When the Smoke Clears

by Radial

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about

Finally, after plugging away at it off and on (mostly off) for several years, my solo album is complete. The impending arrival and eventual birth of my son, Evan, really motivated me to get my ass in gear and finish this thing. This is not just a collection of random songs I've written - it is a concept album, complete with two acts and recurring musical/lyrical themes.

Since I don't really know much about recording music, it took a lot of trial and error using Sony Acid Pro and Cakewalk Sonar audio workstations to record and mix everything. For those of you interested, the instruments I used were as follows: - a Schecter Diamond series electric guitar, a Peavey Raptor electric guitar (best 34 bucks I've ever spent, thanks Koivu!), a Digitech RP-80 multi-effects pedal, an acoustic Ibanez guitar, and a Casio WK-3000 keyboard, from which you will hear all piano/synth sounds and all drum parts.. By far, the most challenging part was recording the vocals and getting them to sound halfway decent, but I think ultimately the mix turned out pretty well.

I'd like to thank my high school music teacher, Lou Manetta, for teaching me pretty much everything I know about music theory and analyzing/composing music. I'd also like to thank my brother Marc for providing me recording software, and for letting me commandeer his computer for prolonged recording sessions. Most importantly, I'd like to thank my wife, Kellie, for her support and encouragement to indulge the obsession I've had for the past year to complete this project.

I am very proud of the end result and hope you all enjoy as well. Thanks for listening!

Please send questions and feedback to projectradial@gmail.com

credits

released 11 October 2012

All music and lyrics written, performed, and recorded by John Duci
7-string guitar on “Call of the Siren” performed by Zack Zenk
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice

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Track Name: The Path to Ruin
even though we've washed away the stains
somewhere still the memories remain
i can feel them pulsing through my veins
and i know in time you'll feel the same
Track Name: Procession
side by side we march along
in rhythm with this hallowed song
in this ancient ritual
surrender yourself to me

reluctantly you'll play your part
abandoning your broken heart
in this ancient ritual
surrender yourself to me

the planets align while we enter this shrine
conviction resigned while our fates are assigned
offer your hand and i'll make the incision
honor these relics and the holy vision

trust in my judgment, communion will set us free
in this procession, succumb to your destiny

bow your head, the time is now
reciting off this sacred vow
on this altar acquiesce
surrender yourself to me

dedicate and sacrifice
follow your masters sage advice
renounce all possessions
surrender yourself to me

the stars all aligned and this moment divine
conviction resigned now our fates are assigned

convergence of spirits this will be our legacy
in this procession succumb to your destiny

there's no turning back now
Track Name: Call of the Siren
hearing the call of the siren

come with me, no one will ever know
destroy the evidence, we can deny it all
come with me, you know you can't resist
perfectly innocent, its just one little kiss

come with me, give into your desire
don't hesitate its safe, wander into the fire
transmit my enchanting melody
our union will result in perfect harmony

sow desire's seed
spreading like a weed
it constantly feeds
tries to meet its needs
leaves all turning brown
falling to the ground
wont stop drinking down
feeding til it drowns

the beckoning amplifies in my mind
conscience forsaken, i now consign
on the the day of reckoning i will find
that i'll be one of the left behind

hearing the call of the siren
follow the call of the siren
hearing the call of the siren
this is the call of the siren
Track Name: Crimson
lying here lifelessly
with what little's left of me
i envy your apathy
search through this cavity
for one reason i should keep
holding to this body

i want to believe this is all a dream
i try to believe this is all a dream
i've got to believe this is all a dream
i don't want to face this reality
i want to believe this is all a dream
the fabric has begun to fray at the seam
the thread continually unraveling
there's no way to stop this dichotomy

motionless i'm in this bed
recollect inside my head
every promise ever said
turns my vision crimson red
why don't you just go ahead
and put a bullet in my head

draw the veils of love aside
the clarity that it provides
all the tears our eyes have cried
funny how quickly yours dried
living's hard to justify
when inside i've already died

i want to believe this is all a dream
i've tried to believe this is all a dream
i've got to believe this is all a dream
i don't want to face this reality
motionless i'm in this bed
recollect inside my head
every promise ever said
turns my vision

crimson red

nothing sacred in this shrine
was this your divine design?
callous and sadistic crime
was this your divine design?
so much effort so much time
was this your divine design?
the only resolve I find
is that this was your divine design
Track Name: The Trial
i've felt a chill in summers air
i've heard things no one else can hear
i've seen the darkness in your stare
the web of lies you engineer

there's no allegiance left here
the circumstances quite clear
all of your words insincere
there's no allegiance left here

crouched in the corner of your cell
you spread the secrets that i tell
there's not much farther left to fall
could not resist the siren's call

there's no allegiance left here
the circumstances quite clear
all of this time insincere
there's no allegiance

we're through
my fears have come true
let's try something new
but i don't want to
no resistance left
we've been sentenced to death
inhale one last breath

there's no allegiance left here
the circumstances quite clear
all of this life insincere
there's no allegiance left
Track Name: Scanning the Skies
trying to hold back these tears
what i'm left with right here
seems so trivial
all my thoughts unravel
this life so fragile
and I lost control

scanning the skies until its found
in constant search of the profound
will we ever learn to trust what's right here on the ground?
always projecting hidden meaning
living to serve some righteous being
will we ever embrace what is right here and now?

