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released October 10, 2010

PRODUCED BY: Erik Rutan and Madball

RECORDED, ENGINEERED, & MIXED BY: Erik Rutan at MANA Recording Studios

ASSISTED BY: Brian Elliott and Jerrett Pritchard

MASTERED BY: Alan Douches at West West Side

ARTWORK AND LAYOUT BY: Lizzy Bromley

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Track Name: Invigorate
No one controls our existence
They never have never will
You see our passion and persistence
That's what guides our will
Don't need your stories your headlines
Don't need your exposure
We have been defined by our music
The people the movement the lifestyle we live
We'll be the conduit

The evaluate we dictate
They sit and wait we take charge
Invigorate
Our minds your minds never hesitate to express yourself
Make your own fate

We're self sufficient we play by our rules
Don't need your stations recycled airplay
Your monopolies have seen some better days
We have the tools the heart the vision
A global empire that does not need permission

The evaluate we dictate
They sit and wait we take charge
Invigorate
Our minds your minds never hesitate to express yourself
Make your own fate

Express yourself... be yourself
Take charge don't play into bitterness
The real villains are those who are killing this music with no real substance
Use it abuse it
We gain nothing but in the underground
We gain something originality culture that something more than just recycled nothing
We are more than just a token

The evaluate we dictate
They sit and wait we take charge
Invigorate
Our minds your minds never hesitate to express yourself
Make your own fate
Track Name: Danger Zone
Tread easy
In the jungle of concrete
I walk around this jungle that's tame now with much respect and regard for my surroundings
I always have always will because I know the dark side
I bear the scars
People forget basic fundamentals
Things like respect get neglected
Don't write this off as tough talk
It applies to all walks

Tread easy you're in a danger zone
Tread easy your not alone

There's a new breed that walks so carelessly so recklessly
But it's not bravery
Gentrification has bred confidence and with that comes consequence
Nonsense
Watch what you do watch what you say watch how you walk it
Your not at the top of the food chain
Your more like prey
Remember what I say

Tread easy you're in a danger zone
Tread easy your not alone

Tread easy you're in a danger zone
Tread easy this jungle of concrete will take your soul
Track Name: Timeless
I'm trying to find the words
Searching for the passion
I'm coming up short and time never stops passing
It's harassing me
I watch the seconds tick
They turn from minutes to days
I need to move quick but where do I look for inspiration
Where do I find the hunger the frustration
Oh it's not far at all
There's the mirror
Look the fight is on again
New chapter new book

I'm trying to find trying to find the lines
Lines words you can only define as timeless
I'm trying to find trying to find the lines
I hope what I find is timeless

Once again the struggle is on
Once again the pressure will transform us
Our presence is strong but not invincible
It's crucial time to be visceral
Realness stands the test of time
It always will but we still have to progress
And no this is not about the scene
It's about relevance in the bigger scheme of things

I'm trying to find trying to find the lines
Lines words you can only define as timeless
I'm trying to find trying to find the lines
I hope what I find is timeless

Independent of time - eternal
Unaffected by time - ageless
In my search of relevance
I found that we should always be ourselves
And in my search for progress
I found that integrity is priceless
Timeless
Track Name: All Or Nothing
You can say we're all born to lose in a sense
Right
We all live to die and who knows if there's an afterlife
Either way you hope to leave your mark in some way through the journeys you'll embark on
An old man told me
Kid never settle for anything less than you deserve
Wearing a medal on his chest
A silver star for valor
He didn't have much but was content and what he did mattered
He went all out for us we should go all out for him and us

Hate us or love us we came to prove something
So in the end we can't say it was all for nothing (all or nothing)
We live to learn
Earn our place in life
We live
We die
But don't go out without a fight

I strive to be the best at whatever I do even when I'm being bad
Yeah that's the honest truth
But being bad never got me anywhere good
So I chose the other road
I had a choice
I could so
Many brothers gone by the way side
Sisters too
The sorrow it fills my eyes
I want to fight
I want to blame
I want to take names
But in the end it's all part of the game
That we can't control
For them we set examples
They went all out for us we should go all out for them and us

Hate us or love us we came to prove something
So in the end we can't say it was all for nothing (all or nothing)
We live to learn
Earn our place in life
We live
We die
But don't go out without a fight

