Visions In Chapter MIXTAPE

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"Visions In Chapter"
Chapter I: The Art of Damage
1) Witnesses
2) Memories
3) Breaking Point
Chapter II: The Art of Damage
4) Alone
5) Filling The Void
6) Sharing The Blame
Chapter III: The Art of War
7) In His Words
8) Something To Live For
9) Witness (To The Victim)
Chapter IV: The Reaping
10) Helping
11) Hurting
12) Hanging

"Visions In Chapter" is a concept mixtape in four chapters that follows the story of a girl, her abusive alcoholic father and the solider she falls in love with. Chapter 1, titled "The Art of Damage", revolves around the girl and the lyrics to the first song ('Witnesses') talk about how everyone around her chose to do nothing to help her. Then the second song ('Memories') talks about her mother who passed away. In last song ('Breaking Point') of this chapter she runs away and meets a solider and falls in love. Chapter 2 titled, "The Art of Damage", revolves around the abusive father. The lyrics in the first song ('Alone') talk about the reason he has become such a monster. He feels lost and alone with out his wife and feels this uncontrollable anger every time he looks at his daughter because in her eyes all he ever sees is his wife. The second song ('Filling The Void') discusses how he is filling the loss of his wife with alcohol and taking his anger out on his daughter. The final song ('Sharing The Blame') to this chapter depicts one of the beatings. Chapter 3, "The Art of War", revolves around the solider who the main character falls in love with. The opening song ('In His Words') talks about how he joined the army to find himself and ended up even more lost. The Second song ('Something To Live For') discusses when the two meet and fall in love and toward the end of the song she gets taken back to her fathers. The solider tried to always be close by to protect her but in the Final song ("Witness (To The Victim)") he shows up just a little to late and witnesses the end of the beating and as he comes to help the father leaves for another bender. The fourth and final chapter is titled "The Reaping" discusses each characters ending. In the first song ("Helping") the solider, after witnessing the abuse, kills the father to save the girl he loves. At the end of the song he is on his way to tell her that her suffering is over but he is too late, instead he finds her after she has taken her own life. The second song ("Hurting") discusses how she couldn't take the pain anymore but she never meant to her him. The final song ("Hanging") discusses how the solider doesn't want to live with out his love so he ends his life.

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released February 14, 2014

Photography Credit: Morgan

Lyric & Vocal Credit: Christopher Lauretti

Instrumental Credits:
1) Against the Elements - Moon Landing (Experimental Deathcore Instrumental)
2) For All Eternity - 07. Bright Eyes [Instrumental]
3) The Devil Wears Prada - R.I.T. [Instrumental Version] HD
4) Normandy - Sam Whitaker [FULL INSTRUMENTAL MULTITRACK-STEMS] [METALCORE]
5) Memphis May Fire - Prove Me Right (Instrumental)
6) Miss May I - Forgive and Forget Instrumental Cover
7) Catch the Sun - Lost Gods (Instrumental)(New Song 2012)
8) Faint In Grey - When Pretending To Care, Remember your lines- Instrumental LOOKING FOR VOCALIST.
9) Memphis May Fire The Victim Instrumental version
10) The Architect (Melodic metalcore instrumental)
11) Fit For A King - Skin & Bones (Instrumental)
12) Born of Osiris - M∆CHINE (Instrumental)

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Track Name: Witnesses (I:The Art of Damage)
Intro:
You watched her suffer
You watched him beat her
And said it was none of your concern
How could you do this?
How could you do this?
How could you do this, to her?
All her friends, all her family
You are just as guilty
Soon it will be your turn to burn

Verse:
You are not just a witness anymore
You watched him beat her till she hit the floor
Every bruise, every scare, every once sided brawl
Leaves a lasting impression
Every time she says it was just a fall
You could have helped her
You could have saved her
Just remember every time you look in the mirror
You all left her bleeding and screaming in terror
You all fucking disgust me
You all make me sick
So now I am going to make this memory stick
So now I am going to make this memory stick

Broken bones, Bloody nose
Who knows if she will make it another day
No help, No Exit
Just get on your knees, close your eyes and pray
I hope that your god will take your pain away

