Metamorphosis

by Avant Guardian

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On a dark night drive, the rain falls on the slick road You drink the pain away You’re careless with life, losing sight In your thoughts you are alone Unwilling to face the world You veer off the hill’s road side All your past regrets have died Trapped in this bed without a state of consciousness Time flies by The one you love moves on The white lights in the room expose the darkness that exists in you Learn to live with yourself to be at peace with your past deeds, Come to terms with all the anguish caused on this earth, Bridges burned to no avail, you try to slow down time, you've Set yourself up once again to fall hopelessly Open your locked memory What is real to you? Is your mind alive or dead? Your heart still beats on cue Tonight, your life has changed forever Once awake a new you Learn to live with yourself to be at peace with your past deeds, Come to terms with all the anguish caused on this earth, Bridges burned to no avail, you try to slow down time, you've Set yourself up once again to fall hopelessly Open your heart, welcome the truth Yesterday is in your mind, it won't survive, The time for you to live is now, today; fulfill your soul and fate Learn to live with yourself to be at peace with your past deeds, Come to terms with all the anguish caused on this earth, Bridges burned to no avail, you try to slow down time, you've Set yourself up once again to fall hopelessly Open your eyes, look inside
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We have struggled down this never ending fall. All the pain we've felt has been in vain Growing distances have made me realize It's just not meant to be Is this reality? I've always stood by you And now you're pushing me away Is there still time for me to change your mind at all? I'll do anything to stay Can't you see, that this life is empty? It pains my soul to let you go You're leaving me forever more All the times we shared, now just memories You'll always be dear to me My heart is torn apart as I see you walk away I need you by my side but I can't beg you to stay A cold, distressing end, as we say our last goodbyes True love never dies, I'll remember you All this time you’ve put off everything for me giving up your dreams so carelessly I’ve lived through all your pain and felt it just as much I’m the only one who understands Can’t you see that you truly need me? I feel a chill from your cold gaze A final look upon your face All the dreams we shared, now forever lost I’ll never love anymore My heart is torn apart as I see you walk away I need you by my side but I can't beg you to stay A cold, distressing end, as we say our last goodbyes True love never dies, I'll remember you I just can't hold the truth within me There's no hope for us, you have to let me go I know that you can be strong You must understand that I will always hold you deep within my heart In selfishness I held you back How can I live without your love you can if you walk away, drift away from you My heart is torn apart as I see you walk away I need you by my side but I can't beg you to stay A cold, distressing end, as we say our last goodbyes True love never dies, I'll remember you
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Zero Sum 07:18
Life is lost; I have thrown it all away. My nightmares appear today. Pain fills the void, finds meaning. The force demands my surrender to selfish acts of pleasure; Lay ruins from the fall. No resolve, no breakthrough for years on end. I've forgotten my only friend "Carry the burden, break the glass" they say, "It's a zero sum game; a role you play" Permanence is fading, my world is ending. Nothing matters to me anymore I've lost all I adored Every day I struggle to keep yesterday At bay; tomorrow I’ll never see. The moment escapes me. When did I become just an empty shell? Memories make my heart break; who's to blame? My weakness; letting you go These days are not the same, Don't know if they will ever be, I wish new love to grow. Our past will be set free. Permanence is fading, my world is ending. Nothing matters to me anymore I've lost all I adored Every day I struggle to keep yesterday At bay; tomorrow I’ll never see. "I'm sorry" to my loved ones; Dead glory of better days; Dig, bury the life we had. "I'm sorry" to myself, Yeah! Permanence is fading, my world is ending. Nothing matters to me anymore I've lost all I adored Every day I struggle to keep yesterday At bay; tomorrow’s gone!
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Cold and alone, no place to call home, I'm lost in a maze I just cannot escape I'm drowning in the memory I've lost my identity, who am I? How can I move on with my life? I Need to escape all fear and inner strife I'm plagued with uncertainty The brink of insanity, I ask “why?” I look deep into my eyes, the Face I see is my disguise buried in lies All my life I have waited to find out, why I’m here? All my life I've lived with misery, it kills me this is too much to bear All my life I've been a shadow to you, kept away from eternal light Failed state of mind, time seems to pass by My world keeps spinning, can’t find my true calling, I walk down an empty road, so far from reality Where am I? A dark cloud rains over me as I am washed into the sea; drift aimlessly All my life I have waited to find out, why I’m here? All my life I've lived with misery it kills me this is too much to bear All my life I've been a shadow to you, kept away from eternal light I’m stuck between two worlds; a plane of space and time, I can’t find the meaning, am I dreaming now? Lack of understanding, suffering at the hands Of this illusion, this condition of the past Is this the wrath of dharma? Am I detached from a design Laid out for me? Or do I own The right to choose my destiny? How can I shape my future? Where can I find the key to peace? How can I gain all the control I need To be in harmony? I must seek out what is real If I search, will I find all the answers to my life? All my life I've lived with misery, it kills me this is too much to bear All my life I've been a shadow to you, kept away from eternal light All that lives in my mind is misery, there’s nothing left for me Drowning in a deep and dark despair
