Shadows Black

by Worwyk

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Shadows Black is the long awaited follow up to Malignant and the second collaboration between Tom and Jason. For fans of classic metal with a modern edge.

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released November 9, 2013

Music and artwork by Tom Vitacco
Lyrics by Jason Russo & Tom Vitacco
Drum, bass and keyboard sequencing by Tom Vitacco
Mixed by Tom Vitacco & Jason Russo
Mastered by Tom Vitacco
Music recorded at Schnozz Studios, Chicago, IL
Vocals recorded at White Trash Studios, Buffalo, NY
© 2013 Worwyk

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Worwyk (pron. war-wick) plays authentic heavy metal combining melodic, semi-technical riffs with scorching solos and both clean and aggressive vocals. The band is strictly a studio project and does not play live. Worwyk members include: Tom Vitacco, a guitarist based in the suburbs of Chicago who writes all the music and Jason Russo, a vocalist out of Buffalo, who handles all vocals for the band. ... more

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Track Name: 01 - Gone and Forgotten
Gone and Forgotten

Gone

You can’t deny
Your life is fading fast
You won’t deny
That life is gone in a flash
Your legacy
A past full of shame
You question
The choices that you've made

Gone

Mortality, from the dust we are born
Fragility, to dust we return

Gone and forgotten
Gone and forgotten
You know your dying
And you feel the end is drawing near
Gone and forgotten
Gone and forgotten
No!
You know your time
And there's nothing left to fear

Accepting fear
This fear that drives your life
Salvation you'll find your only hope

Gone and forgotten
Gone and forgotten
You know your dying
And you feel the end is drawing near
Gone and forgotten
Gone and forgotten
No!
You know your time
And there's nothing left to fear

Reflections of my past they haunt me
Legacy of shame upon me
No lasting claim to fame
They wont remember me
No one to love
I'm in misery
Reflections of my past they haunt me
with no one to love, god forgive me

Gone and forgotten
For all you do, so little time
The price you paid, you fade away
You fade like a dying star
Gone and forgotten
Gone and forgotten
Track Name: 02 - Paths to Follow
Paths to Follow

Rise!
Rise!

You can call me rebel
But that's how I roll
You can call me devil
Or a man without a soul
You can call me trouble
Always in control
But the choices that I've made
They've always served me well

You think you know
What is best for me
In the land of liberty
No longer so free
I don't care if you like me
I don't care about what you say
I don't care about what you think
Just stay out of my way!

And as we walk through life the paths we follow in this land
Our freedom and our choices time to make a stand...cause
I play the hand I'm dealt don't try to walk the line
As you choose to close your mind I choose to open mine

Freedom calls to me
The open road it lies ahead
As we ride into the darkness
In the land of liberty
Don't you try to cross paths with me
You'll be begging for your life
Cause we are brothers standing tall
And we will never fall

You think you know
What is best for me
In the land of liberty
No longer so free
I don't care if you like me
I don't care about what you say
I don't care about what you think
Just stay out of my way!

And as we walk through life the paths we follow in this land
Our freedom and our choices time to make a stand...cause
I play the hand I'm dealt don't try to walk the line
As you choose to close your mind I choose to open mine

Everything changes! Everything changes!
They try to tell you what is the right path to choose
In the land of confusion
Watching every move we make
Big brothers watching you as you fall

Big brothers watching you! Rise!

You can call me rebel
Well I'll stand up for my rights
You’re frozen in your moral prison
Your lack of will to fight
Don't you try to reach out to me
Or pretend to be my friend
Giving up and giving in
Is the same as being dead

You think you know
What is best for me
In the land of liberty
No longer so free
I don't care if you like me
I don't care about what you say
I don't care about what you think
Just stay out of my way!

And as we walk through life the paths we follow in this land
Our freedom and our choices time to make a stand...cause
I play the hand I'm dealt don't try to walk the line
As you choose to close your mind I choose to open mine
Track Name: 03 - Insecurity
Insecurity

Addicted to yourself
And in your eyes there isn't no one else
You need acceptance, for everything you do
You crave approval, to make you feel secure
You spend your waking hours, dreaming up your fame
Poking and posting, chatting, attention with no shame
Do you need acceptance? Do you need acceptance?

