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released July 22, 2014

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Test of Time Boston, Massachusetts

Contact/Booking: xtestoftime@gmail.com

Test of Time is:

James Christopher - Guitar
DJ Butler - Bass
Charles Chaussinand - Guitar
Jeff Novak - Drums
Todd Pollock - Vocals

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Track Name: Contingency
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO ALL THOSE THINGS WE SHOULD HAVE SAID
AND SHOULD HAVE SHOWN, BUT HID INSTEAD
THOSE UNSPOKEN FEELINGS WE'VE HAD WITHIN
KEPT TO OURSELVES SO WE COULD FIT IN
SUBCONSCIOUS THOUGHTS, UNCONTROLLABLE FEARS
DISCOMFORT INSIDE WE'LL STRUGGLE WITH FOR YEARS
HAD WE KNOWN EACH OTHER'S PAINS
WHAT SOLACE WOULD WE FIND?

WE'D REALIZE THAT IT'S NOT SO STRANGE
TO BITE OUR TONGUES AND WALK AWAY
NOT TO UPSET OUR FUTURE PLANS
WITH FEELINGS WE DON'T UNDERSTAND
TO FIND IT IN, IN OURSELVES
A SELF WORTH, AN UNTAPPED WELL
WHY WE SHOULDN'T BE SO SCARED
BY OPINIONS OTHERS HELD

TRY TO SPIT IT OUT BUT GET CHOKED UP
MISSING THE MOMENT THAT MEANT THE MOST
SAYING SOMETHING NOW
WILL ONLY MAKE THINGS WORSE
PRESSURE MOUNTS, I SEARCH FOR WHAT TO SAY
MINUTES TURN TO HOURS, HOURS TURN TO DAYS
THOUGHTS SWIRL INSIDE MY HEAD
BUT I KEPT MY MOUTH SHUT

I'VE BEEN THERE BEFORE, I'LL BE THERE AGAIN
FEELINGS NO ONE KNOWS, NOT EVEN FRIENDS
FEAR OF JUDGMENT
ADDS TO THE DOUBT
KEEP IT TO MYSELF
OR SHOUT IT OUT

WHY DO WE SHUT OUR MOUTHS
WHY DO WE CLOSE OUR MINDS
WHY CAN'T WE EXPRESS OURSELVES
LET OUT WHAT BUILDS INSIDE
Track Name: Preservation
A MOMENT TRAPPED IN GLASS, STARING BACK
WHILE THE SWEAT STUNG MY EYES
NO CONCERN FOR GOING DEAF
AS LONG AS MY VOICE REIGNED LOUDER, LOUDER THAN THE REST
CUT AND PASTE, WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT?
I DON’T KNOW THE BANDS, BUT I’VE GOT TO FIND OUT
NO SCENE, BUT THEY STILL MADE THE DRIVE
THE FIRST NOTES STRUCK AND I KNEW I BELONGED
I SOAK IT IN, BUT I’M STILL TOO DRY
IMPRINTED BY THE WORDS
OF HEROES I’VE BUILT IN MY MIND
BEFORE I KNEW OF THE BULLIES, GRUDGES AND PROFIT MARGINS
WHEN EVERY FLOOR WAS A STAGE. LYRICS BECAME MY ANTHEMS.
SCRAWLED ON NOTEBOOKS AND CARVED OUT IN MY MIND.
I DIDN’T SEE THE IRONY AND I’M SURE THAT I MIXED MESSAGES,
BUT WHAT I DID GRASP, I MADE PERSONAL
AND IT STILL RINGS TRUE TODAY
YOU SANG ABOUT THE ONE THING STILL HOLDING TRUE AND THAT’S NOT YOU
BUT I DON’T CARE, I DON’T CARE
I TOOK YOUR MEANING AND MADE IT MY OWN
CONTEMPORARIES GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS
IT TOOK ONLY A GLANCE TO GET IT ALL BACK
Track Name: Timeline
STARTED BACK WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
NOT FITTING IN
WANTING TO HAVE FUN
A GROUP OF FRIENDS THAT LEARNED TO SAY NO
DRUG FREE YOUTH
NOT KNOWING WHERE WE'D GO

