All That Remains

by Driftglass

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1.
A point in the sky We follow the path we've chosen A moment in time And all my perceptions frozen And far in the distant sky I see the future fast unfolding It must be the turning point Returning the echoes that I've been holding Fate It's pulling me away I never could explain How we could still believe this illusion So You're telling me to go But I would never know How we could fall into this confusion The lines in the sand The memories of wandering oceans The winds of uncertainty Will spare me from that emotion And far in the distant sky A burning light is calling out to me I follow the vapour trail It leads me to the endless sea It's fate It's pulling me away I never could explain How we could still believe this illusion So You're telling me to go But I would never know How we could fall into this confusion But you are still a prisoner An insect in a jar Pressed against the glass There's no one else but you in here And this is all you are Captive by the hand of fate It's pulling me away I never could explain I never could explain Fate It's pulling me away I never could explain I never could explain
2.
A fool is being ushered in Into a room of smiles and grins Sits and waits to be re-born So unknowing and unknown Youth gone astray A suited man who's clear as glass Promises but never trusts Leans back to fix his tie Smiles and says "I'm your guy" Just sign on the line The roads cross and hold me at bay but forward we march They say you should seize the day, let your heart guide the way to bliss Help me understand these tides that are pulling me both ways What if there's no promised land? Is this dream just a cliché? How much for your word? How much for your pride? How much would it cost to buy you out? How much for your love, or just your spite? Just tell me son, what is your price? In the brink of night He stepped into my room And whispered in my ear "The seeds of regret, are the roots of your demise" Left behind my best years I've wasted All the time that I had to understand The riddles of life left me trapped and helpless But I thought I knew it all Time to go, my dear child Kiss the rising sun goodbye now Cry what's left to cry about Don't look back It's too late now Nothing waits behind this door The tides have thrown me out to shore
3.
Evelyn 03:56
Pallid hands that reach to me How you feed upon the sympathy And your eyes grow dimmer with every passing day How the fragile seams of this waking dream Tear away in vain in the midnight rain All the memories seem to drift so far away She shuffles through the parkway in the never-ending rain She's being held a prisoner in a cell within her brain The years may change forever but the melody remains Let it turn - musical box And the gilded cage is standing still on the windowsill She turns away She is staring into empty space, into heaven's gate She can't remain alone Who are you? Who are you that draws me from my home? She shuffles through the parkway in the never-ending rain She's being held a prisoner in a cell within her brain The years may change forever but the melody remains Let it turn She searches for the answers to the riddles in her brain She's been asleep for decades, but her dreams have never changed The years may pass forever but the melody remains Let it turn - musical box
4.
Staying alive Despite odds and chances Dodging the strike By the skin of my teeth Pulse in my head As my heart is racing Pain in my chest It’s getting harder to breath I’m almost there! The sun is arising I take one more step And try to hold on Trying To find a way To live through this Nightmare What is this dream This cyclical nightmare What is this dread, To which I’m confined Darkness subsides Envelops my being It overwhelms Leaving me empty inside Is this the end, Or just an illusion What is this fear, That’s plaguing my mind Suddenly, I feel a hollow emptiness, It chills be to the bone I cannot take this anymore Like my life, will have no meaning, As I’m insignificant to this earth I cannot face this horror Why, is this happening to me?
5.
As I write these words my eyes slowly shut Lies are the only truth and truth is all I've got Like a feather in the sky I will lose myself to my existence I'll embrace what lies beyond, I'll close my eyes and fall Lost I slowly slip into quiet madness And every memory becomes a star in the open sky Breathe in the silence Numb all guilt and pain Removing my halo I'm writing my last lament Clinging to these walls Feeling nothing but the cold Trying to break free As they close-in on me
6.
Disconnected 04:24
