Reel Live Metal

by Sardis

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Christian Towalski It’s about time I said something. I bought this what? Nine months ago? And I’ve been listening to it all that time. It truly is amazing! The vocal and guitar melodies work well together and while there is a lot of drums, they blend seamlessly into the composition. Well done! Favorite track: Searching for Answers (Live).
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On September 6, 2014, Sardis recorded their CD release show for their debut album. It was a celebration as well as a new chapter in their lives. This is a recording of that night.

After originally planning to have the album released back in 2009-2010, there were many setbacks and delays, yet after a successful Kickstarter campaign, the album was finally pressed. The original recording members were able to play together one last time to commemorate the end of that journey, and thus the new era began.

The new single "Satisfied" was summarily recorded, and kicks off the live recording, demonstrating what this band continues to offer - real heavy metal.


released September 25, 2015

The live recordings were done at Solace Music Venue in Joplin, MO on September 6, 2014. The project was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jerrod Naff of ZombieLife Studio.

The following members of Sardis performed:
Sean Roycraft - Vocals/Guitar
Kevin Hasselquist - Guitar
Mark Robertson - Bass
Jason St. Clair - Drums

"Satisfied" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jerrod Naff at ZombieLife Studio located in Joplin, MO.

The following members of Sardis performed:
Sean Roycraft - Vocals/Guitar
Kevin Hasselquist - Guitar
Mark Robertson - Bass
Micah Rios - Drums


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Sardis Joplin, Missouri

Sardis is the premier heavy metal outfit from Joplin, MO. Taking influence from heavy metal throughout the ages and adding the edge of modern music, they leave their audience with jaws dropped and ears ringing with memorable choruses and mind-blowing musicianship.

REEL LIVE METAL is their latest release featuring the single "Satisfied."
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Track Name: Satisfied
A melody is in my mind
A song within my soul
My spirit has come alive
And I'm losing control

How can I explain this feeling
That's taken hold of me
Shed these chains of weariness
Live my life so freely

Let the wind carry your cares away
Feel the rain wash the worries of today

It is no lie that this is why I'm satisfied

Ain't worrying about tomorrow
For today is enough for me
Even though I think I'm drowning
My lungs still are breathing

This life is murky water
Distorting all my vision
Yet a hand is reaching to me
As I grasp for salvation

Let the wind carry your cares away
Feel the rain wash the worries of today

I can't deny that this is why I'm satisfied

It is no lie that this is why I'm satisfied
I can't deny that this is why I'm satisfied
Track Name: Miracles and Myths (Live)
The things I say and the things that I do
Of what concern are they to you
You keep on telling me I'm headed for a fall
But here I am standing tall
In your delusion, your superstitious fear
You follow rules made to control
And all your tales and miracles and myths don't do a bit of good for you

You can't see through your fantasy

Why can't you wake up to this harsh reality?
You gotta take what you can
'Cause nothing's easy and nothing's for free
And when you're gone, you're done
I keep on telling you, so get it through your head
You can't change my mind around
It's fact of life, and no philosophy is ever gonna break me free

You just won't drop, it so this is the end
I can not take this anymore
I'm doing fine, and I'm taking what's mine
So I bid you farewell
'Cause in your delusion, your superstitious fear
You follow rules made to control
And all those stories, your miracles and myths
They don't do a bit of good at all
Track Name: High Times (Live)
I am the life of the party, yeah I'm ready to go
The only time I come alive, and it ain't just for show
Sick and tired of losing this game we call life
So drink it up, another round, you'll forget all your strife

That's when I see you looking back at me
You'd disapprove, but it sets me free

When I walk through the door, a change comes over me
I'm not the man I was, I'm who I want to be
And when I'm feeling high it seems that I could soar
You want to drag me down when I walk through the door

Take a ride on the freeway, cool wind in my hair
In a flash, I'll be gone and you'll be standing there
I don't ever slow down, it's do or die
I'll tear to shreds all who might defy