Your inner turmoil and your lack of di-rec-tion
Conflict of interest as if you're the only one...what?
You're never satisfied unless you're recognized...look at me!
Center of your own attention with no compromise

Oh how you try
For all the world to see
Your pleas and cries
It’s not too hard to read between the lines
Your insecurity is realized
The words are on the screen

200 friend requests, every single day
Airing your dirty laundry, hey won’t you listen to me?
Tweeting your useless nonsense, oh I washed my car!
Provocative pictures of yourself like a fashion model

Oh how you try
For all the world to see
Your pleas and cries
It’s not too hard to read between the lines
Your insecurity is realized
The words are on the screen

So can feel it?
As you sit there all alone
Feeling helpless, feeling hopeless
Well something’s missing
But you just can't find out what's wrong
Look in the mirror
Take your life and make it your own

Insecurity
Behavioral change
Insecurity
Your past mistakes
Insecurity
It's time to break out from your shell
And escape from your living hell
Insecurity
Break these chains
It's not you, it's not me
Insecurity
Insecurity

Oh how you try
For all the world to see
Your pleas and cries
It’s not too hard to read between the lines
Your insecurity is realized

Oh how you try
For all the world to see
Your pleas and cries
It’s not too hard to read between the lines
Your insecurity is realized
The words are on the screen
Track Name: 04 - Shadows Black
Shadows Black

Well I don't even remember
The first time they appeared
It was so long ago
A different time
A different life
But the horrors
Remain the same
When I was a child
The innocence of my youth
To the things unknown
From the darkness of sound
I cannot see but I know that I wasn't alone

I'm not alone...

Is this a curse or gift
Who is this is person that I see
I'm afraid to believe even though that I know what I feel is real
Paralyzing me
The shadow it calls to me
It's everything I fear
It’s everything I feel
Is this shadow real
It's calling out to me

Staring at the threshold of my own evil
Lies something far more sinister
And as the shadow takes hold, I feel the pressure
He moves like the blackened smoke from the fires down below

The dark it swallows the light tonight
And the dark I fear the most is my plight
When the night becomes so clear
I'm the one they do not fear
They speak to me and they whisper my name
Call to me back home again
If I go I will never come back
Cause I am one with shadows black yeah

Now I'm older
The time moves on
But it never gets
Never gets any easier
I found myself
Looking back again
And wondering was this all a dream
But I can't even remember
The first time they appeared
It was so long ago
Another time
A different place
But the horrors
Remain the same

Staring at the threshold of my own evil
Lies something far more sinister
And as the shadow takes hold, I feel the pressure
He moves like the blackened smoke from the fires down below

The dark it swallows the light tonight
And the dark I fear the most is my plight
When the night becomes so clear
I'm the one they do not fear
They speak to me and they whisper my name
Call to me back home again
If I go I will never come back
Cause I am one with shadows black yeah

Darkness shifts

A gust of wind
A change in the room and whispers
The darkness shifts before my eyes
A sense I fear
That I'm not alone...alone
So close to me
I can hear them breathe
They haunt my dreams
I awake in screams
Every single night
A dark embrace
I can’t escape

Staring at the threshold of my own evil
Lies something far more sinister
And as the shadow takes hold, can’t take the pressure
The demon calls from the blackened smoke and the fires down below

The dark it swallows the light tonight
And the dark I fear the most is my plight
When the night becomes so clear
I'm the one they do not fear
They speak to me and they whisper my name
Call to me back home again
If I go I will never come back
Cause I am one with shadows black yeah

It's everything I fear
It's everything I feel
Is the shadow real
It's calling out to me
Track Name: 05 - Pathetic
Pathetic

You will never be an idol
You are clueless completely unaware
Living in a warped state reality
Pathetic world that we all share

Steal the camera no one cares
And leave a trail of human wreckage
One cannot help but sit and stare
Sit and stare but no one cares

