Testament

by David Pataconi

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He was destined before birth for so much more than he anticipated, by a Father he never knew. An outcast, he fell headlong into the abysmal hopelessness of the society around him, his torment kept from the eyes of those that could help. Only a trial by fire could reveal what was hidden within, becoming the warrior he was called to be since the dawn of time...

Blending electrometal, industrial, synthwave, and experimental sounds, this album tells the story of a young man on the brink of self-destruction, only to be rescued from himself, despite the despair and destruction left in his wake. A rebirth in the midst of chaos. When all hope is lost, and the bottom of the well starts to cave in, a hand reaches out, only now discovered by the boy that never saw it there all along. This is the soundtrack to 80s and 90s electronic metal, with a modern upgrade. A testimonial of what God can do with one completely broken person.

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released July 18, 2017

Music, lyrics, mixing, mastering, artwork by David Pataconi, except:
All lead guitars and additional vocals on track 6: Sky Archer, Vocals by Klank on track 6, Vocals and lyrics by Lyte of Delta-S on track 11.
Recorded at Sanctified Studios in Tucson, AZ, USA.

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When listening to David's music, your senses are amped up for what is to come. Intensity charged club anthems, theatrical soundscapes, and the onslaught of biting metal guitar riffs, pulsing synthetic beats, dark melodies, and traditional industrial sound design, he brings the roots of classic industrial music to the modern era, and your imagination along on a wild musical journey. ... more

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Track Name: Foundation
Truth embedded heart
The writings on the wall
Set me up for my life
Embracing father's call
Words burned into my mind
Forever teaching me
So caught up in living life
These traps I did not see...
Track Name: Whispers of Deceit
(Verse 1)
You talk too much
But never say enough
You've got the Midas touch
For death and destruction
Your poisoned words kill
Dreams and free will
Inflict your pain
With hatred and lies

(Pre-Chorus)
I've embraced your pain
And considered it my own
Suicide my only option
No more good is known
My future cut short
By the lies you're telling me
I'll embrace this violent ending
If it will set me free

(Chorus)
Whispers
Of fear
Death my release
Hopeless
In pain
Forever without peace
Future
Erased
No remedy in sight
Always
The same
I'll end it all tonight
(I forgave myself / Somebody save me!)

(Verse 2)
You've said enough
My mind is now infused
With chaos, mistrust
The cycle of abuse
Continuation ending
With my death as the goal
Darkness overwhelming
As you try to steal my soul

(Pre-Chorus)
I've embraced your pain
And considered it my own
Suicide my option
No more good is known
My future cut short
By the lies you're telling me
I'll embrace this violent ending
If it will set me free

(Chorus)
Whispers
Of fear
Death my release
Hopeless
In pain
Forever without peace
Future
Erased
No remedy in sight
Always
The same
I'll end it all tonight
(I forgave myself / Somebody save me!)
Track Name: The Pit
(Verse 1)
Whispers in my ears poisoning mind
Deafening my heart to make me blind
Lies scream over truth corrupting me
Darkness fills my eyes I cannot see

(Pre-Chorus)
Willing deception
Embraced from the start
Your soothing depression
Invading my heart
The darkness my comfort
The noises you make
Forgetting my Savior
My life you can break

(Chorus)
Entering into the darkest dread
Give up on my life I chose to quit
How did I allow you into my head?
Falling willingly into the pit

(Verse 2)
Further into darkness I embrace
So black I cannot see my face
Scared and deceived I hit the ground
All alone with no one else around

(Bridge)
I can't see the light
I've fallen too far
Cutting my skin
Embracing these scars
I'm crying aloud
And screaming to see
I've fallen too far
Who will save me?!

(Chorus)
Entering into the darkest dread
Give up on my life I chose to quit
How did I allow you into my head?
Falling willingly into the pit
Track Name: Further Down The Spiral
(Verse 1)
Your life is over
Your life is mine
The deepest disorder
Can't come back this time
You've fallen too far
It's time to die
Pull on the trigger
Only truth is my lie

(Pre-chorus)
Kill yourself
Kill yourself
No escape from your pain
Pull the trigger
Kill yourself
No one will love you again
It's hopeless
You're lost
And no one will miss you
Your life is destroyed
Now give up and die

(Chorus)
Father!
Father!
Hear the cries of your son
Take my heart back
No matter how far I've run
My life is a mess
Embalmed in my sin
My coffin is closing
Take me back again!

(Verse 2)
Your cries are silent
On deaf ears they fall
Your father ignores you
And can't hear your call
"I refuse to believe
the hope you deny
My Father will save me
He hears my cry!"

