Rise (Deluxe Edition)

by Cryxus

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Hondalover Very good album. It's the best album I have found on this site so far. Great vocals and the electronics and guitars mesh well together. It has a great concept that almost rivals industrial greats like the Downward Spiral and Antichrist Superstar Favorite track: Let Me Be.
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Scumbag Industrial rock that is really hard to place next to any other bands for comparison. Perhaps there are elements of Nine Inch Nails in there, I also hear a little C-Tec and Project Pitchfork, but even those are only fleeting moments. If you like edgy industrial with a touch of aggression it's worth giving Cryxus a go. Dark and unique, but very cool! Favorite track: Alive.
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wildfirelink I've yet to find an industrial album in recent memory that's more varied and large-scale sounding than Cryxus's "Rise". The vocals do remind me a bit of Reznor, and the instrumentation brings Carfax Abbey to mind, though I find Cryxus to exude a more thematic, percussive and powerful approach. If you dig hard-hitting industrial at all that oozes high class production and songs full of variety, buy it. Plus, gotta love the wicked cool cover art. Favorite track: Alive.
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about

The Rise album tells the story of an uprising. Many of the songs are based in the intricate folds of history, specifically examining the tale of Crixus – a leader of the Third Servile Revolution alongside Spartacus and Oenomaus. Crixus was an ex-gladiator unparalleled in combat; a brave, fierce warrior who’s legion of Elite Gladiators turned the tide of many battles for the rebellion. He fought in honor of the weak: the slaves and servants who did not possess the means or the strength to stand up and fight for themselves. His example inspired us to create this project we call "Cryxus", in honor of him and his revolution against the Republic. Crixus and his army of 30,000 men fought and died in battle at Mount Garganus in the spring of 72BC. After his death, Spartacus honored this sacrifice in the way of Roman Aristocracy – with Funeral Games, at which 300 Roman prisoners-of-war were forced to fight to the death like gladiators.

The album begins with the acrimonious title track, "Rise", which sets the stage of the uprising and issues a call to arms for those who feel oppressed.

“Alive” plummets you into the depths of a war prison; walls scratched and covered with the blood of the poor souls unfortunate enough to find themselves bound by shackles in the darkness. The track reflects not on despair or self-pity, but instead serves as a proclamation that the rising heat gives way to a boil beneath the surface of the water.

In “Leviathan”, the perspective changes, segueing the listener out of the cold prison cell and into the face of imminent danger and death.

“The Faceless Army: I” is an instrumental prologue to the entrance of a massive rebel army that leaves nothing but destruction and utter devastation in its wake. Just as the nightmare seems to have ended, the army returns in part II, which thrusts you into the armor of a faceless soldier, marching amongst scores of his mindless brethren; there is a blatant inner turmoil growing within the soldier, causing him to shift his focus away from his trusted leader and examine himself and his surroundings.

“Save Some” again turns the tables, putting the spotlight on a faithful follower of the army; this is a soldier who wants only to pillage and plunder, with no regard for God, or any man.

“Airwaves Gone Corrupt” is a cautionary message, warning the recipient of an all-seeing, ever-present authority that is watching every move they make.

“Let Me Be” takes yet another unique perspective, shifting the outlook to a distraught victim of oppression at the hands of the Republic.

With “Nemesis”, we return to the battlefield, as we witness a grappling match between colossal enemies; each of these men is hell-bent on the destruction of his adversary, disregarding all life without mercy.

“Time Is Running Out” is a song of desperation sung by a victim of the ruthless Republic agenda who has just lost the one they love most in the world. This character’s story is continued with “Send the Message”, a depraved oath of vengeance against those that have crushed his world.

The album ends with “The Fall”, which is the story of Crixus’ demise; the track describes the army, awaiting the order to attack, and Crixus, who fought with the understanding that any battle may be his last but that he would not fall alone.

This project has given us the unique opportunity to breath new life into this all but lost tale of rage & rebellion, sorrow & sacrifice. While the story of Crixus and his 30,000 warrior rebels is archaic in nature, we believe there is much to be learned in surveying the bloodshed. We trust that you will find yourself somewhere in the story, as we did. When you do, know that you are not alone… instead, join with us, and together we will rise.

