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Iced Earth "Framing Armageddon"

In 1998, Iced Earth released an album called "Something Wicked This Way Comes". The final 20 minutes of that album featured the debut of the "Something Wicked" trilogy, a three-part epic overview of a story written and created by band mastermind Jon Schaffer.

While the above trilogy was only an overview, the entire story was written and laid waiting to be told. Now, almost 10 years later, after years of hard work and contemplation, Schaffer has delivered the first part of what could be his magnum opus.

"Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part I)" is the first of two albums weaving a thrilling Sci-Fi tale of mankind s invasion of Earth, the planet occupied by the direct descendents of the Grand Architect of the Universe. These descendents, the Setians, are the Earth's most ancient culture, and are the wisest, most peaceful race in existence.

Not only is the story told through the music and lyrics, but in true Iced Earth fashion, through the album artwork as well. Over the years Schaffer has established a loyal record-buying fanbase through quality craftsmanship that runs through every facet of the band and their output.

After the very successful release of the teaser single "Overture of the Wicked", it's certain that the fans will be utterly blown away by "Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part I)". Both musically and visually, this album will NOT disappoint.


Track List

01. Overture                                                          ( 2:24)
02. Something Wicked (Part 1)                                         ( 5:02)
03. Invasion                                                          ( 1:00)
04. Motivation Of Man                                                 ( 1:34)
05. Setian Massacre                                                   ( 3:48)
06. A Charge To Keep                                                  ( 4:24)
07. Reflections                                                       ( 1:50)
08. Ten Thousand Strong                                               ( 3:56)
09. Execution                                                         ( 1:27)
10. Order Of The Rose                                                 ( 4:51)
11. Cataclysm                                                         ( 1:30)
12. The Clouding                                                      ( 9:18)
13. Infiltrate And Assimilate                                         ( 3:48)
14. Retribution Through The Ages                                      ( 4:32)
15. Something Wicked (Part 2)                                         ( 2:59)
16. The Domino Decree                                                 ( 6:36)
17. Framing Armageddon                                                ( 3:40)
18. When Star Collide (Born Is He)                                    ( 4:17)
19. The Awakening                                                     ( 2:01)
 
Lyrics:

1. Overture
[Music: Jon Schaffer]

 

[Instrumental]

2. Something Wicked Part 1
[Music / Lyrics : Jon Schaffer]

I can see clearly now
A painful vision indeed
An attempt at genocide, 12 000 years of pain
The human thirst for dominance
Leads them to Setian ground
The gravest of all threats now exists
All galaxies could suffer
Imagine the consequence if Man does succeed
The universe and all that lives will suffer evermore
Like a virus Man will spread
Through the time continuum
It's a power they can't comprehend
A power we must secure

So heed my word
A prophecy that's bleak and haunting
Acceptance not fear
Will pave the wave for life returning
The Elder foreseen
In Sacred Flames our world is burning
Yet more things are clear
By grand design, punishment unfolding

Faith in the prophecy
We'll take this tragedy, unite as one
Fate, show man no sympathy
Something Wicked feeds, thy will be done

Ten thousand souls
One for every year of framing
One of thirteen The High Priest and
the twelve that council
Charged with our tome
Retribution for our loved ones suffering
In secret they'll meet
A global network that endures for centuries

Faith in the prophecy
We'll take this tragedy, unite as one
Fate, show man no sympathy
Something Wicked feeds, thy will be done

3. Invasion
[Music : Jon Schaffer]

[Instrumental]

4. Motivation Of Man
[Music / Lyrics : Jon Schaffer]

...at last we will claim
What is rightfully ours
Absolute power, absolute knowledge
All the galaxies and the subjects therin
Will kneel before the human race
Unlimited power
Unlimited knowledge
Mankind will be one with the Architects of the Universe

At last within my grasp
We are one step closer to cleansing
We claim the universe
Causing galaxies to cower
Unlimited power
Unlimited knowledge for...
Man will no longer be seen
as primitive or inferior
Unlimited power
Unlimited knowledge for Man

5. Setian Massacre
[Music / Lyrics : Jon Schaffer]

Screaming in agony
Cries fill the air
Eyes once full of hope
Shedding tears of despair
All that they've ever known is dead

Fire reigns from above
Iron birds of dread
All that they ever loved is dead
All that they ever dreamt is dead

Yet there's a glint of hope
If the chosen can survive
In secret the ten thousand hide
East in the mountains
The chosen bide their time
The Clouding, our strike on mankind

Temples are burning
Streets soaked with blood
Heed the prophecy
Destiny is done
All that they ever loved is dead
All that they ever dreamt is dead

Yet there's a glint of hope
If the chosen can survive
In secret the ten thousand hide
East in the mountains
The chosen bide their time
The Clouding, our strike on mankind

