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01
QUIET COMPLAINT

[Koukonen]

 


IN THIS WAR OF THE ANGELS

LIKE A DEVIL I HOLD THE KING'S CARD

DOWN, TAKEN OUT

GUARDS OF TONGUE FAILED ON MY WATCH

IT'S ALL FUCKING LOST CAUSE

NOW BRING IN THE ONE LAST STORM

NO NEED FOR THE DAGGER DRAWN

TOO FAR FROM WHERE I BELONG

OF THE TIMES WE TIED

TO THE DAY OF OUR DEMISE

I NOW BLEED THIS OUT FOR YOU

ALL THE TEARS WE CRIED

THROUGH THE VENGEANCE WE DEFIED

NEVER AGAIN TO BE THE SAME NO MORE

WE WALKED ON FIRE

INHALED DESIRE

CAN YOU RECALL

HOW IT BURNED OUT IN A SECOND

IN THIS MEMORY OF THE DEAD I SCREAM THIS

QUIET COMPLAINT
 

TEARING ME DOWN NOW

I FEEL NONE, FUCKING HYPOCRITE

NEW DAWN BRING IN THE THUNDER

IT'S LIKE A RISE OF AN EVER GREY SUN

HOW LONG WILL I FIGHT WITH THIS SINGLE MOMENT

SO FAR ALREADY FROZEN FROM BEING SO COLD MYSELF
 

NO MORE - PLEASE HEAL ME
 

NO MORE

I WANT YOU
NOT THAT FAR
PLEASE HEAL ME 



02

THE LAST OF US 

[Hyvönen]

 

WE WERE GIVEN ALL ONCE INTO OUR HANDS

WE EXPLORED THE CHANCES TO MAKE IT LAST

WE DISCOVERED A WAY TO INTEGRATE

WE STOPPED, REWINDED, REPEATED EVERYTHING

DAYS OF GLORY TURNING TO EXTINCTION

ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE THIS FALL

EVERY WAVE IS NEW UNTIL IT BREAKS

THEY SAY THERE'LL COME THE DAY

THERE WILL COME THE DAY

EVEN THE LAST OF US WILL FALL

PROUD OF WHAT WE STOOD FOR

THE DAY THAT WE WILL BE GONE

PROUD OF WE STILL STAND FOR

 

THIS IS THE LAST OF US

I HAVE PRAYED FOR THE GODS AND SEVEN SEAS

THESE ARE THE LAST OF US

I SACRIFICED MY LOVE AND ALL MY DREAMS

I HAVE SAILED FROM MY SAFE HARBORS

CATCHING TRADE WINDS ON MY SAILS

AND THEN THEY SAY THERE WILL COME THE DAY

THIS IS THE LAST OF US

WE ARE THE HAUNTED, DEAD OR ALIVE THESE ARE THE LAST OF US

THIS IS WHERE WE STAND 'TILL THE END TO COME TAKE MY HAND AND WE END THIS ONE WE, THE LAST OF US 
 

03

ARCHITECTS

[Hyvönen, Koukonen]

NOW LOOK WHAT HAVE WE DONE

BUILT OUR CASTLES TO OVERCOME

THE NATURE OF LIFE

ALL THE TEARS OF THE SUN

DESPITE THE FACT WE ARE MORTAL

SEEKING MEANING IN ETERNITY WE FALL

SKY IS FALLING ON OUR OWN LAND

STILL WE SEEK THE SAVIORS OUTSIDE

SAND IS POURING THROUGH OUR COLD HANDS

BUT ALL WE DO IS WE KEEP UP THE FIGHT ON - FIGHT ON EACH OTHER

ONLY VICTIMS OF OUR OWN DAMN WARS

HATRED - HOW MUCH IS EVERMORE

WHEN WE'RE ONLY HANGING BY A THREAD SO FAR

THE LOST TIME IS NEVER FOUND AGAIN

SO NOW INHALE THE DEVIL'S BREATH

NOW LOOK WHERE WE HAVE COME

LOST THE PICTURE, THE HOPE IS DONE

THE NATURE OF BEING

ALL THE FEAR, ALL THE GRIEF

SO BLIND IN THIS ONE PRESENT MOMENT

WE FORGET TO PRAISE OUR ENTITY

FALLING HEARTS PAIN INSTALLED

WE ARE THE ARCHITECTS OF OUR OWN FALL

THE AMOUNT OF ALL THIS LUST

HAS KILLED THE HONOR AND THE TRUST

WE ARE LIVING IN A WORLD FULL OF THIS FUCKING VAINGLORY

NO LONGER GUIDED BY THE STARS

WE'RE ONLY VICTIMS OF OUR WARS

WHAT'S WITH THE SANITY

NOW FIND SOME FUCKING GRACE IN YOUR FURY

04

WE FORM THE BROKEN

[Koukonen]

