Dreamcatchers

by The Royal

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about

The Royal is a Dutch metalcore band that distinguishes themselves by bringing back the raw focus on metal into today’s overrated metalcore scene while maintaining a modern twist. Metalcore and progressive metal seem to fuse together perfectly in The Royal’s sound, and it’s being delivered in a spot on and advanced manner by this Dutch band. Given their ability to draw the listener in with brutally honest lyrics supported by technical but easy listening instrumentals The Royal shows solidarity for their future as a band to be taken very seriously. A fast growing, national and international, fanbase, selling cd’s and merchandise throughout the world, and touring the Netherlands with the biggest bands in their genre led them to be playing with the big names like Parkway Drive, The Ghost inside, Asking Alexandria and A Day To Remember on the big festivals. Now they are ready for more!

Formed in 2012 The Royal began writing and recording songs. These 5 ambitious young men show incredible promise through songs that showcase poignant and powerful writing, both lyrically and musically while still staying in touch with their metal roots. They released their EP, "Origins", in late 2012 and their single, "Blind Eye", in early 2013. The Royal released their highly anticipated album ‘Dreamcatchers’ on July ... The tracks, however, aren’t the only thing this band has addressed properly. The record features guest vocals from Shawn Spann from I The Breather and Ryan Kirby from Fit for a King. The artwork for this album was done by renowned artist Dan Mumford, who has worked for bands like A Day To Remember and Parkway Drive. To top it off they collaborated with American producer Cory Brunneman. All this shows this upcoming band is serious about its ambitions and are determined to make it to the top.

The album contains 13 tracks, including an orchestral version of Origins, the title track of their EP from 2012. The songs definitely cover a great deal of metal and core elements, without being boring or monotone. Riffs that stick, brutal vocals combined with raw backings with tone, recognisable oriental spheres combined with exquisite melancholic parts and big tempo switches. All this will preserve your attention to the very last minute. Together with the release of their video for the title track ‘Dreamcatchers’ it obviously shows that this band is striving for a place among the big ones.

This quickly emerging band are planning a tour in Europe this fall to promote ‘Dreamcatchers’ to a wider and international audience.

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released 31 July 2014

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Track Name: Spirit Walker
I did this to myself
Atleast now i know there’s no one there
who can save me
who can help
who tells me how to face my bitter half

I’ve lost the dots so i can not draw the line
I’m only craving for better times

The brightest minds aren’t able to save
it’s hard to comprehend
i’m staring death in the eyes again
I wil fight alone

Breathe in, Breathe out
They keep infesting me with plaugues
scrambled thoughts leave me questioning everything
I’m filled with doubt
Leaving me stranded with no tools to survive
impulses carry me away

But i can’t conform to the boundrys they have set
so bring me down to my knees and let the dark ones face me
Never forget, i don’t get to battle ghosts that overpower my soul
The trials forced me to see

And i will try to understand that
it made who i am today
free me, convince the heart it’s worth the conflict
Now that it’s clear that the choice was never mine to make
i idle my lungs and let them take me away

To understand is to accept that fear is just a part of this life
So i will never let it chase me away
Our light retained within a vessel
While condemmed to the rules of this universe

Prior to life we will chose the path we take
We need to worship our lives for we knew everything
Commence your journey and give in to your faith
Now let me show you what it truely means to be alive
Track Name: The New Breed
They pulled me straight from the dead.

We seperate our youth from the wings they grew.
they proved they needed them more than we ever knew
Extract the talents you’ve been given
And chase after your dreams

Obey
repress me to speak out
And controll all the people you know shit about

Preacher of lies
thought me that i’ll never make it
script the book of my time
Prevent an infant to fly

label me, strayer
Leaving the rest of them tongue-tied

Hold me down, we’re not giving up
Cause we’re on top of a world that commits to us
I’ve watched you burn out the light
Only to witness and inspire the creation of the new breed

Hold me down, we’re not giving up
Cause we’re on top of a world that commits to us
free these streets, we are paving the roads again
Uphold and never look back

Set me apart from the careless
Praying for the chance to exist
Now i realize that i have this
Pick me up and give me the right to form a voice for the voiceless


Leashes loose
I can’t imagine i’m the only one

So i say fuck these strings we’ve been fighting for way too long.
now turn your head to the gods and scream,
put a gun to my head pull the trigger prime the bullet wound.
strictly they’ve set out to absorb more than they ever should.

