(Hope)

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Debut album "(Hope)" released DIY.

Alexander Evans - Vocals
Douglas Hammarstam - Drums
William Zackrisson - Guitar
Sebastian Ryderberg - Guitar
Ed Challis - Bass & back-up vocals

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released 27 June 2015

Additional vocals:
Track 5 by Victor J. (Servants of the Sun)
Track 6 by Sebastian L.
Track 9 by D.J. C. (Cupido)

Songs written by Alexander E. and Sebastian R. (additional writing by Erik I.)
Lyrics by Alexander E.
Recorded and mixed DIY by Douglas H.
Mastered by Jack Shirley.
Artwork by Distorted Designs (except logo and layout by Alexander E.)

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Track Name: Concerning Frogs
This is our time
Take life into your own hands
This is our time
So hold on tight

This is our time
Take life into your own hands
This is our time
It starts today

A tight knot to keep your shoes strapped
It’s one long hard road from here on out
You have got to take this one time chance
One last push and win it
Never been this ready

Am I doing the right thing?
Is this the right path for me?
A distant church bell reminds me
This life won’t go on eternally

The time is always right
To follow your calling
The cure and answer it should be
Will not be held back, I set myself free

Set myself free

This is our time
Take life into your own hands
This is our time
So hold on tight

This is our time
Take life into your own hands
This is our time
It starts today

Am I doing the right thing?
Is this the right path for me?
A distant church bell reminds me
This life won’t go on eternally

The time is always right
To follow your calling
The cure and answer, it should be
Will not be held back, I set myself free
Track Name: Ahimsa
Pacifists of the world

Arise from the ruins
You once called your home
Heal the wounds
Mend its broken bones

Peace-keepers of old
Defend your name
Reclaim the hold
Take back what is yours

How can we live like this?
How can we live like this?
We scrape from the bottom
In a river of blood
The gold beneath the sand, just dust

Can you feel the fire in these words?
These are the days, the flame must spark in you
Be the change that you want to see in the world
Be the antidote to see this dying race through

See us through

As easily as the leaf
Is plucked from its tree
So shall we
Set ourselves free

From fear
of death

Find the inner ember
Within the ash
The smoke wont blind you
Rest assured, you'll burn

Set yourself aflame
The pacifist self-immolates
Set yourself aflame
Track Name: Young Hearts
Dear friend
You lost yourself again
To the deepest dark
Of your young heart

Dear friend
Do not let this weight bend your back
Have its will upon your flesh

A broken hearts inevitable ache
Has been the pain of existence
To my inner circle
Let ourselves be infected

By the poison that goes
straight into the mind and holds
Captives of those that let it enfold
Imprisoning the body and soul

Youth, it hurts
Each passing year like a dagger straight through your chest
Truth, unfair
So unfair cus you never asked for any of this

It went way back to your formative years
Mom and dads divorcal was the greatest fear
That you ever fucking had
Love was supposed to be like a perfect match lock to your key
You wouldnt even mind if it was forced right open
But the years went so fast it came unexpected
Like a door kicked down
When they said love hurts it was a total understatement
You heard it so many times you grew numb, of what was to come
You'd give your young heart away to anyone
But it was ripped from your chest

Ripped straight from your chest

Dear friend
You lost yourself again
To the deepest dark
Of your young heart

Dear friend
Do not let this weight bend your back have its will
Have its weight upon your flesh

Dear friend...
Track Name: This One's Not For You
Unity and respect
Said words to live by
But when your guard went down
It was just a polite smile

I gave you all I had
I took you as my family
But when I asked the same from you
Every back was turned to me

This one's not for you
Fake friends and turn-coats
This one's not for you
Words never rang true, no
This one's not for you
It shall be written
This one's not for you
They spat at us
But the winds always turn

So quick to judge
You don’t even know me
Still you hold some kind of grudge
I stand my ground
Will not be held down

I wanna thank you
For pushing me to write this song
Cus now i know
This will never be where I belong

I wanna tell you
That I know how this is gonna end
You’re so see-through
You'll be the first here to lose all your friends

This one's not for you
Fake friends and turn-coats
This one's not for you
Words never rang true
This one's not for you
It shall be written
This one's not for you
They spat at us
But the winds always turn

This one's not for you...
Track Name: Socrates
Question everything
Agitation sets the truth free

Should this have me hung high?
Straying from the herd becomes a crime
Let my veins drain dry
In true bliss, this free man dies

Watch me die
This free man dies

We know only that we know nothing
Oh, but the fool would claim the adverse

This free man dies
Socrates

Truth is a most shallow word
There are always two sides to the mysteries of this world
We turn to simple equations to answer the questions unanswered for ages and you

You think you're always right when you
You never stand alone and fight
At least I have my own voice
I'll never be just an echo

I stand alone

At the end of the day we have to live with ourselves
I am the final judge, my conscience clean
Should this be my earthly death

Can you say the same?
When you’re crowned the fake king
Will you hang your head in shame?

You stand passively silenced
I’ll keep on screaming
Hoping the fear that deafens ears
Will ring out into silence, the time is near

You stand perfectly still
The world keeps on turning
When the years have passed you by
Will you stand on the same side?

