empower

by FULL SCALE RIOT

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The politically-motivated empower sees FULL SCALE RIOT’s guitarist Tim McMurtie (ex-M.O.D., Rhythm Trip), vocalist BJ Allen, bassist Jeff Wood (Shat, ex-M.O.D., ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan live), and drummer Evan Rossiter delivering just under thirty minutes of their invigorating punk/thrash-fueled hardcore. empower features a widespread network of guests, including vocals by Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy’s Law), rapper Chris Rivers (son of the late great rapper Big Pun), and Tsarina Romanoff, as well as guitars from Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Misfits) and blues/rock/reggae/soul singer/multi-instrumentalist and activist Ben Harper, the album recorded to 2” tape at Trax East Recording Studio (Misfits, Turmoil, Hatebreed), engineered and co-produced by Eric Rachel with assistance from Eric Kovortec.

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released July 9, 2017

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Track Name: Hold you to the fire
Beaten to submission just to prove you wrong.
Not to prove that I belong.
Hold you to the fire just to watch you burn.
To shed light on what you think you've earned.
Denying me!
Smiling in my face while you plot to deceive.
These are not the values in which friendship is made.
That's why I feel betrayed.

Every time I look at, 
the lines upon my face.
Wasted time on loyalty, 
wasted years can't be replaced.
But now that I know that I've never had a choice,
you may take my memories,  
but you'll never steal my voice.
 
Hold you to the fire watch you burn. 
And make you see. 
That those memories belong to me.
You tried to erase everything without a trace. 
You smile at me with a guise of loyalty. 

Every time I look at, 
the lines upon my face.
Wasted time on loyalty, 
wasted years can't be replaced.
But now that I know that I've never had a choice,
you may take my memories,  
but you'll never steal my voice.

As time goes by and I get older it makes me realize that I am loyal to a fault. 
Selfless enough to let things slide.
Strong enough to swallow my pride. 
I will no longer be the clown. 
Nor will I be pushed around.
Now I hold you to the fire, 
to see through you, 
or to watch you burn.

Fire scorching ground.
Turning smiles back into frowns.
No bridges will be burned.
As far as I'm concerned.
I'm lifted to higher ground.
Because I know I've done my part,
If you seek atonement…
You'll find friendship in my heart.

Every time I look at, 
the lines upon my face.
Wasted time on loyalty, 
wasted years can't be replaced.
But now that I know that I've never had a choice,
you may take my memories,  
but you'll never steal my voice.
Track Name: All day PMA
On days like this.
I'm glad to be alive.
No worries about the daily grind.
The earth is spinning and the sun will shine.
And I have no worries about the time.

On days like this.
It's all love that I feel.
With no weight carried on my shoulders. 
Some may say I'm delusional.
But maybe I'm just getting older.
I confess. 

I've learned patience with time.
I've learned patience with time.
I've learned patience with time.
I've learned patience with time

No one can do for you like you would do for you

I've learned patience with time.
I've learned patience with time.
I've learned patience with time.
I've learned patience with time.

Such a lovely day, 
not a care in the world.
I'm Grateful for these hands, 
that created it all. 
I confess.

With a focused mind and two strong hands.
I've made a place to fulfill my plans.
Life is tricky and filled with demands.
But I must ignore the hourglass sand.
 
With a focused mind and two strong hands.
I've made a place to fulfill my plans.
Life is tricky and filled with demands.
But I must ignore the hourglass sand.

Pick it up.

With an open heart and a positive view,
there's no limit to what you can do.
So lace up your boots and stand on your own two. 
Stay focused with a heart that's true.

Express love each and every day.
No worries about what they may say.

I've learned patience with time.
I've learned patience with time.
I've learned patience with time.
I've learned patience with time.

No one can do for you like you would do for you

I've learned patience with time.
I've learned patience with time.
I've learned patience with time.
I've learned patience with time.

Such a lovely day, 
not a care in the world.
I'm Grateful for these hands, 
that created it all. 
I confess.

Feeling good I don't want this to fall or abruptly stop.
Track Name: Eighty Two Hundred
Yes I've got the answers it's LEGALIZE IT NOW!
You tell me that it's harmful I intended to show you how.
Thousands incarcerated LOW LEVEL CITIZENS!
Who think their stories over but this is exactly where it begins.
 
There is one sad story of a man and his chains,
once tethered to an address with the most ironic name. 

82 HUNDRED no more victims road 
82 HUNDRED no more victims road 

I can't be the only one who thinks that this is insane thousands of people living their lives caught up in chains.

I know I can't be the only one who thinks that this is insane.

I can't be the only one. 
Who thinks this is insane. 
How many people will die in chains? 
Caught on a third strike.
YOUR OUT on your life. 
No more of these travesties.
Keep your government HANDS OF ME.
And I will precede to drop my attitude.
Because I'd rather be High.

SMOKE.

Yes I got the answers it's LEGALIZE IT NOW! 
You tell me that it's harmful I intended to show you how.
Thousands incarcerated LOW LEVEL CITIZENS.
Who think their stories over but this is exactly where it begins.

There is one sad story of a man and his chains, 
once tethered to an address with the most ironic name.

82 HUNDRED no more victims road 
82 HUNDRED no more victims road
Track Name: Game Face
When it comes to me I,
I take my time.
It will appear as if everything here is fine.
You wouldn't know,
If I'm about to blow.
This face won't change,
but it's 50/50 how this will go.

You wouldn't like me when I'm mad.
You see this smile should you be glad?
Or concerned?
For when bridges burn. 
Are you next?
Is this your turn?

I’ve got my game face on.
Yeah.
Game face.
On.

You want to read me, 
but you can’t.
You want it all inside your greedy little hands.
No, this book's not for sale.
You can't read me.

