Of Patriots and Tyrants

by Cassandra Syndrome

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The politically charged and socially conscious tone of their debut full-length album, ' Of Patriots and Tyrants ', is Cassandra Syndrome's homage to their namesake. Cassandra, the famed seeress who foresaw the fall of Troy, was cursed by the God Apollo so that no one would believe her cautionary visions. To have Cassandra Syndrome is to share Cassandra's fate—to see a dark future yet be unable to convince others of the truth.

The dark, heavy hammer laid down by Chris Kackley on guitar, Joe Cariola on bass and Jay Jericho on drums sets the stage for this intimate theater of darkness and seduction. However, it was the sinister aria of Irene Jericho which inspired renowned mixing engineer Tim Greencorn (Feist, the Stars) to take on the project.

In a desperate attempt to break Cassandra's curse, Cassandra Syndrome has created a passionate plea with 'Of Patriots and Tyrants' that all fans of unique, inspired music should heed.

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released February 7, 2008

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Cassandra Syndrome Frederick, Maryland

Cassandra Syndrome is a Maryland-based Symphonic/Gothic Metal band brimming with explosive riffs, operatic punch and infectious energy. This female-fronted powerhouse combines elements that are simultaneously dark and beautiful. Forcefully heavy riffs and a healthy dose of groove combine with soaring soprano vocals to create what Metal Bite calls “[P]ure metal magic." ... more

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Track Name: Phoenix
That alabaster mask you wear
Anger hiding in your stare
Burning you from deep inside
Fire where the dark things hide
So you flee the candlelight
Illumination burning bright
Revealing welts of hate and fear
As you hold your poison dear

Phoenix rise, ashes fall
No one hears your lies at all
Phoenix rise, shadows flee
From your poison I am free
Phoenix rise, burning bright
Dawn to end the darkest night

Twisted branches scrape the sky
Reach for me as I fly by
Rooted deep in earth grown dark
What you harbor left a mark
And those with eyes to see can tell
Your pretty face is but a shell
Till you let your anger go
Nothing good will ever grow
Phoenix rise, ashes fall
No one hears your lies at all
Phoenix rise, shadows flee
From your poison I am free
Phoenix rise, burning bright
Dawn to end the darkest night

Cancer eating at your soul
Once a heart, now a hole
Till you calm the flames within
Envy is your deadly sin

Phoenix rise, ashes fall
No one hears your lies at all
Phoenix rise, shadows flee
From your poison I am free
Phoenix rise, burning bright
Dawn to end the darkest night
Track Name: None But Shadows
A thousand, thousand dreams are burning
Troubled sleepers restless turning
Fingers of a poison mist
Wrapping neck and leg and wrist
Insidious and oh, so still
Shadowmen set out to kill
Independent thoughts and dreams
No one hears the muffled screams

In our weakness and our dread
We hide our faces from the dead
In our weakness and our fear
None but shadows will dwell here

None but shadows will dwell here
None but shadows will dwell here
None but shadows will dwell here
None but shadows will dwell here

And falling, falling tumbled down
All our dreams begin to drown
Alexandria is lost
Weeping prophets know the cost
We did not fight, we did not learn
What we lose when our books burn
Wrapped in chains of hate and fear
None but shadows will dwell here

In our weakness and our dread
We hide our faces from the dead
In our weakness and our fear
None but shadows will dwell here

None but shadows will dwell here
None but shadows will dwell here
None but shadows will dwell here
None but shadows will dwell here

Shadow, shadow on the moon
Tells us death is coming soon
Shadow, shadow on the sun
End of all the we've begun
Shadow, shadow in the night
Putting out what's left of light
Shadow, shadow on the moon
Tells us death is coming soon
Shadow, shadow on the sun
End of all the we've begun
Shadow, shadow in the night
Putting out what's left of light

From our weakness and our dread
All our hopes and dreams are dead
From our weakness and our fear
None but shadows now dwell here

None but shadows now dwell here
None but shadows now dwell here
None but shadows now dwell here
None but shadows now dwell here
Track Name: What We Sow
A seed takes root in crimson ground
Growing on the sorrow found
We water it with blood and fear
Tendrils straining to break clear

Flower of hate
Growing strong
Feeds upon
Our bloody wrong

Burning stars, raining down
Feed the seed beneath the ground
It grows in anger, digging deep
While we the gardner are asleep

Flower of hate
Growing strong
Feeds upon
Our bloody wrong

That seed bears flower, red and black
And thorns are sharpened to attack
And now there is no hope to right
The life we poisoned in the night

Flower of hate
Growing strong
Feeds upon
Our bloody wrong

That flower drops seeds of its own
If this pain is all they're shown
Then red and black will spread and grow
The only flower we will know

Flower of hate
Growing strong
Feeds upon
Our bloody wrong
Track Name: Mirror Mirror
Vines grow long
Thorns grow sharp
Glass flowers cut
And leave a mark
Trip and tear
Rip and burn
You poisoned us
Now it's your turn

We are shattered mirrors
Fragments of the truth
Bitter bits of broken glass
Begging for some proof
And in this fun house all the mirrors crash into the floor
We don't want to catch the light of liars anymore

Can we have the cure now
The poison runs so deep
And these shards of broken glass
Will cut you in your sleep

Try to tame this glassy garden
Force us to your plan
Just beware of your time there
We'll cut you if we can
And spill your blood on roots grown weak
And hungry for the rain
And these shattered flowers
Will feed upon your pain

Can we have the cure now
The poison runs so deep
And these shards of broken glass
Will cut you in your sleep

Vines grow long
Thorns grow sharp
Glass flowers cut
And leave a mark
Trip and tear
Rip and burn
You poisoned us
Now it's your turn