Respect us
Or fear us
We came to be something
So in the end we can't say it was all for nothing (all or nothing)
We laugh
We cry
We sacrifice
We live
We die
But don't go out without a fight
All or nothing
Track Name: Glory Years
I’m trapped in this time machine where everybody lives in the past I press the button that says fast forward But the machine just starts to laugh I can’t run Get me out of here I can’t run from The “glory years” There’s no glory without pain You see the dark clouds Here comes the rain Chorus: Time is our friend just Forget the past Time is our friend just live for now Right now Forget the old-times Although they’ve taught us well Old rules apply to fools who die From lack of progress you should rebel I can’t run get me out of here I can’t run from what got us here The scars pain and blood remains But I wear black to hide old stains Repeat chorus I said live for . . . Right now I’m trapped in this time machine I feel trapped in a vivid dream There’s no glory in living in the past No glory if you don’t last On we go . . . Don’t stop
Track Name: Empire
It’s a cold New York winter night I step onto the street and take flight High on life I’m like nothing can stop me Nothing can stop us No one can stop me I’m the same person that I’ve always been Misunderstood but not completely innocent I’m getting older though a little bit wiser a little bit sharper Yeah just a little better Chorus: I see our EMPIRE from these light up skies This kingdom of hardships that we can’t deny I was a stranger from a foreign place I found my home here I found my self My grace The other pieces of my soul It’s been a long hard road that I did not pave alone There still a ways to go But like I said nothing can stop me Nothing can stop us No one can stop me Without friendship and loyalty I cannot be me This kingdom is empty without Family And love You could sweep all under the rug We could never rise above Repeat Chorus I don’t want to wake up from this dream But when I do I know I’ll have what I need to succeed and grow and follow my destiny I never crowned myself the king of anything Still you call us kings If we must lead we will by example indeed My EMPIRE is your EMPIRE
Track Name: Shatterproof (feat. Roger Miret)
There’s no justice it’s just us Lines that still ring true for some of us As a kid I screamed those words I knew what it meant that our voices need to be heard Chorus: Can’t break it forsake it The foundation can’t be shaken Can’t fake it mistake it The core is shatterproof So displaced so confused running from something like every single one of you In a world of rejects and rebels is where I found myself on the same level Repeat chorus Look how far we’ve come And it’s only just begun No one can break us - no no no The bond is forged by blood Whether you love or hate us No no one can break us - no no no This bond is concrete Like the streets that made us Repeat chorus We were the victims in pain and abused the unruly class with nothing to lose Now were leaders fathers teachers But through it all our brothers keepers
Track Name: The End
We are at war with ourselves And this war is not fought with guns It’s not fought with ammunition There’s no bombs but it’s terrorism We are under siege and I’m not speaking of the war in the Middle East We are plagued by the worst disease It’s called humanity Yes you and me Too much curiosity will kill us while greed fills us Our bellies are full The green fulfills us Can it rebuild us after the damage is done It’s begun and this is just the tip of the iceberg that’s melting The deed is done how much is enough for these corporate thugs How much is too much Supply and demand will bleed us Fill the seas with black blood Chorus: It’s the beginning of the end If we don’t stop this self destruction It’s the beginning of the end If we don’t stop these trends it’s suicide We’re all killers We’re all killers We all consume We sell We’re drug dealers We all use Abuse what they sell us But who’s the evilest of all us sinners It’s you who let’s the big dog run wild with no rules or regs like a spoiled child They do and get whatever they want When they want As long as the pay offs don’t stop And they wont stop Repeat Chorus It’s suicidal It’s homicidal That means It’s final I’m talking about these governments All governments and their conglomerates I’m talking about their politics Fuck politics and fuck British Petrol
Track Name: Con Fuerza
En la lucha que se llama la vida
Solo hay un ganador
Pero en el camino a la gran despedida
Puedes vivir con honor si senor
No es facil le digo a mi gente
De mi experiencia caminos delincuentes
Sangre caliente me domina derrepente
Un fuego potente candela mi mente
Echapalante que para atras no se va
Aqui sigo en este camino
Buscando y peliando para quedarme fijo
Imaginando un grial del destino
Pero en esta carretera hay peligro
Sigo y sigo haciendo lo mio
Con dos manos en el timon a delante mio
Como dice mi abuelo escucha bien mijo
Echapalante el futuro es tuyo
Echapalante que para atras no se va
Echapalante es la unica manera
Echapalante que para atras no se va
Echapalante es la unica manera para mi
Es la unica manera para mi para ti
Para todos en la lucha para sobrevivir
De la experiencia nace el honor
Con buenas o malas aprendemos nuestro valor
Echapalante que para atras no se va
Echapalante con fuerza
Echapalante que para atras no se va
Echapalante es la unica manera para mi
Track Name: R.A.H.C.
You say it's dead,
this thing of ours is gone.
Well that's news to me,
I've been misinformed.

All these years I could've sworn.
I moved a part of something, a movement that is no more.

You want Hardcore?
Real Hardcore?
They say, "Fuck Hardcore! It's dead"!

You want Hardcore?
Real-deal Hardcore?
Well I'm sorry, they say it's dead.

I guess your word is wrong,
I wish I would have known.
I wasted so much time,
travelling around the world.

All these years I could've sworn.
I represented something they say that is no more.

You want Hardcore? Real Hardcore?
They say, "Fuck Hardcore! It's dead"!

Well let me tell you how I feel about it!
The best way I know how, I'm going to scream and shout it!
Just so, so you know, your story's full of holes.
You missed the real show you fucking assholes!

We are the real American Hardcore!

You obviously don't care about us!
You know who we are, but don't want to talk about us!

