Leave No Trace

by Awaiting Dawn

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I felt it happening again And I crumbled to dust As you were walking by and I ran Evade your presence That’s what I must I’m craving you as it does the sleeper Haunted by nightmares he longs to wake This emotion goes farther, deeper As I kneel for your hand to take How come I cannot face your eyes And stutter for every word to say? To touch you I know I have to rise And leave the night for the light of day I’m craving you as it does the sleeper Haunted by nightmares he longs to wake This emotion goes farther, deeper Reaching out for your hand to take I’m no intruder, please be happy And live your golden life Just promise that you won’t forget me Don’t forget me, leave and drive I’m craving you as it does the sleeper Haunted by nightmares he longs to wake This emotion goes farther, deeper Begging you for my hand to take
I'm walking through the shades Dressed in bountiful colors of black In my dreams I'm alone Breathing the air of a world that's not mine Colliding with the vast emptiness within I am the abyss, sucking up life Behold the hideous mask The foul stench of the beast Lost within my lonely dreams I am No path unfolds before me And no light that leads the way for me All alone, I run in circles, circles To leave no trace in the grey sands of my life Is this what I deserve? And still I'm running with the fiend I detest my face, bare of blood Crawling through the dust Scraping the ground with my filthy hands The flesh grows cold and shaking Silent tears keep falling into mud I'm crying for my losses Could I just remind what I craved too much And so I choose a life in the dark Surrounded by the bountiful colors of black Locked away within my eternal jail Peering through the cage of my mind Screaming now in perfect agony I see myself fading away from me My tortured mind collapses, finally Left with nothing but despair And the bountiful colors of black
A feeble trace of summer air On cold and darkened days The memory of a friendly smile Attends my lonely ways Remembering the time we shared I’m wandering around and around Without an aim, without an aspiration Forlorn and heaven full of clouds I see you walking by my side It seems so far away A distant echo slowly dies In silence I will pray Your picture remains just a memory Your picture remains as a memory Just a memory in my mind I’m dreaming, dreaming of you, dreaming I’m screaming, screaming I am, screaming I know I lost you A little gap between the clouds A little sign of sunlight I cannot change all that's gone and past But try to live another life Remembering the time we shared I’m wandering around and around I now have changed, I do have aspiration Despite that heaven's full of clouds Yes, I have changed, I do have aspiration Despite that heaven's full of clouds
These are the lines for the blinded They’re the leading way for the not simple-minded You never learned to use your eyes Because your virtue’s dulled with vice And did you ever wonder why Your life is just passing by? It’s just because you never cared To be someone who really dared To cross the line without return And command the world to burn Now follow me, I’ll show you how To evade the endless row Of blinded victims of the rule Who plunge into the bloody pool Now follow me, I’ll show you how To evade the endless row You've got the chance to do it right Stand up against their sightless pride Don’t say a word, now hush and hear me Come closer now but don't come get me Leave all your memories behind Just keep the one you think is kind Burn the lies that hold the mask And there’s one question you may ask New born being without a name You’re naked but you feel no shame That’s the way it’s ought to be Fly with open eyes and see Break the bonds that chain your mind Do not fear what you will find As darkness breaks away from you Sunlight warms your skin anew Face the facts and say goodbye To a shameful living lie It's time now to accept the dare Step out into the open air Fill your lungs, breathe out, breathe in And realize there is no sin Your final lesson has been taught No solution can't be bought.
I watch your life just passing by Grey and meaningless Now look straight into my eyes And tell me, is it thoughtlessness? You don´t seem to realize Or recognize your chains Daily meetings, taxes paid You got your car you´re satisfied. You´re just a little gear in the system And if you pass away, so what? You’re replaced and thrown away To be forgotten I wish you could be critical For you don´t question things Indifference is your attitude And you don´t care about friends Recurring same dull misty days Same words spoken, same things done And everytime it seems you turn You start again in this endless run You're used…
A long and empty day And it just couldn’t take this feeling away For black in black – it’s all the same There’s no one who could light my pain I just try to forget you And these good times I’ve lost You left me in the shadows With all this hate you’ve caused I got to get immune Get immune To this pain Because of you Can something ever light my pain? The coldness makes me feel insane I’m tryin’ so hard to seal myself off distress But it's all in vain A long and endless night And I miss you by my side Every time I close my eyes The patience within myself dies I just try to fall asleep And get away from you Nothing has ever hurt me As hard as feelings do All of these thoughts in my mind And all of these feelings of pain Keep constantly feeding my blind affection To drive me insane
From retraction to arise And so easily get back to life That's your desperate will for me So I sigh no more, still remaining silently Burned out and depressed I just muse around, so numb and senseless And all your empathy Makes me feel your love, Still I can’t forget the past All these scars Why do you seek for my deepest affliction And magnify my despair? All that you’ll find is a soul in addiction To hunger for enlivening air You walk with me and you hold my hand, closely Breathing air so pure Trickling energy Into a soul damned to bear misery I close my eyes While I feel your warmth, lovingly Still I fail to feel All the peace and joy You’re trying to share with me A life so free All this time it echoes from afar In all this time a distant phobia If all these scars Could ever mend
The sound of rain In the silent solitude, so finally A thought of bliss In times so lonely Twisting thoughts within my head And I’m wandering these winding paths And while I’m craving for the truth Of what has been I think of you Why did you walk away? Now that we understand What gave us pain A life lost And I wonder… Could you feel my adoring sympathy All the time along with me? Could you feel my internal agony As you made me suffer in pain? You wouldn't respond To my constant endeavour My love in vain A frozen face and I was longing for your smile But you crucified our life You have forsaken me Although you know so well What I gave for you A life lost And I wonder…


