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Underdark Echoes

by Avalon Burning

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Morts A very rough goth rock recording (it was only a demo), there was potential for better things had the band continued beyond this EP. Fans of Inkubus Sukkubus, Skeletal Family or The Shroud may find this of interest. Favorite track: Lore.
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  • Underdark Echoes (Demo 2002)
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Underdark 02:43
Lastborn 04:22
Lastborn Malice: To the meld, father to daughter Sister to brother, let our work begin Let the onslaught commence For the will of the Spider Goddess Briza & Maya: Our House shall be glorious this night! Let bloodshed be left in our wake! The Fourth House shall vanish with no trace; Slay the last of the DeVir race! Vierna & Briza: As we gather now in our circle of eight The ring of Lloth's idol reverberates Bringing death as mother brings life; A baby's heart shall meet the knife Malice: (Dinnen douward ma brechen tol, Abec di'n'a'breg doward!) Briza & Maya: Name the child! We must name the lastborn child! Slay the child! The thirdborn son must die! Malice: Stay your hand! Now welcome your newborn brother! Finish the deed! Kill every last DeVir child! Zaknafein: What is this place that is my world? What dark coil has my spirit embodied? In light I see my skin as black. In darkness it glows white in the heat of this rage I cannot dismiss! Menzoberranzan, what hell are you?!
Zaknafein's Lament In this veil of darkness And this shade of unending night I am a weapon of the shadows, A tool of Malice's might But in the hell of Menzoberranzan Nothing is what it seems And the screams of dying children Sear my soul and shatter my dreams What dark coil has my spirit embodied Here in this black, endless hell? Trapped in a cycle of rage and of hatred My blood and my soul I must sell! Damned be the Spider Queen! And damned be her lies! Would I could harden my heart to their cries! For I cannot save them, And I cannot flee; If there be a true god, have mercy on me! And now there is a child, A son born of my seed; And his innocent purple eyes Lack ambition, or greed And the sound of his laughter Rings through these desolate halls But how can I protect him When our destiny calls? Are they all like that, so sweet and so pure, Before Lloth's poison spreads? Can he stand tall against her venomous creeds? Would he be better off dead? Damned be the Spider Queen! And damned be her lies! Would that the light never fade from his eyes! But I know my people, And the depths of their sins; If there be a true god, please watch over him! Zaknafein: Do not send him! Malice: He is a drow fighter. He must go to the Academy. It is our way. Zaknafein: Do not send him; they will ruin him! Already he is more skilled than half those at the Academy! Allow me two more years and I will make him the finest swordsman in all Menzoberranzan! Malice: He goes. There is more to the making of a drow warrior than skill with weapons. Drizzt has other lessons he must learn. Zaknafein: Lessons in treachery! Malice: Watch your tongue, Zaknafein! Zaknafein: I fight with passion! That is why I win! Your son too fights with passion! Do not let the conforming ways of the Academy take that from him! Malice: Zaknafein, I have tolerated your blasphemous beliefs because of your skill with weapons. You have taught my soldiers well, and your love of killing drow, particularly clerics of the Spider Queen, has aided the ascent of House Do'Urden. I am not, and have not been ungrateful. But I tell you now, one final time, that Drizzt is MY son, not his sire's! He will go to the Academy and learn what he must to take his place as a noble of the House! If you interfere with what must be, Zaknafein, I will no longer turn my eyes from your actions! Your heart will be given to Lloth! Zaknafein: Go then, Drizzt Do'Urden. Go to the Academy and learn who you really are.
Lore 03:58
Lore Hatch'net: I am Hatch'net, the master of lore. This will be your hall of instruction for fifty cycles of Narbondel; You will bring no weapons to this place! Gather around me, children of the Spider Queen! Gather around me as I tell our tale; You are drow and this is your history! Through Lloth's strength and our own we prevail! Hatch'net: You are drow! Do you understand what that means? Do you know where you come from, and the history of our people? Menzoberranzan was not always our home, Nor was any other cavern of the Underdark! Once we lived on the hell of the surface world Where every day a great orb of flame Burns with the light of a thousand priestess' punishments And even the night is full of light and pain! Hatch'net: Yes, even in the night when the ball has gone below the far rim of the world, one cannot escape the terrors of the surface! Dots of light, and sometimes a lesser ball of silvery fire, mar the sky's blessed darkness. In those days, the ancient days of yore, We walked hand-in-hand with our pale-featured kin. How could we know, in our innocence, the surface elves Would deceive and betray us from within? Student 1: It cannot be true! Hatch'net: It is! We thought the fairies our friends! We could not know that they would descend on us suddenly, and slaughter us all! Drizzt: Can this be true? Are the elves to blame? Can our surface kin, the fairy-kind Be blamed for all this misery and pain? Without mercy the fairies pursued us Until the Goddess took us to her breast She guided us to