How I miss the sunlight
How I miss the rain
How I miss the fertile Earth
Come to life again
Overthrow the darkness
That spreads across our land
Cut the poison, make it bleed
Destroy it if you can

Can we have the cure now
The poison runs so deep
And these shards of broken glass
Will cut you in your sleep

Vines grow long
Thorns grow sharp
Glass flowers cut
And leave a mark
Trip and tear
Rip and burn
You poisoned us
Now it's your turn
Track Name: Burning
They pass their hate down the line
Hand to hand through place and time
Like torches burning in the night
To hide the stars with bloody light
Smoke from their fiery brands
Burning faces, burning hands

Cross aflame
Our nation's shame

These innocents, fear's virgin brides
Who might have seen through open eyes
Will see hatred's flame instead
And will see it till they're dead
Intolerance gone before
Rains down upon the nursery door

Cross aflame
Our nation's shame

This burning lie
This flame of hate
Bring us to Destruction's gate
And race and sex and age and creed
Tinder for the flames to feed
And stars and bars and Nazi flag
Are the weights that we now drag
Intolerance and hatred deep
Creeping in while babies sleep
I smell the smoke, flames raining down
Burning up both field and town
And if this spreads the whole world round
It will burn us to the ground
Track Name: PTSD
What is it we have become
Babies raised living by the gun
Walking now with deadened eyes
Trained to kill and fueled by lies

Adrenaline surge, tighten my grip
I feel the scales start to tip
Mental wasteland, my thoughts burn free
Eyes wide open, nothing to see

White knuckle, black out
The world comes down
White knuckle, black out
No hope to be found
White knuckle, black out
Screaming without sound
White knuckle, black out
As I hit the ground

Thoughts that haunt like the past
Unconscious oblivion, solace at last
Forgotten souls, alone in the sand
Cursed is the brotherly band

White knuckle, black out
The world comes down
White knuckle, black out
No hope to be found
White knuckle, black out
Screaming without sound
White knuckle, black out
As I hit the ground

Eternal nightmare if you survived
No one said it's easier to be alive
Now I'm out, the real army of one
My war has ended, Hell has begun
Track Name: Cassandra
You could say I didn't warn you
You could say you didn't know
Of the poison in the water
How the trees won't grow
Of the melting of the ice caps
And the rising of the sea
Of the species that we kill
To make more space for you and me

Why are we so blind
Why are we so blind
Why are we
Why are we so blind

The oil that fuels your engines
I know it's running out
You'll just ignore these words
Proceed without a doubt
Then the day dawns dark
You cannot find respite
From the damage that you've done
You cannot make it right

Why are we so blind
Why are we so blind
Why are we
Why are we so blind

You know the wisdom's out there
To free us from this coil
But we undercut the funding
To maintain slavery to oil

Now when we lose it all
There's nothing left to save
You do not learn from your mistakes
Slowly dig our grave
So I am Cassandra
With a glass rose in my hand
Trying to stop the fall
Of this experiment called man

Why are we so blind
Why are we so blind
Why are we
Why are we so blind
Track Name: Skadi's Touch
Shadows all begin to grow
Living water stops its flow
As all now tumble into sleep
Summer's secret there to keep

Hail to Queen of ice and snow
Hail the Goddess of the cold

Now the dancer in the night
Shows herself in the moonlight
Ivory her hair and skin
Pale eyes drink the forest in

Hail to Queen of ice and snow
Hail the Goddess of the cold

Freeze us there in shining glass
As the Goddess dances past
Lightly dance from home to hall
Winter dances for us all

Hail to Queen of ice and snow
Hail the Goddess of the cold
Track Name: Soma
There's nothing to see here
No one to blame
No crime was committed
Let things stay the same
Ignore the shadow on the wall
The chalk lines on the street
If we want to have our peace
You must be discreet

A brave new world
Drowning in the rain
A brave new world
Hiding from the pain

Just tune in and turn off
Doubts in your mind
They'll tell you the truth
Perceived by the blind
So face the light and sound on screen
The glitter finds its mark
And if you hear the siren song
You will not see the dark

A brave new world
Drowning in the rain
A brave new world
Hiding from the pain

A brave new world
Drowning in the rain
A brave new world
Hiding from the pain
In this brave new world
Obedience makes you free
A brave new world
Where submission is the key
A brave new world
If you can swallow all the lies
A brave new world
If you cover up your eyes

A brave new world
Drowning in the rain
A brave new world
That feeds on silent pain
Track Name: Wild
Here the wild things still run free
Leaf and vine surrounding me
Here the old ones still can breathe
Late at night they call to me

Call to me, they call to me
Late at night they call to me
Call to me, they call to me
Late at night they call to me

Leaf and vine fight brick and stone
Air and water poison see
Wild ones, old ones overthrown
Late at night they call to me

Four legs fights just to survive
Two legs just can't let them be
Bear and deer no more can thrive
Late at night they call to me

Call to me, they call to me
Late at night they call to me
Call to me, they call to me
Late at night they call to me

One by one the wild things fall
No more places to run free
We destroy them one and all
Late at night they call to me

Call to me, they call to me
Late at night they call to me
Call to me, they call to me
Late at night they call to me

Can we stop before it ends
Nature's balance still we seek
Can this broken world now mend
Late at night She calls to me
Calls to me, She calls to me
Late at night, She calls to me
Calls to me, She calls to me
Late at night She calls to me

Here the wild things still run free
Leaf and vine surrounding me
Here the old ones still can breathe
Late at night they call to me

Call to me, they call to me
Late at night they call to me
Call to me, they call to me
Late at night they call to me