KODO

by Scarlet Skies

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All he wanted was the silence of temple walls, sounds of the evening bells, calming chants of sutra… but the journey was long and the night was already here. So he found a place where he was welcomed and could lay his eyes to rest. Within the darkness lit only by candles within his room, he started meditating… all he wanted was the silence of temple walls. All she wanted was love. When a young stranger came she was charmed. - Who is that, father? - This is a man you will spend your life with. - Father… How can it be?… Is that true? - Indeed, it is… indeed it is…
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The Deceiver 03:40
DEMONS HAVE PLAYED AND THEIR LIES ALWAYS WIN MEN MUST SUCCUMB TO THEIR WILL THOUGHTS YOU OBEY THAT ARE ROOTED IN SIN WHAT IS DECEIT? WHAT IS REAL? IN FOG'S CLOUD IN SILENCE CRY OUT LOUD DEAFENING CH:    IT'S CONCEALED WITHIN ME     I'VE LOCKED IT AWAY     WHO'S THERE TO FORGIVE ME?     FORGIVE MY SIN     CAUGHT IN A MAZE     WEARING A BLINDFOLD     DICE HAVE BEEN TOSSED     CHANCES ARE LOST IT'S CONCEALED WITHIN ME I'VE LOCKED IT AWAY COME WHAT MAY DAY AFTER DAY IT GROWS UNDER THE SKIN CHANGING THE HUMAN IN ME IT'S HERE TO STAY TURNING INTO ROUTINE CONVERTING INTO CONSTANCY ALL LIES CAST LONG SHADOWS BREATHE MY LAST CONJURING CH:    IT'S CONCEALED WITHIN ME... I CONFESS MY SINS TO PROVE I AM A MAN
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- Who are you? - I am the one who will be yours. - But that is impossible… I am the wind and wind belongs to no one. Wind cannot be touched and couldn’t be caught. I belong to gods, I cannot be yours… - All I wanted was the silence of temple walls… - All I wanted was love... - All I wanted was sounds of the evening bells … - All I wanted was love... - All I wanted was calming chants of sutra … - All I wanted was love...
4.
All I wanted Was to be by your side And now you’re gone forever Feelings that grow inside Turn parasitic Now I’m waiting and hoping for your return Vows You promised to keep, I remember Cranes I fold will bring thee Cranes I fold keep me alive Cranes I hold are the key I will let them fly up high! CH:    All I wanted was love That’s all I ever desired All I wanted was love Pain blends with ire Cranes that fly towards the sun Burning one by one… one by one I’m Illogical, elate With hope that mounts up in me Tricked by deceptive fate Object of pity Hide The sorrow inside, I hide the shame I Will never surrender, will never give up I will never give up! Cranes I fold will bring thee Cranes I fold keep me alive Cranes I hold are the key I will let them fly… up… so… high CH:    All I wanted was love All I want to be with you All I want to be by your side…. But the Cranes that fly towards the sun Burning one by one…. One by one
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IT’S GOJIRA! I AM DEVIL WITHOUT A SMILE FILTHY, FOUL, NASTY, VILE OCCASIONALLY HOSTILE ONE YOU SHOULD HAVE LISTENED I AM ANGEL THAT CANNOT FLY TELLING STORIES OF ENDLESS SKY I ONCE LOOKED UP FROM THE HEIGHTS WITHIN YOU IMPRISONED I’VE BEEN TRAPPED SO LONG INSIDE I’VE BEEN YOUR VOICE AND YOUR GUIDE OUR THOUGHTS OFTEN COINCIDE DON’T BE SO DISMISSIVE WE WEPT TEARS THAT YOU HAVE CRIED WE KEPT LIES THAT YOU DENIED ACCEPT I’M YOUR EARS AND EYES GIVING AND RECEIVING SOMETIMES I WISH I COULD FIRE A PROJECTILE LIKE GOJIRA! LIKE GOJIRA! BURN ALL THE DOUBTS BY LITTING THE SKY CHORUS:    BOUND BY THE LEASHES HOLLOW PROMISES COMPOSE LIFE EMPTINESS AMPLIFIED STAND UP AND FIGHT! STAND UP! IT’S PIKACHOO! SOMETIMES I WISH I COULD TURN INTO SOMEONE STRONG LIKE PIKACHOO! LIKE PIKACHOO! SOMETIMES I WISH I COULD TURN BACK AND LET IT ALL GO TO RECONCILE WITH THE TRUTH BLINDED I GROPE, DOWN ON MY KNEES I’M SEARCHING FOR HOPE CAN A BLIND MAN FIND WHAT HE’S LOOKING FOR? SOMETIMES YOUR WORDS… DESTROY WORLDS CH:         BOUND BY THE LEASHES… STAND UP AND FIGHT! LIFE IS A NON-STOP FIGHT
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My heart is bleeding. I tried to stop it, but it keeps bleeding… and with every drop I loose a part of me. My heart is bleeding and my soul aches. And the pain is unbearable… It stings inside like a stuck thorn. A thorn that you have planted. A thorn that you have left inside of me. A thorn that aches my soul… and it’s because of you. You… have put it there… and you left never caring whether my heart bleeds out… and it bleeds out for you! All of this is because of you! Because of you I love and because of you I hate! You are the reason for all of this! You.. You and only you! And you are gonna answer for this! You are going to pay!
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Burn in Hell 03:31
Inside I’m burning Fire fueled by hate So hear me yearning Quench my thirst for retribution Burn I am coming for you Blind And deaf to voice of reason Act triggered by your treason You can’t escape now I am coming for you Find The peace in my decision Course set for a collision Can’t escape now I am coming for you You fuel my flame Inside I’m burning Fire fueled by hate So hear me yearning Quench my thirst for retribution Burning Flames incinerate I know it hurts you Know the pain that you inflicted Burn My Mind’s set on retaliation These actions have foundations Can’t escape now I am coming for you But This act of desperation Is worthy of damnation You can’t run now I am coming for you Watch me coming for you Flame will cleanse your sins Fire Trial... by fire… flames higher…   At the time of farewell, I’ll be there watching you burn in hell Burn in hell
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- Nooo! Wake up! Please, wake up! (crying) Please… wake up… But he couldn’t wake for he was not asleep… His ashes were taken by the wind and his soul became one with the silence of temple walls... with sounds of the evening bells… with calming chants of sutra - What have I done? What have I done? What have I done? Nooo!
9.
Kodo 03:46
I only had one desire And I would do everything to make this dream come true The river flows The oars Can’t change the current Fight to oppose Swept away by the waves CH:    Ideas become ashes My body turns to dust Infinity Remember me Remember     I’ve forgotten who I was I had in me all the power The architect of my own discontent The storm wind blows Crumbles walls Holes are transparent Like dominoes It all falls down my grave CH:    Ideas become ashes... I’ve forgotten who the fuck I was I tried to reach the furthest stars I ended up covered in scars Beneath the water, in the sand (my land) Alone I stand Oh, Kodo, the rhythm of my soul Oh, Kodo, the one I can’t control Guided through uncharted path Follow the rhythm of my beating heart
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Walls of this temple remember sounds of evening bells and calming chants of sutra… but these sounds are here no more. Every time the temple bell tolls, a terrible scream, full of pain and sorrow, spreads across the land… as if it was a cry of grief… a cry of mourning… a cry for forgiveness… but who is there to forgive if not the mourned soul… Trying to bury the pain... they buried the bell… so they couldn’t hear the cries… so they couldn’t hear the screams... AS I LOOK BACK… I WAS STUCK IN A DREAM AND CHASING SHADOWS WALKED THE ROADS OF MISDIRECTION IT’S ALL PITCH BLACK… IN THE PAST OF MY LIFE THERE’S NO TOMORROW TRAPPED IN WEB OF RECOLLECTION… I KEEP LOOKING BACK… WHAT’S DONE IS DONE I CAN’T TURN BACK THE TIME, THE MIRROR’S SHATTERED YET EACH PIECE CREATES REFLECTION AND ONE BY ONE THE ILLUSIONS OF LIGHT, I WATCH THEM SCATTERED PAIN OF DEATH, PAIN OF CONCEPTION... I’M BORN AGAIN... CAN YOU HEAR MY SCREAM! AS I LOOK BACK… I WAS STUCK IN A DREAM AND CHASING SHADOWS WAKE ME UP AND END THIS CYCLE… I SEE THE LIGHT…. - Bells are made to give a beautiful sound… - said the monk - yet this one is told to cry… It bears sadness…. It bears sorrow… It bears great pain... Let’s end its sadness… Nam - devote… dedicate yourself… Let’s end its sorrow... Myoho - help yourself… help others Let’s end its pain... Renge - find hope in suffering Kyo Live... Nam-myoho-renge-kyo

