by The Restitution

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Since 2005, Michael Wright, vocalist\guitarist of The Restitution, has sought to break the notion that heavy music is by nature mindless and ineloquent. Beginning years ago with a borrowed guitar and amplifier simulation software, Mike began developing the sound that would become The Restitution. With inspiration from bands like Thrice, Deftones and Oh, Sleeper, he is proving that the harder spectrum of music can be intelligent, tasteful and full of honest hope.

Setting a deadline against his perfectionist tendencies, Mike went about performing, engineering and mixing the entire record himself at It's a Trap! Studio over a matter of a few weeks. "'Waves' was an exercise in authenticity for me," Mike says. "In a world where everything is auto-tuned and automated and edited to perfection, I really wanted this record to feel human." "Waves" was then mastered by Jack Shirley (Comadre) at The Atomic Garden (deafheaven, Loma Prieta).


released May 29, 2013

Produced, recorded and engineered by Michael Wright
Recorded at It's a Trap! Studios, Portland, OR

Mastered by Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden Recording Studio, East Palo Alto, CA

All songs and lyrics written and performed by Michael Wright

Drums on "The Garden, Laid Bare" by Tyson Kingrey

Gang Vocals:
Adam Vandecoevering
Andrew Pomeroy
Nate Allen
Philip Wright

Art Direction and Package Design by Scott Christianson

All music and lyrics © 2013 The Restitution



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The Restitution is an ambitious progressive metal project from Los Angeles, California. Striving to stray from the norm of stringing together breakdown after breakdown, the band aims instead to create music that is intentionally cohesive and purposeful. Sonically, the band draws from an eclectic set of influences, drawing sounds from folk, jazz as well as electronic music. ... more

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Track Name: Faces
I'd rip my eyes out all to be rid of this
And cut off my tongue just to be clean
Oh, how I know what's inside of me
All the faces of black and gray

Let both my ears fall from their place
And my voice never speak again
If only I could be lost and
Drowning beneath the face of the deep

The things I've lost will never
Return back to me again
I've become sullied with blood
Stained deep into my skin

What a wretched man I am, what hope is there for me?
Folly has stretched his name upon me
If only I were a man of virtue
And my soul free of disgrace

How fit are your fires for the searing of my soul
What a fitting end for me, to be cut off from everything good
Why am I here when I clearly don't belong?
Amidst such grace, apart from well-deserved wrath?

What have I done with all my sin?
That these blood-stained robes surpass the sun?
Why don't you see the wickedness I thrive?
Oh, why don't you see that my every step betrays?

But can such light overcome all the
Darkness buried deep inside me?
Is my soul too dim to see again?
Can grace survive such a violence?
Track Name: Stone Dweller
We are buried under a sky of earth
Dwellers of stone, impoverished of sun
Left alone, we are wanderers
Soon exiled to our allotted graves

All our dreams, you've made them heresies
Encased in stone and wrought within the earth
You've told us all, everything is in eye's grasp
But there must be something past this earthen crown

We once dreamed a land of blue sky, enraptured in the sun
of freedom from these shadows, but now we've seen the truth
Locked in a cell, we are alone; this can't be all there is
Born in this place, but never past these walls

I won't accept your "truth," there must be something more than this
When the folly comes, it will tear you to pieces
With the following of time, it's a loyal way to burn
And in the end you'll see it's all in vain

If truly there's no sun, no sky above this void
Then we are damned in this world, damned to fabricated light
Either you've blinded our eyes, or you've broken through our veil
Regardless, the result remains the same

Even if your words a true, I will choose to live the lie
Fabricated it may be, it exceeds in every way
Call me a child, call me a fool, but I will live with my eyes closed
And if prophet you turn, then life is a trifle end
Track Name: Sons of Heaven & Earth
Artifice, these faces not our own; search deeper
Unseen, our silent shape speaks from in our shell

We see only a slant, we war with wood and nail
We see only in part, we replaced what once was

From heaven's frame birthed, as we rose up from the new-found dust
It was there we exiled the dawn that our form came
We looked into our eyes, when we swore we never would return
The world is our home, by force came our inheritance

But we were always meant for the stars,
To live across skies, to live past their reach
Instead we came to reinvent
We broke open the Earth, and tore down its skies

Forever we'll live in the stead of the life that once breathed here
Innocent veins gave way to our brazen lust; all creation groans

The grass and flower faded, but we've come to break the spell
To undo the hands that first held this world, to make it ours

