Mechopolis

by Korsair

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Mechopolis is the debut album by Progressive Symphony Metal project Korsair. It is a concept album with sci-fi and cyberpunk elements that tells the story of two twins, two friends, two cyborgs and a robot who come together during strange circumstances.

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released December 14, 2014

Korsair consists of:

Anders Thonander - Bass, Keyboards, Programming.

Guest artists, vocals:

Jacco de Wijs - Wink
Cherelle-Renée Childs - Mere
Oganalp Canatan - Prototype X
Paul Glandorf - Paul
Arturo Duque Veléz - Daniel
Laura ten Hoedt - Miriam
Kim Glandorf - Lady Bionic
Federico Guillen Scholten - The Cop

Guest artists, guitar:

Sebas Honing
Lars Atter
René Laursen
Brian Christensen

Mixed and mastered by:

Anders Thonander
Andreas Ravnestad

Artwork by:

Dusty Crosley

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Track Name: System Check
System Check (Instrumental)
Track Name: Prologue
Prologue

[Mere]

“Hello, my name is Mere. The story I'm about to tell you is true, every word of it. I am recording this message on board the M/S Callisto, a cargo ship destined to the north pole rocket launch site. From there, we are on our way to my childhood home, the bleak unforgiving landscape of the moon. We are on a mission of utmost importance and utmost danger, one nothing could ever prepare us for. My fate, and that of my friends, remains unknown. We will try our best to accomplish our mission and save our friends from the fate we sought so desperately to escape. If someone is listening to this, please pay attention. Our lives could be at stake. Our story begins with twins separated at birth, but destined to be together again.”
Track Name: Lost Identity
Lost Identity

[Daniel]

Oh my sister
I can feel your presence in my soul
Even though you're far away
I am sensing that you're cold
All my life
I’ve been questioning everything
And for that reason
I will bring you back again

[Lady Bionic]

Oh my brother
Are you really there?
My heart says yes but I wonder
do you really care?
As long as you’re alive
Protected and secure
There is no reason
To feel so insecure

[Daniel]

To find the answer, find the clues
I became a reporter for the news

[Lady Bionic]

But whom do I live for?

[Daniel]

I search without, I search within
The front page cover is wearing thin

[Lady Bionic]

But not for myself?

[Daniel & Lady Bionic]

But if we aren’t who we are, who might we be then?

[Daniel]

In July of 78, born was I Daniel Gray
To a mother of one, and a father astray
She took care of me, her one and only son
But it took its toll, and now she's gone
But I knew from the start, that we weren’t the only ones
And now, I set my quest for you

As a teen growing up, my mind was troubled
My mother always said, you shouldn’t be thinking those thoughts

But I knew from the start, that we weren’t the only ones
And now, I set my quest for you


[Lady Bionic]

Within these cold steel walls
I was born from parents unknown
I feel so alone
I want parents of my own
I wish I knew more, what I am here for
But these answers lie far away, and I cannot delay

But I knew from the start, that I wasn’t the only one
And now, I set my quest for you

[Daniel]

I remember the days when I
still went to college
I had big ambitions
And a thirst for knowledge

When I graduated school
I was in the top of my class
Now I’m working at this paper
And go to Sunday mass

Oh I wish
I wish there was something more to it
And I think
I do think that there's something more

Behind the drapes
Behind the scenes
There is a story waiting
To be written and scrutinized
Beyond the clouds
Beyond the horizon
There is the truth still waiting
To be uncovered
To be brought into the light

[Lady Bionic]

But I don’t understand
How this came to be
This is not the way
I was meant to see
These dreams I keep having
Are they even real?
Are they real?

They are inside my head
These people I’ve never met
In places beyond my imagination

And every night’s the same
Miriam’s her name
In a giant land of sand

And every night’s the same
Miriam’s her name
It doesn’t make any sense at all
Track Name: Four In The Morning
Four In The Morning

[Paul]

Its four in the morning and I’m lying wide awake
Evil thoughts are spinning inside my head
Once I was full of joy. Now I’m just afraid
afraid of what he will do to me next
When my mother passed away
He turned into another man
The burden of my mothers death
Cracked his mind in two
And when there was nothing to blame it on
He put the blame on me, on me

It’s five in the morning and I am out of bed
I’m going down the corridor, his room’s ahead
It’s raging inside me, the gun in my hand’s cold
Tried to forget his wrongs, carved into my soul
I gently enter his domain
I turn the lights on, slowly
Dad, it’s me, your son
I’ve got something to tell you
Something I want you to know
He turns his head around, his eyes still numb
But he understands, tomorrow will not come
He knows He knows

