This Ruined World

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released 24 July 2015

TRIALS is:
Ryan Bruchert - Guitars
Adam Kopecky - Drums
Usha Rajbhandari - Bass
Mark Sugar - Guitars & Vocals

Produced by Trials
Engineered by Pete Grossmann at Bricktop Recording

Additional recording at Trials Mobile Facility
at various points between May 2014 – February 2015

Mixed by Quentin Poynter at Gunpoint Recording
Mastered by John Scripp at Massive Mastering

Cover artwork by Eva Bialecki for Black Coffee Projects
Layout & design by Mark Sugar

All music by Sugar/Kopecky/Rajbhandari/Bruchert, lyrics by Sugar. Copyright Control 2015

Massive gratitude to the following individuals: Pete Grossmann (and Greer too). Quentin Poynter. John Scripp. Eva Bialecki for the amazing artwork. Scott and Ryan at Clawhammer PR. Steve at DR Strings. All of the great bands who have shared the stage with us. All of our family and friends. Each other. Coffee. And of course, a heartfelt thanks to all of you out there who are holding this record in your hands.

If you were not thanked and feel like you should be, feel free to fill in your name. Thanks so much to ________________________. We couldn’t have done it without you.

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Track Name: Truth Defiled
I carve, my truth, into the flesh of swine
your message so divine
pales in comparison to mine
Your face, on pixelated screen
you think you speak for me
speak for one side of everything

Polarizer/paralyzer

So corrosive
So reviled
follow close now
The truth defiled

You play victim, from safe within your home
You cast so many stones
Why can’t you leave these things alone?
instead, you smile and place the blame
an orchestrated game
Nobody wins, nobody wins if no one plays

Stigmatizer/Crucifier

So corrosive
So reviled
follow close now
The truth defiled
It’s an execution
without a trial
now you’re branded
The truth defiled

(lead: "Gremlins II" by R. Bruchert)

Accusations, well received
Pay for transgressions ill-advised
Fabrications, yet they believe
Speak truth to power, as power lies and lies

(lead: “Tango and Thrash” by R. Bruchert/M. Sugar)

Polarizer/Crucifier

So corrosive
So reviled
we hang on every word of
The truth defiled
Track Name: Don't Believe The Word
I was one. A father’s son. Like his father before.
Petitioning the deity.
The threat of fire, the undisputed truth.

Trust, in fear. In ignorance. Like our fathers before.
Initiate, indoctrinate.
See the serpent as it coils around the child.

Rise when they rise. Fall when they fall.
Say what they say, even if you don’t believe the word.

It turns to dust. It ends with us.
DAMN RIGHT.

Let there be no other gods and masters (x2)
And they shall teach their children (x2)

(Lead: "Manger Zone" by R. Bruchert)

We are ignorant and blind.
Reality just a thorn in our sides.
Lose the religion and you’ll be fine.
Just open your eyes.

Rise when they rise. Fall when they fall.
Say what they say, even if you don’t believe a word.

I don’t believe it. I never believed it.
I don’t believe the word.
Track Name: Digging My Own Grave
The time has come, to bury this
and I’m holding on for life
can’t pry my hand, can’t understand
I’m racing towards the end
Just another pawn distracted, and taken from the game

This tool of self destruction, and no one is saved
All of the time spent, digging my own grave

I have no name, my shackles gleam
beneath fluorescent lights
No stopping now, carry on somehow
another shovel load
Just another pawn extracted, it always ends the same

Raise up the arms of suffering, that we may enslave
All of the life spent, digging my own grave

(Lead: "Beginner" by M. Sugar/"Nightmare Mode" by R. Bruchert)

The slow decline, from watershed
I will revive, and rise again

My body begs me for release
From this cold life there’s no relief
Give me uncertainty and dread
A shining example, of the darker days ahead

All of the time, again and again
all of the life digging my own grave.
Track Name: Disgraced and Erased
Punctuated with a single sound
As the sentence comes to an end
Close the door and shut the children’s eyes
Through a maze of lies, one day they’ll realize

Ruin. Compromise. Seen through your judging eyes.
Forevermore…disgraced. (and erased)

They recall like it was yesterday
Yet in every way, deny
Every document removes my name
Yet the family’s shame, we’re one and the same

Ruin. Compromise. Seen through your judging eyes.
Forevermore…disgraced.

