Black With Stars

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    Black With Stars full length debut cd features 8 tracks of metal in the styles of Trouble, Fireball Ministry, Corrosion Of Conformity, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath...etc... ARTWORK by bassist CRANK! of comic industry renown. Includes members of the Vladimirs, Kevin And The Octaves, Sono Morti to name a few!

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released May 31, 2016

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Black With Stars Cincinnati, Ohio

BLACK WITH STARS was born out of the collaboration of three members who had previously worked together in the international metal band the VLADIMIRS. Members Brian Day (Acrolith), Crank (Sono Morti) and Eric Tuffendsam (Kevin & The Octaves) opted for a move in a decidedly different direction with BWS. Coupling the heavy styles of such bands as TROUBLE, BLACK SABBATH, and THIN LIZZY to name a few ... more

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Track Name: Black Sun (Red Moon)
Trapped in sin, the ground opens up just to swallow our venomous tainted blood.
It did begin with a trip and a fall, now we wallow and plead our case toward the grudge.
A burning pride now will lead you, your own hand will feed you, the same one that made for your doom.
We'll wipe the sleep from our eyes, so we can realize, and escape from the fate that now looms.
---Take a look to the sky, can't you see where you ought to be standing?
---Aren't you wondering why, why we find this place so demanding?
---Black Sun, Red Moon, depart from a world that is shaken.
---Black Sun, Red Moon, take heart from a world that is breaking thru.
Standing guilty as charged, we are convicts at large, our sentence a fate worse than death.
The time we serve is still hard and the image is marred, while acquittal lies in our breath.
Instead we burn our tomorrows, drink from our sorrows, living for yesterday.
The bond is there if we take it and still we forsake it, determined to make our own way..
---Aren't you wondering why, why we find this place so demanding?
---Black Sun, Red Moon, depart from a world that is shaken.
---Black Sun, Red Moon, take heart from a world that is breaking thru.
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(Crank / Day) 2016 Bloodpact Music ASCAP
Track Name: Doublespeak
- When the feelings strong but there's something wrong, you know the devils just a liar.
- When you see that spark, sent into the dark, there's gonna be a trial by fire.
- And from a pile of ash they are gonna ask, are you nothing but a screamer?
- So with a final gasp, now behind that mask, I can see you are a schemer.

--- I know, that you know, the things that I'm saying are true ---
--- And if you'd admit it the lies that you hold to fall through ---

- I've watched 'em crash and burn, but will they ever learn, they say we're rising like the phoenix.
- And still at every turn, they only feed the worm and try to teach the new dog old tricks.
- See there's an outbound call, meant to deceive us all, and your soul is a receiver.
- And if you disconnect, instead of genuflect, they will make you a believer.

--- I know, that you know, the things that I'm saying are true ---
--- And if you'd admit it the lies that you hold to fall through ---

- Met my self again the other day. Looked like someone from my past.
- My reflection turned the other way. A broken image under glass.

- So when the feelings gone and the nights are long, you'll look for ways to take you higher.
- You know that talk is cheap it's there to make you weep. Can't trust the news that's on the wire.
- Because the lines are crossed, you gotta count the cost and take the time to read between them.
- Semantic, words are changed and meanings rearranged. It's meant to take away your freedom.

--- I know, that you know, the things that I'm saying are true ---
--- And if you'd admit it the lies that you hold to fall through ---

- Speak lies, speak wise doublespeak.
- Disguised, you can't fool me.
- Speak lies, disguised doublespeak.
- Inside, you can't rule me.
Track Name: Pandemoniums Engine
The trap is set, the bait is fresh.
The gauntlet thrown and the chase is on.
Their hands reach through the astral skies.

Perception lost, deceptions' cost.
Archaic rites and archaic lies.
The twisted root fed to the wise.

Pandemonium's Engine.
On the blood of saints, is running hot.
And pushing hard past the red line.
Pandemonium's Engine.
Is running hot til the prey is caught.
And warping all of space and time.

Enmity sewn, now spoke in stone.
Corrupt their seed and the hope will die.
Anointed oil is in the vein.

The left behind, return in time.
To stake a claim with a strident cry.
And resurrect a world insane.

Pandemonium's Engine.
On the blood of saints, is running hot.
And pushing hard past the red line.
Pandemonium's Engine.
Is running hot til the prey is caught.
And warping all of space and time.

'MA-HA BONE', the dead now groan.
Whom was, is not, and is yet to come.
To mix the iron with the clay.

The flag is flown, they stand alone.
The lost will weep as they watch the sky.
As they are gently led astray.

They've opened Ahriman Gate !!!
Track Name: On A Glimpse
We were on the seas and sailing, toward a foreign land.
And with our senses failing, to delusions oh so grand.
I was at the helm and lured in by siren songs so rare.
And although their fangs were in me, I never had a care.

I'm standing fast on a glimpse
While my vessel is tossed in the midst
Of a sea that is raging so fiercely to claim me
To maim me, to name me.
I'm standing fast on a glimpse
Of the land that I see in the mist
I am lashed to the mast of the ship
That is flying the flag of my beautiful home.

