The Vanishing

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"The Vanishing" is the debut release from In Darkest Dreams, featuring former Broken Flesh vocalist, Ricky Puckett.

- DIGITAL ALBUM DROPS 09/09/2016
- PHYSICAL ALBUM RELEASES 09/16/2016

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released September 9, 2016

In Darkest Dreams is:
- Ricky Puckett
- Other members still to come...

Album cover photo by: Ricky Puckett
Featured on cover: Christina Thompson
Band logo designed by: Žarko Atanasov

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In Darkest Dreams is a metal project based out of Oklahoma City, OK, by former Broken Flesh vocalist, Ricky Puckett. All music and lyrics written, arranged, and composed by Ricky Puckett. Other members still to come...

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Track Name: Despair
01 DESPAIR
(From Psalms 88)

O LORD, God of my salvation, I have cried out to you day and night.
Now hear my prayer; listen to my cry.
For my life is full of troubles, and death draws near.
I have been dismissed as one who is dead, like a strong man with no strength left.

They have abandoned me to death, and I am as good as dead. I am forgotten, cut off from your care.
You have thrust me down to the lowest pit, into the darkest depths.
Your anger lies heavy on me; wave after wave engulfs me.
You have caused my friends to loathe me; you have sent them all away.
I am in a trap with no way of escape. My eyes are blinded by my tears.

Each day I beg for your help, O LORD; I lift my pleading hands to you for mercy.

Of what use to the dead are your miracles?
Do the dead get up and praise you?
Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love?
In the place of destruction, can they proclaim your faithfulness?
Can the darkness speak of your miracles?
Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness
Talk about your righteousness?
O LORD, I cry out to you.
I will keep pleading day by day.
O LORD, why do you reject me? Why do you turn your face away from me?
I have been sickly and close to death since my youth. I stand helpless and desperate before your terrors.
Your fierce anger overwhelms me. Your terrors have cut me off.

They swirl around me like floodwaters all day long. They have encircled me completely.
You have taken away my companions and loved ones; only darkness remains.

Each day I beg for your help, O LORD; I lift my pleading hands to you for mercy.

Only darkness remains...
Track Name: The Vanishing
02 THE VANISHING

Don't leave me in despair
One more thought I cannot bear
To all the pain I feel inside
This season soon must end

Don't leave me in despair
One more thought I cannot bear...

No sign of hope
For the dream of better days
A fabled misconception
Reaching out to touch the sky
As ominous clouds darken
Reminding me of my failures
This world is a dying wasteland

Suffer – through the misery of this life
Torment – feel the pain it brings
Suffocate – from the crushing weight of this world
Broken - exquisitely empty

Getting lost within the madness, I taste death
I hear the screams behind the smile of treachery
Betrayed and tossed aside, insignificance confirmed
Left and abandoned, burned me down and walked away

(repeat)

The Vanishing - Betrayed and tossed aside
The Vanishing – Insignificance confirmed
The Vanishing – Left and abandoned
The Vanishing – Burned me down and walked away

No sign of hope
For the dream of better days
A fabled misconception
Reaching out to touch the sky
As ominous clouds darken
Reminding me of my failures
This world is a dying wasteland

Getting lost within the madness, I taste death
I hear the screams behind the smile of treachery
Betrayed and tossed aside, insignificance confirmed
Left and abandoned, burned me down and walked away

(repeat)

Suffer – through the misery of this life
Torment – feel the pain it brings
Suffocate – from the crushing weight of this world
Broken - exquisitely empty
Track Name: Bleeding Out
03 BLEEDING OUT

Emptiness invades this accursed existence
As this darkness still pervades
Stripping life from life, leaving decay in its path
Behold the ruins of dashed hopes and shattered dreams

Bleeding out - hope is gone
End it all - watch it fall
No peace here - truth evades
Fade away - darkness abounds

Horror grips the heart when convictions burn in flames
Making room for madness to take hold
Feelings of a life, lived in vain, a nightmare brings
Wretched failure and futility

Bleeding out - hope is gone
End it all - watch it fall
No peace here - truth evades
Fade away - darkness abounds

I cannot live a lie
Yet the Truth still evades
There is no peace here
Only pain and anguish