LEAVE NO TRACE is the first full-length album of german Progressive Metallers AWAITING DAWN, who independently released an EP, entitled “Changing Days” in 2009.
The band, which was formed in 2006, developed their specific style over many years. It is defined through complex structures, meters and rhythms, as well as a big dynamic range, though always preserving an understandable songstructure. Influences of Classical Music and Jazz to the songwriting present themselves in motific, formal and harmonic perspectives. A clear and sometimes rapsy voice within melancholic melodies is another typical feature – as a difference to many metal stereotypes almost with a trace of pop-qualified melodics and differentiated expressions in a range between soft and rather aggressive sounds, appearing moreover in the unusual many calm passages (as measured by most metal bands).
The basic theme of most of the songs is an introverted and introspective look to emotions which is brought to a poetic statement through lyrics with great depth, here and there going together with a dash of social criticism.
The recording period for new album endured almost a year, in which every song was revised and perfected until the last detail. The album contains eight songs which somehow stand for the band’s history and the best material which was written during the years. Musical, thematical and lyrical references between all of the songs deliver the overall impression of an integral work, while at the same time preserving as much variety as possible.
„Leave No Trace“, being an introverted expression for individual insecurity, operates as a summary of all the different emotional facets of the album.
Special features amongst others on the LP are:
An authentic church organ, authentic string instruments from guest musicians, guest background vocals and group shoutings with different guests.


released February 17, 2017

Guest Musicians:

Fabian Steeg - Background Vocals
Nils Biesewig - Viola on tracks 3,4 and 8
Laura Cromm - Violins on tracks 2,3,4 and 8
Annette Schneider - Cello on tracks 3,4 and 8
String arrangements by Peter Schnur (tracks 2,3,4 and 8) & Benjamin Reiter (tracks 3,4 and 8)

Orchestral arrangement on “A Life Lost” by Peter Schnur and Markus Teske

Group Shoutings on tracks 4,5 and 6:
Fabian Steeg, Peter Schnur, Maik Seckler, Matthias Platz, Benjamin Reiter,
Julia Heinrich

All songs written and arranged by Benjamin Reiter & Awaiting Dawn
Except “The Machinery”, “Get Immune” and “…And Heaven Full Of Clouds” by Benjamin Reiter, Matthias Platz & Awaiting Dawn
Leave No Trace was produced, arranged & put together by Awaiting Dawn between June 2015 and March 2016 .
Drums and guitar re-amping recorded by Markus Teske at Bazement Studio.
Keyboards, Bass, Violin, Viola, Cello, Classical Guitar, Shoutings and Peter’s Backing Vocals recorded by Peter Schnur.
Church organ recorded by Peter Schnur at Martin-Luther-Kirche, Lampertheim.
Guitars and Vocals recorded by Benjamin Reiter.
Mixed, edited and mastered by Markus Teske at Bazement Studio.

Artwork and layout by Simon Walter
(www.simon-walter.de / www.behance.net/simonwalter)
Band photography by Stefan Groh
Official video to “The Bountiful Colors Of Black”
produced by Christophe Maaß (CCC-Media)

Awaiting Dawn wishes to thank all of our supporters, family and people
who helped us along our way and in realizing this record.
Special thanks to Markus Teske, Simon Walter, Stefan Groh, Mark Merritt
Very special thanks to Nils Biesewig, Laura Cromm, Annette Schneider,
Fabian Steeg.
To Christophe Maaß for your dedication and awesome work;
to Matthias Platz for years of common time, co-development of the band
and a lot of creative input!



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Awaiting Dawn Mainz, Germany

Fresh Progressive Metal/Rock from Germany in an exciting mixture:
Sometimes very heavy and powerful, sometimes rather calm, thoughtful and dreamy - always innovative and full of emotions, honesty and affecting melancholy.
All this embedded in a frame of progressive and virtuosic instrumental parts with lots of groove meeting catchy vocals between introverted sensibilty and extroverted aggression.
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