Bending Light

by Tactus

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Anamnesis 02:12
Aurora 06:25
Behold! An or aura An era of dreams unfolds We are born of light Anew does the heart of this old world beat for you  The darkness is apart from me Our conflict ends Creating a new start for me But shadows never rest until we're gone The darkness is a part of me So, have we forgot our place In this void that we’ve claimed as our own with your guidance now Expose: show me what the veil you provide has concealed We are at the dawn of a golden age Lighting the blackest sky An aurora that's as bright as day Crossing a distance once thought unattainable Breaking down the barriers once erected by ourselves Unfailingly, illuminated forms will cast a shadow Perpetually, as we move and glow the darkness always follows What have you concealed? What is this disguised by your power? It hid behind the sun And brought us to our end It came across a universal light And plunged the world into an endless night As the final breath leaves the body A spectre all you allow remain There is a shell A ghost of what I was before Before the shade enclosed my soul Reaching inward, seeking a strength once unknown I can feel it striving to wake my soul Faint though it is And alone, it is the sole glimmer of hope That we can yet shape our fate The fight will never end until I’m gone  The darkness is a part of me
Scimitar 04:08
Oh, blank stares at an open sky Searching for stars that could calm my flickering mind Struggle like I've never faced Meeting this conscience, an empty slate   Oh, the conflict of fight or flight   Water taking to mirror Ripples open hearts to be clearer I wish I'd known you before the way I see you today The lingering scent of her skin drawing me back Draws me to heights that I've never been   Fallen to this void once again Endless space of a mind to wander in Solace a breath away While temptation may keep me Reality: a thing to be feared In this, a frame of weakened senses The fleeting touch of hands So cold against my own, yet significant in design   If I am to lose myself Let me remember this The beauty in the rarest of things Water taking to mirror Ripples open hearts to be clearer I wish I'd known you before the way I see you today The lingering scent of her skin drawing me back Draws me to heights that I've never been She’s taking me back To a place I’ve never been or will be again
All Roads 04:06
I had always wandered this road alone An angel took my hand Showed me a light I'd never known Fear faded Never far from where I lay my head So shadows would creep inside and taint the guiding light And veil my eyes in the black of night Now this darkness abound Would show me things I should never have found Now underground, malice drowned by deafening sound Wearing rage for a crown You dare walk this road by my side When every road you walked before could never match my stride You carve a scar on every path left behind Illusion takes hold, pulls a shade over my eyes Deception illuminating a flame fed by false pride How could something so sullied walk the humble path before me And yet appear as something pure that adores me? What could you want from me? Why do you taunt my soul? What do you stand to gain By showing me light and then taking it away? This can't be truth It makes no sense It is my own failings blocking the light There is only love in your eyes
The pen is mightier than the sword A false hope endorsed If you sever the head of the author The most violent artistry Nothing more than words Perception designing feast or famine for the masses We will show you the strength of our numbers No more pulling of strings We were left to starve Aching emptiness my only friend A crown for a conscience A vacant heart Back breaker Oh, how the mighty shall fall This feast and this famine is ours Pernicious intentions Our labours directed Callouses for deflection
Colossus 04:20
This is a haunting The likes of which I’ve never known Monsters of past are present's ghosts Singularity consuming all I know And what I've yet to behold I am alive, a product of your casting The skin on your hands begins to crack and bleed Blink and a lifetime has passed What have I become? Matter beyond recognition Nothing more, nothing less Universally Wide eyed, witnessing waterfalls Unprecedented floods of discoveries when giants fall A spectacle of particles colliding A collision colossus, and nothing all the same I am an atom being split  The harder I pull The less control I have over which half submits What have I become? Matter beyond recognition Nothing more, nothing less Universally
Goliath 07:14
This is the coldest of winters I've woken to an aching heart again Fissures split the surface of my soul No mortar to mend the gap you've left behind The structures of my mind are crumbling down Only she could save me I see you everywhere It hurts to know that you're not really there Breathless, I struggle for air The strain is more than I can bare Grasping for something more An answer that was never there before I'm trapped in this void, dancing with despair Shadows and ghosts The earth stood still I watch for ripples in the air Fluctuations that make me feel like you're still there We've come a long way, but have a long way to go I'll see you in the summer if the sun could melt the snow This is the coldest of winters I thought you should know You're the warmth in this frigid stone I reach for you, like sifting through the sand I reach for you, you slip right through my hands They say life is just an act of letting go I won't bend to their will or stray from what I know My hands are empty but she never fades away Enigmatic Such is the concept of such physical frailty Occupying strength immaterial Beyond one