A sentence is spoken It's only a whisper So far in the distance There's no one around A girl in a painting She's singing to music But no one can hear her There isn't a sound And late in the summer She tells me her secret A face in the window A voice in the night It's just a perception It's just an opinion She's biding her time until the moment is right When we're disconnected Detached from all the world When we're disconnected Detached from all the world It's just this connection Perpetual motion It's pulling me backwards I'm tied to a stone Umbilical union It's just a dependence Please take what you want but don't leave me alone It's only the doorway to this house of deception It's only the devil that pulls you away It's just a perception It's just an illusion It's only the feeling that brought me here today When we're disconnected Detached from all the world When we're disconnected Detached from all the world
7.
The Rise 05:30
In violent seas lives creation and myth Reality wonders its glorious realms Explosions of light settle down with Mysterious shadows, conceptions of dreams Time solid as ice Like glaciers it flows These shapes come to rise From dreams they arose Watch towards the seas Can you see there’s Something in the depth That’s quickly fading out of range Silhouettes of history Bring forth a coming change Solidified tempest, leads them to the edge Of brilliant patterns, which scourge through the land Of towering walls, spreading out their roots With weapons of metal, and statues of sand Increasing each day Corrupting the night Controlling the land The dark and the light Somewhere far in time This too will end and They won’t know what hit them On that fatal day But two millennia is a Long, long time to wait In the end it won’t be them That lay themselves to waste We founded cities that stood through all storms And fortified these walls, with our very blood So stronger each day, will these empires grow They can withstand heaven, but can they withstand us? But now let’s rejoice Spill wine on the floor Corrupting the night Till its gone to the core Rise
8.
At the foundation lies the rise of the Sun Lighting the inevitable fall In the dim red light the anthill grows, expanding Always trying to spread out their walls Ten Million sunsets, this land has witnessed And if god can help them, they’ll see ten more In a web of roads this land shall soon be covered Torn apart and stripped of innocence Fertilized by blood of their great wars Religion clouds up our minds with ignorance There may come a time, we’ll be living in shadow But we’re not about to hold our breath For now, we take pride in avoiding the struggle In front of the hot warning flame The rivers run dry, yet we’re drowning in water Compressing the mud to the earth to the stone Then leaving behind, frightful landscapes of slaughter As we cover our eyes, from the blame No longer able to support the unimaginable Light (Dark) Rose (Fell) Stirring the Dust The instant spark that blinded us Died just as fast With little struggle, void of energy and hope the world lit Up (Down) Flame (Ash) Rubble and rust To some it felt like many years So little time has passed So many prophesies, so many souls, so little all it Meant (To) Us (Who) Blindly believed That we are chosen that this was Designed to keep After what felt like an eternity but merely was a glimpse Of, what could have been In solemn stance and silent dreams Faded to sleep
9.
Remains… Smoke surrounds me, I’m in ruins Of great cities which once flourished Under innocence of rain All that remains, bricks and stones of fallen towers, Memories of skies and oceans, Clouds of arrows gone astray Did they ever think! Did they ever stop, and see the sun Will I ever know? Is there anything I could have done? (Wrong timing, lights the ruins) What stood, for a hundred golden years Now has fallen to the abyss, Concurred by sin, and slowly lost in vain. All that remains, is this legacy of chaos, Silhouettes of granite giants Weathered slowly by the rains. He looked to the bright, scouring sun How could it come to this, he asked Silence had answered him Everything in this hopeless land Evermore void of life He turned to the flame, chilling his Face with the shadows of the past, Turning away at once And spreading out his wings He stepped on this ground one last time. And leaped, off the earth he once received, For this his mind did not foresee That the flame brought the end To this flawed reality There was nothing to defend, Leaving this forsaken land With the wind, here and gone Spread your wings towards the sun In the shadow of dawn, I fear that we’ve gone too far to see the fall In the time that is left, I feel all that I regret, I’ll soon forget Now that everything’s gone, I fear it’s too late to learn from our mistakes Though the spirit lives on, Our time’s done, and memory is all… all that remains

about

Debut full-length from Driftglass featuring 9 dynamic tracks that display the band's wide range of influences and songwriting capability.

