Trial

by Verbal Assault

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    Classic Rhode Island hardcore band Verbal Assault's 1987 masterpiece finally re-issued and remastered by Nick Townsend from Townsend Mastering (drummer for Fireburn/ Deadbeat). Originally released in 1987 Verbal Assault bridged the gap between "heavy" hardcore and "smart" hardcore playing extensively with everyone from Agnostic Front to Fugazi. Lyrically "Trial" hit on personal but also socio/political themes while never letting up musically. This is the first time since it's original release 31 years ago its been re-issued.

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    Classic Rhode Island hardcore band Verbal Assault's 1987 masterpiece finally re-issued and remastered by Nick Townsend from Townsend Mastering (drummer for Fireburn/ Deadbeat). Originally released in 1987 Verbal Assault bridged the gap between "heavy" hardcore and "smart" hardcore playing extensively with everyone from Agnostic Front to Fugazi. Lyrically "Trial" hit on personal but also socio/political themes while never letting up musically. This is the first time since it's original release 31 years ago its been re-issued.

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1.
02:17
TRIAL  One day I awoke to find the sun  Beating down on me  Thoughts and fears filling my mind  The truth was beating down on me  For that day  I stood trial  For all of my lies and denials  For my lack of discipline And responsibility  I awoke and faced my judge  The mirror said that I'm guilty  I could not believe it  As the verdict was passed  The mirror said that I'm guilty  How can this be true  My sentencing followed soon after  My insides torture me  I cannot rest from my sight  I cannot be free  Until it is made right  The trial becomes my trial
2.
03:49
UNDERSTAND  In eighteen years  You have it all figured out  You know the score  What it's all about  Such a short time  But so far to go  You cannot even understand   What you don't know  Eyes wide open  But you cannot see  Their helplessness  Their suffering  Their misery  Then in a contemptuous tone  You proceed to tell me  Fairy tales and bullshit  Of how it should be  It's not that way  Six white walls  Become a rich girl's cage  Sheltered from  Their impoverished rage  Your attitude hurts more Than bombs ever will  It's stupidity that kills  Why can't you understand?  (When you're in your white walls  You don't have to see)  Why can't you understand?  You shut your eyes  And close your mind  But that can't hide the shame  Or the pain  I hold you to blame for their pain  You're to blame  
3.
03:07
RUNNING  I'm running out of time  Forced to decide  To choose the beat path  Or to feel the wrath  When I take a different ride  There's nothing in this world  That you have to do  To be frightened by tradition  Is a cheap excuse  I, I realize  I, I sympathize  But we can't live with those lies  And you won't always be sure  When your judgments seem pure  Every choice you make  Could be a mistake  But at least they were yours  Complain that you can't win  When you've chosen to fit in  Responsibility's gone  I know that's wrong  Conformity can be a sin  Now I judge on my own scales  So I know when I have failed  The decisions are mine  I'll take my time  Only it will surely tell  I'm running out of time 
4.
03:17
NEVER STOP  The minute, the second  That we stop trying  The moment, the fraction  Of time that we start lying  To ourselves  Is when they will win  You ask me the odds of victory  I can only tell you this  If we stop we dig our own graves  If we stop  It will be the end  If we stop  No, never stop  If we do, it's the end 
5.
04:06
HEAL  Empty, with no respect at all  We expect what's been built  To crumble and fall  Shocked by the indifference  To our unheeded call  I ask you  What do we offer instead?  We cannot change around  Until we change within  To scream and yell and sloganize  Only shields us from our own lies  Without understanding  We offer our own views  What the hell are we doing, rebels?  I am scared by the way you act  Do you always know who is really  Being attacked?  With an unknowing shrug  We go and turn our backs  On the only few things that we have left  Commitment is not measured by  By the months  But by the years  The time to stop  Will not be our first tears  A life spent with more trouble  Time, pain and fear  Is there any way to stay  Close to what we hold dear?  Integrity, truth and love is what we need  Rebel, heal thyself 
6.
04:10
SCARED  I say that I love  I say that I believe  I say just a few words  And now that I'm exposed  I look out at you to reach out too  But your heart is kept closed  Hide behind laughter  And a smart-assed sneer  Cover yourself from what you see  What you see and hear  No, you can't believe  That means you'd take a chance  To reach out  There are small things That we can do  Every single day  To make ourselves heroes  In our own little way  You are scared  (But so am I)  You are scared-so deep inside  You are scared-so you lie  You are scared-so you hide  You are scared-but don't you know  So am I  So am I  I'm scared  There's no exposure in darkness  No change in hate  I want to try to reach to you  But is it too late? 
7.
OUR ILLUSIONS  Will we really live by what we say?  Will we really be open in every way?  I've seen it before, so many times  Must the past be repeated  With all of its crimes?  No, I really believe in what we sing  I'm going to try to live my life  In my own way  Our illusions  It does not have to be that way  Even if change does not come in a day  We have to do all that we can  If not, the blood's on our hands  We're the only one to blame  If we do not dispel our illusions 
8.
02:47
ALIVE  The answers won't  Be anywhere but inside  It's the only truth I really know for sure  The only truth they cannot hide  To live is  To fight what has come before  To live is  To struggle and begin Again once more  To live is  To fight what has made you weak  To live is  To never find all of what you seek  The past is the enemy of now  To live is to move is  To grow is to learn  Anywhere, anyway, anyhow 
9.
04:24
SEARCH  To search for them  Is to never succeed  You can't find  What will never be  Images on the page  No, your life is never that way  Images on the page  Don't you ever think your life  Will be that way  Your comparisons  Are futile tries  At perverted reality  And shallow lies  That is not your criteria  For you to judge me  Don't you ever think  That that is reality 

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credits

released June 26, 2018

Dylan Roy - Bass
Doug Ernest - Drums
Christopher Jones - Vocals
Pete Chramiec - Guitar, Piano

Recorded June 1987 at Audio Matrix and Sound and
Mixed September 1987 at
Newbury Sound Boston, MA.
Mixed August 1987
at Newburry Sound.
Remastered by Nick Townsend February 2018 at Townsend Mastering.
All lyrics by Jones
All music by Chramiec, Roy
& Ernest

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Punk/hardcore label from Rhode Island started in 1989 ended in 2000 restarted in 2012. We put out music we like by people we like. Fuck all the rest.

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