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Grasp of the Undying

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  • Track 01

    The Cull

    Cut down, one by one
    No sound remains
    Don’t fear if death finds you, this day

    Are you with me
    Let us savour the pain
    Do you hear the distant sound
    Calling your name

    In time, all of us are forgotten
    The ones that don’t belong to the pages of history

    But as my forefathers, I take to the open seas
    And as long before, I follow and don’t ask more
    Passed down, long before, the stories of old

    This time, I will not be forgotten
    I won’t be towed along with the feeble and the enemy

    But as my forefathers, I take to the open seas
    And as long before, I follow and don’t ask more
    Passed down, long before, the stories of old
    And won’t be called upon
  • Track 02

    Mortal Reminder

    Blinded by hate brought by the fall
    As I swear death to all
    You will feel my vengeance
    As I claim your mortal soul

    I will punish and destroy
    Those responsible for this ploy
    I will seek a thousand deaths
    I will bring a thousand years of war

    All that I had taken away
    My home is gone, and my love ones slain
    For every sleep claims a piece of me
    Every waking moment, every single dream

    As the masses came
    Like a shadow through this land
    They laid siege to all we ever had
    I stood strong, I was honour bound
    I stand defiant, I stand ever proud
    I am the chosen
    I am the guardian, the guardian

    Now I seek the blood of those
    Who claimed the innocent
    I will hunt the enemy to the last
    I will banish and rejoice
    The final breath of foes
    You will see what you have made
    You will see what I have finally become

    All that I had laid to the waste
    My spirit broken and just memories remain
    For every day claims a piece of me
    Every waking hour claims my inner peace
    My inner peace

    As the masses came
    Like a shadow through this land
    They laid siege to all we ever had
    I stood strong, I was honour bound
    I stand defiant, I stand ever proud
    I am the chosen
    I am the guardian, the guardian
  • Track 03

    Tear of the Goddess

    The unknown terror
    That stood alone
    Passed from the days of the early suns
    Through worlds of lost belief
    Laid waste and buried deep

    Summoned to be set up to fall
    But there’s no fear
    That lives inside this soul

    Inside this world
    There is no way back to forgiving us
    Undone, deliverer
    The sinful and the saviours of the innocent

    And so
    Keepers of old
    Keep us from cold
    Let us fight once more
    Till our honour is restored

    The unknown terror
    That lives below
    Breaths the flames from the dying suns
    And lives to wake the dying ones
    The dying ones

    The dying ones
    (The dying ones)
    (The dying ones)

    Inside this world
    There is no way back to forgiving us
    Undone, deliverer
    The sinful and the saviours of the innocent

    And so
    Keepers of old
    Keep us from cold
    Let us fight once more
    Till our honour is restored
  • Track 04

    Infinity Edge

    Beyond the lands of dreams
    I hear the call of riches
    Word of waters blessed unnatural
    Granting power of gods to men

    Under the distant sun is my calling
    I walk the lands
    That death cannot conquer
    And through the unforgiving worlds
    The battle lays in wait
    Seeking the way
    That leads me to the power of the edge
    The edge

    I'm living and dying a thousand lives
    And it’s taken its toll on me this time
    The edge cares not so why should I
    Because I breathe the air of immortals
    And I'll be the true invincible
    The edge is my destiny

    So far from home I'm reeling
    I've seen the fall of friends
    The end of the road approaching
    I will have my victory

    I will not cease to be
    You will not ever stop me
    I won't give up the dream
    You cannot ever stop me

    Seeking the way
    That leads me to the power of the edge

    I'm living and dying a thousand lives
    And it’s taken its toll on me this time
    The edge cares not so why should I
    Because I breathe the air of immortals
    And I'll be the true invincible
    The edge is my destiny

    I'm living and dying a thousand lives
    And it’s taken its toll on me this time
    The edge cares not so why should I
    Because I breathe the air of immortals
    And I'll be the true invincible
    The edge is my destiny