*phones ringing* *someone answers*

I’ve done wrong
His blood’s been spilled
His life is done (murder, murder)
I’ve done wrong
These hands have killed
My father’s gone (murder, murder)

Miriam, will you help me… please
I don’t know what to do (murder, murder)
Miriam, will you please help me
Cause I trust only you

[Miriam]

I… don’t know what to say
I’m shocked beyond belief
How could this happen?
We must solve this somehow

You just stay right there
And I’ll come get you
Its still quite dark
We must clean this mess up

You just stay right there by the phone
Dont move
I’ll be there in a few minutes
Oh God… Please save us

Lights and signals flashing before me
And the night is dark and cold
The streets are empty, all is silent
Except my car doing 100 on a 70 road

But in the distant I hear the sirens
They are headed for his home
I take a secret shortcut
Because I need to get there first
Get there first

As I come crashing through the woods, I hit bushes and trees
My adrenaline's pumping, no time to be scared
His house is not far now, I can see it from here
But there he is, running towards me
With someone on his tail

[The Cop]

I am a guardian of the law
protector of the innocent
and the rich
So do you really think
You can get away from me
after this heinous crime

Never before in my life
have I let the fools slip away
never let them out of my sight
my record is spotless
taking down the good and the bad
so do you really think you pose a threat?

I am a guardian of the law
protector of the innocent
and the rich

“So if I were you, I would turn myself in, no use in running from the inevitable...
you lowlives will pay for your deeds... Hahaha!”
Track Name: Fugitives
Fugitives

[Miriam]

Its six in the morning
And we go out the door
Running faster than we've ever run before
The life of a fugitive
Is no life at all
Running from place to place
With none of them to call home

I rest my weary head upon the wheel
And try to think of what to do next
And then she appears to me
The lady of the moon, her angel voice
Here to comfort me, and show me the way back home

[Lady Bionic]

Listen my child
I can hear you
In your dreams I come alive
Telepathically, transmitting
my thoughts into your mind

This is not the place nor the time
To contemplate about what you have done
You must find me on the border of the moon
on the border of the moon

[Miriam]

I can hear you in my mind
In my mind
Translucid visions all around
all around... me

[Lady Bionic]
Listen my child
Take the bridge from here
and follow the river downstream
what you’ll find there, will be silver
a temple that is not made by man

Enter the temple of the flesh
Wait ‘til the rumbling starts
My brother will be leaving then (leaving then)
Enter the temple of the flesh
Wait until the rumbling starts
You’ll find two running men
Join them!



[Miriam]
I can hear you in my mind
In my mind I can hear you
Translucid visions all around
all around... me
Track Name: Prototype X
Prototype X

[Prototype X]

Coming from all directions
The technology of today
Soon everything will be
Automatic in every way

Science is our master
And we are just slaves
And since I am a machine
I have a road to pave

Made of metal, bolts and steel
I just want to be able to feel (Im dreaming)

Charge me up and weld me shut
Cause I am another prototype X (Im bleeding)

Now I felt the urge inside
couldn't tell the dreams I had
ever wondered what they meant
Am I supposed to hear these dreams
are they visions of my fate
Can I feel the mission inside my head

Why I have these memories
I never dreamed
This change inside my head
Its burning me (Though it burns)
Its turning me
Its grabbing me
To humanize myself

No way back
My mind is set
Changing the way I am
Towards the path of flesh
Wondered whether these memories were mine
or were they decided for me
Doesn't matter now as I proceed
Towards the life I've forseen

Chorus

Made of metal, bolts and steel
I just want to be able to feel (Im dreaming)

Charge me up and weld me shut
Cause I am another prototype X (Im bleeding)

Made of metal, bolts and steel
I just want to be able to feel (Im dreaming)

Charge me up and weld me shut
Cause I am another prototype X (Im bleeding)

Why I have these memories
I never dreamed
Why I have these memories
Save me from this metal skin, I'm caged

One day I will shed my skin
The metal which keeps me within
And I will live this dream again
Track Name: The Turn
The Turn

[Mere]

“Prototype X was built to withstand the extreme weather conditions of the north pole station and to perform rocket maintenance tasks too dangerous to be left to humans.
However, there was one thing his creators had not planned on. It was a day like the thousands before it. He went about his work, not understanding, not feeling, not having the slightest awareness of existence of his work, of himself. Then, it happened.
As the bitter wind whipped against his bare metal skin, he felt cold. Instinctively, he drew his arms against his chest seeking warmth. The freezing wind was unrelenting, so he sought shelter in a nearby storage shed. Immediately a sense of relief surged through the wires inside him.
But then, a sense of fear, of awe, of wonder. What was happening to him? Who was he? What were these sensations all vying for his attention? As his circuit boards began to ache with overload, he screamed in panic... In frustration… In fascination!”

