Axiom

Axiom

 Sacramento, California, USA
BandRockMetal

Axiom is a progressive rock/metal band from Sacramento, CA that emphasizes songwriting, structure, musicianship, art, and integrity over fashion, image, and trend.

Biography

axiom (n) a self-evident truth; an established principal in an art or science.

In November 2002, drummer Justin Herzer answered a musicians classified ad on a local music website posted by guitarist Scott Whisenhunt. As they played they began to form their own style of music; borrowing from their inspirations and heroes like Black Sabbath, Metallica, Tool, Pink Floyd and the Beatles. What they created was a form of progressive metal, with a passion and seriousness unheard of in today’s musical climate. To label their project, they used a name that would describe the music, content, and ideals they wanted their work to represent: Axiom.

After building a fan base in the Sacramento area, Axiom recorded their first non-demo CD in the form of the “Alpha-Omega EP.” The 7-song EP was released in June 2006 to local music retailers, local radio, and online digital music stores. To continue their do-it-yourself work ethic, Axiom planned a month-long tour of the west coast to promote the “Alpha-Omega EP”. With their new bassist, John Coffee, the tour would take the band as far north as Boise, as far south as Las Vegas, as far east as Reno and as far west as San Jose.

In 2008, the band released their debut album, A Means to an End to positive reviews from the press worldwide. In 2009 Axiom continued to grow; managing to sell albums around the world, and is planning a national tour in 2010.

Axiom is a band that will always embrace what’s to come and never fear change. Axiom is a band that will never fail to explore their music, grow, and reinvent themselves without losing sight of where they came from. With their unwavering convictions and uncompromising ideals, Axiom have proven themselves unstoppable in their attempt to leave a mark on this world; and with music as their weapon, maybe help to change things for the better. In this day-in-age of image selling, regurgitating trends and passing fads, Axiom hold on to the belief that artistic integrity, creativity, and idealistic dreams are things that still matter.

Lyrics

Here is...

Written By: S. Whisenhunt

i'm suffocating when there's endless air to breathe
i feel confined in this world that's neverending
my faith is whole, but my hopes are just to few
i will destroy myself to create a new

i will break through to the other side
the truth won't be kept from me
i've crossed over the edge in my mind
and i will not be coming back

i wish i could be like the sun
i'd burn my shadow and i'd be the only one
stuck in this fetal position, afraid to leave the womb
in a key of discord that i've played my whole life to
and i won't be defeated, i won't break
this damaged hole will never cave
no matter how much ground i gain
i can never win
and the more things change the more they stay the same

i'm caught up in the endless cycle
no exits on a clock face
infinity's only just a mile
if you're stuck in one place

here is a world's objection
here is an end in sight
here is a lost direction
here is...

it's only when i've reached the end that i realize how far i've fell
it's only when i think the world is far from sight that i tell myself
it'll be alright

so tear my skin from my sides
and you'll find me empty inside
a heart once beat from this hole
but now i'm broke and unwhole

here is my tired will
here is my broken seam
here is my life's direction
here is...

Models for God

Written By: S. Whisenhunt

the lines have been drawn all too well
our limitations have been made
and this train was never meant to ride on the tracks that were first laid

and if i question my existence
because i think therefore i am
would i slip away to nothing or break this model of a man?

we’d spend our whole lives in the dark never knowing there’s a day
i could almost reach the light but my wings have been torn off and burned away

mold & cast inside this image
born with no way to break free
given the illusion of a choice
so there are no answers left to seek

i don’t want to explain myself and i don't want to be accused and tried
i don’t want peace on your terms and i don’t want to fight on your frontlines
and if we’re to bring our end let’s do it so it never comes again
we’ll burn heaven down with faith and we'll drown hell out with our sin

erase it all
to truly see
fear the man without a purpose
and the plague of the world is that a cure’s just another disease

the lines that give us shape corner us in
the lines that separate the planes make reality way to thin
what seems straight is really curved
look deep enough and all things blur

what if there's more to life
than what you think or see?
what if damnation and salvation exist
only if you believe?

sacrifice yourself for tomorrow
and you only loose today
so i guess there’s nothing left to save…

i'd swallow the world to get to the core
i'd pull it apart just to find what i'm looking for
i'd look to the sun and never turn away
to take back control and finally dissever divinity

i am disappointment
to which we all begin
i am the vessel that all your failures and flaws have been realized in

stare into the mirror
stand your ground, or turn and run
there’s only one choice left
to embrace what we have become

i want to breathe smoke
i want to cleanse myself in mud
i want to dance upon your faultline
i want to drown the world in my blood
i don't want to feel
i want to rip these lines away
the pawn knows he only lives to die
and that’s the price we pay

and i guess there’s nothing left to say…

All for Nothing

Written By: S. Whisenhunt

fucked up beyond all recognition
when black and white have become a blurry shade of gray
how could i let it all come down to this
where the only thing i know that's real in this world has gone away

no...i can't wipe the blood off

no...i can't cleanse myself

i didn't ever think that the world could be so small
that it could slip right through my grasp
i clutched so hard, i didn't want to watch it drift away
i just held on to tight to a dream that couldn't last

no...i can't wipe the blood off

no...i can't cleanse myself

now the life i believed
is a lie that was pulled over my eyes
from the truth, now i see
and i find my hope was all for nothing

what always is, what shouldn't be
i've exhausted my brain to find a way to kill the memories
the only thing i trust, the one thing i fear
it's by my side throughout my life
and then it stalks me till i disppear

i tried to pull a bullet from a shattered mind
i tried to set a clock with a hole in time
i tried to save a life with my hands tied
i tried...

