Calm Before the Storm

by Sophist

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“Featuring 12 tracks, and clocking in around 55 minutes, Sophist’s debut album, Calm Before The Storm, is a hard beast to describe. Incorporating elements of Progressive Rock, Grunge, and Alternative, Sophist fires out harmonies that are original and deep. Throwing around a raw and aggressive sound, not unlike Alice in Chains, Sophist carves their way through a thicket of various genres while never losing their unique voice.The album art is expressive, original, and psychedelic – pretty indicative of the sound and tones on the disk. There’s no denying that Calm Before The Storm is a strong debut for Sophist. The beats and riffs of the music are entrancing, and songs like “Winds of Change” and “Calm Before The Storm” give Sophist a chance to flex their harmonic muscles, with astonishing results.”
Armando D’Alessandro - ChurcHouse

'Sophist are a prog rock band with a truly beautiful wash of keyboards that creates an almost Dream Theater like sound scape that will carry you away into an older more beautiful time. The guitar arrangements are epic and feature a lot of cool lines that add tons of flavour to the music. I really like some of the arpeggiated acoustic lines. The solos are also pretty mind bending. The bass playing is rather powerful and really lends a lot of might to some of the airier bits. Also on the heavier parts the bass adds a lot of aggression and power to the sound. The drumming is pretty solid and features a lot of really cool fills, it keeps the energy level up too. It adds a nice layer to the music and keeps things tasty. Finally the vocals are very powerful yet they have an almost dreamy quality that takes you away with the sound. I really like the meat behind them. Overall, Sophist is an awesome prog band that will wrap you up in their sound and blow your mind!' - Matt Baggins, 'Two Metal Guys' review

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released July 19, 2013

Produced by: Sophist and Darren Morrison
All tracks written by Egor Suhanov & Jake Labute.
Artwork by Bob Labute.
Click on the individual track names for lyrics, writers credits and additional artwork!

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Sophist Windsor, Ontario

The philosophical way of thinking, is sometimes simply knowing. Having virtue and wisdom is being truly enlightened. Sophist is quite the unique rock and roll band that originated in Windsor Canada, and incorporates these elements of thought provoking questions through their music and lyrics. They bleed in and out of style's very naturally, all the while maintaining their signature sound. ... more

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Track Name: Square One
Another day gone down the drain
I feel my time slip away
Always run against the clock
Run from my constant thoughts

Another week always the same
A beer and joint will keep me sane
Get my pay and I'm on the run
Back to square fucking one

I spend booze and cigarettes
While the agencies send there threats
It's okay, I don't mind
They can't tell me how to live my life

And I don't know if I have anymore to give
But each day I find the will to live
Another day and feel the burn
In hopes that I won't return

Back to square one
I am running out of luck
To pay the bills
And to find anymore thrills
Track Name: Lost Soul
I feel your pain when you bring me closer
You say your time is over, your life is just a dissarray
My day's are only getting shorter,
my mind is running at a different pace
I'm just another victim, fixated by your face

I'm a lost soul waiting for love
I'm a lost soul waiting for you

When I'm without you, I'm lost inside my skin
You have always told me that life is more than a just dream
My mind is suffocating, you're not aware of the cost
I've been waiting, I've been waiting for too long

I'm a lost soul waiting for love
I'm a lost soul waiting the truth to come through
I'm a lost soul waiting for love
I'm a lost soul waiting for you
Track Name: Moment to Memory
An air so cold
That I forgot how it felt without
With arms wide open, I embrace
And welcome it's soothing presence

So close to the unknown
Finding peace within it's mystery
Drifting from moment to memory
In the pages of our history

And am I without reason,
Self-indulgent and cynical

Moving closer still, I resurrect my hope
Long lost; my confidant, I fear
But crucial still, nevertheless

So close to the unknown
Finding peace within it's mystery
Drifting from moment to memory
In the pages of our history

But shall the end justify the means?

I look upon the sky
And the stars fill my vision
The moon glares back
With unwaning precision

I leave my fate to this night, so cold
And escape from this derision
I am lost and overcome
But find comfort in my decision
Track Name: Disclosure
Disclosure, show me sympathy
Life’s burden, that’s weighing down on me.

What is right, what is wrong?

The choice of a single thought
Drowns the conscience, predicts the plot.

One wish, one truth, ones kiss, one you

This misery waits at my door. Keeps me inside,
subconscious withdraw. This feeling, but a memory.
It’s holding me back, it’s setting me free.

What is right, what is wrong?

