"Drumhead Trial" as written by and Luke Hoskin Cam Mclellan....
From the unrelenting beat of a pounding drum
(Come anew)
From the seizing breast of a wicked beast
(We survive)
In the hallowed marriage of sound and revolt
(Come anew)
To the hollowed, disparaged, shed and molt, overdue!

Splintering fingers, gore strewn across each hand
(Sink deep, stone)
Splintering fingers, gore strewn across each hand
(Sink deep, stone)

Pray for a way out of here
Pray for a way

No animal in all the kingdom shall ever strike me down
A coward in his finest moment
Heavy is the head that wears the crown, c'mon!

Be swift and painless, not a glancing blow right to the back of the head
To the back of the head
Be swift and painless, not a glancing blow

Pray for a way out of here
Pray for a way

A long, slow pull on the brier
Ready, aim

When the fire burns, callusing
Topping off the urns, a sound remains

Look to the actor in the heavy armor, his metal shakes
Listen well to the deafening clamor whimpering makes
Look now to the unassuming, unwavering
Standing before the heavens, screaming
Bring on the storm
Bring on the storm, bring on the rain
Bring on the jesters and bring on the pain
Bring on the storm, bring on the rain
Bring on the jesters and bring on the pain

The seed is planted, let the roots reach far and wide, and let it grow tall
Let the rings remain intact on the inside
And though the autumn brings a fall of leaves
Let it grow tall
We come anew

The seed is planted, let the roots reach far and wide, and let it grow tall
Let the rings remain intact on the inside
And though the autumn brings a fall of leaves
Let it grow tall
We come anew

Look now to the unassuming, unwavering
Standing before the heavens, screaming
Bring on the storm


Lyrics submitted by insidiousvertigo, edited by temp1444, Chrissalix

"Drumhead Trial" as written by Cameron Mclellan Arif Mirabodlbaghi

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  • +2
    General CommentI have no idea what this song is about. The first half of it and the title make it sound like it's about being judged too quickly and unfairly but the last half of it doesn't relate to that. There is a star trek episode called Drumhead Trial though and Rody is a known Trek fan.
    Chrissalixon October 23, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThe part where it talks about "Standing before the heavens screaming, bring on the storm" might be a reference to shakespeare's King Lear. There is a scene in the play where the main character, King Lear is standing out in a field screaming at the sky during a storm. Also there's a jester character in the story called "the Fool". Anyway, the song as a whole might be about cowardice disguised as bravery versus actual bravery. It seems like there are a lot of verses relating to this sort of thing, such as "look to the actor in the heavy armor, his metal shakes, listen well to the deafening clamor whimpering makes", then going on to "look now to the unassuming, unwavering, standing before...". Perhaps the 'King Lear reference' was to show that the ones dressed up as knights in shining armor aren't the ones who deserve praise, but rather the madman who is brave enough to take on the very heavens alone (This is a theme in King Lear).

    Oh, yeah by the way, sorry if that sounded super pretentious and snobby. If you haven't read king lear, you can probably just go on sparknotes or something to find all this stuff.
    Doopitybopon May 01, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot sure about the "seeds planted" part, but it seems this song is about a gladiator trying to win enough battles to be released from slavery.
    jwalkblueon November 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my favorites on the album
    Sycoon November 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGiven Rody's tendency to sometimes pull lyrical themes from his ass, this could very well be just about having a new drummer in the band
    pedrosxuon July 13, 2014   Link

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