    My destiny
    My destiny
    My destiny
    My destiny
  • Track 05

    Dead Man’s Plate

    Is there reason, in this life
    We call our own
    So many misguided visions
    And trusting deceit
    And in our shallow pursuit of truth
    We lost ourselves

    May the storms gather
    May the cinders roam
    Those that will die will still remember

    You drank deep and you paid the price
    (What did you think you would find)
    Answer the dark whisper
    And you will tear this world apart
    Our world apart

    When the walls came down
    We were left abandoned here
    There's no soul inside us
    We're just all flesh and bone
    To wander the dead lands forever

    Will we ever get the chance

    Will we ever get the chance
    To show them
    So many forgotten and we live on
    In the city that once was timeless

    You drank deep and you paid the price
    (What did you think you would find)
    Answer the dark whisper
    And you will tear this world apart
    Our world apart

    You will tear this world apart
  • Track 06

    The Hex Core mk‑2

    Is that all you’ve got to say
    Cause this is not another game
    Not one that you wanna play
    Step, by step, by step
    Death march to your grave

    Is that all you’ve got to say
    Cause this is not another game
    Not one that you wanna play
    Step, by step, by step
    Death march to your grave

    There’s no one left you can blame
    A lonely war dance of pain
    Step, by step, by step
    Death march to your grave

    Is that all you’ve got to say
    Is that all you’ve got to say

    Step, by step, by step
    Death march to your grave
  • Track 07

    The Bloodthirster

    Cast down the weak
    Those who deceived us
    Those who would let us burn
    Liars and cheats
    Brittle and weak
    Another day will come

    Crawling on your knees right to the end
    I let you pretend you had your last days
    Calling for me to disappear
    I cannot be so easily sent forth

    As you descended on them
    You carry their memories of endless pain
    As remnants to their end
    One after one
    You sever them, sever them
    Sever

    Sever, sever your demons deep within
    A shadow that’s been long instilled

    Cast down the weak
    Those who deceived us
    Those who would let us burn
    Liars and cheats
    Brittle and weak
    Another day will come

    Torment so easily dispensed
    You tried to break our will but you failed
    Calling the serpentine flame
    Until we were just dust and remains

    As you descended on them
    You carry their memories of endless pain
    As remnants to their end
    One after one
    You sever them, sever them
    Sever

    Cast down the weak
    Those who deceived us
    Those who would let us burn
    Liars and cheats
    Brittle and weak
    Another day will come

    Cast down the weak
    Those who would flee us
    Those who would let us burn
    Liars and cheats
    Feeble and weak
    I see them
    Another day will
    Another day will
    Another day will come
  • Track 08

    Frozen Heart

    Up here on the roof of the world
    Up here on the roof of the world

    Long have we sought to ascend this place
    A life of servitude to omens
    The elders have promised us long before
    With evil banished to the wastelands
    Hands of the chosen will extend to us

    Upon the roof of this world
    Distant voices calling for the final fight
    We will answer with victory

    Long have we fought for these lands
    In the shadows and the stories of the promised light
    Now to take our place beyond

    Up here on the roof of the world
    Up here on the roof of the world
    Where we are sworn to guard no more
    Up here on the roof of the world

    Long have we fought to protect this place
    These haunted dreams never ending
    Clinching to the promises of life reborn

    Upon the roof of this world
    Distant voices calling for the final fight
    We will answer with victory

    Long have we fought for these lands
    In the shadows and the stories of the promised light
    Now to take our place beyond

    Here on the roof of the world
    In the cradle of the storms
    Where vengeful winds cut to the bone
    And there's no turning back

    (Here on the roof of the world)
    (Here on the roof of the world)
    (Here on the roof of the world)

    Up here on the roof of the world
    Up here on the roof of the world
    Where we are sworn to guard no more
    Up here on the roof of the world
  • Track 09

