We are blind to the
worlds within us,
waiting to be born

I cast aside my chains
Fall from reality
Purgatory unleashed
Now burn the face of the earth
Purgatory unleashed
Now burn the face of the earth

The face of all your fears
All of your fears unleashed
The face of all your fears

Born of the demon sky
Twisting reality
Sweet nauseating pain
Is death the only release?
Nauseating pain
Is death the only release?

The face of all your fears
All of your fears unleashed
The face of all your fears

I cast aside my chains
Fall from reality
Suicidal diseases
The face of all your fears
Now covered with scars
Humanity exiled
Purgatory unleashed
Now burn the face of the earth
Purgatory unleashed
Now burn the face of the earth

The face of all your fears
All of your fears unleashed
The face of all your fears


Lyrics submitted by jt, edited by JohnTheDropper

Blinded By Fear song meanings
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  • +2
    General Commentto me it's about making a suicidal decision due to the feeling that life is a misery. like most of their songs...the pain is nauseating. i love this band.
    freya181on January 22, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentat the gates are not black metal
    Rymonon May 25, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song deals with existential issues. The title of the song alone denotes this. We all have the ability to do anything we want at any given moment but fear stifles the range of behaviors, hence the title "blinded by fear". Some of the lines in the song dealing with "casting aside chains" show that the singer wants to break free from the fear and live his life according to how he wants. Also, there is a reference made to the novel The Dice Man in the liner notes. In the Dice Man, a guy goes around using dice as a way to make decisions in his life rather than his instincts or beliefs which is contrary to how most people live and try and control their lives. I hate it when bands write songs about achieving existential freedom. I mean its easy for them to tell you to "do what you want", they are doing what they want. I think about the mother of 5 working at taco bell for minimum wage; she has mouths to feed and cant do what she wants. So fuck off with your beliefs about fear and responsibility, the system is stronger than us all. Cool song though.
    aCrowdisUntruthon September 29, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell, Ive been a big fan of this band for far too long, decided to join this forum just to add my interpretation of this paticular song.

    "We are blind to the
    worlds within us,
    waiting to be born" To me suggests "We are unaware of our own human potential"

    "I Cast aside my chains" This in my opinion is what the entire song is about. Casting aside the mental barriers that have been placed on us throughout our lives by various things (religion, education, government, reality, society etc. etc. etc.) and getting down to realising our pure unadulterated and unique selves, if that is at all possible anymore.

    "Fall from reality" Falling from the imposed reality of ourselves we have been conditioned to believe?

    "Born of the demon sky
    Twisting reality
    Sweet nauseating pain
    Is death the only release?" Death the only relief from the twisted dreamworld we've been led to view as reality?

    "Now covered with scars
    Humanity exiled" Humanity exiled from knowing itself and its true nature, through a lifetime of conditioning and control?

    I see this song as a celebration of liberation from the imposed reality we have been manipulated into since the beginning of time. Just my interpretation. =)
    Smootcheson November 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionOn chorus its "all you fears unleashed" not "all of your dreams unleashed".
    Camteron October 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt the Gates kicks ass.
    Jester24on August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song, being the first on the album 'Slaughter Of The Soul' was really a "Welcome to the Trash-Fest" song.
    Maggoton September 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^^ to quote the guy out of the band [ I can't remember which one of them said that]. this is a really cool song, its just really heavy, pounding thrash/death and black metal. Great solo too,those hammer on's kick ass. I wouldn't have minded a bass solo though.
    Razormasticatoron April 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song but SOTS cant compare to "The Red In The Sky Is Ours" or "With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness"
    Disposition_987on September 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFor me this song seems to be talking about a bad trip or a first trip on a psychedelic plant or substance. Especially talking about falling from reality, being blind to the world within us, burning the face of the earth (ie destroying preconceptions). Also the mention of facing fears and purgatory (where a person atones for sins) are mentioned, which is often a scenario played out during particularly an acid trip. I was interested by what weaselfierce had to say about the death and rebirth themes being prevailant in the song. In places in the amazon shamanic experiences are known as "little deaths", a crossing over to the underworld and returning having been reborn.
    Kinakusaion January 03, 2006   Link

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