The Fight Against Ourselves

by On The Cinder

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released April 7, 2016

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On The Cinder Buffalo, New York

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On The Cinder is a three piece Punk Rock/Melodic Hardcore band from Buffalo, NY. Fanboys of fast and technical hardcore. Connoisseurs of sweaty, chant along punk rock anthems. Basement dwellers shouting our way to the next big adventure.

"With gritty vocals and a ton of melody, On The Cinder is sure to grab a spot on your rotation moving in to 2015."
-Krista Gjestland, For The Love of Punk
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Track Name: Under Control
Fit the description of a suspect
Another man cut down without respect

Trash their reputation
Attack with slander, create a martyr
it's not Chicago in '31
he pulls a knife, you pull a gun

People once again enraged, backs against this cage

Turn up the chaos, this pot will boil over
The steam will scream for justice, but left starving for closure

Stay your hand -- Nobody's gotta die today
Stay your hand -- There's gotta be a another way

Fit the description of a suspect
Another man cut down without respect

Both trying to make a living
Two men enter, only one still breathing
Bias fuled by fear
Still a problem after all these years

People once again enraged, backs against this cage
People once again enraged, backs against this cage

Disenfranchised, drove to violence -- Shattering the silence
Disenfranchised, drove to violence -- Shattering the silence
Drove to violence -- Drove to violence
Drove to violence

Stay your hand -- Nobody's gotta die today
Stay your hand -- There's gotta be a another way
Stay your hand
Track Name: Soap Box
Shock the masses with this shameless tirade
Spewn bombastic jargon that no one asked for
Cut the rhetoric, nobody's impress
self indulgent libel shows rot to the core

Enough, you've had your say and everywhere to hide
Grasping for straws but still won't show your face
Paint the portrait of a better world
The canvas of hope won't be stained by their hate

Nothing is Sacred with no more secrets
We're all afraid, we're all afraid
We tell ourselves we are strong but
We're all afraid of everything we're...

Not going to listen to another fucking word
No faceless warrior will fight in the field
stop passive aggression thrown at the wall
if we're so righteous then why won't we yield

The lights are on, nobody's home
The lights are on, nobody's home
What will it take for us to realize our faults

The lights are on, nobody's home
The lights are on, but nobody's fucking home

Nothing is Sacred with no more secrets
We're all afraid, I'm still afraid
We tell ourselves we are strong but
We're all afraid of everything we are
Track Name: Sardonic Grin
I'm awake in the american dream
Trying to sleep while they're picking our teams
But if you really think about it does it make any sense
The constitution was written past tense
It's almost like they make it up as they go

Aren't you glad that the president got his man
With his kids in a cave where they made their last stand
but even if they didn't, we still needed a face
Try to make a point you will get erased

Wonder why? It's because we said so
Wonder why... because we said so

Are we the villains
Are we the villains
We needed someone to blame
Are we the villains
Are we the villains
Are we just pawns in this game

Change and hope won't come if you beg
Getting anywhere costs an arm and a leg
prerogative shifts where the money falls
The crooks are here and there's noone to call

At the cutting edge, with nothing to show

Are we the villains
Are we the villains
We needed someone to blame
Are we the villains
Are we the villains
Are we just pawns in this game

I'm tired of hearing, "yes we can"
I want to say, "yes we will"
I'm tired of hearing, "yes we can"
I want to say, "yes we will"
Track Name: Queen of Wands
I spend my mornings in the afternoon
The sun crashes through these broken blinds
Stagger up to get the evil out
Leave the frame, never knowing what I'm going to find

In this desperate neighborhood, we drink to stave off the gloom
You can tell by the debris
Hide away in our shelters, waiting for the clouds to break
But they're always coming back

I found her sprawled across the sidewalk
Press into the earth, littered in broken glass

Queen of Wands, torn and faded
Queen of wands, thrown away

Joy and satisfaction can't solve your mystery
black cat at your feet shadows your history
My lady Fair, Queen of wands

