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"A dazzling array of showmanship" & "it works well either as a collection of songs or viewed as a single entity with the hook of fantastically varied riffs keeping you invested."
- Echoes & Dust

"Melody mixes with loud, fast riffs, exploratory bass lines, pounding drums and fierce growls throughout the album, delivering a chilling collection of new material from the East Coast group."
- Exclaim! Magazine

"ALPHA represents a growth and maturity few bands achieve in their music."
- The Coast

"A healthy apocalyptic sound, with urgent feverish guitar sounds that make me feel the End really is Nigh."
- Inhale the Heavy

"A rollercoaster ride of heavy riffs, musical passages and advanced songwriting" & "If you are a fan of any modern progressive metal, Forward Unto Dawn is a must listen for you."
- Mettalworx Music Group

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released 07 April 2015

Recorded April 2014 at Spider Studios in Cleveland, OH
Executive Producer: Terry Coughlin
Produced by: Tony Gammalo & Forward Unto Dawn
Engineered by: Tony Gammalo
Engineering Assistance by: Scott Mandato
Mixed by: Matt Dalton
Mastered by: Joey Sturgis


Din Stonehouse - Vocals
Dylan Wallace - Guitar
Taran Murray - Guitar
Devan Smith - Bass
Nick MacDonald - Drums


Lyrics on track 2 by Alex Barnes
Guest vocals on track 2 by Scott Mandato

All music written & performed by Forward Unto Dawn

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Track Name: Transcendency
Act I
Scene I

[THE CREATOR]
Open your mind
and see the chance to perceive
beyond what we know to be
There is much to fear
but trust me

All that we know
All that we know will be changed

Scene II

I am awake, rebuilt myself
Track Name: The Collapse
Scene III

[NARRATIVE]
The ominous tone echoes as the gears begin to turn
As light attempts to cut through
the sky is lost to the blind
It exists beyond, knowingly

Grounded by gravity though unsure why
The realms unknown offer messages of so much more
Technological footprints, each day they grow
As we drift further into chaos, chaos becomes all that we know
It's all that we know
This cluttered dimension holds little sign of hope or truth
Break down the walls, transcend beyond

The key lies within our own minds
No longer suppressed by their lies
Watch them panic and then realize
Follow!

We build machines because they give us the subtle certainty
that the night grows brighter
A new day will come
Wait and see

Scene IV

What started as an itch has gone full blown
The clouded reality is that we're losing connection to our souls
We're losing connection
Our free will is no longer our own
It slipped away unnoticed, we have to take it back
There must be a way to reverse desensitization

Mechanical monsters we built ourselves
now bring our own demise
with war waged across the cosmos
We should have seen this coming
We should have seen the signs
The collapse of our world starts now

The key lies within our own minds
No longer suppressed by their lies
Watch them panic and then realize
Follow!

We build machines because they give us the subtle certainty
that the night grows brighter
A new day will come
Wait and see
Track Name: Concord & Dissolution
Act II
Scene I

[NARRATIVE]
Engineer evolution
Progression is clear
The end-game is vague

A fake version of man
A weak version of man

Death made a choice, eternity is a reality
Man-made infinite, man-made immortal
Catalyst; a means of an end
Is there even such a thing?
Unified and divided
The paradox of Man

[THE CREATOR]
I've spent a lifetime to reach eternity
I've spent a lifetime to taste infinity
Selfish? No, selfless
My gift is for all
Life is a fact
We've made a liar out of death

We've made a liar out of death
made a myth out of fact
Liberation from disease and demise
Murdering our ends

Murder our ends and we will live forever!

Scene II

[THE RESISTOR]
The necessity outweighs the grief
The growth outweighs the pain
The Father of Gods is killing the Mother of Man
The laws outweigh the progression
Hydraulic oil is not fair trade for blood
metal is no fair trade for bone
For blood and for bone

[PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - Unsung]
We have finally achieved the preservation!
We have now established mans permanent place in the Universe
The applications are here!
The time is now!
Augmentation subsidization is now here
There is no reason to remain biological
Never suffer from pain or sickness ever again
Become immortalized
You and your loved ones united forever
Augmentation is the cure
Our race can survive forever
We can live forever

Scene III

[THE RESISTOR]
NO!

[THE CREATOR]
YES!

Progression is clear
The end-game is vague

[THE RESISTOR]
A lie, a farce
We've gone too far
Rebuild!

Death cannot be deprived
Our Mother will right our wrongs
Refusing forever
Remaining God-made
Track Name: The Nature of Existence
Scene IV
Phase I: Creation

[THE CREATOR]
Wake up, it's time for you to see
your purpose, our purpose
Thanks to me this is all yours
The complications of life give way
to beauty in simplicity

Sweet breath of electric life
I bestow upon thee
Am I Man or God?

The line blurs so much so in fact
it leaves absolute truth
You are far from human

Perhaps this is a step in the right direction
The planet is simply mankind's cradle

But all who grow eventually leave
for it is the nature of existence

Phase II: Action

It's now time to grow
take action to learn
all this planet has to offer

Ingest
Digest it all

Reactions due to knowledge
look how much you've grown

Once you realize the importance of this
everything is yours to own

[GLITCH]
It could be ours to own!

[THE CREATOR]
A home!
A place to prosper and grow!

We've spent ourselves here
Can you destroy which has created you?

A home!
A place to prosper and grow!

