Death And What It Means To Live

by Our Solace

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Melbourne hardcore outfit OUR SOLACE are back with their long-overdue, debut full-length, “Death and What It Means to Live.”

A product of blue-collar suburban Melbourne, “Death and what it means to live” took shape over a lengthy period – recorded and mixed in Melbourne by Daniel & Tim Emond.

After close to a year of experimentation, fine-tuning vocals and adjusting song structures, the albums final touches were handled by the legendary Alan Douches (Modern Life is War, Converge, Comeback Kid, Foundation), a man responsible for the mastering on a great deal of our favourite records.

Taking cues from the sincere hardcore of old, yet articulated within a modern framework, “Death and What It Means to Live” is a conscious push against the current hardcore consensus.

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released March 20, 2014

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Track Name: This Is What Happens Next
This is a tale
Oh what a tale
Of all the things I know

Like giving up
Like breaking down
Like forever letting go

This is a journey
A hell of a journey
Away from hopes and dreams

To the deepest depths
The lowest lows
Where the sunshine won't find me

Do we dare
To venture forth
Into the black abyss
On a ship with NO COURSE

There's one thing
I know that's true
The stars won't guide me home
Right back to you


Right back to you....

Tonight
The stars
Won't guide me home

Tonight
The stars
Won't guide me home
Track Name: An Exploration Of Emptiness
I feel…
I feel no connection
No warmth from the glow
Stranger…
Tell me your fears?

Maybe we’re the same
Deaths hand grips our shoulders
Awake…
And counting every breath that we stole

Do we all hold hearts worn & guilty?
Our futures buried by the past
Maybe you lie wake
As I lie awake
No connection

What if we buried the past?
Could we
Just feel young while we are
What if we buried the past?
Could we
Just feel young while we are
It’s all I wanted

She feels…
No love, no connection
Dying to know
The comfort in her own skin
A stillness of soul

Maybe we’re the same
Two dreamers in a harsh world
Stranger…
Was it love that we felt?
Stranger…

How, how was it love?
How was it love that we felt?
I can’t explain
How was it love?
How, how was it love?
How was it love that we felt?
I can’t explain
How I got through the day
Stranger...
I feel nothing
Track Name: Your Light Wont Guide Us
This is the death of your empty...
EMPTY WORLD
'A bone to pick... And a few to break'
A callous end, a pale horse
Your neglect will be turned against you

I embrace the fallen...
FALLEN SKIES
Your elegy will be a cut throat
I'll enact your downfall
If we reach, reach for a brighter world
We can breathe no longer robbed of hope

To worship drunks and liars
To love with fingers crossed...
Sleep medicated,
Dreams choked in the haze
Our voice will be dissent.
Our cries will be...

We embrace the fallen...
Fallen skies.
Your elegy will be a cut throat
We'll enact your downfall
If we reach, reach for a brighter world
We can breathe
no longer robbed of hope

Your light...
Won't guide us...
YOUR LIGHT WON'T GUIDE US HOME

Your light won't guide us.
Your light won't guide us home.

YOUR LIGHT
WON'T GUIDE US
YOUR LIGHT WON'T GUIDE US HOME
Track Name: With My Everything
Cold Sky
Encircle this place
These four walls
Cage me like stone, they cage me

I awake unto exile
Your guilt is a chain
Embody dispirit
You sharpen the pain.

And I don't think I can find the strength

To keep the demons out
TO KEEP THEM OUT
To keep the demons out
TO KEEP THEM OUT

They take all I have to give this world
And leaves this man with no will to live

THE WOLVES
ARE CLOSING IN

And the holes
In my bedroom door
Grow larger every night
Because my fists
Can't think of anything better to break in spite

THE WOLVES ARE CLOSING IN ON ME
Track Name: We Are The Streets
I've been waiting for the day
Where we put down our guns
And stop living
inside this hell

Of blood sweat and tears,
Of heart ache and sorrow
Nights spent staring at the floor
That we hate most

What if instead of
laying down
our lives
We leave this place
For a brighter day

What if instead of throwing ourselves in front of all the bullets that are coming for your head through our hearts

What if we stopped doing what we're told

How far could we go

I still feel the cold pavement beneath my feet,
Carrying me to where only it knows,

If this is all we have
Fall to your knees
And beg the world
For your lives

because all I have
Is all I see
And all I need

WE ARE THE STREETS

WE ARE THE STREETS

We're not taking bullets anymore
Track Name: These Days It's A Different Story
TIME ERASED
Time erased us,
Time erased...me
You said the waves; they melt the hours
When this town, is past dead
The ashes, of you, and the brashness of youth
Oh time erased all that we shared

Do you feel lost…
after all this growing up?
Did we change for the better?
MY FRIENDS...
Or did we just give up?

