Curse of Consciousness


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released June 15, 2013

Recorded at Ledbelly Sound in February 2013

Mastered by Carl Saff



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Track Name: Commit to the Flames
Mislead the youth, and they'll follow you til death.
The choir is fading on this funeral march of human progress.
I accept this suffering as inherent,
and not a consequence of sin inherited.

The burden of your belief, it falls on us.
These ideas hold no weight, so commit them to the flames.

Victims of faith: your life lies before you
waiting for you to take it.
Promise, potential, passion; wasted.
You run from death when you should embrace it.

Fear of god or just afraid of death?
I too was raised on the threat of hell.
But are you convinced that it's so different
from where you are now?

Fire and brimstone driven into your head.
Guilt and shame forced into your heart.
Committed to the flames.
Track Name: Another Wave
I still feel it,
what died in you is burning inside.
What awaits when the flame dies out,
a 9 to 5 to define my life?

Another wave comes and goes,
Convictions washed away with the tide.
And we’re left with the pieces
of what you left behind.

Am I making a change,
or have I changed myself?
Am I breathing life,
or wasting my breath?

So here’s your medal for growing up
and I’ll show you the door.
I can only hope that you at least
take what you learned from us when you leave.
I’ll be damn sure you’ll never destroy
what we’ve worked so hard to achieve.

My mind’s still a weapon against the
outside world trying to fight its way in.
The flame still burns.
Can you say the same?

The hands of time
are tight around my neck.
Counting down the days
until this anger fades away.

Can’t turn my back on what we’ve built
to go through phases so unfulfilled.
What’s been passed down, still tight in my grasp
And I’ll carry this torch until I fucking collapse.
Track Name: Nothing Fills the Void
Nothing fills the void
that I’ve felt for so long.
The emptiness that will destroy
everything that I love.

I only have myself to blame,
I wish you’d just forget my name.
To love is to suffer,
I’ll leave scars that resemble my own.
I’ll inflict the same wounds
that cut me down to the bone.

Hardened my heart, shut myself away, but at what cost?

Nothing fills your emptiness,
I can’t explain, don’t know where to begin.
Crush the petals in my hands,
watch the red stain my skin.
Forever letting you down...
because I couldn’t let you in.

In my selfishness, I bound you to me.
The cycle continues, and we were fools
to think that it would set us free.
Now I feel nothing, and I’m afraid it’s a part of me.
We hurt one another, the cycle never ends.
Track Name: Curse of Consciousness
Cursed with consciousness,
better never to have been.
Reconsider before you condemn
yet another to a life sentence.

Suffering: the only thread that connects us all.

Let your life serve as a warning,
don’t pass on the curse.
For every promise of happiness,
I assure you things only get worse.

Curse of consciousness:
you work for,
you love for,
you live for,
you die for nothing.

In my search for this life’s answers
I’ve only come up short.
I’ve watched injustice befall the good
while fortune favors the corrupt.

You work for,
you love for,
you live for,
you die for nothing.
Curse of consciousness.

No one consents to this fate,
no one wins at this game.
You hurt the ones who love you,
and lose the ones you love...
That’s the price you pay for life.