Crossing the Desert

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released April 6, 2018

Josh Percy - Lead Vocals
Brandon Corness - Guitar, Vocals, Organ
Andrei Pavlov - Guitar
Crouton McGinn - Bass, Vocals, Violin
Ian Alvarez - Drums, Vocals

Additional Vocals by David Bell, William John, Steve Plantz and Myles Young

Engineered by William John at Carhole Studios in Langley BC and Mike Slater at Harbourside Studios in North Vancouver BC Canada
Mixed and Mastered by Mike Slater
Written and Produced by BORT

Artwork by Alfi Andy
Layout by Brandon Corness

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Track Name: The Beerfields of Bridgeview
Who's that you're dreaming of
When I dream of you?
Through the hoodoo's last gleaming
As the sun fades from view
Down the chemical highway
To your poison machine
Every day's end's a gamble
Since we both were fifteen

Through the beerfields of bridgeview
From the thundering east
Caledonian spectre
Casts its shadow in yeast
When the wildcat grips us
And we fall to our knees
Will we even remember how
We got this disease?

On cold winter nights I'll
Look up at the stars
By the pale glowing moonlight
We'll be comparing our scars
And in each constellation
We can trace out our lives
Until dawn's rosy fingers
Paint a renewed sunrise

Through the beerfields of bridgeview
From the thundering east
Caledonian spectre
Casts its shadow in yeast
When the wildcat grips us
And we fall to our knees
Will we even remember how
We got this disease?

Through the beerfields of bridgeview
From the thundering east
Caledonian spectre
Casts its shadow in yeast
When the wildcat grips us
And we fall to our knees
Will we even remember how
We got this disease?
Track Name: Worldbane
I'm tearing off my skin
Awakening my mind
To all that's ever been
I've slit the yearning throat of time
And worn the face of gods
At masquerades sublime

A thousand centuries unfold
Overcast memories
Of Acapulco gold
When was the last time that I died?
At least a lifetime since
The cosmos ossified

False kings and prophets scream my name
Worldbane
Atomic dictate I've proclaimed
Worldbane

Predestined fate takes hold
Expanding universe
Heat death as I foretold
Prophetic reveries collide
Brushing aside the ruins
The heavens codified

Ten million spectral lines condense
On icy mausoleum
No escaping consequence
From 'neath Europan seas he'll rise
Cancer to the universe
Set to metastasize

Unbroken lifeline split in twain
Worldbane
Entire universe disdained
Worldbane

False kings and prophets scream my name
Worldbane
Atomic dictate I've proclaimed
Worldbane
Track Name: Hello, Mr. Thompson
As the first sun set
And the next would rise
How could we forget
The fire in their eyes

They came raining down
Through the atmosphere
We will never bow
It's not them we fear

Outnumbered, and overpowered
We are forced to flee
Lose them through the meteor showers
Their fate is sealed, we did foresee

Through the great divide
Out the other side
I can't take this
I won't make it
Into universe expanses
Ancient nebula entrances
I can't take this
I won't make it

Crushing weight
As the black hole opens
Couldn't begin to comprehend
What's waiting for you at the other end

Into unknown space
From a dying world
Propagate the race
Genesis unfurled
Mission to remold
And to colonize
That can't be controlled
Must be sterilized

Outnumbered and overpowered
Take you live or dead
Home world soon to be devoured
Conquer planets in its stead

Through the great divide
Out the other side
I can't take this
I won't make it
Into universe expanses
Ancient nebula entrances
I can't take this
I won't make it

Crushing weight
As the black hole opens
Couldn't begin to comprehend
What's waiting for you at the other end
Track Name: Sacraments & Bayonets
Wake up in the backs of trucks
It's my idiosyncrasy
Know I don't give a fuck
I'm withering on bended knee
If there's a lesson to be learned
I haven't learnt it yet
I've found no meaning in these
Sacraments and bayonets

Voiceless colossus
Steering life right off a hidden ledge
Sometimes when I see them die
I wish it had been me instead
I can't deny it when I try
It's just a strange appeal
Momentum building but there's
Nobody behind the wheel

Don't tell me it'll be alright
I'm sick of raging
At this slowly dying light
But all these memories you ignite
Passing me faster
Through each flashing traffic light

If it were up to me
Maybe I'd find a better way
Go off to wilt alone
And curl up in some alleyway
That kind of pride has been
Denied to me so here I bow
I only wish to save myself
But find I don't know how

