Plagues Upon Arda

by Khazaddum

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    Plagues Upon Arda is Khazaddum's first full length release.
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    Releases August 19, 2017

    Luka Djordjevic - Vocals / Lyrics
    Alex Rausa- Guitars
    Tony Cannizzaro - Bass
    Peter Kissane- Drums

    Plagues Upon Arda was recorded at No Passenger Studio by Spencer Fox and Trae Titus.
    Trae Titus - Symphonics
    Album cover art by Kosta Djordjevic and digitally painted by Matt Zeilinger.
    All other art by Luka and Kosta Djordjevic. CD layout by Luka, Tony Cannizzaro, and Tyler Okrzesik.

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Plagues Upon Arda is Khazaddum's first full length release.

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released August 19, 2017

Luka Djordjevic - Vocals / Lyrics
Alex Rausa- Guitars
Tony Cannizzaro - Bass
Peter Kissane- Drums

Plagues Upon Arda was recorded at No Passenger Studio by Spencer Fox and Trae Titus.
Trae Titus - Symphonics
Album cover art by Kosta Djordjevic and digitally painted by Matt Zeilinger.
All other art by Luka and Kosta Djordjevic.

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Khazaddum Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Khazaddum is a J.R.R. Tolkien based death metal band from Milwaukee Wisconsin. Established in 2014, the goal was to create music that captured the epic feel and scope of storytelling comprising the immense Tolkien mythology. Drawing influences from death metal greats such as Nile, Morbid Angel, and Behemoth, Khazaddum caries on the tradition of both a technical and melodic approach. ... more

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Track Name: The Deathless Crown
Hallowed lake, Kheled-zaram, the Deathless spied, reflecting stars,
A gilded crown, above his head, omen that his kingdom there he'd found.
Durin King, dwarven lord, first of seven, he was born,
Six more times, he'd rise again, Khazad-Dum his realm, Longbeard's throne.

In mansions made of stone, the dwarven masters toiled.
Artisans and smiths, shaping Middle-Earth

Growing might, as ages passed, a gifted ring, alliances undone.

By, third age, seclusion, and thirst, for, Mithril lead
Durin's, folk to, delve deeper still. Stirring, the nameless horror.

Dwarves fled, their king was slain.
Expelled, by dread of Morgoth's stain.
Displaced, and led by Thrain
Their new, kingdom Erebor


As foul things, infested halls, The Black Pit, to Sauron falls.
Moria, a poisoned land, corrupted in the grasp of his black hand
Durin King, dwarven lord, first of seven, he was born,
Six more times, he'd rise again, Khazad-Dum the realm of the Deathless
Track Name: Lord of Isengard
Bow before the white hand... all hail Saruman

Drain the life's blood of these lands.
Curunir the White demands.
Fangorn scorched he'd salt the land.
Uruk banners bear his hand.

Raze... fuel for war forges... Ablaze
Raise... from the birthing pits... March

Seizing land for Saruman
Uruk Hai by wizard spawned

Raven murders fly
Black spies choke the sky
The fellowship must die
Under Sauron's watchful eye
…watchful eye

The Man of Skill. Istari lord, forsaken by the Valar
Feigning allegiance to Gorthaur's battle cry

Drain the life's blood of these lands.
Curunir the White demands.
Fangorn scorched he'd salt the land.
Uruk banners bear his hand.

Fear... Lord of Isengard's … Wrath
Will... the White Messenger's... Craft

The Man of Skill, Istari lord, forsaken by the Valar
By power consumed, the Maiaran sorcerer

Saruman, Lord of Isengard, betrayer, of those he deemed weak
His serving, the master Sauron, a notion. that he found bleak
The One Ring, unrivaled prize, ensuring, mastery of fate
Through fire, and industry, Middle Earth, his for the take
Track Name: Legion of the White Hand
War
Uruk-hai, the orc-folk, of Isengard
bore the mark, of Saruman the Wise
By his white, hand branded, the half breeds marred
Born in pits, the man-eaters arise

Leigons spreading blight,
Insatiable blood lust
Imposing their might,
Tyranny unjust
Fearless of sunlight
Merciless butchery
Harbingers of night
Into battle thrust
Leigons spreading blight
Insatiable blood lust
Imposing their might
Tyranny unjust
Fearless of sunlight
Merciless butchery
Harbingers of night
Into battle thrust

Embattled at Helm's Deep,
King of the Golden Hall
Against the ravenous horde
Embattled at Helm's Deep
behind it's mighty walls
beset was Theoden Lord

Rohirrim, at Battle of the Hornburg
Faced grave odds
Breaching, rushing, gnashing

Invading demons seizing hold
Gateway destroyed by blasting-fire
Out from the threshold charged the bold
Riding headfirst into the mire

Slashing, into the, vile throng
Assault, perilous, head strong
Retreat, villainy's, swansong
Flanked by, the Riders of, Rohan
Gandalf, Shadowfax, lead force
The White, Wizard and, his horse
Pinning, Isengard's legion
Freeing, Aglarond, region
Track Name: The Fell Rider's Scourge
Nine rings, for Mortal Men, doomed to die
Forged by, Celebrimbor, for Kings on high
Gifted, to them, betrayed by Sauron's lie
The power, within, coerced to codify
Gifted, to them, betrayed by Sauron's lie
The power, within, coerced to codify

