Character Assassination [2008]

by Autumn's Descent

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Released in 2008, CHARACTER ASSASSINATION marked Autumn's Descent's second full-length album on AD Windblown Media Records.
The band toured regionally in support of the album from 2007-09.

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released August 5, 2008

All songs written by Asche Relesser & © 2008 AD Windblown Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

"Wake" contains additional lyrics and melody, used with permission, from Lyndon Perry (Leaderdogs for the Blind).

Recorded, Produced, Engineered, & Mixed by Asche Relesser at AD Windblown Digital Studios - Indianapolis

Mastered by Erik Wolf at Wolf Mastering, Nashville

Photography by Nikki Dahl. Graphic Design and Layout by Asche Relesser & Nikki Dahl. Autumn's Descent Logos and Artwork by Asche Relesser.

Performance:
Robby "RAMzi" McDaniel - Guitar Solos on "Caesar" and "Push." Additional Guitars on "Principle 21" and "Push"

Omar Villarreal - Drums on "Principle 21," "Knowing Better," "Reflection," and "Push"

Doug "Vaaapour" Webster - Bass on "Principle 21", "Knowing Better," "Reflection," and "Push"

KJ Testin - Guest Vocals on "Deserving"

Grant Mohrman - Vocoder Processing on "Push"

Asche - everything else

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Autumn's Descent Indianapolis, Indiana

Autumn's Descent started in October 1995 as a hard rock project with industrial overtones. From 1996-2011 it became a live performing entity, releasing several albums & EPs, and performing shows across the United States. Starting in 2003, Autumn's Descent's music was licensed into TV Shows, Movies, and Video Games. Autumn's Descent is expected to return with new music and performances in 2018. ... more

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Track Name: Step Up to the Plate / Principle 21
When you gonna step up to the plate?
When you gonna be a man?
When you gonna take your place?
You're such a little victim
When you gonna admit your blame?
When you gonna look inside?
God forbid if you are wrong
You are such a little victim

I took you in - you swore you'd never leave
You took advantage of my generosity
We built a team and started conquering
I taught you what I knew then you threw a mutiny

It's all so clear now - looking back in time
When you axed the brothers I should have realized
It was about control and your sense of pride
You couldn't fire me so you had to lie

When you gonna step up to the plate?
When you gonna be a man?
When you gonna take your place?
You're such a little victim
When you gonna admit your blame?
When you gonna look inside?
God forbid if you are wrong
You are such a little victim

This growing view of entitlement
Has been the fuel for your resentment
In time you'll learn the product of revenge
Will cost you all - especially your friends

So point your finger - I'll admit my wrongs
I failed you as a leader - I built my wall
This a lesson that's been hard to swallow
I love you like a brother and
I hope some day you'll call

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Track Name: Caesar
I swear it's only a dream
Can't understand where I've been
'Cause it's all run down
Can't seem to keep it complete
So it falls apart now

I never thought you'd be my enemy
You wore the mask convincingly
Played your role so carefully
You earned my trust then stabbed me

I swear it's only a dream
Can't understand where I've been
'Cause it's all run down
Can't seem to keep it complete
So it falls apart now

I understand now that it's too late
It's always been a game you played
I'm just a tool for selfish gain
And I'm disposed to feed your fame

I swear it's only a dream
Can't understand where I've been
'Cause it's all run down
Can't seem to keep it complete
So it falls apart now

I wish I could give back to you all this despair you've given me

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Track Name: Knowing Better
It's about time - I've had enough
I can only blame myself
That same disease that I've embraced -
It seems like I have lost control
And I will fall... down

A break away from purity won't satisfy my growing need
To find something that won't leave me so empty

Back to bite at me - I should have known
Things can only go so wrong
It follows me - It pulls me down
But this time I won't loose control
And still I fall... down

A break away from purity won't satisfy my growing need
To find something that won't leave me so empty

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Track Name: Reflection
So where do I run from here?
It's been such a long mistake
I gave everything I am
And it left me with only hate

I took my chances
Bent on destruction
Focused on revenge
Divide my will against itself
I feel the hatred
I feel it burning
The power of sin
Eating away me

So where do I run from here?
It's been such a long mistake
I gave everything I am
And it left me with only hate

See my reflection
I see a hollow man
Calloused emotion
I'm scarred by my own hand
Follow the history
The selfish motives
Given to violence
Inflicted devotion

Suffocate my emptiness

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Track Name: Selective Memory
It's too bad
It's too bad you feel this way
Bare the anger of your choosing while I wait...

For the end
Yeah, you put me in my place
All the memories I would keep you've thrown away

So build a shrine around your heart - Trying to avoid the pain
Always swimming where it's shallow - So you won't get scarred again
And I can't believe to the effort to forget the whole damn thing
Or maybe it's just that you're happy to remember only -

So write me off
Is it easier that way?
Such a self-destructive pattern you've embraced
But here I am
And now our past stands in your way
And instead of only damage, I remember everything

So build a shrine around your heart - Trying to avoid the pain
Always swimming where it's shallow - So you won't get scarred again
And I can't believe to the effort to forget the whole damn thing
Or maybe it's just that you're happy to remember only pain
And I can't believe to the effort to forget the whole damn thing
Or maybe it's just that you're happy to remember nothing

