Trials

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released June 14, 2014

Recorded and Engineered by Brent McCrea
Drums Recorded at Private Ear Studios
Guitars, Bass, and Vocals recorded at Posi Tracks Studios
Lyrics written by Justin Bergen
Music written by Essentials
Artwork by Nelson B Design

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Track Name: Counterfeit
Counterfeit, venom you spit
You wear a mask of lies
Blasphemy is your demise
Creation cries out for direction
But you lead them astray.

Lies from the mouths of “prophets” come far too quick
We’re just told to close our minds and hold to nothing
We just keep trading our riches for rags.
Hoping for more and more but never appreciating what we have been given

Since when have we needed more than a saviour?
Since when has your word not been enough?
It’s about time that we opened up our eyes
It’s about time you stop spreading your lies

“Drop your coins in the coffer and you’ll be healed”
Give all you have to a man who’s only there to steal

OPEN YOUR EYES

When did we start selling the good news so short?
When did we start just chasing sensation?

It’s about time that we opened up our eyes
It’s about time that we start exposing lies

The road is narrow, faithful are few
The road is narrow, faithful few
Track Name: Relentless
It’s so hard going day to day
Hearing the same old hate just in a different way
A twisted truth mixed in with lies
I will never fall for your obvious disguise

You claim to accept all with tolerance
But I see things another way
It’s hate on hate, it will never change
Why can’t you see you’re two-faced

You say you offer an opened mind
Will you regret the words you said?
Will you regret the lies you fed?
But all I see is the blind leading the blind.

You preach tolerance, unless we oppose your views
A violent backlash is what you really choose
You say that you seek the truth
But you deny any proof

You say you offer an opened mind
Will you regret the words you said?
Will you regret the lies you fed?
But all I see is the blind leading the blind

Here I stand, so take your shots
Bring your hate, I won’t back down
My convictions flow through my veins

RELENTLESS

You claim to accept all with tolerance
But I see things another way
It’s hate on hate, it will never change
Why can’t you see you’re two-faced
Track Name: Stand Apart
There’s so much hate, in the world we live in
So much pain, in the words that we say
Every word, meant to rip us apart
What can we do?

So I’ll stand set apart for You
I will stand apart, won’t bend my knee to the darkness of this world
It can’t take away, take away what I hold

Send me to the lions
Send me to the world
They can’t take my soul
They can’t hold me back

I need you more than ever
Oh God, I just can't save myself
Sometimes I feel the pressure to live for someone else

I won’t stay, in this place of defeat
I won’t stand with those in hate
I will choose to stand apart
I will choose to walk in light
Death has no hold anymore
No hold of me

Now I walk in light!
The darkness won’t hold me back
My voice will never falter
My spirit will never die
I will stand for truth
I will never surrender
You can’t take me down
You won’t hold me back
Oh God, send me your strength
I need it now more than ever before
Track Name: Vanity
Vanity of Vanity, everything is vanity
There is nothing new to be found, under this cursed sun

The earth beneath our feet crumbles and rots
Put your hand to the plow. Produce your selfworthlessness
Work and toil under the sun
There is nothing left to be found

Eat and drink all you produce
Raise your glass
But you will go hungry
You will cry out to the earth, to quench your thirst
But you will find nothing
There will always be nothing

Ash to ash and dust to dust
And in your excess all you have’s folly

We work so hard to be put into the earth
We work so hard for nothing
And after all of this, blood, sweat and tears mean nothing
They’re only memories forgotten
And in the end that’s all that we have.
Only memories forgotten

I’ve placed so much in fleeting things, only to be left with regret
And in all of my searching through useless things, nothing could satisfy
There was no life and no hope that could be found within me
But You reached out, in Your grace, and you are the one who sustained me
All pleasure. All pain, nothing comes close to your name
All pleasure. All pain, nothing comes close to your name
Track Name: Wretched
Drowning in my apathy
Fighting for every breath
Faced with my depravity
I never thought I’d fall this far
Drowning in my own apathy
Fighting for every breath
Faced with my depravity
How did I come to this place?


And now I see everywhere and every way that I’ve gone wrong
And now I see. My eyes have been opened to the sin of my soul
How do I keep moving on from the places that I’ve seen
When I have been exposed to who I really am?

My heart is empty
My mind is full
God please save this wretched soul

And now I see every way that you have carried me to this place
And now I see just how blessed I truly am. I understand.

Not by my own works, but by Your grace I am saved

A lifetime spent of trying to find my way
Ignorant to my own selfish ways
And all along you were there
With open arms, you truly cared.

A wretch I may be, but I’m saved by grace