Alternātum

by Monsterworks

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MindOverFour
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MindOverFour I keep listening to this album by Monsterworks, hoping that some accurate description will hit me. It hasn't yet. I can say that it has a truly epic feel, like you find in Tool or Neurosis. There are many different vocal approaches, all of them excellent--melodic, clean, death metal, tortured screams--all can be found here. Call the music progressive psychedelic death-doom. Sort of like if Crowbar and Bolt Thrower got in a car crash with Baroness and Pink Floyd. Don't ask me how, but it works. Favorite track: Divergence.
Legio Noire
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Legio Noire It's absolutely astonishing how Monsterworks managed to combine elements of death metal, black metal, thrash, atmospheric, clean and harsh vocals and a "pink floyd-ish" overall feeling. Mixing all these different elements made them create such an original and philosophical musical content. Favorite track: The Oracle.
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1.
Uncover the secret, decipher the concealed code Dictating every action, all around is mostly void From within the nucleus to galactic neighbours To comprehend these tendrils holding court Will unlock the buried crypt, at scales unseen The unrelenting nothing Replaced at needle point by something A new branch of physics That cuts right to the heart of it That moment when clarity comes, into focus, One step into a wider world See the myriad, bright kaleidoscope of possibilities A new branch of physics That cuts right to the heart of it A future unfathomable: genesis Will the present human mind be augmented by design?
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07:12
From a vantage point near infinity The ability to see these other worldly projections I am The Oracle, transhuman being I was shunned as the devil, so you feared me I can be your saviour so you will love me Breaking through a vow, the reaction is everywhere Providing a guiding wave I can teach you to ride it and be free I am the Oracle, with sight unseen I was there at the beginning and know the ending deemed I could be your destroyer, so you will hate me But I came from nothing so you will forget me Shadows and walls, became the same A dream of the present is a vision of terminal change There is wonder; a wonder why and wonder how Energy is transposed but remains a burning flame, sacred but tamed Now look through others’ eyes , one occasion everyday To penetrate bias; accuracy from lies I was there when fire ruled the sky When I think of the majesty of the oceans I am struck by the beauty in violence and the fractal complexity Of every eventuality, here are but a few
3.
Whatever happens, it is a gamble No absolute future written Win or lose, it won’t make no difference In a greater game Where the pleasure was to play By our own hand, living doomsday Heading for the sun, the eternal run Out in the cold When we were born; the world that we faced Was already dying of old Where the pleasure was to play By our own hand, living doomsday It may all be for naught They would say a demon lit the way Unchained, living Doomsday It was all for nothing, no one knew the way Left to their own devices, every culture has it A projected end, known as doomsday
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05:01
There are they that would seek to stall progress Chose a moment in time, tinted perfect A static universe can be willed into being The method to the madness, like existence is clean That comfort in contentment is an illusion from which you’ll never be released Holding back the tide is a losing battle….with the fear of being left behind Factions at war as they ever were Seeking an edge for survival in a game Grounded in the ancient But we can never know as the curtain falls on the final act They reap what they sow, unspoken, arms race pact Equivalent to death by a thousand cuts Which was the wound which robbed us of humanity? While all around us dies A stark warning that the future built today is made by yesterday’s fools There should be no prescription to compound mistakes Toward the seeming insanity of an arms race As all around us died
5.
09:30
A time to rise, as empires fall; born with backs against the wall This is a well-travelled road for me So obsessed with godhood at the end of time, that it became my reality; such is belief A concept without evidence, but even a hive must divide Convergence to omega point swept away From my hill I watched all life, the voice rang loud even at that height Below, though remote, is heard the roar Axiom clear from the throat of the godhead found at The Aleph... always out of reach After mastery of transmutation, the next step is a wider interpretation A prince in a high castle laments this day One little girl who knew the answer; precious as could ever be All that matters now and all that ever will She called back to make herself heard and sung a duet with the Universe To make the trio, powers always come in threes So long, I must take my leave Can you see? Can you see it all? Do you see it all? The clock strikes in the hall, farewell to the dying day Regretfully compelled to say goodbye; a closing chapter, yes? No. We fly! And while upon the road they seldom understand Barely afloat in fluid which moves as sand, just take to breathe The air in the garden is sweet, deep in the night The cult became empire from one, to many
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One way or another the ship of Theseus sets sail Flee from the day and night; the structure of years Escape a labyrinth of fears And hide from it, memory spawned from fact Your mind, underneath the mist of tears A chasm, where even titans fell, from where darkness spreads, chasing you down Like a suffocating dream; Majestic instancy Beautiful ascendancy; all things betray thee, who betray me As we are combined, living on a rare Earth You would think that makes us connected? Oh how wrong we were Tell a story by allegory of Lucifer's Endgame “I begged the Son not to die, for he faced oblivion not eternal life The price: purest sacrifice” While hiding in the knowledge of aeons was the cold paternal lie Timbers replaced one by one until human denouement Event horizon judgement, if frequencies align Pass through or stretched to hell, some form of annihilation takes us all Death by iteration, reborn by a millionth change But do not give up yet, the answer is yet to come If we are supposed everlasting...Why? Why? Why are we alone?

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Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire in April 2016 with Joe Jones engineering, Alternātum approximates a concept album about possible alternative futures for mankind.

Download of Album is available in HD (24 bit 48kHz) and is mastered for high dynamic range (approx. DR10) by Dan Swanö.

Promo video for Living Doomsday: youtu.be/YELPPRzl2QI

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released February 21, 2017

Words and Music: Jonathan Grenville Higgs aka Blade; except "Living Doomsday" music by Wilkinson
Recorded by Joe Jones
Mixed by Blade at The Chaos Lounge
Mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound, Sweden

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MONSTERWORKS : has unashamedly stolen from a ludicrous number of metal sub-genres to create a truly unique beast. Be it thrash, death, old-school, prog or black metal, there is something for everyone. Expect wailing guitars, wailing screams and a pounding rhythm section, delivered by a four-man war of sound. Surely they can’t be serious? ... more

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