YOU

ALREADY BURNED DOWN THE TOWN OF OUR GHOSTS, I KNOW

THE BRIDGES OF OUR HOPE THEY FALL

BROKEN

IF YOU PICK UP THE PIECES

LIKE FALLEN LEAVES ON THE GROUND

CAN YOU FEEL MY DARKNESS AS YOUR SUN

IF IT ALL GOES DOWN TO THE SAME OLD STORY

NOW I KNOW IT ALL

NOW I KNOW THAT ALL

IS FAIR IN THE LOVE AND WAR

THIS FOUNDATION OF A SOLITUDE

A BRICK AFTER ANOTHER BRICK

EITHER HEAVEN OR HELL

STILL BUILT TO BE MY HAVEN

LIKE LIVING IN A DÉJÀ VU

WITH EVERYTHING I SEE IN YOU

ONLY A RAIN ON PARADE

SO FEEL THE DOOM WHEN I'M HERE WITH YOU

OH HOW WE FALL IN THESE HEARTS OF THE GHOSTS

OH HOW WE FORM THE BROKEN

I GUESS THE SILENCE IS GOLDEN IF YOU FEEL NONE

HEART OF A FROZEN IS EASIER TO HOLD ON

ALL FOR THE BROKEN

WE FORM THE BROKEN NOW

MANY DREAMS WE'VE DROWNED IN THE PAST

MANY NARROW LINES NEVER MADE US LAST

TOGETHER WE FORM THE BROKEN

AND HEAL OUR WINGS ON OUR OWN

05

REMNANTS

[Miika Saari, Hyvönen]

SINCE THE DAY ONE

IT WAS TO BECOME

MY PATH OF MISERY

A FADING MEMORY

THIS TIME I WROTE DOWN

EVERY SINGLE WORD YOU SAID

SO THAT ON THE EDGE

I CAN REMEMBER EVERYTHING

THERE IS TRUTH THAT LIVES

THERE IS TRUTH THAT DIES

IT WAS IN YOUR HANDS

GUESS YOU CHOSE YOUR SIDE

IT WASN'T ALL FOR NOTHING

A GRACE IS TO BE FOUND

THE ONLY SHINING BRIGHT

IS THE FUTURE WE WALK NO MORE SIDE BY SIDE

WALKING BLIND TOWARDS OUR FATE

IN THE DEPTHS OF THE DARKNESS ALL IS GREY

THE GLIMMER LIGHT, WEAK AND VAGUE

WHEN YOU WAKE UP IT'S ALL TOO LATE

YOUR LIFE IS SLIPPING AWAY

FROM THE PLAYGROUNDS

TO THE DARKEST HOURS

WHERE THE ROAD IS PAVED

WITH THE ACTS OF HATE

BLOOD WILL BE SPILLED AS YOU FADE AWAY

IT IS ALL GONE WHATEVER WAS LEFT TO TAKE

AS THE PREDATOR HAS NOW BECOME THE PREY

 

SILENT SCREAMS

CRIES FOR HOPE

NO ONE ANSWERS FROM ABOVE

THE END OF EVERYTHING

WILL BE A BLESSING WHEN YOU’RE GONE

AND NO ONE’S MISSING THE LIFE YOU'VE STAINED

STANDING SCARRED BOUND INTO OUR FATE

LOSING THE FIGHT AND THE MIND IS MADE

THE FINAL SACRIFICE IS YOURS BUT MINE TO TAKE

AS YOU NEVER STOOD A SINGLE CHANCE AGAINST ME 

I STAND HERE CALL ME A RENEGADE

GOT TO LOVE ALL THE MESS THAT YOU'VE FUCKING MADE

WHEN YOU NEVER STOOD A SINGLE CHANCE AGAINST ME

06

SIX FEET SAVIOR
[Koukonen]

 