Onesided

Written By: S. Whisenhunt

on this side it's lonely
and the odds all seem so stacked
it's hard to take a step in life when the world is on your back

i'd be able to find my way
if i somehow lost my place
but how can i live when you've broken the vein, distilled the water and soured the taste

i've drawn a line in the sand to give me a side and a place to stand
i struggle to stay on my feet, but in the end i always fall back to my knees

after i've lost all feeling
i don't think i've ever felt more free
i don't care, i'd rather be dead than be part of a world that doesn't believe

i gave up a long time ago

i've thrown it all away
no regret, no pain, no hope
you've eaten the last part of me
and i hope you fucking choke

i've drawn a line in the sand to give me a side and a place to stand
i struggle to climb to my feet when an entire world pushes me on my knees

i want to see the sun grow cold as our compassion
i want the hands on the face of existence void of any action
i want to witness the plight of humankind succeed
and i want to rip out the heart of the world just to see if it still bleeds

my gift, my burden
a choice you could not understand
to you this pain is discomfort
to me it tells me who i am

in this world of binding ties, black and white, truth and lies
i am on no one's side because no one is on mine

i've drawn a line in the sand to give me a side and a place to stand
i struggle to stay on my feet, but in the end i always fall back to my knees
i've drawn a line in the sand to separate the kind from the man
i want to destroy all that's left and watch the world devour itself

when will you realize that there are no sides to cling to
when the world finally decides to crack
my last breath will be a laugh

A Means to an End

Written By: S. Whisenhunt

afraid i'll believe in wrong i've sown my eyes
the beating of the heart should be a crime
do what you do to make ends meet
while blind to those crushed under your feet
your mind is a muscle, don't let it atrophy

your tongues will dig your trenches and your graves
to conform to standards is the way
there's no vaccine for our disease
you've got to kill the infant to preserve the fetus
does belief in God make him believe in us?

i think it's time you broke your bread
drink the wine and rest your head
chew the lie and spit the truth
because, my friend, the end will be here soon

with the skin we're judged
without the skin we're cold
i refuse to play the pawn
in this chess game anymore

sucked into the winds of change
they leave a path of torn remains
why is hope so hard to find
an eye for an eye, is this why everyone is blind?

i think it's time you broke your bread
drink the wine and rest your head
chew the lie and spit the truth
because, my friend, the end will be here soon

so settle your own score
and miss the obviousness once more
it seems we're all just passing through
so what does your life mean to you?

we created a light that overshadowed the darkness
it spills onto the sky and drips the color of the sun
the endless fields have end and the tree of life is dead
a cloud of dust rolls in to bind the night and day as one
life rises to the surface and comes crashing to the earth
created flesh and blood, now we're ash among the dirt
the few are left to rest and wonder what it all was worth

i think it's time you broke your bread
drink the wine and rest your head
chew the lie and spit the truth
because, my friend, the end will be here soon

so settle your own score
and miss the obviousness once more
it seems we're all just passing through
so what does your life mean to you?

when everything is lost
we'll try to pump some life
out from a dry, dead world
and look to a burned up sky

it's our means to an end

we're our means to an end

Dead Dream

Written By: S. Whisenhunt

it's been a downward spiral
ever since the fall
our self delusion of control

we're all guilty
and no one's free
if i was God i'd make you see

you can't take me

i've seen it come
hysteria

buildings crumble
our hearts displace
hope and life just brush away

fear and sorrow
an altered state
you can almost breathe the hate

and i will not tolerate

i've seen it come
hysteria

a third of all life
a third of what's left
have you found any proof of a soul?

i will not judge you
why don't you judge yourself
we're all free to reap what we sow

what you follow isn't always right
when your truth's evolving from a lie
and what your living is not a life

shove harmony down your throat
throw peace and love out the window
embrace progress instead
because the dream is dead

i've seen it come
hysteria

Godgiven

Written By: S. Whisenhunt

it breaks right through the vein to find a pathway to the bloodstream
an accepting heart rejects compassion, an open mind embraces fear
just loosten up your grip, i know control can be addictive
are you afraid of what you'd see if you looked into a mirror?

bow down now or cease to be
this gift that God gave to me
live face down until you see
that sacrifice will set you free

feeding them trust so that they swallow
abusing their faith so that they follow
you've reached out to fill with hope, but instead you've made them hollow
you think i'm mad for all i've seen, you'd better pray, 'cause God gets angry like me

bow down now, trapped underneath
this gift that God gave to me
live face down until you see
that ours is the only way to be

i hold more contempt for your breed of sheep
than all the goats in the world, or what they believe

you think you're chosen
you think he put you in charge of me
that's not his voice speaking through you
so stop trying to make me dance with loose strings

this hole was once the world i knew
take a step back or sink in through
swallowed up, made to believe
to trust in what i cannot see
let the tangled web of lies expand
while you place your head under the sand
cough it up or breathe it in
the end is where we all begin
now take this weary hand of mine
close your eyes, become inclined
i'll walk you down the path of life
and i'll show you the holiest way to die

my eyes are open

my eyelids are peeled apart
new currents stir my mind
born with this gift of thought so that we'd not believe the lie