Reign supreme
and lead them to freedom
Show me the truth behind

Hold me down, we’re not giving up
Cause we’re on top of a world that commits to us
I’ve watched you burn out the light
Only to witness and inspire the creation of the new breed

Hold me down, we’re not giving up
Cause we’re on top of a world that commits to us
free these streets, we are paving the roads again
Uphold and never look back

Stand up, together we’ll destroy the catalyst

Close your ears and never listen to the blind eyed
We’re standing strong now that we wear our thick hide

Impale the weakened and take back your own life
stop waisting away everything that you love, UNITE
Track Name: Earth Gazer (ft. Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King)
Spread your wings
Lift your feet from the earth
In search of something that you think you deserve

You bear the marks of the author and still you will try
To plant your seeds in a world where your soul won’t survive
And become the specter in your own real life


Face life with our eyes closed
We tend to lose ourselves in what we believe what's right.
While trying to accomplish our goals
With what we have learned along the way

You will see
The struggle to realize
When there is no one around so
Never forget to seek the blood that flows through your heart

Did we ever try?
I know i always did
I hold my tongue at least untill we’ve learned to cherish this
Starstruck we look for etarnal bliss
But I’ll keep my feet firm on the ground
Earth gazer!

Ugh!

When you see the true value it hold s
I’ll crown you king amongst the heretics
But when your time runs out
When you will seize to exist
I’ll turn my back to the faceless

eeeeeeyauw

I’ll turn my back to those who scream and shout
That there is nothing left
Nothing but fantasie’s to gaze at

So

This is
An oppertunity
Embrace the ground you have left
And start all over again

This is
This is your chance to be
One of the few that understands this

Oh
Ryan:

I am bound to
Stray across this earth
I reconstruct my perspective for i hold roots in this dirt
And i will serve my purpose honoring my world
As i recognize that
I am reborn

UAHAHAGHGH

I! Am! Reborn!
Track Name: Dreamcatchers
Remember me for my name will survive
Call me, the spawn of gods, Inventor
I shake the earth set the pawns in the night
Director of the lost, commend me

Wake up empty handed to the world of weary eyes
Praise the image of a dead society
Conform to be enslaved by an imaginary hive
Know the system, it’s designed to conduct

Live it up
And learn to trust in your integrity
Close your eyes and roam to uncover your true purpose in life
Our history is gold, But holds the base of our regret
I chose a different path for i know the future always thrives

take my hand
and feel the scars i bear beneath the blistered skin
Take note that i will never recover from this
I forge pillars and use only what i find in the streams of your mind
Remember this, dreamcatchers hold your light

dreamcatchers hold your light

Remember me for my name will survive
Call me, the spawn of gods, Inventor
I shake the earth set the pawns in the night
Director of the lost, commend me

These snakes fill the land i reside, they taught me
To trust no one, and burn everything down
Abide, Persist!
Track Name: Mad Deuce
Slaves to the gun
We are forsaken with a curse
Nothing but zombies with a bone saw
Devastate the enemy

We fight
We fight

We only fight what you fear
And we will push it ‘till there’s no one left to break

Uhg!

This blood is thicker than the water that gave life to me
Knowing that we’ll never be the same

They ate my peoples flesh
And put me down to the ground
Building me up to spit me right back out

Now i’m a servant of death
And i will never back down
For I let fear grab me by my god damned neck

I only fight for my brothers
So let your bullets fly out to whistle
And buzz around my fucking head

OH!

Blegh Blegh!
Track Name: Lilith
Here I am.
Dancing on my own grave again.
When will this end
it's driving me insane

I keep running and running.
As fast as i can.
No matter how hard i try
These demons will never leave me alone

so wake me up
For I will not make
this nightmare my home

Wake me up
I can feel the hand of death
ripping out my soul

This is my chance to face what i've feared the most.

I will not! I will not
I will not let you pull me down!
You took down my walls to consume me.
But you will never take me alive

beat down and broken
for so many times

Under a starless sky
they left me to die

As the light of the moon hits my skin
Hate picked me up and showed me how to win

For I'll overcome your torment.
You will never haunt me again.
These scars you gave me will show the victories i've made

I will not! I will not
I will not let you pull me down!
You took down my walls to consume me.
But you will never take me alive

I will not! I will not
I will not let you pull me down!
You took down my walls to consume me.
But you will never take me alive

Here I am.
Dancing on my own grave again.
This is the end
of your miserable life.

I keep running and running.
As fast as i can.
towards the horizon
Where the sun will always shine.
Track Name: Defender
Visions in your head are hunting you down.
You can’t run from it, you can’t hide from your demons.
The burden of the past is to heavy for you to bear.
For you to bear!

Seek acceptance to the guilt in your heart.
And hold your white flag high up as we sing.
Forgive me, forgive me.
It’s not my fault that they slipt.
Can’t you see I’ve tried to set things straight.
I ask you don’t blame me.
I’m running tired of this.

Trying to light up the world
But they all want to live in the darkness.
I’ll rise in victory when everything turns to dust.
Now watch me burn!

