Astrodrama

by White Arms of Athena

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"These guys have the polished chops of lifelong shredders and a compositional sensibility that many older progressive metal musicians would gladly sell their ponytails to attain."
- Decibel Magazine

"Astrodrama is a majestic piece of work that flows so exquisitely through its four acts that I can’t god-damn recommend this album enough..."
5/5 rating - HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com

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released 16 August 2011

Recorded by Jamie King
Artwork by Dennis Konstantin

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Track Name: Act I: Evince
Bring this forward to the world, I feel as if I must. How are we supposed to ever love, if in our selves we do not trust?
This trust I'm speaking of, it comes from within, so that is where we must begin...

As I am writing this, these are but ideas, I am but a student.
I'd like to say Im learning, and striving to see my self through it.
I've leapt and stayed and, I've also lost my balance.

My self and I,
I think we've found a sort of balance.
Together,
we have waved off the valance.
This veil of presence.

Oh, maybe the way we are is hereditary...
Or, maybe we are the way we are because of some old karmic struggle we just can't see clearly...
A good part of all this would be the ones we hold dearly, side to side, daily and yearly.

We can't hear each other clearly.
We just can't hear each other clearly...
We fight thinking what we've been taught to believe is right, for us, it is - in our plight.

We must turn it around,
permit proper sight.
Take the shadows, bring them to light!
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Every soul in the world tonight, finds their place.
A sacred space to sleep, to speak, and to make peace with that which they need.
Track Name: Act I: Ascend
What is this we are living inside?
I think I've gone too far when I ask this; I must crawl back; I must hide.

Let go young one, understand your place in time!
I'm sorry your emotions can flip on a dime, but so can your body and your suit and your tie.

FLY FLY FLY
Track Name: Act II: Creationed
Let's pick this up, not from where you left off;
But from where it was taken away from you.

Now let's stop. You have just moved on.

Now, let's pick up from where we just left off.
Make a game!
Make a game, observe only this and once either way.
Young child, entertain!
Time is of your molding!
It's your game to play!

Keep in mind your heart and others, while moving; while moving about the map.
Panoramic or peripheral.
Figurative or literal.
Instill in your self a sense of pride, and just take it all in stride.

We could all open up the sky.
Separate from all a single space,
this we will call creation...

Take the things you believe you need to succeed...
Now, see them here in front of you;
now place them in front of you; in moments of time.
"These I will see, but I will not know completely why."
You will know when, and you will know how.
Find your creation, create, or be created.

Its funny, It can all be one big joke....
If we can take a life, or even live a life, we all must be able to take a joke.
Track Name: Act II: Recreationed
We all must be a little out of our minds. To simply abide and trust with closed eyes.
To trust with closed eyes and still see,
If we are anything it is proof.

Its funny. Its funny, Its all amazing.
Its funny, Its all one big fucking joke.
And if we can take a life, or even live a life, then we must all be.
We must all be able to take a joke.

Because it's whimsical even, but in the best way imaginable.

We all must be a little out of our minds,
to simply abide and trust with closed eyes.
To trust with closed eyes and still see,
If this is anything, it is proof.

See me when you see you. When you see you, see you when you...
When you see you you see me!
See you, see me when you...

When we find harmony helps a human to recognize these surroundings, doesn't everything feel a little familiar?
Track Name: Act III: Crown Chakra
Instrumental
Track Name: Act III: Astral Body
Instrumental
Track Name: Act III: In The Encephalon
Instrumental
Track Name: Act III: Superhuman
We've spent far too much time stirring in this general area.

This place will be where we come home to, when we come home or just pass through.
I imagine those nights will be bittersweet, but I don't think I could ever not leave.
And not you, just here.
You and I, we will always be...

I think we've found a way, to make our lives and our dreams the same thing.
We've fought through all bad days, and we've kept our mind(s) in the right frame.

Through it all...We have it all....

Through it all, we have it all, we lose it all, we gain it all again.
Lose it all, gain/lose it all again.
While always having it all.

None of that even matters here!
We're supposed to believe with a "job" we'll be on our own?
With this thinking what would our heroes have known?
PAVE YOUR OWN WAY AND REAP WHAT IS SOWN.

I think we've found a way, to make our lives and live them our own way.
Embracing all I see, who really takes the wrong way?

And now my friends what we will find, is a mode, a means, and a course of time.
We'll care for this under our watchful eye, even while holding we will guard our prize.

We know through it all, it's all alright.
I don't know if I'm right or wrong, but at any second this could all be gone.

I think we've found our way to make our lives and our dreams the same thing.
Track Name: Act IV: Astrodrama
Your being really doesn't exist here anymore, and I understand that;
But what I don't get is that I'll never be with you; See, talk, or laugh with you ever again.
You really were an influence, laughing your laugh all the time.

And when you left I don't want to imagine how it was for you.
Wasting time with no possible change is for no man.

You were my mothers keeper, like you should have been.
And then without warning, disaster.

So, we worked it, like before, but we forgot about temptation. We had no idea.
"I am here inside you, and I will eat at you until you give in to what I want."
That's her. That's her! A whore is temptation.

No sympathy be given, it just won't be spoken of.
We all gave in, and we're all human. Worse could have been done.

Everyone blame yourself please.
Everyone blame yourselves please.
Everyone blame yourself, please.

For closure, I still talk to you.

And I woke up and wrote this for everyone.
I woke up, and wrote this for everyone.
I woke up.

Awaiting the better, hope and want are just a step forwards to be thrusted backwards, full speed ahead.

" I am here inside you, and I will eat at you until you give in to what I want "

I woke up and wrote this for every one:

Awaiting the better, hope and want are just that. A step forwards to be thrusted backwards, full speed ahead.
With this speed, with this speed, one could change, but traveling backwards brings...
Discomfort and distortion.

Oh, where would you start?
Here, you can start!

Gone, I'll be, comfortably. Influenced less by gravity. So high...
Nothing happens outside of what I'd like to, I'm spending decades in moments if I choose to harness the power.

To harness the power of these dreams (my blueprints for my time machine), think, give your head a chance, fall in to it open minded-ly; and see your mind for what it really is.





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Track Name: Act IV: From Now On
Reality just slapped the shit out of me. Blink of an eye type of thing. Fucking catastrophe.

Blink of an eye type of thing. Saying, "Awaken, big things must be done.
Big things must be done since you feel you have the power. Since you feel you have the power."

But in the back of my head, "Haha, just because you think you know it all, just because you think you know it all, just because you think you know it all, and because you think you know it all."

Contradictions are what is keeping this at a head.
Just when there is enough, more is needed.

I do find comfort in knowing it all can be vented, (like this)
But the process is taking it's toll on us all.

So when in doubt, think about it once and over again. What was the outcome? It was the same both times. I've told you!
I've told you this is real! I've told you this is real!
Not stuck, just waiting, because this is a fucking journey.

Not stuck, just waiting, and its the only thing I'd ever let take this time.

Pure emotion, gives a lover chills on this journey. On this journey, love isn't physical, on this journey.

Expressed through thoughts and rhythmic patterns, we do this for you.

On this journey, love isn't physical; expressed through thoughts and rhythmic patterns we do this for you.