Cardinal 04:20
Blinding white Stranded, I'm lost in the storm My mind drifts with the snow As we fall together Visions failing to darkness I can't believe this is reality From deserts, to seas, to mountain peaks I'll dream you are with me Warmth in a land that wants us gone I won't yield to the cold  Or the pairing it fails to find in cardinal For I am a soldier of Rome A titan of my own Dearly departed, the concept of living Survival so much less forgiving I'm dying to find you I'm dying to let this go My blood boils in this frozen place I will not give in to the cold Or the pairing it fails to find in cardinal For I am a soldier of Rome A titan of my own I will not yield From deserts, to seas, to mountain peaks I’ll dream you are with me Warmth in a land that wants us gone I won't yield to the cold Or the pairing failed to find in cardinal
Watching you descend the dunes awakened my heart Red and ivory: the colour of your undying art As we walk the shore They all flock to adore Each with a song and wings None as graceful as yours But with the night came in the tide So strong that I was drowning all the same It was on an unfamiliar shore That I remembered I could swim, and what for Paradise is anywhere that I can gaze upon her But all those star-filled nights Couldn’t keep my head above the water The shallow or the deep I’ll give in and then drift in sleep You are the only island that I need to find And the one horizon that provides a line Paradise is where we've found each other And all my life, I will live to love her
Take flight!  Raise a wing and cut the open sky Defy the earth and its orbit and its hold Break the reins of old And live the dreams of those who can't grow And the servants of all the world's woes Whose soles will never leave the ground I will soar above all this hell and despair Of those bound to the earth From a vantage of a god I see I see the bending light I see it all and my perspective grants the paradigm Not one of them could cause my fall Desolate I turn a blind eye without regret Raise a wing and live euphoria in the air Let the wind carry me away Live my life on the wing, chasing day Evading sunset I will forever know its warmth My light is limitless No boundary hindering the light surrounding me Freedom above, nothing below Now before me a tower appears Manifested by the void I made so clear and free of all fear Blind eyes toward the pressure And now a storm is brewing right at the tips of my wings Taking hold, the dark controls everything under its shadow I see the bending light Silver linings evanesce in flight Horizon has faded with the night I give in Feel the storm taking over In a tail spin, I’m already gone Wings failing The inevitable setting in I relinquish all control Seal my fate My glorious flight comes crashing down This is the end of everything I felt while soaring over ground Falling, I feel a pull and then a calling Something at my finger tips Someone reaches for my hand Grasping from disorder Something's giving me a fighting chance Something deep inside has found my strength again Something deep inside can take me home I regain control and fly my way right out of the storm Gliding away, warmth of the sun on my skin Chasing the day, wondering where it began What have you concealed? What is this disguised by your power? Hidden behind the sun It came and brought this to an end Now I see the storm rose from inside of me I am my own worst enemy The sky is inside of me Flying away wont hide my pain Darkness is a part of me


"Bending Light" is the first full-length album from Canadian progressive outfit Tactus. It takes the listener on a ten-song journey through the themes of love, loss, and internal conflict, while exploring several musical styles that intertwine with the band's fast and heavy sound.

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released October 7, 2016

Produced by Adrian Barnes, Rodney DuPlessis, and Tactus.

Edited, mixed, and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Engineered by Adrian Barnes in Fredericton, New Brunswick, with Rodney DuPlessis and Ben MacLean. Vocal editing by Rodney DuPlessis.

All songs composed and performed by Tactus.

Guest performances:
Walking bass on "Feast or Famine" by Jeff Barnes.
First guitar solo on "Goliath" by Didier Archambault of Cardinals Pride.
Vocals on "Cardinal" by Raquel MacLean.
Ebow guitar on "King of the Sky" by Jacob Mead.

Additional composition and arrangement by Rodney DuPlessis.

Booklet design and artwork by Matt Brooks.


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Tactus Fredericton, New Brunswick

Tactus is an ECMA nominated progressive metal band from Fredericton, New Brunswick. Their latest EP "TII" was released December 2019. They have several other releases also available on Bandcamp.

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