The future, the aftermath. These choices I can’t comprehend.
Blinds my sight, fills my mind. This disclosure leaves me blind.
Track Name: Insomnia
When the earth beneath me crumbled
You could not look past the sight
Light I found deep within me
As the moon glowed in the night

The suns mockery would taunt me
Lullabye me into sleep
I am trapped inside my conscience
Searching for the key you keep

As I lay here in this darkness
Waiting for the light to come
I await within the shadows
Until the break of dawn

Your voice haunts my sleep
Inside I hear you speak
Searching for the answers
But I just can't seem to think

Of where I should begin
What do you wish me to say
If the past course of my life
Can't seem to fade away

The trembling light inside this home
The whispers that creep up on me
When I am all alone
All time is gone, it seems to be
Track Name: Vendetta
I await the day
When the spiral curves no more
Cast upon the hopeless
Leaving a faith forlorn

A path left unclear
Consumed by its roots
Leaves nothing to the imagination
Not a single word of proof

The night sounds fill my ears
And beckon me forth back home
But uncertainty follows closely
Through endless crest and troughs

Driven only by the fear of failure
I hide my malcontent
Never stagnant, never delayed
I find my solace with a blade

But one word echoes the night
Vendetta, vendetta
And one thought comsumes my life
Vendetta, vendetta
Track Name: Nostalgia
Who said that roses won't tear your skin apart
Recall the secrets that you've kept inside your heart
Stay up and stare into the midnight sky
You can't help but feel the coming tide

When you seek answers in dark curtains of the night
You won't find what you've been searching for all this time
Your mind will flood with past memories and what they shame
Wake up and breathe in what's left of your despair

Nostalgia, I've come too far
It breaks my heart to live this life

The coming tide, the storm of the night
Breathe in and flood your mind
Alive beyond your sight

The rain will wash away the pain before it harms
You stand alone against the tide
Track Name: The Crimson City
As you blend into the shade, a candle flame in the night sky
I think of you once again, the moon to my night.
Its all just a phase, like the withered leaves
Awaiting to be thrown into the wind

A portrait of a thousand colors
The crimson city, through the years it wanders with me

What if your heart rests on the thin line between two souls
What if two shades of black and white could paint

A portrait of a thousand colors
The crimson city, in a thousand colors
A portrait of a thousand colors
The crimson city, through the years it wanders with me

A moment I can't erase.
A memory that I hold so near, it tears away
Track Name: Sunrise
The cold brushes against the tips of the fingers
There is nothing to break the silence, but your own heart beat

As we wonder within the frame of this motion picture
To the ripple of movement within this feature
The satire binds together your reflection
The voice echoes within the new intention

There is no reason for these thoughts
Tomorrow will come in disguise
The shadow that lingers by
The passing of the sunrise

Within the hollow dreams we keep
A light beneath the real truth
You spoken of a found key
to unlock the real you
Within the memories we dread
The shadow lurks within the thoughts
The night awakens the dispair
A stage of dream and truth

As you walk down the path, towards the stretch Of restless conciousness
We seem to forget how it feels to be free
The pool of dreams, beckons you forth
Unmoved by the wind, whithered rose

The passing of the sunrise
The shadow that lingers by
As the day dissapears into night
Within you it will lie
Track Name: Winds of Change
Winds of change bring what stands still
In to motion that is beyond your will
To have faith in the aftermath
And live each day as your last

Until the days have passed, with a single glance
When there time has gone to show, what went wrong

Winds of change bring what stands still
In to motion that is beyond your will
To have faith in the aftermath
And live each day as your last

I remember a familiar face, a moment's delay
Like a shore lit bloom, I remember the days but they fade

Out of reach of me
Something you won't see
Far away you will be
From a time from me
Track Name: Your New Low
Now I know what you're all about
What you are verse what you show
In your moments consumed by doubt
I hope you drown in your new low

Release the grip on these chains
Let them fall into the rain
Embrace yourself against the waves
As a part of you drifts away

Follow the tide wherever it brings
Discover yourself hidden within
Don't be afraid of the darkened clouds
You are without the anchor weighing you down

Break out, release
The reigns you've held
Within the grip of your self
Don't hide away in this empty shell

Now I know what you're all about
What you are verse what you show
In your moments consumed by doubt
I hope you drown in your new low
Track Name: Calm Before the Storm
She slipped into your skin
To touch what you've hidden within
What you've treasured the most
Taken away by a ghost

On this earth, the time flies by
You are the one who stepped aside
To rest the case, to hide the truth
To run from what's become of you
The calm before the storm

When time has turned
To take us somewhere far and near
To live inside your biggest fear
To feel the calm take on

How could I ignore those eyes
Staring into my soul
Reaching into my life

Don't say a word, your mouth is cursed
The picture fades, the morning bloom
The storm is near, someone like you