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Black Swan Annihilation

by Monsterworks

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Stéphane Gallay
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Stéphane Gallay Malheureusement, c’est un concept qui fait certes beaucoup de bruit, mais qui ne me parle pas. Je trouve l’ensemble chaotique, quelque peu décousu, pas particulièrement mélodique et, globalement, pas super-agréable à écouter. Il y a des trucs pas mal, dans le tas, mais l’ensemble ne me convainc pas de la démarche.
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PJD Clean and harsh vocals. Musically unique and fully engaging. There is something here for most heavy music fans. Brainy prog metal with some death metal.
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Wxmaggot I'm gonna tell all of you prog metal fans out there to listen to this one time and do what I did...buy this and anything else by these guys that you can afford. High quality, thoughtful, skillfully produced metal right here. Buy the physical copies to get more tracks. It's worth it! Favorite track: Archivo Omnia.
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Immortalist 04:26
IMMORTALIST Cosmic water, depths unfathomed Before death, the windless breath, breathes life The unlight, enclosed in nothing; stretch the void, above as below The gods follow creation, so no one….no one knows Do not go gentle to that end From the dimension where Magma Maiden was lost The noble power of dreams returns again Push back too far to the unborn source Explore black hole lore and seek the righteous claim to ascend Until now, afflicted with misery, this shell within which, confined to be From the tether of experiment , the triumph of inevitable chance Making sense of the cold dark by inventing purpose as a warm glow Ex Nihilo; ultimately, the Immortalist Preserving existence forever Yet death, a certainty, even for the Übermensch The meaning of the earth traced to a primal seed Ad nihilum: thrown precaution to the winds?
TO HAVE DONE WHAT MUST BE At the tail end of the quest to find or disprove the soul Engines of creation, of our own making This ethical equation Totalitarian altruism To have done what must be Engines of creation, of our own making Becomes a game of drones When on the brink of a new discovery, question all possible outcomes Participate in your own evolution An exponential path to walk upon that disappears behind There needn’t be a snake god lurking in the background Occult obsessions are not likely at the heart of all conspiracies Ectogenesis, the turning point (?) to create an artificial soul Gods and kings, self corrupting Playing a game of drones Would there be some foresight? A contingency, hidden from the arterial circuit
UNBRIDLED FORCE OF NATURE Here is the origin of the end For every effort to repress A monster hides within us all No matter the age of progress At the core, we are all animals This is the set up before the fall Our very existence dates to an explosion of Cambrian violence Predator and prey arms race was our creator An unbridled force of nature Subjective judgement The animal is neutral until cursed with conscience Competitive requirement Where the strong will survive Evil is manifest only in intention That was what we dared to override
BLACK SWAN ANNIHILATION One would have thought that the day the last superstition died Was the gateway to unfettered freedom, where no danger remained to threaten Would that it were true, but fate is cloaked ...by a Black Swan Time is not a Single Cosmic Order Its mastery should have been perfect But across the vastness, condensed to a singularity Connection became the vulnerability for the plague to spread Error, failure, exponential: would be the destroyer Overlooked, unforetold, from one or all of the world, the flesh or the devil Came annihilation Immovable object meets with the unstoppable force Energy, the opponent, eyes while lucid, were too blind to see the warning hidden in the skies A cancer that grew behind the mask. of the benign Universal acid leaves extinction in its wake Anti-miracle, the defeat of deep time Skyhooks, abandoned in the cleansing balance Earth, scorched of intelligence, that trait, never hailed as a virtue The tragedy of past, mistaken, dogma No second coming, no deliverance, ultimate destiny is not controllable As there is always the unpredictable influence of perfect chaos Black Swan Annihilation
VANISHING POINT Lifeless rock Harbouring a hidden ark ...Buried seeds of potential… While the landscape overflown, surveyed by the remnants from origin Artificial custodian of the spark in the aftermath of self-immolation At a nadir, there is nowhere deeper to fall Sole survivor, attempts to destroy the prediction wall Via a quirk of code, delivered the automaton maker’s quest Building fingers to pull the nails from the casket where humankind rests Hope begins from a nearly vanishing point Concealed from, yet guided by the dead An obsolete saviour achieved a measure of self-awareness Through knowledge fed “The sword, an extension of my body, as indeed any tool is What if the mind could project in the same way for greater reach and expanded genesis.
Unbeheld 03:02
UNBEHELD Pondering a dead universe with no one to observe What gives life value over the inert? When the tree falls and no one is there Hollow echo unheard But within nothing, no love is lost No pain in emptiness, an illusion of permanence Yet did you appreciate how lucky you were? Unbeheld Where does that logic breakdown Circular argument, first cause, concluding effect Unbeheld
ARCHIVO OMNIA The vault held strong for an aeon; impermeable tomb, wide open No secret within, but like a prophecy realised Free the Sun Child from nowhere, now here Set to work , overhauling existence with new purpose Remaking true Eden from a blank canvas Portrayed as a simple machine, the created became the creator The legacy : Archivo Omnia Moved into the Sun , gently its touch awoke once Whispering of fields that are resown Wait, forever dreaming, since the dawn of time Dormant, never waking ‘til circumstance align Oblivion , willingly invite That is a true embodiment of sacrifice Laid to rest, the innocent vessel Gave knowledge, courage and kindliness No hidden lie, noble or otherwise


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Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire with Tim Lewis engineering, Black Swan Annihilation is a concept album about mankind’s demise at the hand of an unforeseen cataclysm. However, a “Black Swan” event is something that is unpredictable so the exact nature of the disaster is not specified and left to the listener’s imagination. It could have been something that happened as a direct result of meddling with nature or it may be a completely random event that we never had any control over.


released June 24, 2016

Words and Music: Jonathan Grenville Higgs aka Blade
Recorded by Tim Lewis
Mixed by Blade at The Chaos Lounge
Mastered by Damian Herring

Drums: James
Bass: Hugo
Guitars: Marcus
Guitar and Vocals: Jon


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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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