Into that red-sky morning, prevailing East wind bound.
With no regard for warnings, unfailing in resound.
Beyond our depth of measure, infested leagues confound.
Our search for lives of leisure, our dreams began to drown.

I'm standing fast on a glimpse
While my vessel is tossed in the midst
Of a sea that is raging so fiercely to claim me
To maim me, to name me.
I'm standing fast on a glimpse
Of the land that I see in the mist
I am lashed to the mast of the ship
That is flying the flag of my beautiful home.

Our topside sight not threatening, all hands are strong and proud.
Below board sights of strange things, all 'atmos-fear' and clouds.
I could see the storm approaching, a crimson sky at dawn.
Their heresies encroaching, the struggle rages on.

I'm standing fast on a glimpse
While my vessel is tossed in the midst
Of a sea that is raging so fiercely to claim me
To maim me, to name me.
I'm standing fast on a glimpse
Of the land that I see in the mist
I am lashed to the mast of the ship
That is flying the flag of my beautiful home.
Track Name: In A Mirror Darkly
Freedom to choose a path of separation.
Living inside of our repeat frustration.
Shackled in chains of our own creation.
We've missed the truth of our own liberation.

Given the choice, which destiny is taken.
Blind men, who claim to see, we feel forsaken.
Everyone but you can see mistakes your making.
Life built on sand, and now your world is quaking.

We stand and face, all time and space and we can't see beyond the veil.
For those who ask why, won't know til they die, all directions into the pale.
We run in the race, but can't find our place, through seasons we fall and fail.
If we humbly cry, though the valley bones dry, would tell us another tale.

Gaze in a mirror darkly you can see me.
Only in truth do all the numbers agree.
Even the lines inside your hand are one key.
Simply a drop adrift within the big sea.
Search for the way abashed and you'll unwind it.
In your reflection now, see one behind it.
These things are here for you to be reminded.
Put down the childish things and you will find it.

We stand and face, all time and space and we can't see beyond the veil.
For those who ask why, won't know til they die, all directions into the pale.
We run in the race, but can't find our place, through seasons we fall and fail.
If we humbly cry, though the valley bones dry, would tell us another tale.
Track Name: P.I.D.
We lie, we cry, we die, our heads held in our hands.
We can't deny with time we're sifted just like sand.
Conditioned to accept a host of dreadful lies.
Circular reasoning, the blind will lead the blind into pits of despair.

Willfully ignorant, we don't want it to be true.
That we are not the gods we always thought we knew.
A serpents promise is a pact with wicked pride.
Attempts to satiate the infinite inside.

No more, even score, what I will, nevermore
That's what they said.
Grafting to the vine, renews my mind as the dead bury the dead.

One way, one road, one path, we're headed that way too.
Your teleology may be somewhat askew.
In terms of entropy, we're headed toward the end.
Soteriology dictates your knee must bend.

No more, even score, what I will, nevermore
That's what they said.
Grafting to the vine, renews my mind as the dead bury the dead.

Peering Into Darkness so clear.
Pay no mind to voices you'll hear.
Fix your trust 'til it appears.
Bought by blood with nothing to fear.
Track Name: The Chance
When you were given the answer,
You turned your back.
Fear eats inside like a cancer,
And turns your heart black.
Swept by the ruse of the dancer,
You fall through the cracks.
Your failing attempts to be master,
Prove what you lack.

Look at the logic so twisted, it's bent to their will.
And while you grope in the darkness, they're in for the kill.
You had the chance but dismissed it, to tread your own path.
Trading a handful of diamonds, for a fist full of broken glass.

And now your life goes madly flashing by.
No rhyme or reason, time of the season, is what you hide behind.
And in the end, no wiser than before.
With everything, you're still left wanting more.
All through your life, indoctrinated to,
Believe intention of their invention, that's false if it is true.
Come with me now, we'll run into the light.
And find our way, and leave behind the night.

Searching out glory and wisdom, to keep as your own.
Fixating on your own image, turning to stone.
There is no new revelation, you've heard it before.
Waiting in anticipation, to step through the door.
Track Name: Diadem
You claim there is no wrong or right, then cry out 'somethings broken'.
You want your truth all black and white, to suit your mood hues thrown in.
You hold the scales behind your back then scream that you've been cheated.
You swing your sword and banner high, but you've already been defeated.

That crown's too heavy for your head.
So lay it down, lay it down.
That crown's too heavy for your head,
So lay it down, lay it down.

Follow your reason to it's end, you'll see that something's twisted.
Conclusions break that do not bend, Truth told but you dismissed it.
With feet grounded firm in mid-air, whitewashing tombs that crumble.
Your ivory tower razed to despair, is not enough to make you humble.

That crown's too heavy for your head.
So lay it down, lay it down.
That crown's too heavy for your head,
So lay it down, lay it down.

Stumbling under the weight of not laying it down.