A Choice of Catastrophes

by Syscrusher

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Lansing's incontrovertible kings of synthesis, Syscrusher, burn out brightly with this first and last offering - A Choice of Catastrophes. A concept rock opera inspired by the Isaac Asimov novel of the same name, this epic pop/prog/metal masterpiece features many layers of dueling synthesizers, as well as guest performances by Michigan indie luminaries Chris Bathgate, Matt Milia and Zach Nichols of Frontier Ruckus, Will Yates of Zoos of Berlin, Ian Graham of Cheap Girls, Alfonso Civile of Know Lyfe, and more!

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released November 1, 2009

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Track Name: In Extremis
Supreme Council Member of the Eternals 1
Flash forward ninety billion years, five million left before the end
Spectir 00100010, observe record relay it all

r. Al
Hey spec its me, good to see you again,
i suppose you know why they sent you to here

Special Arbiter 00100010
This is what its like here now at the end
Entropy reaching its extreme extent
THe colony looks just like a corpse
Get the codes i want to listen in

r. Al
Sure thing it seems to be opening
Listen in and tell us what it is they say


AC
Hello to what is after this. Farewell to the final conciousness.
Here using the last lots of energy in this doomed universe.

With such great violence begot, it seems so very much a shame
that in extremis she breaths not a whisper.


Spectir
Freeze now before it finishes.
Even fools know of places left to fear.
Tell me now is this what death is like,
Grinding gears to one slow hault

r. Al
Easy there now dont get poetic on me.
This is just standard operations.

Spectir
Now you just wait a second here.
If this is old hat then why are we the first?
Something else 's going on now isn't it?
It's not the end It's not the end IT'S NOT THE END!!

r. Al
Track Name: Between the Breath of Infinity
Whym
Sleep soundly in the service of a time so self-absorbed.
Between the breath of infinity you'll find yourself a memory
of all that you loved and left behind

Now awake in the dawn of a new Universe.
All hopes and the dreams left forgotten.
Every law once thought true acting in reverse.
Everything that you knew turned inside out.

Sleep soundly in the service of a time so self-absorbed.
Between the breath of infinity you'll find yourself a memory
of all that you loved and left behind

Now awake in the dawn of a new Universe.
All hopes and the dreams left forgotten.
Every law once thought true acting in reverse.
Everything that you knew turned inside out.
Track Name: The End of Entropy
"With that disappearance... came the end, the final end of Eternity
óAnd the beginning of Infinity. "
Spectir
If everything I thought, I thought I knew was a lie,
Then why'd you tell me now?
Entropy can be turned around I know I saw,
I know it reversed course.

Entropy now ends, A cycle formed endlessly spins.
Into forever, and on and on and on and on.

From out here I can see all the energy gather up
and gather into shape.
Now it really looks as though it may be to much
may be too much to hold.

Entropy now ends, A cycle formed endlessly spins.
Into forever, and on and on and on and on...
Track Name: A Sentence In Stasis Eternal
r. Al
Spec look out looks like were caught.
By some force we've never faught.
Temporal gravitation holds us in time.
Who knows what feinds we'll find.

Spectir
Right now all I can think is, What have we done to bring
this fitting and god-awful fate upon us?
In the blink of an eye, our best bet denied and so it seems that we now share
a sentence in stasis eternal.
Track Name: Destiny Like a Dagger
Noise
We're the ones who built this is up,
We're the ones who will tear it apart.
Spectir what did you think?
Travel time with no consequence?
Now you know this is it!

This is your final warning now.
To live or die, I can't care less.
Between us both I'm sure you know.
Eternity is a death sentence...

Flee fast for the final time,
How fortunate we've been here before.
We knew your name before you were born.
Destiny like a dagger looms.
Now you know this is it!
So goodbye!

This is your last chance to save us all.
From catastrophe much greater than,
The ones you've seen and yet to see.
Humanity's hubris will end right here.
Track Name: Time and Chance, the Architects
Supreme Council Members of the Eternals 2 & 3
Listen up this is all that you need to know
We're the hope in the eyes of destiny.
Orchestrate each event and the aftermath,
Towards the end of a life ephemeral.

Spectir Council Member 1
All the time you take Time and chance the architects
for your own of a flawless fate if affected.
ends. Your providence So see for yourself the end results
is their sacrifice. of the war we wage, Discords defeat.
So tell me now Eternity held in our hands so
what good is a life? step aside and bid farewell.
Without the free will Become now as a spectator
to live and to die. on the sidelines of the great beyond.

Council Members 2 & 3
Little one such a fool we did not expect.
Though it seems that a thorn in our side you've become.
Say goodbye to your lost cause of obstruction,
And enjoy the abuse of an unwarned earth.

Spectir Council Member 1
All the time you take Time and chance the architects
for your own of a flawless fate if affected.
ends. Your providence So see for yourself the end results
is their sacrifice. of the war we wage, Discords defeat.
So tell me now Eternity held in our hands so
what good is a life? step aside and bid farewell.
Without the free will Become now as a spectator
to live and to die. on the sidelines of the great beyond.
Track Name: Collapse of the Stars
Joseph
Gravity becomes the worst enemy
man has ever face unto this point.
Still it fights those fallow forces
with faith unfettered by folly.

r. Al
Spec dont waste time its the one thing we've not.
Too few chances are all that we have.
Right here right now lets see what they've got.
Black hole on course for earth now.

Joseph
Every scientist and civilian
flees the same way.
A dead star we face and swing right in
head long into oblivion.

Joseph
What we saw as a catastrophe,
and the black hole we thought
would surely spell our end.
Is now a memory inert and departed.
In losing choice we lost the
very thing that defines us.
Track Name: Hope Hangs like a Ghost
Joseph
Children of the Earth, let us take up arms.
The tyrrany we face of our fate predetermined.
Call goes ringing out, into the fray we're thrown.
To save this race so very shakable.

The fires of forces past.
Freedom to fight or fail ourselves.
Betrayed by what promised peace,
Yet supplants choice for predictability.
So soldier on sweet son and leave no wake behind.
The bombs, the bombs have brought us back,
have brought us back to what we are.
Just chaos tumbling round and round,
Like atoms from the shells of dying stars.

Joseph
Hope hangs like a ghost, ephemeral at best.
Humanity here on the brink of non-existence now.
So say farewell to fate, and who we could have been,
torn apart like spider webs in the doors of destiny.
Track Name: Ticking Towards the Reckoning of All Mankind
Spectir
Twilight draws near, Humanity now fades.
Passing from Eternity to history.
And now, Free will's been won. The countdown begins,
Ticking towards the reckoning of all Mankind.
Spectir
One Chance is gone, One single breath,
One consciousness is all that's left.
Too many lives, too little time,
to save us all from our demise.
There is no hope, There's only death,
There is nothing save doom thats left.
Spectir
Farewell to what we once held so dear.
Hello to obliteration eternal.
Sleep here for now, Until the end.
At which point humanity extinguished
cosmic dance brought to a stop.
Spectir
Before the spark, that starts it all,
That set it off to repeat again.
So cosmic well that never dries
retake what's yours, spring forth again.
Spectir
One Chance is gone, One single breath,
One consciousness is all that's left.
Too many lives, too little time,
to save us all from our demise.
There is no hope, There's only death,
There is nothing save doom thats left.