Journey Into Darkness

by Van Clemons

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The 'Journey Into Darkness' is a tale of just that, a journey into, through, and out of the unknown. One in which took the better part of a decade to endure. One that encompasses the darker side of ones insecurities, and a future of an ever uncertain existence. Losing ones self, within themselves, and desperately trying to revive that natural state of oneness all while being at peace in a world gone mad is the tale of this journey. A journey through the leaps and bounds of life, being viewed through a stained glass window of drug-infused altered state of consciousness, from a apathetically bounded-soul with a one-track mind.

Nothing less then the seedlings of a spiritual awakening coming from the nightmare for which we can sometime allow life to become.. During the making of this album many different life altering experiences occurred, friends past away, drug overdoses were as common as a handshake in a business meeting, leaving the concept of life and death and the reason for our existence ever increasingly more prevalent.



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-John Martin

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-Tabitha Swartz

“If you can survive this one you can survive the end of the world and be there after THE Singularity of music being more pregnant than frigid humanity.”
-Jacques Coulardeau

“raging, brutal sound you guys have..matched by sharp, articulate rhyming and a heavy, ferocious vocal style..makes for a wild, thrashing vibe that fills the room and sends the walls crashing down. Awesome skills!!”
-Mike White

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-Robert Gallagher

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-Destiny

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-Rachael

“Enjoy their classical background and their unimaginable hard punkish rock in the front, half everything you can imagine except soft.”
-Jacques Coulardeau

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released 21 May 2012

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The Sleeping Kingdom Youngstown, Ohio

Much like Trent Reznor, the mastermind behind Nine Inch Nails, who writes and records all of his own material, Van Clemons does nothing short of the same. The Sleeping Kingdom, the world in which he created, is so perfectly named due to the fact that all the music that resides under the Kingdom name is music that had been shelved for nearly a decade. What almost never was, soon, became a reality. ... more

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Track Name: Journey Into Darkness
Livin' on the wings of an angel, sin. Forget about the problems, the ones I'm in. Open door in a room thats dark- shadow present, human marked. Outlined on the ground below, in this life when it's time to go.

Life's a maze, we're rats in traps. Powerless victims - Mummy's wrapped. Hung up to prove there points, broken arm and feet's and joint. It's getting dark, too dark to see. How many maggots on your sleeve?
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The path is crooked, pothole-filled. Scattered drugs, popping pills. Hard to find what it is you lost. Don't get shit once you paid the cost. Eternal debt- Hypothesis, Journey Into Darkness.
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I journeyed from hell and back to say, we're all gonna die some fucking day. No way around what can't be stopped, no fucking store- "Humans - Be Bought". I know how it all will end-in a box, do not pretend there's a way out of this. All our friends, they'll all be missed.

