Into the Dark

by The Restitution

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airik333 Haunting melodies and very experimental. Radiohead vibe but heavy. Right up my alley Favorite track: Swarm.
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1.
Swarm 05:32
The cure for my disease waits patiently Closely guarded, her light breaks on me My aim is true, and eyes are wary The blessed fruit lies just beyond reach Barred by fire and barb My breath becomes a blaze Breathe in her shadow, taste its unmaking wake This dazzling dark hollows out my chest Black fury spirals through this brittle architecture Subdued, the fibers let go their tethered bonds Breathe in her shadow, taste its unmaking wake This dazzling dark hollows out my bones Her absence, now woven into my skin Has marked me an omen to all She burns in their veins And leaves me devoured As I immerse in clouds of teeth Her light, in blinding brilliance Withdraws the air once left to me
2.
Singularity 05:54
How blackness coats my bones, and flows from the marrow Its fingers have draped over my eyes I wear it as a cloak, amidst the lightless skies So that only I can see, the path that I have gone But in this place, my steps fall into the shroud I’ve lost, my bearings/sight, of where I had meant to be This, black, it’s gravity, tears oceans free, of skin and stone It won't let me go She calls from burning black, Her words in softly spoken flame That burns the black from me, reveals my skin Although I stumble through, a sea of pointillistic gloom She finds Her way to me, across the distance The aether hems me in, despite all my best efforts At once I embrace and deny it I’m caught in the tension, between the two pulls I begin to unravel, and will soon be split apart Come: unify, restore, make whole Before my shape divides
3.
Floods 07:43
"All hope is lost, all hope is frail" The waves taunt and scorn "We will bury your dead in our belly And dash your living upon the rocks." I cry out for hope, for a chance But they seem distant and past hope I'd be content to die in your arms To feel your pulse cover me in my dying breath My arms grow weak, and I start to slip Your shape conforms, around my own There never was much hope for me For a man like me to leave, escape these gaping jaws I am released and reeled back in Your many arms manifest their indecision You fill and drain my lungs over and over Leaving me hanging between life and death Cover me in the sands, cleanse me on the reef Let me drink deep the killing sea Let it have from me my water, and the bones it leaves behind Blessed sea, take everything from me Sink, sink down deep The aching holds me down Where there is no promise Where only silence survives I am haunted by your wake It unravels me, it undoes me It pulses and drones and swallows me whole Flood my lungs till all that's left of me is you
4.
Leviathan 06:35
Why have you haunted us so, O bringer of death? You weigh our backs with crushing sorrow, that sates your thirst And how you've loosed your knives on our hearts What bitter joy derives from all of our pain? All things give homage to you, all things in dread of your touch You take our bones as offering Our substance clasped and unraveled We see the doom of all things lovely/bright You turn our white to black, diffusing all our hope Our portion left is bitter sighs With teeth of skyscrapers, that twist and tear our deeps, you put an end to all our good We sought untainted light, uneclipsed by your gloom But your shadow stretches over all But whispers of flickers of light lie (glide?) within our hearts Where shadows and silence can never quench our ebbing flame Let our days of sighing end, and all the bitter chains that have held us here Give us Light in these darkened days, when all we see are stirring shadows speaking [in] signs But is there an end to his reign? A light that breaks free his shadow's gravity? Unbind us, as our ribs are intertwined Unfetter; can his cords be overcome before our collapse?
5.
Your light is my path, it shows my steps But I've been in darkness all my life These thorns and fangs cling to my feet From all the missteps that have taken me Is this everything? The reach of my hand is so short Is there no grace, that I am chosen to wander on my own? You saved the world, but am I the grain That fell through the cracks in your fingers? Made apart from the whole Imprisoned inside this breaking shell Is this everything? The reach of my hand is so short Is there no grace, that I am chosen to wander on my own? I fell into the dark and I became it It covered me, it grafted like skin It wrenched the light, to bend it around my shape So that no one could see, to pull me from its grip My hands became twisted roots, while I I've knocked unceasingly I could hear the footsteps, on the other side of the door But the answer never came, I saw the glare then flicker out So I'm left in this cold, where my light's withheld All is lost and all is vain, vapid Will I leave shriveled, swallowed up in thirst? Refuse Will my light be quenched, ever darkened in the ash? Will Hope show itself before the end?
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Muad'Dib 02:57
The poison is thin, as it spreads in our minds So subtle and strange, yet familiar as our own Its shape our atmosphere, expanding to the stars 'Til soon it overcomes, and no other breath exists I see, I feel it stir The fear that kills the mind Its paralysis, has taken me As it seeps into my veins It guides my hands, and shapes my lips And though I look for escape, it's out of reach They follow my steps, as I follow the fear Together we go, where resistance is thin It swells all around me, and grows to violence Oh, it must be stopped, before the fall They’ll tear down everything, piece by piece For the “greater good,” they'll shed the weaker parts of us I hold the keys to free them from their fear But still my hands are trembling So finally it's come--it's here; convergence is at hand The fate of worlds, of stars, has rested on these hands And I stood by and watched the fall of galaxies When all this time I knew, but did nothing
8.
Anchors 05:08
The anchors hold me, but their grip, is not enough They drag me down, too weightless to brave the storm "Save your breath for the sea, gather all you can Break the skin, and descend, into the dark" My lungs are too small to carry me where The depths embrace my chest And the silence calls out my name To know the taste of its blue love The Earth laid bare underneath blankets of cold Lighted only by the death that holds me here "Save your breath for the sea, gather all you can Break the skin, and descend, into the dark" "Oh, save your breath for the sea" Softly they sing Their melody breaks my will As they mark me for death Their design brings me into the black I feel the weight hem me in Relentless in their indifference They rip me to shards innumerable Oh the fires pour into my lungs Carving their shape out from my chest And I sink into the heart of the Earth As my bones and my thoughts become one All I’ve ever known is within this shroud When all I wanted was a way out
9.
Symbiont 03:36
Your grip has fastened us here Pending above the jaws of death Your arms will shield us from him Swiftly hold us, lest we're gone Find us, we are all lost Buried inside this shell Breaking and soon to fall Catch us, the light seeps in The serpent's jaws tempting your arms To let us fall into his grasp His words like poison in our veins They make us like stone, like corpses Unliving and unfeeling things Stay your ears from his plea Find us, we are all lost Buried inside this shell Breaking and soon to fall Catch us, we're breaking through Light us, we cannot find our way And all the air is crushing us We are losing animation Hear us, we are alive, we're here And all our shell is stressed to break To spill us out in the jaws of The serpent, longing for our taste Oh, come and save us, set us free "Still I'll find a way inside"
10.
Glimmer 07:21
The shadows shutter, a glowing fracture marks their fabric With flickering arms, She reaches against this crushing dark But how long have I spent here, in the black That my eyes can scarcely discern the undark Down here, where cold is king The pressure held my eyes closed 'Til sight was only myth But Her song, so luminous Still rings in my ears Oh, how long have I spent here, in the silence That my ears can scarcely hear the melody She sings Her brilliance lost in broken synapse Where shadow feeds on fear and fault But can She break through the miles Of death and gloom that keep me here? Where cold and empty things Take their fill of me That grow and grow, as I Continue forever in my subtraction Her brilliance lost in broken synapse Where shadow feeds on fear and fault But can She break through the miles Of death and gloom that keep me here