6. A Charge To Keep
[Music / Lyrics : Jon Schaffer]

I must believe that what's a memory now
Was the only way
To know that all of those you love
Were just ******** away
And now, if I'm the one to lead us
Into a brand new day
At peace I must be with the brutal truth
To truly lead the way

Please God give me the strength to lead
It's my charge to keep
Make the sorrow the fuel I need
It's my charge to keep

And now we must wipe the tears away
Gather up our inner strength
The loss of those we can't replace
Will bring about their fate
And though many lifetimes it will take
To bring justice on our way
We must never falter, we must never fail
This is our charge to keep

Please God give me the strength to lead
It's my charge to keep
Make the sorrow the fuel I need
It's my charge to keep

7. Reflections
[Music : Jon Schaffer / Lyrics : Tim Mills]

As I reflect on the situation
A heavy heart for the task at hand
I witnessed savagery
Hands tied to destiny

The exodus of the chosen
As foreseen in the prophecy
Hiding until it's time
To cloud all the human minds

When they spoke of the invasion
We were chosen from ties that bind
Bloodlines through centuries
Destined to be the ones to lead

The twelve and I, a new high council
Absorb the power of the Watcher's eye
The high priest resides in me
The Elder lives on in all thirteen

8. Ten Thousand Strong
[Music / Lyrics : Jon Schaffer]

A gathering summoned by the Elder
A consequence of what's imminent
A prophecy dark and foreboding
Forces the to face human intent

The chosen seek refuge in the mountains
Reluctantly the loved ones recognize
The sacrifice they must adhere to
The only hope for future Setian life
Like a martyr sacrificed

Await the days of Clouding
Earth Mother's sharing in our pain
Erase the human memory
They know not of where they came
And though our hearts are broken
We have to wipe the tears away
In vain they did not suffer
Ten thousand strong will seize the day

What we possess, mankind is after
Direct descendants of the Architect
Children of God, seeds of creation
Stakes so high we must never relent

We lie in wait 'til the human minds are clouded
Initiation of the Master Plan
Assimilate, build new life among them
Centuries will pass, patience will win
We are the bane of man

Await the days of Clouding
Earth Mother's sharing in our pain
Erase the human memory
They know not of where they came
And though our hearts are broken
We have to wipe the tears away
In vain they did not suffer
Ten thousand strong will seize the day

9. Execution
[Music : Jon Schaffer]

[Instrumental]

10. Order Of The Rose
[Music / Lyrics : Jon Schaffer]

Passed down through centuries
The Order lives and feeds upon them
A global fraternity
Philanthropy, tactical deception
In plain sight throughout all time
Contriving human decline
Instilling those who lead
Seizing opportunities

Rise of Setian Evocation
And the Order thrives
So the day arrive of His birth
Rise of Setian Evocation
And the Order lives for the day
Of Man's Coming Curse

Create divisive creeds
Embrace the fact man needs religion
Prophets, Saviors and Priests
All convinced they have the answers
The truth is they'll never know
Behind faith they'll hide and hope
We'll build them a martyr son
Sacrificial lamb, the holy one

Rise of Setian Evocation
And the Order thrives
So the day arrive of His birth
Rise of Setian Evocation
And the Order lives for the day
Of Man's Coming Curse

The object of their divide
So convinced their way is right
The narrow view of all mankind
In the name of God they will divide

11. Cataclysm
[Music : Jon Schaffer]

[Instrumental]

12. The Clouding
[Music / Lyrics : Jon Schaffer]

As I awake I have no memory of this
Who I am, where I'm from, why do I exist?
This strange beauty surrounds me
But where I am confounds me
I see others who appear the same as me
A look of loss in their eyes, adrift aimlessly
What's the point? What does it all mean?
Who am I? Show me a purpose please

Take this sense of wonder
Make it go away
Please tell me I am not alone and lost here
That there is something that's made me feel this way
Take this sense of sadness
Make it go away
Please give me something that's familiar
A friendly touch, a memorable embrace

I try to speak but empty eyes stare back at me
Twisted tongues segregate, factions are forming
I'll stay with those that resemble me
To survive this harsh reality
As the days pass most have gone their own way
Nomadic tribes discover life
On a world that feels so strange
But still I want answers
What's the point? What does all this mean?

Take this sense of wonder
Make it go away
Please tell me I am not alone and lost here
That there is something that's made me feel this way
Take this sense of sadness
Make it go away
Please give me something that's familiar
A friendly touch, a memorable embrace

Lies, the human core is lies
We wiped their minds, cleaned the slate
The Clouding did divide
Fate, we sealed human fate
Now they're ours throughout all time
To manipulate

Never trust in the motives of man
They failed to evolve in Mother Nature's plan
And though they seem safe
In this early clouded state
The nature of their heresy
Has proven quite innate

Pain, mankind will know pain
For their crimes on our kind
They'll never be the same
Death, they will know death
Suffering for centuries
At war with every breath

Never trust in the motives of man
They failed to evolve in Mother Nature's plan
And though they seem safe
In this early clouded state
The nature of their heresy
Has proven quite innate

