The Athenaeum

by Graveborn

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1.
A storm washes upon my shores Etching into the weathered cliffs A salted scar of premonition That drives me into unyielding winds, searching A darkened horizon, an uncertain fate Within the swirling tempest, I find my resolve Compelled by unknown yearning I seek its true name Unmasked, an ally, no controller Face yourself and your unknown; The want that drags you in its wake The struggle that you can’t escape Face yourself, and yourself alone Ignite the flame that will guide you And lead you toward your home No second chances, no alternate routes Your spark is a fading star, soon forgotten and cold Face yourself and your unknown; The want that drags you in its wake The struggle that you can’t escape Face yourself, and yourself alone Ignite the flame that will guide you And lead you toward your home
2.
Stagnant waters soak the earth Where I lay, mired in filth Desolate; my roots can find no purchase This revival must come from within Shed your skin, Metamorph Sculptor of the Aenima; the only thing I truly control Altered, my self made burdens slough away, revealing a steadfast truth Carve into The calloused surface And expose The transformed essence Reshape the ego Rewrite the code Remake myself in this- My chrysalis
3.
A question of perception; The lens we all peer through A forced singular perspective With death inexorable; lost in the wild While the pendulum swing remains eternal Are we made to persist?; the rising of the conscious mind It’s easier to ignore the infection than to cauterize a wound My will, my choice, my own decision? The path I planned, or one of least resistance? Reflections of myself gaze at me through the eyes of others A composite truth arisen from thousands of scars Lay me down in this crucible, Strip the layers of self away Melted down into a heart of iron “Who I am”, the answer I seek Arise, cast in stone Weathered, yet well honed A question of perception; The lens we all peer through A forced singular perspective With death inexorable; lost in the wild While the pendulum swing remains eternal When the spiritual light is concentrated in the brain Everything else must be sinking in the dark
4.
Awake and clear the mists that surround you I’ve climbed to the top of the mountain The frigid winds raging at my back A noble peak among the thousands That lay in my path, colossi to conquer Weary and wanting, the traveller’s burden An astral panorama of all the things I’ve dreamt Sprawling out before me beckoning me onward
 Resolved, I heed the call Another trial to endure With every step I leave a trace On the pathways I have tread A tale of determination Woven into the landscape Nothing is certain, I have seen I have seen the events over the horizon Constructed from mortal pleas I have seen the events, over the horizon
5.
The Watcher 06:06
Forced above with nowhere to hide Within my faceless mind A tragedy of ancient kind Life beyond death and time Buried beneath the catacombs Sealed within the keepers crypt A self proclaimed prophecy No escape from reality Farewell, Dreamer Always surfing against the clouds Farewell, Dreamer Rest easier in the next life The sky, splintered to pieces Unbound, barren and faceless Forced above with nowhere to hide Within my faceless mind A tragedy of ancient kind Life beyond death and time Buried beneath the catacombs Sealed within the keepers crypt A self proclaimed, prophecy No escape from reality A beacon of sanity in a universe darkened by despair Erased while neurons replicate Constructed from momentary happiness The cycle repeats There’s no bliss in this place
6.
Shed the mask; The veil you wear like a second skin And reveal a persona obscured within A mind in flux Questioning boundaries of Its own design, Seeking to find Alignment with Self Casting aside the specter of doubt Aspects, like shards Refracting the light Now coalesce and  Give me new sight I am Thou; Thou art I Painted in virtue and valor, in sin and strife A solemn purpose that I define Standing in defiance against the tides of time Alight with undying flame Its tendrils reaching out To passionately claim Its prize, shrouded in the dark Illuminated now By my fervent gaze A spirit all-seeing, master of my being A mind in flux Questioning boundaries of its own design, Seeking to find alignment with Self Casting aside the specter of doubt Aspects, like shards Refracting the light Now coalesce and  Give me new sight
7.
Within my veins the blood stirs Coursing through me with wild compulsion A vessel of ancient instinct Impulse to conquer; the primal ambition The wolf has never questioned The method of his hunt Zero sum equation - Kill or be killed He reigns in bestial majesty No coward’s marrow in his bones Dominion earned with blood and fang No challenge to the throne Sovereign of my fate I dreamt of a setting sun And saw the sands of time slip through my grasp The hour has come to leave my mark A crude seal drawn into dust Its jagged lines erode, but they are my own They are my own. A legacy, a memory Remember me
8.
I’ve planted the seed within myself Tended to the earth in which it lay I’ve suffered the ceaseless storm Determined to uproot what I’ve made Beset upon this path, lone wanderers We face the world in isolation A cruel joke to a species that craves connection Solipsist confinement But like two passing stars in the cold of space, Our gravity can alter our fate Although our time may be ephemeral, The brands you leave will remind me Across the chasm, I’m reaching for you A spark of light in this lifeless shade And just for a moment, I can feel you there The warmth like a memory; I’m not afraid If you have need, I will find you Across the rift, I will guide you As time goes on, we may drift apart But I still hear you, I can’t lose heart I won’t forget the words you said I am in bloom

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"...takes a couple of risks and ends up sounding completely fresh for a genre of music that seems kind of stale. I’m sorry if I’m talking bad about your favorite genre, I really am, it’s not meant to be an insult… deathcore just isn’t my thing and so many of the acts sound similar. But Graveborn fixes that issue...This is the kind of songwriting that breathes tons of life into the genre!" - Toilet Ov Hell

"In a number of ways, this album is quite refreshing. This is Deathcore music driven outside the norm on the premise of songwriting as opposed to peddling the same old breakdowns along a tired formula. There’s creativity matched with an amalgamation of the sub-genre’s best elements and some entirely different sounds on this record...Graveborn is a band that’s not afraid to sidestep the standards and they show some considerable strides in doing so." - The Circle Pit

"The Athenaeum is a challenging album, and also electrifying. It’s unconventional, and it transforms death metal into something transfixing and novel. It certainly fits into the wider order of death metal, resides in the familia of technical death metal, and you could rightly situate it in the genus of progressive technical death metal too. Still, it’s the species that’s most interesting. There’s imaginative (and murderous) musicality here that would easily occupy space in the avant-garde metal realms. Ultimately, the fact that it’s necessary to debate how to best to describe Graveborn proves just how innovative is the band’s approach to death metal. [It's] a forward-thinking album to savor over time...That’s why The Athenaeum is one of the very best death metal albums you’ll hear in 2018 " -Rocking Charts

"...the band’s overall sound is right in my wheel house of technical, tight, and aggressive death metal / deathcore. Upon first listen I was sold, and I immediately devoured “The Athenaeum” again. I was greeted by a band that seemed content making their own rules, traversing the slippery slope of sub genre alphabet soup and doing it with style. At times mind-numbingly complex, and at others focused on speed and aggression, they made metal that is forward thinking and diverse, while still being unapologetically heavy." - Guitar Sphere

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released May 25, 2018

Music by Graveborn
Guitar and Bass Recording by Chris Ramusiewcz
Drum and Vocal Recording by Anthony Simone at Zenbeast Audio
Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Anthony Simone at Zenbeast Audio
Album Artwork and Layout by Adam Cutler at Motionless Visions

Guest Vocals on "The Dream Eater" and "The Watcher" by Stephen Thompson (The Summoned)
Guest Vocals on "The Philosopher" by Jake Burns (Pathogenic)

Graveborn is:
John LeBlanc - Vocals
Chris Ramusiewicz - Guitar
Jesse Blanchette - Guitar, Vocals
Reggie Lewis - Bass
Jon Ballard - Drums

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