The Quickening

by Awaken

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about

The earliest incarnation of what would become Awaken can be dated back to late 1994, when Jon Eardley and Brian Rosenthal would sit down in a basement in St. Paul and come up with countless riffs, many of which would become songs the two would eventually write together. After jamming with various drummers they’d decided to work extensively with one in particular, in another basement in St. Paul, and it was shortly after that in early 1996 when they started working with vocalist and wordsmith Ty Brookman. With Brookman’s wide range of melodic cleans mixed with his roaring death metal growls, he solidified his spot in the band right from the first jam session. Shortly thereafter, he had expressed concerns about their current drummer’s ability to give the songs the driving force they needed, and he recommended they jam with drummer Russ Wallin at his place in southern Minnesota. It only took Eardley about 30 seconds into the first song they played to realize that this was indeed the bombastic yet classy drumming style the thrash-laden music needed.

Through a mutual agreement between the group’s current members, Rosenthal left the group in late 1996 and the search was on for not only another guitar player to replace him, but someone to play bass guitar as well. After auditioning what seemed like an endless number of guitarists and/or bassists, frustration started to settle in as the three core members of what was now officially Awaken just couldn’t find the right musicians to complete the lineup. By chance and a ‘I know a guy’ recommendation through a friend of the band, Awaken auditioned ex-Realm bassist Steve Post in mid-1997, and much like with the first jam with Wallin the other guys in the room knew they’d found their man in Post mere seconds into the jam. Not only did he have the chops straight out of the Steve Harris meets Billy Sheehan school of bass guitar, but he had the ability to learn the songs with ease. It was apparent from that point on that not only was the search for a bass player over, but the four members that now made up Awaken saw no need to find a 2nd guitarist.

After writing upwards of 20 songs together and playing a handful of shows from early 1998 to early 1999, the band split up for various reasons, the main ones being this thing called life coupled with the fact the local heavy metal scene in the Twin Cities at the time was non-existent for the most part. While the breakup brought on a great sense of disappointment for all involved, considering they were never able to walk away from it with a proper recording, the guys still remained in touch and would get together at various jam sessions over the years. After years and years of talking about recording an album – unfinished business, if you will – the group entered StudioEvil in December 2010 to record what would become their debut album, The Quickening.

Through a tumultuous practice regiment leading up to the recording, to things in life that just like to get in the damn way, right down to the countless hours Brookman spent recording and turning knobs mixing the nine songs that made the album, the band can finally say they have the proper album they’d felt they could be proud of. Ultimately the recording process took close to three years to complete, but considering the songs were all written in the late 90’s, the fact Awaken’s debut album The Quickening is in the books is what the main goal was in the new millennium, and through hard work and perseverance their collective goal has been achieved.

credits

released September 27, 2013

All music written and arranged by Awaken with additional credit to Brian Rosenthal for Charred Remains and Doom's Wrath.

Additional performances by Brian Rosenthal, (All guitar leads and guitar harmonies on Doom's Wrath & Charred Remains) Chris Chelgren, (Viola & Violin on Doom's Wrath) & Tatum DeBlieck. (Vocal Harmonies on Doom's Wrath)

All songs recorded, mixed and mastered @ StudioEvil by Ty Brookman
www.facebook.com/TheStudioEvil

Album art and logo designed by Moon Ring Design (Logo inspired by Russ Wallin)
www.moonringdesign.com

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Awaken Saint Paul, Minnesota

Awaken is:

Ty Brookman - Vocals & Backup Vocals
Jon Eardley - Guitar & Backup Vocals
Steve Post - Bass
Russ Wallin - Drums

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Track Name: Frost Lingers
Frost lingers a frozen bitter silence
Dread dwellings through darkened infections
Good God
Hairline fracture away from this madness
A winter's word cast down can't elude this

A test of will weak yet battered still
Trust a faint illusion
Relentless cold life's growing old
But still we trudge onward
Questioning why no choice supplied
Now you will be judged
Now you will be judged

