Ideological Pragmatism

by Woven Distortion

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Ryan would like to thank his Family and Friends for their undying support and love.

Brian says: Thanks to my wife, Alisha, for the unbelievable love and support she has and will continue to show me. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me in my music and life. I couldn't do any of this without my family and friends.

Ryan uses gear from Ernie Ball Music Man, Ibanez, Martin Guitars, Mesa/Boogie, Fractal Audio, TC Electronic, Fulltone, Boss, Dunlop, Morley, and Mogami.

Brian uses and swears by Schecter, ESP, Takamine, Dunlop, Line 6, Akai, Toontrack, Avid, G-Force, MOTU, AKG, M-Audio, Yamaha, and Bethesda products.

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released October 23, 2013

All songs written and produced by Ryan Schmidt and Brian Skeel. Mixed and Engineered by Brian Skeel. Mastered by Michael Picotte. Album Artwork by Alisha Skeel.

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Woven Distortion Cleveland, Ohio

Woven Distortion is a progressive metal outfit from the Midwest US. The style is raw and technical, and has been compared to the styles of Rush, Mastodon, Protest The Hero, and Foo Fighters. Woven Distortion delivers heavy, precise music, with scorching leads, in-your-face vocals with interpersonal lyrics, and a constantly evolving structure. ... more

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Track Name: Finding Light
Silent abandon
Sliding down the doorframe
Gazes burning in my mind

I load the cannon
Mercilessly take aim
And refuse to step aside

Melancholy master
Make-believe misfortune
Malice materialized

How I wish that I could dream of her and not disaster
But it’s just begun
I manifested her demise

Don’t wanna start again
So stay where you are
It doesn’t matter what is right
I’m finding light
In knowing you’re not far

It’s still paralyzing fantasizing so

A body in a box
Lifeless black is bleeding
Light touch and a nod
Begin the proceeding
Some people count the way they love and cry
At least I’ll be well versed in saying goodbye

Better stay busy so I’ll stay sane
Better keep singing to free my brain
Got to keep moving to quell my fear
Got to stay on it so you stay here

(Ryan solo)

Don’t wanna start again
So stay where you are
It doesn’t matter what is right
I’m finding light
In knowing you’re not far

Don’t wanna start again
So stay where you are
It doesn’t matter what is right
I’m finding light
In knowing you’re not far

(Brian solo)
Track Name: War-Torn Soul
(Ryan solo)

The face I see through your disguise
Is it enough to clarify
The feelings you will give off?

I can't take it
The way you make me feel
This aching heart feels way too real
The pain I feel has to be fate
For the both of us, it's too late

All you do to me
Every piece you break
Translates to
A war torn soul
It's not hard to live when you try to die
You don't have to live this life

It's time to move on
Past the lies you laid before me
I never knew it would get to this point

What if I stayed just one more night
To find a resolution to this fight
I have to do what I know is right
Just to make it through one more night

All you do to me
Every piece you break
Translates to
A war torn soul
It's not hard to live when you try to die
You don't have to live this life

Everything we've done
Every piece we break
Translates to our own
War torn souls
It's easy to live
When we try to die
Maybe we don't have to live this life

(Ryan solo)
Track Name: Deceiver
Nothing is clear anymore
Our blindfolds give us nothing to explore
You won't believe the truth
Just a meaningless waste of youth
Grasp on to what we hold dear
Later in life all these sins disappear

Darkness takes hold
Safety fades and we lose control

I struggle to find my way…

Met with another take
The idle hand it guides my fate
Deceived to the worst degree
They flaunt corruption in ways that you can't see
Rejecting all that they've said,
I dig through the dirt to reach the end…

All alone in the night
Left to surrender to face my plight

And I fight to believe…

The truth is all that we have
Do not forsake it
Hold it close the rest of your life
Let it grow, discover what is true
Hold it within you
Sanctify the rest of your life

Your mind
A temple
Holds all
We dare keep secret

It’s easy to proclaim
Divinity in lies
It’s so hard to repel
Truth in time
My life divine

Savor the ability within
And I fight to believe

The truth is all that we have
Do not forsake it
Hold it close the rest of your life
Let it grow, discover what is new
Hold it within you
Serenity the rest of your life

The lies defy all that's inside
Never repay debt
A power resides
Time has come for you to realize
Power within your mind
Don't forget to say goodbye

Deceiver divine
Track Name: Back To The Start
Back to the start of the fight
I never wanted to believe
The reflecting pool is crystal clear
Revealing my unending fear

As I stand in the water
It shatters my paradigm into a new life
Deeper into the ice
The cleansing further penetrates my soul

You can't escape the coming flood
Don't try to escape, don't try to run
Rectifying your deeds is the only path
Of enduring the Iron Hands' wrath

Leave me be
I can see through your veil of lies
Under a guise of adaptation
Are the glistening fangs of death

Clouds are parting
Let's go back to the start
Forget your tattered past
Run for your life
The damage has been done
Who's holding the light?
Let go of your frigid past
Run for your life

Shedding my old skin
Turning toward the future
The reflecting pool is crystal clear
I can now believe
Unwavering trust can never be an option
Is it crazy to think that your life is based on assumption?