God if you do exist
Reveal yourself to me
I need some answers
And a new reality

See me fall
Watch it all
Fade away
End it all
See it all slip away

Bleeding out - hope is gone
End it all - watch it fall
No peace here - truth evades
Fade away - darkness abounds
Track Name: Steal Kill Destroy
04 STEAL KILL DESTROY

There is no love greater than he who
lays down his life for a friend
The lesson fallen on deaf ears
With blade in hand the church betrays their own

Beware the Churchian, enemy in the midst
Seeking out those whom they can devour
Their aim - to steal, kill, destroy
The sheep have become the wolves

No sense of loyalty, faithfulness a joke
Their use of love and trust, pure manipulation
Devil in disguise - Friendly fire - premeditated act
With sharpened claws, trusting companion, watch your back

Beware the Churchian, enemy in the midst
Seeking out those whom they can devour
Their aim - to steal, kill, destroy
The sheep have become the wolves

This is not the way it was meant to be
Doctrine of love turned to insanity
Denomination = Domination = Demonation
Love has been replaced with seeking selfish gain
Track Name: End Game
05 END GAME

I see the blood-stained scars so ornately carved in your arms
You tried to slit your wrists again, can’t stop this pain in your heart
So difficult to breathe, to seek, to speak, to laugh and to feel
You can’t stand one more night like this – you can’t… you can’t

All I am is empty
Pain like knives cut deep through my soul
All I am is empty
Break the skin, let death come in

So numb to feelings your emotions have been beating you down
Can’t see past your own shame, left in the cold, hand to the flame
In the silence of darkness you’ve been left to wither away
But in the dark there is a light that can save and heal you today

All I am is empty
Pain like knives cut deep through my soul
All I am is empty
Break the skin, let death come in

Take this pain away today
I choose your way
Lord, this I pray

All I am is empty
Pain like knives cut deep through my soul
All I am is empty
Break the skin, let death come in

Let death come in…
Track Name: A Midnight Star Falls
In the still darkness of dead shadows
These tears bleed
This heart cries
This body aches
And this soul dies... without you.
Track Name: Demon Seed
07 DEMON SEED

Slaughtered, broken, betrayed
Taken away from a life of their own
Oppressed and distressed
Fight for soul has taken its toll

Demonic presence – distorting all truth
Humanity, blinded by deceit
Expoiting, destroying human lives

We are the shadows - breathing down your neck again
We are deception - tempting you with every sin
We are the omens – calling you into the fire
We are your curse – enticing you with your desires

We’re your destruction – leading you into decay
We are the wolves – stalking you, as you’re the prey
We are the stain that taints the earth and brings distress
Unholy angels – bastardize his righteousness

(x2)
Demon seed – Fallen ones, your fate is sealed
Demon seed – Turned from God, in flames, you burn

You have no power – no authority – subject to
The will and restrictions of God, your time’s limited
Your fate is sealed, the wrath of God shall be upon you
Burning like a furnace – we strip you of your right to be here
We bind you up, cast you out in the name of Christ
All hail the power and glory, praise be to the name of
The conquering Lion of Judah

We are the shadows - breathing down your neck again
We are deception - tempting you with every sin
We are the omens – calling you into the fire
We are your curse – enticing you with your desires

We’re your destruction – leading you into decay
We are the wolves – stalking you, as you’re the prey
We are the stain that taints the earth and brings distress
Unholy angels – defeated and await destruction

(x2)
Demon seed – Fallen ones, your fate is sealed
Demon seed – Turned from God, in flames, you burn
Track Name: Losing My Religion
08 LOSING MY RELIGION
(Music and lyrics originally written, recorded, and performed by R.E.M.)

