White Doves & Blood Rivers

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The new album by Toad In Transit "White Doves and Blood Rivers" offers a new side in the ongoing development of the band. Coming from a Death Metal /Post Metal past to reach new grounds.
The new album starts musically where the 2014 LP "#Human" left of: with a blend of electronics and acoustic guitar and piano; exploring the darker & melodic side of Toad In Transit and making "White Doves & Blood Rivers" their most spectacular to date.

Lyrically it explores the edges of human nature: Love and hate and how both sides just change in the blink of an eye.

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released March 27, 2015

Sebastian ‚Gutzjen‘ Laudwein - Vocals & Guitar
Henrik Gross - B.Voc, Keys, Guitars, Programming,Mix&Master
Nils Vogel - Bass, Production, Mixing

Music and Lyrics written by Henrik Gross, Sebastian Laudwein & Nils Vogel
Recorded 2013 - 2015 at The Pond
Produced by Henrik Gross, Nils Vogel & Sebastian Laudwein
Mastering by Henrik Gross at The Pond
Layout & Design by Henrik Gross

The following samples were used under the CC Attribution 3.0 license:
two-women-walking-in-subway by reinsamba, rbh-nyc-subway-pass by rhumpries,
women-scream-aaa by thanvannispen, cry by silversatyr, oceanwavescrushing by luftrum,
8mmprojector-start-run-stop-18fps by nemodaedalus,
schiphol-melding-gate-d79-hv6115-boarding-280112 by lex1975

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Toad In Transit Saarbrücken, Germany

Gestartet wurde Toad in Transit in der Mitte des Jahres 2008 als Zwei-Mann-Projekt der beiden Musiker Henrik Groß und Sebastian Laudwein. Das Spektrum reicht von ruhigen Ambient- und Elektronik-Parts über hymnische Balladen und orchestrale Klänge bis hin zu Trash- und Deathmetal Anleihen die als Untermalung für sowohl cleanen Gesang als auch brachiale Shouts herangezogen werden. ... more

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Track Name: Alpha
(1)
Step by step down to the subway’s ground
For your questions you want answers to be found
Muffled voiced creep through your ears
I watch you searching but I’m not here
Keep you in sight but away from the light
My senses sharp and ready for the fight
I know your screaming; I know your lust
We’re all alone here there’s no one you can trust

Ref:
Face the enemy inside yourself
I’ll take you down - I got what it takes
You’re the weakness I feel in my heart
Let my sword just tear you apart

(2)
Step by step – behind your throat
You are waking the dreams that I hold
You’re so perfect – I know you’re mine
Heat my steel – inside your spine
Track Name: Celluloid Burns
Are you there - in the light?
Dancing shadows – none so bright
Memories of you captured on celluloid
Kept in boxes – the attic’s mind
The lamp’s flicker – the reels in turn
What keeps you here – the celluloid burns

While you’re sleeping
In the darkest nights above us all
The light starts your dancing
And your heartbeats by the reels will start

Dead by day – alight by night
I keep you sleeping when it’s too bright
But my memory fades with time
Distant pictures – merge to one
Keep you running – on and on
I cast your soul on celluloid

While you were sleeping
In your darkest nights beneath my hands
Alone I’m breathing
Since your voice has ceased so long ago
You are still dancing
By electric lights and my own hand
Buried beneath
And above you are alive on celluloid
Track Name: While Our Shadows Sleep
(1)
I see you hiding – behind the glass
Watch the raindrops – coming down like you
I’m watching you – ev’ry day and night
While our shadows sleep – inside our hearts

Bridge:
You want to change the world
By your words and by your grace
Like the ones who tried before
But succumbed to the final chase

Ref:
Tear down the stars – light the pyres of your life
As I reach for you - Your breath’s becoming cold
A queen torn apart – by my hands full of fury
As I bury – shattered empires remain

(2)
I watch you facing – the pouring rain
Made out of tears – painted to your eyes
Behind the glass – you’re still hiding
Sleeping tight – on petals of white

Bridge:
You’re born to change the world
By your frailty and loss
Like those who’ve done before
All that is – all that was
Track Name: A Souls Diffraction
(1)
A great view from where I stand at all
Leaving pain aside until they let me fall
A light in red is glowing in the sky
Forcing me to ask the reasons and the “why”

Bridge:
Arise and fall, the seeds of my memory
Will be written down in blood
Within yourselves you hold all the dreams you fear
The sun may rise in this cave

Towards light they force me through the dying dark
May I ask what I’ve done for this at all?
Become earth like remains of what once lived
Of the marks I left all here

