Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins – “Antichrist”

Day 6 of 6(66) Days of Nero. We wrap up our series on Nero with this final number from the 2018 album Pawn and Prophecy by Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins, another anthology of the tyrannical emperor’s infamies. The focus of this song is on Nero’s predilection for murder, be it of his own family members, Roman politicians, or Christians in the wake of the Great Fire. Not long after he took the throne he had his adoptive brother Britannicus poisoned, just before the late emperor Claudius’ natural-born son could come of age and assert his own claim to imperium. The assassination of Nero’s own mother Agrippina came a few years later, as Nero himself grew weary of the empress’s domineering. Finally, his own wife Octavia, Claudius’ daughter, fell victim. The marriage had been arranged and she was not to his liking. Yet sating his bloodlust in this way only quickened his hunger, paranoia, depravity, and delusions of grandeur. Fitting that he was allegedly identified as the Antichrist of the Book of Revelation written some decades after his suicide. As a force of death, carnal passion, and unlimited power, Nero was as Satanic a figure as any, and remains so especially in the mythology of heavy metal.

Poison your brother
You murder your mother
Sole impunity
You took her life, your barren wife
Manic insecurity
Delusions of grandeur
You’re dropping the hammer
Cruel barbarity
Into dementia, create mass hysteria
Sin, debauchery

Antichrist, sum of all fear
Revelation calls you by name
Antichrist, sum of all fear
Twilight falls upon your golden age

Cities on fire, you fiddle your lyre
Megalomania
Apostles, disciples
You dance on their bile
Schizophrenia
Cruel and perverse, venomous curse
Glutton, adultery
Enter the palace and
Drink from your chalice
True divinity

Antichrist, sum of all fear
Revelation calls you by name
Antichrist, sum of all fear
Twilight falls upon your golden age

Flames of the sun sail through the sky
I am the one the gods say never dies

Die has been cast, Jupiter’s wrath
Evil takes its toll
Your wicked way shall end your day
With a dagger to your throat

Antichrist, sum of all fear
Revelation calls you by name
Antichrist, sum of all fear
Twilight falls upon your golden age

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