The Entropy Illusion - Part 1

by Guardsman

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Take another day to dust off the tools of your trade I’ll come in time Another day of running, get back in your cage Hear the sound of voices, don’t want to know what they say Time is running out Hear the sound of footsteps, know that they’re coming my way Just look away… Just look away… Don’t care what they say But oh my God they’re coming right for me [CHORUS] A deadly thrill I’d never want to know Each step always closer Whispered death behind Running, terror, blind But in the darkest night It’s catching up with my mind Beat the drums and dance around fires and laugh as you sing A demon’s out tonight All the walls come crashing down and let the jackals rush in Drawn raw in desert wastes, the fires lick at your skin Never get away Chained in the dark to drown beneath the weight of your sin Just look away… Just look away… Don’t care what they say But oh my God they’re coming right for me [CHORUS] [CHORUS]
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Cold! Smash the walls to dust and bring descension dark and gray Build it up and tear it down again Decay! Bridges fall to rust and institutions rot away Nothing lasts forever in the end Darkness falls The tribes are gathered War horns call To raise the hammers Shadows creeping in by night Begin the dance of death, beneath the firelight Centuries of suffering All repaid in fire; let freedom have its reign [CHORUS] Night follows day, day follows night Seasons will change, nations will rise and fight The sacrifice to reach the end (no sacrifice, no victory!) The Labyrinth will fall (We stand! We fight!) But you can’t hold back the night Trapped! Blackness, no escape, you’re lost within the maze Creeping closer, death is in the air Light will never reach you here, civilization turned its back Blow it all to hell to get away Darkness falls The tribes are gathered War horns call To raise the hammers [CHORUS] Stand for what you don’t believe, and you Fall down at your master’s feet, but you Give your soul to never see that you Stand on the back of another Fight! The monster smiles on you, and says Kill what’s trying to break through, but you Die! The monster turns on you And hunts you down to devour What’s meant to be (an illusion to see) Designing your perfect society You give and you take away But the clock hands won’t stay Kill the beast and smash the maze, the watchers now become the prey Only death and chaos built to last Fall! Foundations cracked and burned, live free to die another day Seen this all before, iconoclast Darkness falls The tribes are gathered War horns call To raise the hammers [CHORUS]
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Hey kid, watch and follow my direction, I’ll show you what to fold and what to play Hey kid, tell me everything’s in motion, miss a step, you’ll only throw it all away Hey kid, step away from your emotion, life’s running and you’ve got no time to waste Hey kid, take whatever you get ahold of, step into the ride but everybody pays You’ve got nowhere to turn You’ll only lose the game Just stuck in place [CHORUS] Life is yours, yeah, so live it up Pictures burn and statues crumble There’s nothing more that you’re giving up The chase is everything You can pay for gold with your life’s blood But only death can last forever Before we’re all back together You can live to die or die to live Hey kid, do you ever need a reason? Take him down and watch them scatter as they run Hey kid, I smile as you’re beaten, take you in, you know you’re not the only one Hey kid, will you live for devastation? Turn the lights out and paint your name in blood Hey kid, never stop and give reflection, shoot to maim, revenge is sweeter with a gun You’ve got nowhere to turn You’ll only lose the game Just stuck in place [CHORUS] Open your eyes, you will find a way Your life is calling and enter you may [CHORUS]
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Wake for day, all questions answered But colors fade away The blue awaits And stale or strange, you’re swept away Mind decried, truth distorted A shifting lucent night Murky heights Vitric lies, what waits if you keep climbing high? [CHORUS] Climb to the light! You’ll never die Clash or escape It’s never mattered where you lie Just fall in line Caught here in time The sea just a reflection of the sky. Delphic sky undeciphered It carries you away Cryptic lines Drawing to a better day Back in the depths, your breath betrayed Aspiration, suffocate Pressure building, bioluminescence draws the rage They’ll drag you back into your cage Where everyone’s the same But still they’ll find a way to fight [CHORUS] Fight for the dream, fight for the truth, fight for the life They build you up, they tear you down, but you’re still burning bright You looked into the waves, lives wasted every day Drifting safe just to die The sea just a reflection of the sky But into the blue you’ll fly [CHORUS] Born again just to die But into the blue you’ll fly