Broken bones, Bloody nose
Who knows if she will make it another day
No help, No Exit
Just get on your knees, close your eyes and pray
I hope that your god will take your pain away


Lyric Credit: Christopher Lauretti
Track Name: Memories
Intro:
It wasn't always like this
Her mother was her protector
She was an angel, she was her savior
She was everything to her
She was everything to her father
She lost her life one night
Now every day is a constant fight

Verse:
We can’t live in the past
But when times are rough
It helps to look back
To when they were happy
To when they were family
She’s bleeding dry
With both sadness and angst
She can’t wait to get out of this place
Every night she cries for her mother
To come back down and save her

Verse:
She feels that without her mother
That no one will ever love her
She doesn't know how beautiful she is
How beautiful this life can be
She just wants this pain to end
She can’t see beyond the next bend
But there will be a friend
There will be love to share and send
Just hold on a little longer
You will be your mother’s daughter


Lyric Credit: Christopher Lauretti
Track Name: Breaking Point
Intro:
She took off in the night
To have a chance at life
This is her breaking point
She wants to leave forever
But he knows she won’t
This is her breaking point
She wants to leave forever
But he knows she won’t

Verse:
She couldn't take it anymore
Life isn't life when you’re living on the floor
She was done with the excuses
She was done with the bruises

Chorus:
Her body could only take so much
(She hit her breaking point)
Her heart couldn't bare a touch
(She hit her breaking point)
Love, her eyes have never seen such
(She hit her breaking point)
Love, she has never seen so much
(She hit her breaking point)
She hit her breaking point

Verse:
She fell in love with a lost soldier
He swore to always protect her
Her heart nearly broke
When they said she must return
Love is powerful
That’s the first lesson she had to learn

Chorus:
Her body could only take so much
(She hit her breaking point)
Her heart couldn't bare a touch
(She hit her breaking point)
Love, her eyes have never seen such
(She hit her breaking point)
Love, she has never seen so much
(She hit her breaking point)
She hit her breaking point

Bridge:
They spent every day together
The beatings seem to pause
He was her new savior
But her father still loved the bottle
So it’s just a matter of time
Till he starts to hurt her again
Till he starts to hurt her again
What will they do then?

Chorus:
Her body could only take so much
(She hit her breaking point)
Her heart couldn't bare a touch
(She hit her breaking point)
Love, her eyes have never seen such
(She hit her breaking point)
Love, she has never seen so much
(She hit her breaking point)
She hit her breaking point

Outro:
She found love at her breaking point
She found love at her breaking point


Lyric Credit: Christopher Lauretti
Track Name: Alone (II:The Art of Pain)
Verse:
She left him, now he's so alone
In this world, growing so cold
Just this bottle, watching life unfold
(She was his spark, she was his cure)
So he'll drink, this down pure
All he feels, is this anger
Because she left, him all alone
She still lives, in the eyes of their daughter

Chorus:
He curses reflections everyday
He can't seem to get away
From the ghost in her eyes
Every time they look, part of his soul dies
He is dead inside, nothing left to hide
"Cut out my eyes so I can't see
The ghost that will always haunt me"
(The ghost that will always haunt me)

Verse:
She was everything, he'd do anything
To get her, back with him
There is nothing, he wouldn't give
For the chance, to see her live
He traded love, for these vices
He has anger, now he's lifeless
He feels no, shame or guilt
He can't stand, the reflection of her ghost

Bridge:
"Cut out my eyes
So I can't see
The ghosts that always haunt me
She will always be
A dead reflection to me
A mirror image
Of her mother
I can’t stand
The sight of her
I can't find it in me
To ever love her"

"Cut out my eyes
So I can't see
The ghosts that always haunt me
She will always be
A dead reflection to me
A mirror image
Of her mother
I can't find it in me
To ever love her"
To ever love her

Chorus:
He curses reflections everyday
He can't seem to get away
From the ghost in her eyes
Every time they look, part of his soul dies
He is dead inside, nothing left to hide
"Cut out my eyes so I can't see
The ghost that will always haunt me"
(The ghost that will always haunt me)


