To Release is to Resolve

by Byzantine

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Published by WV Snakepit (ASCAP)
All Songs Administered by CEN/RED Distribution
A Division of Sony Music

Recorded at the Fishbowl Studios in Sissonville, WV, and 7over8 Recording Studio in Little River, SC
Engineered by Jason Hannon

Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Jason Hannon at 7over8 Recording Studio in Little River, SC
Additional guitar and vocal engineering on "Justinian Code" and "To Release" by Eric Hayne

Album Cover Artwork by Christopher Lovell (www.christopherlovell.com)

Album Layout and Design by Xack Paden

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released April 7, 2015

All songs written, arranged, and performed by Byzantine
All lyrics written by Chris Ojeda, and co-written by Jamie Rakes

Byzantine is:
Chris Ojeda: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Brian Henderson: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Sean Snydor: Bass Guitar
Matt Wolfe: Drums
Jay Hannon: Producer, Mixing/Mastering Engineer

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Byzantine West Virginia

Formed : 2000
Origin: West Virginia
Signed to Prosthetic Records 2004-2007.
Disbanded 2007.
Reformed in 2012 and released 2 albums independently.
Signed to Metal Blade Records in 2016. "The Cicada Tree" due out Summer 2017!

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Track Name: Scold's Bridal
We are collective entities
The framework of punishment for all to see
You've stolen something so pure to me
A life so full of shine now dulled intensity
We shall bereave

Stand up, show your identity
We decode and decrypt now with impunity
Your freedom, a fluid industry
Compiled under the guise of anonymity
Click to agree

[Solo: Henderson]

We comply and the truth is found once we toe the line
Our revelations all will be revealed
In time to the ones who seek with their open eyes
Who will be spared?

All gaze upon the scolded witch
Your speech is laden false, lies tethered inch by inch
Surveillance shall breed conformity
And press upon the tongue that speaks against me
Track Name: Justinian Code
Violence it's the only way for me justify
An aggression that bears no face even exposed to the light
A veiled disease planting IED's under the crescent moon
My Enemy, You are not the conqueror this time
We open pits again

As we pile up the bodies so high
Our sense of humanity is tossed away

As soon as we attain solid visual
Decapitate no matter the age or the tribe
Your cavity of freedom is filled with passivity
In the shadows of human tyranny you undermine
We open up pits again

As we pile up the bodies so high
Our sense of direction is lost

[Solo: Henderson]

Martyrs, assassins
We mourn and move on as the sun disappears
To dig trenches four Caliphs
Our laws are null you abide to no one
Extremists, no leaders
This genocide will destroy your identity
But it has to be
As you dance on the corpses and wail to the almighty above

In this time of war
Let the moon heal the body, sore
We are forever more
Until the ashes sweep under the door, then you'll know

[Solo: Henderson]

In this time of war
Let the moon heal the body, sore
We are forever more
Until the ashes sweep under the door,
Then you know we're gone

[Solo: Henderson]

Go forth in the night
You're a compass for us all
Follow what is right
And your stories will be told

Some by force and some by choice
In time you all shall leave me
I do not fear to be alone
Solitary, I will atone

Graves of sand we all are damned
A body count so accurate
We are surgical in our trade
Enslaved you will be trained
Never strive for life unstrifed
We fight out of necessity
This canvas will always be
Chaotic and painted with blood

As we pile up the bodies so high
Our sense of direction is lost

[Solo: Henderson]
Track Name: A Curious Lot
Now I'm free and I'm never alone
Still I heap heavy woe on the clouds
Accepted the plea to end the misery
As I shield myself from the crowds
I chisel away at the walls of my cell
That chisels so slowly at me
We are the meek who obtained the world
And vengeance we bring unto thee

I'm not afraid to die
So please unholster that hate at your side
I'm not afraid to… die

[Solo: Henderson]

Comb the lies for admission of guilt
Now your tales hold your feet to the fire
Murderer, we are not alone
And the torches they keep growing brighter

We are the meek and vengeance we bring unto thee
We are not alone and vengeance we bring unto thee

The mark of Cain I forever bear
That was penned from the blood of three lambs
Innocence forever scrutinized
Yet life never died from these hands
From these visions I will never heal
A ghost that will haunt till the end
The scent of your wickedness fills the air
Yet from home I'm forever damned

