Chosen Path

by Die Young (TX)

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  • Chosen Path CD
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    South American CD version of the new "Chosen Path" album
    Vegan Records 063

    7 brand new tracks + 16 bonus tracks (a collection of previously released/out of print material)

    16 page color booklet

    Spanish translations for all lyrics

    Track listing:

    1. Enter
    2. Chosen Path
    3. Conditioned
    4. Incremental Gains
    5. Rite of Passage
    6. Return to the Earth
    7. Scum
    8. Alive with Madness
    9. Drawn in Quarters
    10. Anthem of the Prodigal Son
    11. The Trail of Tears
    12. Loss
    13. Running Out of Delusions
    14. Last Recourse
    15. Fuck the Imperialists
    16. Asco Puro
    17. M.A.D.
    18. Some Salvation
    19. There is No Rest
    20. Survival Instinct
    21. Light of Our Misery
    22. Among the Ruins
    23. The Messenger

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North American vinyl on Headfirst! Records
European vinyl on Ugly & Proud Records
CD version on Vegan Records (South America)


released April 1, 2014

Recorded and mixed by Craig Douglas at Origin Sound, November 30th, December 1st, and December 4th, 2013, Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.

7" vinyl available from Headfirst! Records (North America)
12" version (one sided) available from Ugly and Proud Records (Europe)
CD version available from Vegan Records (South America)



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Texas Hardcore 2002-2009. Reborn to pillage in 2013.

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Track Name: Enter
Enter at the darkest point
Where there is no path
This is where and when your life begins

Are you afraid to walk alone?
To take a step and risk it all?
Life awaits in the unknown
What do you stand to gain if you deny
If you defy that voice inside?
Track Name: Chosen Path
Each choice made
A step towards my fate
A journey that cannot be undone
To live with the weight of my mistakes
And grow stronger as I carry on
The days of lashing out at everything
And biting the hand that feeds
Only wore me down
Now I'm left to reap what I had sown

Perhaps I've felt this broken before
Losing battles and losing the war
To stand in the fire and feel its burn
Suffer 'til there's nothing left to learn

What else can one do?

Keep breathing
Keep pushing
Keep lifting through the pain

Through years of trial and error
You learn to see things a little bit clearer
No matter how the world unravels,
The greatest war to be won
Is within yourself

"This is the path you chose"
And there's no turning back

So now I must collect myself
Pick up the pieces of shattered dreams
And learn the way of grace:
To make use of suffering

Each choice made - a step towards fate
A journey that can't be undone

Keep breathing
Keep pushing
Keep lifting through the pain
Keep living
Keep loving
In spite of everything
Track Name: Conditioned
I was once young and broken
By the world and thoughts of injustice
It took years to strengthen my core
And maintain balance at last

Deafened by
A world at war
The blood of children
Oppressed and poor

By shattered faith
In human beings
And deities

I fell to my knees
And I collapsed internally

But the world just kept spinning
It gave me no sympathy
The universe grants indifference
To universal suffering

But now I rise to stabilize...

All those years at war with myself
Self-condemned to hell within hell
A profound lesson was learned:
We can only progress from where we are
Track Name: Incremental Gains
The heart may break a thousand times
Before you find the strength to carry on
And you know I know that pain
I know it all too well
Of wanting the world to change in an instant
But it doesn't...
(It never does)

Brace yourself for the hard climb ahead
You're never going to make it if you can't
Deal with disappointment
We stand at the foot of this mountain
It towers over our heads
Do what you can while you can
Understand that change is a process

The heart may break a thousand times
And still we may not live to see the world as it should be
But I have wept all I can weep
Now it's time to climb
Step by step
With iron grip
And focus
Track Name: Rite of Passage
There is no time for self-deprecation
Not in the midst of so much suffering
I have emerged from narcissism
Now my path is clear
There's no turning back

To bear the weight
And feel the cries of the voiceless
To see no end to the violence
It's enough to render one hopeless
The weight is released when hope is lost

A rite of passage through the darkest of times
Led me to the light on the other side

There is no time for self-deprecation
Not in the midst of so much suffering
There is a call and I will answer
Now my path is clear
There's no turning back

In an instant all was changed...

I shed the weight of the carcass of youth
To meet my destiny
In this life I must be strong
For those I love, for those in need

In an instant I came of age...

Now my path is clear
There's no turning back
Track Name: Return to the Earth
In years past I couldn't sleep at night
Phantoms of the world had seized my mind
Anxious and searching for meaning by
Raging against a mundane way of life

Don't fear
Your time will come
Drawing near
The time to return - return to the Earth

To stand at the bank of the river of life
Before we're all carried away
To witness the truth of natural history
Absolve all our joy and shame
All the same

Don't fear
You will know peace
Drawing near
The time to leave - leave this world of pain

So much I can't explain - like the madness of man
Perhaps we're born just to suffer in vain
But I'll do what I can
To make my peace and transcend

Return to the Earth
Return to the sublime