Don't you worry now, we're almost done
Don't be so concerned, you are only one
Soon there will be others to rise in our wake
It's a useless fight, an endless design we create

Say what you will
The cycle will end, with it your will
Oh, it's gonna die
Nothing will survive
Go back to the start of the fight

The clouds are parting
Let's go back to the start
Forget your tattered past
Run for your life
The damage has been done
Who's holding the light?
Let go of your frigid past
Run for your life

Embrace this new light
Let it guide your life
By choice you’ve found it
By grace you’ve accepted
Now that the clouds are gone
We can understand
What we are to become
We can finally see

(Ryan solo)
Track Name: Cage
Sanity is pushed to the side
Never to be found
In this fragile mind

It's gone
Destroyed in its wake
Taking a respite
In the darkness

When the tables are turned
And the lessons are burned In my mind

The hatred seethes
Through the cracks of my existence

All this time
It's been clear
What I should do
The realization of me
The time of my life

Has come to a head
An explanation of joy
A stripping away of hatred
A life away from the cage
It's what I needed...

I can't breathe
I can't feel
Won't you save me from myself?
Don't you see
It's all a plan
To strip away my sovereignty

The time has come
To feed the flames
Keeping my soul in its cage
It won't be easy
To keep me enslaved
As long as my mind is kept safe

I guess it's not easy to forget what I've done
Just another day, another song unsung
Maybe I can rectify what I have failed to do
Yet another feeble attempt at returning to you

Something this obvious I failed to see
It was right in front me, taunting me
A punch in the gut, a slap in the face
My arrogance has failed me…once again

I can breathe
I can feel
I've been saved from myself
I can see
The plan to steal me
It has failed
And now I’m free

(Brian solo)
(Ryan solo)
Track Name: Disillusion Defined
Time
Keeps me at bay
Squandering my breath

The clock
Seconds tick
Falling through my hands

It left me long ago
It was written in stone

Primal ordinance
A stagnating presence
Unmitigated purpose
Keeps you under its weight

It won’t be easy
It won't be easy to find a way out

Pendulum dreams shatter me
Goodbye reverie and destiny
After all this time
Disillusion defined

Keeper of lies
The illusion of time
Keeps pulling at the strings of reality

Removing the chains
The ties that bind
Gained autonomy
The third eye sight

Eternal battles rage within
Hellish torture underneath my skin
Forever imprisoned
Shackled mind
There is nothing left
But the illusion of time

The tide rejects
As all time and space conforms
To the notion of eternity
Nature laughing at chronology

Pendulum dreams shatter me
Goodbye reverie and destiny
After all this time
Disillusion defined
Track Name: The Stars Are Her Eyes
And here I stand on earth.
Track Name: Venom
I can't believe myself
My arrogance
This awful feeling must be removed

I made a monster
Of my own design
And left you helpless
With a knife in your spine

I feel your rage
Correctly directed
At my faults

I discarded your trust
For my own hunger
A deceitful charade

It's easy to know with all the lies I told
Sever me from inside your soul
A quiet display of a poisonous charade
The venom sinks deep and spreads through me

Childish propaganda
Endless fabrication
My fiction has been realized

I’ve begun to unravel
Not a day too late
A fitting end to my fate

How can I move on
From an unreal perverse wrong
I deserve this hate

Don't expect my presence
Something that won't be missed
To understand my fault is where I begin

It's easy to know with all the lies I told
Sever me from inside your soul
A quiet display of a poisonous charade
The venom sinks deep and spreads

I will not dissimulate my apology
I recognize my encroachment
Take me out from your life
My insidious mistake

This is my expression of regret

The mire I trudge is well deserved
The inescapable effect of my actions
Is a suitable punishment

There is only so much I can do
There is only so little I deserve

It's easy to know with all the lies I told
Sever me from inside your soul
A quiet display of a poisonous charade
The venom sinks deep and spreads through me
Track Name: Keep It Within
(Ryan solo)

Left alone
To face my demon
An apparition of pain
The evil which closes in
It never appeared to exist
That hanging sculpture
The lantern, the ever present din
My existential bane

You seem to know my pain
But do you know my hate?
Wear the crown of thorns
Never will you understand
My loathing inside
I no longer hide

Keep It within
What makes you whole
Keep It within your soul
Hold it deep down inside
As your doubt subsides
Hold it close

As I slay my fate
I sacrifice my hate
I choose to distract
What weakens me

Deciding time
My merciless rhyme
Of tireless torture
A journey of fortune

I know my pain
Do I know my hate?
I wear the crown of thorns
How can I understand
My loathing inside
I no longer hide

(Brian solo)

Keep It within
What makes you whole
Keep It within your soul
Hold it deep down inside
As your doubt subsides
Hold it close

I hold close
Track Name: Let It Run Free
(Ryan solo)

It's not easy to take it a step at a time
May take a while to realize
There's nothing wrong with going slow
Just close your eyes and let your mind unfold

Time ticks away
My mind drifts away
I don't want it caught, I don't want it back
Just let it run free

(Ryan solo)

It's hard to resist temptation
A million can't be wrong
Why don't you open the door?
This temple will not be razed
How can you question the gilded platter?

Crisis calls for immediate action
They move in fast to usurp the throne
There's nothing wrong with going slow
Turn back the clock, don't let the bomb explode

Freedom slips away
My rights chip away
I will not accept this, no
Just let me run free

I must resist temptation
A million can be wrong
Why don't you do what's right?
This sacred temple will not be razed
No matter how hard you try, until the day I die
You’ll never let me run free

Hey man at the front of the room
So sorry to leave so soon
But the slave still ponders yesterday
Does it threaten you?
Does it sicken and offend you
That I don't feel your level of shame?

(Brian solo)