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Track Name: Push [RAMzi Version]
Everything is beautiful
Everything is dead
Don't you talk to me of gravity
When you push me over the edge

Now I've broken my last promise to me
And I know I've been through worse misery
Seems to be the only company that I keep
And I find you're no exception
In my time of need you walked out on me

Everything is beautiful
Everything is dead
Don't you talk to me of gravity
When you push me over the edge

And I drop the hammer down to my feet
And I shake that cursed demon haunting me
Memories of my broken past: bittersweet
And I know the pain you bring down on me
Repeatedly

Everything is beautiful
Everything is dead
Don't you talk to me of gravity
When you push me over the edge

Push comes to shove

There's a time to make amends, so to speak
And there's a time to scratch the wounds - just to see
If you'll bleed for me

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Track Name: Sinsleeper
Trying to mend my heart through my own devices
Feels like the end when I fall
Compromise has given rise to my demise
This is the end - I'm sick of it all

And the emptiness is growing like a hunger
The more I feed the more it leaves me hollow

I've been sleeping
Was I dreaming?
Come and mend me
Come and wake me

Dragging Your Name through the dirt - hypocrisy
When will I let go of it all?


And the emptiness is growing like a hunger
The more I feed the more it leaves me hollow

I've been sleeping
Was I dreaming?
Come and mend me
Come and wake me

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Track Name: Wake
I will wake from my sleep!

And the seasons have changed - so here I stand again
I see the path before me - Is it mine to tread again?

Carried through this patient slumber
Now this dormant time is over

I will wake from my sleep [See all I had is still here]
I will rise to my feet [Now everything is so clear]

From a pedestal so high to losing all I had
These trials I have faced have helped me understand

Carried through this patient slumber
Now this dormant time is over

I will wake from my sleep [See all I had is still here]
I will rise to my feet [Now everything is so clear]

And I won't forget the pain the day my kingdom fell
I'll never build again

I will wake from my sleep [See all I had is still here]
I will rise to my feet [Meet the resurrected me]

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Track Name: Deserving (feat. KJ Testin)
There are no fences to mend
And there's no water under the bridge
It seems you'll never understand
Just what you were to me

And I know I have lost your patience
And I know I deserve your hatred

It's not the end of all things
It's just the end of everything
Is this the end of all things?
You were my everything

Today my world is changed
And yes, I've seen the light

I can see the damage I've done
I can see how calloused you've become

It's not the end of all things
It's just the end of everything
Is this the end of all things?
You were my everything

And I know you could care less {meaning she still cares?}
[And you know I don't care]
And I know you could care less
[And you know ... I could]

You could
[I could care less]
You could care less
[I could care less]
You could
[I could]
You could

You could
[I could care less]
You could care less
[I could care less]
You could
[I could]
You could care less

And I know I deserve your hatred

It's not the end of all things
It's just the end of everything
Is this the end of all things?
You were my everything

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Track Name: Changeblue
Sometimes I think I've changed
I pretend like I don't care
But inside I'm still the same
Yeah, I swear we're still the same
And I hope that you still care

But now you're too proud
Won't you save my changeblue?
Hey, I'll see you around, maybe when you're not so cruel

Yeah, I see when you are down
And it's not like I don't care
Why do you shut me out now
When we've got so much to share
And I know deep down you care


But now you're too proud
Won't you save my changeblue?
Hey, I'll see you around, maybe when you're not so cruel
Well back on the ground you know I've got nothing to prove
So what goes around will get right back to you

And I have grown so tired of these games we play
And every time I stumble I'm so much more betrayed

But now you're too proud
Won't you save my changeblue?
Hey, I'll see you around, maybe when you're not so cruel
Well back on the ground you know I've got nothing to prove
So what goes around will get right back to you

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Track Name: In the Wrong
You say I'm to blame but now I'm standing next to you
And I see your hands are dirty too

Sitting in the ruins of what used to be
Dwelling on the fallen me
Looking for the answers in the history
And you accuse me

You say I'm to blame but now I'm standing next to you
And I see your hands are dirty too

I - I can't give this to you
You walk the path that you choose
You - You swear it's true
But it's not the same point of view

Taking up the guard on a wall of pride
Staring eye to eye with selfish lies
Disregarding what we've built our whole lives
Just so we can each claim we're right

You say I'm to blame but now I'm standing next to you
And I see your hands are dirty too

I - I can't give this to you
You walk the path that you choose
You - You swear it's true
But it's not the same point of view

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Track Name: Twelve Romans
Standing at attention again
Pointing at twelve again
Circling my faults within
Standing at attention again

It's time for sleep again
The haunting begins again
Left alone with my faults within
Circling those Romans again

One by one [One by one]
Stumbling over and over
One by one [One by one]
Following over my shoulder

Chocking it down again
Waiting for the pain to end
Pointing those spears again
Choking down again (down again, down again)

One by one [One by one]
Stumbling over and over
One by one [One by one]
Following over my shoulder

Standing at attention again (It's time for sleep again)
Pointing at twelve again (The haunting begins again)
Circling my faults within (Left alone with my faults within)
Standing at attention again (Circling those Romans again)

It's time for sleep again (Pointing those spears again)
The haunting begins again (Choking it down again)
Left alone with my faults within (one by one - one by one)
Stumbling over and over and over

© 2004-2018 AD Windblown Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

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