Will you stand on the same side?
When the years have passed you by
Will you deny it all and hide
From the world
Track Name: Shaped By The Winds
Raise the torn white flag
Watch the wind fill the sails
Fear not the blackened skies
We’ll crash right through the waves

Raise the torn white flag
At dawn when we left bay
Woke before seagulls cries
Blinded by bright sunrays

Let go of trailing anchors
Homesickness, all shall pass
Our hopes and dreams are bound to fail
If we don’t live fast, die free

Still just lost boys, still bound by fate
We’re still the same birds of a feather
Forever flock together

All eyes on the compass
Horizon’s within reach
There may not be another chance
The whole wide world to siege

Siren's song
At the back of my head
Wishing it rang true
I still belong to you

I’m not where I want to be
At least I’m on my way
Unknowing, still going
When I am there I’ll know

I’m not where I want to be
At least I’m on my way
Unknowing, still going
Eternal, the search goes on

Raise the torn white flag
Watch the wind fill the sails
Fear not the blackened skies
We’ll crash right through the waves

Raise the torn white flag
At dawn when we left bay
Woke before seagulls cries
Blinded by bright sunrays

Let go of trailing anchors
Homesickness, all shall pass
Our hopes and dreams are bound to fail
If we don’t live fast, die free

Still just lost boys
Still bound by fate
We're still the same birds of a feather
Forever sail these seas
Track Name: With Love And Utmost Passion
Let this be our manifestation
Breach the atmosphere divide
With love and utmost passion
Alchemist of the stars, open eyes

A distant calling
An obscure yet familiar sound
So violent but calming
A foundational cry

Within us lies
The power to reclaim our lives

Can you hear the trumpets roar?

Can you hear the trumpets roar?
Tell me who do they call for?
There’s no calm inside this storm
Inside me an endless war

The day will come when we’ll have to find our place in the world
Let it be at the peak of the greatest mountain
We set our gaze upon the kingdom unveiling itself behind the clouds
There shall be no fear
No hate
No pain
One day this could be us
And I know it will
Track Name: My Place
I’m soaring miles above this cold and dark place
The wind shears every strand of hair out of my face
I sense a presence sincere
Pray, when I wake up, it will be like it’s still there

Cus I have never belonged
To the life into which I was born
One day I’ll find my way home
Into the cast this earth has formed for me, this mold

My place, my place...

Your trees
Like fingers reaching
From the earth
Our birthplace and hearse

If this
Truly is our home
It's a mystery to me
Why we let it rot like we can't see

So set your eyes to the hourglass
The sand is truly running thin
There's still time to turn it all around
We stand paralayzed as the pendulum swings

We must change our ways

As we're taken back
Into dirt and dust
Let nature live on
One last wish to forgive it all

Time will grind us down
To the meal of our bones
Through all the harm
We all fall back into our mothers' arms
Track Name: Gentle Giant
I’m not as big as I seem
If you’d just come closer to me
I’m not the monster
I look like I’d be

Gentle giant

It’s just, wherever I plant my feet
Trouble seems to find me
Roots deep, seeds were there before I knew
Tripping and trampling is all I do

I am the reject child
Shaped into madness by a world gone wild
I never meant for it to end this way
You know a lion’s bound to fight until it breaks its chains

Anatomy
I cannot change
These never-ending growing pains
Have me bent into a torment I can no longer take

Burst into flight
A giants might
Only to fall to certain demise

How can I relate
Till these colours I change?
If pain was up for sale
I’d be worth my weight in gold

Shrinking, growing, shrinking, growing ...
Forever bound by the prison of a towering shell

If the iron giant was born with jets
Will you remind me, please creator
What useless power
Did I get?

So he said:

Smile, child
Let your torn gums show
Despite what you’ve been told
Those teeth aren’t yellow, but gold

Laugh now
Cus you have what they don’t
A crooked smile takes you longer
Than a negative tone

Smile, child
Let your torn gums show
Despite what you’ve been told
Those teeth aren’t yellow, but gold

Laugh now
Cus you have what they don’t
A crooked smile is worth so much more
Than the hearts they all sold
Track Name: Prophet I: Children Of The Botanist
We are the new white canvas
Paint us in your warmest colours
We are: hope

We are the blank page
Write of love, not of rage
We are: hope

We sow while they sleep
Water from where the seas run deep
We are: hope

The fundament has cracked under their marching boots
Within the pavement cracks may these seeds set root
We are: hope

May it rain upon these city streets
May the children of the botanist cure this decease
We are: hope

The biggest tree sprouts from the smallest of seeds
From the substance of dreams we will feed
We are: hope

We live on when all else dies
Hope survives and through the ashes we’ll rise
We are: hope

We are the next generation
A new hope for our civilization
To start anew
Track Name: Prophet II: Should We Fail
If you scream and no one listens
Your words will echo between these walls
If not into their ears, into your own
That's where they mean the most

And your cracked voice
Will tell your story
If you live to tell it
And scream once more

The past lives on
Within your words
Should we fail
Deliver them onto this world

So when you scream and no one listens
Always remember this one last sentance
You will find a way
Should we fail

Reset, regroup, survive
Reset, regroup, survive, march on

Reset, start anew
Relight the beacon within you
Regroup, start anew
Lead the bent, broken, the way through
Survive, start anew
No other earth we could turn to
March on, start anew
Don’t let it all burn down

We have so much to lose
Everything we love, all the world
We once knew and only just now
Unfold the crossroads, one true path to choose

So when you scream and no one listens
Always remember this one last sentence
You will find a way
Should we fail

This is an open letter
To anyone who hears this song
To anyone who sings along

To whoever it may concern
When the trees burn
I count on you to drown the world

Cus I just don’t want to have to pretend
This is the way it has to end
I just don’t want to have to pretend

So when you scream and no one listens
Always remember this one last sentance
You will find a way
Should we fail
Track Name: Prophet III: Sonder
Quote by HH Dalai Lama