Bridge 2:
The blood inside is the paint for this canvas,
The searing ones believe
What will remain of me when my time has come?
Some words on wooden ground
Pre-Ch (D-Em):
Some may forget
What we used to say
Those dying words
In this jar of clay


Ref:
Through the holes in my hands
I can see the sun
Bearing loss and grief at once
All that pain I was born to suffer

Believe me, father
I get sick of this
No mourning mothers for a kiss
The sum of emotion lies to waste

(2)
The morning sun will rise upon my eyes
Why hadn’t you the grace just to let me die?
Eve’ry aching part the romans made by lance
Bringing chaos to the senses I had lost

Bridge:
Arise and fall, the seeds of my memory
Will be written down in blood
Within yourselves you hold all the dreams you fear
The sun may rise in this cave

As they took me down, off my pretty view
I noticed the crying of a few
Shed their tears to forgiving desert sand
Leave me covered with a linen rag

The blood inside is the paint for this canvas,
The searing ones believe
What will remain of me when my time has come?
Some words on wooden ground
Track Name: Jane Doe
How many years from now,
since you´ve passed away,
no one can tell somehow,
who you are and where you´ll stay.

Victim of a vicious crime,
your soul´s forever bound,
trapped in this porcelain vessel,
until your real name is found.

Ref:

Here lies just another "Jane Doe",
without a place for your lost soul to go,
a lifeless beauty with no name to be told,
will release or purgatory unfold ?


Will beauty sleep forevermore?
No one knows the truth.
Why were you washed upon the shore?
Will all your doubts be soothed?

What will bind you to this place
is the sign that marks your toe,
it will never give you piece,
you´re just another Jane Doe.

Ref:

Here lies just another "Jane Doe",
without a place for your lost soul to go,
a lifeless beauty with no name to be told,
will release or purgatory unfold ?
Track Name: Session #9
(1)
These are the hours of leaving
You weren’t the one I was seeking
Morphing second to years
Bury times out of fears

I am damned and I’m broken
All those words left unspoken
Never cried all your tears
The concrete smashed all your fears

REF:
Through the eyes of your Child
I feel redemption for what I’ve done
I’m falling apart ‘cause your tears have dried
Beneath your ceasing light

Deliverance of your own life
And feel relief by every cut
There’s no one like you and no second chance to
Regret all deeds undone

(2)
I’ll stand watch over time
I’m your judge to my crime
Finish all that I’ve started
Past and future departed
In my hand a memento
Just one step and I’m with you
As you’ve said and I’ve promised
An engagement unchallenged

REF 2:
Left you out in the cold
Without a plea, without a cause
Both of us know there’s no second way
To protect you from what we’ve done
Everything dies throughout time
So our ways have ended here
May our hands were led by a higher cause
As redemption for what we’ve done
Track Name: Cellar Door
(1)
Do you remember?
The street lamp’s light
Reflected through your tears
Like drops of amber
Running down
Through the mist of fear
(1.1)
Beneath your lord
Above the fallen
You are drifting beyond your youth
Inside your tomb
A concrete womb
You are growing out of tears
Ref:
Why can’t you rest inside of my hell?
Why do you scream to all I will tell?
I still want to hold you in my arms.
Hold still and you will stay unharmed









(2)
Do you remember?
The pact that we’ve sealed
Written in your scars
A final wedding night
To hold you near
And never let you go
(2.1)
Beneath this world
Above the ashes
We are waiting for the end to come
Inside your womb
Your living tomb
Give birth to your greatest fear
Ref 2:
I want to keep you here with me
Until the end of days I see
I want to hold you throughout time
The world has lost you – you are mine

Ref:
Why will you rest inside of my hell?
Why are you silent to all I will tell?
I still hold you in my arms.
Although you haven’t stayed unharmed
Track Name: The Grainfield Dancers
(1)
Our summers were golden – our winters were bleak
All the lines that we’ve chased and one promise to keep
We are bound to what we’ve been told in our young years

Everything’s distant and nothing is close
When you’re young and you’re thinking which path you might choose
All out there is unknown and distant is age
Free yourself from your mind’s own cage

REF
Never cede to dream
Take the loss of faith as knowledge what it means to be
Never cede to learn
May we all grow old is wisdom we achieved to earn

(2)
Our springs were yet joyful – our falls full of grace
To bring us the end of our own ways
And tears from a river to sail on into the unknown

Nothing is distant and all there is close
Now that you’re old and recall your own choice
All out there’s still unknown and distant is youth
The end of a journey – the start of the truth
Track Name: We Have Lost Our Way
(1)
Are you dancing – in the sky so high above?
As daylight’s fading – the moon lights our love
Among the cedars and the oak trees – we once have lost our way
I’ll keep you searching in the cold night – our warming light of day