WHERE DID YOU GO NOW

WHERE THE FUCK DID YOU DISAPPEAR

NOW THAT WE NEED YOU

A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN RIGHT DOWN HERE

YOU'RE ALL LITTLE FAR FROM HOME HERE

SORROW - BLINDED - CRUELTY

DO WE NEED BLOODY SAVIOR

NO MORE THAN FALSE FIRES

WHERE DID YOU GO NOW WHY DID YOU DISAPPEAR

BEG YOU TO SPARE ME

OR CRUCIFY ME NOW RIGHT HERE

NOW HOW WE LIVE HERE

HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL

WHEN ALL YOUR ANGELS FLEW AWAY IN TEARS

OR DROWNED IN WORLD OF FEAR

I WILL NEVER BOW TO YOU

LIKE YOU WILL NEVER BLEED FOR ME

RULE NUMBER ONE IN LIFE

NEVER BE THE NUMBER TWO

BUT THE OLD HABITS DIE HARD

WHEN YOU'RE THE BRINGER OF THE STORM AND I AM FLYING ABOVE

SIX FEET - BELIEVED TO BE MY SAVIOR

NO FAITH CHOKE DOWN ON ME

I FIND MY INTUITION

WITHERING DOWN RIGHT HERE

IF I SELL YOU ALL MY SINS

I HEAL, YOU LEAVE ME BE

DEATH MY SALVATION

DO WE HAVE A DEAL

I WILL NEVER BOW TO YOU

LIKE YOU WILL NEVER BLEED FOR ME

SECOND OF THE RULES OF LIFE

NEVER SKIP THE TRUTH OF ONE

BUT THE OLD HABITS DIE HARD

07

TIMES WE HAD

[Hyvönen]

IF WE COME TO FACE THE DAYS

OF FALLING SKIES AND BURNING SEAS

WILL YOU BE THERE HOLDING MY HAND GUIDING ME

IF WE COME TO FACE THE DAYS

OF DYING HOPE AND BROKEN DREAMS

WILL YOU COUNT ON ME IF I WILL

GUIDE YOU THROUGH

NO MATTER HOW FAR WE ARE

WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE THIS LIFE

NO MATTER HOW FAR WE'VE COME

WE WILL ALWAYS BE CONNECTED

THE TIMES WE HAD

THEY‘LL NEVER COME BACK

UNLESS WE TRY OUR BEST TO GET RID, TO SEE THROUGH OUR PAST

TIMES WE HAD

GUESS THEY ONLY FALL DOWN TO ME

DOWN TO YOU

AS AN ENDLESS TRUTH

IT WAS CLEAR FROM START

THAT I WILL END UP SCARRED

LIKE NO ONE HERE BEFORE

YOU SURE WILL LEAVE A MARK

BUT I WILL CARRY MY WOUNDS THAT NO ONE ELSE CAN SEE

ASKING ONLY QUESTION HOW THIS LIFE COULD HAVE BEEN

YOU ARE MY RIVER - MY LAND

AIR THAT I BREATHE - THE TREES THAT STAND

YOU ARE THE STARS - MY MOON

MY EVERYTHING - THE END OF ME

YOU ARE MY RIVER

YOU ARE MY LAND

THE AIR THAT I BREATHE THE TREES THAT STAND YOU ARE THE STARS

MY MOON, MY ENDLESS TRUTH YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING THE END OF ME

08

DIVINIA

[Hyvönen]

I HAVE LOST ALL THE SIGNS THAT I FOLLOWED

LIGHT IN HORIZON HAS FADED AWAY

NOW I'M LEFT WITHOUT NO SOUL, NO COMPANION

TRUSTING ONLY MYSELF ON THIS VERY DAY

GUESS I'M A MAN

WHO ALREADY BLEW HIS SHOTS

STILL AIMING AT ALL DIRECTIONS

AGAINST EVERY SINGLE ODD

I HAVE DRANK FROM THE WELL OF THE GODS OF THE LOST

AND SUDDENLY IT SEEMS SO CLEAR

NOW THAT I'M LEAVING ALONE I WILL

FOREVER DRIFT HERE

ALL OF REGRETS GODDAMN MEANINGLESS

WHEN I TURN THE PAGE, WHEN THE SKIN RECREATES

I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT AFAR FROM THIS DARKNESS

AND IT SHINES MY STEPS TO THE FUTURE WHERE MY HEART IS

MY HEART IS WHERE MY HOME IS

SO CAN YOU FEEL IT WHEN

I AM LEAVING AND I'M ASKING YOU TO FOLLOW ME

I AM ASKING YOU TO FOLLOW ME

 

ALL OF MY LIFE

I'VE DONE MY BEST TO BEAT THE REST

BUT THE BIGGEST OF ALL THE RIVALS FOUND WITHIN MYSELF

I AM LEAVING AND I'M ASKING YOU TO FOLLOW ME

I'M ASKING YOU TO FOLLOW ME

WITH EVERYTHING IN MY HANDS

I HAVE NEVER BEEN SATISFIED

MY PARADOX, OH MY PATH

THIS IS MY TRUE PARADIGM

ALL OF MY LIFE

I'VE DONE MY BEST TO BEAT THE REST

AND THERE IS THIS FUCKING RIVAL

- MYSELF

MY HEART IS WHERE MY HOME IS

SO CAN YOU FEEL IT

WILL YOU STILL FEEL IT

09

REQUIEM OF OUR LAST DAYS

[Koukonen, Silvonen]

