I'm the King of Fire, I am Anger, I am Pain
I am Savage in my Fury, I'm the World beneath your feet
Fools revere your Master, thoughts of War you will disarm
I'm the Nightmare with the Aegis and I will not be denied
Harpies of no Morals, hands awash in ravaged lives
Witness your Perdition as you writhe... in AGONY AND SHAME!
Bursting from the sidelines, locked in firmly now
I am Power and Dominion and I will not be denied
Don't provoke this Quarrel, Thunder Roars inside
I will leave you to the Vultures stripped of all your sickly
Tyrant of our Sorrow, coward towards the deed
(With your) Stolen bands of Courage, now Assault the Skies
Don't tempt me!
Gods of War, Gods of our Ancient Might
Give me Power to tame the Savage of the Blood
Gods of War, Gods of our Painful Fight
Give me Power to break the Savage of the Blood
Father Zeus, Lord of the Stars that shine
Where's the answer that runs from above
Show me your Sign, what will I find
Eminence and Vision, Treasure, Balance, Pride...
OR AGONY AND SHAME!
"FIGHT ME... I'll be avenged for this"
Life alone or Life as One
Faith in Heaven is Faith in Hell
Prince of Fortune ride, sadness leave our eyes and shine
On all we've Won
I Trust you, I want you, I need you... til the End of Life...
Tragedy. For generations, a curse was suspended above the house of Atreus like a heavy cloud. It was ignited by Tantalus, son of Zeus, a favored one among the gods. He was the only mortal allowed to dine with the gods on Mount Olympus, a privilege not to be taken lightly. However, Tantalus’ appreciation of this privilege was appalling. He took advantage of the gods by stealing their nectar and sharing the secrets he was told with other mortals. Nonetheless, his worst act was far more tragic. This act was the killing of his own son.
Tantalus, arrogant as he was, hated the gods and wanted to test the wisdom of the Olympian deities. He thus invited them to his house for an abundant feast. For the main dish, Tantalus had his son, Pelops, killed and cooked in a stew. Why would Tantalus commit such an act? His motive was to expose the gods as cannibals and reveal his own wisdom. Ignorant of Tantalus’ plan the gods arrived at the banquet and sat patiently, waiting for the food to be served. When the deities set eyes on the plates of food they knew at once what was before them and they were horrified, all, that is, except Demeter. Inasmuch as she was grieving for her daughter, she was oblivious to Tantalus’ acts, and unconsciously ate some of the meat—Pelops’ shoulder.
The gods were outraged by this inhumane joke and as proper punishment for him, Zeus exiled his son to Tartarus where he would suffer forever. In Tartarus, the fruit grew rich and abundant, but each time Tantalus would move to take a bite from one of the fruits the wind would blow the sweet treats away. When he quenched for thirst, reaching down to the clear refreshing spring water to drink, it vanished. Thus, he remained here for an eternity.
In the meantime, the gods brought Pelops back to life again, but they could not restore his shoulder. Therefore, the deities replaced it with a piece of ivory.
Putting aside this devastating event, Pelops was the one descendant of Tantalus who escaped the curse. However, Pelops’ sons were not so lucky.
Pelops married Hippodamia, and they had two sons, Atreus and Thyestes. In turn, Atreus married Aerope, daughter of King Catreus of Crete, and fathered two sons, Agamemnon and Menelaus. Somewhere along the way, however, Aerope had fallen in love with Atreus’ brother, Thyestes, and when Atreus found out about the affair he was furious. Consequently in revenge, Atreus went hunting for his nephews, and in the same way as his grandfather had, slaughtered them and boiled their bodies in a stew. He then deviously invited his brother to dinner and served him his own children as a meal. When Thyestes had completed his meal, Atreus presented his brother with the heads and hands of his children. Thyestes thereupon fled Mycenae. Although his two sons had been slain, Thyestes had one more son—a son who was not killed and eaten. This young man’s name was Aegisthus. And the rest is history.
Well, not quite. Atreus’ horrific acts against Thyestes were not avenged during Atreus’ lifetime, but years later. Aegisthus did not allow his father or brothers to go dishonored. His revenge was obtained many years later through Atreus’ son, Agamemnon...