lives. I am overwhelmingly happy and empowered, as I pick my own self up from my past and the things that weighed me down. This album is Gold, thank you again comrade.
-Chelsey Favorite track: Anthemic Hearts.
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released March 3, 2017

NATHAN GRAY COLLECTIVE IS:
Nathan Gray
Daniel E. Smith

DEVILS ADVOCATES:
Dan Torelli – Drums
Rebekah Latshaw – Piano, Backing Vocals

ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY:
Nathan Gray & Daniel E. Smith

PRODUCED BY:
Nathan Gray & Daniel E. Smith

TRACKED & ENGINEERED BY:
Daniel E. Smith at Sounds Of Ideal Life

MIXED BY:
John Ferrara at Portrait Recording Studios

MASTERED BY:
Kevin Mattesky at Phantom Center Media

ART DIRECTION, DESIGN & LAYOUT BY:
Tom Bejgrowicz for Man Alive Creative

AUTOPSY THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY BY:
Tom Bejgrowicz for Man Alive Creative

CHURCH PHOTOGRAPHY BY:
Nick McNevich

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Track Name: Heathen Blood
Faith drives the dying need of conquest and destiny
Fear loves the company of corpses fed to vanity
Battle cries apostasy banners raised to agony
You’ll struggle better on your knees in front of altars built to fabled kings
White light and savagery in a name that no one speaks
Of right hand and pagan slaves screams rise that no one heeds

Bow down now / Cry out for a reason to live / For a reason to die
Holy holy god of mercy / In these killing fields your will is done

Praise be to hollow dreams tough love and tyranny
Sites aimed at dignity shots fired nothing left to see
The path of righteousness paved with the sweet caress
Of bodies burning to be blessed in the fetid lies confessed

Holy holy god of mercy / In these killing fields your will is done
Holy holy god of mercy / Thy name is born in heathen blood

You better learn to kneel, beg, bleed, and die.
Track Name: Lusus Naturae
In this room there is a presence in this tomb there is no light
He’s not afraid of the monsters he’s afraid of what they hide
There’s a wall to keep them in there’s a wall to keep you out
It’s scratching just beyond his movements
It’s scratching all the way back down

There’s blood in the air it comes and it goes
A frantic parade that nobody knows
The darkness within the hatred without…It’s burning it’s way.
If all we’ll ever be is broken all we’ll ever know

Sweet malediction burning fire in blessed sin we come alive
The wolves are howling at his doorstep he sings along to their delight
She dances deep within his darkness her eyes ablaze the vibrant dawn
His only key beyond damnation his only chance to be reborn

There’s blood in the air it comes and it goes
A frantic parade that nobody knows
The darkness within the hatred without…It’s burning it’s way.
If all we’ll ever be is broken, all we’ll ever know is misery
These scars will live in infamy
Track Name: Skin
In this distant silence buried down for way too long
You are writhing chaos, savage love, and higher law
We are blood and invocation sinful pulsing vicious light
Casting shadows on the walls to let the world come alive

You got me out of my mind I got you out of your skin
Breathing fire since the day it all began

This altar screams of heaven in the presence of the damned
This feral wisdom speaks of honor let’s dare to understand
These walls are sublimation where we hide a dark romance
With the knowledge we’ve acquired of the fires within
I’ve got you out of your skin

My mind keeps telling me stop before I go too far
But my heart’s racing to taste the depth of who we are
The flesh keeps calling me home above the stars of your light
And I can’t leave it alone I think I’m losing this fight
You got me out of my mind I got you out of your skin
So let me in.
Track Name: Desire
Please let me touch the flame and burn just one more time and I’ll return
A taste so sweet upon my lips
I’ve led my life in simple praise and left myself to find your way
But I’m growing restless anticipating fate

I’ve been waiting for you / I’ve been searching for truth

Did you give me desire just to watch me fall
‘cause this pull is much stronger than your mission call
Yeah I’m so bored with the shame and I want it now…yeah I want it all
Did you give me desire just to watch me fall

Frustration grows in depths unreached this pushing pulling silent beast
It’s locked away inside of me
This cursed shell that drives decay is getting stronger every day
And I’ve grown to love its wild embrace
Track Name: Damascus
Dear old friend this is the end this road begins and ends with death
And I can’t wait here anymore
As I’m called to justify defeat my heart is breaking here on my knees
And every word falls silently ignored

When in the stillness of the night I screamed your name
No shining light no not a word you never came
So I have come to lay these flowers at your grave
And move on in my name

Through these years I’ve lost control traded my life for nothing more
Than fevered dreams of shame and doubt
While I lay screaming bleeding please if you’re alive you’re still dead to me
And I know I’m all alone so I will leave