No one cares you’re so pathetic
Live your life like a media whore
No one cares you’re so pathetic
Like a moth to realities flames

The red lights on
Entertaining the masses
Fueling your desires

You soak it in the negative attention
The red lights on completely unaware
The media sells it, it fuels your desire
The cameras off leaving your despair

Narcissistic egomaniac
You play the fool bask in the spotlight
One cannot help but sit and stare
Sit and stare and no one cares

No one cares you’re so pathetic
Live your life like a media whore
No one cares you’re so pathetic
Like a moth to realities flames

Living a daydream
Where do we draw the line?
Sadistic manipulation
Just to become a star
The person on the TV screen
Is that who you really are?

Like a fallen angel
Once shined so bright
They turned their backs
Leaving your despair

The show is over out of the spotlight
That sinking feeling you are all alone
Complacency masked insecurity
The cameras off revealing your despair

Fragile mind behind the camera
You played the fool grasp for attention
Cold cruel world has nothing left for you
And no one cares

No one cares you’re so pathetic
Live your life like a media whore
No one cares you’re so pathetic
Like a moth to realities flames
Track Name: 06 - Gallows Hill
Gallows Hill

In the summer of 1692
The puritan ways have come to rule
The village of Salem a breeding ground of mass hysteria
A time of fear no self control
Demons and spirits, evil souls
Dark times, superstitions, the devils at every door

Suspicions become obsessions
Accusations of the occult

Guilty through association
Spill the blood of innocents
Nineteen men and women now bear the witches mark
Violence in the air, they die alone in the dark
As they march up the Gallows Hill, await their final hour

Screaming in fear please set them free
The mob shouts, hang from the tree
Fingers point, passed judgment, a noose around your neck

Suspicions become obsessions
Accusations of the occult

Guilty through association
Spill the blood of innocents
Nineteen men and women now bear the witches mark
Violence in the air, they die alone in the dark
As they march up the Gallows Hill, await their final hour

First you are...

Afflicted...you are accused
Sacred...by the unknown
Obsession...unholy rituals
Accused prey on the poor forcing their lies

Guilty

In the night...

As they walk in the night
Through the trees by the shrine in the glimmering light
As they make the climb up the slope
And they stare at the knotted rope
They swing under blackened skies

No chance to question why
The darkness the mourners cry
The long walk on the Gallows Hill where the innocent were sent to die

On Gallows Hill they died...
On Gallows Hill they died...
On Gallows Hill they died...
NO!
Where the innocent were sent to die
On Gallows Hill they died...
On Gallows Hill they died...
On Gallows Hill they died...
On Gallows Hill they died...
Where the innocent were sent to die
On Gallows Hill they died...
Track Name: 07 - Facelift
Facelift

Can you relieve all the sadness inside
With a nip and a tuck from the scalpel
Do you believe it will solve all your pain
A new face to end all your sorrow

You are scarred
You are blind
Life’s real meaning never find
Self absorbed
Twisted mind
Beauty's within not outside

Your beauty is your beast
Facelift
The mirror cannot lie
Facelift
The fountain of eternal youth
Facelift
Until the day you die
Facelift
The search for perfection
Facelift
The me generation
Facelift
Obsessing over aging
Facelift
Self inflicted mutilation
Facelift

A new appearance
So gratifying
Fulfilling your need for attention
Your confidence
And new self esteem
Self feeding delusions of grandeur

You are scarred
You are blind
Life’s real meaning never find
Delusions of grandeur
Self absorbed
Twisted mind
Beauty's within not outside
Delusions of grandeur

Your beauty is your beast
Facelift
The mirror cannot lie
Facelift
The fountain of eternal youth
Facelift
Until the day you die
Facelift
The search for perfection
Facelift
The me generation
Facelift
Obsessing over aging
Facelift
Self inflicted mutilation
Facelift

Why the obsession
Defying ones own natural progression
Oh, why the obsession
Will only lead to ones own isolation
Pain and self destruction
Insecurity leads to senseless transformation

You are scarred
You are blind
Life’s real meaning never find
Delusions of grandeur
Self absorbed
Twisted mind
Beauty's within not outside
Delusions of grandeur

Your beauty is your beast
Facelift
The mirror cannot lie
Facelift
The fountain of eternal youth
Facelift
Until the day you die
Facelift
The search for perfection
Facelift
The me generation
Facelift
Obsessing over aging
Facelift
Self inflicted mutilation
Facelift

Facelift
Track Name: 08 - Occupy
Occupy

Whoa...no more
Whoa...no more

Resistance...
Resistance...