the Underdark paradise And now we are the masters of all we possess! Students: Praise Lloth! Praise Lloth! All praise to the Spider Queen! Danger comes to the dark elves from everywhere; The surface races are vile, one and all! Dwarves and gnomes, humans and halflings, They wait only for our sword blades to fall! Student 1: Disgusting dwarves! How I'd love to carve up their ugly faces! Student 2: Ugly gnomes! I'll give their blood to the Spider Queen! Hatch'net & Students: I'll make them pay for their sins against the drow and the Goddess! INFIDELS! But trust ye not the races of the Underdark, They envy the drow and would steal our rights by birth! Know that we are the only race of righteousness We only have each other for allies on this earth! Students: (Praise to the Spider Queen! Hail to the Spider Queen!) Drizzt: Can this be true? Are the elves to blame? Can our surface kin, and the other races, Be blamed for all this misery and pain? Hatch'net: Praise to the Spider Queen!
The Reckoning Drizzt: Father, I wish I could have known I will that I had been there! A true knight forced to be a pawn In Malice's wicked game All the rest of my centuries, I'll honor your sacrifice I'll escape the hell of Menzoberranzan And Lloth's adamantite vice! Malice: You dare to defy my will After I stand to offer so much? I would have given you honors so high As Weapons Master of our House! So many died so you could live! Does that mean anything to you? Are you a true drow warrior, Or just an insolent spoiled little child? Drizzt: How dare you defile my father's memory so? I despise Lloth's ways more than you can ever know! Damned be the Spider Queen! And damned be her lies! In the name of Zaknafein And his great sacrifice I wash my hands of the ways of my kin! I'll live by my principles! I'll follow the light within! Malice: DAMN your blaspheming tongue! You dare invoke Lloth's rage? You're but a puny little male Whose heart should have met the blade! Briza, ready your whip! Let's teach this boy his place! Rake his back with viper's fangs For his words against our race! For you and your father's crimes Against House Do'Urden! By the grace of the Spider Queen You will die for your sins! Glory to the Spider Queen! Let us praise Lloth's might! House Do'Urden shall be victorious Before Narbondel's light! Hail the name of the Spider Queen! Let us bask in her dark light! Drizzt Do'Urden, your time has come! This is now your reckoning night! Drizzt: Masoj Hun'ett is now dead by my hand I'll not slay another drow while I still walk this land There must be another dark elf who holds my beliefs If their blood were to stain my blade, forever I would grieve Damned be the Spider Queen And damned be her lies! I'll depart this hell with Guenhwyvar by my side! I take leave of House Do'Urden And these misery-laden halls; If there be a true god, Then a true god damn you all!
Raid by Moonlight I charge with my comrades Towards the unsuspecting horde Lloth's "mightiest champions" But what is it all for? This all seems so wrong to me The gleeful dark elven eyes Drow weapons stained with innocence, My soul stained with their lies Yes, today I learn what it means to be a drow warrior A weapon of irrational hatred and senseless paranoia I see that my people are the real enemy But where, where do I fit in all of this? I clearly see her fair features The sparkle in her beautiful eyes Now dulled by a dark elven blade Gurgling blood chokes her final cry A small child rushes before my feet Kneels by her mother's side Torn between murder and mercy And then something snaps inside Do I join my darker kin? Or do I serve the light within? And something deep within me cries, And Lloth's dark will is thus denied! My blades will not spill innocent blood I turn my back on a life of falsehood And now before the world of light I'm going to do what I feel is right! I cast the child's body to the ground And order her to lie still Taking the head from her dead mother I hold it high and claim her as my kill! Nonoriel: I never will forget this hateful day And all this pain won't go away I look into his purple eyes And all I want to do is cry! This monster shoves me to the ground And I dare not make a sound I wonder if I'm going to die And then they leave, and they never tell me WHY? Damned be the Spider Queen! And damned be her lies! Her greatest joy and pleasure The innocent's cries My only wish right now is to spit upon Lloth's face! I renounce the lies of the Spider Queen, and those of my mother Malice! Damned be the Spider Queen! And damned be her lies!


A demo rock opera written in inspiration of the novel "Homeland" by R. A. Salvatore.


released March 1, 2002

Avalon Burning are Kevyn LeBlanc and Diane Morrison.

Electric & bass guitars, synthesizer, drum machine, vocals: LeBlanc
Vocals, acoustic guitar, midi: Morrison
Additional vocals by Erin & Rowean McRoy

All music & lyrics copyright (c) 1999 by Avalon Burning.

Cover and liner art by Catti-drizzt, copyright (c) 1999; used by permission.


Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.



Avalon Burning Vernon, British Columbia

In 1999, Sable joined forces with talented metal guitarist and songwriter Kevyn LeBlanc to form their symphonic metal studio project Avalon Burning. Both were members of the cult goth rock band Gallows Hill. A precursor to "epic metal," Avalon Burning was inspired by fantasy literature. The band split after creating their demo, "Underdark Echoes," in 2002. ... more

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