Exordium

by Alatus

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about

This is our debut album, the first full-length recording that any of us have ever done. The whole process has been so much fun from start to finish, from arguing over having too many build ups, to throwing down in Charlie's lounge and to the countless bargain hunts for whatever food we can find.
We recorded this in a lot of different locations; drums and bass at our college; guitar in Charlie's lounge and summer house, and all of the vocals in Joe's bedroom until 4AM, powering through with the aid of own brand energy drinks and pizza. We can never thank pizza enough.
There may be the odd bum note or out of time snare hit, but that doesn't detract from the immense feeling of pride we have with this finished piece of music. It represents a huge part in our musical careers both individually and as a collective, and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it!

credits

released 13 August 2013

Lee Butler- Vocals.
Idy Mirza- Guitar, gang vocals.
Declan Byrne- Bass, gang vocals.
Charles Sloper- Drums, gang vocals.

Joe Payne- Recording, mixing, production.
Toby Lloyd- Album artwork.

We'd also like to thank our local college for tech support, providing space and equipment to record in, and being generally awesome.

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Alatus Chippenham, UK

We are Alatus, a four-piece band from Chippenham in Wiltshire, and the surrounding area. We don't like to label ourselves, listen to our music and decide what you think, but if it makes it easier for you just call us post-hardcore.

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Track Name: The Burial of Juliet
Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.
We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in;
machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical,
our cleverness hard and unkind.
We think too much and feel too little.
More than machinery we need humanity,
more than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.
Without these qualities life will be violent and all will be lost.
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say: do not despair.
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass and dictators will die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long as men die liberty will never perish.
Soldiers: don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder!
Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men,
machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts.
You are not machines!
You are not cattle!
You are men!
You have the love of humanity in your hearts.
You don't hate, only the unloved hate.
The unloved and the unnatural.
Soldiers: don't fight for slavery, fight for liberty!
In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written:
"The kingdom of God is within man."
Not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men: in you! You the people have the power!
Track Name: Breathing Architecture
I know who I am. I know what I wanna be, I pray that you do the same.
I know this is love. I know what I believe. I swear, I am not insane.
And as the mist in my head clears, I know who I am.
I know what I wanna be, I pray that you do the same.
I know this is love. I know what I believe. I swear, I am not insane.

There is love at the centre of all of this hate.
Visions of height above the depths, we need a drastic change.
It's never too late, we haven't sealed our fate. I'll keep my head up through all of the rain.
And it hurts so much to scream your heart out and have no one hear the sound. You may be lost but you will be found.

Breathe architecture.
Breathe architecture.

This dream will always be alive, to plant hope so firmly in their eyes. Set on this goal, love is the drive. You can call it foolishness, call me blind. For as long as I know this is my purpose, I will strive.

And all I ever wanted was for people to be happy.
And all I ever wanted is all I'll ever see.
All I ever wanted was for people to be happy.
Just believe the words I speak.
I'll make a difference, you'll see.
I'll walk away from you, and the sky and the sun will see me too.
I'll walk away from you. And the moon and the stars will see it through.

I'll look back at my former self and say:
I'll walk away from you, and the sky and the sun are gonna see me too. I'll walk away from you. And the moon and the stars will see it through.
Track Name: Macbeth Was Right
When it all began I was ignorant to a possibility of a means to an end.
My heart aches cries and throbs with pain at the thought of having, just a friend.

What is romance? What is chivalry? What is love? What am I?

If I'm trapped in the future and you're trapped in the past, if we both pull ourselves together I'm more than sure we can make this last.

Fear is a reflex and drama is a goal. The inside me carries that goal and the outside me will do all it can to get rid of it. I know it sounds cliché but I feel at war with myself. I feel that no matter what I do I will always strive to undo my happiness. I tie the string neatly in a knot and as I fall asleep I begin to undo that knot. I wake up and the cycle continues. In this case I wish I was an insomniac. I wish things were so much easier…and I wish you were here.

