Satire X

by Cassandra Syndrome

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Cassandra Syndrome's 2011 sophomore release Satire X, the eagerly-awaited follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed 'Of Patriots and Tyrants,' weaves a tapestry of feral energy and bold tones. A reference to the 'bread and circuses' of first century Satirist Juvenal, Satire X combines poignant, socially conscious lyrics, exquisite vocal melodies and masterful riffs into a metal-based call to action.

Eschewing the synthesizer-laden stereotypes of symphonic metal, Cassandra Syndrome (formed in 2005) revolutionizes the genre with a unique blend of axe-heavy melodic metal and operatic vocals. The powerful alliance of Joe Cariola's punishing bass, scathing riffs of Jen Tonon's rhythm guitar, and throbbing beats of Jay Jericho's drums create a driving ground assault which weakens your defenses before being met by the searing lead lines of guitarist Chris Kackley. Above it all, radiant as Angelic Death, the resplendent soprano of Irene Jericho soars above the battlefield.

To have Cassandra Syndrome, named for the famed Trojan seeress cursed by the Greek god Apollo, is to see a dark future yet be unable to convince others of the truth. The sonic wrath of Satire X tries to warn us of the specters haunting our steps: poverty, urban violence, misleading media, politically-sanctioned bigotry, and the military industrial complex among others. They attack the mainstream wall of willful ignorance, firing a desperate cry into the winds that all fans of exceptional, unconventional music will savor.

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released August 1, 2011

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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: No More Peace Forever
Just another body
Nothing new to see
One more life now broken
In the street

No more peace forever

Just more blood to stain the earth
And flow down to the sea
Just another nameless face
Another you or me

No more peace
No more peace
No more peace
Forever

Growing like a wave of red
Ripples ever spreading
Inner city, foreign land
Bodies never ending

No more peace forever

One more falls to knife or gun
One more roadside bomb
One more fight, one more war
More bodies to embalm

No more peace
No more peace
No more peace
Forever

Earth grows red in one more place
A ruby patchwork quilt
We do not see the pattern
In the stitches of our kills

Meaningless within the hour
Calloused hearts move on
Screaming falls on deafened ears
Attention now withdrawn

No more peace forever

Earth grows red in one more place
A ruby patchwork quilt
We do not see the pattern
In the stitches of our kills

No more peace
No more peace
No more peace
Forever
Track Name: Hell on Earth
Hell on earth is here today
Swirling sand and dying trees
And there is no other way
People living on their knees

Atrocity too harsh to bear
Barefoot children in the road
Meeting the accusing stare
Looking up from heavy load

Hell on Earth in the sand
Hell on Earth, forsaken land

Glaring sun beating down
Burning sand beneath your feet
Bleeding dry the little town
Withering in hellish heat

Hell on Earth in the sand
Hell on Earth, forsaken land
Hell on Earth in the sand
Hell on Earth, forsaken land

Look away from suffering
Pretend it’s just a dream
Return to your climate control
Ignore the cries and screams
Allow the gap twixt rich and poor
To blossom, fatten and to grow
And soon this hell outside your door
Will live within forever more

Desert flowers wilt and fall
Hand to mouth and then to grave
And the lie above it all
Sky of blue, no one saved

Hell on Earth in the sand
Hell on Earth, forsaken land
Track Name: The Fool
Let me fall into the sky
Take a chance and tumble high
Lift my feet from this dark road
Toss aside the heavy load

Just this once
To be free
I will play the Fool for me

Break the glass that holds me in
Shatter endings to begin
Kiss my fear and set it free
Watch it fly away from me

Just this once
To be free
I will play the Fool for me

Smash the pattern, burn the maze
No more shadow on my days
Break the chain and sever ties
Free me from these wicked lies

Just this once
To be free
I will play the Fool for me
Just this once
To be strong
I will find where I belong
Just this once
Just tonight
I will change the dark to light
I will play the Fool for me
I will play the Fool for me

All the time I had the key
Hidden deep inside of me
And at last I take the chance
Take a breath and join the dance

I will play the Fool for me
I will play the Fool for me
Track Name: The Magus
When was it you turned away?
Shut yourself in tower high
Up above the troubled fray
Let our turmoil pass you by

Corrupted by indifference
Complacent behind tower walls
Avoiding this experience
As our world begins to fall

Impassive
Uncaring guardian
Reclusive
So blind

Where is the Magus
Where the charm
Where the power to hold back harm
Where is the Magus
What incantation
Can save us from annihilation

Once the beacon in the night
You stopped our fall from grace
Your words carried with great might
Yet now you hide your face

