The Rivals EP

by Vanguard

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04:52

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released January 25, 2017

Vocals: Daniel Lett
Guitar: Andy Mack
Guitar: Cam Sitters
Drums: Andrew Rush
Bass/Backing Vocals: Jared Kerr

Recorded by Josiah Bovill
Produced and Mixed by Jared Kerr
Mastered by Luke Finlay at Primal Mastering

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Vanguard Auckland, New Zealand

Melodic christian deathcore band based in Auckland New Zealand.

Jared Kerr - Bass
Andrew Rush - Drums
Cam Sitters - Guitar
Andy Mack - Guitar
Daniel Lett - Vocals

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Track Name: Lament
Over taken by calamity
Suffering and sadness are all that I see
You left us here
A hole we could never fill
You disappeared
Please come back to me

No reason, not even one goodbye
You left us alone when you chose to die

Such loss, such pain
Were here crying out your name
I’d give it all
I would do anything
Just to have you
Here with us again

Rewind the clock
Turn back the tears
Come back to us
My wayward friend
Track Name: Set Apart
First there’s you, you lie and cheat and steal
Money is your god with no regret to feel
Whore yourself around, you will do anything
Just to line you pockets with eternal stink

I am the other man, the one that has a heart
I will not be like you, I am set apart

Self-centred lust, breeding every day
I came from this world, but it’s not where I’ll stay

Do it over again, grind them to the dirt
You never did care who or what you hurt
Keep beating this dead horse, bleed it dry
And drain its carcass, until the day you die
Betraying every love for a single dime
Slap on that fake smile and say it will be fine

You’re just a wolf dressed as a sheep dressed as a man in a suit
Who doesn’t care for all the people he will kill and abuse

I despise you, I hate what you are
You are a money whore, but I am set apart
I will be set apart

I hate there’s a world like this
Proves to me that hell does exist
So much suffering, so much pain
Driven forward by those who only seek self-gain
Are we part of the problem (are we any better)
When they are so devout (do we help at all)
My own service
I swear it makes me doubt

But I won’t give in and I won’t give up
We will face the world and we’ll be set apart
Track Name: Blank Spaces
Shaken and lost we wonder about this helpless rock
Spinning into nowhere wishing for a shot
A chance to make sense, to make it count
But we keep spinning lost on this rock where we’re found

We fill in the holes of our lives with mindless crap
Not knowing we’re filling blank spaces where we need a gap
Between the words that tell the stories of our lives
Until nothing makes any sense and we can’t bother to try

Do you feel uncomfortable in silence?
Are you scared to hear the voice in your head?
Are you terrified of what you’d be missing?
If you pause enough to see that you’re dead?

We did this to ourselves,
Blind victims of systems we create to make sure we don’t miss out
We make no connection to the disconnection
Or the discontentedness caused by misdirection

Do you feel uncomfortable in silence?
Are you scared to hear the voice in your head?
Are you terrified of what you’d be missing?
If you pause enough to see that you’re dead?

Wearing the blindfolds of culture
We can’t see past technology
We create to see each other
And we grow the gap between
Without a pause no time for rest
Will fill our lives and make a mess

Do you feel uncomfortable in silence?
Are you scared to hear the voice in your head?
Are you terrified of what you’d be missing?
If you pause enough to see that you’re dead?

Though were scared and trapped by greed
Blank space is all we need.
Track Name: From The Mouth Of The Lion
Three years old
Came into my room
How could I have known?
What he wanted to do
My soul was destroyed
And I was left to rot
Broken and distraught
I never had a shot

12 years on
Suicide plaguing my mind
The razor blade
My only source of reprieve

The teeth sunk in
And they dragged me down
The darkness reached out
Offering me a crown

I will worship your idols that I know to be fake
I will take what was offered for an escape
Sink into my flesh as I tear away my skin
Melt away make me numb as I let you seep in

I gave in and jumped into the lions mouth
Where the needles and bottles tore down my rotting self
First I was made numb and the pain seemed so small
Then it drove me to slice just to feel at all
I tried bowing to your king but was cast to the pit
So I know now first-hand his promises mean shit

The false king failed me, I had lost the last bout
Seemed like the mouth of the lion was my only way out

You closed the lion’s mouth being as a human shield
You dragged me from that pit onto the path of the healed
So I’ll walk this path, I will carry on
From the mouth of the lion into the arms of the Son
Track Name: Sonship
I was just a man, I was lost at sea
All the waves and anchors they were killing me
But I have seen the light house, it has set me free
I can’t let you drown so come and follow me

Follow me, I will guide your way

The storm is coming, it’s getting harder to breathe
The water blinds you and your last hope leaves.
You’re sinking, being dragged down quick
You’ll soon be lost to the dark abyss

You’re lost at sea
You think you’re all alone
I will be your guide boat
I will guide you home
Come back to the lighthouse
To the Fathers home
He just wants to save you
And make you his own.

There is valid reason for the fear that’s sweeping you away
The coming horizon will destroy you if you choose to stay

I’ve stood in your place, I know what it can be like
Let me stand there with you, let me join your fight
There is another way but you have to choose
There is life outside these chains of self-abuse

You’re lost at sea
You think you’re all alone
But I will be your guide boat
I will guide you home

Cast aside your chains
Let your anchors sink
Don’t be dragged down with them
Come and follow me

The storm is coming, your last hope is gone
Blinded by the waves you’re left all alone
Emptiness is what surrounds you now
There is no escape from the oncoming clouds

Don’t wait too long
You’ll fall too short too late
You’re not bound to this path
There’s no such thing as fate
Don’t wait too long
You may not have much time
Come and live in Sonship
Of the great divine

Come back to the lighthouse
To the Fathers home
He just wants to save you
And make you his own.