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End of an Empire

by Celldweller

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Time, Love, Dreams and Death - all four chapters have been unveiled. Now begins the true End of an Empire.

After a year long production cycle, Celldweller has been slowly revealing bits and pieces of his third full length, studio artist album, which showcases a return to the more formative complex electronic and heavy metal elements that defined the unique hybrid that is Celldweller. Never one to rest on his laurels, Klayton raises the bar with a brand new level of production unheard of by most producers, fusing analog and digital to create something completely out of this world.

From tracks like “Good L_ck (Yo_’re F_cked)” which sound like something straight out of a neo-futuristic punk rock dive bar, to the soft and somber “Just Like You” that swells with acoustic guitars, modular synths and melodic vocals into an epic cinematic ballad. Every track brings something completely unique yet distinctly Celldweller to the table. Equal parts score and soundtrack to a science fiction movie that hasn’t been created yet, this album delivers an unparalleled experience that transports each listener to their own little world inhabited by all of the iconic characters presented throughout the chapter cycle leading up to the release of the final album.

Now sit down, buckle up, and welcome to the end.

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released November 6, 2015

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Celldweller Detroit, Michigan

Klayton is...
-Celldweller
-Circle of Dust
-Scandroid
- FreqGen

Celldweller creates a fusion of digital and organic textures: intricately designed soundscapes constructed from Drum & Bass, Electro and Modular Synths, woven together with aggressive Rock, Metal and Orchestral elements.
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Track Name: New Elysium
Born of the earth
Are we all condemned to hell?
We've tried so hard but we can't save us from ourselves

Destined to die
From the moment of our birth
So why have we forgotten everything that we are worth?

We are the young
The chosen ones
Voices in unison, the ending has begun
 
A new kingdom come
A new will be done 
Enter into this New Elysium
 
Looking for hope
But it’s often hard to see
It’s obvious the future isn't what it used to be  

We’re born of the dust 
And to dust we will return
So why have we forgotten everything that we have learned?

THE ENDING HAS BEGUN

For Me, For You, Enter Into
This New Elysium

Sometimes we need reminders of everything that we are worth 

Rise up from the ground
Join our voices to the sound
The time has come, New Elysium - tear this oppressive Empire down

No more dreams are lost in time
No more lives are lost inside
New Kingdom Come
New Will Be Done
Our voices unified
Track Name: End of an Empire
At the edge of the hellfire
It's the end of an empire 
In the line of the gunfire
It's the end of an empire
Again

A start, an end, a rise and fall
No system eternal and no one immortal
Creation all must end in destruction
We cannot change the fate of civilization

start end rise fall
lifespan mortal

We build our symbols of power
Constructs of a mortal mind
Conquer in our brightest hour
But then we all must fall in time

Through space and time
We can't escape this paradigm

At the edge of the hellfire
It's the end of an empire 
In the line of the gunfire
It's the end of an empire
Again

time love dreams death
space mind scene tech

Kingdoms, each of us reigning
Over the realms of our hearts and minds
Conscious that death is awaiting
But even death will end in time

In the death of a desire
It's the end of an empire 
At the close of a lifetime
It's the end of an empire

We're falling into the unknown
another ending thats beginning to unfold
Track Name: Heart On
I fought a monster a mile high
Arm wrestled 20 octopi
(for you)

I had a sword fight with a samurai
And sang the Sirens a lullaby
(for you)

I've pinned my heart to my sleeve 
so that the whole world can see 
I have a heart on for you

Well i'm not sure now what's left to do
or if my actions are loud and clear to you
so I guess that i'm just trying to say
I f***ing love you


I guess that i'm just trying to say
I f***ing love you
I'm just trying to say
I f***ing love you

I cross my heart and hope to die
stick a needle in my eye

If you stick a needle in my eye
i've already crossed my heart and hoped to die
and it's true i am a fighter with a point to prove
i've fought monsters, sirens and samurai (for you)

I will take you wherever I fly 
and it doesn't even matter when, where or why
And it's true i am a lover with a point to prove
i've killed monsters, sirens and samurai (for you)   

Well i'm not sure now what's left to do
or if my actions are loud and clear to you
so I guess that i'm just trying to say
I f***ing love you

in the lowest depths the highest heights
through the shortest days and the longest nights
the warmest fires the coldest ice
through the brightest place and the darkest times
Track Name: Just Like You
The dark of night and I’m at the end of the line
alone in my head waiting for something divine to answer me
Drowning to silence the internal violence, I pray to make it through
The storm winds are growing as my dreams are blowing away, just like you 

Out at the edge, the moonlight reflecting for me
The collapse of the waves echoing internally as I cry out
If I'm living my life then why does it feel like my heart will break in two?
Failure is calling as my dreams are falling apart,  just like you