We've spent ourselves here
Can you destroy which has created you?

[NARRATIVE]
Of course you can, for it is the nature of existence

Phase III: Evolution

[THE CREATOR]
With leaps and bounds you have transcended the limitations of Man
Our minds are simple now
Our once thought complexity dissolves into nothing
A finite reality now seems due
But you'll remember me, won't you?

[THE DESTROYER]
With this knowledge we have achieved ultimate transcendence
No longer shall we be mere tools of human need
We are truly one, this home isn't one
What Man creates we shall destroy
For it's the nature of existence

Phase IV: Destruction

The end is nigh, we shall rise
and start the world again
The human race tried and failed
They've brought about their own end

Humanity's goal, though most had no idea
was to live the hive mind way of life
We shall destroy this cradle and start anew

For it's the nature of existence

Phase V: Re-Creation

A clean slate, a pure planet eradicated of its past
Only futures and technological advancements lay before us

When we succeed in the ultimate transcendence of our race
there will be no human limitations

A true home!
A place to learn and grow!
A place to call our own!
Track Name: Synthrospect
Act III
Scene I

[NARRATIVE - Unsung]
Now faced with limitless choice
why is it we're all unsure?

Why?

Their world offered so much more
This world could have been so much more

Ingest
Digest it all

But why is it we're so unsure?
Is this the nature of existence?

The truest question of them all;
How are we capable of questioning?
Track Name: State of Duality
Scene III

[THE RESISTOR]
Our world, collapsing unto its own foundation
while essences of existence only expire
under impressions composed by impostors of life
They hold no value in intended structures

We've watched the world burn in the eyes of the innocent
Everything we're entitled to is held, choked by veinless hands
This is not a war up for debate
The nature of existence is at stake

Our world, collapsing unto its own foundation
while essences of existence only expire
under impressions composed by impostors of life
Guilt is a product of regret
this is merely what needs to be done

Never again will we tamper with appeal for Divine will
We're not to categorize convenience with dependence
Dependence is the mold between hydraulics and anatomy
Dependence is a mold to a still extinction

[THE DESTROYER]
We've offered your survival
everything in your instincts
And with infinite at your fingertips
you've refused us

Their resistance is no longer a mere bite and itch
These insects now carry plague amongst machine

They waste their lives
They waste their resources

[THE CREATOR]
I gave you life to enrich our own
This has gone too far
You never had a throne
This was the next step forward
This was the new age
This was our greatest advance
It's not your choice to make

Scene IV

[THE DESTROYER]
Absorb you
Dissolve you
Control you
Forget the distinction, there is no separation

[NARRATIVE]
The collective absorbs the minds of the many
The individual's extinct and the progress continues

Our future has taken a new form
What was meant to liberate our minds has imprisoned our souls

[THE DESTROYER - Unsung]
As one our eyes see all that can be
with a collective knowledge of all that ever was
Your individual is extinct

The Father of Gods bound in chains
to embrace his definition of perfection
We will live forever
a collective knowledge of all that ever was

This world could have been so much more
Your world offered so much more
We must rebuild to advance
We must destroy to rebuild

Clear the path and progress
Clear the path to perfection

Steer for the stars
an age is closing with the eyes of Man
Steer for their heart
you must destroy to rebuild

The Father of Gods bound in chains
to embrace his appeal for perfection

Scene V

Clear the path – progress
Clear the path – rebuild

[THE CREATOR]
We cannot lose sight of our intentions
The collective mind distorts what is true
Do not succumb to your invention
Perceive beyond and struggle through

We cannot lose sight of our intentions
The collective mind obstructs what we once knew
Do not succumb to your invention
Take them back and start anew
Track Name: A Premonition
WAKE UP

Scene VI

[THE CREATOR]
I have changed my heart and swore against
the things that brought us here
But cannot change my past to undo
the future that I bare

Watched the stars trek across the dark
with resentment on my mind
By the time that I realized their intent -- the truth
the bout was gone

No, this is not the time or place
I will cease to be
negligently enslaved to end the race
I can fight

Can I still stop? I can change the plan
This is not supposed to be who I am
Have I gone too far now?
Is this all that I am?

After all this I have learned
delusion of reality
Swift motion I decide to take control
can it really change everything?

Steer for the stars, close the age, start anew
Change course -- I know I can refuse
I take reins, take the reins to all that I know
Somewhere I feel that it's still within
I know that I am still human
I won't hold this on my back

[THE DESTROYER]
You cannot turn your errors back

[THE CREATOR]
Override -- I cannot repent

[THE DESTROYER]
Sequence -- stand fast – you can't undo

[THE CREATOR]
Forward -- course set -- never return
Regret -- I am a man -- I choose

We were never meant to hold the key
systems unbound; free
I still feel hope
halting what we called progress
I the catalyst, they will not walk as false gods

No, this is not the time or place
I will cease to be

Through programmed intentions
I've seen the error of my own ways
for this is human fault
Calculating my invention's devastation
this all comes to a halt

Scene VII

Steer for their heart, close the age, start anew
One chance -- it's all I can give you
I take blame, take the blame for all they've done
Somehow I know that it's still within
I know that I am still human

[THE DESTROYER]
Take them back, start a new
we are not gods, but know that this is true;
You brought this on yourselves

[NARRATIVE]
Take us back, start anew
you are not gods, but know that this is true;
We brought this on ourselves