The Dark Half

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Recorded by Brad Stewart of Desolate Recordings 
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Nick Scott 

Artwork and layout by Colin Marks at Rain Song Design 
Band photo by Ben Wrigley at Third Eye Visuals 

All music written by Briarcliff
All lyrics written by Jake DiStefano
Guest vocals on Ruin Of Morality performed by Daniel Konstantinou of I, Valiance. 

'Ruin Of Morality' Lyric Video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQDHw1tQCss
'The Dark Half' Music Video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w1jR9g6PLM

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released July 31, 2016

Briarcliff would like to thank Jesse Phillips, Daniel Konstantinou, Brad Stewart, Luke Simons, Adrian Kelly, Aidan Steele, Brad Hook, Nick Scott, Liam Brown, Scott Rudd, Ben Wrigley, Jacob Jennings, Celine Zerna, Jared wood and Kayne Fry.
And a special thanks to our friends and family for supporting us along the way.

Thank you to Phillip Jarrett, for his contributions to Patriarch Of Sin. 

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Briarcliff Adelaide, Australia

Briarcliff is a 5-piece deathcore band from Adelaide, Australia

Jake DiStefano - Vocals
Jacob Johnson-Firth -
Guitar
Ethan Ross - Guitar
Josh Marcus - Bass
Kiri Schroeter - Drums

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Track Name: Ruin Of Morality
NO GOD WILL BE SPARED.
IN THE CLEANSING OF WORLDS DARKNESS
CONSUMES THE LIGHT.
AS THE LAST BREATH IS TAKEN FROM YOU,
I SEE THE END OF LIFE.

NOTHING IS SACRED.

MY EYES ARE BLIND, ALL I SEE IS INSIDE OF MY MIND.
I STARE UPON THE PRECIPICE OF DEATH.

IT SPEAKS TO ME IN TONGUES THAT I UNDERSTAND,
I AM THE DARKNESS UPON THE EARTH.

NOW YOU SEE, I AM THE HOST OF HELL.
BRING ME THE MAN OF CLOTH, BURN HIM AT THE CROSS.

FATHERS, MOTHERS, CHILDREN, WATCH,
WATCH AS I KILL YOUR GOD.
WATCH AS I TAKE YOUR HOPE AWAY, SO HE CANNOT SAVE YOU.
WATCH HUMANITY DIE.

YOUR FAITH IN RUINS, KNEEL DOWN AND BOW BEFORE ME,
BRING ME THE HEADS OF YOUR FALLEN KINGS.

IT SPEAKS TO ME IN TONGUES THAT I UNDERSTAND,
I AM THE DARKNESS UPON THE EARTH.

SUBJECT YOUR WITHERED BODY TO ME,
BECOME ONE WITH THE FALL OF SOCIETY.
PAVE THE ROADS WITH THE BONES OF YOUR BROTHERS,
SPILL THE BLOOD OF THE INFANTS INTO RIVERS.
THIS SACRIFICE, TO SAVE MANKIND.

SALT THE EARTH, SINK THE CITIES INTO SAND,
HEAR MY SERMON OF THE DEAD.
INVOKE MY HATE, SPREAD FLAMES ACROSS THE LAND.
WE WILL BATHE IN THE RUIN OF MORALITY.
I AM THE DARKNESS UPON THE EARTH.

HEAR THEM PRAY, FOR THE PAIN TO GO AWAY.
HEAR THEM ALL PRAY, MY DISCIPLES OF PAIN.

BLEED FOR ME, FAITHLESS CREATURES.
BLEED FOR GOD.
Track Name: Patriarch Of Sin
I AM THE PATRIARCH OF SIN.
WITNESS THE GLOBAL EXECUTION
JUDGEMENT HAS FALLEN UPON YOU.
BEFORE GOD YOU ARE FORGIVEN,
BEFORE ME YOU ARE PUNISHED.
NO MAN IS FREE OF SIN, NO MAN IS WORTHY OF LIFE.
I HAND DOWN MY SENTENCE TO THE EARTH,
SEE THAT YOU ALL DIED FOR NOTHING.

TEAR THE FLESH,
INVITE THE BUGS UNDERNEATH YOUR SKIN.
NO MORE LIES,
BECOME HOST TO THE CREATURE WITHIN.