    Rapid Firecannon

    A forgotten place inside the lonely tower
    Tear it down with a metal roar
    The war eternal, I assail the unassailable
    A second release unhaunted by my past

    Beneath the marshlands
    Calling forth the night
    Buried deep a weapon forged in fire
    Fathers and sons their kin laid to waste
    (An evil is renewed)

    Light up
    The night with flames and cinder
    For I am renewed
    (Down in flames)
    (Feel the kick and watch them burn)

    Light up
    Caught in the crossfire Overwhelming firepower
    (Now return to hell)
    (In a firestorm)

    Out with the old
    In with the new world order
    Die or obey the choice is yours
    Undetected, into the spider’s web
    Taking it apart slowly piece by piece

    Find a shadow to hide me, and I wait
    Tricksters and spellweavers beware
    With this flame I culled the weak
    Made my nation strong again
    Well now they're all dead and gone
    Dead and gone

    With this blade
    I call the weak
    Make my nation strong again

    Beneath the marshlands
    Calling forth the night
    Buried deep a weapon forged in fire
    Fathers and sons, their kin laid to waste
    (An evil is renewed)

    Light up
    The night with flames and cinder
    For I am renewed
    (Down in flames)
    (Feel the kick and watch them burn)

    Light up
    Caught in the crossfire
    Overwhelming firepower
    (Now return to hell)
    (In a firestorm)
  • Track 10

    Blade of the Ruined King

    Instrumental
  • Production Notes

    Alex "Scherzo" Temple

    Production on “Blade of the Ruined King” and Orchestration on “Mortal Reminder”

    Bob "robesman" DeBelina

    Production Coordinator

    Christian "Praeco" Linke

    Executive Producer, Engineer

    Danny Lohner aka Renholdër

    Production, Mixing, and Vocals on "The Hex Core mk-2"

    Dzijan Emin

    Orchestration on “Blade of the Ruined King”

    Eugene "kyugene" Kang

    Bass Guitars

    Jason "chupacobbler" Willey aka ProtoShredanoid

    Lead Guitars

    Joe "Keytar Dragon" Atlan

    Keyboards, Piano

    Jørn Lande

    Vocals on "Cull," "Mortal Reminder," "The Bloodthirster," "Dead Man’s Plate," and "Frozen Heart"

    F.A.M.E.'S. Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra & Choir

    Orchestra and Choir on "Blade of the Ruined King" and strings on "Mortal Reminder"

    Mike “PitmanDrums” Pitman

    Producer, Drums, Rhythm Guitars, Lead Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, and Synths

    Noora Louhimo

    Vocals on "Tear of the Goddess" and "Frozen Heart"

    Per Johansson

    Vocals on "Infinity Edge" and "Rapid Firecannon"

    Richard “RickyTee” Thomson

    Drums, Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, Lead Guitars & Synths

    Scott Kirkland

    Production and Mixing on "The Hex Core mk-2", Synths on “The Bloodthirster”

    Smiley Sean

    Drum Recording & Engineering

    Tommy Lee

    Drums on "The Hex Core mk-2"

    Viranda "Viranimal" Tantula

    Creative Director, Producer

    All Music & Lyrics written by Pentakill.
    Engineered and Produced by Riot Games in Los Angeles, CA and London, UK.
    Mixed and Mastered by Jacob Hansen.

The Band

You have sown. Now you shall reap.

AftermathAftermath

When the sky in the far north of the Freljord grows dark, and warriors gather around the hearthfire embers, they sometimes speak of a deathly night on the ice, of murderous rage unbound. It is a tale only spoken of in hushed, awed whispers. Some claim it is no more than a legend invented to frighten youngsters, others claim that even to speak of it is to invite the return of those metal warriors from their tour of the realms beyond. None lived to tell of this grim night, but sometimes a reckless taleteller speaks of a berserk axeman reaping lives with his axe. They whisper that not even his brothers could restrain his fury. Only by bringing a mountain down upon the metal giant was his rampage halted.

Thus did Pentakill’s last live performance end.

