A Renaissance of Thought

by Dystopian

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Ellie would like to thank Reo (c;), Cassia (booty sisters!!!), all of the people she knows from Skype, her peeps in Seattle, her dog Toki, her parents, her siblings, and all of the various people who have helped keep her alive through the worst years of her life. Also thanks to her genitals for fueling her hatred and providing her with the voice to scream it with.

Tristin would like to thank his parents for being so awesome and supportive, Ellie's, Adrian's, and Mark's parents for all the awesome stuff they have done for us, and all of the people that have helped us by coming to our shows and listening to our music.

Adrian would like to thank the band, friends and family, mentors, his cats Paco and George, anyone who has supported his musical ambitions, and anyone who has supported the band.

Mark would like to thank his friends and family for putting up with his musical shenanigans, his dog Mocha, music mentors, and any other people who have aided in supporting his musical endeavors.

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released June 13, 2015

Dystopian is:

Ellie Rose - Vocals & Guitars
Tristin "Thor" Hrafnsson - Guitars & Backing Vocals
Adrian Scolaro - Bass & Backing Vocals
Mark Rivas - Drums & Backing Vocals

Recorded from December 2013 to April 2015 at Rivas Recordings.

Mixed and mastered by Mark Rivas in between the months of May and June 2015.

Music by Dystopian.

Lyrics by Ellie Rose.

Artwork by Mark Rivas Sr.

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Dystopian

Dystopian was formed by Ellie Rose (vocals, guitar) and Mark Rivas (drums) in 2010. The band was expanded in May 2011 with the additions of Tristin Hrafnsson (guitar) and Adrian Scolaro (Fretless bass, backing vocals). Dystopian has played with bands such as Obscura, Michael Angelo Batio, Exmortus, Witchaven, Hexen, and many more. ... more

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Track Name: Regimental Downfall
Chaos descends upon a regime
A new era of confusion begins
Bad decisions make way for anarchy
Empires crumble from within
New ideas replace the old
All things are brought to their end
Reinforce the current regime
A new military to defend

So what can we do?
The new order comes through
and the more perfect union
is now on the run

On the verge of the end
patriotism reigns free
with freedom to be locked away
for a life of misery
Politics - the root of all evil
Government - the enforcer of the law
Justice - has never existed
Indulgence - the country's greatest flaw

[Solo: T. Hrafnsson]

The oldest regime to exist
the next on the list
Downfall of high society
as the new leaders rise from the debris
Taken by storm and left to perish
Silenced by the new decree
No one knows if they should listen
or what the outcome will be

End of a nation
is unavoidable
and the more perfect union
has become unstable

On the verge of the end
patriotism reigns free
with freedom to be locked away
for a life of misery
Politics - the root of all evil
Government - the enforcer of the law
Justice - has never existed
Indulgence - the country's greatest flaw
Track Name: Critical State
Why do you insist on speaking to me
about your hardships and insecurities?
You aren't the only one, nor will you be the last
Our resources are running out, our time is coming fast

We're the ones who make our lives miserable

Countries in conflict
as hypocrites stand tall
Democrat and Republican
The first to fall

Who is the one to play with our lives
Pain entertains our masters' eyes
War is a game, we aren't to blame, we are just a tool
Used then thrown out, by our leaders, a collection of fools

[Solo: E. Rose]

No salvation from our stupidity
doomed to a life of pain with delusions of tranquility
A myth, a panacea, a blind hope that will not cease
The lies fed by our education of tolerance and peace

We're the ones who make our lives miserable

Countries in conflict
as idiots stand tall
Afghanistan to Zimbabwe
Everything will fall

Who is the one to play with our lives
Pain entertains our masters' eyes
War is a game, we aren't to blame, we are just a tool
Used then thrown out, by our leaders, a collection of fools
Track Name: Compelled by Desire
Worthless, mindless opinions
fill the void of the truth
Without knowledge and wisdom
we waste away our youth

Life is too short
Make what you can of it
or suffer through
the consequences
Born without intelligence
ignorance acquired
Humanity's a conscience
Compelled by Desire

No chance to save ourselves
from the dying earth
Problems: self inflicted
Solution: eradication of man

[Solo: T. Hrafnsson, E. Rose]

Generations falter
in a cycle of abuse
Consumer culture, destructive nature
to live is so bleak

Life is too short
Make what you can of it
or suffer through
the consequences
Born without intelligence
ignorance acquired
Humanity's a conscience
Compelled by Desire
Track Name: The Gift of Tongues
[Instrumental]
Track Name: Suicide of Humanity
Humans have taken their toll
This is not acceptable
Life was not made to contain
this degree of self induced pain

Humankind has made it clear
that it does not wish to be here

[Solo: E. Rose]

