KODO

by Scarlet Skies

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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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Track Name: 地 Chi (World)
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…
Track Name: The Deceiver
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
Track Name: 風 Fu (Wind)
- 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...
Track Name: Cranes (feat. Julia Bernard)
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
Track Name: Gojira vs. Pikachoo
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
Track Name: 水 Sui (Water)
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!
Track Name: Burn in Hell
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
Track Name: 火 Ka (Fire)
- 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!
Track Name: Kodo
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
Track Name: 空 Ku (Void)
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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