Beater skateboards are the Chariots
We ride to reach out colosseum
Huddled for warmth in the darkness
Expel our lungs in celebration

I found her sprawled across the sidewalk
Press into the earth, littered in broken glass

Queen of Wands, torn and faded
Queen of wands, thrown away

Joy and satisfaction can't solve your mystery
black cat at your feet shadows your history
My lady Fair, Queen of wands

No one's got all the answers
the meaning's up to you
Fall from grace -- Rise to the thrown
Show us what you've got
Track Name: Sticks and Stones
Rolling over, while you're sleeping 6 feet under
This can't be what you meant
A world by the sword or the pen
Educated and indentured to our debt

We're just so evolved
With my knees at my chest -- Hiding behind the wall
I try to bite my tongue -- But my ego wins out
Congratulations kid, You've earned it -- It's your problem now

Falling backward, while you're crawling up a landfill
of stained glass and shrapnel, and bad ideas
I read the paper, but I can't comprehend
Same denial again and again

Excuse me sir, can you spare me some change
I left my sense of pride in a dumpster at Forest and Baynes

We're just so evolved
With my knees at my chest -- Hiding behind the wall
I try to bite my tongue -- But my ego wins out
Congratulations kid, You've earned it

We spent 6000 years with sticks in our hands
Just symptoms of growing supply and demand
We spent 6000 years with sticks in our hands
Just symptoms of growing supply and demand
Track Name: Gen Y
We are the Atlas of our elders, supporting those who came before
Bound by policy in a system. We never had a choice

Please don't read the contents of this page
Simply scroll to the bottom, service will be provided
Distracted by handheld screens and instant gratification
The subservient masses remain divided

Pieces move in the tower
orders sent from underground
tell me friends, will this be the hour
that we learn our enemies face


We are the Atlas of our elders, supporting those who came before
Bound by policy in a system. We never had a choice
We'll never be taken care of, only taken advantage of
One day they'll be in the ground. Our world in ashes, we start from scratch

Rising cost and declining value of a college education
Drown the field and knock the generation off course
Wealth sits at the the top with breath held for trickle down
Bosses learn it's more efficient to outsource

The eagle may feed on all our livers
But we'll get the job done
Now's the time that this nation
Calls to its daughters and sons

United in fire, we stand as one
United in fire, we stand as one

We'll never be taken care of, only taken advantage of
United in fire, we stand as one
Track Name: Cleaned Out
Tell me when did your heart stop beating
When did the blood in your veins run cold and dry

Tell me when did you stop believing
You laid your weapons down and went back inside

Was it the cellophane or the insincerity
Staring down the barrel of mediocrity

We came here to move mountains
But you got up and you walked away
Was it the ringing in your head
Was it just too much to take?

Did you think this was going to be easy?
What did you think this was gonna be?

Wake up, wake up it’s time to go -- Get up, get out, you’re on your own
We’ll draw the maps and carve our path -- Through the bruises and the broken bones
You’re not alone

And the straight road ends
Where the cars are piled high
Forty miles lie ahead, then drive over the cliff-slide

Someday, when the tide rolls in I hope you’re in good health
Cause your necktie’s only good to hang yourself
Screaming, “no not me”

Did you think this was going to be easy?
What did you think this was gonna be?

Wake up, wake up it’s time to go -- Get up, get out, you’re on your own
We’ll draw the maps and carve our path --Through the bruises and the broken bones
You’re not alone

We never scratched the surface. Your feet never touched the ground
Now we’re riding on the pavement. Tearing the walls down
Track Name: Displaced
Tough to say "bend don't break" when you're facing a power saw
Between a rock and hard place, trying to find her own way out
Hurried footsteps petrified -- Those listening above the stairs
Grab your things we're leaving now, this place will never be the same

March down the street to meet at the designated rendezvous
escape with only what you could hold, never knowing if you'd get back
Then you look back over your shoulder just beyond your childs head
a shouting spectre of a man, who once you thought you knew

