Catastrophic Error

by Doomsday Virus

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The 3rd release from Doomsday Virus


released June 13, 2005

lyrics/music © 2005 doomsday virus all rights reserved
recorded at the fallout shelter 2004/2005
mixed by n.dru with mark stagliano
mastered by ted phelps
release date: 06.13.05


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Doomsday Virus Albany, New York

beautifully destructive, new york's doomsday virus has arisen from remission.

snarling vocals and panicked screams deliver brutal, biting lyrics over punishing electronics. sonic sacrifices of synthesizers and disfigured drums form the foundation for this hallowed horrorscape of nightmare noise. whiskey and nicotine fuel the frenetic fury of guitars turned to bonesaw blades. ... more

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Track Name: I Still Burn

what you don't see when your eyes are open
the things you miss when you're too busy hoping
desperate dreams all tired and choking
the smallest spark still smoldering smoking
if only you could see inside of my mind
and through a fraction of the lifetimes
that i have lived and maybe you'd find
the blissful curse laid upon the blind

and i thought that the fuse has fizzled out
that the rains had come and flames were doused
that the sky opened up and washed it all away
and left me dry with nothing to say

but i still burn, after all this time
i still burn, i burn inside
i still burn, still burn
i still burn, still burn
i still burn…

what you don't know when you talk with me
the words that you miss, the ones that i mean
that i wish you'd hear, that i wish i'd speak
hidden in the cracks and buried so deep
if you could feel the way that i do
for just one day if you only knew
what lies inside and what i've been through
could you walk away in spite in lieu?

there's no end to the fire
there's no end to the flame
there's no end to desire
there's no end to this game
Track Name: Catastrophic Error

i cannot run, any further
i cannot do this anymore
i'm just so, tired of fighting
and i don't even know what for

i have nobody, else to blame
i should have seen this coming
i have no, excuses to abuse
they all amount to nothing

this is, how mistakes are made
this is, how they're set into stone
this is, the pathway to disaster
this is, how to lose your way home

a steady line up, of distractions
to keep denial well alive
disrupting the, flow of logic
long enough just to survive

when there is nothing, left concealed
and the truth no longer hides
when you can't, keep it buried
under another stack of lies

you can't deny yourself
you cannot hide yourself
you cannot keep yourself
hidden from yourself
Track Name: The Death Of Truth

finally within your grasp
but with broken arms you miss
the chance to have it all
the passion, the prize, the kiss
tainted, however, it may be
you long to make it yours
reaching from your prison cell
towards what you can't ignore

breaking through the wall at last
the bricks collapse and bury you
now there is no turning back
no way that you can undo
denial only fans the flames
as trust dissolves and separates
boils over, and burns, and scars
rises up, evaporates

the death of truth
like the death of faith
the death of love
and all we create
the death of innocense
like the birth of guilt
destroying everything
that our dreams have built
Track Name: Gods & Idiots

no-one can save you, no-one can set you free
no-one is listening, no not even me
i am just flesh, i am just skin
i'm not to blame, for the shape that you're in
no-one will catch you, no no-one at all
no-one will flinch, they'll just watch you fall
i don't have the strength, i don't have the power
i don't have the interest, i will leave you sour

you are alone, alone in misery
too smart to think, too focused to see
you are all you have, you are what you make
you are what you give, you are what you take
you fate is your own, shape it how you may
toss it all aside, throw it all away
or hold it really close, watch it suffocate
never let it out, let it go to waste

who do you worship?
who do you trust?
who do you love?
who do you lust?

who is for real?
who is full of shit?
how can you tell…
the gods from the idiots?

no-one will complete you, no-one can ever be
no-one will fulfill you, no not even me
i wasn't sent to find you, i wasn't sent to save
i will turn my back, i will walk away
no-one is here to hold you, no-one will keep you safe
nobody will protect you, and chase the ghosts away
i will disappoint you, i will let you down
i won't reach for you, i will let you drown

you must make your own way, in this rotten stinking place
full of filth and liars, hell bent on saving face
you must walk alone, or lay down in your tracks
but this planet keeps on spinning, and never looking back
it's your choice, and i can't make it
this is life, and i can't change it
but once it is gone, it cannot be replaced
and all that is said, cannot be erased
Track Name: Futility

there was a time when we believed
the world was in our hands
before it all came crashing down
with its conditions and demands
lost was i, in asking why
answers i'll never understand
one by one we all gave in
and laid our weapons in the sand

there's nothing in this vacant void
left to stimulate
no new ideas, no challenges
nothing to create
all that's left are garbage thoughts
recycled, rebuilt, deadweight
while the voices of tomorrow's hope
choke and suffocate

all the days run together
all the colors melt away
the passion we thought would last forever
just fades, and fades, and fades
all the words run together
all the songs all sound the same
the bonds we thought we'd never sever
rust and break, and break, and break

resigned now, to a life of quiet mediocrity
ambition bleeds away, washed in waves of apathy
screaming pleas for reason, ignored, dismissed insanity
disaffected souls astray, victims of banality

all i hear are words
floating through the air
but they seem to have no meaning
and i really couldn't care
i watch them going through the motions
like so many scripted lines
it looks to me just like an act
but they're convinced it's life
Track Name: In The Shadow