Lyric Credit: Christopher Lauretti
Track Name: Filling The Void
Verse:
All these thoughts are filling his head
Not a day goes by, that he doesn't wish he was dead
Going back over everything she ever said
And replaying the day that they were wed

Pathetic, dirty weak old man
Does, it, fill, your sad void
To, beat, her, till she can't stand

Is it helping you to watch her bleed
Tell me old man, is this what you need
Open up your chest, let it all sink in
Just let it sink in

Chorus:
You fill your void, with those who still care
You hurt her in ways that were never fair
You should have grabbed a noose and chair
Instead you grabbed a bottle and pulled her down by her hair
When you meet your maker
We'll see how filling your void was fair

Verse:
You built your kingdom of sadness
On the bones caused by madness
You are scum and a failure
You don't get to take it out on her

You waste your life living in the past
But her scares are always gonna last
You better change your act fast
Clean yourself up, stop treating her like trash
X2

All these thoughts are filling his head
Not a day goes by, that he doesn't wish he was dead
Going back over everything she ever said
And replaying the day that they were wed

Chorus:
You fill your void, with those who still care
You hurt her in ways that were never fair
You should have grabbed a noose and chair
Instead you grabbed a bottle and pulled her down by her hair
When you meet your maker
We'll see how filling your void was fair

Bridge:
We see the fear in her eyes
Different bruises, and a different disguise
We see the hate in your eyes
Different bottle and a different surprise
X2

The makeup can only cover up
So much before they see right through
They will see you
They will see what you do
(They will see you)
(They will see what you do)

Chorus:
You fill your void, with those who still care
You hurt her in ways that were never fair
You should have grabbed a noose and chair
Instead you grabbed a bottle and pulled her down by her hair
When you meet your maker
We'll see how filling your void was fair

Outro:
The makeup, can only cover up
So much before they see right through
They will see you
They will see what you do
The makeup, can only cover up
So much before they see right through


Lyric Credit: Christopher Lauretti
Track Name: Sharing The Blame
Verse:
Hand to the face
Head meets the floor
Blood falls off her cheek
She knows tonight looks bleak
Boot to the ribs
Tip cuts the skin
Pulls her by the hair
These fights are never fair

Blood pours across the carpet
Eyes open, his hands are soaked in red
She tries to turn and run
He pulls her back, they have just begun
(Tears flood from her eyes)
(He makes her drown in it)

Verse:
His hands around her neck
She's losing a pulse to check
This is not the first time
Broken she needs a sign
He doesn't think he crossed a line
He thinks this is somehow fine
His hands around her throat
Her pulse drops with every note

Verse:
There are no sirens coming (coming)
There are no lights flashing (flashing)
Wishful thinking that someone will save
He just continue to dig her grave
X2

She screams into the night
For someone to set him right
She screams for mercy
But she can see he's blood thirsty

Verse:
Blood pours across the carpet
Eyes open, his hands are soaked in red
She tries to turn and run
He pulls her back, they have just begun
Tears flood from her eyes
He makes her drown in it
He makes her drown in it

Outro:
The devil went from the bottle to his eyes
(Somebody save her, save her)
She tucks her head down below her thighs
(Somebody save her, save her)
He throws her up and down the stairs
(Somebody save her, save her)
The bottle finished with a swim across her head


Lyric Credit: Christopher Lauretti
Track Name: In His Words (III:The Art of War)
Verse:
I joined for guidance
I joined for answers
I joined to find myself

Pledged allegiance to a nation
That turned its back on me
To a nation that fed me lies

Feels like this war paint never dries
Too many times I've pulled the trigger
and lost part of myself in their eyes
This war didn't give me purpose
It caused me to question
If life is worth it
(Was it worth it)
(Was it worth it)
Was it worth it
(Was it worth it)
Was it worth it
To lose all that I was

To support what this country and what it does
I can't continue to watch men die
For a war that wasn't mine to decide
War founded by men who lie
I have nothing left in me to give
After this is over how can I live
A normal life with kids and a wife
Because I've lost myself
I'm just another lost solider on the shelf
(I have nothing left in me to give)
(After this is over how can I live)
(A normal life with kids and a wife)