Resistance
Ends with violence
Recession
Awakens the nightmare
Oh!

You give what you get don't need no heroes
Don't need no politicians broken promises
No!

Greed and corruption
Out of control now
All of this frustration
It's time for a change now
Close on the future
But does the end justify the means
All this confusion
Nowhere to turn now
Foreclosing on our own future
Who will we turn too
Nowhere to run now
Nothing left to occupy this land

Corrosion
Our eyes wide open
Economic collapse
Our final demise
Rise!

We bailed them out to big to fail
They fed their lies to line their pockets
Power and greed, the people they cry

Greed and corruption
Out of control now
All of this frustration
It's time for a change now
Close on the future
But does the end justify the means
All this confusion
Nowhere to turn now
Foreclosing on our own future
Who will we turn too
Nowhere to run now
Nothing left to occupy this land
This land...

Go!
Big brothers reach
It knows no bounds
Hidden agendas all the lies and deceit
Can you hear them
The evil calls

Tax the rich
And pay their fair share
But it's never enough
They want more...they want more...they want more...they want more!
Come on!

Occupy
Sanctify
All our lives
Are justified

Out of control now
Foreclose on the future
One people
One nation
United we stand
Who will we turn too
Nowhere to run now
Track Name: 09 - Malevolence
Malevolence

If you live in the dark
Then the dark lives in you
Embracing the shadows
As the evil consumes
Malevolence is alive
Corrupting your twisted mind
It hovers, it grows
It eats you from the inside

No...will never let go
As the evil inside
Latches onto your soul
Assuming control
As the demon comes alive
Then the darkness will arise

Your soul is damned

The voices they call
Consumed you will fall
Control your every move
Till there's nothing left of you

No...will never let go
As the evil inside
Latches onto your soul
Assuming control
As the demon comes alive
Then the darkness will arise

Belonging to the darkness
You fall into temptation
A cursed fallen angel
Sink into the torment
Cursing heavens angels
Your soul is damned

The hour arrives
A deviant cry
The man you once were
Only shadow you've been ostracized
All innocence now cast aside
Your pleasure now pain
No longer contained
Evil will, demon reigns

No...will never let go
As the evil inside
Latches onto your soul
Assuming control
As the demon comes alive
Then the darkness will arise

Malevolence is alive
Corrupting your twisted mind

Malevolence is alive
Corrupting your twisted mind
Track Name: 10 - Stolen Innocence
Stolen Innocence

From the day I was born
I soon lost all control
Robbed me of my innocence
Claimed me as your property
Without my family
Without no friends
All my love washed away
And as he closed the door
He stole my destiny

They are held against their will
I'm ruler of your world
Dear children in the dark
I am your holy one

In a dark secret place
I gave myself away
I close my weary eyes
As he laid his hands on me

I'm fueled by spiritual will
The ruler of your world
To serve my kingdom of false prophets
I am unholy one

So pure and innocent my little child
Mislead to obey in the name of the great I am
Hidden from society in a great desert sea
My secret compound my twisted madness roams free

I cry tears of sorrow when he laid his hands on me
I pray for death to come God set me free

Fallen from grace
I command you obey

So pure and innocent my little child
Mislead to obey in the name of the great I am
Hidden from society in a great desert sea
My secret compound my twisted madness roams free

Why...

Once pure and innocent
Child...child
My little child
No longer child

I cry tears of sorrow
When he laid his hands on me
In a dark secret place
I gave myself away