The Existential Codex

by Monsterworks

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Andrew Lovell This is as perfect as progressive metal gets; progressive musicality and lyrical themes, without an ounce of pretension. This latest release is also the best album from a band with a nice long discography of fine fucking albums. Please make sure you order the physical copy and get the complete set of songs as well as the written story behind the lyrics, you won't be left out of the codex if you do...
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Bucky Monsterworks slays together a mixture of progressive metal, death metal, stoner riffs, and experimental soundscapes. This is progressive metal at heart, at times containing soft deathly growls and others loaded with tripped out monster riffs and mind bending vocal chants. This is an excellent album. Don’t let my description scare you. You’re going to have to take a listen for yourself because it’s some pretty damn intense stuff.
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The Existential Codex is Monsterworks' 14th release and 8th concept album. It picks up themes that began with The God Album (2011), through Album of Man (2013), Earth (2013), Universe (2014) and Overhaul (2014).


released February 26, 2015

Words and Music: Jonathan Grenville Higgs aka Blade
Recorded and Mixed by Lewis Childs at Earth Terminal Studios
Mastered by James Plotkin
5.1 Mix by Blade

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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Track Name: Higgs Field
At higher dimensions, old tree groans, a giant slips free
In this time before time, hint of another being here
Vivid dream of origins, ability to see the dawn of space
Higgs field permeates everything

If it all came down to strings of energy, hidden folds that hold the key Perspective of the soaring multi-god
Tapped into the well of understanding
Why we exapted to this state

Was consciousness an illusion or a great mistake?

When there is no static heaven and earth
knowledge is never the enemy
If it could reveal causality
that would leave no loose ends in the final tally
Track Name: Ripple Effect
Macroscopically stable, while chaos reigns in detail
Big picture appears to be set, made from that minutiae

With the illusion : Ripple effect, unstoppable wave

Entity grows much stronger, in fact, stronger than all
Along with it, hurled through the void, then basking in first light

First witness to the enabler of life

A radiance, warm through the eyelids
Primal serenity and now enraptured

We are stitched together by a delicate web
After initial euphoria, it can be broken or blown away

All sanity is fluid, there must be a consequence
Realised by the danger of digging too deep

Once a sun god : Ripple effect, the unstoppable wave

Ever expanding
Track Name: Engine
Little wonder humming inside
A spark, that keeps the drama moving
After all around had died

At the core of everything
Working: the engine

Powered by growing entropy
Navigating a way through the dark labyrinth
In a timeless sea

Language, continually open to our gaze
Irreducible presence, the engine driven by fate

Burning and toiling, at every level
Converting energy, the currency of change
Truth encoded in durable moving parts
The truth universal, wherever on this ‘brane

Perfectly fluid and frictionless, supreme mechanism
Driving the very wheelwork, vain chimera pursued like a holy grail

Yet to be unlocked
A secret in gravity
Track Name: Temple of Distortion
So the wave breaks and brings with it a paradigm mind shift that causes the tide to turn

We are all interconnected in a complex system of all matter dependent
Waking from slumber to breathe again

In a temple of distortion
This was where I found meaning!

It is here, the rising swell, breaking on the beach
Unrestrained love, wash over me
Cleansing away the last uncertainty

Like the mythos at the edge of what we can perceive
Obscure hyperbolic geometries
Track Name: Tapping the Void
Has it ever felt like there is an edge beyond which knowledge is no use?
‘Being’ like a pull away shot
Alone in space, bound by gravity

Falling over the horizon
Tapping the void

Realise that all matter is, energy condensed to a slow vibration
We are all one consciousness, experiencing self subjectively

Listen to a wise man for what he had to say “there is no such thing as death”
“Life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves”

Come and you will know the truth beyond the flat line
Every answer told in the forbidden vale

You are worthy to pass through the great filter
Track Name: The Ride
I am alive
Is ultimate truth unknowable?
“Is this real, or is this just a ride?”
Some people come back and say “don’t be afraid”
And what do we do? We kill them all

The demons run amok by virtue of vested interests
The lie is made real, its enemy is awareness
Metaphysical tsunami: “a simple choice, here and now”

“Between fear and love”

“The eyes of fear want you to close yourself off
The eyes of love instead see all of us as one”
Breathing like thunder….breathing

I am no longer afraid to taste the naked truth: the magic of reality
But at this point the story begins to break down
In a runaway positive feedback loop

Have we hit a colossal barricade?
Defending the limits to imagination
With my purpose standing here beside me
If love would lead to ruin, so be it
The alternative would render darkness
Not possible to see the future ….beyond the prediction wall

Is it final nightfall on the garden
The cult of man reduced to one
Each moment precious, never to be again

Are we damned or exalted, or does consciousness fold into an eleventh dimensional pathway
and soar across the universe for eternity
to a crunch or fade

It was worth the ride