Protest 100: Killswitch Engage – ‘Numbered Days’

Artist:          Killswitch Engage

Song:           Numbered Days

Album:        Alive and Just Breathing

Producer:    Adam Dutkiewicz

Label:          Roadrunner

Year:           2002

Notes:
If a structure gets too top-heavy it falls. When the fall occurs the light, shelter, whatever else it provided disappears. But this is only temporary. New life rises from the dust. This is the same whether you’re talking about a barn, distant cosmic objects, or the body politic. But in two of these three cases, the fall can be averted. Steps can be taken. Existence rolls on either way. So let’s pick the path that keeps us here with it.

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’  —
Their austere-yet-comfortable nature stemmed from a compromise between prison hawks who had pushed for stiffer sentencing and other citizens whose primary concern was still the weal of those being detained.

Lyrics
The Time Approaches
Fall!

This is the voice of the Voiceless
We have learned about making choices
Not of persecution or dilution
We have severed the solution
To build our foundation on natural elements to preserve life
We will rise and battle on

Chanting inspiration for the righteous
Dislocation from the social order
Kingdoms will rise to power
But kingdoms fall to dust
To ashes of the dead
Will be a sign
The time approaches

Arms raised (raised)
Eyes gazed (gazed)
Tongues of fire whisper
This life (life)
Will soon (soon)
Slip away!

Babylon you will fall
Your days are numbered
Who will hear your cries as you fall

‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.

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