South of HeavenSouth of Heaven

Accounts of Kayle’s arrival in Runeterra variously speak of her born within a fiery comet that split the sky, or straddling the girth of a glittering, serpentine dragon. These are just two of the legends of how Kayle came to walk among mortals. Gleaming in jagged warplate, she was a golden warrior goddess from a strife-torn world in search of allies to fight an epic war against the diabolical hordes of her faithless sister. Planet Earth had failed to produced warriors of mettle, so now she had travelled to Runeterra in search of warriors of metal.

So rarefied was Kayle’s divine speech that she could only communicate via grand, symphonic metal operas that told of her plight. The depthless sorrow of these operatic arias pierced the hearts of all who heard them and her listeners were frequently overcome with such overwhelming melancholy that they simply dropped dead at the end of her performance. But since each song was typically many hours long, they had time enough to put their affairs in order before death took them. Yet for all the heart-rending emotion contained in her lyrics, none of her audiences could truly understand the depths of her woes, no-one could hear the sorrow of her existence without immediately perishing.

No one except Karthus.

Beneath the RemainsBeneath the Remains

After the disastrous end to their last live performance, where Mordekaiser destroyed the entirety of the Freljordian crowd, Karthus gave the fateful order for Olaf to drum the ‘Worldsplitter Rhythm’ that sundered the land and brought down the icy realm’s highest peak upon Mordekaiser. As the rock of the mountain cascaded down, the band fled to the far corners of Runeterra to escape the wrath of Freljoridan battle queens and the raft of inevitable blood feuds.

Karthus pitched up in Bilgewater, earning a crust as a hooded reciter of funereal dirges. This had an unexpected health benefit to natives, as people started looking after themselves rather than put their families through such an ordeal. So Karthus toured the most squalid and foetid dive bars to sing at the drunken wakes of murdered pirates instead — what with grim dirges being a vast improvement on sea-shanties. A slow descent into madness and obscurity beckoned until the radiant form of Kayle arrived in Bilgewater.

She heard the depthless well of misery in his despairing lyrics and knew Karthus alone could understand her own sorrow. What followed was a drunken woe-off, a night of debauchery, gothic poetry and operatic singing that saw the men and women of the Slaughter Docks hurl themselves into the monster-filled ocean rather than listen to their maudlin duets. In the aftermath, Karthus and Kayle pledged the Vocalists Oath to return stronger than ever. After all, shared woe is better than solitary woe.

It would be the comeback tour to end all comeback tours.

Among the LivingAmong the Living

The hooded and hunched figure of Yorick headed south from the bloody carnage of the Freljord and did not stop until he reached the sun-bleached wastes of Shurima. Sunlight was something new to Yorick, something he avoided for fear of people recoiling from a face not even a mother could love. He helped excavate the tombs of long-dead emperors, which allowed him to spend a great deal of his time in the darkness underground — something his fellow diggers certainly appreciated.

His unique bass was the perfect tool to crush the soft rock of Shurima, but often had the side effect of liquefying the sand to a degree where many of the workers excavating the tombs were buried alive. To many of these buried souls, this was preferable than having to endure another moment of conversation with a man who could, literally, bore rock. After being forcibly ejected from dig sites all across Shurima and months spent deep underground with long-dead princes, Yorick decided that he too desired be buried in the sands.

He dug deep into the bedrock to craft his own shadowed mausoleum, and there he interred himself within a lightless tomb, intending to pass the aeons in splendid isolation. And so Yorick slept beneath the desert until Karthus and Kayle prised open his tomb. The two singers did nothing to disabuse Yorick of the idea that aeons had passed and that all who desired him dead were, themselves, now dead. The mortal realm was, they told him, once again ready for Pentakill.

The mortal realm was, they told him, once again ready for Pentakill.