You see this face?
You think all’s fine?
You'll get yours man,
it's only a matter of time. 
You wouldn't know, 
if I'm about to blow.
This face won't change, 
but it's 50/50 how this will go.
You wouldn't like me when I'm mad.
You see this smile should you be glad?
Or concerned?
For when bridges burn. 
Are you next?
Is this your turn?

I’ve got my game face on.
Yeah.
On.
Game face.

You want to read me, 
but you can’t.
You want it all inside your greedy little hands.
No, this book's not for sale.
You can't read me.
Track Name: Hope
When they make a call to order. 
Knowing its a bold face lie. 

When they say, they walk on water
and nobody asked them why.
They appear to have the answers, 
but they know that it won't fly.
When the truth it grows like cancer,
and the world has exposed their lies.
Will you follow the leader to paths well known, 
or walk a lonely trail?
Create resistance from what you know, 
or live amongst the frail?
For some reason you will not say, but the thought was in your head.
We're all running from Father time, till Mother makes our bed.

You get what you got, 
you know what you want,
you want it all.
I know your scared.
But life without hope,
is like putting a rope around your neck. 
So don't get tired.
Look past all the lies, 
while keeping your eyes on the prize.
So don't be scared because an army of truth is standing right behind you.
 
Follow the leader to paths well known, 
or walk a lonely trail?
Create resistance from what you know 
or live amongst the frail?
For some reason you will not say but the thought was in your head.
We're all running from Father time, till mother makes our bed.

You get what you got, 
you know what you want,
you want it all.
I know your scared.
But life without hope,
is like putting a rope around your neck. 
So don't get tired.
Look past all the lies, 
while keeping your eyes on the prize.
So don't be scared because an army of truth is standing right behind you.

So don't be scared of the truth,
because armed with it no one can conquer you. 
Thats why
I have hope that it will start today
I have hope that it will start today

So don't be scared of the truth,
because armed with it no one can conquer you. 
Thats why
I have hope that it will start today
I have hope that it will start today
Track Name: Rising Tide
Fake! 
Is what we've become.
I know I'm not the only one.
Who sees that we have miserably failed. 
Strange fruit indeed. 
Just enough knowledge,
to watch us hang from a tree.
Kick the chair to set us free.

It's all lies.
Come again.
It's all lies.
It's all lies.
Come again.
It's all lies.

I walk through a world divided, 
hand and hand with humanity. 
From the mountaintop I see,
manufactured insanity. 
Vapid creatures who are no longer in control of their rage. 
have rushed the stage. 
Hypnotic swinging emotions,  
blow the dog whistle, 
and watch the commotion.

The sun will set. 
When people die.
An ocean of ignorance. 
Rising tide.

You!
They want you sick or in jail.
They will prevail.
If you decide not to swim.

Prepare yourself.
Repair yourself.
Because there's a storm coming in. 
If we refuse to bend to men who say the world is flat. 
Who build sea level foundations devoid of facts.
On higher ground we withstand all attacks.

It's all lies.
Come again.
It's all lies.
It's all lies.
Come again.
It's all lies.

I walk through a world divided, 
hand and hand with humanity. 
From the mountaintop I see,
manufactured insanity. 
Vapid creatures who are no longer in control of their rage. 
have rushed the stage. 
Hypnotic swinging emotions,  
blow the dog whistle, 
and watch the commotion.

The sun will set. 
When people die.
An ocean of ignorance. 
Rising tide.

You!
They want you sick or in jail.
They will prevail.
If you decide not to swim.
Track Name: The Day I Died
If I had only seen the signs. 
Maybe things would remain the same. 
I would have tried to change your mind by showing you another way. 
You took your life. 
I died inside. 
The rest of me is living in pain. 
I would have tried to changed your mind from a scenario with nothing to gain. 
I can't imagine the isolation you must have felt.
I understand that living is hard, with the cards you've been dealt.

But here we stand. 
With empty hands.
And broken hearts.
The friends you left behind. 
Will loyally do their part. 
Death will not brake these bonds.
You will forever live on. 
You'll forever live on. 

If I could go back in time has been an occupying thought.
I wonder what I could have done in the end? I come to naught. 

This question kills me, 
and I know this wasn't my fight.
The day I died,
this sorrow fills me.
As I watch my friend walk towards the light. 

You took your life. 
I died inside. 
The rest of me is living in pain. 
I would have tried to changed your mind from a scenario with nothing to gain. 
I can't imagine the isolation you must have felt.
I understand that living is hard, with the cards you've been dealt.

But here we stand. 
With empty hands.
And broken hearts.
The friends you left behind. 
Will loyally do their part. 
Death will not brake these bonds.
You will forever live on. 
You'll forever live on. 
Track Name: Freedom Of Self
We are distracted by shiny things. 
I’m not crazy.
They are, trying to suppress my will.
I am hyper aware of my cage. 
And susceptible to populist rage.
That's no excuse, 
for being complacent. 
It's time to look for a replacement.
This apathy has run its course.

Don’t!
Take!
My!
Personal freedom! 

They want to take them from us.
They want to take them from me.
Pry them from my cold dead hands. 
These words are a demand.
I will be happy without your hand around my neck, forcing me to heel. 
I would like to do as I feel.
As long as I hurt no one you should let me be.
Is this the land of the free?
You tell me what to do with my body!
You tell me what to do with my land!
I tell you, I won't take it this is my final line in the sand.

Don’t!
Take!
My!
Personal freedom! 

They want to take them from you.
They want to take them from me.
Come pry them from my cold dead hands .
Your world is not for me.
Oppression as far as you can see.
A distortion of faith. 
Xenophobia, 
the master race.
I hear the drumbeats, I hear them clear. 
Its fear.

Fear!

Don’t!
Take!
My!
Personal Freedom!