Judged... will be judged

Frost lingers I cannot shake this madness
The wrath of winter shall burn through the sadness
Good God
Heed this warning the storm owns the season
A winter's word cast down needs no reason

A test of will weak yet battered still
Trust a faint illusion
Relentless cold life's growing old
But still we trudge onward
Questioning why no choice supplied
Now you will be judged
Now you will be judged

Judged... will be judged
Judged
Judged... will be judged

A test of will weak yet battered still
Trust a faint illusion now

Can't escape this winter's word cast down from the skies above
Quest for the sun bitter sweet unknown
You've changed

Relentless cold life's growing old
But still we trudge onward now
Frost… Dwells

Questioning why no choice supplied
Relentless cold life's growing old
Old
Old

Why worry? Why worry?

Quest for the sun bitter sweet unknown
No where to turn now you're all alone
Alone
Track Name: Wasted Soul
The lies that you've chosen to tell
Words that you're wishing to sell
Wasted Soul
Living your life with no respect for me
Waste of life
Conveniently sitting and taking up space
Time will come
For you and your kind to be sentenced to death
For your sins which are sick and demented
You're lost with no way to get back
The only way for you is down
Down
No where but down

Crushing the lives of so many
The ones who have suffered I wish them all well
Sucking the system and feeding off many
You're not gonna make it

But now you will see
Why your deeds weren't worth it
The pain that you suffer
Won't compare to the pain I live with

Not even a sense for remorse
Wasted Soul
Judgment has taken its form
Waste of life
Stealing the lives that were so close to me
Time will come
The endless distraught that is burning in my soul
Distorted by visions of merciless torture
The future's for you it's nowhere but down
Down
No where but down

Sitting taking wasting all of my time
I can't live with you and your wasted soul
Living breathing dying alone and afraid
In seclusion you can never be saved

Forcing myself from unleashing the anger within
You have taken the innocent and tossed them away
Smirking laughing crying I don't even care
The torture of knowing that you're already dead
Dead… You’re fucking dead

The trials of life you will not prevail
Slipping into the shadows of death
Better off with your departure
You'll parish in terror and fall dead to the ground

The ground... fall dead to the ground
The ground... fall dead to the ground

Relying on my broken faith
Wasted Soul
Drawing from perpetual hate
Waste of life
Living in fear with a world without end
Time will come
The ridding of you from this world can't come too soon
Awaiting the demise of all that you stand for
The future's for you it's no where but down
Down
Nowhere but down
Down
Nowhere but down
Track Name: 11:11
Eleven-eleven forgotten is our time
Meaningful before us
Still elusive you'll pay no mind

Of knowing this presence is waiting
It won't be forgotten for all who dare to dream
Eleven-eleven the mystery for all who see
The profoundness of the moment
The clarity of what I see… I see

And I see inspired dreams true to life true to me
Reaching out for innocence
Forgotten faith cascading down

To cease the sanctum of blind regret
To taste the future where the meaning's kept
Eleven-eleven the time is calling you
To reach out for crystal tides of forever blue
Forever blue… blue

The answers are waiting there for you
Nothing will compare to this
Only the chosen will know that it exists
Exists… Exists

I cannot explain
Trust me and you shall see
Infinite worlds of lost eternities
Ageless in time
Profoundness you can’t rewind
Worlds of why

He treads alone
Blind faith he loathes
Still searching to find his way
Ever darkening his chance for change
He no longer can seize this day
He can’t foresee this change
His soul withers to decay

Eleven-eleven forever and nothing more
The universe of intrigue persistence
Eleven-eleven it cannot be denied
The profoundness of the moment
The clarity of what I see
What I see
What I see
What I see
Track Name: Ancient
Endless vibrations passing through me countless energies
Pinpoint this scene to learn from your dreams blind still we see
Touched by ancient anomalies frequent yet unrecognized
Until it's too late to learn from your fate this life is a dream

Forced reality
Blind still we see
Ripped from this dream

Show me a time when we dance with the stars
Blind yourself just who you are
Lost in a world of pure contempt
To prove of a time of the ancient's descent

