Character Assassination [2008]

by Autumn's Descent

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1.
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 ©2006-2018 AD Windblown Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
2.
Caesar 03:16
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 © 2006-2018 AD Windblown Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
3.
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 © 2006-2018 AD Windblown Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
4.
Reflection 04:46
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 ©2004-2018 AD Windblown Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
5.
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 © 2006-2018 AD Windblown Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
6.
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 © 2003-2018 AD Windblown Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
7.
Sinsleeper 04:15
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 © 1996 - 2018 AD Windblown Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
8.
Wake 03:46
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] © 2004-2018 AD Windblown Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
9.
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 © 2004-2018 AD Windblown Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
10.
Changeblue 03:30
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 ©2006-2018 AD Windblown Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
11.
In the Wrong 04:18
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 © 2006-2018 AD Windblown Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
12.
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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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

Asche Relesser founded AUTUMN’S DESCENT in 1995 as a hard rock project with industrial and gothic overtones. AUTUMN'S DESCENT has had several album and EP releases and, with a rotating lineup, played club & college scenes and festivals all over the US.
AUTUMN'S DESCENT has had songs licensed in Television Shows on MTV, VH1, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, WB, A&E, Disney, and the NFL Channel.
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