To Believe The Future Looks Bleak

by Shroud Of Despondency

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Recorded live in the studio on 2/24/2013. Thanks to Jamison at Folkpocalypse Studios for his assistance and patience. These are brand new songs, the first written together after our "Pine" album, and were recorded without punch ins. Listen at your own risk.

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released February 27, 2013

First official recording session with Spencer Powers on drums. Rory, Jon, Tyler, and Ron remain doing the same things they've always done.

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Shroud Of Despondency Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Shroud of Despondency was formed by Rory Heikkila in the late 1990's.

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Track Name: A Man Can Dream
Feed what is hungry
Let every footstep in the snow melt beneath your boot
Warm with blood, saliva, and contemptuous steam
Let disdain for others stain the roots
Stain the roots
Everything rises again
Infinity in cycles
Cycles that end with the spilled blood of brothers
And semen in dead mothers
Feed what is angry
Let every tear drop that falls burn
Tearing chunks from your skin
So you can learn to react and think comforting thoughts
Force yourself to learn to hold them in
Everything rises again
Infinity in cycles
Cycles that end with the spilled blood of brothers
And semen in dead mothers
I’m only wanting something new
Don’t blame me if it means the ending of you
This means the ending of me too
The beautiful, something away
...And know when it is right to let go
A man can dream
Track Name: Clenched Jaw
Clenched Jaw
A reason to believe that the future looks bleak
Target
Each sun that rises above my peak
Your sadness not even a distraction
Your sadness not even a distraction
Clenched Jaw
A reason to believe that the future looks bleak
Target
Each sun that rises above my peak
I call you beautiful
I'm an animal for your innocence
Your sadness not even a distraction
It's inherent in your beauty
A maddening part of my being
One I refuse to understand
Always tormented by the space
Between inner and outer man
I lash out
I do not kill
I injure
I do not kill
I injure
I live for the sound of pain
I do not kill
I injure
I do not kill
I inure
Kept alive by my disdain
Track Name: Winter and Warmth
It will be winter soon enough
So I prepare my warmth
Without the need to prepare my warmth
I’d be left with only myself
My winter
Snowflakes imprinted with messages of death
Words explaining why love has failed
How my life is veiled by the comfort of others
And how every light grows pale
Reasons for the brightness
Fear of self, worry for others, diminished hope, desire to escape
Consequences of my desire
Murder, suffering, more convictions and more love
Blood stains the snow
The blood will always melt
Who will see?
Track Name: Prominent Cross
Prominent cross
High in the air
Degredation underneath
Who is worthy of love?
Prominent cross
Clouding the air
Who is love worthy of?
I'm sorry I held my hand to the flame again
To honor that which was taught to me by you, father
Visibility fades, the lights go out
Honorable men go with honorable men
In the dark
I'm sorry I held my hand to the flame again
To honor that which was taught to me by you, father