I HOST THE EMBODIMENT OF SIN.
THE FIRE BEHIND MY EYES,
THIS DEMON THAT RESIDES.
I FEEL ITS CLAWS SCRAPE AND CARVE
INTO THE PIT OF MY SKULL: 'I AM DEATH,
INVOKE THE GLOBAL CULL'

I CAN SEE EVERYTHING,
NOTHING WILL SURPASS MY ETERNAL GAZE.
ALL DWELLING IN SHIT.
ALL MONARCHS OF DEATH.

FLEE FROM THE ARCHITECTS OF MAN.
COWARDS FLOCK BENEATH THE SHADOW OF FAITH.

RANCID CREATURES, OFFER YOUR MINDS TO MINE. 
LET ME BIND YOUR FEARS TO ALL OF MANKIND. (x2)

INSANITY MEETS CLARITY.
I AM THE VOICE OF HELL
I EXIST IN EVERY THOUGHT,
EVERY MOMENT OF FEAR.

I CAN SEE EVERYTHING,
NOTHING WILL SURPASS MY ETERNAL GAZE.
ALL DWELLING IN SHIT.
ALL MONARCHS OF DEATH.

DWELLING IN SHIT, ALL MONARCHS OF DEATH.
I CAN SEE EVERYTHING.
THE PATH OF MAN IN RUINS,
THE BLOOD SPILT ON ITS GRAVE. 
I CAN SEE EVERYTHING.
MY WRATH UNENDING, MY EVERLASTING HATE.
Track Name: Agony Within
THIS WAR IS MINE.
WHEN THE EARTH CRACKED SO DID THE MINDS OF MAN.
INNOCENCE CRUSHED IN THE PALM OF MY HAND.
REALISE THAT YOUR CHANCE TO CHANGE HAS PASSED, MY ONLY OFFER IS DEATH.

THE LEGIONS OF DOGS, THE LEADERS OF WAR.
A WORLD IN DEBT WITH BLOOD AS PENANCE.
FAITH IN ME HAS GROWN. 
THIS PLANET WANTS TO DIE.

THIS PLANET DESERVES TO DIE,
IN THE FLAMES OF NUCLEAR FALLOUT.
THIS PALACE WILL ROT.

THIS WORLD IN PAIN, I WILL TAKE AWAY YOUR MISERY.
LET ME BE, THE ONE TO SET YOU FREE.
REPENT YOUR LIFE, THERE IS NOTHING HOPEFUL FOR YOU IN THIS.
SUBMIT YOUR FATE, WE ARE ALL PIECES OF SHIT.

THE ILLUSION OF POWER DELUDES THE MASSES.
WILL YOU LOOK BACK ON WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED?
FOR ALL I SEE IS A PAST SOAKED IN YOUR OWN BLOOD,
WHY ARE YOU SO PROUD? 

I WAS CREATED BY THE HATRED OF MAN.
I AM THE PRODUCT OF YOUR OWN AGONY WITHIN.

WHEN THE WORLD IS STRIPPED OF ALL HUMANITY WILL YOU DANCE AMONGST THE FLAMES OR BECOME ASHES ON THE WIND? 
CHOOSE WISELY, HOW DO YOU WANT TO DIE? 

ALL PUPPETS, ALL DISGUSTING, ALL WORTHY OF THE SLAUGHTER.

BARRICADE THE WALLS WITH CORPSES OF THE CHILDREN, IGNITE THE SKY WITH MORTARS AND WARPLANES.
IN THE END WILL YOU COUNT THE BODIES? 
OR WILL YOU REALISE IT WAS ALL FOR NOTHING? 

WILL YOU REALISE IT WAS ALL FOR NOTHING?
THE BLOODSHED THAT ECHOES THROUGHOUT THE GENERATIONS, DEFILING THE PAGES OF HISTORY.
WILL YOU TAKE CREDIT FOR THE BLOOD SPILT ON THE PEARLY GATES? 