I'm not afraid to die
So please unholster that hate at your side
I'm not afraid to die
When you smother the truth all you foster are lies
Track Name: The Agonies
Relent to the feeling you try to resist; now it has all come to this
Medicine cabinets are your treasure troves now the hunt is on
After the high a crushing low you scrape away the release because it’s slow
Driven to the mill to block the ills, pillbilly you are never alone

You were the light of your family
A beacon of hope snuffed out before you
Everything changes nothing here stays the same
These West Virginia hills will sedate you

You rise again to fall again I cannot believe you would murder for medicine
Claw the guilt away as the crank bugs they burrow below
You wake to the misery of your life compounded from dependency
Coal mine scrip, Suboxone strips our pride is swallowed away

You were the light of your family
A beacon of hope snuffed out before you
Everything changes nothing here stays the same
These West Virginia hills will sedate you

[Solo: Henderson]

One man’s cure is another man’s malady
A door unlocked I’m standing above you
Nothing is sacred everything’s here to take
These West Virginia pills will sedate you
Oh, what a rush
Track Name: God Forsaken
[Solo: Henderson]

Nobody notices the difference here
Outside of me a hollow frame
I lie awake no feelings of shame
I smile when all of the fools believe
The path I've taken eroding from me
My eyes are dry they do not shed a tear
Sanctuary was taken from me
I laugh and talk and keep thinking that I'm still here

The fractured moments of our life they are lost
Hemorrhage the tears no more
You never tried to lift me up and let me fly with my own wings
Burdened by small and petty things
Our yesterdays erased, depreciation seeping from the lips, Judas
What is it like to live and love without the lies?
Tell before the seal is permanent

You fail to realize
Selfish acts will define
By grievance, you then will learn
A misery so cold
It blots out the sun, surrendered
The only one to fall will be yourself

[Solo: Henderson]

I cannot fathom what is happening
Never amnesty for me
You never tried what kind of life do you expect for me to lead?
An open wound for calm to cauterize

You fail to realize
Selfish acts will define
By grievance, you then will learn
A misery so cold
It blots out the sun, abandoned
You uttered we are done, the only words

I, let no calm groweth inside me
I, know that love is not the remedy
We arrive unsympathized
I, wave the white flag to misery
Track Name: You Sleep, We Wake
Hear ye, all you grovelers of Earth
You impede our constant inertia
No progression, your isolation now forms your beliefs
Our existence a truth your instruments can not perceive
You're not awake

Your will to struggle we shall deplete
Subjugation will be complete
We are still the architects of your fate, deter the disease
Our message is a mandate your answer a ballot, get off your knees
And face the truth without the filter of dogma
We don't forgive nor forget so now expect us

The deepness of sadness
Your rituals are useless now
Solutions decreasing
We bring to light your prophets false
Discoveries irreversible
Now laid upon cuneiforms
Extinction of denier's faith
Know the ally from your dominator

[Solo: Henderson]

Forever pull the plug from your light source
Now mother earth can heal through Terraform
From dark intentions of human overlords
It's time to sleep again forever more
You sleep, we wake...
Track Name: To Release
There was a time when our bond rose above not long ago
Blinded by the allure I was running lost, navigating the lies
But I have learned from a life of mistakes to not look back at them
And never sow the deadly seeds of doubt in my mind

The Devil wants to take me again

It was a road less traveled paved with
Good intentions that brought me out of hell
And those intentions spread like ashes upon my life
And through it all I have sacrificed myself to never be the same
So who amongst you without fault come forth and cast at me

The Devil wants to take me again

No one knows the sadness that I hide
Failure breaks me down from deep inside
Feel this depression weighing down
Walls that once were gone, now they surround

[Solos: Henderson, Henderson, Ojeda]
Track Name: To Resolve
Shed yourself of the albatross
There is no greater loss
For they will take you underground
Where you'll never be found

Loneliness is just a phase
But it's one that I retain
A place of comfort known to me
But to others, only pain

[Solo: Henderson]

Trust in me, my only friend
Mirror of despair
Seek a new beginning
For tomorrow won't be there

The devil wants to take me alive
All my life you'll see
The devil wants to take me again
Life you'll see