Of Conviction

by Anabasis

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1.
We are the reason for the changing of the tide It saves itself rendering us defenseless Fleeting chances for us to value our lives It frees itself preparing for tougher times ahead Hard to tell if this is surviving when we fabricate On a fine line when all signs indicate We’ve overstayed life Our goals in cheating death have left piles of reeking flesh (Cheating death at the bottom) Down at the bottom, all I see is a mess Our goals in cheating death are left in piles of reeking flesh (Cheating death at the bottom) They’re down at the bottom of the sea to collect We are the reason for the failing of our kind To save ourselves invites a wrath relentless Selfish advances, not past one day in our lives You leave us with reflection through tougher times ahead They’re down at the bottom of the sea to collect
2.
Terminal 07:30
Come of age, we will know And all refuse to believe Selling short the soul Try to quell this fear Softening these bones I can’t repel this premonition Losing sight of home Rewind - what mark have I left behind? A fingerprint on the world No blame as to why I’m circling the drain Time is up, terminal, time is up Changes in predetermined mortality Puts in perspective, a useless agenda What’s been taken for granted comes to the fold And when I’m called on, I attempt To consolidate my abridged existence Try to quell this fear Softening these bones I can’t repel this premonition Losing sight of home Take a lesson here When precious time is sold Bodies in broken condition The strongest I behold
3.
Surely I’ve been tested enough I can handle anything your depraved god gives me Not a blessing if it’s taken away I’m in dudgeon that you still pray I have concluded we are not one and the same Nothing happens for reasons we cannot explain You must accept this We are not one and the same In reality, there’s a place in my heart for you I can’t expect you to know what I feel I speak to a stone out of superstition In hopes my voice can carry to her on its own Not addressing that I’m fooling myself In times I think I cannot be helped I learned I could love more in four days And resent the world forever I learned I could love more in four days And resent the world In reality, there’s a place in my heart for you I can’t expect you to know how I feel I harbor no ill will There’s still a place in my heart for you I can’t expect you to know what I feel Expect you to know what I feel This is what I feel
4.
Rainy Season 03:42
5.
This was who I was Talking the talk to convince myself But the actions, in turn, spoke so clearly And it wasn’t all I did Mostly what I could not bring Myself to do by refusing to trust what I said Man of conviction Or so they say My own volition To find the way This is who I am And guiding all that I strive to be The substructure of what is me Everyone I admire In the aura surrounding Stitches the gaps and expands the scope of the headspace Dig in deeper, hold in, reach out Beings mutually connected in the aether I don’t want to wait for the answers To arrive at my door This mind on a course inward bound I don’t want to think for a moment I can turn a blind eye For there is sun beyond the clouds Hindsight breathes after the ‘now’ And life keeps moving on Oxidize the gear And age the lasting cord beyond repair Weakening with every hesitation There’s a swelling fear of failure Aphantasia I’ve been a reeling prisoner for so long Now I’m standing high above me And I’m seeking healing behind these deceitful eyes And all of you are real inside this dream I’m moving on
6.
Deeper 05:40
Stuck inside the hour of thirteen Loss of sleep Futile vice, the warm embrace, crowns me king of nigh Plead for awhile as the mind descends I’m trying to hold onto the light Therapy finds us in varied forms Cryptically Matted ground - the cycle has played out Where I reside In here I long to feel alive again I’m trying to hold onto the light Where do we begin when it falls apart? Bitter truths have been unveiled Where do we stand when it falls apart? Try to hold onto the light Where do we begin when it falls…?

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released January 25, 2019

Patrick Young - vocals, guitar
David Reid - drums
Brad Devore - guitar
Dylan Lundgren - guitar
AJ Piszcz - bass
Steve Losurdo - synth, piano

Produced by David Reid
Mixed by Adam Bentley
Mastered by Ermin Hamidovic
Additional programming by David Reid
Drums and choir voices recorded at Hobin Studios in Baldwinsville, NY
Track 1 choir is Haley Beaton of Endless Circles, Sara Young, Jessica Allen, Jesse Tyler Halstead of Shadowborn, Chase Olcott, Anthony Fuoco, Patrick Young
Track 1 glockenspiel, snare, and cymbal percussion performed by Patrick Young
Track 5 shaker percussion performed by Patrick Young
Track 5 acoustic guitars performed by Brad Devore
Track 6 ending solo performed by David Reid
Tracks 1-3 synths and piano performed by Steve Losurdo
Tracks 4-6 synths and piano performed by Jesse Peacemaker
Album cover art by Dark Days Design
Album layout by AJ Piszcz
Album photography by Steve Losurdo
Live photography by Blue Lion Photo

All material was recorded between March and July of 2018.

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Anabasis is a progressive metal outfit formed in 2016 based in the Central New York area. Members of Spire (NY), Perpetual Burn, Steep, and Glass Skeleton Death March.

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