13. Infiltrate And Assimilate
[Music : Jon Schaffer / Lyrics : Tim Mills]

We must be swift
Integrating with man
Instating the vision of the Master Plan
We'll placate the humans in need

Their form we have taken
Their tongue we can speak
Plotting and planing, total secrecy
We'll infiltrate and take the lead

Misery unfolding for the rest of time
A world that they created for their vicious crimes

This is the start of
What is meant to be
Infiltrate, Assimilate, fulfill our destiny

The ten thousand chosen
Charged with our creed
Ensuring division in societies
Instate the Domino Decree

Lead them to wander
New land, 'cross the seas
Creating new cultures, fascist or free
Division will bring them to their knees

Misery unfolding for the rest of time
A world that they created for their vicious crimes

This is the start of
What is meant to be
Infiltrate, Assimilate, fulfill our destiny

14. Retribution Through The Ages
[Music / Lyrics : Jon Schaffer]

Time, thousands of years pass by
But with the ancient rites in tact
Man, mankind has multiplied
Spreading worldwide as planned
Kings and their armies preen
Draw lines in the sand
Fight for their so called rights
To God, gold and land

And through the ages we hand them their fate
Marionettes on a string
Phased retribution precise and exact
'Til the birth of The One sets us free

Blood, Earth Mother's soaked in blood
Spilled from the warring clans of man
Greed will serve to feed unrest
Antagonized within by our hand
Pain, death and pestilence
Will shake human faith
Creeds serving heresy
A crutch for Mans flawed way

And through the ages we hand them their fate
Marionettes on a string
Phased retribution precise and exact
'Til the birth of The One sets us free

15. Something Wicked Part 2
[Music : Jon Schaffer]

[Instrumental]

16. The Domino Decree
[Music : Jon Schaffer / Lyrics : Tim Owens]

Cause, this is the creed that brings effect
That of which of mankind's besieged
By our plans devised infect
Kings and empires rise and fall
By the Rose and our decree
Of the Elder's prophecy
That rids us of the human threat
And frees the hand of destiny

Fate by our dominion
In their sovereign states
Fall like dominos
Framing mankind's fate

Kill! Assassinate the ones that lead
By their example we deceive
With religions we create
Martyrs, saviors and their slaves
To a sad sadistic need
To crucify a puppet king
Of a selfish vile race
That is filled to the core by greed

Fate by our dominion
In their sovereign states
Fall like dominos
Framing mankind's fate

Divide!! Mankind!!
Destroy!! Their kind!!!
Fear will make us free
Cast doubt through history

DIVIDE!!!

Fate by our dominion
In their sovereign states
Fall like dominos
Framing mankind's fate

17. Framing Armageddon
[Music : Jon Schaffer]

Centuries pass step by step
Revelations coming threat
Sand of time dark intent
Divise creeds breeds discontent
Prophecy, stars collide
Born is he who turns the tide
Ancient rage, vehemence
Indignation and torment

Dark equation, astrology
Armageddon, the reckoning
Revelation, astral beast
Armageddon, the reckoning

Shallow views, intolerance
Jewish, Muslim, Protestant
The root of man's insolence
Lies in fear and arrogance
A valid threat if they unite
Moses, Muhammad, Jesus Christ
Born of man with second sight
Twist their words we will divide

Dark equation, astrology
Armageddon, the reckoning
Revelation, astral beast
Armageddon, the reckoning

If humans learn what's truly at stake
And of the birth of Set Abominae
Their primitive minds, a maddened state, no
frame it as the Elder deemed
frame it our way

Framing Armageddon!
Framing Armageddon!
Framing Armageddon!
Framing Armageddon!

18. When Stars Collide (Born Is He)
[Music : Jon Schaffer]

Look unto the days of warning
A night that the sky is burning
When stars collide
Pure mathematical perfection
Ancient pain feeds resurrection
When stars collide

Forged in flames, sacred fire
Born in eastern sands of guile

Born is he, ten millennia
After the Clouding of man
Sincerest veneration
For he that vindicates the end of man
Sworn are we, ten millennia
After the Clouding of man
Unleash abomination
As we accelerate the end of man

19. The Awakening
[Music : Jon Schaffer]

[Instrumental]

jimmyrudyjump jimmyrudyjump 46-50, M 3 Responses Feb 14, 2011

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today it seems to be country joe and the fish

Oooh, Sunni, mind your ears darlin'... Is a tad on the loud side this one. Although there's some quieter moments with "The Clouding" and some interludes. "When Stars Collide (Born Is He)" is one of my favorite all-time songs. A heavy rhythm section, but still quite melodic and nice choir-like chanting...

Anyway, I'll be wearing my crash helmet (with incorporated cookie-catcher) for when you'd not agree too much with the album... :O

saved to my library so i can pore over it a bit later....looks quite interesting!