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released November 18, 2016

A Sense of Gravity:
C.J. Jenkins – vocals
Morgan Wick – guitar, backing vocals
Brendon Williams – guitar, keyboard, orchestration, add. bkng. vocals
Brandon Morris – keyboard, guitar
Chance Unterseher – bass
Pete Breene – drums

Produced by A Sense of Gravity
Compositions by Brendon Williams, Morgan Wick, and C.J. Jenkins
Lyrics by C.J. Jenkins
Arrangements by Brendon Williams and Morgan Wick
Flute on “Drowning in the Ink” by Wilbert Roget
Drums engineered by Jason Lackie at Fastback Studios
Electric guitar and keyboard engineered by Brendon Williams
Bass and additional electric guitar engineered by Morgan Wick
Vocals and acoustic guitar engineered by C.J. Jenkins
Mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio

Cover art by Ryohei Hase
Band photos by C.J. Jenkins
Band logo, booklet, and additional designs by Bryce Moulton

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Track Name: Drowning in the Ink
Winds carry me
Guide me to the depths
Through the sunbeams, tranquility

Dear mystery
Hide your sympathy
I’ve uncovered all I need

Freely I cease
Drowning in the ink
No need to remember me
My quill’s sheathed, finally
Track Name: Reclusive Peace
Alarms that disturb the sublime, chime
Bells toll eternal
Upset in earnest atrophy, tapeworms feed
Equivocation now repeats

Please don’t leave us
We don’t need much
Come now, join us
Loneliness lost

Extroverted noble
Introverted thief
Destinies decided
One’s for all to quench his thirst, unless the other ends him first

Extroversion, noble
Introversion, greed
Forced reciprocation
The fiends still wrench the crown I seek, ventriloquists’ hyperbole

Please leave me be
Why can't you relieve me from
Bleeding niceties
Reclusive peace
Sleeping happily
Knowing this world's paused for me

Cold nightscape I admire
Stay here while I lie
Awakening postponed
Outside me let flow what’s duly owed

[Morgan and Brandon Guitar/Keyboard Unison]
[Brendon Guitar Solo]

Deadening sorrows
Invigorate alone
In my burnt out hollow
Decrepit growth
My dead slumber
Expelling penetrants
My prime substrate
Must be condoned
A drowning wretch in flooded halls

Please leave me be
Why can't you relieve me from
Bleeding niceties
Reclusive peace
Sleeping happily
Knowing this world's paused for me
All your needs, deaden my ecstasy
I deplore you

Fiends of the crown, malignant strain
Sickening
Evil nears
A virulent catastrophe
In me
I’m shutting down inside
Track Name: Echo Chasers
Bandwagon’s going out of control
Pliant minds, oh so impressionable
You’ll hear my laughs with a Doppler effect
When you are thrown out
And your skin peels off against pavement

Try as I might to go numb
Great is the grating noise of constant conform
I’m so fucking tired, fucking drained and bored
The followers keep gallivanting on and on and on and on

Allies
Stop chasing the echoes you find
Independent minds won’t blinded by the times

Collide
Suppress the urge to unify
Let differences thrive, we all can be unalike
You will see

Come fragile scenesters
I’ve got a lesson in store
Over the rail we go today
Somebody’s suicidal decadence
Undulating, aggregating, culture’s spine is elongating

Foil dim believers
Let’s bait them into a trap
Show them the people’s infant and
Then fucking eat it like a maniac

Open your eyes to the harm you’re inflicting
To your own mind by acting without thinking
Trivialize, realize that your thieving
Empty inside, misaligned bottom feeding

In my perfect dream
I cut off your tongue and cast it into ether
Rotting hold escaped
One last time

Plague so contagious it’s outright outrageous
Condemning us to copy graves, mimes and slaves
You will never see the light of day again

Cure, try your hand at some true independence
Sever your condolences for the carbon copies at war
And retrieve threads of life you’ve shunned so long

