Defiant

by Prosper or Perish

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    Release Jan 1, 2011

    1. Drifting
    2. With Walls We Rise
    3. Anchored
    4. Only With Death
    5. Parting Words
    6. Expect Nothing Less
    7. III to I
    8. My Eternal Glimpse
    9. Skeletons
    10. Bleed for Something More

    PRODUCED BY VINCE RATTI AND PROSPER OR PERISH
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: STEVE STANLEY
    MIXED BY VINCE RATTI AT SKYLIGHT STUDIOS, FAIRLESS HILLS, PA
    MASTERED BY BRIAN ELLIOT AT MANA RECORDING STUDIOS, ST. PETERSBURG, FL
    ALL MUSIC WRITTEN BY PROSPER OR PERISH
    ALL LYRICS WRITTEN BY STEVE STANLEY
    ARTWORK BY DAVE QUIGGLE

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Released on 1/1/11, Prosper or Perish's first LP "Defiant" was recorded @ The Skylight Studios w/ Vince Ratti (A Life Once Lost, August Burns Red). "Defiant" was mastered @ Mana Recording Studios by Brian Elliott (The Absence, Dying Fetus).

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released January 1, 2011

Vocals: Steve Stanley
Lead Guitar: Eric Benites
Rhythm Guitar: Chris Domzalski
Bass: Jeff Karbow
Drums: Joe Konopka