War and destruction
When will it cease?
This hostile lifestyle
with illusions of peace
Life was created
with no purpose but to tear it apart
This abusive mind set
has turned murder into an art

Suicide of Humanity

[Solo: E. Rose, T. Hrafnsson]

Lay waste to all we've achieved
in support of the differences in what we believe
Full control of what lives and dies
is what we hold through our demise

Humankind has made it clear
that it does not wish to be here

[Solo: T. Hrafnsson]

War and destruction
When will it cease?
This hostile lifestyle
with illusions of peace
Life was created
with no purpose but to tear it apart
This abusive mind set
has turned murder into an art
Track Name: Through the Window of Sanity
[Solo: E. Rose]

Don't think twice, end the doubt
that holds you back and keeps you out
In the corner of your mind, you left behind
memories, obscured, but left to find

In the back of your being
lies a man nobody knows
As he is repressed his will strengthens
The longer he's hidden the more he grows
Through the Window of Sanity
conscience hides deep beneath
A tomb of ideas that wasted away
behind the facade of life everyday

Forgotten sins and errors, forgotten lies
Forget all of the people that you despise
leave room for shattered conditions, a broken sanity
that ruins the fabric of your personality

[Solo: E. Rose, T. Hrafnsson]

You think you're the victim, but you don't know for sure
Through a life of regret, repression is the cure
Brought up through nightmares you haven't left behind
The things you could have been, obscured, but left to find

In the back of your being
lies a man nobody knows
As he is repressed his will strengthens
The longer he's hidden the more he grows
Through the Window of Sanity
conscience hides deep beneath
A tomb of ideas that wasted away
behind the facade of life everyday

[Solo: T. Hrafnsson]
Track Name: Enter the Void
Death is the price to pay
for the error of our ways
Reaching into places no one would dare
Enter into the void but be prepared

Time to die
to reach the other side
Nothing can stop us now
Enter the Void

To the end of time
man will not know
what lies beyond
ourselves
We choose to define
what makes us reach
toward the dark depths of existence
that we dare not breach

[Solo: T. Hrafnsson, E. Rose]

There is a fate worse than death
but we can't comprehend it yet
Rotting through time we will never stop
until we find the truth that lies on top

We have arrived
on the other side
nothing can save us now
Enter the Void
Track Name: A Renaissance of Thought
Individual minds
form to make a whole
Humanity's a machine
without self control
Gateway to the heart
gateway to the mind
The things we seek most
are the hardest to find

A renaissance of thought
Rebirth of philosophy
A coming forth of new ideas
A death to hypocrisy

Either it's not far away
or there is no hope
for mankind

Challenging the Medium
Changing the way
that the world is run
out of fear from yesterday

[Solo: E. Rose]

Patterns of abuse
and self-destruction
Rewriting our past
for reconstruction
Given second chances
to redo the wrongs
We must take care of ourselves
or we won't have long

A renaissance of thought
Rebirth of philosophy
A coming forth of new ideas
A death to hypocrisy

Either it's not far away
or there is no hope
for mankind

Challenging the Medium
Changing the way
that the world is run
out of fear from yesterday
Track Name: Fragile Existence
I've left my soul behind
in search of a higher level of life
But what I came to find
was the bottom of the chain

Not one thing to say to you
Life well spent and well thought through

[Solo: T. Hrafnsson]

An earth without stain, a planet not tainted
Not a world but a fantasy
believed to be acheivable

There is no life
beyond our own
In a Fragile Existence
hypocrisy has outgrown
wisdom and virtue
shattered as such
In a Fragile Existence
we must be careful to touch

[Solo: E. Rose]

I have come to learn
that truth is an illusion
so don't drift out too far
in the void of delusions

Not one thing to say to you
Life well spent and well thought through

[Solo: T. Hrafnsson]

Everything you believed was wrong
and everything you acheieved was useless

There is no life
beyond our own
In a Fragile Existence
hypocrisy has outgrown
wisdom and virtue
shattered as such
In a Fragile Existence
we must be careful to touch
Track Name: Reborn
[Instrumental]
Track Name: Master of the Universe
There is a master of our existence
An omnipotent power that never relents
Kills us off, but it survives
It seems beyond us and our pathetic lives

Time is the master
we can't control it
Master of the Universe
Supreme being

Fate has chosen us all to die
But there is one question: why?
Why must we suffer, while time moves on
to watch us self destruct?
Everything gone

[Solo: E. Rose, T. Hrafnsson]

We decay from day to day, searching for a purpose
But in the end we may never understand this
Master of the Universe, time is unpredictable
In attempt to understand we forget the principle

Time is the master
we can't control it
Master of the Universe
Supreme being

Fate has chosen us all to die
But there is one question: why?
Why must we suffer, while time moves on
to watch us self destruct?
Everything gone