Your beauty is my lighthouse, guide me home. Away from all these shady days. Stranded on the phone. Are we okay? Will we end this way? Your beauty is my lighthouse, guide me home.
Track Name: Winter Downpour
You’re all I dream about. I can’t live without... all I want is you.
You’re all I dream about. I cant live without... all think about is you.

That smile I could never forget, or how you laugh, what is my biggest regret. You fell and I couldn't catch you, or maybe it was just me who fell.
I've never felt so alone.
I've never felt so alone.

You’re all I dream about.
I can’t live without... all I want is you.
You’re all I dream about.
I've never felt so alone.
I've never felt so alone.

Maybe I just worry too much. Maybe I'm too scared. Maybe everything's fine and my vision is impaired.
I'll be fine, just give it time.
Take away all these feelings and let me feel nothing.
I cant do this any more, I cant pretend.
I've never felt so alone.

I am nothing, but the sidelines, a kind hand and a canvas so bland. No love is painted here. Hand in hand, we are nothing.

My heart feels dead but yet it is still beating.
Your eyes, those eyes full of dark pasts and lies.
Am I nothing more than a memory?
I've never felt so alone.
I've never felt so alone.
Track Name: I Found Her Down By The Lake
A few simple words and common interests, growing into the best possible thing for me, at least that's all I could see.
9000 miles never felt so close to home.
(I never!) Wanted this to be.
(I never!) Wanna see an ocean engulf my heart again.
I swear this could have been, something beautiful.

Another cup 'o' jellys gonna seal my fate. Can I just reset the console? No man it's too late. Can I meet the expectations bringing forth the explanations. Since when is love rationed.
Can you evolve to the sound of me? X2

Come one, come all to witness the marvel that is the end of our world as we know it.

And just like that you boxed up all my breath and threw away the key, I ran, you never found me. Second chances were so probable, but I was just to scared, I swear ill never open up again.
I swear I'll never open up again.
Track Name: Well Dressed
We're gonna celebrate a chance for better days, but you fell into the concrete never change your ways.
Hold onto the substance that keeps you out, keep it all inside my head you'll never hear me shout.
Pay attention to your actions and not your surroundings, maybe the answers to these problems will finally be founded.
Happiness is deep inside not lower down the bottle, take a step back and take your hand off the throttle.

Reverse to scenes of Monkton Park, where the heat is blistering through our skinny jeans.
Reverse to scenes in the dark, where we dragged ourselves down tequila street.
Yeah sure we hated this place, but it was always our place to hate.
Who knew all these words would seal our fate.
Yeah sure we hated this place, but it was always our place to hate.
Who knew all these words would seal our fate.

Zara zib za za Zara zib za za Zara zib za za za za zibzubzedee.
Zara zib za za Zara zib za za Zara zib za za za za zibzubzedee.

Reverse to scenes of Monkton Park, where the heat is blistering through our skinny jeans.
Reverse to scenes in the dark, where we dragged ourselves down tequila street.
Can we ever go back?

I mean what's the future without action? Step up and make a move if all your words have this much passion.
Just hold your tongue and stop complaining when your words speak of sun and your motions speak of raining.
They speak of raining.

Can we ever go back to those days? I wish I could say we didn't have a care in the world. But we spent too much time, we spent all too much time. Can we ever go back to those days? I wish I could say we didn't have a care in the world. But we spent all too much time worrying about each other.
Track Name: The Attached Apartment
Could I be a crack in the floorboards, or a creak in the door.
Every move is monitored and every step is traced.
And most of my dreams just consist of us being okay again.
This time I'd be okay with having just a friend.
And I swear you don't even miss me.

These reservations are killing me. These reservations are killing me.
I may as well just sew my mouth shut.
Can I just shut my eyes and shut you out.
These reservations are killing me.
Kill me.
I've sewn my mouth shut. I never said I'm doing fine. I'm just trying to feel better. I'm sick of running, I'm sick of chasing.
I've sewn my mouth shut. For the greater good of these reservations. Can I just close my eyes and shut you out. I've sewn my mouth shut. I'm not trying to feel fine I'm just trying to be better. Can I just shut my eyes and shut you out.

And this morning i woke up to an empty house, I never felt so happy to be alone.