(Bridge)
Your son was broken
To give me new life
Slain on the alter
of torment and strife
My sins all forgiven
By love with no end
Reset my relation
Made whole once again

Chorus)
Father!
Father!
Hear the cries of your son
Take my heart back
No matter how far I've run
My life is a mess
Embalmed in my sin
My coffin is closing
Take me back again!
Track Name: Beneath Hell
"It's the end..."

There's no turning back
As I've hit my back
Against the bottom of the well
The loneliness burns
This lesson to learn
As I've arrived beneath hell

There's nowhere to look
And there's nowhere to run
The only direction is up
Facing eternity
With no one to visit me
I give you my will. I've had enough.
Track Name: Surrender (feat. Klank)
(Verse 1)
Imprisoned
Locked up for life
Terrified
I don't want to die
Encased
By my selfishness
Detained
Never be dismissed

(Pre-Chorus)
Lock the door, throw away the key
Separated from society
Guilty, no one close to me
I am wasted

(Chorus)
Your light
I'll fight
I'll give it all to you tonight
My will
Unfilled
Giving myself up
Your reach
Beneath
Pulling me up from this pit
Embraced
Erased
My life now renewed

(Verse 2)
In chains
Before the judge
In pain
This is too much
Unsure
What I receive
Justice is
What they believe

(Bridge)
These four walls and a prison cell
Hold me until I'm done
I'll embrace this sentenced hell
If I can be your son
I don't care how long it takes
For you to remake me
I'm only capable of pain
Death and suffering

These four walls and a prison cell
These, These four walls and a prison cell
These four walls and a prison cell

These four walls and a prison cell
These, These four walls and a prison cell
These four walls and a prison cell

(Pre-Chorus)
Lock the door, throw away the key
Separated from society
Guilty, no one close to me
I am wasted

(Chorus) (x2)
Your light
I'll fight
Give it all to you tonight
My will
Unfilled
Giving myself up
Your reach
Beneath
Pulling me up from this pit
Embraced
Erased
My life now renewed
Track Name: Extraction
(Verse 1)
I've heard your cries
Calling in pain
I will not leave you
I'm still the same
Never forget
That you are my son
Rescued from their hands
To my arms you run

(Pre-Chorus)
I'll never leave you or forsake you
I will stand my ground
From my hands they cannot take you
My voice the loudest sound

(Chorus)
Extraction
Precision
My timing
Exact
Salvation
Decision
Your heart now
In tact
The cry of
Your parents
I've heard from
my throne
Despite your
Loneliness
You're never
Alone

(Verse 2)
Embracing my heart
One day at a time
Restoring your life
Because you are mine
Forgiveness complete
Your sins are now gone
Salvation is yours
I've waited so long

(Pre-Chorus)
I'll never leave you or forsake you
I will stand my ground
From my hands they cannot take you
My voice the loudest sound

(Chorus)
Extraction
Precision
My timing
Exact
Salvation
Decision
Your heart now
In tact
The cry of
Your parents
I've heard from
my throne
Despite your
Loneliness
You're never
Alone
Track Name: Blinding Light
(Verse 1)
As I gazed into the choice
Laid in front of my face
Choosing between death
And a life to embrace
I've never seen so clearly
The path in which to take
Fully offered freedom
From all my mistakes

(Pre-Chorus)
The shame of my sin
And the guilt of my past
The hope of my Father
Brought me here at last
A choice must be made
To choose which way to go
The answer without question
My old life I let go

(Chorus)
Your blinding light embraces me
Shining so bright darkness flees
No shadows can come
My old life undone
A child of light, I am free!

(Verse 2)
The weight torn off my chest
And joy formed from within
The burden of my past
Torn fully from my sin
Freedom finally here
Embracing all I am
Your love is overwhelming
Hard to take it all in

(Bridge)
(Instrumental)

(Pre-Chorus)
The shame of my sin
And the guilt of my past
The hope of my Father
Brought me here at last
A choice must be made
To choose which way to go
The answer without question
My old life I let go

(Chorus)
Your blinding light embraces me
Shining so bright darkness flees
No shadows can come
My old life undone
A child of light, I am free!
Track Name: Kainos
(Verse 1)
Unstained and untainted
Like never before
This brand new creation
With so much in store
Not like the other
I've been remade
This new life created
No Longer afraid

(Pre-Chorus)
Nothing left of my former self
The one before you is here to stay
The darkness stripped off. I've been remade
The old man finally passed away

(Chorus)
Kainos
Brand new
Never existed before
Remade
Displayed
As an agent of war
I died
Inside
Only live for my Lord
Take ground
Unbound
My life is His reward

