Year Of The Ghost

by Bella Morte

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salaafah I mean, it's Bella Morte. What's not to love?
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Will I've been a fan of Bella Morte for a long time. I love all their CDs. This Album brings a mature sound to the classic sound they started with. I love Break This Cold. <3 Outstanding work. A fanboy forever. Favorite track: Break This Cold.
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Wyrmwood Each song to the album as a whole, and every element to each individual song, is a brush stroke of a different shade of black in the beautiful painting that is the overall work. Tony's guitar-work is fluid and mournful with just the right amount of restraint, adding to drums and bass that create a nice dirge-like sensation while still keeping the tempo up. Andy shows more flexibility and range in his vocals here than ever before with some gorgeous layered vocal melodies and masterclass lyricism. Favorite track: Black Orchids.
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clownseuche I listened to this album a lot the year my son was born. It was the soundtrack of the days before, during and after everything changed. I love this album because of this. Favorite track: Ruins.
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released August 14, 2017

All songs written and performed by Andy Deane and Tony Lechmanski
Except "Further" written by Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Andy Deane
Album art by Andy Deane


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Track Name: Ruins
Smoke in our eyes
Fire in burning fingers
Nothing but time in our minds
Like the dead
With a cry we are there
Our hands on our hearts
Protecting all we have
All we ever were

Smoke in the sky
Speaks of the coming danger
The downfall of our lives
Cut and bled
All is lost to the flames
As red fills the night
Words like ruins crumble
Words like ruins die

All things must fall
There's nothing more to say
Just as the light of day
All things must fall
We've seen it all before
The roses wilt, the heart grows cold
And we fade away
Track Name: One Bright Soul In This Emptiness
Crash, if we're quiet now
You can read it in my eyes
Have faith in the weathered hearts
Clinging to our bones
A nervous glance that we call home

Hush, the wreckage black and white
A life the lips of sleep have kissed
Can't erase the crimson nights of bliss
The perfect dream of us
A fragment held when all seems lost

Love, I can't hold you when you fall
Lie in this darkness with me
Til we're one bright soul in this emptiness
Track Name: My Only One
The stillness of night
The whites of eyes
Caress softer skies
Look to brighter times

The willows still cry
When the moon climbs so high
For one who was lost
Taken by winter's frost

May we never fade again
My only one
As spirits in the fall
Will we ever fade again
My ghostly love
For nothing lasts so long
Track Name: Black Orchids
We close our eyes at dawn's arrival
We look into another world
Empires falling all around us here
This is the end, a new beginning

The red-metal earth so unforgiving
A rusted city in the sand
Echoes the land we used to know and love
This is the end, a new beginning
A brand new end

Fall down to the winter earth
Fall down under stormy skies

Ten years of ashes
Dreaming, falling down
Black orchid skies for a thousand miles
Ten years of ashes
Walls come crumbling down
Black orchid skies
Black orchids on our eyes
Track Name: Break This Cold
I walk these haunted streets alone
A thousand doors gone raven black
Spirits move and then they look away
For I wear the face of a man who has died

The past still breaths beneath this sky
Old laughter smothered in the rain
One last glance into that starlit night
And I walk away, walk away, walk away

Walk this winter mile under the snow
Knowing the sun won't ever break this cold
You can plant a seed below
But roses will not grow anymore
Track Name: Burn
Awake, shamed and in pain
Battered by ghosts in this quiet place
Lies fall from lips, whispers like blades
The resonant cries, white noise alive

Astray, estranged in the cold
A stranger at home, huddled with words
November came cold, November came cold
And washed it away
Though hope sometimes stains

Align, watch the stars collide
Goodbye to this world on fire
Burn 'til we're blind
Track Name: Darker Waters
A starless night bleeds into day
The sun is so grey, asleep in the heavens
Crawling below to where I'll lie
As everything dies
Not even bones last forever

Love and hate sink under water
Until nothing remains, til nothing remains
Find a reason with each day
What should I say?
The words feel so hollow

Darker waters than this
Flow through my veins
And fill this black heart with tears
Darker waters than this
Flow from my eyes
From grace to a place within
Track Name: Prayers For The Damned
Her voice is a knife, a stab in the dark
Devastation in her wake
The ashes of who we were
Darkest of hearts, darkest of thoughts
The hollow lies beneath her scars, beneath her soul

Her curse is death, a plague on the world
Wanting more than everything, wanting more than all
Darkest of hearts, darkest of thoughts
The hollow lies beneath her scars, beneath her soul

Death in her hands, night in her eyes
Prayers for the damned lost in the sky
Nowhere to run but somewhere to hide
Outside the lines of this divide
Track Name: Dead Of Night
She follows the storm
To keep the rainfall in her world
She holds the sun and stars at bay
To keep the light of hope away

Snow falls in her heart
Frozen somewhere in her past
The cold forever in her way
To keep the light of hope away

There was a time
You were sunlight in my eyes
Golden in the grey
Here at the end I still see the winter glow
The hopes from a far off day
The shadow of heaven in decay

Fall down in the dead of night
Softer her cries
Fall down in the dead of night
Dreams passed her by
Worlds built of love and light
Fall down in the dead of night
Out of mind and out of sight

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