Just so, so you know, we still run the show!
We kept this thing alive, you fucking assholes!
Track Name: "Tough Guy"
I'm still that same guy who'd punch you in your fucking face,
Yeah I'm that bad guy, I'm not ashamed, I know my place.
Doesn't matter if I'm cool - Your one track mind,
Only sees me as one thing, well that's just fine.
Sometimes you have to degress to progress,
Sometimes kindness is taken for weakness.
I'm much more dangerous even though I'm more responsible,
I'm not shameless but I will hold those accountable,
You think it's cool to be rude and test the waters I will accommodate your curiosity
Be nice, my brother.

I hate being stereotyped - but sometimes you should believe the hype, and leave it alone.

Sometimes you have to degress to progress,
Sometimes kindness is taken for weakness.

So you just say: Fuck, fuck, fuck it!

I will deliver my sentence - you'll rise above it.
This is a public service I'm announcing to you
I'm denouncing my civility, be careful with your move,
You want proof, well I'll give it to you.
Track Name: Dark Horse
You thought I'd die in the gutter
You thought I'd drown in despair
You thought I'd never survive
That I'd give up and would not care.

You were so wrong...
I'm more than just physically strong!

There's more than your eyes can see,
More than you understand
There's so much more to me and my family
Look beyond my bloody hands
Look in my heart
Look in my soul
Do you understand
I don't think you comprehend that:

I will ascend
We will transcend
I will overtake
We will rejuvenate

I rose from the depths of darkness
Where you wish I had stayed in disarray
No aspiration to succeed
But your doubts, your judgement
they gave me strength
Your eyes are green with envy
But mine see the path now clearly

I will ascend
We will transcend
I will overtake
We will rejuvenate

I will ascend
We will transcend
I will overtake
and demonstrate my style

You thought I'd die in the gutter
You thought I'd drown in despair
You thought I'd never survive
But I did and you went nowhere

You were so wrong
Oh, you were so wrong...
Beware, beware the dark horse comes!
Track Name: Spider's Web
Estoy lleno de veneno
Con mi mordida yo te infecto
Si vives es suerte de dios
Los ángeles están contigo
Tiene que ser por que mi veneno es muy fuerte
Destruye todo y enferma a la gente
Si no hay cura es muerte

Libérame
de esta inminente fatalidad

no te enredes en esta tela
yo destruyo a cualquiera
yo una fiera araña muy fea
si te fascino no lo creas

mis acciones a veces defensivas
pueden hacerle daño a quien me mira
ten cuidado mi veneno es muy fuerte
si no hay cura es muerte

Libérame
de esta inminente fatalidad
libera
delante de la araña

libérame!!!

Me quiero liberar de este destino
Y la única manera es ser un asesino
Mata la enfermedad mata la araña
No es mala suerte
Me salvaré la vida

Libérame

Libera
De esta inminente fatalidad
Libérame
Delante de la araña
Track Name: Delete
What will you do when your kingdom comes crumbling down around you What will you do when the walls you built fall and all your nemeses find you In the realm of make believe you are a ruler a prince a king You speak freely imprudently It’s not naïveté It’s how you chose to be Your disciples laugh at your quips And just like you they’re hypocrites You would never own up to what you say At least not to anyones face Chorus: Wake up to reality Wake up to your pathetic life Where you you just hate to hate Because you have no life Your monarchy does not exist So what will you do when your followers betray you and you become exposed What will you do In the world of fantasy you are the master A genius indeed You voice your thoughts so eloquently or at least that’s what that’s what you believe An opinion is everyone’s right Say what you want just remember you crossed the line There’s certain people you don’t verbally smite Now this will all come to light Just like in your world One button is all takes One button can erase your words and actions or put you in a vulnerable place Repeat chorus They’re coming They’re coming for you They’re gunning They’re gunning for you
Track Name: REBEL4LIFE18
The rebel she lives forever, she lives in you, she lives in you.
She lives in those that she touched, she lives in me and you.
The rebel she lives forever, she lives in you, she lives in you.
She lives in those that she touched, she lives in me and you.

As I walk through the valley little sister, I will look for you.
I hope I can finish my work here first, I'm sure you wish you could have too.
I heard a saying that goes: “Some heroes die young”,
That must have been the truth in your case.
But I wish they were wrong, so wrong.
Suzanne.

The rebel she lives forever, she lives in you, she lives in you.
She lives in those that she touched, she lives in me and you.
The rebel she lives forever, she lives in you, she lives in you.
She lives in those that she touched, she lives in me and you.

I wish I was strong just like you, and maybe one day I'll be a free spirit just like you were.
I hope one day I can see all the good in the people around me, like you always did see.
I always think of what you said profoundly, and I know you found peace.
I know you found peace my sister, I know you're watching over your family.

The rebel she lives forever, she lives in you, she lives in you.
She lives in those that she touched, she lives in me and you.
The rebel she lives forever, she lives in you, she lives in you.
She lives in those that she touched, she lives in me and you.

We will see you on the other side, Suzanne.