Twisted impressions forced to question your reality
Nothing is real trapped in this dream blind still we see
To reach for substance alone in a world of none
To see through their eyes and feel with their hands but not understand

Forced reality
Blind still we see
Ripped from this dream

Show me a time when we dance with the stars
Blind yourself just who you are
Lost in a world of pure contempt
To prove of a time of the ancient's descent

Lost in their world
Ancient to the end
The end… The end…
Ancient

Deep within my world lies the truth
Nothing is real
There's nothing to believe
Nothing is the same
Nothing remains unchanged… unchanged

Searching for motives trapped within a realm of fear
To get out alive and learn from the wise that no where is here
Touched by ancient anomalies frequent yet un-recognized
Until it’s too late to learn from your fate this life is a dream

Forced reality
Blind still we see
Ripped from this dream

Show me a time when we dance with the stars
Blind yourself just who you are
Lost in a world of pure contempt
To prove of a time of the ancient's descent
Ancients descending through
Their haunting presence too
Walk through a world of none
Only to see that they've just begun

No more reason
Track Name: No World Solution
Good god

Life's direction of outlook obscured
Product of a commercial world
Money is worshipped like God

The new world sucking
Live from the living
Death is for certain
If change won't happen
Won't happen

Their infested politics of power
The weak beg and cower
Deep scars from battle

In this world we live in

Death sells for ratings
Corrupt world aging
No time for living
All we know is greed
Honesty fading
No time remaining
Our world is rotting
Cysts raw from picking... picking

Good god

Our deep wounds of addiction
Material world obsession
No world solution

In this world we live in

Death sells for ratings
Corrupt world aging
No time for living
All we know is greed
Honesty fading
No time remaining
Our world is rotting
Cysts raw from picking... picking

God Damn… Cysts Raw

Your individual thoughts of gain
Reverse psychology play the game
Control the rules of play

In this world we live in

Death sells for ratings
Corrupt world aging
No time for living
All we know is greed
Honesty fading
No time remaining
Our world is rotting
Cysts raw from picking
Track Name: Charred Remains
The warnings were not taken
So doom's wrath had its way
Mankind's population destroyed in just a day

Charred Remains… Charred Remains

The fires ran rampant uncontained
Burning filth from the surface man's mistakes

Our social evolution has dwindled like our time
Incest of pure filth breeding cysts throughout mankind

Charred Remains… Charred Remains

The fires ran rampant uncontained
Burning filth from the surface man's mistakes

For years we knew our world was slowly rotting
But still we scoffed as if it wasn't happening
And now the time has come this is the ending
A world that is as good as dead
For lack of care and understanding
Our earth's repair and proper handling
The time will come there'll be no questioning
The earth will burn the filth of many

Perceiving fate from the world I've seen
the facts are all beliefs
No Hope for our destiny No hope for our fate

Charred Remains… Charred Remains

The fires ran rampant uncontained
Burning filth from the surface man's mistakes… Awaken
Track Name: Doom's Wrath
Metaphysical changes from within
Our world is quickening
Gripping the end
For years we’ve watched it burn
Done nothing but take
The wrath will set her free
Burn humanity at the stake

Doom in the form of wrath
Consuming all in its path
The world is quickening
Soon to bleed
Too late for simple truth
Blame yourself
No bargaining to save this day
Embrace your doom
Doom

For years we’ve fucked this fucking world
Our gluttony your best friend
Your simple ways have mocked the earth
The greed now has to end
So many times we’ve had the chance
To weaken all this filth
Destroy this fucking world of shit
And bury all your guilt

Doom in the form of wrath
Consuming all in its path
The world is quickening
Soon to bleed
Too late for simple truth
Blame yourself
No bargaining to save this day
Embrace your doom

How many chances must we take
(The never ending chances)
We never learn from our mistakes
(We never seem to learn)
This is the end
Our time has finally been
Washed away for better days
(Washed away our chances)
There’s no time left to waste another day
Another day like this

