The Fragile Art Of Existence (Reissue)

by Control Denied

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CONTROL DENIED, the progressive heavy metal brainchild of legendary guitarist Chuck Schuldiner, released its first and only album The Fragile Art of Existence (’99) to massive critical acclaim. The Fragile Art… is the sound of traditional metal stepping into a new century; an album where the experiences and inspirations of trail-blazing, world-class musicians coalesced under the watchful eye of one of the genre’s master craftsmen. Remastered, repackaged and featuring over an hour of previously unreleased material (extra tracks and early demos), this is the definitive edition of this timeless classic.

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released 26 October 2010

Relapse Records
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Control Denied Tampa, Florida

Control Denied was started by Chuck Schuldiner to create a European-style power metal/progressive metal band, mixed with elements of death metal recognizable in his earlier band Death. The band was first started in 1996 as Schuldiner wanted to create a slightly more melodic style than was possible with Death.

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Track Name: Consumed
Your face is hiding deep inside my mind
Your touch is on my tongue
Your face is the deepest depths of my eyes
The eyes inside my soul

Once I was free, but now I am trapped
Once I was trapped, but now I am free

I taste the tears you bled
I felt the fears you shed
You thought I did not feel
You thought I could not taste

Consumed, escape through dreams
Consumed, trapped by dreams
Consumed, forever it seems

Do you feel the pain that I feel?
The pain that lives inside
Do you wear the chains that I wear
The ones that rub me raw

Every time it is the same three words
Every time the number speaks
And when you see me and you think I am there
You will know that it is just a dream
Track Name: Breaking the Broken
I saw you, you saw me, you hid your fangs so well
I should have known better but it is hard to tell
In beauty the evil is waiting for possession
Deep inside reflections just a glimpse away

Your faithful servents, they bow to you
Together they're breaking the broken
We were set free, what is to be?
When its all said and done what is left to really say?
To be one turns to none now we are just yesterday

You speak in killing words, the kind that crush and kill
No mercy your pleasure to taste the blood you bled
The chase has ended in denial of glory
To trap and add to your servant souls
Track Name: Expect the Unexpected
And when life seems to be complete
It comes and knocks us off our feet
The element of surprise
The avengeful attack
Straight on your back it will send you
Into a state of deja-vu
Here it comes one more time
Showing its ugly face

Assaulting the senses
Screaming into the mind
Premeditating master plans
No need to underestimate

Prepare for what you cannot see
Expect the unexpected
And you will save yourself a state of shock
A waiting game, waiting to see
Expect the unexpected
And you will save yourself a state of shock

Another lesson learned to go with the others
That sit and wait to see
A silent voice

It doesn't matter who you are
In this sense we're all the same
To taste tranquility would be ecstasy
I'm holding on with all my might
To this ride we call life
Strapped down to clarity
Suprised no more
Track Name: What If...
So there they stood
On a mountain, revealing their wisdom
While taking in all that earth had to give to them
And what it hid, secrets that shadows of time concealed

What if when they saw burning stars
They thought it was a gift from beyond far
Look close between the lines
Beyond what you believe to be real
Are they just theories of time

Behold the tooth of yesterday
It holds the truth to set you free
From history some live their lives

Not long ago we looked at power as just a vision
To shatter dark with just a beam of light
It might be worth to take a close look at infinity
Track Name: When the Link Becomes Missing
A tool to do good has gone bad
Electric altar for a new religion

A new way to link
A new way to think
Individual thoughts that have become missing

Laugh at my words you fool
They will soon become living truth
Look at yourself in the mirror
Reflection is living proof

What will they do when the link they live becomes missing?
Will they survive?
When the link they breathe becomes missing

When we see the face of evil
It will be the demon reality
Track Name: Believe
Do you believe what some might say can't be could be reality
Let seven be the one for me; six chapters of life laced with mystery...
Awaiting discovery

Immune you become a war to be won the soul of a voice...
Let the voice of the soul be free

For most it does not come easily
For some it comes with pain
From a thought to a living sight
For some it's a life for some a game

There are things in life worth fighting for
And some things are better off let go
A dream secured long ago or yesterday
Close to the top there's no looking down

When you believe
Do you believe?
If you believe
You must believe!

If I was paid for disappointments I would be a wealthy man
The magic lives in sincerity, in truth, behind the
thoughts I choose to stand...
Awaiting discovery
Track Name: Cut Down
I see right through your mind
I see your kind, I know your game
Surviving on the soul of a song

Please tell me how you escape
From the guilt that should eat at your mind
When you lay down to sleep
So many precious lives lost
Picking up the shattered dreams broken by you

You'll be cut down to size when we're done with you
When you're cut down to size we will look down on you

Why is life a game where we are forced to play
I think it's safe to assume
Don't feed off a loss or a win
The reward is to survive

As you breathe you abuse the gift of life
Inhaling hope into your black heart
No guilt no shame once again empty words are to blame
Track Name: The Fragile Art of Existence
Same place, different time, same chase
A different line
A chance to heal, to allow what's real
To take its course

Like a brush in hand, to paint a picture
Of what we would like to see
And love to be
The vision is clear, taking charge of fear

For granted I do not take the future
To be changed by triumph
Tears and pain of the past
I gain wisdom

The fragile art of existence
Is kept alive by sheer persistence
The fragile art of existence

No time for self-pity
No time for dwelling on what should have been
But is yet to be

Take the plunge, take the chance
Safe in the heart and soul from elements
Spawned by those void of no self-worth
And no sense of dreams