When in the stillness of the night I screamed your name
No shining light no not a word you never came
So I have come to lay these flowers at your grave
And move on in my name
Track Name: Set Up
Yeah I was never quite good enough and I could never be the perfect one.
I don’t care cause goddamit I’m the only one I trust
I don’t need the lies you fear when I can smell the flames from here
I don’t need selective love
Doesn’t anyone else feel set up?
Set up
Don't you feel set up?
Set up

I won’t be tested on the terms you wrote when I can write them better note for note
I am the son of dawn and I’ve been selling myself short for way too long
In the temples of sure salvation through self-annihilation
Count me out I’ve had enough
Doesn’t anyone else feel set up?
Set up
Don't you feel set up?
Set up

I’ve given up on the taste of blood in the name of an ideal called love
I’ve whispered holy sacrament
And I’ve screamed my throat raw waiting for deliverance
Your kingdom’s nothing but a hollow shell
There’s nothing left inside to feed the crowds
Just vultures gathered in their sacred nests defining heresy and holiness
As we suffer for the sins they made up
Am I the only one that sees the coming flood
Doesn’t anyone else feel set up?
Set up
Don't you feel set up?
Set up
Track Name: Anthemic Hearts
What will become of your legacy
Starving masses full of your holy disease
Give up for the kingdom yet unseen
Give up your here and now for what may never be
You’ll never see

Sins of the father fault of a god that made it so
We are the children you let go
Isn’t everyone here sick to death of crimes passed down lie after lie
Bowing down like slaves to be saved from on high
Why be sheep when we can rise
We are free we are wild
This is the anthem of our hearts desire

Took so long to see the truth
Of all the pain and sorrow that leaves you unmoved
Set us all up and blamed us well
Gave us temptation and then damned us to hell
You know very well

With hearts aflame and wisdom engaged
We are alive we are already saved
With no masters no gods we are called to no one
Free unafraid of an unfeeling father that raises his children to throw them away
Supplicant fools with their eyes on the grave.
Track Name: At War
Blood flows from the throne room
The beast feeds tonight
I am hatred incarnate
The dawn of new light
No time for contrition
Let the strong come alive
Burn down the empire and take what's mine

I've been to hell now let's go to war
Just you and me let's settle the score
I've been to hell now let's go to war
Let’s go to war

No more hiding in the shadows
No more scraps from the floor
I am my own salvation
I am the God of war
The blinders are lifted
The king is a lie
I am heresy rising as the angel of light

I am the serpent uprising
The destroyer of worlds
Your dreams are empty delusions
I am the first stone hurled
Track Name: Remains
With tongues of fire below the rising tide
I stand defiant upon the funeral pyre
Built with my own two hands to let the past catch fire
Throw the ash to the air begin the age of iron

So here I stand / Here I believe
That I am free / Because I chose to be
Stronger than death / Louder than shame
Let it all burn away and rise from the remains

Hymns of a native son reborn in Babylon
Calculating steps to hide the damage done
When there’s no hope or grace you learn to fight like hell
When there’s no savior you learn to save yourself
Track Name: Memento Mori
From death comes new life

Unto wisdom divine 

The tree of knowledge is burning bright

The serpent calls to arise

Ignite sabbatic pyres

Call familiars home

The end comes to all alike

To invoke the savage fight 

And the walls come down 



In this hidden light we burn

We burn much brighter

Hold it close and never let it go



Align the dawn to darkness

Against the rising tide

Of dust howling out for salvation 

To a silent empty sky
Ignite sabbatic pyres

Call familiars home

The end comes to all alike

To invoke the savage fight

And the walls come down
Track Name: Until The Darkness Takes Us
I have found in death alone a life to call my own
A vibrant coming home
Beyond illusion our path becomes more human
Our movements grow more restless
Until the darkness takes us

In absolution a final resting place

There’s nothing left to fear the fire draws us near
Before we disappear
Beyond illusion our path becomes more human
Our movements grow more restless
Until the darkness takes us
In absolution a final resting place in the stars once again

Now I’m at peace at last
Now I’m at peace with death

In absolution our final resting place in the stars once again
Track Name: Jettison
Let the plague years burn in effigy
We have earned our own reprieve
Above the silent suffering
Of these slaves who live to bleed

Jettison cast away and start again
Jettison we’re our own deliverance

With my own hands I’ve forged these stones
To build a path through the unknown
With no more sins left to atone
A vibrant dawn of flesh and bone

I’ve come alive and I’m not letting it go
The past is dead and I have found a new home
I am unbound and rising up to my feet
I am reborn I am finally free
Track Name: Dark Fire
We were banished by the sun
Hopeful sinners prideful love
We were savage and out of place
But in their shadows we found our way

Dark fire in your embrace
Countless hours longing to taste

Fallen angels on the run
Lurid hunger wicked lust
We are savage and out of place
But in their shadows we found our way

Dark fire in your embrace
Countless hours longing to taste
Let it be so, I will not let you go
Dark fire in your embrace

And I will not let you go
I will not let you go
Come hell or heaven, gods or men
I release myself to love again
And I will not let you go