Let There Be RockLet There Be Rock

The entombment of Mordekaiser beneath the mountain of Freljord had inspired Sona, and while the other members of the band split to the far corners of Runeterra in despair, she was consumed with the desire to craft soaring, symphonic rock operas. She toured the grandest temples of the world (and beyond), but none of the acoustics were powerful enough to satisfy Sona’s need for the most cosmically resonant sounds. The great glacier temples of the Freljord were now denied her, so Sona took ship with the doomed crew of the Serpent’s Feast to a series of volcanic islands in uncharted waters east of Bilgewater.

The dread crew swiftly departed as Sona set up her keyboards and began to sculpt the island with sonic brutality. She played the very notes of creation and dragged volcanic islands from the depths as they rained lava to form titanic organ pipes to further magnify Sona’s playing. So powerful were her notes that they travelled between worlds and sank entire continents (a planned gig in Atlantis had to be cancelled). Encircled by mighty volcanoes, Sona set the sky ablaze with hellfire dragged from the heart of the planet. Yet, as awesome as it was, her playing needed more. It needed the demonic wailing of unearthly guitars and the quaking thunder of drums and bass.

And that’s when the burning ferry bearing Karthus, Yorick and Kayle ran aground on Sona’s basalt ring of fire.

DestroyerDestroyer

Though it went against every instinct he possessed, Olaf did not stay and die under the mountain with Mordekaiser. With Yorick heading south, Olaf’s favourite drinking partner was gone. So, to mourn his survival of what he always believed was to be his final performance, he sought to drink himself to death with the deadliest booze of Runeterra. He found a fellow named Gragas, and ended up in the depths of Zaun with him, drinking potent sump cocktails, bragging of his glory days and daring chem-jacked thugs to take him on.

He readily found ways in which to ply his trade as a professional hitter of things, and soon found himself embroiled in underground golem fight-clubs. Up against chem-powered golems, Olaf found his natural talent for pounding drums was also good for pounding mechanical giants to pieces. He sought out the most dangerous opponents in fight after fight, eventually falling under the metal hammer of Drago, one of Viktor’s most lethal creations. Just as his foe was about to deliver the deathblow, a piercing wail shattered the crystalline globe containing the golem’s transplanted brain. Bellowing in rage at this denial of death, Olaf surged to his feet, ready to pound again. He found himself face to skull with his old lead singer.

Olaf would live. And he would drum again.

Rust in PeaceRust in Peace

When the mountain fell on Mordekaiser, he took it as a sign from the Gods of Metal that his demonically-ordained task to bring metal to the masses was done, that he had achieved full Metal. His power chords had so shredded the very fabric of the world that the universe smote him with a mountain. A fitting end to the high priest of metal.

But Mordekaiser knew he would be reborn, rising from the molten ruins of the fallen peak as the once and future king of metal. But as time passed, his wait became a slumber. The crushing mountain was shunned by those who lived in its dark shadow, an evil peak of black metal and cursed rock. Upon its highest summit, the gleaming, obsidian haft of a snarling axe protruded from the rock. Legends grew around this cursed place, legends telling that whosoever drew the axe from the mountain would be the one to reunite the heralds of a new age of metal.

When the mountain finally shuddered and fell, a brazen god of rock was revealed. As Mordekaiser rose to meet the giant who had drawn the axe from the rock, he saw his old bandmates accompanied by a fiery, hellion-valkyrie from beyond. Karthus held out his axe, its razor strings shivering with anticipation.

“The band’s back together,” said the Deathsinger.
Mordekaiser

MordekaiserMordekaiser

“My rig doesn’t just hit eleven. It ******* melts eleven.”

When a mountain fell on Mordekaiser, he took it as a sign from the Gods of Metal that his demonically-ordained task to bring metal to the masses was done, that he had achieved full metal. He knew he would one day be reborn, but as time passed, his wait became a slumber. The crushing mountain was an evil peak of black metal and cursed rock. Upon its highest summit, the gleaming, obsidian haft of a snarling axe protruded from the rock. Legends grew around this cursed place, legends that foretold whosoever drew the axe from the mountain would be the true herald of a new age of metal.