TRIPS OUT OF TOWN
CROSSING STATE LINES
NEVER KNOWING WHAT WE MIGHT FIND
OTHER KIDS WHO SHARED OUR VIEWS
RESPECTED OUR SCENE
OUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE

WE ADAPT
WE GROW
WE CHANGE
I KNOW
OUR GOALS
OUR LIVES
OUR VIEWS
RENEWED

YEAR AFTER YEAR
WE HAVE TO REARRANGE
GENERATIONS PASS
IT SEEMS NOTHING STAYS THE SAME
SOCIAL PRESSURE, HARD TIMES AT HOME
AND BEING SCARED OF THE UNKNOWN
STRAIGHT EDGE FOR LIFE, AN IDEA
THE SEEDS ARE SEWN

THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL
AND YEARS AFTER THAT
SOME STAYED STRONG
WHILE OTHERS FELL FLAT
THOSE WORDS IN THE MUSIC STILL RANG TRUE
HOLDING ON TO UNBREAKABLE VIEWS

SOME MADE CHOICES
MOVED AWAY
SILENCE IS ALL THAT REMAINS
OF THEIR VOICES ONCE RANG TRUE
NOW VACANT IN A SCENE THEY ONCE KNEW

TIME HAS PASSED AND WE'RE STILL HERE
OUTLASTING A MAJORITY OF OUR PEERS
WHO EVER KNEW IT WOULD GET THIS FAR
TRIED AND TRUE
I KNOW THAT YOU ARE

YEAR AFTER YEAR
WE HAVE TO REARRANGE
GENERATIONS PASS
IT SEEMS NOTHING STAYS THE SAME
THROUGH THE MARRIAGES AND THE TEARS
THE LOST FRIENDS, FORGOTTEN FEARS
THIS IS MY LIFE
SOMETHING I’VE ALWAYS KNOWN
Track Name: Change Order
LEAVE IT ALONE
YOU BROKE IT, I BOUGHT IT
A FLEETING MOMENT
OUT TO GRAB SOME CASH

ANOTHER TIME
IT SEEMS SO SHALLOW
REHASHING THIS SHIT
LIKE I WOULDN'T NOTICE

NO ORIGINAL IDEA
YOU BROKE IT, I BOUGHT IN
Track Name: Entablature
THIS RARITY I WON’T TAKE FOR GRANTED
A TRUE FRIEND RIGHT, RIGHT FROM THE START

PRESSED AND FRAYED, I CARRY THIS CARD
REMINDING ME OF THE BOND WE MADE
AS KIDS THAT STILL REMAINS TODAY

NOT ANOTHER DAY BUT ANOTHER ADVENTURE
OUT ALL DAY, WE’D STAY OUT ALL DAY

THIRD MAN HIGH, YOU HAVE MY BACK
BAILING ME OUT WITH THE ACE OF HEARTS

DIFFERENT SCHOOLS, OUR PATHS DIVERGE
FRIENDSHIP, TESTED BY DISTANCE

AND EVEN WHEN I’VE HAD MY DOUBTS
BUT YOU’RE STILL IN MY THOUGHTS

WE DON’T SHARE BLOOD BUT SOMETHING GREATER
A CONNECTION THAT IS MORE, MORE THAN A BROTHER

SOMETHING INTANGIBLE
ALLOWS US TO PICK UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF

ANOTHER NIGHT ON THE PARQUET
KNOWING WHAT WE HAVE WON’T EVEN FADE

NO MATTER THE PLACE
NO MATTER THE TIME
MY FAITH IN YOU IS
THE ONLY THING YOU’LL FIND
Track Name: Veneer
PERFECT PROPORTION
EVERY DETAIL FLAWLESS

