Internal combustion
Multiple personalities
Terror inside of me
A mask of silent agony
Curse the falling rain
The vortex of pain
As medieval as Merlin
A pact for power was made
Lucifer in transition
It's time the price was paid
Scorching the domain
The vortex of pain
A telestic message
Written in torment
Howl out dirges
Like the horns of Jericho
Distorted faces
Writhing in rage
Walls of purgatory
Tumble down
Endless death
The jewels of a crown



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    This song sounds like some magic going on. Almost like Five Magics...

    Vic Rattledethon December 20, 2006   Link
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    Yeah one of those fantasy-based kind of songs like aforementioned Five Magics and She Wolf. I guess you could interpret it as insanity.

    Bladewingon April 22, 2008   Link
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    Wow, so few comments on this awesome song?!

    Mizel11on April 27, 2008   Link
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    i don't know what this song means, but it's awesome, especially daves singing.

    Wolavon May 18, 2008   Link
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    The vocals aren't amazingly flashy in this song, but they go with it perfectly, and for that I commend Dave on the awesome vocals for this one.

    spartan0187on April 11, 2009   Link
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    I think this is one of the best songs off CW, along with She-Wolf and FFF.

    Dave's vocal work is amazing, and so are the lyrics.

    I must admit that I can't tell what the song is about. Basically, it's a "vortex" of seemingly disjointed images with a unifying fantasy theme.

    LaughingSkullon September 10, 2009   Link
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    How I interpret the songs lyrics is that he's gone through a breakup and can't quite decide how to feel about it. He misses her yet hates her, knows she's bad for him yet wants her back in his life. Scared to be on his own yet wanting payback for the wrong doings she had done. The wrath of a breakup is a vortex of pain. This is all my interpretation though, whose to say what it's about.

    Dmilleon September 09, 2022   Link
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    This song is someone descending into hell and making a deal with the devil to take over. Maybe it’s what Dave thinks as a painful migraine headache surges into his head …

    ken1049048on November 03, 2022   Link
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    I always thought it sounded like a sequel to Tornado of Souls. Guitar riff is similar.

    Motacamon January 20, 2023   Link

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