"Terminus (Where Death is Most Alive)" as written by Mikael Bengt Stanne, Martin Brandstrom, Mikael Niklasson, Anders Jivarp, Niklas Bo Sundin and Martin Henriksson....
This is a ghost town, alive with the echoes of failures fled
Lit up by shining faces that parade these streets
What used to be of humility is gone
You walk the mounds of skull and bones
Where living is denied, I see more movement in decomposition than in those hollow eyes

It is the only place I know, where death is most alive
It is when truth is turned to lie, that death is most alive

Set flame to the ensnarers and pierce that ornate shield
Branded by what claims you, you wear the mark of death
Tear from loss and agony, a character defined
Stripped of all but tragedy, what life is left to find?
Go now, until there's nothing left
Go now, the dying has begun

It is the only place I know, where death is most alive
It is when truth is turned to lie, that death is most alive

So I flee from all that is me to hide behind this pale dead face
Whatever happened to desire, want and need?
Whatever happened to integrity?
Imagination is a curse in all of this
Whatever happened to the ones left behind?

This is a ghost town, bodies dragged through endless streets
Go now, to never return
I've seen more pitiful humiliation than you could never hide

It is the only place I know, where death is most alive
It is when truth is turned to lie, that death is most alive


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"Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive)" as written by Martin Brandstrom Anders Jivarp

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    General CommentAmazing song, amazing riff. Vasa's theory seems to fit perfectly within the lyrics.

    On a side note, I believe after the second "Go now", the line "the dying has begun" is said.
    Elvelozon March 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh cool somebody finally got the lyrics. Love this song!!!

    My take on this song is that "the only place i know where death is most alive" is our actual world. Instead of enjoying life, we are just going with the flow waiting for the day of our death. Its like life has lost all the meaning to us.

    A part of the song is also talking about our lack of ambition. We don't strive for greatness anymore, all we think about is how are we going to get through tomorrow's day at work.
    Vasaon March 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song as well ^^ Riff's amazing.

    I was actually struggling on the meaning of this song but your theory works for me.
    headbang666on May 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't know, I like Vasa's theory, but something makes me think the "death" they're referring to is death metal, the music they make. "Where death is most alive"... Gothenburg.

    Eh, just a thought. Vasa's theory makes a lot more sense. xD
    Seewaon September 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Vasa, but Seewa's is cool! ^_^
    chevellefan11on November 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song, amazing riff. Vasa's theory seems to fit perfectly within the lyrics.

    On a side note, I believe after the second "Go now", the line "the dying has begun" is said.
    Elvelozon March 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLike someone said Amazing song, amazing riff
    Meaning:
    I think when he says death is most alive People don't see meaning but still goes to work like zombies

    Well that's my only interpretation of song XD
    azrawon June 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell Vasa said it, I don't have much to add:)

    I hate the fact that there are so few comments on DT songs while they do have some of the greatest lyrics around.
    Maxim1110on June 30, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree somewhat with Vasa, but I tend to interpret it less as a general statement about humanity and more about one particular person whose life has become void of all pleasure and hope.

    The lyrics sound to me like this person's own actions and choices have brought this devastation down upon himself and it could easily be about someone who has let a drug addiction strip him of everything.
    Enigaron May 06, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI must say that I agree with Vasa's line of thought as well. Many people (that is, in a lot of industrialized places) seem to be trapped in their own indifference - They're already dead. Sadly though they don't know any different - "This is the only place I know". They're so caught up in the clutter of their short-term, materialistic needs - the universe (to them) ends where they begin; problems that are only solvable in their visible bubble. Only when major tragedy strikes they notice, and perhaps there it gets through to them to change for the better, if there's any individuality left - "Tear from the loss and agony/A character defined/Stripped of all but tragedy/What life is left to find."

    DT seem to have this theme a lot - It's so refreshing.

    Just an idea, could be something else.
    dawntreaderon June 16, 2010   Link

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