Wanderings

by The Syntax Sin Tax

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The Syntax Sin Tax's 2019 album, "Wanderings," tells the tale of the Wanderer, a lone adventurer who leaves the safety of the world they know to search for their destiny. However, what lies at the end of this long, dangerous road, and how will chasing their dreams change them along the way?

"Wanderings" sees The Syntax Sin Tax venturing into new territory, vastly expanding their artistic horizons and tonal palette. The biggest musical change is the use of vocals on every song, which is a first for a Syntax Sin Tax release. However, for those who still enjoy the Syntax's traditional instrumental chiptune metal approach, an instrumental version of the album is also available.

Included with each full-album download is a .pdf art book containing the song lyrics and a series of dynamic art-pieces for each song. The download also includes a world map of the album's journey, chronicling the story's overall path as each song unfolds. These resources can also be found at thesyntaxsintax.com

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released August 28, 2019

All music and art ©2016-2019 Steven Hendren

Chiptune elements recorded using authentic NES/Famicom hardware.

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The Syntax Sin Tax Fountain Valley, California

The Syntax Sin Tax is a chiptune/synth music project helmed by Steven Hendren of southern California, USA. Incorporating sounds from the Nintendo NES/Famicom, Game Boy, and Game Boy Color game systems, the primary focus of the Syntax's music is on creating intensely melodic and emotive retro-style chiptunes that mix a variety of musical influences into a dynamic and energetic auditory fusion. ... more

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Track Name: Warning
“This is a warning
of what lies ahead.
These dreams will devour
every path you’ve tread.”

“For all your wanderings
what price will you pay?”

“This is a warning
of what lies ahead.
These dreams will devour
every path you’ve tread.”

“Warning...”

“Warning...”

“Warning...”

“Warning...”

“WARNING!!!”
Track Name: Alarm
Thoughts burning concerning
your hard-won lesson learning,
the gears now turning in your mind.

Awoken, eyes open,
this fragile image broken,
from false perceptions you’ve resigned.

(chorus) What will you do?
Now is the time to face the truth.
At last you’ll see who you are
There is no cause for alarm.

Concession, regression,
resisting the obsession
to retreat when you’re ahead.

Your life is now calling.
There is no need for stalling
when there’s so much to be done and said.

(chorus)

ALARM!!!

There is no cause for alarm.
Track Name: Nocturne
Here within my dreams... will I find you?
Cloaked in the moonlight... covered in shade.

(chorus) Peace in the silence, break from the violence,
healing my soul from its sojourn.
Strength for the weary, hope for journey,
breath in my lungs, this nocturne.

Restless in the night... still I seek you.
Gripped by a longing... that I can’t escape...
That we could walk upon the moonlit fields
as our cares drift away into the night.

(chorus)

This nocturne...
This nocturne...
This nocturne...
This nocturne...
Track Name: Daybreak
The break of day as the sun rises again.
The dreams of night lost in the morning light
of daybreak.

The break of day as the sun rises again.
The dreams of night lost in the morning light.
Yet as I wake with the sun upon my face,
will I still have the strength to carry on
‘til daybreak?

(chorus) Whatever trials may come
will I face them head-on?
Chasing after the light,
pressing on until the break of day.

An uncertain path that lies at my feet.
Each step I take is new ground to break.
Yet as I stand, just a stranger in a strange land,
will I ever find the end to my wanderings?

(chorus)

(chorus)
Track Name: Energized
Suddenly, new life is surging through me,
filled up with resolve for what’s at stake.

Now I have strength for the course before me,
breathing new life with each step I take.

(chorus) I’m energized... as I lift my gaze
to the skies.
Energized... as I lift my gaze
to the skies.

What is this new purpose yet unspoken?
Shining light on that which once was dark.
Mending cracks in me that once were broken,
giving me a fresh new start.

(chorus)

(chorus)

Energized...

Energized...
Track Name: Resolved
I was warned of what’s to come,
that these dreams would claim so much of me.

Now I’m out here all alone,
questioning everything I’ve ever known.

“For all your wanderings,
what price will you pay?
For all your wanderings,
what price will you pay?”

Here, staring into the dark,
dive deep into the maelstrom.
Into this danger embarked,
left my false certainties.
Once more into the void,
crossing deeper into the wasteland.
Marching past the temples of dust,
great shrines of futility.

Why do we strive
to stay more than alive?
What is this drive
to reach beyond the skies?

Seeking the source of these thoughts,
plagued by answerless questions.
Search for the worth of these dreams,
striving onward.
Still I feel the burden of hope,
reminded of a home yet unknown,
even as the journey unfolds,
hoping one day all will be resolved.

Why do we strive
to stay more than alive?
What is this drive
to reach beyond the skies?

I was warned of what’s to come,
that these dreams would claim so much of me.
Now I’m out here all alone,
questioning everything I’ve ever known.
One day answers yet may come,
the pieces falling into place.
Reaching far beyond the stars,
grabbing ahold of eternity.

One day answers yet may come,
the pieces falling into place.
Reaching far beyond the stars,
grabbing ahold of eternity.

Still I feel the burden of hope,
reminded of a home yet unknown.
Even as the journey unfolds,
hoping one day all will be resolved.

One day answers yet may come,
the pieces falling into place.
Reaching far beyond the stars,
grabbing ahold of eternity.
Still I feel the burden of hope,
reminded of a home yet unknown.
Even as the journey unfolds,
hoping one day all will be resolved.
Track Name: Immersed
It slipped my grasp, this bliss has flown away.
A sudden lapse, is sorrow here to stay?
So frail, collapse, do I have strength to swim,
or is it time to sing a final hymn?