I find hope in the darkest of days.

You stand before me with fear in your eyes.
Chasing ghosts like everyone
Defined by failure as a product of life.
You’re chasing ghosts like everyone.

Let it pour I will let it pour.
For these raindrops are of short lived existence.
Let it pour I will let it pour.
I will find my way and surface.
Track Name: Halfhearted (ft. Shawn Spann of I The Breather)
I am the judge
I am the paladin
I am determined to protect my own interests

Call me a thug
Call me a broken man
Call me the source of the problem i will fight you again

because I, I am aware of their existance
and i’m convinced you’ll never see that
Their only goal is to destroy all you have
So i’ll take everything back

For that i gave all i had
And it wore me down to the bone

Praise the fool
who thinks that i will allow this
who thinks that i will not stand up

Praise the fool
who dares to question my backbone
who tries to cast me aside

So praise the fool
I’ve had enough of this
i’m done with watching from the side line

I take back everything I said
And say goodbye to all the lies and the life we had
When looking back upon our love i see clearly that
You don’t appreciate the fact that you were loved by a better man

A brief light came from all of them
i’ve turned my back to you and now there’s no coming back
You made a mistake by crowning me the incompetent
i’m moving on towards a daybreak
Set me free

(Shawn Spann)
I beat myself up, Thinking it was my fault
Now I know I was living a lie
I built a fire inside that keeps alive
Take it back take it back, Take back everything you’ve said
Take it back take it back, Take it back!
Take it back take it back, Take back everything you ever said
All the lies, All the pain, Its eating me alive, Making me insane


I take back everything I said
And say goodbye to all the lies and the life we had
When looking back upon our love i see clearly that
You don’t appreciate the fact that you were loved by a better man

A brief light came from all of them
i’ve turned my back to you and now there’s no coming back
You made a mistake by crowning me the incompetent
im moving on towards a daybreak
Set me free

I am the judge
I am the paladin
I am determined to protect my own interests

Call me a thug
Call me a broken man
Call me the source of the problem i will fight you again
Track Name: Skyler
Keepers of the white harbor
Examinate the reasons that brought me down
Looking back to the start as
If it was nothing but an exhausting flaw
Bring me back to try harder
It's not the things I had but the things I found
So give me fuel
To fight these god forsaken bloodhounds


Pre chorus
I will show you how I took back
Everything I've lost
Turned the demons into angels for once

Chorus
It is this sound in my head
That put me on the ledge
But somehow i am a different man

And there is much to be said
But this time I'll keep it down instead
Aiming for a better result

I have come to understand
all your visions on why
I need the penalties and the punishments to teach me to fly
Give me a burning heart and drown me in flames
So I can bow to those who gave me my name
For I will wake up and prove that I am not the same

Pre chorus
I will show you how I took back
Everything I've lost
Turned the demons into angels for once

Chorus
It is this sound in my head
That put me on the ledge
But somehow i am a different man

And there is much to be said
But this time I'll keep it down instead
Aiming for a better result

Outro

Invite the crossbreed victor, show him the ways

Bring me the weakened
Bring me the ones with the broken legs
force them to stand up
And let me teach them how they need to walk again

Bring me the clouded
Bring me the ones with the scrambled heads
Signal the saviour
And let them deal with the pain caused by things they said
Track Name: Arga
uurgh

I've been wandering around for too long
I always ask myself
Why am I living in this lie?

I never asked for this
To be the one who holds the key of deceit.

There is nothing to hold on to
Now let me stand firm with my feet on the ground.
I need to break free from what is written in stone
So i can live this life on my own terms

Perjurer!
You are the cancer of life.
Sent from the heavens to destroy
And take avantage of the blind

Murderer
you think that you're saving lives
But they are already dead
By shoving your words in their minds

So Keep preaching to your so called creator
These words won't help you to get up on your feet
Gather your hopes and dreams to fight for your existence
Never wait for an answer that you'll never receive

Stop feeding the society
with words they don't want to hear.
Express yourself with the purpose to save
But all you do is leave them in fear

“Construct the throne of truth
And name me king without a crown
For i will rule this world
Restore what has been depraved
and rebuild what has been destroyed

Now, and forevermore
I will shine the brightest light, for you to see
That happiness and bliss
Are made by the choices you make.”x2

I break the chains of my anchors.
And let you drown amongst your own kind
For they will never survive
As I will rise after every fall

Surrounded by chaos
As I stand on the highest mountain
Where I will look down on you

Watching you suffocate
in a sea of your own lies.
While you're fighting for your fictitious life.
You witnessed the fate of the ones before you.

Your life flashes before your eyes
As you spill your last breath out of your lungs.
Take one final look at your surroundings.
Before I send you to the depths of hell.