Grave after grave- did you stop to think? Of dirt- you home, all in a blink. Alive and dead, or just a dream? Not a fucking person will hear you scream!
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The path is crooked, pothole-filled. Scattered drugs, popping pills. Hard to find what it is you lost. Don't get shit once you paid the cost. Eternal debt- Hypothesis, Journey Into Darkness
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Track Name: The Truth Be Told
I can't figure out how your so cold. Why the truth hurts, and lies are gold. Help me to see what I'm missing, where I've gone astray. I gave everything away- just to see that your fake!
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I fucking hate this, everyday's repeating. I can not help what I aint seeing. I know your lying, I know you cant feel. I know your so old. The truth will be told.
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I feel I'm missing out on something you cant give me, and I cant find. Maybe I'm just.. too fucking blind to live in your world- that you've destroyed. You cant rebuild it now!
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I fucking hate this, everyday's repeating. I can not help what I aint seeing. I know your lying, I know you cant feel. I know your so old. The truth will be told.
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You're a fucking asshole. All you do is talk shit. Your soul is empty. I see through your eyes. Every word is broken. Judgement rendered, spoken. Fairy tail is over. The truth will set you free.
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Track Name: Nothing To Belong To
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I can't be just another lie. Living- breathing, until I die. I chosen not to plant your seed. Reaping- sowing, brand new breed. A dying world- whats there to do? Please put me through something new. My job- my boss, the government. Crooked goddamn president.You turn on t.v. whatcha see? An ending world- soon to be.
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I can't be what you want me to be, fuck you all- whore. Lifeless, selfish, piece of shit. Broken pieces do not fit. I can't become the same as you with nothing to belong to.
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Exploding skulls in every hand, polluting every inch of land. With disillusion spreading to, far and wide and stretching you. Brinks of crazy- lonely shoes, on the edge of cliffs and nightly news.
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I hear voices in my head that tell me not to try. Forgot how to survive. The fear that takes a hold. My time thats unforetold.. Unforetold..
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It can/can't be.. It can/can't be as bad.
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I can't be what you want me to be, fuck you all- whore. Lifeless, selfish, piece of shit. Broken pieces do not fit. I can't become the same as you, with nothing to belong to.
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Lifeless. Selfish. Broken pieces do not fit.
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Track Name: Land Mine
Can't hesitate to place blame, the feeling is just about the same as the "name game"- you play. You just can not win, it's a sin- the position we're in. To think that it could get this way again, I hear the children's cry- as they indistinctively multiply. We all try as we die.
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It's hard to live one life through. It's all we got though. Live it right, so there's no in void. Like a land mine.
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Hostages only to ourself- imprisoned, till we hear the truth. You can never really tell who the fucks behind the booth. Fighting like it was a brawl, creating all this martial law. Reeking havoc world wide. Economy about to die. Thinking about suicide, where the fucks there left to hide? Killing all this little time, speechless- like a land mine.
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I can't believe you'd fall for it again. It's the end- of the end. That's all I see, all I see- Like a land mine.
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Track Name: Dropout - Rise Up
Can not forge on.
Copout, take this with you.
I cant stand it. Endless,
every damn day.
Mindless zombies, attack,
Pure anarchy.
No God to save us now.
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Dropout - Rise up, fight back, move on,
Stay strong, lets go, resist, stand tall,
Outcast-know-how, persist, dont crawl,
Reserve inside, feelings dont die.
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No rules. Morals, concept-
Right behavior.Live right - Freely.
Expose, all of your lies. System failure.
Crashing, down to the ground.
Shallow. Darkened. Worthless.
Your souls empty, Leading blindly.
We're all dying!
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Dropout - Rise up, fight back, move on,
Stay strong, lets go, resist, stand tall,
Outcast-know-how, persist, dont crawl,
Reserve inside, feelings dont die.
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Track Name: Dead Herd
Cant fight the battle that you know you cant win
With the devil in your pocket your carrying around sin
With the demons on your back and the skeletons in your closet
You dont have a fucking prayer and if you did you just lost it
Its easy in this life to turn the wrong way
But if your soul aint strong enough wont see another day
A worthy life aint living unless its living right?
Now get the fuck out there and continue the fight
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I cant fall and behold this failure
Im sick of being told
Only the righteous and the pure
Can succeed in this life
Fuck you fuckers too
Forget all thats measured
Dont follow the dead herd
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Your path wont be paved by the yellow brick road
It will not lead to a wizard who will help you be bold
The choice in life that you make mustn't never regret
Because remorse is crippling - Get back move to the next
Music is the medicine that cures my decease
I didnt come this far in the game not to roll up my sleeves
So if I land on my face all of this is a joke
At least I meant every word in this sentence I spoke
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I cant fall and behold this failure
Im sick of being told
Only the righteous and the pure
Can succeed in this life
Fuck you fuckers too
Forget all thats measured
Dont follow the dead herd
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Track Name: Just Throw Me Away
Lost in your eyes, I was blind. But now I believe, now I can see. The stars in the sky up above, shine light of love. That will never die. As long as we're here we can't give up, facade of fear, bottoms up. And they can try and break our will, fire to kill, made of steal.
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It's so dark and cold outside of my mind. Lost feelings I can't find. And it'll be ok if you can just show me the way. The way of life's like a mystery, everything keeps changing to me. And I'll bleed to stay just another day, if I can't, Just throw me away.
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The pedestal of life has got me down. A broken home is where I'm found. In due time it will make sense. Change is tense, in its prime. One more verse as same as the first, the guy in the box, in the back of the hearse. Dig the whole and fill it in, reborn again, Pay the toll.
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It's so dark and cold outside of my mind. Lost feelings I can't find. And it'll be ok if you can just show me the way. The way of life's like a mystery, everything keeps changing to me. And I'll bleed to stay just another day, if I can't, Just throw me away.
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Track Name: Bull In a Pit
I can't be what you want me to be, live life your way catastrophe. Like a rubber band twisted at both ends, waiting to snap, so I can mend. Tell it like it is, and not like it was. From now on, yes it do, and how and what it does. Theres a special place inside for these feelings that I've killed. The cup was never their, let alone half filled.

I visit your grave, in my mind, I can see a happy childhood, how it use to be. The drugs, the high, how the fuck am I alive? Not just a fuckin' sentence, I tell no lie. Up for days, forgot who I was. Lived to tell the tale without the mother fuckin' fuzz. But all of this and more I can't seem to let go. Endless memories now buried below.
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Freedom comes from the price of one, selfish soldier, who's never done. Protect and serve he'll do it unlike anyone else can son. A voice in the mind of a man with a plan who can overcome all upon any land. At anytime they beckon, call. Fore the warriors standing tall, till thee end, till thee end, till the end he'll fight. 110 percent, all day, every night. He cannot stop, don't know submit. Dog in a cage and a bull in a pit.
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People fighting, people kill for no reason, thinking they will have bragging rights to unsolved problems, creating solutions, diluting confusion. Only making the problem worst, like a curse, it persists till your dead in a hearse. The only way out is through the roof but, in order to get their you gotta listen to the truth. Better wake up before it's too late, just drop the beef before you come the bait. A sinner nor a saint, trapped inside, I aint gonna fall for this shit and never bend. You gotta get up and give again, give again. Never let it go, the dream is still alive. You gotta sweat the blood and bleed the tears, till the day you die, only strong survive.
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Freedom comes from the price of one, selfish soldier, who's never done. Protect and serve he'll do it unlike anyone else can son. A voice in the mind of a man with a plan who can overcome all upon any land. At anytime they beckon, call. Fore the warriors standing tall, till thee end, till thee end, till the end he'll fight. 110 percent, all day, every night. He cannot stop, don't know submit. Dog in a cage and a bull in a pit.
Track Name: Dead Inside
I can't stay, can't stay here with you. Something I can't put myself through, again. No more pain for me, I'm too blind to see this disarray. Disarray of misery.
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I wake up in the morning and I miss my friends, half of them are dead and the other half pretend. And even though some of them are really alive, might as well be dead cos' they're dead inside.
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I've given up hope, concealed it with dope. "Patty-caked" my life and I bought a rope. I can't give up cos' I love my kids, but do I want them to see daddy like this? ...Like this, like this? Another day I try to stay, I continue to fight and make my way. (I make my way, my way) My way.
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I wake up in the morning and I miss my friends, half of them are dead and the other half pretend. And even though some of them are really alive, might as well be dead cos' they're dead inside.
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No more pain for me, I'm too blind to see this disarray of misery.
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I wake up in the morning and I miss my friends, half of them are dead and the other half pretend. And even though some of them are really alive, might as well be dead cos' they're dead inside.
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