You can't do this anymore, we're getting the fuck out of here
in this prison we call home, the warden's lost his mind
never again will we be subject to your will
never again

misogynistic sociopath
Played every card in the game
now ashamed, cast in exile
your son will never know your name
your son will never know your name
Track Name: Brothers and Fools
Always running away
Shadows loom over our heads
nip at the heel and cut down the hero before the story's through
Not going to show our hands because the worst is yet to come
Strike up a deal with your inner demon when you've got no soul to sell

Hannah said she can't remember the feel
The rain, the dirt, the pavement and the sweat
But the sounds all wrong from under the steel
The colors dull and the sun won't set

This place smells like a memory

Always running away
Shadows loom over our heads
nip at the heel and cut down the hero before the story's through
Not going to show our hands because the worst is yet to come
Strike up a deal with your inner demon when you've got no soul to sell

If legends never die, why are we so afraid?

It's my youth, it's my blood. I don't want to be unseen
It's my youth, it's my blood. I don't want to be unseen
Track Name: Gilded Portrait
Looking innocent, but you know what you're doing
Got the stare that always draws me in
Head to toe, your body's like a mosaic
Story told with ink and scars

All I gotta know, All I gotta say is
you've got my back - Got my back
Only ever had to hear your song and it Drove me mad
You know what you're doing to me

This locket holds my only dream
I'll keep it close 'til we touch down

Who knew what I could do, who knew what I'd become?
Turns out a woman in a corset is all it takes to make a man go to war

All I gotta know, All I gotta say is
you've got my back - Got my back
Only ever had to hear your song and it Drove me mad
You know what you're doing to me

Take my tags. Take my tags. Take my tags, I'm coming home

All I gotta know, All I gotta say is
you've got my back - Got my back
Only ever had to hear your song and it Drove me mad
You know what you're doing to me

Take my tags. Take my tags. Take my...
Track Name: Left in Ignorance
The illusion of security has made us all blind
Manufactured danger planted inside all our minds
bureaucracy locks the systems, leaves us stuck in place
interest groups support the horses as they run the race

and we're left in a most precarious position
From everything I've seen, I've come to this conclusion

I don't think we're 'gonna make it
I don't think we'll even try
Society, ignorant and free. Never was and never will be
I don't think we're 'gonna take it

We are populace subdued by comfort
no need to raise a hand
the criminals that run the show will never take the stand

common sense that's my defense in a war we'll never fight
equality's a fallacy meant only to divide

I'll never let you down
I'll never live this down
I'll never let you down
I'll never live this down

I don't think we're 'gonna make it
I don't think we'll even try
Society, ignorant and free. Never was and never will be
I don't think we're 'gonna take it

Embers still burn on the forge
will it melt the wax and stamp the seal
thrown in with all the rest
left to standards that nobody knows

organized and overloaded
no difference in friend or foe

organized and overloaded
no difference in friend or foe
organized and overloaded
no difference in friend or foe
I'll never let you down
I'll never live this down
Track Name: Diaspora
You give a part of yourself to the miles
In the hours spent in transit to where you're called
But weary minds tend to get distracted
and reason bends beyond our own resolve

No we can't give up, we're on our way
The leg work counts in the long run

Inspired by those whose flights never took off
Bound by responsibility, chattel to their lives
Wet behind the ears, a call beyond your years
Sacrifice your every dream

No I will no squander -- I won't let it spoil
Everything they gave to me

No pity, no romance
Someday I will get my chance
Not fame, not wealth. Whatever end, I've done this to myself

Due diligence is not a formula
Surrender leads us to contempt
It's all for not without dedication
With no purpose, you might as well be dead

A man wears the face he earns
We all wear the face we earn
A man wears the face he earns
We all wear the face we earn

Like a phantom limb, always reaching
For greater things we've never known

No pity, no romance
Someday I will get my chance
Not fame, not wealth. Whatever end, I've done this to myself