i don't know what you mean, or what you expect from me
i don't know, and i don't care
i just cannot see, sometimes i can barely breathe
but i'm too cold, too cold now to care

there was a time when things were different
all shattered in stained glass fragments
strewn across the frozen concrete
reminders of a life incomplete
picked up by the hands of children
unaware of what it had been
cut right through their innocent skin
scarring yet so indifferent

i can't hear what you say, it doesn't matter anyway
your words seem so empty, to me anyhow
there's nothing that i can do, no way i can feel like you
i'm too distant, too distant now

it didn't have to end up this way
polarized and pushed all away
like a pair of former lovers
who learned one day to hate each other
longing just to be together
knowing that their minds will never
let them feel that way again
but still they try and lie and pretend

i know what you must think, i feel myself begin to sink
into your thoughts, into your eyes
i wish that i could escape, i wish that i could break away
for one more day, for one more try

but now i'm locked inside this prison
shackles where the hope had once been
iron bars and cold stone walls
are all that's left of what we called
inspiration and the dreams of
boys and girls and what we once loved
torn away, handcuffed, arrested
kept awake until we confessed it

i can't help this feeling
something's watching over me
i can't help believing
this isn't what i was meant to be
i can't stop from thinking
i want to start it all again
i can't stop from living
in the shadow of what could have been
Track Name: Wasteland

waking up for the first time
in years to watch the setting sun
its distant light irradiates a world
i knew once when i was young
like a memory from another lifetime
that escaped and followed me here
familiar yet it seems so empty
like a photograph but much too clear

it looks like a wasteland now
nothing here but hallowed ground
it looks like a wasteland now
whispers spin their way around
it looks like a wasteland now
echoing without a sound
it looks like a wasteland now
lost in time never to be found

walking down these paths i've tread
before i knew where they would lead me
remembering those words i said
when no one would believe me
what's happened to this world i knew?
this vast expanse of desolation
in a land of promise and virtue
i stand in isolation

cutting scars across space and time
filling gaps between body and mind
Track Name: Marked For Deletion

i thought that i at last was free
when you walked right into my dreams
stalking me now in my sleep
haunting, teasing, taunting me
in my mind where i was safe
out of sight, and out of place
but even here i can't escape
your dark heart and evil ways

like a virus undetected
you've grown stronger while neglected
my thoughts all left unprotected
now corrupted and infected
unknown traces still left behind
littering the circuits of my mind
with reminders i hoped to never find
of a time i wish i could rewind

you were, just a binary creation
made up, of lies and manipulation
a thought, that will never see completion
you are, now marked for deletion
Track Name: Elemental

( Instrumental )
Track Name: Mind Prison

inside these walls all bathed in whitewash
the only sound, the passing time
every second screaming louder
shrieking as each minute dies

i see the scars all scrawled in panic
etched into my skin so deep
more time to writhe and suffer
more time too crawl and bleed

and as my thoughts began to echo
off of the ceiling back to me
i began to feel so helpless
to scared to look, too scared to see

and even to this day
i still can't forget
no matter how i try
i'll never forget

nowhere to run
nowhere to hide
there's no escape
from your own mind

when all is dark
when all is done
still trapped in here
nowhere to run

and as i slept i dreamt of madness
of things i wished i'd never seen
of such visions, so horrific
they crossed into reality

and so i woke the morning after
still plagued by thoughts that would not leave
more time to wait until it's over
more time is all i need

for weeks after i wandered so dazed
from the beatings that i endured
on that night from my own demons
i never meant to conjure
Track Name: Empty Space

i can still remember when
those days could last forever then
and i can still remember
your passion and your will
and as the days went on and on
like lyrics to forgotten songs
you faded oh so quickly
before you got your fill

so what streets do you wander now?
and who's around to show me how?
to convince me there's still meaning
the way you always could
please don't tell me you've given in
and don't tell me you've let them win
i've never seen them beat you down
and i never thought i would

so much promise
so much faith
so much gone wrong
gone to waste
just a clone now
another face
vacant complacent
empty space

i fear the day i watch you follow
with empty words and eyes so hollow
staring off to nowhere
with nothing to be said
like so many others stolen
desires burnt and minds all frozen
falling into perfect patterns
so mechanical, so dead

you had this way of saying things
you had this way of seeing things
nobody could explain them
quite like you used to do
all this time i thought you were strong
and you helped me to carry on
and all of this would be lost
on the day the world lost you
Track Name: Drowned

your eyes, so deep and dark
could funnel the pain of the universe
collect it and condense it all
and make believe that it didn't hurt
frozen now and stuck in time
cold stone and looks that will never fade
hindsight is cursed upon the living
thinking back, were there better days?

sometimes it's not enough, to have everything
when your cup is full of sorrow, and it's more than you can drink
sometimes a drop of meaning, is worth more than a sea of words
sometimes it is worth screaming, if only to be heard

flashback to a winter night
still warmer than one cold spring day
i learned there would be no more chances
the dark fates had had their say
there are times when words are worthless
they can only sound stupid and cliché
i swore i wouldn't write about this
but i did it anyway

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