Binding the Kings to serving The Great Eye
Enslaved by The One Ring to his battle cry
Binding the Kings to serving The Great Eye
Enslaved by The One Ring to his battle cry

Potency wealth and might,
sought by them in life
Debased corrupted knights,
devoted to his blight
Spectral shielded sight,
agents of the night
Into damnation's plight,
they minions of spite

All for one, bound to the ring,
Guided by, the foul Witch King
As Sauron broke, falling to man,
The Nine Kings, would too disband

Much like him, this putrid slime,
gathered might, while biding time
Corrupted filth, amassing strength,
shadows reach, was gaining length

Taking shape, conjured forms,
Middle Earth's, coming...
storms
The Nazgul, reemerged,
in third-age, and converged
Storming the, realm of man,
searing their, cursed brand
Minas Morgul, their command,
Palantir in his Black Hand
… His Black Hand

A plague on Arda, The Nine ride
The ring from them, the Hobbits hide
Their Dark Master's, wicked lead
The Ring Wraiths, all cursed though greed
Corrupted though, their lust for rule
Fated to, existence cruel `
Track Name: The Black Hand of Gorthaur
Foul Gorthaur the Cruel
Reigned from Barad-Dur... Burzum

Power, through horror
Stronghold, in Mordor
Sauron, sought order

Once known, as Lord of Gifts,
Subjugating Arda as his hordes conquer man

Deify
The Great Eye
Ever nigh... War cry

Shadow in wait
One ring to rule them all
Black hand of Fate
One ring to rule them all
Never abait
One ring to rule them all
Suffer his hate
Before the dark one fall

Corrupter of great kings, bound the Nazgul .
Melkor's lieutenant, a dominion, forged in fire.
Aule's progeny, perverted, Maiar disgraced.
The Lord of Werewolves engulfs Arda's light.

Power, through horror
Stronghold, in Mordor
Sauron, sought order

Once known, as Lord of Gifts,
Propagating darkness as his hordes conquer man

Shadow in wait
One ring to rule them all
Black hand of Fate
One ring to rule them all
Never abait
One ring to rule them all
Suffer his hate
Before the dark one fall
Track Name: Masters of the Plains
South of Gondor, from land of Harad
Desperate people, aligned with a dark god
Ruled from Umbar, scarcity their fate
Desert dwellers, slaves to Melkor great

Melkor the great

From a land of toil and strain, the Haradrim knew of only pain
They sought deliverance from their strife, swearing fealty to Sauron

Descending from Antani, known as Black Men
Southrons lead by warlord, clans of nomads
Following the Witch King, clash on Pelennor Fields
Mûmakil masters, taming warbeasts

South of Gondor, from land of Harad
Desperate people, aligned with a dark god

Corrupted by Gorthaur, his wayfaring horde
Facing Rohirrim, Minas Tirith their goal
By despots lead, the Haradrim bands
Casting a shadow, on Gondorian lands
Track Name: Shelob the Great
All who wander nigh,
ensnared, meeting their fate
All creatures are food,
I am Shelob the Great

My webs of shadow lie
above Minas Morgul,
Primordial my scorn,
on the pass of Cirith Ungol

Ungoliant sired
archaic primogenitor
From the land of terror,
I hail from Ered Gorgoroth

No allegiance honored,
to none quarter given
For millennia I feast,
by my hunger driven
Millennia I feast

Eater of my kin,
All beings are food
Cannibalized young
Devouring my brood

Creatures grab for power,
holds no interest here
Indifferent to the Ring
I enliven fear


Ungoliant sired
archaic primogenitor
From the land of terror,
I hail from Ered Gorgoroth

I am the Shadow Spider
Enter if you dare,
Welcome in, outsider
To my grievous lair
Outsider enter my lair

A Hate from the first age,
From Beleriand driven
My eternal rage
To my victims given

Before the first stone
of Barad-Dur was placed
The land of Mordor home,
I am Shelob the Great
Track Name: Oathbreaker's Curse
Men of The White Mountains
Swore their fealty to Gondor
Oath breakers of Dwimorberg
Betrayed their vow to Isildur
For this treason cursed were they
Till their vow, to heir repaid
Apparitions haunting life
In perdition's baneful strife

Isildur, the mighty king
Gathered forces to crush the ring

A showdown in the Second Age
Sauron's wrath could not be caged
A pledge secured from Mountain King
Debt owed to Osgiliath's throne.

As The Last Allegiance stormed, into battle against evil
Oath Breakers forsook their vow, proving them to be deceitful
High King, swore that day, as he fought the Necromancer
Their debt, the Dead will pay, to his heir. For crimes they'd answer.


Cursed were they
as Sauron fell.


Hexed, shadows, the Sleepless Dead bewitched
Seer, Malbeth, his prophecy affixed
Ages, crawling, as apparitions writhed
Cost, mounting, for treachery they tithed
Heir, foretold, sought The King of the Dead
Wraiths, obeyed, beset his foes with dread

They, lead by brave Aragorn, crushed the Haradrim and Corsairs
Having, at last fulfilled their vow, by the rightful king they were freed