I feel just like you
Track Name: Lost In Time
The criminal and crime
He is stealing and concealing
I'm not crying
But I'm dying
And i can't help but feel
I'm running out of time

A problem I'm not solving
Eternally revolving
I've wandered from the pathway  praying you will come to save me
(Please come to save me)

I feel lost in time
but if I wait for direction my lifetime will pass me by
I feel lost in time
I think if I lived for forever this feeling would never die

The criminal and crime
He's not healing nor revealing
I can't deny
I question why
And i can't help but feel
That I'll be lost in time

I am a criminal without a crime 
I am a genius without a mind
Always a reason but there's never a rhyme
How could patience be my virtue when I'm out of time?
How could I know where I'm going when i'm lost in time?
Track Name: Good L_ck (Yo_'re F_cked)
Traces of cyanide in your cigarette
Gun full of bullets for your russian roulette
We all feel sorry for you now
  
Your luck is flying like a bat out of hell
You're empty handed at your life's show-and-tell
You have no idea what's coming down

A million voices call from the other side 
If you could hear them you would be terrified

Good L_ck, Yo_'re F_cked
And we hate to see you go man, but everyone knows you're screwed
Good L_ck, Yo_'re F_cked
It's like a losing game of hangman and the letter we need is "U"

Piss in your coffee and there's nails in your bread
snakes in your toilet and a shark in your bed
We all feel sorry for you now

The grim reaper's grading your show-and-tell
That bat is taking your life back into hell
You have no idea what's coming down

Good L_ck, Yo_'re F_cked
And we hate to see you go man, but everyone knows you're screwed
Good L_ck, Yo_'re F_cked
And your life's about to blow man and everyone knows but you
Track Name: Jericho
You build ‘em up
You layer stone on stone
You build 'em high to keep out your enemies
the sky grows dark
the earth is trembling
An unhappy ending to your final fantasy

You feel so safe inside
the walls you’ve fortified
supremacy implied
who dares to overthrow?
 
arrogance justified
self importance amplified
ha, it’s down you go
When your walls fall like Jericho
Can’t wait to see you go
we’ll all enjoy the show
When your walls fall like Jericho

You’re looking down
and feeling so profound
You’re so impressed by your own false humility
The sky descends
the ground is rising up
An unhappy ending to your sense of deity 

You sit alone
up on your lonely throne
You’re so oblivious to your own frailty 
The sky erupts
the ground has opened wide
An unhappy ending to the life you've glorified
Track Name: Breakout (feat. Scandroid)
It’s been seven long years in a slam on Helion
we’ve been here for so long we can’t remember who we are
and we eye the sky through prison bars, hope fading with the light
to hell with this cell, we’re breaking out tonight

Been gone seven long years from the place that I call home
My only crime is that i'm made of flesh, circuit and bone
as we eye the sky we see the light of our faction's satellite
to hell with this cell, we’re breaking out tonight

It’s been seven more years that have passed since we’ve been gone
New frontier with no fear - we remember who we are
And we eye new skies with distant suns, wait for New Elysium
no more hell in that cell, no breaking out tonight 
Track Name: Down to Earth
It seems like right from the moment of your birth
Someone’s been needing to bring you down to earth
Lost up in your atmosphere of self entitlement
That broken halo on your head is hardly heaven-sent

You go on pretending that you own the universe
and we’ll all be here watching as you're falling down to earth

Won't matter how high you climb
When rules of gravity apply
Won't matter how hard you've tried
When your ego and earth collide

You're falling Down to Earth

Look down on those with their fingers in the dirt
We look up and see that your own life is inert

Sidetracked by your self-important Babel-building schemes
But broken wings won’t let you fly above all your broken dreams
  

Deactivating
Accelerating
Disintegrating    
Detonating
Track Name: Precious One
I await the Divine, lost in time but I’m holding on
See her face filled with grace, her embrace brings me home

Light all around me
Darkness fades away
I’m at her mercy
As she takes me from this life

As I wait to pass through darkened glass I cannot help but wonder
When I stand before you at Death’s Door will I be afraid to enter?

Now I walk through to the other side
Former life a memory
Everything inside is amplified
As she’s whispering to me  

“Close your eyes precious one and you will see your life has only just begun. Nevermore be afraid. I embrace you and I’ll take you all the way through endless  time to your new life"

I face the Divine, end of time and I’m letting go
Take her key made for me I willingly open the door

I begin to pass through darkened glass and I cannot help but wonder
As I stand before open Death’s Door should I be afraid to enter?

Now I walk through to the other side
Former life a memory
Everything inside is amplified
As she’s whispering to me

“Close your eyes precious one and you will see your life has only just begun. Nevermore be afraid. I embrace you and I’ll take you all the way through endless time to your new home"