Impassive
Uncaring guardian
Reclusive
So blind

Where is the Magus
Where the charm
Where the power to hold back harm
Where is the Magus
What incantation
Can save us from annihilation

No power, no shield, No refuge from hell
No wand, no weapon, No breaking the spell
Track Name: Shackles
It's a bad night for dreams
Everything is as it seems
Reflection of my haunted eyes
Window to all I despise

Lip service to ideals
Locked inside this broken wheel
Draw it in to heal the pain
Forget it in the falling rain

We all feed the machine
Buying up a twisted dream

Wallow in these shallow toys
Signal turning into noise
Where has all our outrage been
Bread and Circus lured us in

We all feed the machine
Buying up a twisted dream

It's our own chains that bind us
Our own bars that break us
Rhinestone shackles on our wrists
Decorate these bloody fists

We all feed the machine
Buying up a twisted dream
Track Name: Poison Rain
This is not the promised land
This is not the dream we had
Intolerance now glowing bright
Where hope once shed the only light

This is not the promised land
This is not the dream we had
This is not the promised land
This is not the dream

Poison rain

Bonds of love so brittle now
Parents children disavow
Hatred blooming where love grew
Scripture drowning out what’s true

This is not the promised land
This is not the dream we had
This is not the promised land
This is not the dream

Poison rain

Ethics masked by mumbled verse
Twisting blessing into curse
Preaching love but teaching hate
Bigotry all we create

Poison rain

Children lie awake and weep
Try to bury nature deep
We ignore their tragic cries
To focus on a book of lies

Poison rain

Rain
Track Name: The Priestess
Play the Priestess
Cut the veil
Play the Priestess
Change the tale

Lying tongues fill the night
Obscuring truth, wrong and right
Change the channel
Turn the knob
Nothing different
Turn it off

Play the Priestess
Cut the veil
Play the Priestess
Change the tale
Play the Priestess
Think, perceive
Play the Priestess
Do not believe

Like the spread of a disease
If you’re paying they will please
Try another
Try a new source
Nothing different
Nothing of course

Spill the truth into the light
See them spoiling for a fight
Raise the banner
Draw the knife
Kill the tv
Save your life

Play the Priestess
Cut the veil
Play the Priestess
Change the tale
Play the Priestess
Think, perceive
Play the Priestess
Do not believe

They can whisper
They can scream
If you turn away
They can’t do anything
Track Name: What You Wanted
And will it consume you
The hunter of your death
Draw us into darkness
With your dying breath

Power in the night
Reaching for the Stone
Obscuring what is right
Leaving all you’ve known

This is what you wanted
To walk the endless night
This is what you wanted
A world away from light
This is what you wanted
An ever empty grave
This is what you wanted
Darkness shackled slave

Before the final bell
The falling of the light
You lead us all to hell
In pursuit of night

This is what you wanted
To walk the endless night
This is what you wanted
A world away from light
This is what you wanted
An ever empty grave
This is what you wanted
Darkness shackled slave
This is what you wanted
To walk the endless night
This is what you wanted
A world away from light

This is what you wanted
This is what you need
This is what you wanted

That you seek shall devour
Mind, soul and beating heart
Bring us to the final hour
Tear all that you love apart

This is what you wanted
To walk the endless night
This is what you wanted
A world away from light
This is what you wanted
An ever empty grave
This is what you wanted
Darkness shackled slave
Track Name: The Iron Cross
Where are the ones of stone and fire
Blood running hot with red desire
Where are the ones of earth and sea
Strong as tempests, always free

We hang upon the iron cross
We burn, we thirst for what we lost

How our forebears must be grieved
To see the yoke upon our soul
How our children are deceived
Believe that weakness is their role

We hang upon the iron cross
We burn, we thirst for what we lost

We hang on the iron cross
We hang on the iron cross

We bow our heads and wear our chains
Complicit in our own demise
What part of past pride now remains
Glittering in conquered eyes

We hang upon the iron cross
We burn, we thirst for what we lost

Oh, oh the iron cross
The iron cross
Track Name: Pestilence
Drink of hatred till we drown
Gorging till we all fall down
Soil splinters where we stand
Lines dividing all expand

Fanatic seeds now take root
Seek to make all reason mute
Locusts feeding on the weak
Lies in every word they speak

Drive the sheep to violence
Bigots frothing ignorance
Fragile olive branches broken
By the words of hatred spoken

We shall reap what we now sow
Venom in the vines we grow
Writhe around us in the dark
Fiery death borne of this spark

This pestilence
Our suicide
Intolerance
Our cyanide
This arrogance
Our fatal pride
This negligence
Our downward slide

Our downward slide
Our downward slide