Violent hell [Brendon Guitar Solo]
Cosmic flames [Morgan Guitar Solo]
Lack of self [Brendon Guitar Solo]
Melt away [Morgan Guitar Solo]

Viewing the world through a jaded lens
Expels the venom in your veins
Stifle what could become
Entire nations laid to waste

Allies
Stop chasing the echoes you find
Independent minds won’t blinded by the times

Collide
Suppress the urge to unify
Let differences thrive, we all can be unalike
You will see

Summon the strength
Keep all the cancerous trends at bay
It’s not the you that made me
I’m my own society
Detach from mad monotony
I’ll define variety
Freed, now be not afraid, to feed off your own desires

Dead vagrant scenesters
They’ll fail this lesson no more
Over the rail they went today
Mortician’s latest trending decadence
Overheated, truth depleted, culture’s spine has been deleted

Foiled late believers
Consumed by our favorite trap
Diced up in blissful suffrage
Entranced with life free from this mono trash
Excavating, re-creating a culture less aggravating
Track Name: The Divide
Come to my aid
My wit's end has begun
My head demands three bleeding hands spite me

What's done is done
Can't be outrun

Symptoms become
Your own outcome

Tightening restraints are sure
To kindle angry wildfires’ uprise
Riot
Condescension wrests from you
Your final shred of well-to-do spirit
Unnerve

Dominant ways
Suffocating passion
Tyrants arraign
Castigate and worsen

Patience faded long ago
I've had it up to here
Authoritarian's size I can limit
Weakened by self-confidence
Fearing self-preservation
Oppression’s mine to divide, divide

[Brendon Guitar Solo]

Indebted phase
My wit's end has revolved
Around dread I try to defend against

Kill for peace of mind
Your hate errodes
My skin cracks
In seeps cold despair

In the end you’ll be
Left without power and dying to leave
Death may set you free
But demons you’ve made are coming to feed

Master’s home
Razed in line with the omen
Final debt
Paid, eternally suffer

Patience faded long ago
I've had it up to here
Authoritarian's size I can limit
Weakened by self-confidence
Fearing self-preservation
Oppression’s mine to divide, divide
Repression’s mine to deny, deny
Comforted by my rise, my rise
Track Name: Artificially Ever After
Why does happily
Ever after
Need to be so fake
Let’s re-enable
Ties less stable
Disavow the show

Human union’s
Disguised itself
As rings helping us to prove our wealth
Rites and romance
Trading blows
With what is right and rational
Rites not so rational

Messenger
At the altar of it all
Can’t you speak of the artificial

Why does happily
Ever after
Need to be so fake
Let’s re-enable
Ties less stable
Disavow the show

Cut this shit out
Burn the aisles down
Ash
Desecrate the day

Bearer
Cowers in terror

Nuptial cleansing
Bloodsoaked ending
Matron’s dishonor
Dead
Maid of holocaust

Tell us
Why are you so jealous
Your behaviors heinous
Your time to be famous
You’re a mindless cog

You kept the veil I let wither away
I’ve kept the rose you love dry
You shed a tear that the lace holds at bay
I’ve let the rose you loved die

Behold
Your love
Sealed in
Wreckage
Can’t you
See your
Gross
Misdealings

Look at what
We have become
Hollow souls with
Needs to conform
Relationships
To outdated
Practices that just
Mask the truths
Guiding us to
Each other the
Way they ought to
Forlorn groupthink in ignorance

Can’t you see beyond its majesty
Why so smitten by this travesty

[Morgan Guitar Solo]

Deadly endorphins
Tempting the whores in
Pressurization
Caught in a tailspin
Wretched communion
Public it’s fooling
Why does mankind maintain sanctimony

Why does happily
Ever after
Need to be so fake
Let’s re-enable
Ties less stable
Disavow the show

Tell us
Why are you so jealous
Your behaviors heinous
Why have you succumbed
Track Name: Revenant
I can cleanse you
Of hostile truths
Calm your screaming
Hope’s long since ceased