(chorus) Pulled down into the depths of want.
Sinking beneath sorrow’s font.
When all’s said and done
this pain may be dispersed,
but in this moment I’m immersed.

I paid the price, flew too close to the sun,
with wings of wax, took Icarus’s plunge.
My strength has lapsed, I’m treading water now.
If hope can last, will someone show me how?

(chorus)

(chorus)
Track Name: Negation
Daylight scattered in the shade, faint rays dissipate.
Smothered in this forest of doubt, choking serenity.
Revenants chasing after me, haunting memories.
Remnants of failures from before closing in on me.

(chrous) “All your fears... we still linger here!
And yet you dare to believe in what there’s no hope to achieve!?”
I’ve gone too far to turn back now, I’ll find a way somehow.

Stumbling, blindly in the dark, desperate for safety.
Cornered, nowhere left to run, I must confront these nightmares!

(chorus)

To my last breath I will fight this negation!

I’ll fan the last ember of hope... stoking up the dying coals...
and from this Phoenix flame I’ll build... a brand new raging fire!
Light to banish the dark! Light to banish the dark!

And all my fears, they no longer linger here.
Hope’s flame drove them away, I’ll live to see another day.
I’ve gone too far to turn back now, I’ll find a way somehow.
To my last breath I will fight this negation!
Track Name: Garden
A clearing in the trees. Moonlit fields of green.
A memory of long lost dreams.
Is this the place that I’ve long foreseen?
Will we find our peace in the garden?
Will we find what brought us so far?
Weary, in need of rest.
Will time in the garden heal my distress?
The journey, almost more than I could bear.
Can I truly abandon my fears and rest here?
Will we find our peace in the garden?
Will we find what brought us so far?

Will I find your hand in mine
once you’ve reached the other side?
Were your dreams just like mine?
Will I recognize you when you arrive?
Will you find your hand in mine
once you’ve reached the other side?
Were your dreams just like mine?
Will you recognize me when you arrive?

In the garden I’ll wait for you,
hoping that dreams come true...
Track Name: Somnolence Pt. 1
Drift into somnolence.
Fading from consciousness.
Asleep for too long.
These dreams are dragging me inside.

And I was warned of what’s to come,
that these dreams would claim so much of me.
Now I’m out here all alone,
questioning everything I’ve ever known.
It’s so clear before me now,
not all dreams are quite the same.
And can I find my way back out
before these dreams turn dark?

Vortex of hidden meaning
gives way to delusions.
Visions unfurling
through veils of confusion.
Spacial inversions
give rise to dimensions.
Uncanny perceptions
beyond comprehension.

Stars scatter through the sky as light-years pass me by.
I’m hurtling through space now as I fly.
As dreamscapes multiply and dark gives way to light,
what new worlds lie beyond the open sky?

Try to maintain control of this ballistic soul.
Will this flight cause my crash or take me home?
Still hurtling through space at meteoric pace.
What destinations are lying in wait?

Stars scatter through the sky as light-years pass me by.
I’m hurtling through space now as I fly.
As dreamscapes multiply and dark gives way to light,
I hope that someday you’ll be by my side.

Vortex of hidden meaning
gives way to delusions.
Visions unfurling
through veils of confusion.
Spacial inversions
give rise to dimensions.
Uncanny perceptions
beyond comprehension.

And I was warned of what’s to come,
that these dreams would claim so much of me.
Now I’m out here all alone,
questioning everything I’ve ever known.
It’s so clear before me now,
not all dreams are quite the same.
And can I find my way back out
before these dreams turn dark?

Drift into somnolence.
Fading from consciousness.
Asleep for too long.
These dreams are dragging me inside.

Deeper inside...
Deeper inside...
Deeper inside...

Slowly drifting into the nether.
From the waking world I have been severed.
Void slowly claiming my mind.
Can anyone help me to find
a way back out?
Track Name: Somnolence Pt. 2: Starflight
Waking to find
your hand in mine.
A dream made real,
fates intertwined.

Walk through the fields and then
together we ascend.
Taking to flight
in radiant light.

Stars scatter through the sky as light-years pass us by.
We’re hurtling through space now as we fly.
As dreamscapes multiply and dark gives way to light,
what new worlds lie beyond the open sky?

Here, staring into the dark, dive deep into the unknown.
Into this danger embarked, left our old world behind.
Starflight: a dream or the truth? Crossing far beyond the illusion,
flying further into the skies, past the gates of somnolence.

Why do we strive to stay more than alive?
What is this drive to reach beyond the skies?

Seeking the source of these thoughts, plagued by answerless questions.
Search for the worth of all dreams, striving onward.
Still I feel the burden of hope, reminded of a home yet unknown,
even as our journey unfolds, hoping one day all will be resolved.

Why do we strive to stay more than alive?
What is this drive to reach beyond the skies?

Stars scatter through the sky as light-years pass us by.
We’re hurtling through space now as we fly.
As dreamscapes multiply and dark gives way to light,
I hope that someday we will arrive.

One day answers yet may come,
the pieces falling into place.
Reaching far beyond the stars,
grabbing ahold of eternity.
Still I feel the burden of hope,
reminded of a home yet unknown.
Even as the journey unfolds,
hoping one day all will be resolved.
One day answers yet may come,
the pieces falling into place.
Reaching far beyond the stars,
grabbing ahold of eternity.
Still we feel the burden of hope,
reminded of a home yet unknown.
Even as the journey unfolds,
hoping one day all will be resolved.

One day answers yet may come
the pieces falling into place.
Reaching far beyond the stars,
grabbing ahold of eternity.
Still I feel the burden of hope,
reminded of a home yet unknown.
Even as the journey unfolds,
hoping one day...

all will be...

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