Don't tell me it'll be alright
I'm sick of raging
At this slowly dying light
But all these memories you ignite
Passing me faster
Through each flashing traffic light

I'm already lost
Dying in October frost
I'm already lost

Don't tell me it'll be alright
I'm sick of raging
At this slowly dying light
But all these memories you ignite
Passing me faster
Through each flashing traffic light
Track Name: Lady Kyteler
You have cast this spell before
On countless men
You claim to cherish and adore
As they lay helpless
So close to you at night
To their surprise
Sorcery and poison
They must fight

Slowly perishing
With no clue of your deceit
As soon as this one passes
Time to move on and repeat
With your familiar
In the church under blackened skies
Demonic pleasure
Paired with bellowed sacrificial cries

Lady succubus
You set their spirits free
Evil woman
You'll never feed on me
Feed on me

Lady Kyteler
Don't you leech on me
I need the life I've got left
Woman just leave me be
Leave me be

Laughing at the noose
With no fear of the flame
Local simpletons
Merely pawns in your wicked game
Four husbands dead now
Suspicions start to rise
Children miss their fathers
They see right through your lies

Bishop's out for blood
For the crimes that you've commit
It's time to flee this town
Leave it all you don't need it
Coven can't save you now
They've got all the proof they need
To string you up
And end your life of heartless greed

Lady succubus
You set their spirits free
Evil woman
You'll never feed on me
Feed on me

Lady Kyteler
Don't you leech off me
I need the life I've got left
Woman just leave me be
Leave me be
Track Name: Well Respected Man
You wanna play it loud?
Well maybe I'm too old
I ain't in it to win, yeah
Or to do what I'm told

One piece of advice
If I could be so bold
Take off that three-piece suit
‘Cause your tie's strangling your soul

You'll never be no well-respected man
Neat hair, nice tie, if that's the plan
Guess you've forgotten who I am
Don't wanna be no well-respected man

Say I should give it up
And get a nine-to-five
But what's the point of money
If you feel barely alive?

Live a steady life
Get some security
But if you march to the boss-man's drum
Then brother, who's really free?


You'll never be no well-respected man
Neat hair, nice tie, if that's the plan
Guess you've forgotten who I am
Don't wanna be no well-respected man
Track Name: The Flood
Waves crash like hordes
Against the shore
Can't hold them back
Not anymore
A roiling sea anticipates
The day that we self-immolate

Now up against the wall
Precipitate the fall
Embrace the coming flood
To cleanse the world in blood

And when the floodwaters recede
They'll wash away your faceless greed
Putrid society will feed
Rebirth of all we really need

Yeah, all we need
Your faceless greed
When we'll be freed

Crystal cloudburst
Sagacious sea
Unveiled the truth
For all to see

And in the holiest of springs
It's not too late
No need for emperors or kings
In this new-formed state

Now up against the wall
Precipitate the fall
Embrace the coming flood
To cleanse the world in blood

And when the floodwaters recede
They'll wash away your faceless greed
Putrid society will feed
Rebirth of all we really need

Yeah, all we need
Your faceless greed
When we'll be freed
Track Name: Soul Eater
I can feel your dead eyes on me
Burnin' a hole
Your gaze cuts me to my knees
While you devour my soul

Said you wanna eat me up
And I should take you back to mine
Where you're gonna grind up my bones
And soak my body in brine

Don't stop honey
That's the way I like it
C'mon, give me some more
It ain't your place to tell me
How much pain I can endure

Don't stop baby
You're driving me crazy
Help me scratch this itch
Quit with the teasin'
And start with the pleasin'
Before I start to tweak and twitch

Hangin' upside down from hooks
While your kill bleeds out
Judgemental dirty looks
As I scream and shout

Rippin' skin, shredding flesh
Pull the body apart
Savour the taste, leave the best for last
Time to tear out my still-beating heart

Don't stop honey
That's the way I like it
C'mon, give me some more
It ain't your place to tell me
How much pain I can endure

Don't stop baby
You're driving me crazy
Help me scratch this itch
Quit with the teasin'
And start with the pleasin'
Before I start to tweak and twitch


Put the pieces back from where they came
Stitch them back to my skeletal frame
This vicious act will never end
It's ok baby, I'm on the mend

I am the flesh
You've rend apart
Torn ragged and raw
Nothing flows from this exanimate heart
I am the demon
Inside of your head
Haunting your nightmares
While you lay atop your deathbed

Put the pieces back from where they came
Stitch them back to my skeletal frame
This vicious act will never end
It's ok baby, I'm on the mend, yeah

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