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Like any genre, rock music covers a wide array of styles but those who miss the ways of Alice in Chains and Metallica will appreciate Ronin and their debut, Dichotomy. With this record Ronin plans on bringing hard rock back to the masses. In the grand scheme of things, that has always been the mission of the New York foursome that makes up Ronin. Tired of the pop-infused so-called rock that floods the airwaves, Ronin has made it their life goal to rock it back to the days when the genre charged ahead of the crowd with full throttle adrenaline.

Chris Feldmann (Rhythm Guitar and Vocals), Jack Mauro (Lead Guitar and Vocals), Andrew Vitale (Bass Guitar), and Justin Maas (Drums) each grew up with their own mixed and matched inspirations but at the core of each of their drive was Metallica’s sound, feel and song-structures, as well as Alice in Chains’ no-nonsense, down and dirty hard rock sound. Each of the men in Ronin has been playing for a number of years. With Feldmann singing since grade school, Mauro playing a multitude of instruments throughout his life, Vitale picking up the bass in recent years, and Maas banging it out on the drums since he was a teen. All of the time spent crafting their talents solo led them to one another and in 2018 they decided the time to bring rock back to its thrashing roots was now. Which then led to the release of Dichotomy.

Dichotomy is over a half hour of raw rock and roll that is one part adrenaline and two parts heart. Listeners can hear the passion Ronin puts forth in not only the composition of each track but the lyrics as well as Chris Feldmann lays it all out in the open on hard-hitting tracks such as “Greetings” and “Into the Narrow.” They noted, “What we do is a blend of many inspirations,” adding, “What sets us apart and goes against that notion is our variety of sounds in our tracks.” Which can be heard loud and clear throughout Dichotomy. While “Greetings” is hard rock, there are bluesy elements that allow for what some would label an undeniable groove. On the flip side there is “Into the Narrow,” a song that provides not only balance between hard and soft dynamics but also delivers an eerie tone. With Ronin, not everything is what it seems, and something is always lying beneath, waiting to be unleashed.

Released in December 2018, Ronin’s Dichotomy has already received love from 90.1 in New York. Which is where the band also has made a name for themselves playing locally in Long Island at places like The Rail. They have plans in the summer of 2019 to expand their live reach by booking shows throughout the east coast and beyond. In between gigs, Ronin is working on new music in Feldmann’s home studio with plans to release new music in the near future to keep rock alive and well.

Background

Ronin is comprised of 4 members from Long Island, New York; Chris Feldmann(Guitars and Vocals), Jack Mauro(Lead Guitar), Andrew Vitale(Bass Guitar) and Justin Maas(Drums). The 4 men have known each other for a number of years, spanning back into grade school. They came together in early 2018 to create the type of Rock music that people need and want to hear. Their mission statement is to inject some much-needed energy into the Rock music scene in their area and beyond.

DISCOGRAPHY

Discography

Dichotomy(2018)

Greetings
Capsized
Into the Narrow
Valhalla Awaiting
Coming Through
Valak the Defiler

Lyric Sheet

Greetings
Do come in, the water’s fine; Drink up! It’s almost time.
The rooms are full, so dark, so pure; Drink up! We’ve got your cure.
Let loose your dreams, breathe the midnight air; Drink up! Who knows, who sees, who cares?
Sit down my friend, the pain won’t last; Drink up! Now let’s erase that past!

Visceral nightmares, and hollow dreams.
Laughter drowns the echoes of your screams.
Four strong legs and two sturdy arms.
No escape despite all your charms.
Strap you down and pump in your veins.
It snuggles in as they loosen your chains.
Bid you welcome!
Bid you welcome!
Bid you welcome!
Bid you welcome…won’t you stay a while.

Make up your bed and stroll down the hall; Shoot in! One day you’ll thank us all.
Go outside and play in the yard; Shoot in! Pay no mind to those scars.
Jump around, yeah, scream and shout; Shoot in! Spread fear, pain and doubt.
Sit down my friend, it’s all in the plan; Shoot in! Now let’s unmake that man!
 
Visceral nightmares, and hollow dreams.
Laughter drowns the echoes of your screams.
Four strong legs and two sturdy arms.
No escape despite all your charms.
Strap you down and pump in your veins.
It snuggles in as they loosen your chains.
Bid you welcome!
Bid you welcome!
Bid you welcome!
Bid you welcome…won’t you stay a while.
 
