1974 & The Death Of The Herald

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If your musical tastes lean toward Heavy Prog, Neo-Prog, straight-on rock, and/or you are captivated by sci-fi themes, pleasant vocal leads, tight harmonies and superb musicianship... buy this record.
Sadly, it slipped beneath nearly everybody's radar and has gone criminally unnoticed. I'm pleased to have found it.

RECOMMENDED Favorite track: The Great Galactic War.
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released October 26, 2013

Mike Forgette - Guitars, Vox
Tim Moore - Drums, Vox
Gary Dionne - Bass, Vox
Adam Clymer - Guitars
Angela Piccoli - Keys

Produced by 1974 and Jeff Weed
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Jeff Weed


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1974 Connecticut

1974 is a five-piece progressive/classic rock band.

Focusing on concept albums set in a technologically advanced future, 1974 crafts a musically diverse and dynamic soundscape full of riffs, hooks, and vocal harmony to tell complex stories.

In 2012, the band won "Best New Band" at the 1st Annual CT Music Awards at The Bushnell Theater. The following year, the band won "Best Rock Band".
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Track Name: The Great Galactic War
Heavy times of gray
The tears we've had to stay
We are suffering blows in the Great Galactic War
Fighter's fallen fate
In dismal dark decay
We need soldiers to feed to the Great Galactic War

Shield now our citizens
Maintain their innocence
Send up the satellites
And let them marvel at the grid

Mirrored flesh create
The need to replicate
But the Gemini's failed in the Great Galactic War
All will see their loss
Nothing's worth this cost
So they shook hands and ended the Great Galactic War

All sides are standing still
Homelands are sutured 'til
Whole worlds revitalize
In truce, we disengage the grid
Track Name: Phantoms
Born in the breath of the stillness
From a whisper's echoing call
From the cold and menacing ghost of forgotten moments
Dark were the forces that marked us
They are buried in our bones
From the wounds of the innocent friends we left below us

But there's no place to hide them now
As our world returns anew
And the pain we didn't let in
Hear its call, "Welcome home"
'Cause there' nothing left to fight
To take our minds away from...

There are faces in the distance
That have longed for deference
Since the sight of them had brought us to our knees
They are moving ever closer
And they haunt each step we take
For the restless souls will fight for their own remembrance

But there's no place to hide them now
As our world returns anew
And the pain we didn't let in
Hear its call, "Welcome home"
'Cause there' nothing left to fight
To take our minds away from this
Track Name: Herald Of Life
(Chasing thunder)
Flashes of resistance from a dying earth
(Mankind's blunder)
Seeking retribution for the horrors birthed
Within the storm

(Gather hope)
A fragile plot unravels at the seams
(Can we cope)
Will we be the afterthought of dreams conceived
Within the storm

Death won't stop us now
The pattern's in the code sing out loud
We'll tear away the shroud
The sun will find it's way through the clouds
Track Name: Building An Empire
The seeds of doubt begin to blossom
You're getting closer to rock bottom
'Cause the power you command
Is it too big for your hands to hold on
A quiet panic as you stumble
The foundation starts to rumble
'Cause the tower's getting high
And it's hanging like a scythe in the sun
Track Name: Essential Arms
We have seen too many tragedies
And an absence of solutions
We have felt the heavy gravity that held us down
There have been too many casualties
And we can't bear another burden
We deserve a new reality to take control
Because we'll all be alone
When we disappear
We can't make it home
So we'll stay right here
And the time is now

We are filled with new vitality
At the promise of our future
We erase our own mortality to embrace life
We are standing at the turning point
And a chance for new beginnings
We will laud the liberation from our final breath
And now we won't be alone
There's no need for fear
We'll rebuild our homes
And we'll start right here
And the time is now
Track Name: A New Beginning
There's no more anxious hesitation
The world looks bright
Brighter than before
Each step is new and takes me closer to freedom
On an unfamiliar path
The taste of Eden's fruit is heaven (yes it is)
You know there's nothing now that we can't do, so let's...
Let's think of all the things that we've been afraid
To do in the past

Hold yourself, though the urge is strong
An early light will cast a shadow long
Break away, find the right and wrong
They deal in forces that needs understanding
Is this the path we are meant to choose?
You feel the pressure weighing down on you
Think of everything we have to lose
Breaking for illusions of a new beginning