WAR BORN.
WE TOOK THIS WORLD AND BRED HATE.
LIES. 
DEFILES THE PAGES OF HISTORY.
WILL YOU TAKE CREDIT, FOR THE BLOOD SPILT ON THE PEARLY GATES?
FOR THE BLOOD SHED ON THE PEARLY GATES. (X2)
Track Name: The Serpent King
WALK UPON THE PLAINS OF DEATH WITH ME,
WE WILL STUMBLE UPON THE BLIGHT OF HUMAN LIFE.
HEAR ME FATHERS OF THE PODIUMS AND CROSS,
I AM MORE THAN YOUR GOD CAN EXPELL AND RESTRAIN.

WITNESS MY BRANDING OF THE LANDSCAPE WITH FLAMES.
THE CORPSES STREWN AND GUTTED BEFORE MY THRONE.

MY WRATH WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN,
AS I'M RELISHING IN THE SLAUGHTER OF MAN.

MY INSATIABLE GREED WILL OVERRULE THIS PLANET.
FRIGHTENED BEINGS SCURRY INTO THE BLACK OF NIGHT,
UNAWARE THAT I EXIST IN THE DARK.
MY REACH EXTENDS TO THE SUN,
MY HAND WILL BLOCK OUT THE LIGHT.

THERE WILL BE NO PLACE LEFT TO ESCAPE MY GLOBAL HARVEST,
AS I CONSUME AND ENVELOPE THE SHADOWS WITHIN.

SALIVATING AT YOUR PAIN.
TENDERISING THE INSANE.

WHY DO YOU FIGHT ME?

TEETH SHARPENED ON THE BONES OF MY VICTIMS,
CRIES CRUSHED UNDER THE CRUNCH OF MY GAPING BITE.
THERE WILL BE NO EXEMPTIONS,
I WILL DEVOUR THE CHILDREN FIRST.

I NEED SWEET FLESH TO LUBRICATE MY JAWS,
QUENCH MY THIRST WITH THE OCEANS AND RIVERS.
STARTING WITH THE EARTH, I WILL BEGIN THE FEAST.

I WILL FEAST ON THE EARTH.

MORSELS OF MEAT, CLIMB INSIDE MY MOUTH
TOGETHER WE WILL BECOME ONE BEING.
FUSE YOUR MIND WITH THE INSIDE OF MINE.MORSELS OF MEAT, CLIMB INSIDE MY MOUTH.TOGETHER WE WILL BECOME GOD.

WALK UPON THE PLAINS OF DEATH WITH ME,
WE WILL STUMBLE UPON THE BLIGHT OF HUMANITY.
HEAR ME, PREACHERS OF THE PODIUMS AND CROSS,
THIS WORLD WILL EXPIRE.

I WILL FEAST ON THE BLIGHT OF HUMAN LIFE.
I WILL FEAST ON THE PREACHERS OF THE PODIUMS AND CROSS. 
Track Name: Sacred Torment
INFLICT YOUR PAIN ON ME,
BRANDISH MY BODY IN FLAMING RAGS.
LET ME SUFFER YOUR DEMISE.
THE DEATH OF HUMANITY,
NOW TURN YOUR KNIVES ON ME.
I HAVE FORSEEN BEING BURNT AT THE STAKE.

IT LAYS IN THE WAKE OF MY RESTRAINT
UNTIL MY CHEST BREAKS AND MY LUNGS COLLAPSE.
LIFE LEAKS OUT AND MY TRUE FORM IS FOUND.

ON DISPLAY FOR ALL TO SEE,
FEEL THE HATE OF THE WORLD ON MY BACK.
NOOSE AROUND MY NECK, YET A ROPE THAT IS SLACK.
MY PUNISHMENT TO ADHERE
AT THE HANDS OF THOSE FORSAKEN.
MY DEATH WITHHELD,
THE PAIN OF THE WORLD TO FEAR.

I PRAY FOR A WORLD TO BREAK MY NECK.
HOPING THAT MY EYES GO BLIND
AND MY BREATH TO ESCAPE.
WAIT FOR MY SKULL TO CAVE,
PRAY FOR MY VEINS TO DRY.

I WANT TO FEEL THE BLADES
CARVE THE FLESH FROM MY BONE,
FREE THIS PRESENCE FROM MY BRAIN.

AS I CRAVE TO BE SLAIN,
TO BE FREE FROM THIS MORTAL BEING.
I ADORE THIS TORTURE,
EVERY SLICE, JUST ANOTHER STEP CLOSER.