You'd never be here, but I keep seeing your face
Across the room or in my mind, it's so out of place
I hear you ringing in my head, I don't know what to do
All I hear is saving, but who will save me from you
Track Name: Empty Mirror (Live)
Alone in my room, the tears stream down
I'm staring into the dark
This time there is no way out
This is the end

An endless sea consumes my mind
It's just a matter of time
I'm fading fast, this life won't last
I've reached the end of the line

Awoke in a cold sweat, was it all a dream?
My heart is racing from the things that I've seen
Another nightmare, my deepest fear
This cold dark night takes me so far away from here

I can not tell you what I'm looking for
But I can tell you it's not here
I never thought that I would find myself
Staring into an empty mirror

Deep in the shadows, do you really care?
Can you tell me have I earned my place in hell?
Am I so blinded, or just confused
Or am I really just a wretch after all?

Why won't you answer me?
I don't know if you're there
I don't know how to ask
If you even care

I can't be alone here, surely others too
Must have wondered all these things that I do
I need someone to tell me things I don't know
Tell the devil to take a raincheck on my soul
Track Name: Escape (Live)
The pale moon shines on my face again
And a cool familiar wind begins
Forgotten ashes of yesterday
Are all that's left in my memory

It's so unfeeling
It drives us all
My senses are reeling, and I can not go on

Feeling used and bruised inside my head again
And I still can't shake this state I'm in
The empty search by my reasoning
Leaves purpose lost to understanding

I hear the voices in my head
They're loud and clear
They're telling me I must escape
Get out of here

The last drop of rain falls from the sky
And now my hope begins to die
What is left if not the pain
That gives me reason to remain?

It seems I've come undone with nowhere left to run
I can not seem to find my place in space and time
And everything I am is searching for something worth living for
Track Name: Searching for Answers (Live)
I've never felt like this before
And I'm so confused
I've never wanted any more
Than to be left alone
But here I am right at the door
To another world
It beckons me though I may try
My best to ignore

And if I'm master of my mind,
Why am I losing it?
Am I a fool to feel disdain
For my lack of will?
Here it comes again, this foreign thought

There must be more to life
Than I can see
But what does it mean to me
Searching for answers

It's getting stronger now, and I
Can't take it anymore
I've got to open up my mind
To the possibility
Perhaps I gave into a lie
I'm starting to see that
Life is fleeting, or so it's seeming,
The sunsets' sealing it all away

The emptiness I feel inside
When I'm all alone
Seems to force me into thought
What if there's a god who weeps at the state of mankind
Knowing it's their choice to remain in their bitter, empty ways?
Track Name: Resuscitation (Live)
It was all a deception, a mental facade
That grew from predation of all believable odds
The logical mind told me to ignore
Inexplicable signs of the mind's inner war

But now it's as glass, the confusion made clear
My purpose for being was already here
In the midst of the struggle, my senses remained
Though spirit was vacant, debauched, and deranged

And now, I'm living like never before
I've no misgivings - to win I lost the war

And now I know
This heart that's beating
Was dead as stone
'Til you breathed healing

I never knew that all my vanities were lost
That they would fall to rust and ruin
But as they crumble, I now see that it was I
Who caused this ignorance of wisdom

I never knew that this would come at such a cost
Blood was the currency for freedom
So as the light of this last memory fades away
Let it remind all those who lose their way
Track Name: Cries of the Dead (Live)
Watch as they die in the hands of the doctor
That ain't the way it should be
Call it choice, call it freedom,
But it's life erased permanently

It's such a shame, and who's to blame
When indifference is the feeling we claim?
Can't you see the blood stains on our land?

It's time to end what we have started
Can't you see it in their eyes?

The dead cry out to you
Always calling your name
The dead cry out to you
Haunting you when you dream

Too many graves that used to be trash cans
Too much blood on our hands
Too many people swept away
By the conman's master plan

When the reaper takes them away,
Don't you fear what the Master will say?
Stand up and fight today!

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