Crush of Night
IZZ’s new studio album, Crush of Night, scheduled for release on May 1st, serves as Part 2 of a 3-part series of thematic albums that began with The Darkened Room (TDR) in 2009. Featuring a guest appearance by Gary Green of Gentle Giant on Words and Miracles (Electric guitar, Guitar solos and backing vocals) and The Crush of Night (guitar solo), IZZ brings their characteristic sense of melody to the fore on this album, while at the same time fusing high reaching emotion with the driving impact that IZZ fans have come to identify with the band.
From the opening vocal melody of You’ve Got a Time, to the guitar-driven Words and Miracles featuring the distinctive guitar sound of Gary Green, to the stirring emotion of Half the Way, culminating with the impressive 26 minute suite that shares its name with the album title, Crush of Night passionately delivers on all fronts by creating a sound that is uniquely IZZ.
When did I let it begin? | I didn’t see the doubt seeping in | Was there something I couldn’t say? | When they gracefully said there’s no way || You’d be nullified they’d say you lied | Never open up your mind | Believe nothing just give in | Anyway what is the sin? || The light is blinding everybody doubt it | Not one confiding everybody shout it || Another circumstance you might take that chance | Careful with the words you use | And the people who you’re talking to | Must already agree with you || So every day hide away | Any thought you think has worth | ’Til gravity pulls you down back onto the earth || The light is blinding everybody doubt it | Not one confiding everybody shout it || When dreaming ends awake to hear | Words that make you think | Words that take you by the throat | And make you want to shrink inside yourself || You’ve got a time || Just admit that it’s alright to be in constant motion | You can draw a line through the ocean | It can be done by everyone it can be done || Don’t you know you have the power to make it all equate | Forget about the wonder forget about your fate | Turn it on start again no need to wonder my friend || So you’re feeling like you might be misunderstood | Change a couple things only if you could | If I only had the time | Could there be anyone more kind than me? || (I’m gonna need to find a hiding place) || The light is blinding everybody doubt it | Not one confiding everybody shout it
You want | To talk to me | To let me see | The way || For all | Your promises | I bet you’ve lost | Your faith | In fate || Stay the night | You tell me | Save… || All the words | They’re nothing and they’re everything to me | All the miracles | They’re nothing and they’re everything to me || I want | To make a choice | To place a bet | On you | But for now | Can I wait to choose?
Can’t recall it happening with any one decision | Can’t recall the circumstance of how I’m here today | Easily invisible the sand is shifting every day | Oblivious to any change we’re ignorant together | Feel no need to rearrange cause everything is fine | Then all at once you notice | The sky seems so far away || I can feel the earth it’s shaking underneath me it’s taking everything I have to stand | I can feel the earth it’s shaking all my senses and I don’t even know who I am || Suddenly the way we think is changing with each question | Funny how it seems the same in so many ways | But firmly you’re planted to the ground without a sound and there you’ll stay | Mysteries no longer sparking your imagination | Wonder is something only for a child | Then all at once you notice | The sky seems so far away || I saw your haven on solid ground | Ignoring the message the voices surround || I can feel the earth it’s shaking underneath me it’s taking everything I have to stand | I can feel the earth it’s shaking all my senses and I don’t even know who I am || Searching’s over now it’s time for me to give in surrendering myself to solid ground || I can feel the earth and life goes on around as I stand alone waiting to be found | I can recall no doubt at all | A golden time | Yours and mine
When I was young | I used to run inside for tea | Made for me || She said don’t drink it down too fast | And I listened though I did not understand || I could run only half the way | Though she loved me more than I can say | How could I falter? | How could I fall? | Though I’d remember I would not call || When I was young she said, “Pick out the toys | That you want | I’ll see what I can do | Did I take care of you? | By the way | A dollar or two can go a very long way | Use it to buy anything you want.” || The droning sound of the rosary | Etched in my heart | More than a memory || How could I falter? | How could I fall? | Though I’d remember I would not call || It’s only me | You got two eyes | Why can’t you see? | There was no disguise
I. This Reality
Open the book | All the words | They collide at our sight | Answers revealing more questions | Concealing the light | Page after page | All the proof needed for either side | He finds the truth | While another’s convinced | It’s the same old lies || And the moment arrived | For you to be alive | Take your moment in time | It will be sublime | Is there only one way? | You’ll know… || The story comes from long ago | As far as I can say | We were put here for a reason | Not just to live the day || It’s alright I don’t know why | I don’t know why I’m here | Don’t even know which way I’m going | To fight it or concede || I can’t tell you where I’ll be | In my state this reality | In my mind I can drift away | Take me back to my younger days || In ages past we looked to find | The meaning of our day | Thoughts and words of ancient times | Have mapped out a way || And deep inside we have a quest | To find the only proof | So difficult to just accept | Where is the blatant proof? || I can’t tell you where I’ll be | In my state this reality | In my mind I can drift away | Take me back to my younger days || Our love is invisible | Our love is invisible || I take it all | The realistic and the mystical | Need I leave one behind | So much to know it seems impossible || What if I fall? | We’re gonna need to choose | What if I don’t feel at all? | The time is soon for words and miracles || How am I to know | Scrambled from the noise? || I take it all | Using what I need | To make it easier | In real living you and I will meet || It has to count | Benevolence holds weight | But I don’t know for sure | If it secures your fate || How am I to know | Scrambled from the noise? || And deep inside we have a quest | To find truth | So difficult to just accept | Where is the proof? || Our love is invisible || To believe | A gift given to all | Have we been deceived? | We wonder as we wait for the call
II. The Crush of Night
The crush of night | Along the skyline lingers | The innocence had filled their mind || We could not tell the difference | Outside, inside | Wind rushing time into the sky || And though it’s true | That love can make things clearer | Disguised as light it crushed my mind || The passing night we reach to touch clear waters | We catch a glimpse reflecting life || Why is it that we have this constant yearning? | Why is it that we have to know? | Trying with all our might to stop this burning | Knowing all the while we can never let it go || Knowing the times approaching | Finding my comfort from the strain | I think I’ll stay under the weather | Under the rain, under the pain || Knowing the time’s approaching | I’ve got to defend what I believe | No, I think I’ll stay under the weather | It’s easier to concede || Why is it that we have this constant yearning? | Why is it that we have to know? | Trying with all our might to stop this burning | Knowing all the while we can never let it go || Our love is invisible… | I once heard a time will come for everyone | When all will see everything we’ve ever done | All revealed | Illuminata || Footprints in the sea | Rushing the world | Belonging to the deep || In the depth, one drop | Cold misery | Footprints in the sea || Finding the words to argue | Make up the reasons to resist | When there’s no other answer | Be sure to tell them what they missed || Find us entranced by common sense | Find us allured by mysteries | Find us all struggling to understand | So completely || Trying with all our might to stop this burning | Knowing all the while we can never… | We can never let it go… || The crush of night | Along the skyline lingers | The innocence had filled their mind || We could not tell the difference | Outside, inside | Wind rushing time into the sky || We cannot feel the earth | Her vain rotations | We move through time against the tide || The crush of night | Before blue twilight flickers | They wash their hands into the sea || They wash their hands into the sea
Taken aback look the other way | Late in the night | It sounds a hurricane || Just give me a chance to know | Just lend me a hand to help | The ride is long | It’s almost over now || Look into these eyes | Do you see a kind face? | I bring no disguise | Just a love to embrace || Just give me a chance to know | Just lend me a hand to help | The ride is long | It’s almost over now