Rites of Passage

by AXIS

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released January 1, 2011

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jon Nunez @ Southern Noise (Miami, FL) in December of 2010.

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Track Name: Atlas
I am reborn cold and heartless as a pillar of stone. No regrets, no remorse. I am your curse. I am your punishment. You're my disease. Piece by piece. Disassembled. Fucking burn. Your worth fades away. I turn my back on the dust of your memory. And what was always empathy, is now hatred. I don't need you. Word by word, I will tear you down. To tear you down I swear by these words. I am vindicated, my heart is hardened. Tempered by a world so cruel. Weakness, my enemy in a war of nerves. What is sympathy compared to stone? Let my love dissolve - I'm not your martyr. What a fool, he who would sacrifice himself for someone else. So quick to lust for someone's love. I am reborn as a pillar of stone. Unloved, unbroken. No regrets, no remorse. I am your curse. I am your punishment. You're my disease. Piece by piece. Disassembled. Fucking burn. Ripped from the pages, blotted out, cast away, disgraced and discarded. You pushed me away with your poison. I saw through everything: Your lies, your promises. I am your punishment. I am your end. Nothing need help mend this bitter hatred. Unloved, unbroken.
Track Name: Collapse
You sold your soul, for what? So you could live life like a pig. For a steady figure you've lined your pockets with miseries. Out of life you've made a cheap game. Out of me you've made an enemy. You can't save yourself. I won't allow your escape. Money fills the void where your heart used to be. You can't silence the pain you've caused in your wake. A selfish game of give and take. But you'll take it to the grave, all the malaise you create. No matter where you go, you've got an enemy. I feel no sympathy when it's you deciding destiny. No matter where you go, you've got an enemy. I'm your enemy. When you close your eyes you'll see my fucking face. I'll live as an example of the type of man that you could never be. Edacious, driven by greed. Sacrifice yourself in the tomb of apathy. A bitter end for a bitter life. And when death comes to claim your miserable life, clench your wallet and pray. Feel the futility in the end.
Track Name: For the Coward
Under your disguise I know you're barely alive. Pain with every step you take, you're going to suffer for every oath you break. And I won't accept that your well being is any more important than the wife you left. The life you left. And when you think of us, I know it breaks your hope. Life moves on, even with a gun down your throat. Hopeless. In my mind my hands are stone around your neck. I watch you choke. Choke. Under your disguise I know you're barely alive. Pain with every step you take, you're going to suffer for every oath you break. I don't believe in second chances. I won't forget the past, and I pray to God that everyday you live is more painful than the last. Somewhere in time a coward dies. I clench my fists. I count the days. I wait for you to die. I wait for you to die. I'll always hate you for what you've done to me. I'll always hate you for what you've taken from her.
Track Name: OC80
The bastard opens his eyes. Another day, like so many before. A cold embrace; the reminder of his broken dreams. His fucking hope; those days are over. His days are numbered. And the rope can't hang high enough to deliver him from the pain. A vacant shell of the man he used to claim to be. No escape, I found you in the gutter like I wanted to.I could beat the rhythm out of your black heart just to silence you.

As your veins lament, you accept your damages. Your bitter triumphs serve you well. Tell me what you wish to prove by being nothing at all. What do you expect from me now that you are nothing at all?

You watch your fucking step, everyday the ice is thinning. In a life so meaningless, you struggle for the cure. You're crying wolf, like so many before. This time you'll pull the trigger, no one will listen. This time you'll pull the trigger, no one will care. I wish you knew, all the trials you blindly put me through - you know I tried to save you. I think you're all the same, and I can no longer can your weight. Let your affliction console you. Now bury yourself; you're already dead, and I've spit on your name. I've pissed on your grave. It's made no difference. There's nothing left to say. This time you'll pull the trigger, no one will listen. This time you'll pull the trigger, no one will care.