IN FEAR

LAST CHAPTERS OF OUR HOPE

THESE ARE MY FINAL WORDS

I'VE WAITED EVERMORE

AND YOU WERE NOT THERE FOR ME

IN TEARS

WE WERE CAIN AND THE SNAKE

WE FACED THESE SAME MISTAKES

I'VE WAITED EVERMORE

THIS IS MY ONE LAST SERENADE

A SOLDIER FROM OUR PAST OH FATHER OF TIME

THESE ARE MY LAST DAYS

I HAVE MORE WORDS LEFT THAN HAVE DAYS

AND SO I CHOKE IN

IN GRACE

MY SCARS GREW DEEP AND OLD

THEY NO MORE MAKE NO SOUND

THIS IS OF THE REQUIEM OF OUR CENTURY

THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH PAIN

AS THERE IS SALVATION

WE SEEK IT THROUGH OUR -

WE SEEK IT THROUGH OUR HOPES

WE FALL, WE FALL OUT OF THIS GRANDEUR

LO AND BEHOLD

HEARTS AND SOULS

THEY WILL CRY EVERMORE

WHEN THERE IS NO TOMORROW

WHEN WE CRAWL THROUGH THE TIMES, OH SO SOUR

ALONE WE FACE OURSELVES

THE ONLY CRESTFALLEN

WE'RE THE ONES WITH BROKEN REALITY

WHEN EVERY MORALE IS BUILT ON HYPOCRISY

NOT ONE - NO ONE

WILL EVER BE WRITING HISTORY

COME AND CARRY ME INTO THE NIGHT

IN THE CRADLE OF EVE HOLD ME THIS ONE LAST TIME

NO LOVE - NO TRUST

NEVER TOGETHER BUT MAYBE WE’LL MEET IN HELL

I'LL TAKE YOU DOWN

IT'S LIKE AN AVALANCHE

THE WAY YOU BROUGHT IT OUT

ONLY KILLED YOUR LONELY SHOUTS

THERE'S NO MORE

YOUR LITTLE PARADISE

YOU HAVE SHOWN

EVERY SHADE OF DISGRACE

THIS IS THE WORLD

THE ONLY PARADIGM

TIME TO RISE, TIME TO FALL, TIME TO CARRY ON

THIS IS THE WAR

OH LITTLE SERAPHIM

THERE IS ONLY THE MONOLITH OF SOLITUDE

ON THIS HOUR THEY DECLARE A WAR

MAY LOVE NOW TAKE BACK THE PLACE

TO TIE HANDS FROM BEING APART

TO BECOME ONE

 

LO AND BEHOLD

HEARTS AND SOULS

THEY WILL CRY CRY SO EVERMORE

AS WE FALL DOWN THROUGH THESE SKIES OF NO HOPE

WE PAINT THE CHAPTERS OF OUR OWN

WHEN WE CRY IN TIMES OF DESPERATION

WE HAVE NOTHING WE CAN HEAL

 

TRACK BY TRACK COMMENTARY

by Jarkko Koukonen / vocals & Jarkko Hyvönen / drums

 


01 - QUIET COMPLAINT - lyrics by Koukonen

Quiet Complaint is a song that was one of the favourites for all of us from the very beginning. Because of this, it was also the first song for this album I wrote the lyrics and did the vocal production. When I started with this, I still wasn't really sure what this album will be about and I just decided to go really personal with the lyrics this time. There is no need to open this up line by line but it's all about something I just had to put out into a song at the time. This is all about the inner vortex in a situation where human relations around you start falling apart. All because of you, not realising to walk away from certain factors and situations in your life you really don't belong into, nor feel happy about. All of this then escalating to a point where mentally it feels like you are the only fucking issue of the mankind. Quiet Complaint was originally not supposed to be the record-opener but we struggled a little with the song order and decided to go straight into the business on this record, so there you have it.



02 - THE LAST OF US - lyrics by Hyvönen

 

The Last of Us describes the inevitable end, which we are basically already experiencing. I came up with this lyrical theme after reading Elisabeth Kolbert’s “The Sixth Extinction”. It might be rude to say, but as a human race we definitely would need some kind of a total shock to get the understanding of what we are doing. It is actually unbelievable how in such a short period of time of walking on this earth we have almost perfectly managed to ruin our possibilities for the bright future. We tend not to learn: we might stop, but we always rewind to the start and repeat our mistakes. At the same time we are always ready to sacrifice everything we have for the sake of success and still be proud of it until our last breath. When I first heard the demo of this song I secretly wished that this lyrical theme would end up to it. Luckily also Koukonen had the same thought and I personally think that he succeeded to make one of the best vocal arrangements so far in our history with this song. Silvonen is also giving a great additional feeling with his melodic and clean vocals in the first verse and chorus. This song was originally recorded as a bonus track for the album but it turned out to become something much more than that.