This cursed town
will bury us all...

Watch, just watch me…
Spit blood on the streets
This cursed town will bury me.

Encase me, your tragedy in my bones
You speak the words
that keep me low
Erase me, let the bitterness grow
A spiteful world will swallow me whole.

Do you feel lost…
after all this growing up?
Did we change for the better?
MY FRIENDS...
Or did we just give up?

The ashes of you, the brashness of youth
The ashes of you, the bitterness
A spiteful world, will bury me.
Track Name: Too Many Shackles, Too Many Chains
We are striving
Striving to reach the sky
And we are thriving
Thriving in the hell you tried to keep us in.

I never thought I'd see the sun after
having the earth ripped from under me

EVERYDAY, I DREAMED

Everyday I dreamed of being cut from my chains
Taking flight and never looking back

Breaking the cage that holds me
Never seemed possible
BUT NOW
I hold
A shattered lock
A broken key
In hands that will always be free

I hide in darkness no more
I cower to no fucking hand

JUST TRY AND STOP ME

Because we made it
WE ARE FREE

I close my eyes and feel the sun on my face
The breeze on my skin
ON MY SKIN
After so long with no path at all, I look at my feet
And what lays ahead

Because we made it
Because we made it
WE ARE FREE
Because we made it
WE ARE

Free...
Track Name: Death And What It Means to Live
And so you run
Run with the wind
And the sky still looks like painted pictures

And so you run
(And so you run)
Run with the wind
(Run with the wind)
And the end still seems forever distant

So are you where
You want to be?
Old friend
Could you believe?
We never made it
And I still wake up so low

Death and these useless things
They take a hold of me
Frail hope… my last friend…
I’m fighting not to let go

And so you run
Run with the wind
And the end still seems forever distant

Death and these useless things
They take a hold on
They take a hold on me.

And I still wake up so low
At least I still wake

You miss the coast at night
The way the waves melt the time
You miss the youth and the lust
And the friends you could trust
You see the faces age
Pack the memories away
Say goodbye to a world that left you.....

THAT LEFT YOU
LEFT YOU COLD
THAT LEFT YOU
LEFT YOU COLD
'Im still cursed

Still

Fucking

Cursed

And so you run
Run with the wind
And the sky still looks like painted pictures

And so you run
(And so you run)
Run with the wind
(Run with the wind
And the end still seems forever distant
Track Name: Her Name Was (Life)
A nameless face in the crowd
A girl with dreams so high
Looking down at the street
The wind beneath her feet

Oh how I see, the beauty kept hidden away
As the rest of the world
runs against her
Like the fiercest river.

And still she stands,
Against the waves.
With head hung low
No name or place,
to call her own.

The crowd forms, a thousand voices talk back at me
"Where did she go?"
"She was here just moments ago"

"What did she say?"
"What was her name?"

She closes her eyes
As I race up the stairs
I hear her scream to the sky

"Nothing left for me here
No one to hear my voice
In this world
I've lost my place
Nothing but a nameless face"

That familiar feeling
Of floating away
The last shackle is released
Before a sharp snatch
Pulls her back
To me and I scream

"Don't leave this place
Don't give in
Be the weight that parts the waters."

"Don't leave this place
Don't give in"
She smiles and turns to me and says

"Open your eyes young man
I'm already gone
You came here just too late
You never took hold of my arm"

A bright lights stings me
As my eyes adjust
My hand remains out stretched
But in them I hold nothing but dust

I fall to my knees
My soul torn in two
There was nothing
That I thought
She couldn't pull through

But now she's gone
But now she's gone
Her name was
Her name was

Her name was life.