KEEPING ME AWAY
FROM WHAT YOU DON'T WANT TO SHOW

A SOLITARY STRUGGLE
PAINT CHIPS FROM THE WALLS

CRACKS IN THE SUBSTRATE
SLOWLY FALL APART

I'LL KEEP KNOCKING
I HAVE TO KNOCKING
HOPING FOR A PEEK INSIDE

ONLY AFRAID NOT KNOWING
THE TRUE PERSON
BEHIND A FALSE FACADE

JUST LET ME IN

CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED
DISGUISE IT ALL

ONLY KNOWING WHAT'S
ON THE SURFACE

SECRETS TUCKED AWAY
IN WINDOWLESS ROOMS

YOU MADE THE CHOICE
TO GO IT ALONE

STACKING, KEEP STACKING
BEAR THE WEIGHT

YOUR LIES TURN TO LEAD
KNEES START TO QUAKE

BENT AND TWISTED
A SILENT COLLAPSE

NOW LOST IN THE RUBBLE
WITH THE FINAL SNAP

BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF
Track Name: Narthex
TAKEN FOR GRANTED, FAMILY JUST A WORD
MISPLACED ANGER GAINS THE UPPER HAND
BEEN HOPING AND PLEADING FOR THAT DAY TO COME
WHEN WE’D LOOK AT EACH OTHER WITH RESPECT AND LOVE

SAY YOU’VE CHANGED, BUT I DON’T BELIEVE

BORN AGAIN, INTENSION MADE IN VAIN
A TRUE BELIEVER, BUT YOU’VE TIPPED YOUR HAND
PUSH AN AGENDA TO SUIT YOUR OWN NEEDS
CONCEALED UNDER THE VEIL OF A DEITY

IF PEOPLE ONLY KNEW
IF THEY ONLY KNEW
YOUR NEED FOR CONTROL
DISGUISED AS FAITH

SO CLOSE, WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SCIENCE
YET SO FAR WHEN IT COMES TO BELIEF
A NEW CHAPTER STARTED IN LIFE
BUT THE PLOT REMAINS THE SAME
Track Name: Threshold
NEVER CARED WHAT THE DOUBTERS SAID
THEY SAID WE COULDN’T DO IT
THEY SAID WE COULDN’T DO IT, BUT WE DID
PUT OUR HEADS DOWN AND WE PUSHED ON
UNDERESTIMATED WHAT WE’RE CAPABLE OF BUT
WE PROVED THEM WRONG, WE PROVED THEM WRONG AGAIN
TRY TO PAINT US IN A CORNER BUT IT’S NOT SO EASILY DONE
DON’T LET THEM JUDGE YOU
DON’T LET THEM TELL YOU YOUR ABILITIES
MAKE DECISIONS FOR YOURSELF BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE
CHOICES TO SOMEONE ELSE
DON’T LET THEM JUDGE YOU
DON’T LET THEM TELL YOU YOUR ABILITIES
MAKE DECISIONS FOR YOURSELF BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE
CHOICES TO SOMEONE ELSE
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ANOTHER LOST KID ON A BROKEN ROAD
EACH DAY IS YOURS, LET’S GO
DON’T LET THEM JUDGE YOU
DON’T LET THEM TELL YOU YOUR ABILITIES
MAKE DECISIONS FOR YOURSELF BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE
CHOICES TO SOMEONE ELSE
I SPEND MY DAYS LIVING DECISIONS I HAVE MADE
NO ONE’S RIGHT, BUT CHOOSE WHAT FITS BEST FOR YOUR LIFE
WHEN DID WE STOP BELIEVING IN EACH OTHER?
TIME TO GET IT RIGHT
SOMETIMES, YOU’RE YOUNG TWICE
Track Name: Addendum
THE LIGHTS SNAP OUT
ITS ALL THAT'S LEFT

WE BREATHE OUR LAST BREATH

DON'T LET A MOMENT PASS YOU BY
COULD BE OVER IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

MAKE THE MOST OUT OF EVERY DAY
INSTEAD OF ASKING

WHY
WHY
WE ASK OURSELVES WHY
WHY DID TIME JUST PASS US BY

WITHOUT GIVING A SECOND THOUGHT
AND NOW, IT JUST FADES, FADES AWAY

WHAT LIES BEHIND US, LIES WITHIN
WE HAVE TO GET IT OUT
BEFORE THE AIR ESCAPES OUR MOUTH

NO TURNING BACK
NO LOOKING BACK
THE CHAPTERS CLOSE
WE HAD OUR CHANCE

BUT DWELL ON IT INSTEAD

OUR CLOCK HASN'T STOPPED
CAPACITY FOR CHANGE
TURN THE TIDE
BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE

ANGER, FRUSTRATION
LOSS AND PAIN

UNLESS WE REWRITE IT