teach me the tongue of fire
so that I may set the world ablaze
for it is cold
and this blindness can no longer give me shelter
teach me the tongue of fire
so that I may cry out loud my wrath
and my passion
or else my coil will blister and decay
the soul is never silent
but wordless
held imprisoned
in a cursed tomb
wherein reflections never fade
never die
slowly maddened
by the emptiness

left to perish in the ever-dark coil
yet, always alert it its slumber
scorn by the drops of light
piercing through the surface
and it screams

the soul is never silent
but wordless

teach me the tongue of fire
so that I may set the world ablaze
for it is cold
and this blindness can no longer give me shelter
teach me the tongue of fire
so that I may cry out loud my wrath
and my passion
or else my coil will blister and decay


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    General CommentThis was the 1st Emperor song I ever heard and it simply blew my doors off, making Emperor one of my 3 favorite black-metal groups (next to Dimmu Borgir & Immortal). The album this song appears on (Prometheus: Disciplines of Fire & Demise) is an extremely dense & complex work of Norweigian progressive/symphonic black metal.

    Ishan, who is the lead singer, is the standout musician. Not only was this a concept album (a story of being from birth to death) that was conceived, written, and produced by Ishan, but he tracked the vocals, synths/keyboards, programming, bass, and nearly all the guitar work himself (due to the other 2 members being involved in side projects).

    The sound is layered thick with intricate lead guitars (although not in normal soloing fashion) and the music goes through a number of changes and truly displays Emperor's versatility. The mix of brutality and melody amazes me, as does Ishans range of vocal styles, from black-metal screams to clean majestic-esque singing and even 80's arena rock high pitched yells. The fact that this group are this tight (check out the part where it sounds as if the CD is skipping!) and only a 3 piece really says something about their talent .
    Khaoson August 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAgreed with person above me, this is one of my favorite songs off of the Prometheus album. It just showcasts all that Emperor represents and has accomplished musicly, giving a huge variaty in tempo, brutality, tranquility, screamed vocals, clean vocals etc. A truely beautifull song.
    Idiciouson January 20, 2006   Link

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