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How Fleeting, How Fragile

by Time, The Valuator

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K.L. Every track of this album is awesome, the vocal line mixed within instruments perfectly. It's more powerful than most prog/ambient bands while maintained the uplifting feeling and variety of the gentre. Favorite track: How Fleeting.
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Cap Dare I say album of the year? It's that good. I don't think I've listened to an album more times in-a-row than How Fleeting, How Fragile. I've literally been binge-listening to it since release. It's a constant part of my weekly routine at this point. Every song is a masterpiece showcasing the massive potential of each band member. Favorite track: Starseeker.
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Flaming Icestorm I honestly don't even know. This release is beyond words. I must've played it 20+ times now and am still loving it. Not one bad song. Each one memorable and unique. An album with so many different influences, composed so elegant and beautiful. Hands-down best release & discovery 2018
William Owens
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William Owens Time, The Valuator really ride that fine line between Contortionist-esque progressive metal and radio-friendly hard rock. The vocals are powerful and the music itself is varied, melodic and heavily groove laden. The rapped vocal passages didn't do anything for me and quite frankly, they feel tacked on. But other than that, it's a strong debut full of variety. Favorite track: Starseeker.
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hoyholyhoy What can I say... This absolute masterpiece has to be one of my new favorite albums ever. The impeccably dynamic and careful production, awe-inspiring level of ambiance, unique and gorgeously technical guitar leads, vocals that sound like an audio form of ecstasy, heavenly synth work, and feature from the vocalist of one of the best modern metal bands (Novelists) are just a few reasons I love this album. Please buy this if you have any amount of sanity. Favorite track: Fugitive.
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Track Name: Terminus
By the time the earth will shake
There will be nothing left to save
Step by step
This delusion will mark the end

We are the victim
We are the perpetrator
Deep in the shadows we hide from our lies
Narrowed down to the few years we have left
What will become of the next generations?

Ease me into the nightmare you designed
Show me how to live in a world of misery

With your hands in the dirt
You will find your hurt
Dust and ash
Leftovers of your passion
All laid to rest
Trophies of another time
Begin to reconstruct
Redesign our poisoned minds

Deep beneath the surface
Lies our darkest secret

Take me back to where I came from
Open up the ground beneath my feet

Take me back to where I came from
Please take me back, mother earth
Track Name: In Control
Like passing city lights
I watch these days go by
Moving all too fast
For me to comprehend

Paralyzed like a fly in a cobweb
All my motions oppressed
No chance of survival
No harbour from this storm

Day or night it makes no difference
I'm enslaved by my own mind
It's Forcing me to watch
It is forcing me to sleep

Oh hello
Do I know you?
Don't mind me
I'm just a stranger
What caught your attention?
What are your intentions?
You got way too close
Drew me from my hideout
You broke down all of my barricades
the light in your eyes
Reconnects me to a real life

So is there a chance for me to change
Or is everything already set in stone?
Can I follow my own aspirations and
Take back control?
I need a soul

See I'm not a cold machine
There's no simple solution
To be honest I cannot define myself
Please take my hand and turn me into to a better man

I've had my head in the clouds for too long
I've had enough shed my doubts cause I'm
Back in control again

I'm so tired of this self destruction
Of this endless fight against myself
All will fall into place
Once we lift this curse
Track Name: The Violent Sound
The scent of the ashes
Spoils the air in my lungs
This riot inside me
Has a hold of my soul

So what should I fight for?
Should I fight for your so called liberty?
So would I just die for you?
I can assure you that I won't die in your name

No
Not this way
You're the shepherd that led his sheep astray
I am searching for a sense in all of this

When you open your mouth
All I hear is the violent sound
Remember when you were crowned
you used our weakness as feeding ground

All you account for
Is the dollar in your pocket
Sure
A life far from the fucking ground floor
Yeah I do recognize your love for lies
Manipulation and war
Tell me what else you got in store

We spent our days at the frontline
While you show you got no spine
You're leading crime to its prime time
Remember when you were crowned
You used our weakness as a feeding ground

What use have our voices if they stay unheard?
What do we need our eyes for if we live in the dark?
Just living is not enough
Feel the fire
There's not a single lesson to be learned
I am still searching for a sense in all of this
Just breathing is not enough
Feel the fire
Calling out your name

Feel the fire blaze
Track Name: Fugitive
Imagine a place without fear
Without consequence
A place where I can run
From the things that I have done

You know it's too late
To comfort me these days
With all those questions stuck
Inside of my head
Have you ever felt the same way?
Just listen to the symphony
It plays on and on

Haunted by the burden of a
Flawless state of mind
I can't cope with your understanding
Of this reality

This won't just fade away
and I can't keep it silenced
For the rest of my life
The path that I chose to tread
Revealed itself
To be nothing more than vicious circle
An endless cycle

It's way too late to save me
from this prison that I've built in my head
I am a fugitive
Running away from himself
I can't stand what I see
Inside this fucking mirror

Oh my soul is heavy
It's dragging me down
I feel I can't win
I've never won
It's never ending
It's never enough
I hate this silence
After everything has fallen down

Lost and locked inside myself
Lost and locked inside this for too long

This won't just fade away
And I can't keep it silenced
For the rest of my life
The path that I chose to tread
Revealed itself
To be nothing more than vicious circle
A neverending cycle
Track Name: Cloud City
Breathe in
Breathe out
Let me show you everything

Can you feel the pressure rising
Inside of your chest?
Don't you worry
It will fade in a moment
Can you still tell apart reality
From fiction?
Don't you feel rejected
This is right where you belong

Are you still alive?