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released October 31, 2012

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American Industrial/Electronic Rock Experimental Project formed in 2011. Similar to Nine Inch Nails, Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Marilyn Manson.

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Track Name: Rise
Verse 1

They have provoked us…
Pestered until we bleed out
The burning impatience
Deadly; noxious to breathe.

They tell you what you’ve got to do to
Accommodate the propaganda
Stay calm, hold still, they will
Take care of you

Chorus

Rise up
Don’t give in to their lies.
You must rise up
The hate is building inside us.
It’s time, c’mon mother fuckers
Rise

Verse 2

We have been broken
Machines are controlling us
Watching us, stalking us

Brother say would you
Just stand and salute
You could service
Our purposes...

FUCK what they say.
They are a cancer.
Convert the mind,
Pervert the answer

Never obey; never give in
Enough of the suffering

Chorus

Now is the time to rise up,
Don’t give in to their lies.
You must rise up
The hate is building inside us.
C’mon mother fuckers
Rise

Ending Chorus

Rise up
Don’t give in to their lies.
You must rise up
The hate is building inside us.
C’mon mother fuckers
Rise up
Don't give in to their lies.
You must rise up
The hate is building inside us.
Now is the time to
Rise! Rise! Rise!
Now is the time to rise.
Track Name: Alive
Verse 1:

Scratching walls in a prison cell
Is not what I imagined
When you beckoned me here
My darling, I come running

Chorus:

My blood, you want it
My god, you stole it
I can’t escape the pain
But I swear
You’ll never take me alive

Verse 2:

I’ll find a way to kill the poison
All the noise is drowning out
The caution I ignored to be the hero
If you want to see what I am made of
I’ll be glad to show you
If you want to bend me till I break
Let’s see if you can take me

Chorus:

My blood, you want it
My god, you stole it
I can’t escape the pain
But I swear
You’ll never take me alive
I know that look in your eyes
You’ll never take me
You’ll never take me
Track Name: Leviathan
Verse 1

Heaven didn’t make this beast,
And I don’t know what did.
I can feel the earth beneath me, trembling.
Brace yourselves; the worst is yet to follow.

Behemoth comes; it’s all but over.
Eradicate the ones that have the courage left to stand
Eyes up, reach for
Reach for the heavens, blinded.

Chorus

Now we pay for all the sin
Helpless when the Gates of Hell are open
God has forsaken us again
Left us at the mercy of Leviathan

Verse 2

We seem to break like fragile dolls, made of clay.
Sinning wasn’t worth the overwhelming pain.
I just want to wake up; is this all a dream?
This must be a dream…
Someone shake me

Bridge

No where to run
(The gods could stop the madness but they don’t)
No where to hide
(We’re hiding out in fear of what will come)
God won’t save us now

Chorus

Now we pay for all the sin
Helpless when the Gates of Hell are open
God has forsaken us again
Left us at the mercy of Leviathan
No where to run
No where to hide
Left us at the mercy of Leviathan
Track Name: The Faceless Army: II
Verse 1

I am an outline of a man
A hollow shell left in the sand
I march along with all the other
Duplicated lookalikes
Follow, Conform!
That is the plan

Chorus 1

Left, right, left
Right, left, right
Stay in line
Leave your identity behind!

Verse 2

I am a skeleton,
I’ve no marks upon my skin
Like immaculate canvas,
Untouched by the creator.

No beauty, no defining marks of any kind
Inciting apathy and obedience
Is my call, and I’m complying.

Chorus 2

Left, right, left
Right, left, right
Stay in line
Leave your identity behind!

Verse 3

I see The Leader, standing tall.
Somehow, He claims to know us all.
Everyone else seems to agree,

That He looks just like you and me…


Chorus 3

Left, right, left
Right, left, right
Stay in line
Leave your identity

Left, right, left
Right, left, right
Stay in line
Leave your identity

Left, right, left
Right, left, right
Left, right, left
Right, left, right
Track Name: Save Some
Verse 1

I’m a firm believer
In nothing at all
Who you callin’ deceiver
So I’m a little bit unpredictable

I don’t really care
Whatchya gonna do about it
If you got something to say,
Then say it.
I’m on pins and needles

Evil like the sins of all the saints
You must admit
There’s something wrong
Yeah there is something strange

Call it what you want
Never really got that far myself
Maybe after all
Every time you said you couldn’t help
Said you were the victim
Said you’re out of luck
Save it for the sermon, man…
I don’t give a ____.