[Brandon Keyboard Solo]
Track Name: Guise of Complacency
Welcome to a brand new world, opportunity
Have a seat and look around, perpetuity

Chronically, you’ve been blind mediocrity
But I’m wise to the guise of complacency

Your ambitions bred this plight
Your ambitions ran in fright

Quit
Rationalize and give thanks to the stars
You’ve accomplished nothing
Cause you’re human waste
Who gives thanks
To the fucks in the suits who get off fucking you

Sick
Sick is the mindset of being blessed in contentment
Leads to ignorant contempt
To further the argument that you can’t
Be, do or have what it is you deserve.

Corporate
Coffin

Voluntarily
Six feet deep and undiscovered

Dead dreams
Rotten

Personality
Plagued by racing rats unpoisoned

Dull repetition
Needs revolution
No apprehension
Obliteration

Everyone’s insane
Everyday’s the same
Synchronized yet ill-defined
Jeopardized life

Shot down in your prime
Will you choose to die
I have taken my
First step to goodbye

There’s a way out of here
Sound of mind, see it clear
Liquified, lost and found
Time to bow out

[Morgan Guitar Solo]
[Morgan and Brandon Guitar/Keyboard Unison]
[Brandon Keyboard Solo]
[Morgan and Brandon Guitar/Keyboard Unison]

Everyone’s insane
Everyday’s the same
Synchronized yet ill-advised
Jeopardized life

So, you ignorant rats
You’ll stay scratching the floors of prison
So severe is the penalty for not embracing
The anarchy’s beautiful and devastating potential to grant
Liberation from the dead end you created and perpetuate

Life led
Without risk
Time not savored
Just finished

All the years
All the warning signs
All ignored
Final resting place
Track Name: Shadowed Lines
Suddenly it’s dark
Thickening clouds approaching
Grayer than I’ve ever seen before

Then where stars have gone
New ones growing slowly
Glimmers reeling me toward the shore

But we know
None can go

Here we are
Boundary’s near
Tempting us with freedom

Glowing shapes drawn clear
Features, vibrant, blooming
Soothing as the clouds now disappear

Sunlight bathes the soil
Warming all surroundings
But this bliss can only last so long

No one wanders free
All get turned away

How can others
Claim this Mother Earth

Caged by you
I’m on the edge
I’m on the edge of truth
Here’s proof
Your claims that conscious states belong to you

All these lines we’ve drawn
Are bars of cells we’ve spawned

Let me through
I’m but a man
Just like the rest of you
Consumed
By arbitrary needs to rule this zoo

Comfort those employed
To hide what we exploit

[Morgan Guitar Solo]

Glowing shapes so clear
Features fully blooming
Free now that the clouds have disappeared

Sunlight floods the soil
Life’s embraced my footing
Can’t we just try keeping this around

Glowing shapes drawn clear
The shadowed lines blur with time, resign
Everything is mine to see
Exorcise mortal chains
So sail with me, no need to be afraid

How can others claim this
How can others claim this Earth
Track Name: Promised None
Prophecies, evil things
Painting pictures of fates and escapes’ offspring inert
Illusions should fuel us to transform our tragedy into actions

Skies rife with grandeur
Innocent dreams, but
Indolence let them
Come crashing down

Seething scorn
See nothing born
Constant schemes
Nothing proceeds

Skies rife with grandeur
Innocent dreams, but
Indolence let them
Come crashing down

A unit of progress
Is hard for some, but
Without the effort
We’re promised none

[Brandon Guitar Solo]

Take with bloodshot eyes
Your well earned prize
Feats remarkable, admirable
Share with static lives
Achievement’s pride
We must spare them from depression

Skies rife with grandeur
Innocent dreams, but
Indolence let them
Come crashing down

A unit of progress
Is hard for some, but
Without the effort
We’re promised none
None
Track Name: The Projectionist
Have you met the psychopath
Living in the trees
Filthy old robotic bat, no shred of decency