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Into the Dark is an honest exploration of the brokenness of human connection. "Humans need each other by nature," singer/guitarist/composer Michael Wright says. "But we live in a society where we are unwittingly making it easier to live without each other, and thereby harder to live with each other; this is something that has affected me deeply, and is really what this record is about."

Not being content to merely write the same record over again, Michael spent a period of 4 years meticulously crafting "Into the Dark" until he had something that was sonically both a continuation of "Waves," but also something decidedly different, pulling from influences as varied as Deftones to Radiohead to Netflix's Stranger Things.

Produced, engineered & mixed by Michael Wright

Recorded at It's a Trap! Recording

Acoustic guitar on "Anchors" recorded by Justin "JC" Gariano at TreeHaus Recording

Mastered by Mashadi Maximus at Mashternator Audio

Art direction, design, and artwork by Prakersh Gupta

Music by Michael Wright, except "Glimmer," which is by Michael Wright and James Cook

Lyrics by Michael Wright

All songs © 2017 The Restitution (ASCAP)

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released June 19, 2017

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The Restitution Los Angeles, California

The Restitution is an ambitious post-metal project based out of Los Angeles, California. Striving to stray from cliches and genre norms, the band aims that is intentional and diverse, drawing from an eclectic set of influences ranges from metal to synth wave to film scores. ... more

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