Life, it's bigger
It's bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no, I've said too much
I set it up…

(Chorus 1)
That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
I’m losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've said too much
I haven't said enough…

(Chorus 2)
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper
Of every waking hour
I'm choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt, lost, and blinded fool
Oh no, I've said too much
I set it up…

Consider this
Consider this, the hint of the century
Consider this, the slip
That brought me to my knees, failed
What if all these fantasies come flailing around
And now I've said too much

(Repeat Chorus 2)

But that was just a dream
That was just a dream…

(Repeat Chorus 1)

(Repeat Chorus 2)

But that was just a dream
Try, cry, why try
That was just a dream
Just a dream
Just a dream
Dream…
Track Name: Cesspool
09 CESSPOOL

Save me, O God
For the floodwaters are up to my neck
Deeper and deeper, I sink into the mire
Can’t find a foothold to stand on
I am in deep water

And the floods overwhelm me
The floods overwhelm

Overwhelm…

(x2)
Despair grips me
As I struggle
To escape – escape the empty

Suffocate – suffer my soul
Hopeless and helpless
I’m drowning in a cesspool
IN A CESSPOOL!!!

Lord God, set me free
Can’t find a foothold to stand on
I am in deep water
Suffocate – suffer my soul
Father set me free, redeem, and deliver me

(x2)
The floodwaters – up to my neck
Deeper and deeper – sinking into the mire

Suffocate – suffer my soul
Hopeless and helpless
I’m drowning in a cesspool
IN A CESSPOOL!!!

Despair grips me
As I struggle
To escape – escape the empty

Despair grips me
As I struggle
In this cesspool
Lord God, set me free
Track Name: No Retreat
10 NO RETREAT

You shall inherit the judgment of wrath
I will not give you an inch of this land
Promise given to Isaac and his seed
Sons of Israel, declare:

I WILL NOT RETREAT!!!!!!!!!

I will bless you, and shall make your name great
I will bless those who bless you
And he who curses you
Shall also be cursed
I - the Lord - have spoken!

To see the hate translate to repulsive action
You seal your fate, imminent destruction
The hand of God protects those who he calls His own
Almighty God - vindicate your Holiness

The stage is set - Final holocaust at hand
Bruised and beaten - History of persecution
O' Israel - I will come to your defense
O' Israel - I will avenge your blood they've shed

And the earth shall disclose her blood
And shall no more cover her slain

As we have heard so we have seen
In the city
Of the LORD of hosts
In the city of our God
God will establish it... forever

Sons of Israel, declare…

(I)
Sons of Israel - Declare
(Will)
I will not - retreat
(Not)
Sons of Israel - Declare
(Retreat)
I will not retreat (x2)
Track Name: Five Year Winter
11 FIVE YEAR WINTER
(Music and lyrics originally written , recorded, and performed by Zao)

Dear Tiffany,
You've made me nauseous for the last time
Everything I've said to you, I will form into a spike (to drive through my
throat)

In order to stop my words
This time I'll put them
In the ground along with my memories
And my feelings…

I'll burn it down and walk away
Let the fire warm my back
I wish that you would say you hate me
That would make it so much easier

Burn it down and walk away
Burn it down and walk away
Burn it down and walk away

BURN IT DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Burn it down and walk away…
Track Name: Death Is Dead
12 DEATH IS DEAD

He was despised – and rejected
A man of sorrows –acquainted with
Most bitter grief – we turned our backs
On him and looked – the other way
When he went by
He was Despised
And we did not care
No, we did not care

It was our weakness – that he carried
It was our sorrows – that crushed him
We thought his troubles – were punishment
From God – for his own - sins

For God so loved the world
He gave his only son
That who believes in him
Would have eternal life

DEATH IS DEAD (8X)

I - saw the Son of God - standing before men
I - saw them hand down - the sentence – crucifixion
He was beaten and whipped beyond – recognition
He was tormented – crown of thorns – brutalized

Bludgeoned – the spikes – drive the nails – into flesh
Bloodied – scarecrow – horror – all for you
(repeat)

He was despised – and rejected
A man of sorrows –acquainted with
Most bitter grief – we turned our backs
On him and looked – the other way
When he went by
He was Despised
And we did not care
No, we did not care

It was our weakness – that he carried
It was our sorrows – that crushed him
We thought his troubles – were punishment
From God – for his own - sins

For God so loved the world
He gave his only son
That who believes in him
Would have eternal life

He was innocent – he was crucified
He was innocent – he was murdered
He was innocent – he was crucified
He was innocent – he was brutalized

He is risen - Death is conquered
He is alive - Death is devoured
He is risen - Death is swallowed up
He is alive - Death where is your sting?

RECEIVE HIM!! (9X)