I CAN FEEL MY DEATH CREEPING,
THE SIGHT FROM MY EYES IS TAKEN
AND I LET THE NUMBNESS TAKE OVER.

DULLING MY SENSES.
RIPPED OUT OF MY TOMB OF FLESH.
LEAVE MY MORTAL BODY, I AM COMPLETE, I AM REBORN.

AS MY BODY IS LEFT TO ROT,
I ASCEND FROM THE HUMAN PLIGHT.
FOOLS MISGUIDED TO TAKE MY LIFE,
UNLEASHED FROM MY SHACKLES.
WHAT HAVE THEY WROUGHT? AND AT WHAT COST?
WHAT HAVE THEY WROUGHT? AND AT WHAT COST?

I WILL DEVOUR EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAVE EVER LOVED
I WILL FIND THE CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE
AND TEAR OUT IT'S HEART.

I AM THE GOD OF DEATH.
WHAT HAVE THEY WROUGHT? AND AT WHAT COST? 

WHAT HAVE THEY WROUGHT?
THE DARK HALF NOW WHOLE.
AND AT WHAT COST?  THEIR TOTAL EXTINCTION.
Track Name: The Dark Half
WHY ARE YOU ALL SO PATHETIC?

WHEN FACED WITH DEATH YOU FIGHT FOR A FRUITLESS CAUSE.
WHY DO YOU STAND AGAINST ME WHEN YOU'VE DONE NOTHING TO PREVENT YOUR EXTINCTION? 

I DENY YOUR PLACE IN THE PALACE OF KINGS.
WHEN IT'S YOUR FATE ON THE LINE YOU'LL ACT LIKE YOU'RE WORTH SOMETHING.
YOU'RE WORTHLESS TO ME.

YOU'VE DONE NOTHING BUT FUCK WITH WHAT YOU'VE BEEN GIFTED,
WASTED LIVES SPENT FIGHTING FOR GODS AND WEALTH.
YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO SPEAK AGAINST ME.

WHEN DID YOU BECOME SO CRUEL AND PREDICTABLE? 
EVEN WHEN FACED WITH THE TRUTH ALL I SEE IS NEGLIGENCE AND NO WILL TO CHANGE.

A WORLD OF BLINDNESS UNABLE TO ACCEPT HOW LOW HUMANKIND HAS FALLEN.

A WORLD SAYING IT'S WILLING TO CHANGE IF SOMEONE DOES IT FOR THEM, SELFISH AND SHEEP.
YET YOU'LL FIGHT AGAINST ME, WEAR THE GUILT OF KNOWING IT'S ALL YOUR OWN FAULT.

TAKE NOTE OF THE UNIFICATION,
NOTICE HOW A WORLD WILL HOLD HANDS WHEN FACED WITH ANNIHILATION.

TOO LITTLE, TOO FUCKING LATE.
WEAK.

INTO THE BLACK, I EVOLVE INTO YOUR GREATEST OF FEARS.
I HAVE PERCEIVED YOUR DEFEAT, IT ENDS WITH YOUR DULL SCREAMS.

FUCK WHERE YOU STAND, YOUR GOD FAILED YOU.
THANKS TO YOU I HAVE BECOME TO ULTIMATE SOUL.
I STAND ABOVE YOUR FELLOW SAVIOURS, WILL YOU BE THE ONE TO TASTE THE BLOOD OF CHRIST?  

WITH A WAVE OF MY HAND I COULD DECIMATE THE LAND,
BUT I CHOOSE TO WATCH YOU CRAWL IN DEFEAT FIRST.  

THE FAILURES OF CREATION, WRITH IN SORROW.
FILTH IN DISGRACE, THE FAILURES OF CREATION.
WRITH IN SORROW.

THERE IS NO FAITH INSIDE OF ME.

I ASCEND TO THE SKIES AND TAKE ONE FINAL GLANCE AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

YOU DESERVE THIS, YOU DESERVE NOTHING MORE.

TAKE YOUR LAST BREATH, AS I TEAR APART THE UNIVERSE.
TIME CONSTRICTS AND UNRAVELS.
EXISTENCE TURNS IN ON ITSELF.
NO MORE LIGHT NO MORE DARK.
I AM THE END OF LIFE.