Why do I shiver at night? Is there no end in sight? What have they done to me?
Fear has eroded my soul. Madness taking its toll, as my mind drifts away.
Cry, as the muzzle my screams — injecting my dreams. Feel myself disappear!
 
Bid you welcome!
Bid you welcome!
Bid you welcome!
Bid you welcome…won’t you stay a while.

Capsized
Leaving all I’ve known; I wasn’t free.
Can’t reap what’s sown; the fruitless tree.
I just know I should be so much more.
Life will start anew, once I leave these shores.
 
Now I’m lost at sea.
No one is there to comfort me.
 
That cage I condemned; it calls my name.
Weeks on end; the view’s the same.
I just know it’s not the end of me.
Life will go on, it’s not my destiny.
 
Now I’m lost at sea.
No one is there to comfort me.
There’s no sign of shore.
So far from home; safety no more.
 
Storm clouds on the horizon. My mind is wasting.
Destined to drown from this foolish white whale chasing.
 
No! No! No!

Valhalla Awaiting
I’ve been waiting here, for far too long, deep in your mind.
The time has come, for you, to be mine.
Let’s open those eyes; in me, you can confide.
Let’s turn the tide; don’t be afraid, don’t you hide.
 
Body’s breaking!
Insanity shaping!
Forever chasing!
Valhalla awaiting!
 
You’re so very close; just give in, let go of your pain.
I’m here to help; just succumb, you’re drowning in shame.
Reach out for my hand, i’ll pull you in, I’ll complete the man.
Reach into the void, the endless black; still twenty one stand.
 
Body’s breaking!
Insanity shaping!
Forever chasing!
Valhalla awaiting!
 
Brothers and sisters forgive me, for all that I’ve done, and all that I’ll do.
Please take me away, sweet Valkyrie.
Please take me away, to free from the pain.
No more pain!
 
Body’s breaking!
Insanity shaping!
Forever chasing!
Valhalla awaiting!

Into the Narrow
Part the oceans, red the seas.
Forcing all the people on their knees.
Cracking whips, thunderous cries:
The tolls to be paid for all the lies.
 
You hear them, you answer their call.
You hear them, you take the fall.
You hear them, their deafening call.
You hear them, come one, come all.
Into the Narrow!
 
No remorse, just cruel plans.
Exploit the weak; the flaws in man.
Greater power, unholy spirit.
You try and resist, but you still hear it.
 
You hear them, you answer their call.
You hear them, you take the fall.
You hear them, their deafening call.
You hear them, come one, come all.
Into the Narrow! Yeah!
 
Judging all your neighbors.
Breaking bread with murder.
Giving into temptation.
Feeling the sensation.
 
You hear them, you answer their call.
You hear them, you take the fall.
You hear them, their deafening call.
You hear them, come one, come all.
Into the Narrow!

Coming Through
You see the way I’m coming through.
I love the way I kill through you!
You see the way time’s running dry.
I love it when we make them cry!
 
Vision, it starts to blur.
Out of sight, into the dark.
Skin, it starts to burn.
Your evil side is coming through.
 
The moon is high. All thought has passed.
The flesh is torn. We don the mask!
The toll is high. Rage presses on.
All senses fade. We howl the song!
 
Vision, it starts to blur.
Out of sight, into the dark.
Skin, it starts to burn.
Your evil side is coming through.
 
Vision blurring!
Skin is burning!
 
I feel deranged.
I feast on man.
 
Vision blurring!
Skin is burning!
 
I love the change.
I hate all man.
 
Vision blurring!
Skin is burning!
Flesh is luring!
I am coming through!
 
Vision, it starts to blur.
Out of sight, into the dark.
Skin, it starts to burn.
Your evil side is coming through.
Valak the Defiler
Pull the wool down over their eyes.
Innocence is his disguise.
Looking up, they’re all aligned.
Wealth untold, in due time.
 
Coming down, he has his cause,
Deep in you, he’s sunk his claws.
Half the man you were before.
Now in you, forevermore.
 
Valak the Defiler!
He’s taken all before. He’ll conquer all again.
Deception is the tool that brought about this end.
Valak the Defiler!
He’s taken all before. He’ll conquer all again.
Deception is the tool that brought about this end!
 
Pull the wool down over their eyes!

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