Misanthrope in scum and rust
Monstrous tendencies
Reckon he is
Beckoning a forced lobotomy

Come with me
We’ll teach him, see
That old pathetic crock
Raid his shack and pummel him
Until he cannot walk

Forever watching
Forever haunts me
Insensate being
Addicted to the glow

Pity plans so fatuous
Derived from these poor youth
Wonder, should I boil them
Or maybe turn them loose

Or instead, to clear my head
I’ll take them to the booth
Trap them there, till they’re aware
Of this shut-in's truths

All I see is all I feel
I filter out the room
Unknown warmth that speaks to me when living through the reel

All I see is all that heals
I edit out my gloom
Unsung hero dislocates and disbelieves what’s real
Unsung hero dislocates and disbelieves what’s real

Undreamed of
Scenes I’ve sought
Flicker fusion threshold deviant

Sensations
Wished upon
I’d trade my projections
To know why

The frames’ sensations
My heart’s foundations
Contamination
Illuminating woe

[Brandon Guitar Solo]

Surrogate medium
Transfers ad nauseam
Bound to roam impotent
Neural lands endlessly

Undreamed of
Scenes I’ve sought
Flicker fusion threshold deviant

Sensations
Wished upon
I’d trade my projections
To know why

Undreamed of empathy
Flickering lights
Retrain me
Track Name: I, Recreant
Softly breathing
Inhaling grief, exhale fear

Keep me safe, alone I cower
Tears run dry, it’s been an hour now

The pain I observe
Makes me want to submerge
For I, recreant,
Do deserve

The world, I surmise
Disturbed due to my lies
For I, miscreant,
Can’t reverse, this curse

Fractured breathing
Inhaling brief, exhale life

Keep me safe, alone I cower
Tears run dry, it’s been an hour now

The pain I endure
It ought surely unnerve
For I, miscreant,
Do deserve

The world, I despise
Disturbed fortress of lies
For my requiem,
I preserve, this curse

My hollow hopelessness
Release me from the depths
I beg you, nothingness
Please give me one last breath

[Brendon and Morgan Guitar Solos]
Track Name: Manic Void
Never ends, chromamania
Flickers and changes
Ever toxic, serendipitous
Mind rearranges

Heaven, a troubled abyss
Bleed interruptions
Hell languishing in dissonance
Seeding destruction

Stained erratics sheltered by the cliffs
Shattered and bludgeoned
Step forth into oblivion

Splinters
I’ve been shattered into splinters within
Further, harder, faster
Spirals
Driven inward without an end in sight
Threading time through needles

Burdened life of the chameleon
A purgatory
Conflicting selves to each indifferent
Head on collision now

Means tarnished
Ends carnage
Deeds harmless
Feats savage

Shapeshifting night
Transmorph’s delight
To cultivate
Is to betray

Time’s embrace I’ve long escaped
Conflicts rise, crashing tides
Songs erase the bitter taste
Dreaded days laid to waste
I define affluence meritocratically

Arrogance, it has no place
Humble race toward the stage
Assimilate the energy
Entering monstrous craze
Channelling anger and hatred and jealousy

Dead in concept
End of life force
Now I've reached the
Blackened summit

Activate hysteria
Masses rage, chaos plays
Aggravate the sanguine haze
Mindlessly convulsing
Break out insanity is what we will always crave

Shapeshifting night
Transmorph’s delight
To cultivate
Is to betray

[Brandon Keyboard Solo]
[Morgan Guitar Solo]

Glowing shapes appear
Emptiness diluting
Change propelling me toward the shore

Sunlight bathes my skin
Winds restore my breathing
Golden sparkles flicker through the sky

Glowing shapes so dear (Shapes so dear)
Nothingness is losing
Change invigorates my very core

Life’s unlocked the gates
That I dare to enter (I've entered)
(Golden sparkles flicker)
Golden feathers falling from the sky