Is this everything you dreamed of?
A city of light where hearts get fixed
A kingdom of mercy for the lost

Trust your eyes
Believe in what you see
Listen closely
The trees are talking
Hear them moving
Growing

Adrift
Out of the frame
You fall

Downside up
The roots are growing back to the source

Faster and faster
The shapes begin to alter
What seemed so real
Was a promise of deception

Stay awake
You're not alone
Don't let it take you down this road
Reflections of a bitter past
Won't rule over you
Track Name: Elusive Reasons
Just another day in this messed up world
I delete and rewind
For a moment I take in
All the silence that's surrounding us
Moving on
Forgetting about the lives we could be leading
While the engines move and the lights still flash
I'm staying deaf and blind

All within
Everything on the outside
Like a twist of natures' destined path
We seek forgiveness
In the arms of our own consciousness

I am the one
I am no one

So I will live to tell
Of all these nights I drown in this
Will I ever stop believing there is hope
For the footsteps we're leaving
For elusive reasons
We're all born with a hole in our hearts
For elusive reasons
We're all destined to drift apart

This is the last chance to escape
My ticket to salvation
I can see the light shine through the door
My only way out of here

This is the moment
It has finally come
And will take me away
I move into the light
My only way out of here
Track Name: Heritage
A weary light
So frail
So fractional
Shining immaterial

A little light
Slipping through my hands
Just like the smallest grain of sand
Meant to guide me
But merely a burden
Dragging me back to the ground

Oh dear father
The blame is not yours alone
Some roads lead nowhere
With your arms opened
There's only change left to embrace
Some words lead nowhere

I don't wanna be part of this mess
And I don't wanna be part of your world
Oh please sever the ties
Let my feet leave the ground

I will fly alone

Oh they say
A bond of blood is all that matters
But what is it worth
f it stays our only connection

Oh dear father
The blame is not yours alone
Some roads lead nowhere
With your arms opened
There's only change left to embrace
I can still see you with your eyes closed in despair

I will fly on and on
Until my wings will become weak

Back to square one again
Am I really here?
Our hazy memories floating
Flooding the back of my mind
I can't handle this
From the inside out it tears me apart
Track Name: How Fleeting
Don't hold me back now
I need to live this dream again
Because I know how it will all play out
I am a traveller on my only journey

I've been to the moon and back
To learn about distance
And what kind of toll it takes
On me and my surroundings
I felt that I was losing touch

Distorted visions of seeing myself
Drowning in apathy
Still haunt me every night
I feel it in my veins
Taking a hold of me
Stealing the air from my lungs
I can't breathe

Don't hold me back now
I need to live this dream again
Because I know how it will all play out
In the end we all turn back into dust

I've seen all your faces
You're with me every step I take
I'm not scared anymore
You keep my hands on the wheel
Track Name: When I Meet Death
How come I feel you here?
Has my time run out?
Tonight I will face you
Once again

Is it like they always say?
Will I see it all again?
An infinite loop of memories
Spinning and spinning into nothingness
So far apart from the state of the living
Is it anything like I am picturing it?

And if my time's up
Then let me tell you I have no regrets
Just hear me out now
I can finally let go
I'm not afraid anymore
My love
Don't mourn me
Because I'll always be there for you

Lights flash before my eyes
A mystery unknown
Will your sight feel like fire?
Illuminate

Take my hand
Lead me out

No matter how this ends
I'm done with my amends
So will you solemnly embrace me?
Track Name: Onryo
Human
Behold your kingdom
See how you shaped a world
That was never meant to be yours

Greedy little claws
And bloodshot eyes
You can not grasp the answers
That you're so determined to find

What we have done can not be erased
Corruption spreads in all directions
All we have now is the fear of change
The inability to see
What we have made of this world
Can't you smell it in the air?
Don't you taste it in the water?

Lost within a city of steel
No one can leave
No one is free
Why are you afraid of what you might find
When you take a look beneath your skin?

I can't fix this
I can't escape this
Haunt me
Track Name: Starseeker
I feel the cold in my bones
all thoughts are leaving me
I feel the weight on my chest
Can't keep my eyes open anymore

I am suddenly feeling so light
Am I set free from the boundaries of earth?
Endlessly far away
Drifting off
Connection lost
Let me feel infinity
Blinding streams of colour passing through me
Oh is this the end?
Or the start of something new?

Will this be the end?
Or the start of something new?

Let me feel infinity
Can I find my place among the stars?
An ocean of light awaits
Left behind this mortal shell
To reach into the depths of the unknown

Diving down
Down the rabbit hole
What is there for me to discover?
I found the right place
A place where nothing burdens me
I am everywhere
Everywhere and nowhere

I feel the cold in my bones
But my thoughts are in focus now

Oh I feel relieved from the weight
My eyes are opened wide
Track Name: How Fragile
Turn the stones
Find out what lies beneath
Is this what you've been looking for?
Or is it just another possiblity?
A sea of doubts
Surrounding every step

Can you feel the weight of the unknown?

Let go
Let yourself drift away
Don't fear what you can not change

Your head is a like a thin piece of glass
Reflecting every beam of light
Your lungs made of cellophane
Breathing out the smoke
The dust

How fleeting is a moment in time?
How fragile is the essence of life?

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