But we were always meant for the stars,
To live across skies, to live past their reach
Instead we came to reinvent
We broke open the Earth, and tore down its skies

In an image long forgotten, we stand atop the gods
We burned their shells forever, and picked up where they left off
We made the heavens our throne, and our footstool the Earth
Until we made Fate our own, then reformed the world in our image

Breathe in the dawn of a new Earth
When ocean breaks against cloud

We are the new world
Ravagers of the old
We are forever, the end
And holder of your corpse
Track Name: Weigh
Come, weigh upon my soul
The meaning of the earth's gentle grip
And lift me where its palm cannot reach
Permeate all I am

And mold the clay to perfection
Expose the extract before the fire

Such majesty knows no bounds to expound
Such majesty, compound, become my life
Such majesty, set fire upon this ground

The seas lift their voice and tremble
Prostrate and collapsed, they've fallen
At a voice bound in mangled flesh
Self-brought to its own majesty

Come, weigh upon my soul
The light cast by the Invisible
And lift me where it's all I can see
Envelope all I am

Let my eyes burn and be turned to ash
Lest I scatter like dust in the wind
Let my hands grasp the sun within them
Lest I burn up and given to fire

Make my lips burn and fused with the coal
Set in them the creation of all
Cast me aside, as ash of the dead
Then speak to these bones, and give them breath
Track Name: Guardian
‪The day grows long, as long as you hang‬
All the air below threatens to crush you

From the unfolding of my seed, the earth was birthed
My roots water the soil, and my leaves a shelter
But you I'm growing new
Above all the earth and air and beast
Then the stars will marvel and
The demons all will hide their faces

And every tongue that speaks in whispers
Will be scorched with fire
And all who dare accuse you
I'll pull the air out from their lungs

My roots grow inside your flowering lungs
No one can snatch from within their grip

Soon your shell will break
And you will finally be unveiled
When again my roots
Have reached into the earth

Soon your fray will consummate
By fire, pure and winnowing

Everest's ancient stance has broken
And Sol has fallen to shadow
Could my hand be restrained so eas'ly,
That my grip would let you come loose?

Oh, exile, buried above the earth
Fear not the taunting--the jaws below
Or the constrictor, who will never find their end
Oh, don't you see that I will never let you fall?

All the earth breaks with your seed
And so it all will be reborn

As the crumbling mask gives way
And your seas are swallowed up
The years devoured will flourish
And Eater will take his portion
Among his deeds

Break through, into the glistening
Where we will cry, "where is your sting?"
Track Name: Waves
I look for eyes to see mine
I look for waves of discord

Was it ever a wonder I was here?
Is there ever a fault that isn't mine?
I grasp at the winds for mercy
I follow the dusk forever

Enchanted yet dismayed
I wander the paths that lead to you
I invite in the flames of hell
Inside the place that I had built

Buried under a sea of sentiment
Caught inside of a bliss that's gone so wrong
Have I found my grave eternal?
Will ever a light shine through the sands?

Enchanted yet dismayed
I wander the paths that lead to you
I invite in the flames of hell
Inside the place that I had built

For you this shrine was made
Inside its walls I've laid my head
Come, tear away the frame
Forever we'll leave this all behind

I look for eyes to see mine
I look for waves of discord
Track Name: The Garden, Laid Bare
Their eyes peer through me like glass

Years I've wandered from place to solemn place

Born with a shape a different shade from all the rest

Wrought with the sands of a land so foreign

I was grown in a garden, tended by light and shadow

From my sides my arms emerged, withered

The soil carved my legs out, not strong enough to stand

Lastly the shadows fused to my frame

Not even vultures would take me now in need

A creature better left unseen

If they only saw, what would they see?

If they only saw, what would I see?

Would that I could return to my garden womb

To plant my feet, to the soil unsculpted again

And place these arms back in my sides

Let the soil submerge, my bones and skin dispersed, asleep again

I was grown in a garden, tended by light and shadow

From my sides my arms emerged, withered

The soil carved my legs out, not strong enough to stand

Lastly the shadows fused to my skin

Subdued by Gravity, fettered by its weeded hands
The sun has branded its taunting, deep into my scalloped neck
Fastened like a hanging noose, set out to bleed my lungs clean
I'll be swinging like a rotted tree, suspended from the vine's constricting web

Overgrown, my throat caressed by weeds
I grasp for the blades, but find only empty fists
So long unkept, this shriveled land
How long, O tender? Let not these bones rot
'Fore the dawn clothes the Earth