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Nighttime, alone Wander with nowhere to go Sit on deserted stone, adrift Afraid to go home A beast mundane, no less to dread Suspicion haunting, can’t forget Walk soft my friend, you’ve crossed the line And now the hunt begins Take you up, I’ll make you pay My castle’s kingdom I make the rules, now come and play Pay for sins unearned Punishment, it’s always due Rights forsaken No one left to shelter you They’ll never say a word Smash the skull, the hammer’s gone Deadly silence Pain for two, now saved for one Delivery awaits From the dark flows life Water stains against the wall Read them close, watch them fall Hide away beneath the ground Life runs out, you’re never found But kick that line beneath your heel The floodgates burst, the monster’s real I don’t know what tales you’ve heard What in the blackness there might lurk The sword you dream to free your mind Yet never see the bloody knife Hand in the dark, rot in the grin Drawing into the black Throat locked, can’t scream, floating away Waiting for my mind to snap Blinded, reaching, grab for life Frozen, rotten flesh Crawling, stumbling, gasp for breath Panic, all that’s left Hunted day and night, can’t get away Terror bursting, what can one mind take? Running, black, unchained Tasting the fear and smelling decay Praying I’ll live to see another day Make it to the light Crawl, that’s alright Make it to the light Up all night Make it to the light
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Fear! I am your darkest fear Deepest depths of troubled mind Always lurking near Death! On your death I’ll feed Dragged below, forever float On waters never seen Fate! Your fate will lead you here Back into my waiting hand We all float down here Dance! I’ll be your puppeteer Twist and sway to my command I whisper in your ear [CHORUS] Live in shadow I’m the ancient terror that haunts your nightmares I’ve always been, I’ll always be Stare in wonder or run in desperation Turn and face infinity Take! You live to serve my need Sit and ponder your demise What was meant to be Dark! I’ll destroy your sanity Let my deadlights fill your mind And let your people bleed [CHORUS]
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Oars in our hands, wind in our sails The sea is ours, it’s open wide Our banners fly on fury and gale Journey forth on the evening tide Across horizons lands await Destruction, death, and glory Fame and fortune to the brave, immortal The Skalds will sing our names In the depths dark secrets sleep Woken and arising Protection lost for lust and greed Sacrifice forsaken Winds arise, cold waters reap Join the dark communion Come and die with us below Cold winds blow “All hands to the oars!” The captain commands us “Fight! Heave back! Don’t give in! Seek halls of the brave Pray no prayers to the shore But to gods you’ve forsaken Avast! Ye wages of sin Here Woden reigns!”
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Hear the Dethklok counting to the Cobra Strike The Mob Rules, we’ve Lost our Paradise The Earth trapped under Ice You know the Guardians are Blind The Fates Warn the Pagan’s Mind “Send the Angel Witch to search Deep Purple skies” From the Exodus the Armored Saint arrives Ready for the fight The Hammer Falls tonight The Iron Savior lives, the Metal Church survives Earn! Your! Shield! Purge your fear and fight Fight! For! Rock! The metal legions ride Keep! Your! Oath! The Eagle Force will fly Earn! Your! Shield! Your Twisted Sister left to Scale the Summit high And join the Elvenking’s Nocturnal Rites Where Doctor Butcher deals his VitriaL and Vyse Through the Dark Eternal Night The Powerwolf will ride To raise the Queen of the Sacred Reich Take a Power Trip Beyond the Bridge of life Where Seven Wonders lie Feel the Power of the Night Hey, it’s Helloween! So have some Magic Pie Earn! Your! Shield! Purge your fear and fight Fight! For! Rock! The metal legions ride Keep! Your! Oath! The Eagle Force will fly Earn! Your! Shield! (The Metal) Upon his Darkthrone sits The King of Diamonds bright Eternal glory waits So stand before me and take your oath tonight Through every Inch of Blood Until the Reaper Digs my Grave We’ll Set the World on Fire Earn my shield and join the heavy metal fight Give your Testament, let the King in Crimson rise To End the Anarchy of the Stranger in the Night Earn! Your! Shield! Earn! Your! Shield! Earn! Your! Shield! Earn! Your! Shield! SLLLLAAAAAYYYYYYEEEERRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!
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05:15
Face clear and bright Raised up to a shining blue sky Miles racing by But the glass can’t tell him why He left for freedom But found that freedom is not free And home is far away [CHORUS] He hides, he runs, he screams But no will rescue him tonight Careful what you wish, they said The beast has come alive Hide in the shadows, pray that God is on his side One night, he left it all behind The road gave him life Finally free! Adventure awaits, And now his future’s looking bright In the daylight, nightmares fade And dreams can only live by night And if he screams inside Well, every wound is healed with time He turns his mind ahead And walks into his new life Head in his hands Drawing pictures of friends in the sand Washed away by wind and rain Memories beginning to fade Rests his head on weathered stone The desert night is still and cold Dreams soft and sweet He hears the words he’s never been told [CHORUS] The road is calling and he must go The blue and red, the veins that flow Ever onward, trying to Erase the way to get back home They’ll always take you in, it’s said But the Devil too waits with open hand Keep your life and give your soul away To take what he don’t need He’s on the road and free