Chorus

WAKE UP!
‘Cuz you gotta look good
For killin’ the enemy

SAVE SOME
For the rest of us too
I’m way ahead of you

Yeah I’m way ahead of you


Verse 2

Waiting, patiently poised in
Paradox, an open box
Of hand grenades for toys
Saying grace for the boys
In standard issue green
Could someone please
Cut out the noise?

I can see
How you could be so
Overcome with
Guilty grief
Silently you watch yourself
Watch yourself bleed

Sever any ties anything
That binds you to the other you
Sacrifice the lives of another
Million men a point to prove
To everyone who’s watching
Waiting for the chance
To strike, proceed with caution
There’s a devil at the dance

The devil’s dance is dirty
Dark, different indeed
And if you wanna see it there’s a warning you should heed
Terror is a troubled man
Fear is what he feeds
Serve it up with stories there’s
A sea of hungry mouths to feed

Chorus

WAKE UP!
‘Cuz you gotta look good
For killin’ the enemy

SAVE SOME
For the rest of us too
I’m way ahead of you


Breakdown

Say-Say-Say it,
well then say it
Say-Say-Say it S-Say it


Final Chorus

WAKE UP!
‘Cuz you gotta look good
For killin’ the enemy

SAVE SOME
For the rest of us too
I’m way ahead of you

WAKE UP!
‘Cuz you gotta look good
For killin’ the enemy

SAVE SOME
For the rest of us too
I’m way ahead of you

I’m way ahead of you
I’m way ahead of you

WAKE UP!
I’m way ahead of you

SAVE SOME
I’m way ahead of you

I’m way ahead of you
I’m way ahead of you
Track Name: Airwaves Gone Corrupt
Verse 1

All around, they listen for you
To miss a beat and break the ranks
Paranoia never could do (anything at all)
Anything but keep you sane

Chorus

Forget the message if the airwave’s gone corrupt
You better get a hold of yourself
They’re not stopping and there ain’t no sign of love
You gotta listen to the lies they sell

Get a hold of yourself
Get a hold of yourself

Verse 2

Collect the proper information
With just one search of your last name
You made it all possible
You made them unstoppable
Wrote a blank check
And signed your name

Oh, Sell me on the bullets
Sell me on the blood
Tell me it’s a necessary evil
And I should
Fall in line behind the blind
And kindly shut my mouth
And tell everyone under the sun
Exactly what it’s all about

Chorus 2

Forget the message if the airwave’s gone corrupt
You better get a hold of yourself
They’re not stopping and there ain’t no sign of love
You gotta listen to the lies they sell

Keep it coming, over every quiet home
Satellites gonna watch you sleep
Smile pretty and wave your broken bones
Living isn’t everything it seems

Bridge

Sell me on the bullets
Sell me on the blood
Sell me on the silver lining
Play off of my love for buying
Scramble the message
And pull the fucking plug

Final Chorus

Forget the message if the airwave’s gone corrupt
You better get a hold of yourself
They’re not stopping and there ain’t no sign of love
You gotta listen to the lies they sell

Keep it coming, over every quiet home
Satellites gonna watch you sleep
Smile pretty and wave your broken bones
Living isn’t everything it seems

Forget the message if the airwave’s gone corrupt
You better get a hold of yourself
They’re not stopping and there ain’t no sign of love
You gotta listen to the lies they sell

Keep it coming, over every quiet home
Satellites gonna watch you sleep
Smile pretty and wave your broken bones
Living isn’t everything it seems

Get a hold of yourself
Get a hold of yourself
Track Name: Let Me Be
Verse 1

We are all as good as dead
They call us parasites and viruses
They don’t know what we can be
Stand up and arm yourselves and join with me
Join with me

Tag

I don’t want to be part of a future
I don’t want to be part of the scheme
If all you want to do is try to make me
Believe in everything that you believe in

Chorus

Let me be, yeah
Just let me be
Let me be, yeah
Just let me be

Verse 2

We’re above them, they don’t know.
We watch them play; they come and go.
They call us ignorant and say
Shut up and harm yourself just go away

Tag

I don’t want to be part of a future
I don’t want to be part of the scheme
If all you want to do is try to make me
Believe in everything that you believe in

Chorus

Let me be,
Just let me be.
Let me be,
Just let me be.