Struck Down

Written By: S. Whisenhunt

all i can give is what you'd never appreciate
and always for granted is everything i take

can things be like they were before?
where's the point a word becomes a war?

i must seek shelter to escape the light that blinds
i've got to undo and slip away from the ties that bind

strike me down where i stand
because it's wrong i'm who i am
burn it down and smoke me out
don't spare the rod, just strike me down

caught between damnnation and salvation
could i turn my back on all i've ever come to know?

why should i be a pawn or a slave?
what if i choose i will not be saved?

is there a debt over my head, the price of my life?
if i follow in your footsteps then what's the point of mine?
i cannot tell where you end or where i start
because the one thing that binds us together is the one thing that tears us apart

strike me down where i stand
because it's wrong i'm who i am
burn it down and smoke me out
don't spare the rod, just strike me down

i've sinned but i don't want them forgotten or erased
what i call a precious reminder you call a mistake
i live but as long as you're here i'm never free
no one wins, it's neverending and it doesn't stop with me

i will fear you as long as my heart beats
i will feel you as long as my wounds bleed
i need something more to tear and pry
i've got to seperate these ties

all i can give is what you'd never appreciate
and always for granted is everything i take

...because the one thing that binds us together is the one thing that tears us apart

A Perfect World

Written By: Axiom

we found our freedom trapped inside this empty cell
we found our reason to justify the means so well
we gave up redemption because we couldn't stand the blame
we found our comfort inside a day that doesn't change

we paid the price no matter the cost
but we've made a perfect world and forgotten what we've lost

so intent on making eden rome
that we've made this city of ash our home
and set the horizon on fire just to get a better view
can you really change the world
or is it the world that changes you?

we spend our lives
fighting for a bigger piece of this tiny place
welcome to the human race

waves of despair come drown me out
weights around my ankles drag me down
this life was over just as soon as it began
all that's left is to start the journey
on the road unto the end

I found that I was wrong, although I knew it all along
so tear your bridges down and raise the tide to level ground
we'd burn up in the sun just to see how far we've come

waves of despair come drown me out
weights around my ankles drag me down
this life was over just as soon as it began
and at the heart of it all we've finally found the end

Don't Blink

Written By: Axiom

even for a moment blink and all could change
or look to deep and fall out of frame
we've bled all we can bleed just to pay their tolls
but their only currency is control

and I fight every day because it helps me stay sharp
I dig and I dig just to plant my feet deep
those willing to die you can never defeat
and they take exactly what they give
because if everyone lives then no one lives

life grows from a cell
faith begins with a nail
a revolution starts with a turn
I want to light the spark that starts a fire
and watch the world burn

you can't see the world twist and fork
but suddenly you find that you've lost your way
you can't feel the world turn
but one day you look down to find that you've lost your place

if the world is built on ashes
is this the beginning or the end
this clock starts at eleven
and we can't set it back to ten
the desire to throw off the axis
the will to sever what we mend
and make weapons of the moment
because no one lives forever

I can see that you're afraid
we both know
that it takes just a little muscle and blood to shape this face
my only threat to you is a promise
that if you kill me there will always be someone else to take my place

my religion is my srtuggle
my beliefs are my ideals
my faith is my unwillingness to give up
and my church is the world that wee all fear
my babtism is my war
my crusade is the truth that they would lie for
my savior is my choice
and my prayer is my fist and I never miss

if the world is built on ashes
is this the beginning or the end
this clock starts at eleven
and we can't set it back to ten
the desire to throw off the axis
the will to sever what we mend
and make weapons of the moment
because no one lives

and as I stare into the center all the background seems to fade
and the importance I had for everything has all but slipped away
I don't know what's happening or what I will become
as the tapestry unravels and the color starts to run
I am now an instrument and there is nothing but the cause
because the conflict never leaves me no matter what I've done

if the world is built on ashes
is this the beginning or the end
this clock starts at eleven
and we can't set it back to ten
the desire to throw off the axis
the courage to erase and start again
and make weapons of the moment
because no one lives forever

if eden's burnt and rome is crumbling away
then the play is finally over and we must build another stage
if the the sun is setting then there will be another day
if the chapter's over we must start another page
and when you flip it over there's always something more to learn
when you think it's safe there's always something that will burn
and what if the end is really the beginning
and this is the way the world turns?

Discography

Alpha Omega EP-released 2006

A Means to an End - released 11/25/08

available for listen/download at cdbaby.com

Set List

Songlist is arranged around a 30 minute set time; including 5+ songs (but we'd love to play longer).

Covers occasionally included depending on the audience (covers range from known classic rock songs to heavy metal favorites)