Face your fate your dreams are not your own
The world is dead no one’s left to save
The day is done there’s nothing more for you
We won’t be saved
No one will be left to feel this pain
The never ending pain

Lose your faith the end is now at hand
Our time is short no way we can prepare
For this is it the doom is close at hand
The wrath is real
Our fucking world will burn

The quickening will rise from the filth
And the earth will be free

Metaphysical changes from within
Our world is quickening
Gripping the end
For years we’ve watched it fucking burn
Done nothing but take
The wrath will set her free
Burn humanity at the stake

Doom in the form of wrath
Consuming all in its path
The world is quickening
Soon to bleed
Too late for simple truth
Blame yourself
No bargaining to save this day
Embrace your doom
Track Name: Nothing Left More to Say
Nothing's been quite the same
Can't adapt to this change
Someone please tell me if I am still the same
I can't fight it anymore
My will was lost in my pain
Nothing left more to say
So I wish it away
But reality is immortal

To come so close to the eye
That scene where serenity’s not a lie
I finally lost my strength
The pressure is more than I can take

To dream of times of freedom
Peace of mind and serenity
Only flashing moments of escape
Deep in the places that I hide
Don't turn out the light
Everything's not alright
Nothing can be the same now

Everything's been lost forever
Deep in my thoughts
Where is my savior?
Blind faith is a lie inner strength out of time
I am forever changed distant

The pain… It burns

Nothing's been quite the same
I can't adapt to this change
Blind faith is a lie
Inner strength out of time
I am forever changed
Distant to my world

Only flashing moments of escape
The pressure is more than I can take
I can take

To lose yourself upon her means of nothing more than gain
Practice as the show went on insidious everyday
Truth be gotten by the filth regardless of the pain
Purity and innocence no longer to be saved
Saved
Lies

Fucking meaning’s ripped to change
Cannot blind my eyes again… Again
Good God… Lies

Ideals conflicting bitter points of view
Shoal promises of change
Hallowed sorrow nearly lost what is true
Lost emotion deep inside of you
Inside of you

Now that I've replaced the void
Nothing to exist the same
Nothing left for me to say
I wish it all away

Away… Away… Away

Scornful passion a vigilant cure
Blind deception trust nevermore
Again
Track Name: Logic
Steal your thoughts your mind is small
There’s no one here to see
You’ve stole your dreams from simple worlds
While spreading your disease

The past lives on the future dead
You’ll never know the end
You’ve said it all and numbed my ears
Your blithering transcends

Logic… you never use it
Logic… you never use it
Logic… use it

Logic… you never use it
Logic… you never use it
Use it… use it

Profound you’re not it’s pathetical
By design your simplicity
Your haste makes waste and wretched days
No regard for complexities
Why don’t kill yourself and spare the change
Your saving grace be free

Logic… you never use it
Logic… you never use it
Logic… use it

Logic… you never use it
Logic… you never use it
Use it… use it

Why hast thou forsaken me this smug reality
We dance with fire and rage the fiend
The cog in the machine
The bitterness of constant trip
You’re laughing at the damned
Save yourself from cunningness
Destroy this simple plan

We’re stronger than you’ll ever be
We’re laughing at your downfall
No matter what you simply fucking conjured
Your demise as well destroy it all

Big tears from rotten shame
Your limits have been defined
Hold fast the fleeting sting
The forsaken will be left behind
Choose your next words carefully
For they sure as fuck are your last
You fucked up for the very last time
As you struggle for your final breath

Steal your thoughts your mind is small
There’s no one here to see
You’ve stole your dreams from simple worlds
While spreading your disease

The past lives on the future dead
You’ll never know the end
You’ve said it all and numbed my ears
Your blithering transcends

Logic… you never use it
Logic… you never use it
Logic… use it

Logic… you never use it
Logic… you never use it
Use it… use it
Track Name: Doom's Wrath Acoustic Section
How many chances must we take
(The never ending chances)
We never learn from our mistakes
(We never seem to learn)
This is the end
Our time has finally been
Washed away for better days
(Washed away our chances)
There’s no time left to waste another day
Another day like this