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SCARLET SKIES are:
Michał Radziejewski - guitars
Rafał Masłyk - guitars
Mateusz Turek - bass
Michał Spanier - drums
Paweł Zaboklicki - vocals

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released March 3, 2017

Music production by: Marcin Dudzicki & Scarlet Skies.
Recorded and edited at: "U Dudzika" Studio (www.ududzika.pl), except "The Deceiver" recorded at "The Butter's House".
Mixed and mastered at: "U Dudzika" Studio.
All music and lyrics written by: SCARLET SKIES.

Additional credits:
Cover art by: Krzysztof Smenda
Front cover caligraphy by: Ryotaro Sakamoto.

Special thanks to:
Ryotaro Sakamoto & Monika Zachaj for Japanese translations of the stroy as well as the recordings of shamisen (Monika), Japanese flute and taiko drums (Ryotaro).
Julia Bernard & Hiroaki Murakami for the Japanese narrative.
Junko Ikejiri & Steven Lin - happy newly weds - and Ewa Mackiewicz for all the help with initial translations.

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Scarlet Skies Warsaw, Poland

SCARLET SKIES was created in October 2012. In 2013 the band has released their debut album, „No Warning Shot”. Scarlet Skies opens the best of Polish metal compilation album released by metal-core.pl.
Currently the band is working on their second album/EP - Kodo, scheduled to be released in 2016.
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