Outtro

We are all as good as dead
They call us parasites and viruses.
Track Name: Nemesis
You are the only one
I could never best
My perfect opposite
My nemesis

We fight like titans
Tear the world to little bits
But I cannot overcome
My nemesis

So you sold me down the river
Mmmm
You betrayed me and delivered
Me to my enemies oh

I will make you suffer
I will make you beg for death
But you’ll make me work for it, mmmm

I will make you suffer
I will make you beg for death
But you’ll make me work for it

My nemesis, mmm
My nemesis, mmm
My nemesis

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We fight like titans
Tear the world to little bits
My perfect opposite
My nemesis

You are the only one
That I could never best
I cannot overcome
My nemesis


We fight like titans
Turn the whole world into shit
You’re closer to the only
God that I worship
Come forth my brother
Let me see what I can do
To destroy the very fucking thought
And trace of you
My nemesis

So you sold me down the river
Mmmm
So you sold me down the river
Mmmm
Track Name: Time Is Running Out
Verse

They took you away from me
And now I’ll do anything at all
Just to find you and hold you
Closer than before

I don’t think you had a clue
They were coming for you
But if there’s anything that I can do

Chorus

I will try to save you
But you have to tell me how
I can feel you fading
You’re waiting, time is running out

Verse

They took you away from me
And now I’ll do anything at all
Just to find you and hold you
Closer

(Chorus)
Track Name: Send the Message
Chorus

Send the message
I’m coming for you
Send the message
I’m coming for you

Verse 1

Send the message
I’m coming for you
I got my .45 revolver
Aiming through
The back of your head, honey
So you better be true
With every word,
It might be the
Very last thing you do

Chorus

Send the message
I’m coming for you
Send the message
I’m coming for you

Verse 2

I sent the message
I don’t know what it said
I should be locked up
For all the shit in my head
I know it’s got something
To do with you
But for the life of me,
I don’t think I ever knew

Bridge

Ten thousand words in my head I’ve got
Ten thousand words in my head
Ten thousand words in my head I’ve got
Ten thousand fucking words in my head

Chorus
Send the message
I’m coming for you
Yeah, send the message
I’m gunning for you
Yeah, send the message
I’m coming for you
Yeah, send the message
I’m gunning for you, you, you, you

Send the message
Send the message
Track Name: The Fall
Verse 1

Thirty thousand shields and swords
All glistening in Diana’s sweet light
Await the order to destroy
The very breath of life
And just before the Great Apollo
Lifts the veil of night
We rise up and deliver
A fatal strike to end the tyranny
We cut like knives on naked skin

We cut them

Chorus 1

Rise up and follow me
Over the sea of enemies
They will never take away our home
I will not fall alone

Verse 2

Vulcan, forge the steel we need
To cut apart an army;
That we meet them at the Gates of Hell,
Fight the beast and live to tell
Is nothing short of you to do.
Pluto waits to welcome you,
That die before the dawn today.
I’ll be quickly on my way with
Coins over both my eyes
That should come as no surprise,
Overcome by Roman greed
Death will come, but first we bleed

Final Chorus

Rise up and follow me over the
Endless sea of enemies
They will not take our freedom
Rise up with metal and bone
Some fall so far from home
But they will not fall alone
Rise up and follow me over the
Endless sea of enemies
They will not take our freedom
Rise up with metal and bone
Some fall so far from home
But they will not fall alone

Rise up and follow me over the
Endless sea of enemies
They will not take our freedom
Rise up with metal and bone
Some fall so far from home
But they will not fall alone