Dante's Inferno Lyrics - Iced Earth

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Through the fiery caverns we sail
Virgil at my side my guide and master
Questing through the nine plains of hell
Infernal wisdom shall fill my soul
Slowly now the days departing
The darkened air releases me
Frightening visions of my journey
Entrance me to limbo I'm not

Abandon all hope who enter here
Enter the gates, Charon awaits

Abandon all hope who enter here
For this is where all things are left behind
Every doubt and every cowardice must die
Souls of rage and anger whipping in despair

The souls that wail on this plain pray for death
Denial is the reason for their suffering
Forever being stung by wasps and demons breath
The blood and tears that fall serve the maggots need

Descention, thrusting to the second plain
Minos judges as his tail twines
Lustful thoughts and greed whip these wretched souls
A hurricane of hate mocks their helpless pleas

Drifting now down deeper, into eternal flames
Awake at the third circle, the cold and filthy rain
Punished for their gluttony, languid for all time
The earth it stinks of corpses, damned for all time
The vicious beast Cerberus, three heads, blooded eyes
Tears his talons through the air, all the sinners cry

Down, be still thy cursed wolf
The master scorns its name
Dive to the next plain
The sullen and the vain
Suffer for greed
The prodigal they bleed
For all eternity
Plutus holds the key

Damned, the wrathful and the vain
Suffer the fifth plain
Cross the river Styx
Heed your crucifix
The mudded corpses cry
Howling to the sky
Reach the other side
Open wide the gate

Enter the sixth circle of barren land and flames
Passing through the gate of dis the furies scream her name
Belching forth in agony invoking her to rise
The spirit's rage consuming us the evil in their cries
Queen of vipers, queen of serpents
Cast their souls to stone
Spread to wealth of Gorgon's power
Medusa's inner soul

We're drawing ever closer to the seventh hell
They violate their neighbors, their god and themselves
We're sailing slowly through the boiling river of blood
Immersed in the depths below souls scream in agony
The twisted beast he laughs, he draws his arrow back
His sights on anyone exposing of their flesh
He impales their hearts with ease
And shrugs their piercing screams
Pity is they'll never die
They'll suffer here eternally

Imagine a place where every horror comes to life
Where every torture is real and time stands still
Eight fiery steps and we're closer to the end

In a cold and timeless grave buried head first in shit
Praying all the while for a quick & painless death
Scratching furiously at scabbed and oozing wounds

Lucifer ... angel of light
Cast below god of ice
Ruling hell unholy trinity
The traitors freeze for all eternity
Lucifer ... betrayer of god
Tormentor ruthless and cold
Judas' screaming here in agony
The traitors freeze for all eternity

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The ominous chanting. | Reviewer: Brandon | 7/18/12

I'm not 100% on this but I remember reading somewhere that the ominous chanting about half way through was just gibberish he made up to sound dark. Although I will admit It really helps to add mood to the song. This song is no doubt one of my favorite Iced Earth songs. just what I would expect from Iced Earth.. A masterpiece.

Mystical | Reviewer: Persian Metal | 9/9/11

I am really curious about the segment where he is chanting in what seems to be a foreign ancient language but I don't see it here in the lyrics. I think I recognized one word "Natarse" in that segment which in ancient Iranian language means "Do not fear" or "Do not be afraid". Very cool song! Love it!

fsckin sweet song | Reviewer: Mitolen | 2/1/11

but what about the part of the song thats like chanting in another language? thats my favorite part. but i still wants the words to what hes singing at those 2 points. i'd say the song's a 9.5 out of 10. t'was aw3sum 5h17

Bad ass | Reviewer: Bill | 11/23/07

One of my favorite books along with one of my favorite songs. This song's just bad ass beyond explination. Really captures the emotions you'd expect from a song and book about wandering through the plains of hell

What the hell? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/19/07

This is an awesome song. I like the mix of fast and slow music. The best part of the song in my opinion is where Barllow is describing the 3rd plain. I also like the solo in between the description of the 6th and 7th plain. The eeri keyboard outro is really awesome.

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