SURVIVAL INSTINCT

CDep released June 2005 by Immigrant Sun Records, later released on vinyl as a 7" by Surprise Attack Records in August 2009

Recorded and Mixed by Doyle Odom at Electric Tide Studio (Houston, TX)

Daniel Austin–lyrics, vocals, guitars

Eric Gibson–bass

Jared Kuntz–drums

M.A.D.

The webs they weave will be designs of our demise 
Reckless in this nuclear age with better judgment paralyzed 
They've sent our noble sons into a holy war we can't undo 
Now there's no escape and a fiery hell to pay 

Yet politicians proclaim visions of lasting love and peace 
As corporations feast like vultures on those in poverty 

We bleed for gods and profits–deadly righteous causes 

Watch as history recycles itself 
And prepare to face a living hell 
Nothing is sacred, no one is safe 
When faith or freedom are at stake 

Mass destruction is mutually assured

_____

Some Salvation

Feel the love because you need 
A reason to persist 
Feel the love even if 
It doesn't exist 

Cast down into this world unknown 
Half-aware and dreadfully alone 
Determined to make sense of this sphere that spins 

The pious man wakes again 
Content so long as he's convinced 
There are higher powers watching over us 
And why should I disagree? 
We all want to live meaningfully 
How unfortunate–the numbers don't add up 

Whichever path you follow–faith or science 
It's all so hollow 
Rest assured we're spiraling toward our dusty end 

So entertain your fucking selves 
With delusions of significance 
As if this universe makes perfect sense... 

Whichever path you follow–faith or science 
It all lacks reason 
Once you taste the fruit of Eden there is no going back... 

Feel the fucking love

_____

There Is No Rest

Hear the cries of our soul-less suffering 
We are born into thorn-like chains 
Would you choose life and all of its pain 
If you had the comfort of a day's refrain? 

The seeds we have sown, like weeds they have grown 
Into monstrosities of towering steel and concrete 
The more we produce, the more we'll consume– 
The cycle never ends 
There is no rest... 

The worst is still yet to come

_____

Survival Instinct

We are here 
Divided in so many ways 
Yet united through our suffering 
The torment seems so inhumane 
But it is the common thread of all humanity 

What "god" all powerful 
Could call us his creation's pinnacle? 
It is "he" who should repent 
For giving us the lack of sense and capability 
To destroy this world with industry 

I do not doubt we deserve the flood 
All the disease and the damage done 
It is the faithful who procreate 
Who fuck us all into oblivion 

How man is fallible 
To think he can somehow maintain control 
It is we who should relent 
In our destructive drive for dominance 

This is a strike against all gods– 
In "heaven" and on earth 
We placed our faith in the unknown 
And ourselves on this world's throne 
Then we spread like a plague across the seas 
Driven by the animal roar inside 
Commanding us to survive

_____

Light of Our Misery

Piece by piece 
Everything falls apart... 

Yet I am still here clinging to my dignity 
What else is left but to believe in some kind of change? 
The storm may come and decimate all I've worked to create 
But I will forge some meaning in this suffering 

From peak to peak 
Through the valleys in between 
Transcend the pain, make light of our misery 

Always grasping for some certainty 
One promise proven true just to soothe my inner frailty 
Helpless against the elements, yet I keep fragile hope inside 
Determined to make myself worthy of... 

Our human plight! 

From peak to peak 
Through the valleys in between 
Transcend the pain, make light of our misery 

Dear mother, hide your children's eyes no longer 
Perhaps we were born just to suffer 
Carving out each hollowed day until the wings of fleeting time 
Carry us away...

_____

Among the Ruins

The child's mind was in upheaval 
The veil of all that he had ever known 
Had been torn to shreds 
Revealing a world he could not bear to comprehend 
As paradise is lost the unraveling begins 

We were born with a static ringing in our ears, innately unaware 
But innocence becomes the skin we shed just to survive 

And starry eyes will fade 
As she comes to grips with the world we have made 
The holy lies and expectations– 
The blood, the sweat, the venom of our creation 
And all the illusions of freedom we can't taste 

Here we remain chasing mirages into horizons as glory fades 
Clinging to the carcass of lost love, because hope is all we have 

Passed through the corridor 
Innocence at it's end 
As we walk among the ruins 
The ruins live within

_____

For the Kids

(words and music originally by Trial)

 
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