When darkness comes, hide everything.
Beneath this light, unflattering.
But please, don’t let me die like this.

(Lead: "Violent Lucidity" by M. Sugar)
Track Name: Blink Of An Eye
We can’t sleep. We can’t die. Until this is resolved.
Believe me, we have tried. But the nightmare points and laughs.
As hope fades, and deflates. The soul now paper-thin.
The past is prologue, dead and gone. So bury this and move along.

Reaching for the sun, so far to fall
Trapped in this world I made, and I might lose it all

In the blink of an eye, and all will be erased
Give me a sign, that blood pumps through your veins
we wait til the winter’s over, wait for the winter’s end
we wait til the winter’s over, and then we rise again
in the blink of an eye

(Lead: "A Blaze in the Midwestern Sky" by M. Sugar)

Reaching for the sun, how soon we learn
The ones that fly too high, the ones who burn

(Lead: "Ditka and His Embrace" by R. Bruchert)
(Lead: "Anthems to the Welkin at Brunch" by M. Sugar)

Will you say it out loud? Will you scream it from the mountain?

Tell me everything I want to know
and take me everywhere I need to go
Tell me, was it real or just for show?
In a world of lie
I live and the way I choose, and damn the consequence
Track Name: Beat the System to Death
Smokestack, cancerous. Iron rusting.
Daylight wasted. As it must be.

The cage beckons like an empty friend
Sleep terror then it starts again
It gives nothing ‘cause it only lends
Just takes until the bitter end

A human being can live a long long time
can’t we just get this over with?

Painstaking, sidewinding, pulled by the strings
Teeth sink into the hand that feeds
With fear at my side, I’m beating the system to death.

nstinct calls me. I ignore it.
As the clock ticks, thoughts turn violent.

A pale shadow of a dream untrue
Some still believe it, but they’re dreaming too
The horses run until they’re turned to glue
I know precisely what I need to do

A human being can live a long long time
can’t we just get this over with?

Painstaking, sidewinding, pulled by the strings
Teeth sink into the hand that feeds
with no other choice, I'm beating the system to death.

(Lead: "Rot For Teacher" by R. Bruchert)

Beat the system to death
Track Name: They Hide Behind the Law
Where art thou now, failed messiah?
The all-seeing eye has turned away
The victims were tried and sentenced
The guilty laughed and returned to their ways

It’s an abomination, it is the final flaw
they congregate in shadows, they hide behind the law

(Lead: "Nightmare on Maxwell Street" by M. Sugar)

With every prayer stolen
they pave the way to hell
your gods are all too human
and yet you serve them well

So many screams
fall silent now
they’re buried deep
behind the law

These chosen ones. They prey on sons.
The crooked god left to do as he will.

It’s an abomination, it is the final flaw
they congregate in shadows, they hide behind the law
Track Name: Inheritance
Dying season comes again
another winter, another name
Those once endangered, safely under stones
tomorrow might not come, tonight is growing cold


Through tears of stone, they curse our names
And no one looks behind the veil
I’ve seen this all before, I know the ways
life and limb, atrophied and pale

We inherit the end
we prepare to expire
we claim the danger as our own.

Pallbearers chase, into the grave.
My generation gone, it goes on and on and on.

(Lead: “Carrion, My Wayward Son” by R. Bruchert)

This winter cuts through us again
Another warning, another claimed

We inherit the end
we prepare to expire
we claim the danger as our own.
Until we’re safely under stone.
Track Name: This Ruined World
Rotting slow, time burning all around us
Better alone, hell is the rest of you

You raised up false idols, we burned your temples down.
And I wait.

Suffer-this ruined world
Forever-this ruined world

Shelter below, strength in the number zero
I’m letting go. Call out my name, it won’t matter at all.

The dream of flight denied us, we meet as equals now.
I can’t wait.

Suffer-this ruined world
Forever-this ruined world

(Lead: "Self Terminate" by R. Bruchert)

One final blinding vision, to leave this place will bring relief
We were born imprisoned, with iron vines that choke belief
And all we grow is poisoned. Our very nature is diseased.

No salvation—not a chance in hell
In this ruined world
No salvation – trapped here with you
in this ruined world.
No salvation – it begins again.
in this ruined world.