(Verse 2)
My future is hopeful
The old me has died
This newfound forgiveness
And peace now inside
Nothing held back
And everything paid
My life is an offering
For Him I'm displayed

(Bridge)
I don't live for myself
And I'm still a slave
But only to righteousness
My debt has been paid
No longer a sinner
Saved by His grace
A saint stands before you
The darkness erased

(Chorus)
Kainos
Brand new
Never existed before
Remade
Displayed
As an agent of war
I died
Inside
Only live for my Lord
Take ground
Unbound
My life His reward
Track Name: A Call To Arms
(Verse 1)
Cleansed and renewed
My life made for a purpose
From death I have been spewed
A calling forth of service
Resurrected being
No longer chained to death
My life bought by sacrifice
By love's dying breath

(Pre-Chorus)
The devil whispers clearly
You can't withstand the storm
The warrior replies violently
I am the storm!!

(Chorus)
Raging
Anger burning inside
Scarred and
tormented by all of their lies
With music I fight
Every fear I disarm
Now I hear you clearly
It's my call to arms

(Verse 2)
Battle raging on
But the war's already been won
Emboldened by His love
And powered by His Son
Death has been defeated
Enemy on the run
Advancing His Kingdom by
Loving everyone

(Bridge)
I no longer fear
For my death I have faced
My past no longer haunts me
My sins have been erased
The blood on the cross
The stains upon my heart
Cancelled into purity
By love that you impart

(Pre-Chorus)
The devil whispers clearly
You can't withstand the storm
The warrior replies violently
I am the storm!!

(Chorus)
Raging
Anger burning inside
Scarred and
tormented by all of their lies
With music I fight
Every fear I disarm
Now I hear you clearly
It's my call to arms
Track Name: End of The Beginning (ft. Delta-S)
"End of the Beginning"

(Spoken)
I can never go back
And even if I could
There's nothing left that I would want
Of damaged childhood...

(Verse 1)
I'm standing here unafraid
For you are right beside me
I have nothing to fear
For you are by my side
No matter what life throws at me
I will stand my ground
Planted firmly in my confidence
By your love we are bound

(Pre-Chorus)
Bond never broken
Chains torn away
Freedom from my captors
My life on display
What have I to do now
The choices that I make
Will I decide to live this out
Or go back to my heartache

(Chorus)
This path
This choice
At the sound of Your call
To follow your voice
This life
Inside
Is so much greater
(So much greater)

Alive
Surprised
The call of Your Spirit
Is louder than noise
Endued
Renewed
From my savior
(it's from my Savior)

(Verse 2)
I'm so afraid of reaching out
What will they say to me?
What little faith I bring to you
To show them what I see
A broken body worn by time
Or grieving from dismay
I cannot take the pain from you
In doubt I simply pray

(Bridge)
I've seen your love touch the broken
Your words give new light
Give back what was stolen
Breaking up a fight
Gave hope to the hurting
And healed all my wounds
Brought back the suicidal
From the edges of my tomb
Healed broken people
Clarity in chaos
Brought peace into the pain
Of those who suffer loss
Spoke wisdom to the hearing
Gave direction to the lost
And guidance to those questioning
The purpose of your cross

(Chorus)
This path
This choice
To follow your voice
This life
Inside
Is so much greater
(So much greater)

Alive
Surprised
Louder than noise
Renewed
Endued
Gifted from my savior
(From my Savior)

(Ending)
I can never go back
And even if I could
There's nothing left that I would want
Of damaged childhood
The fire that you brought me through
Burned away my pain
So now I stand here one with you
And here I will remain


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"Lost and Found" (Hidden Track)

(Verse 1)
Mother
What can I say?
I'm looking back but I have lost my way
Mother
What have I done?
I'm innocent, but I am on the run

(Pre-Chorus)
Looking back
I can't stare any longer
The darker mass
Keeps on getting stronger
The shadows grow
And Light begins to run
Hopelessness
What have I done?

(Chorus)
You
Call me
innocent
My
Death is
imminent
Shadows cast a darker sky
Deep inside my heart I cry
I
Seek your
Immanence

(Verse 2)
Father
Where have you gone?
I sought you approval but I guess I was wrong
Father
Do you love me?
These tears on my sleeve beg to disagree

(Bridge)
In the midst of my pain
At the deepest fall
You gave me hope
Despite it all
You reached out your hand
And pulled me to you
My broken heart mended
My life now brand new...
In the midst of my pain
At the deepest fall
You gave me hope
Despite it all
You reached out your hand
And pulled me to you
My broken heart mended
My life brand new...

(Chorus)
You
Call me
innocent
My
Death is
Indolent
Shadows clearing. Brighter sky
Your love begins to amplify
I
Feel your
Immanence