about

THE ENTROPY ILLUSION (PART I) features 11 tracks totaling over one hour of music. This release expands on the band’s heavy yet melodic style established in their 2015 demo, ‘The Awakening’. Incorporating a little more of a prog and even power metal influence (including some orchestral elements), THE ENTROPY ILLUSION (PART I) is a logical next step in the band’s quest to fuse the intensity of old-school thrash with the grandeur of epic and melodic prog music.

While not strictly a ‘concept album’, the majority of the songs weave in and out of the central theme of free will versus determinism, of how much control each person really has over individual actions and circumstances. Throughout the album, the lyrics tell stories of people striving to assert control over their own destinies, facing battles with external forces and with their own inner demons, sometimes prevailing and sometimes succumbing to fate.

From a musical aspect, the album showcases a wide variety of moods. Songs such as “Into the Blue” tap into the band’s lighter and more melodic side, while tracks like “Dark Days Ahead” and “Hell’s Back Door” cast a much heavier tone. The album even features a bit of a humorous twist, including a 12-minute instrumental entitled “F*%& the Logo, Let’s Reclaim Erebor!” as well as an homage to the band’s influences in the form of “Earn Your Shield” (which consists of lyrics made up almost entirely of band names and song titles).

THE ENTROPY ILLUSION is an ambitious example of GUARDSMAN’s DIY spirit, with every aspect of the album (from recording and mixing to album art and logo design) produced entirely by the band. By taking control of the entire production process, the band was able to establish and maintain a clear vision from start to finish.

Part 2 of the album, set to release in 2019, will feature the title track, “The Entropy Illusion”, a 40+minute magnum opus split into multiple sections that take the listener on an epic journey through a vast array of musical passages and themes. Fans can expect even further forays into the world of progressive and orchestral ideas, while retaining the old-school metal edge that is quickly becoming the staple of GUARDSMAN's signature sound. The band is scheduled to begin tracking Part 2 in November and December, 2018.

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released November 6, 2018

Produced by Steve Harwood and Rob Harwood.

BAND MEMBERS:
Leo Garcia - Guitars
Rob Harwood - Drums
Steve Harwood - Guitars and Vocals
Carlos Valencia - Bass

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Steve Harwood.
Cover artwork by Rob Harwood.

All songs (c) 2018 Guardsman. All rights reserved.

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