i'm left nursing this sting
evaluating all that i have known
such a contradiction
my intuition easily ignored
we tend to overthink
should trust our instincts
wired in our cores
we're all cut from the same mold
take for granted what we're told
Track Name: When the Smoke Clears
plague infests this land
failed to understand
the strength it contains
corrupting our brains
turning the conscience

here the virus thrives
nothing else survives
sounds of distant cries
echo though the skies
a new order will rise soon

and when the smoke clears
who will be left standing?

latch onto the skin
clawing deeper in
fervent insects swarm
to all the warm
corpses left floating

must wade through the mire
skyline set afire
the smoke rolling in
the choking begins
breathing this poison

but when the smoke clears
who will be left standing?

overcome with such remorse and shame
and heaven knows we only have ourselves to blame
but it is hell that stakes claim to our condemned souls
for mortal sins committed, no we can't atone for this

even though we've washed away the stains
somehow still the memories remain
i still feel it pulsing through my veins
and i know inside you feel the same
Track Name: Kinetic
here i stand before this object of perfection
in her presence feel the deepening connection
in my hand i hold the key to our salvation
lying dormant i perform the resurrection

torn apart, the pieces i've collected
channeling what god has forsaken
the severed parts are forcibly connected
creature is awakening
struggling, the movements so mechanic
i will have to rewire the circuitry
see the sparks between us, they're kinetic
can't you feel the energy
let's fulfill our destiny
you can place your trust in me

the gears revolving, the plan's in motion
our lords agenda, pledge your devotion
a harbinger has revealed the omen
it's unavoidable, we were chosen
the gears revolving, the plan's in motion
our lords agenda, pledge your devotion
a harbinger has revealed the omen
it's undeniable, we were chosen

we are the chosen ones

i bare witness to this godlike alchemy
all the synapses are firing rapidly
the power generated, this inertial force
becomes unstoppable, now there's no changing course
see the sparks between us, they're kinetic
Track Name: Haunted
In this cabin alone
still want this place to feel like home
sitting here wondering where it all went wrong
the fireplace is tended to
clock on the wall slightly askew
steadily ticking me closer to you

my memories all start materializing and arising, it begins
the sweet taste of your lips, the caress of your skin, its all emerging from within
and this sense of regret, this is not what I wanted
now i'm haunted
by the promise of what could have been

your whispers hum through the radio
your image trapped in the video
detect your aura within this memento
my senses becoming more aware
a trace of your perfume in the air
this hallowed ground fallen into disrepair

even though i'm presented with your apparition, an admission i confess
now this vision will not pacify my desire to feel you pressed against my chest
and this sense of regret, this is not what I wanted
now i'm haunted
by the promise of what could have been

snowflakes gently fall as i try to recall
the feelings when we met, i'm starting to forget
windows covered with frost and the sensations lost
i peer out to see if she's returning to me

on that day we made an endless promise that we'd never be apart
and now i'm constantly reminded by this cavern in my heart
though i sutured it up, manages still to bleed through
and i try to make it stop
but it wont ever heal

your whispers hum through the radio
your image trapped in the video
detect your aura within this memento
sanctuary of our love affair
head bowed, solemnly recite a prayer
this hallowed ground fallen into disrepair
Track Name: One Last Breath
the air is getting thin
sucking in, i'm suffocating
sealed in my coffin

now only moments left
beneath the earth my bones are failing
gasp for one last breath

buried alive here, i never imagined this ending
Track Name: The Crossing
count down approaches zero hour

beyond the illusion
through to the conclusion
arbiter's decision
past my line of vision

newborn, we arose in spring showers
summer, then blossomed into flowers
autumn, our fruit starting to sour
winter approaches zero hour
count down approaches zero hour

beyond the illusion
through to the conclusion
arbiter's decision
past my line of vision

looking back i see now
all that time we wasted
hard to comprehend how we spread all that hatred
no reason to hide my feelings of attrition
if only i could i'd take back my decisions

disembark from the shore
through the dark corridor
leave behind space and time
through the shadow a light is shined

cannot see whats ahead
the uncertainty's what we dread
leave behind space and time
through the shadow a light is shined

the words of the prophets have come to pass
we are crossing over this ethereal path
take my hand and step through the looking glass
we are crossing over this ethereal path