There is no choice we need to question
We're saying yes to every thought that moves
Around the impulses that flash through our visions
As we make up our minds
How could our lives get any better?
It's you and me and all the time in the world to
Carve out a fearlessness that carries our bodies
Through a grand eternity
Track Name: Vera
There's a shadow creeping
On your life, it's feeding
And the trauma leaves an emptiness inside
There's a merchant grinning
While his hands are sinning
And his death machine grows stronger in the light

And the crowds, they gather 'round
No, they're bowing down
Can't they hear the sound
Hear the warnings of the whispers in the night

Follow the path of our fathers in the past
(Please save us, o Vera, please save us)
We will leave the sterile serpentines behind

Every thought created
For his ego sated
We are hooked and bated, blinded by our pride
It's a poison sweetness
They demand you eat this
We will not become the victim of his crime

And the crowds still gather 'round
No, they're bowing down
Can't they hear the sound
Hear the warnings of the whispers in the night

Follow the path of our fathers in the past
(Please save us, o Vera, please save us)
We will leave the sterile serpentines behind

One by one, we'll fight the storm
Track Name: Admiral Tackett
Courage and honor
Paupers and scholars
Deadbeats and fathers
And young men and daughters
Commencing a mission with no hope in sight
No one had known the true strength of their might
Sacrifice stained with no grace for our toil
While fathers and brothers are still warm in the soil
Have given their life
Seen formidable strife
To keep you alive

Sounds asleep in their earthen sheets
An army disarming their peace
There's a call to retreat
To infinity
To divinity

In ivory towers, your dismissive power
Your void postulations have rotted and soured
My comrades were hung while you were stealing our funds
And loving your neighbor through the end of a gun
I've given the orders
I've pined over soldiers
Defended every indefensible order
And when the day's done, you can say that we've won
But winning that day was how fast you could run
Track Name: The United Earthlands' Assembly
Violence in the council hall
The trigger lighting as the handle falls
The Bleeding Heart, the Admiral, and the Doctor
Rage within the naked walls
Track Name: A Dark Thought
Hush, hush now and open the door
Close your eyes
Ease your mind
Hear their hearts all tired and torn
You're the only one who can raise the sun

Thick and heavy waves of dark uncertainty
Slow my pace
Flashes of a power indestructible
And the feeling goes

Raise the shield and pick up the sword
Trust your soul
Take control
Sacrifice they'll have to endure
You're the only one who holds the gun

Shaken to the fiber of morality
Thrown away
Hardened in the heart to keep the oath I swore
To defend this world
Track Name: Abduction
Behold, the Admiral has breached the inner walls
Corridors taken swiftly 'round the Herald's halls
Against his will, the Herald stolen from the yard
Heartbeats growing from the knowledge under guard
He descends

The Herald whisked away before the winter's call
The barren landscape revealing windows to us all
The prison's shallow wake denies we make a stand
The peace was ripped apart with shallow reprimand

The balance of the paradigm collapses through a quickened pace
The parcel loses consciousness
The rider starts the arduous race
Into the gray
Track Name: Ultimatum
Your idealism rots your insides where you stand
Throwing your chance away was your line in the sand
You could be the savior
But you chose to be the martyr
Tossing blades into their hearts
Dismiss the anguish that they harbor
We've been so close to victory
We've held it in our hands
We've rectified our history

So save us all
And make the call
You'll free us all
Or we will fall

My vision turned against me right before my eyes
The options left to me are choices in disguise
Ooo, your grand salvation has a price
Your vision culminates in deadly sacrifice
I've founded mankind's victory
I've given them a chance
I've rectified our history

I've saved us all
It's not your call
We will stand tall
You'd kill us all

I'll make this situation fair to comprehend
'Cause only one decision saves you from your end
I'm left to weigh my growing fear against my soul
My actions guided as I'm giving up control
My virtue lost its innocence
The future turns to gray
The frequencies in dissonance

What have I done?
Bowed to the gun
Destroyed the sun
What have I done?
Track Name: Death Of The Herald
Here is the light that pulses a heartbeat
Capture its tune and let it grow
Here is the code that everything follows
Here in my hands that tremble

The wait is burning
The earth is turning
The angels singing
Paranoia stinging

Beyond my calling
The seas are squalling
No plot for vengeance
Is my final sentence

The purpose has run
Survival takes hold
An instinct of violence to keep what is owed
And the time is now

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