 

03 - ARCHITECTS - lyrics by Hyvönen / Koukonen

Architects is a some kind of statement of this time. It refers to the problems and distress of the world, but at the same time highlights the point of view, that we only blame each other. We are not taking any responsibility of our own actions, even though we would have the keys in our hands to make a difference. We are only wasting our time and energy on social media spreading our useless opinions in every matter of this life and triggering hate with even bigger hate. No one is offering solutions, only pointing fingers. Instead of building bridges people are building barriers and only gathering their troops for even bigger confrontation. I feel disgusted. From a political point of view I truly don’t see the difference in the message we hear from the far sides of the field. No matter if you take a look in the left or right, you only see these selfish clones, who blindly and brutally are pushing forward their own political agenda. Well, as the lyric states out, I guess we deserve that all: we are the architects of our own fall.

 

04 - WE FORM THE BROKEN - lyrics by Koukonen

I'm here for you, you're in a solitude, so together we form the broken. Kind of a memoir, kind of a statement of what you've been through, how you know things will end, and kind of a simple love song in the deepest of all the meanings. It's a one to follow my style of writing with this certain straight-forward honesty, from my own life. There's something new for our sound here, as I simply wanted to get crucified by all the extremely pure metalheads with the whining clean intro here. This was one of the first new songs for this album.

 


05 - REMNANTS - lyrics by Miika Saari / Hyvönen

Remnants is a song that originates to back in the days, 2009 maybe. We actually even played an early version of this song live one time but it didn't really fit anywhere and we couldn't get it sound tight enough so it was left out from our production at the time. Antti decided to give it a little facelift during "HEAL" pre-production, and being something so different, it ended up on this album to give a great variety with being a more rhythmic song with completely new vocal arrangements. Miika is a good friend of us, has done a lot of background work for us on cover arts, gigs etc. and it was discussed at some point that if he'd got something to say lyrically, bring it in and let's see if we can make it fit. Hyvönen had some great lines to fulfil the text. The complete story? It was a hell, guaranteed. 

 


06 - SIX FEET SAVIOR - lyrics by Koukonen

The old habits die hard. It's about being your own god, and that's all. 

 

07 - TIMES WE HAD - lyrics by Hyvönen

The lyrics of this song are meant to uncover what is universal, unconditional and unselfish love. Not a most common theme for a lyric of a metal piece, but somehow these melancholic words fit in with the floating atmosphere of the song. Times we had describes this feeling in good and in bad: healing and killing at the same time, the thin line between wanting and needing and the paradox of living with or without. The object of love in this particular song is praised through a never ending connection, that no distance or time can’t change. Many definitely may relate to that, no matter whatever the object is in ones life. But to make the story of this song bitter sweet perfect, everything is left open and without a solution, repeating again and again through a lifetime just like a curse.

 

08 - DIVINIA - lyrics by Hyvönen

From a lyrical perspective Divinia is a controversial song. It combines themes from perseverance, determination and almightiness to pretty dark thoughts of ending and leaving everything. The origin of the text is actually pretty old, but it has evolved and got some additions through times. Still, the main message of the song has stayed the same: everyone has his or her own ghosts that haunt and own battles to fight. The trick is to try to live with them. In my opinion, there is a one fundamental question to solve in life: who will you follow? I see it in a way, that you either obey to act as expected or you simply choose to follow yourself. Whatever it is then, no matter what path we choose to walk, we should face everything that may come. The song describes the view of the life, where you have decided to follow only yourself and where everything is about achieving, succeeding, competing, winning and hating losing. Those are the primary factors or drugs, that keep you moving and it is just like with all the other intoxicants: without them you feel totally incomplete and faint, deeply incapable and unsatisfied. These are maybe the most personal lyrics I have written.
 


09 - REQUIEM OF OUR LAST DAYS - lyrics by Koukonen / Silvonen

Time is a big symbol and allegory for heal on this whole record and this song is about running out of it, as all of us unfortunately will sooner or later. This is the song where you go through the fear and faith, joy and anger, up's and down's of your life and in the end knowledge there is, after all, nothing we can heal. It really is a rollercoaster ride with so many different atmospheres, and obviously the long run to close the album.