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I hear my name called out by the same voice; "Embrace this shade of gray" Again I fall into the void of Emptiness, A trusting masquerade Hold on to what is left behind, It was time to say good-bye Good-bye to a part of me I lost, Ground into dust; Revisionist; This can change the past This can make it last Falling down; a dialogue of inner purpose You're my addiction at service, all else is worthless You're inside my mind, our struggle is endless Broken man, drifting out of sight You are most comforting, relieve the tears You ease the pain inside Again, I fall back on your fears You pick me up; Lie of the great divide For me it's just another day, This time I need you to stay.. Falling down; a dialogue of inner purpose You're my addiction at service, all else is worthless You're inside my mind, our struggle is endless Broken man, drifting out of sight This feeling running through My bloodstream; pleasure to chase, awake inside, my mind is open, Misguided reality.. Falling down; a dialogue of inner purpose You're my addiction at service, all else is worthless You're inside my mind, our struggle is endless I am drifting further into the dark side of life
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Dimensions 06:51
Guiding light, where were you when I needed you the most? Next time it might be too late. On my knees, repenting for my selfishness and greed Hear me out, now that I am begging for the answer to life. I am blind, searching for the answers. Where is my guide? How could I be so alone? Lost in a dream, Never-ending maze. Why am I trapped in this nightmare realm? Faith, all that's left, and it's fading away I am forgotten again Broken hope, it drives me to despair; you’re out of reach My cries mean nothing to you. Waking up a hollow man who lost his faith in you, I am torn, now that I know you don't have the answers to life All this time, I've walked the line And found myself to blame for my mistakes Falling, fading into my darkened mind My soul is confined. Until my death sets me free Forgotten ones you've left behind Abandoned for all time, In your darkest moments they stood by, While your life became a lie. All my cries left unheard In silence I will remain All this time, I've walked the line And found myself to blame for my mistakes Falling, fading into my darkened mind My soul is confined. Until death
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On the edge of life and death, Oblivious to see you are your own worst enemy, Can't run from the hourglass any more You will face me now I am the only one left Victim of your own past I came here to save your soul You must carry on With a new sense of purpose Find joy above ground Save your-self, we all make mistakes in our lifetime For us to learn and grow, So you should value them the most There’s no turning back in life You should try to feel more alive You're hearing yourself tell lies Cut the ties choose to live, not die But all that i can see from here Are scars that have not disappeared The one thing that i feel is fear, As if it’s always near Fight for life, rise from your self-pity, Trust me I will not let you down My eyes have opened, still unclear Slowly i start to grasp how fragile life can be On my own with all that i hold dear What have i done? i can't believe all the things i hear Victim of my own past There was no one to reach out to, I nearly took my own life, all this solitude got the best of me I am back to square one to fight my own battles, I must start a new today and re-trace every choice i made There’s no turning back in life You should try to feel more alive You're hearing yourself tell lies Cut the ties choose to live, not die But all i can see from here Are scars that have not disappeared The one thing that i feel is fear, As if it’s always near Fight for life, rise from your self pity, Trust me I will not let you down Help yourself The strength was always in you The sun will rise again, no reason for you to stop I came here to save your soul You must carry on With a new sense of purpose Find joy above ground Today's yours There’s no turning back in life You should try to feel more alive You're hearing yourself tell lies Cut the ties choose to live, not die But all i can see from here Are scars that have not disappeared The one thing that i feel is fear As if it’s always near Fight for life, rise from your self pity Trust me I will not let you down
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The Balance 08:02
Nine years have passed me by, had to heal my corrupted mind Now I breathe in a peace my demons have ceased I leave my old ways behind Visions had filled my memory Of a time of much darker days The road was so long, but then I grew strong And emerged from the endless maze There's more to life than what we see I have died and been reborn in the balance I never thought that I would see the dawn of a new day I used to fight through the unknown, for all my lifetime Now I've found a way for me to be a better man I’m given a second chance To fulfill all my deepest dreams Didn't trust what I've known I felt so alone My past life had to be redeemed I’m ready to live my life And repent for my years of sin Erased all my pain Washed off the disdain My soul has been cleansed from within I know the truth now.. I am free! I've found the balance to create a better me And fill my life with energy Now I see that life’s a journey, everything is meant to be A sea of opportunity I used to have my doubts; had to surmount, For too long I chose not to listen to myself, Ignored the honest truth, I was a fool Then I made the choice that I would not suffer anymore I am free! I've found the balance to create a better me And fill my life with energy Now I see! That life’s a journey, everything is meant to be A state of true serenity Builds in me, true love has found its home for all eternity My spirit will live here in harmony I can now accept who I've become My life begins here and now

credits

released November 20, 2016

Adam Denlinger – Vocals
Will Salazar – Guitar
Luis Nuñez – Bass
Ryan Iyengar – Keyboards
Denny Ramirez – Drums

Recorded, Produced, Mixed and Mastered
by Will Salazar at AG Studios and
Revenant Sound Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

Guest Vocals on Stockholm Syndrome by Bunny Korman

Front/Back cover and CD Artwork by Caio Caldas at CadiesArt - www.CadiesArt.com

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