"Toronto-based progressive metal band, Driftglass, has its feet firmly planted in old school progressive rock while simultaneously embracing elements of catchy, modern heavy metal. On its first full-length album, All That Remains, the sextet shows off its diverse musical influences on its nine expansive tracks, recalling bands such as Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Yes and Rush, to name a few. The band could easily play technical prog metal in its sleep, but they also display more friendly, commercial-sounding elements. Each song is decorated with loads of melody accompanied by profound and reflective lyrics..." Kelly Simms - BraveWords.com

"All That Remains both continues the tradition and stands on it's own merits by offering fine and entertaining melodic progressive metal. It's worth your time and interest. Recommended." Craig Hartranft - Dangerdog.com

"All That Remains is both melodic and adventurous and should provide hours of enjoyment for progressive rock/metal fans who choose to seek it out. I can safely recommend it without hesitation." Jon Neudorf - Seaoftranquility.org

Driftglass managed to create a solid album that sounds effortlessly catchy without striving too hard to be “a crowd pleaser.” Andrea Caaccese - Progmetalzone.com

"All of the songs are of a length which allows them to grow and blossom into some neat prog rock. A blend of sounds that resemble music you might expect to find on any Tool, Mastodon, Rush or Porcupine Tree album." Allan Bannerman - POWERPLAY Magazine powerplaymagazine.co.uk

"...but Driftglass finally came out with “All That Remains” (August, 2014) – An outstanding Prog-Metal album featuring 9 tracks that are marked by the dynamics, wide range of influences, and great songwriting capability – reflecting the maturation of the band’s sound. In fact, the distinctive styles that Driftglass imprints on each of the compositions, without mixing too much the sonic influences that arise from well-defined periods of time – the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s – is what gives a positive diversity to “All That Remains” – an album containing only great songs, which will impact the listener, however, more or less according to his/her tastes." Marcelo Trotta - www.progressiverockbr.com

"They’re pretty much old school when it comes to their music as they head off into the world inhabited by Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, and early Rush. It’s awash with keyboards, heaving riffing and some really good vocals from Alvin Ihsani." Stuart Hamilton - The Rocker therocker65.wordpress.com

"Highlights include the short beautiful melancholic ballad Evelyn plus Disconnected featuring guest vocalist Polyna Firer who proves a refreshing counterpoint, and my favourite The Unfolding (10-min); all splendid ambassadors of their versatility and musicianship." DK Classic Rock Society Magazine www.classicrocksociety.co.uk

"All That Remains is the first full-length album from Canadian prog-metal rockers Driftglass, and boy, do they come out of the gate swinging hard. This is quite an impressive statement from such a young band. The references are pretty obvious, including fellow Canadians Rush, seminal prog-metal group Dream Theater, and newcomers, Haken for their creative approach to the genre. But do not fear, this isn't a mere copycat band. What is so great about Driftglass is that there is a freshness in their approach to this familiar style. They add plenty of elements to the music that bring a different dimension, making the album far more interesting. " Nathan Waitman www.dprp.net

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released August 20, 2014

Produced & Mixed by Driftglass
Mastered at Metalworks studios by Chris Crerar

Recorded at Rivermill Studios
Drum Recording at Alcatrax Studios engineered by Chris Lysiak
Vocal Recording at Silverbrich Studios engineered by Ted Onyszczak
Guest vocals on Disconnected by Polyna Firer

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Driftglass Toronto, Ontario

Driftglass is a progressive hard rock and metal band based in and around Toronto, Canada. Drawing inspiration from a variety of classic and modern influences, Driftglass has released 2 full length studio albums and one EP since its inception in 2008. The band continues to write and perform today, with its most recent release - World of Conversation - available on all major streaming services. ... more

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