Verse:
This gun beside me
Is the only friend I see
No more family
Still I won't get
On my knee
And ask god
To save me
Your god can’t save me
(Your god can’t save me)
X2

Feels like this war paint never dries
Too many times I've pulled the trigger
lost part of myself in their eyes
This war didn't give me purpose


Lyric Credit: Christopher Lauretti
Track Name: Something To Live For
Verse:
Finally home
He paces empty streets all alone
He's given up on everything
Till something changes everything

Chorus:
He looks into her eyes
(She looks into his eyes)
The feeling they can't deny
(This electric connection)
Grows stronger with each second of perfection
(Finally he has something to live for)
They don't care what life has in store
(They mirror each others love)
(They see no clouds hanging above)

Verse:
(Finally home)
(He paces empty streets all alone)
(He's given up on everything)
(Till something changes everything)
He hears a sound
He begins to look around
Someone caught his eye
Little did he know
What he had found
Her bags packed
She's on the run
They begin to talk
Until they see the sun

Verse:
Beautiful, young and true
(Love is the key in all we do)
Handsome, young and pure
(They are each other's cure)

Chorus:
He looks into her eyes
(She looks into his eyes)
The feeling they can't deny
(This electric connection)
Grows stronger with each second of perfection
(Finally he has something to live for)
They don't care what life has in store
(They mirror each others love)
(They see no clouds hanging above)

Verse:
(Finally home)
(He paces empty streets all alone)
(He's given up on everything)
(Till something changes everything)
He hears a sound
He begins to look around
Someone caught his eye
Little did he know
What he had found
Her bags packed
She's on the run
They begin to talk
Until they see the sun
Both in search of solid ground
There hands lock without a single sound
(They can’t believe they found each other)
(They refuse to lose one another)

Bridge:
The police came in to lay claim
On the girl he loved
To return her to the place she runs from
He followed close behind
Things were calm till her father began to unwind
He interfered and instilled fear
But he couldn't always be there
He slept close by every night
But something's are always out of sight
But something's are always out of sight


Lyrics Credits: Christopher Lauretti
Track Name: Witness (To The Victim)
Intro:
One night he looks in through the window
Catching one last plow
Before her father hits the bar
He races in to save her
He says this time he's gone too far

Chorus:
He can't just be another witness
He needs her to outlive this
With or without her approval
He knows what needs to be done
You need to live to see a son
You can't go back on the run

Verse:
He knows she can't keep living this way
She says there's no way she can getaway
He knows that he can't stay
He makes her bed and lets her lay

He decides tomorrow's the day
Whispers she no longer needs to pray
Because tomorrow the predator becomes the pray
She's already sleeping, the night goes silent

Verse:
He says
He doesn't get to touch you again
He says
It's time for this to come to an end
He's not them
(He’s not them)
He can't just stand back and watch
As she turns black and blue
He's already decided what he must do

Bridge:
This is torment, this is torture
How is she expected to endure
He is here to turn the tables
In her favor
(He takes the place of her savior)
(He is determined to save her)

He says
He doesn't get to touch you again
He says
It's time for this to come to an end
He says
He's not them
X2

Chorus:
He can't just be another witness
He needs her to outlive this
With or without her approval
He knows what needs to be done
You need to live to see a son
You can't go back on the run
(You can’t go back on the run)

Verse:
He says
He doesn't get to touch you again
He says
It's time for this to come to an end
He says
He's not them
He says
He says
(Well he says)

She can’t go back on the run
She’ll be just another victim
She can’t go back on the run
She’ll be just another victim
(She won’t be another victim)

He won’t be just another witness
He needs her to outlive this
(Outlive this)

Chorus:
He can't just be another witness
He needs her to outlive this
With or without her approval
He knows what needs to be done
You need to live to see a son
You can't go back on the run