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Prosper or Perish Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A Philadelphia, PA based five piece band, delivering a good old fashioned american metal blend of thrash and death, laced with grooves, melodies and
soulful elements.
The latest release, INVOKE THE TEMPEST, is available for sale and free streaming.
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Track Name: With Walls We Rise
Upon a warm bed of thorns I find myself yet again - In spite of all I have learned - In spite of all that has come between us - Walls still rise - Set back in the wake with empty hands - No choice except for one - Bleed these wrists and hope for the best - With walls we rise - Unforgiving walls fucking rise - And so it goes - Tired the man I was - Tired again I’ve become - Tired again I mourn - What more could I offer up? - What more could I owe? - Changed it all for you - For you I’ve changed it all - Can’t control the past - only ourselves - We control what’s next - With walls we rise - Unforgiving walls - Fucking rise - And so it goes
Track Name: Anchored
The capsizing of promise - The dawn of hopelessness – Our aspirations suffocate under the weight of sinking ships - These severed wings - They hunger for a way to right their wrongs - To find the passion lost - Why settle for anything less than what you’re worth? - Don’t count your blessings so soon because the book of life’s empty pages await you - So write - Slay your pessimistic ways - Seeds of pollution fester inside - Clouding our judgment - Killing us all - Eating us alive - Why settle for anything less than what you’re worth? - Don’t count your blessings so soon because the book of life’s empty pages await you - So write - Behind a mask we hide from ourselves - Imprisoned sunsets we will rot - Fear is a never ending gray sky - Our fears are fucking dead weight - Our fears are fucking dead - Why settle for anything less than what you’re worth? - Don’t count your blessings so soon because the book of life’s empty pages await you - So write
Track Name: Only With Death
Only with death in our sight will we make sense of this life - What a shame it should take such a tragedy to be all we’re meant to be - This body is a cage - Pulled from my skin, torn apart, left with scars to prove the horror seen - I wouldn't wish for better days - I am - When struggle is living in itself, you must begin to dig deeper - There you'll find a sweetness, a pining spirit lost in waves of glass - Nothing’s changed - This body is a blade, built to cut through the trials one world will give - Still I am who I am - Thankful for the taste Thankful just to bleed again - Learn from the pain - Choose or be chosen - Cherish what you have and don’t lower your will – I have been there - Through the fire - Through the storm - This is war - We will not stand aside - We will not fold - The line’s been drawn - The line’s been crossed - The hour is ours - This body is a rock from above meant to stay for as long as it takes - I am
Track Name: Parting Words
The older we grow - Closer we come to our own burial - Life isn’t long enough to live for ourselves - This martyr’s gift we give - Throw your fucking stones - You worthless sheep knowingly follow the wolf - Last of the last - Self judgment - Reflections of thoughts repressed - How could it come to this? - How could it come to these parting words never meant to be spoken? - Into a waking coma we’ve fallen - Dragging our feet to the sound of vultures circling over our head - How could it come to this? - Martyr, who weeps for you? - Martyr, who will weep? - Does this face say clown? - Shower me with neglect - All things must come to an end
Track Name: Expect Nothing Less
Becoming your own slave - Shackled by afflicting shame - So sleepwalk through this - Drawn by an inviting illusion - A haunting mirage calls your name as you crawl across sands of flame - Reach into the water to cleanse the open wounds - The scathing you bear, it will remind you of what’s real - A sacrifice I promise you’ll feel - Trusted in only what you could afford to let go - (The traitor’s tongue swallows you whole) - You take this breath, why take this breath? - Color has run so far from here, we’ll all die alone - (Crippled victims beg for freedom in death) - They take this breath, why take this breath? - Lies and sorrow float through the air, but truth and happiness live inside you - Lies, sorrow - Tell me now, how does it feel? - Would you expect anything less from those who walk with death? - Those who left you blind, holding detest - Face and accept it - Never write around a fortune - Why? For this is what you will get - This is what you get - This is all yours to mend
Track Name: III to I
Somehow we return once again - Forced to face myself, my enemy, my friend - Our old egos left to defend - Ten years we’ve spent running from this consequence - Ten fucking years just to realize that woven, we share a common goal - Power and strength - Incessant wistful eyes hunt for control – Over all, our morals punish the pleasure taken undeserved - Another useless fucking lesson learned - Pledge allegiance to the blame - Pointing the finger at yourself in shame - Embrace the nightmare without fear - With cocaine eyes we’ve stared into the end, but it begins right now - We stand, we stand as one - We vow to live with a purpose, respectfully - Defiant to what we once believed to be - These murderous intentions - Put them to rest, we’ve put them all to rest - Holding no regrets, there’s no place else that I would rather be, nowhere - No longer will we fantasize of who and what we could have been - No more entertaining the sin - Let us take flight - there’s promise in the wind - With passion we ignite - We begin – Begin
Track Name: My Eternal Glimpse
For so long, I’ve waited for this day - For so long, I’ve waited for you - Why do I do this to myself? - Did I ever have a choice when it came to you? - You wasted precious moments - But there’s always a reason why you keep coming back around - And this time will be the last - All that I am, all that I will be will be for you - Because of you, my eternal glimpse, these eyes are wide open - To taste a rapture such as this - Then be forbidden of its presence is worse than death itself - All that I am, all that I will be will be for you - Because of you, my eternal glimpse, these eyes are wide open - All that I am, all that I will be will be for you - Because of you, my eternal glimpse, these eyes are wide open - My eternal glimpse, this is eternal - Without a sign, or warning I could understand - I return to loneliness - When I think back, you seemed so vacant - How could I have been so blind and naked? - No sign, no warning I could understand - I return to loneliness - A shattered image of perfection has carved an endless hole into my heart - Never, I’ll never see that face again
Track Name: Skeletons
Take them to the grave, secrets of your second face - Kept and covered with thirteen tons of guilt, no intent to surface - Skeletons won’t forget - Lurking in the deepest recess, a simple, sinful nature we possess - Born to create, born to destroy, born to wander wondering who we are - Never twice did you think - Animals react on instinct - Paper cages won’t hold razors - Their voices will be heard - The noblest of deeds can’t erase the fate you have conceived - Skeletons won’t forget - The cards have been dealt, the suicide kings’ wrath of hell - Skeletons won’t forget - Their voices will be heard - Reminding with horrid sounds of a thousand tortured screams - Torment begins, sit back and watch the pretty little life that you built decay - Skeletons won’t forget - The cards have been dealt, the suicide kings’ wrath of hell - Skeletons won’t forget – Skeletons - They’re coming for you - Liars, cheaters, thieves, and killers - They’re coming for you - Masochistic whores and addicts - They’re coming for you - Gutless, greedy, idle leaders - They’re coming for you – They’re coming - Skeletons bury us
Track Name: Bleed For Something More
Open the door - Follow your dreams left in the cold helplessly begging, screaming, longing for warmth - As you stare without thought or remorse - This is our heaven, frightening to some - This could be it for us all, so wake up and live like you should - Live by your own set of rules - Live for the ones who sold out - They forfeit their lives, what regress - Spit in the face of arrogance - Live your life for tomorrow may never come - In time this will pass - Know that you haven’t seen the last of me - This is where I begin, not where I will end - This is my ascendance - Why am I alive? - I should have died - Still I’m here after all this time - Why am I alive? - I should have died - I am here - Never will I take for granted - My time was meant for something greater than what I had planned - I’m meant for something greater - Ignore the pattern and bleed for something more - Something meaningful - Something pure

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