"This Darkened Heart" as written by and Oliver Herbert Michael Bartlett....
I've watched the days pass one by one until the fall of man
And seen the cynics feed the jaded merely scraps and bones
The kingdom shaken, it's foundation nearly turned to sand
With foolish faith in faulted leaders that I must disown

Now rise again, this darkened heart betrays what I've always held so dear
Now rise again, this darkened heart it bleeds fast for all my family
Now rise again, this darkened heart it bleeds fast for all humanity
Now rise again, this darkened heart condemns my soul

I've laid to rest the false belief of average stock in me
I'll not relent, no average destiny
I'll reach the point where mankind's sins no longer rest in me
A long hard road, this manifest destiny

I will not be held down


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"This Darkened Heart" as written by Michael Bartlett Matthew Deis

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    General Commentthis song is talking about how we trust whatever the authorities say or do:
    "with foolish faith in faulted leaders"
    "a long hard road down this manifest destiny"
    history lesson...many people believed that manifest destiny (the belief that God meant for America to span from "sea to shining sea") was a load of crap, and the song is saying that they will not "be held down," and will speak up
    pyroboy2424on December 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commentmy eyes were opened to these guys on sunday, when i went to see killswitch engage at the astoria. they were the second supporting band. in all honesty the outplayed killswitch, which was unbelievable as killswitch rules. some truely intense metalcore, and spoke to the frontman after, totally sound guy.

    check these guys out people!
    100demonson January 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentof course all that remains and killswitch rule. there from boston. massachusetts metal is fucking awesome. there r plenty of otha good bands also from boston
    SisterFister6905on April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI saw these guys on Metal Asylum yesterday, and I must say I was impressed. Killswitch is also pretty awesome as well.
    WakeToLifeon July 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentKsE's Adam Dutkeiwicz produces All That Remains, youd figure they would be associated with each other,, they both kick major ass, i prefer all that remains more though, more of a death metal sound to em
    ishallnotfail9on July 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen Jesse David Leech left Killswitch Engage, Phil Labonte of All that Remains was almost the replacement for him until they heard Howard Jones.
    samwaltonon July 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is metalcore. If you want death metal listen to Necrophagist or Decapitated. Metalcore is a different game altogether.
    Murphy McManuson September 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love the vocals in this song, how he screams the words is amazing, and the looping riffs is freaking amazing with the slow double kick is awwwesome.
    ChaDMcBaDDon December 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about being raised to believe in the God and the government, basically what society says. And realizing it's all bullshit...that the world is just hurting because of it.
    3Libras_APCon July 22, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationIf you follow Phil on a personal level at all, you'd have to understand that he's not offended by America's manifest destiny, he believes in it! There's a lot of pressure in the political area today to combat the concept of American Exceptionalism. There are many who believe we need to be "held down" or held back because of our successes. Phil states that he must "disown" these "faulted leaders" and continue without apology or shame the "long hard road" of our nations manifest destiny.

    Here's a quote from Phil's personal MySpace page:

    "Heroes: My father, George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Paine, Ronald Regan, Sammy Hagar, Gene Simmons, Dudes And The guy who wrote this - We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
    zonymouson September 30, 2009   Link

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