Lyric Credit: Christopher Lauretti
Track Name: Helping (IV:The Reaping)
He's ready at the crack of dawn
Ready to make him sorry for the things he's done
He cleans his gun
Counts every bullet but he won't miss once
It's time to drown in blood
He would do anything for love
He wants to see him beg
He wants to see him cry
He will start to question
But they both know why
He must die

Kicks open the front door
He pistol whips him to the floor
He can't wait to watch him suffer more
This is everything he's been waiting for

Kicks in his knees
(He says)
“I wanna here you beg please”
Old man there's a reason your on your knees
The only thing missing is a trigger squeeze

He doesn't hesitate for a second
He's been dying just to end it
(He doesn't hesitate for a second)
(He's been dreaming of this moment)

He pulls the hammer back
Waiting to see how he will react
Will it be confusion
or will it be illusion
All I know is this is the final solution

He's been dreaming of this day
His love will no longer be the prey
The torment ends today

His finger squeezes the trigger
The bullet exits the barrel
Finally someone came to help her
His body lays lifeless
This moment is oh so priceless
X3

He doesn't question what he's done
It's time that she has won
Now she will never need to run
She can spend her days free under the sun

He doesn't question what he's done
It's time that she has won
This war is finally over
Or has it just begun?
This war is finally over
(Or has it just begun?)
This war is finally over
(Or has it just begun?)
Or has it just begun?

Her sick sad excuse for a father
Has crossed to the other side
X3

and I can't wait to tell her
That her suffering is over
And this is how much I loved her

(He runs up the stairs)
(Throws open the bathroom door)
(And finds her bleeding out everywhere)
She was bleeding out everywhere

He tries to clot her arms
But the razor blade cut them long
She's far passed gone
He tries to clot her arms
But the razor blade cut them long


Lyric Credit: Christopher Lauretti
Track Name: Hurting
Verse:
In his head he replays walking up every step
Every crack on the rails
Crooked pictures of the perfect sails
The door cracked
Like the cement in the sidewalk
No matter how he tries he can't block
The moment he found her there
Eyes wide with a dead stare
So god damn innocent
Things in life are never fair
Things in life are just never fair

But he failed to see her side
Or to see the things on her mind the night she died
She couldn't take it anymore
Living life in such a way
Brings to question why to stay
It's not that she didn't love him
But the light at the end was growing so dim
It just became too much to bare
Things in life are just never fair
It just became too much to bare
(Things in life are just never fair)

Verse:
We are just skin and bones
The results of broken homes
We bare our weight alone
With nothing to call our own
X2

Verse:
No one is saying it’s right
But when happiness is out of sight
Depression swoops in quick
She just wants you to understand
This was never planned
He wants to feel her hand
Discover his one last time
God please give him a sign
please give him a sign
We are just skin and bones
The results of broken homes
We bare our weight alone
With nothing to call our own

It's not that she didn't love him
But the light at the end was growing so dim
It just
It just became too much to bare
Things in life are just never fair
(Never fair)
(Things in life are just never fair)
(I’ll see you there)


Lyric Credit: Christopher Lauretti
Track Name: Hanging
Intro:
(It’s hanging time)
X3

Chorus:
Grab a chair
Grab the rope
Tie a noose knot
Don't stop
Some people are never happy
with what they got
X3

Verse:
He can't live
With the fact
That she’s gone
So he took after her
But he used a noose and a chair
Nothing else made him care

Is this what you think she would want
He wants to die together
So both of them can haunt
This house masked in death
The air grows thinner with every breath

Rope around his neck
He kicks the chair
Life is never fair
We mourn the loss
Of a solider without a cross
X2

Chorus:
Grab a chair
Grab the rope
Tie a noose knot
Don't stop
Some people are never happy
with what they got
X3

Verse:
(Seconds pass like hours)
(Every minute in his head)
Seconds pass like hours
Every minute in his head
Brings him inches to death
With this rope around his neck
He no longer wants the time
To reminisce and reflect

The art of choking yourself
Won't long be missed
But at least he's with her now
They found there solid ground
May you rest safe and sound

(It’s hanging time)
Grab a chair
Grab the rope
Tie a noose knot
Don't stop
Some people are never happy
with what they got
X4


Lyric Credit: Christopher Lauretti