Karthus

KarthusKarthus

“Come what ever may, I’ll be the death of you.”

Karthus embarked on a solo career in Bilgewater, earning a crust as a hooded reciter of funeral dirges. This had an unexpected health benefit to natives of Bilgewater, as people started looking after themselves rather than have to put their families through such an ordeal. Karthus made a career touring squalid dive bars to sing at the drunken wakes of murdered pirates instead — what with grim dirges being a vast improvement on sea-shanties.

Yorick

YorickYorick

“More Bass. Turn the bass up. Turn the ******* bass up. More. More.”

Thinking he’d try something new, Yorick chose to vacation in the sun-bleached wastes of Shurima. Sunlight was something new to him, something he normally avoided for fear of people recoiling from a face not even a mother could love. His unique bass was the perfect tool to crush the soft rock of Shurima, but often had the side effect of liquefying the sand to a degree where many of the workers excavating distant tombs were buried alive. To many of these unfortunate souls, this was preferable to enduring another moment in the presence of a man who could literally bore rock.

Sona

SonaSona

“...!”

Sona was consumed with the desire to craft soaring symphonic rock operas and tour the grandest temples of the world (and elsewhere) but no acoustics were powerful enough to satisfy her need for the most cosmically resonant sounds. Sona took ship with the doomed crew of the Serpent’s Feast to a series of volcanic islands, and began to sculpt the island with sonic brutality. There she unleashed the music of creation. So powerful were her notes, they travelled between worlds and sank entire continents (indeed, a planned gig in Atlantis had to be cancelled).

Olaf

OlafOlaf

“Get me a new china, toms, snare, double pedal, and cowbell. Yeah, basically a new set. Old one broke. Caught fire. Yeah I set it on fire.”

After surviving what he believed was to be his final performance, Olaf sought to drink himself to death with the deadliest booze of Runeterra. He ended up in the depths of Zaun, drinking potent sump cocktails, bragging of glory days and daring chem-jacked thugs to take them on. Olaf soon found himself embroiled in underground golem fight-clubs. Up against chem-powered giants, Olaf found his natural talent for pounding drums was also good for pounding mechanical automatons to pieces.

Kayle

KayleKayle

“Does molten lava, poured by the brazen gods of metal, flow through your veins? Only then are you worthy of my time.”

A golden warrior goddess from a strife-torn world, Kayle arrived in Runeterra on the back of a glittering, serpentine dragon. She searches for allies to fight an epic war against the diabolical hordes of her faithless sister. Planet Earth had failed to produce warriors of mettle, so she travelled to Runeterra in search of warriors of metal. Communicating via grand, symphonic metal operas, the depthless sorrow of her arias pierce the hearts of all who hear them. Literally.

2017 Grasp of the Undying

Tour Dates

  • Vernal Equinox / Noxus

    The Immortal Bastion Lounge

    Support

    Noxtoraa, Quadrakill

  • Midwinter Solstice / Stonehenge

    Sarsen Circle Pit

    Support

    Tufnel’s Folly, Living Rock, Merlin’s Bane

  • Red Snows Day / Freljord

    Howling Abyss Arena

    Support

    Ice Witch, Frostguard

  • Festival of Carnea / Mount Olympus

    Acropolis of Zeus

    Support

    Heaven and Hades, Titanomachy, Greek Tragedy

  • Ruination Day / Shadow Isles

    Vaults of Arcana

    Support

    Moonbane, King of Ruin

  • Harrowing / Bilgewater

    Butcher’s Bridge Slaughter Docks

    Support

    Death’s Daughter, Rigger-mortis, Dead Pool Down

  • 14th of Piltember / Zaun

    The Sumptown Bowl

    Support

    Howlin’ Doom, Bad Moon Rising

  • 2017 / New Wasteland

    Bandle City Coliseum

    Support

    Tiny Feet of Doom

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