Feed The Machine

by Rival Dojo

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released December 4, 2015

All songs recorded D.I.Y. by Rival Dojo and engineered by Eric Martucci
Mastered by Brendan Bell- info@incomingaudio.com

All music and lyrics written and arranged by Rival Dojo except:
"Inferno"- music written and arranged by Rival Dojo, D. Blanchard and M. Dawe.

Rival Dojo are:
John Bourke- Guitar, Backup Vox
Eric Martucci- Guitar, Lead Vox
Gordon Attard- Bass, Backup Vox
Rob Gennings- Drums, Backup Vox

Cover art by Rob Gennings

"Transfusion" is dedicated to the Keays family.

"Spill The Red" is inspired by and written in support of Frank Meyers, an Ontario farmer who had his family land stolen from him by the Canadian military. We encourage others to read about his plight.

Thank you to all of our family and friends!

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Rival Dojo Toronto, Ontario

Melodic hardcore/punk from Toronto

Rob Gennings - Drums and Vox

Johnny Bourke - Guitar and Vox

Gord Attard - Bass and Vox

Eric Martucci - Guitar and Lead Vox
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Track Name: Slave To The Routine
Slave To The Routine

Slave to the routine
Clocking in and clocking out now
Slave to the machine
Sitting, staring at the screen
Slowly going numb
But I need to feel it, need to fight it
Smash the screen and close my eyes at last

Heart racing, gonna smash the walls down
Breaking out of this cage
I feel like I'm going to snap now
Can't bottle up this rage

When every day's the same
I don't wanna play that game
Time to run away
When every day's the same
I don't wanna feel that shame
Time to run away

Eyes are dry and strained
Watching my life passing by now
Conditioning ingrained
To this desk forever chained
Slowly going numb
But I need to feel it, need to fight it
Smash the desk and live my life at last

Deep inside my mind
I'll find my sanctuary
Deep inside my mind
I'll try to run and hide
Track Name: Black Friday
Black Friday

Get ready for Black Friday
The battlefield is set
Throw a stranger under foot
Because you haven't got your TV yet
Cabalistic consumerism
The capitalist extremes
Hold your tablet trophy high
As a trampled mother breathes her final screams

Welcome to our big box warehouse store
Enter and buy
Into the lie
We've got all that you need and more
Enter and buy
Buy 'til you die
Extended hours, open all night
Enter and buy
Into the lie
These sale prices are out of sight
Enter and buy
Buy til you die

Feed the machine
The American dream

Credit cards and brawling scars and bodies in their wake
The season is here to give and say thanks but America would rather take

Get ready for Black Friday
Gather your material goods
Spend your savings on a fire sale
Not because you should
Just because you could
Feed your greed with blood on your hands
The swarming mass in a frenzied trance
All for one but none for all
Capitalism and violence

This rapacious greed and avarice has gripped us all
This system must collapse
We're waiting for the final fall
All these things we want but we don't need
We've been consumed by our own greed
Track Name: Inferno
Inferno

There is a fire burning,
We just don't know it yet
Someone will strike the match
The spark that will ignite the threat
Awake our generation
Light the burning passion
To fix this broken engine
Inferno burns to ashen

We have to find our voice
We have to let them know
We have to light the inferno
We have to give them a choice
Represent all of us
Or spontaneously combust

There is a wildfire
Waiting to cross this land
Spreading the flames of revolt
Fueling those who take a stand
Tear down the reigns of power
Live free from their abuse
Our future is in our hands
We just need to light the fuse

We have to find our voice
We have to let them know
We have to light the inferno
We have to give them a choice
Represent all of us
Or spontaneously combust

Inferno
dispel the lies
Give us the power to mobilize
Inferno
burn the disease
Let's take the power from these thieves
Track Name: Karōshi
Karōshi

I'm paralyzed by self-doubt
Can't reconcile with myself
Should be happy where I am now
Wish that I was somewhere else
Just want these thoughts
to get out of my brain
Sometimes I think
I'm going insane
Need the courage now to pull myself up off the ground
Sing that sound

All work, no play
Everybody says to seize the day
No work, all play
Contemplating do I need the pay
All work, no play
Everybody says to seize the day
No work, all play
I need to search for another way

Self loathing setting in now
Can't see the clearing of this haze
In a pessimistic cycle
Lost myself somewhere along the way
Just want these thoughts to get out of my head
Sometimes I can't escape from this dread
Track Name: Decisions
Decisions

Not long ago
Used to think I had something to say
Used to think I knew all I could know.
Quick to find out that I was wrong
And so in time,
I realized I had nothing to say
How could I even possibly know
the answers with options and resources limited?

I'll give you a choice
Choose one of the two
Decide right now
No one can make decisions for you...
You've been acting suspicious
You think we don't see
The changes within you
Are reflective of what's happening to me.

My goals are in flux
The road is unclear
Now is the time
A direction appears to me, and you’ll
find your own voice
And something to prove
A cause for yourself
No one can make decisions for you...
You've been acting suspicious
You think we don't see
The changes within you
Are reflective of what's happening to me.

We change in time
You chose the crime
I chose to separate
Myself from your decline
Track Name: Spill The Red
Spill The Red

Two hundred years of history
In the soil of this land
The state has claimed a victory
As I go down in my final stand

We have to fight
For a farmer’s rights
We can't back down
Spill the red on soil brown
We have to fight
For a farmer’s rights
We can't back down

You train your warriors elsewhere
We don’t want them here
Your weapons are not welcome
We will not live in fear

FIGHT
Grass roots for our legacy
FIGHT
In the face of our enemy

This is my final harvest
This is my final crop
These hands are made for farming
This fight will never stop
Track Name: Transfusion
Transfusion

This is the challenge you've been preparing for
We've got your back, and we can give you so much more
The darkest curse has overcome your daughter
Now more than ever, she seeks strength from her father
Drop everything, it will still be there tomorrow
The hardest voyage of her life, and you must follow

Nobody else can claim to understand what you're going through
But we must pledge support, in any way that we can help you

Journey on my friend
A bloodline to defend
Journey on my friend
We'll see you through the end
Blood goes in
Sickness away
The bloodline remains strong
Rise up to find a way

It's been a long time since we were close
We may have even grown apart
That never stopped us from keeping you
And your family close to heart

Journey on my friend
A bloodline to defend
Journey on my friend
We'll see you through the end
Blood goes in
Sickness away
The bloodline remains strong
Rise up to find a way
Blood goes in
Sickness away
Transfuse to save her life
Strength in the face of dismay

Friends will rally round the family
Giving strength throughout adversity
Transfuse a life and keep the bloodline strong
So that one and all can carry on
Carry on