(Bridge)
Since you’ve died in my arms – I keep on searching
Until another dawn will rise – to warm your heart again
As leaves are falling down – another year will die
As immortals we’ll be walking – if science sets the sun

Ref 1:
Every motion, every touch – in my mind alive
Every melody you’ve hummed – keeps me searching on

(2)
As years are fading – my hope dies with my age
As snow is falling – on the petals on your grave
I’ve filled books with thoughts – of science and beyond
But the final answer – is distant and unknown


(Bridge2)
Since you’ve died in my arms – I kept on searching
Until another dusk will fall – to warm my heart again
As snow keeps falling down – another year has died
As immortals we’ll be walking – my rope will fix the sun

Ref 2:
Every motion, every touch – in my mind alive
Every melody you’ve hummed – keeps me searching on
We have lost our way in darkness – in light we reunite
Until no more darkness falls – on our graves alive
Track Name: The Hour Of Defeat
(1)
The heart and mind
Divided, entwined
All my sorrow’s been told
Like all times before
I’m alone out here
Under skies so clear
But no one’s near to me
All alone I am free

(Ref)
I wonder how I’ ll carry on – without those feet at my side
Covered in dust with shoes outworn – the trail of the sun I’ll travel on

(2)
The soul and the heart
Scarred and apart
All the stars I’ve reached
Like there’s nothing to keep
All surveys I’ve failed
All sense’s been erased
It seems that all has been lost
In this desert of dust
(Ref)
I wonder how I’ll carry on – without those voices at my side
Covered in dust with life outworn – the trail of the night I’m travelling on
To never see the day arise – I lay to rest this life of mine
I’m left to keep my promises – At gallows end I’ll chose to rest
Track Name: Buried At Sea
(1)
Your hands are tied
Eyes slightly opened
A dyer’s breeze
The salt in your mouth
And above
The moon has conquered the sun
And below
Your last battle was not won
(Bridge)
A new dawn shall not arise
Above your beaten grace
A new light – a new day
Shall not be your chosen way
(Ref1)
As you were standing at the shore of your own fate
And you are staring into the darker light of your last day
(2)
The air is tight
Your body’s floating
Above the void
Inside your heart
And above
The moon has slaughtered the sun
And below
Your last breath has been done

(Bridge)
A new light shall now arise
Above your drowned grace
Freed from life– above the darkness
Your paradise to stay

(Ref2)
Let they have their brightest life – let their golden age abide – ashore these hallowed waters
Now there’s nothing else to do; You’re alone – that’s all you know – buried at sea
Breathe in water – breathe out life – exit the cage of your soul’s demise
And your fire shall arise into this darkest night – let your heart rest in peace
Track Name: Omega
(1)
Breathing beneath my silent cries
The morning sun just failed to arise
As darkness sets all on my heart
These ashes inside just tear me apart

Ref1:
How have I become what I am?
A day buried beneath the sand.
Have I believed the words of art?
A bright shadow failed right from the start.

(2)
Passing minutes like hours kill
Like small drops to break my will
Inside this cage I’m bound to my life
Let me break though to the other side

Ref1:
How have I become what I am?
A day buried beneath the sand.
Have I believed the words of art?
A bright shadow failed right from the start.

Bridge:
All those demons inside – the blood in my veins
The carbon I breathe – is all that remains
You feed the fires – lapsed long ago
So near but distant – the light from your soul

Ref 2:
A fire alight – to brighter skies
These stars are distant but meant to arise
The rising sun – Inside your eyes
In this hallowed night we set sails to the sky
A fire alight – inside your eyes
Your star is near to guide my way home
Track Name: Arrivals And Departures
(1)
Devoid of hope and longing for wings
Beneath the waves of air we are leaving quietly
These hallowed words that bring us closer to the light
And silently we are flowing into the brightest night

We are born to face all uncertainty
We are lost beneath your shadow
And left along the way

Ref:
To the highest lows – to the darkest lights
We are caught inside this circle of arrivals & departures
What will be left of me – in all sobriety?
I am forced to watch this circle of arrivals & departures

(2)
Devoid of dreams and second thoughts of what to do
Beneath the waves of light we are blind for all to see
And this circle will go on after us all
While we’re dancing, while we’re crying there’s no change at all

We aren’t born to taste a bit eternity
We are lost beneath our shadows
And left along our ways

Ref 2:
To the highest heights – through the darkest nights
We are caught inside this circle of arrivals and departures
What will be left of us – a second chance?
We are forced to watch this circle of arrivals and departures