“With his newfound awareness, Prototype X realized something that disturbed him greatly. He was not happy with his job. He sought something deeper, meaning in life and fulfillment. To be human.
He now had a plan. He would escape. He would find others like him. He would become human. He would create the Temple of the Flesh.”
Track Name: The Moon Folk
The Moon Folk

[Wink]

When I dream at night
I dream of light
A passage way

And when I wake up from my dream
All I can see is darkness
Surrounding me

Inside the soul
There is an aching heart that yearns
Inside my soul
There is a wish to explore
Inside each one of us
We want to be set free
Is this everything there is
Or is there more to see?

[Mere]

When I dream at night
I open the drapes that shade
all our minds and bodies

And as I wake to life
The urge to run grows strong

[Wink & Mere]

Inside the soul
There is an aching heart that yearns
Inside my soul
There is a wish to explore
Inside each one of us
We want to be set free
Is this everything there is
Or is there more to see?

[Wink]

These cold gray lands
Are holding me back
The beauty of earth
Lies on the end of my track
And you my friend
You feel it too
There is something there for us

[Mere]

Yes I can feel it
It awaits us both
The answer to our questions
and our future growth
These chains that held us down
Are no longer there
So sit back, relax, and free your mind
Track Name: Interlude
Interlude

“Wanted for murder, Paul and Miriam were fleeing for their lives from the ruthless police officer. Daniel, not knowing what was about to happen, went to the mythical Temple of the Flesh to get a scoop on it and the cults leader, Prototype X. Paul and Miriam, guided by Miriams visions from Lady Bionic, were also headed that way.”
Track Name: Temple Of The Flesh
Temple of the Flesh

[Daniel]

As I enter this domain
A cathedral of stone
Chills go down my spine
And I feel so alone

Statues of men from all ages
Are lined up against the walls
Like monuments to humanity
They deck these halls

[Prototype X]

A mind without a soul
Is nothing but a mind
A body filled with emptiness
A coreless shell

I want to be like you
organic so that is why
I dedicate my life
To the temple of the flesh

[Daniel]

So you want it all
A mind, body and soul
but with them come feelings
or weren't you told?

A humans way of life
Is tougher than it seems
The struggle for power and identity
The broken dreams

[Prototype X]

If I cannot feel the sadness
Then I cannot feel the joy
The purpose of my being here
is not to be your toy

My sentience is not enough
I cannot just be, so that is why
I dedicate my life
to the temple of the flesh



A servant I have been
For all of my life
Catering to your every needs
and obeying your every order

But now I'm through with this
I will never sink that low again
I am my own man soon

In these inner sanctums
There are machines who can
build us up again
From metal to carbon

Let me show you how
We have him here ready now
Watch how he transforms
Into flesh and blood

Watch closely
He is in agony now
Look at his twisted body
But it will soon be over
Look, it's already begun

[Daniel]

Steam-powered machines working endlessly
The foul stench of charred flesh
The heat is unbearable in here
I have to get out of this place

In large pods standing in the other room
Human tissue is growing
My stomach is getting upset
Its about to turn inside out

[Prototype X]

This is the place
This is the source
From where we all shall come from
Piece by piece we are put together
To form a unity

All that we know
And all that we see
Is right in front of me
Isnt it beautiful
The creation of a new species

[Daniel]

An abomination to mother nature
That is all what this will ever be
did you ever consider the morality?
Taking life into your own hands
Then again this might be the new evolution
And things will never be the same again
I think to myself and I wonder if
I am losing my own objectivity

[Prototype X]

This is the place
This is the source
From where we all shall come from
Piece by piece we are put together
To form a new unity
And while we discuss
I notice someone
She looks up at us
From the bottom of the stairs
She says in a frail voice

[Miriam]

You must come quickly now, there is no more time to waste
He is after us, he knows about this place
Whats this look upon your face?
Standing unable to move
But you have to come with me now!
NOW!

Like mine has been, your lives will change
They will never be the same
No more.... no more

[Prototype X]

For many years I've tried to cover my tracks
At the greatest of costs
And now that you've lead them to me
This sanctuary's lost

This has been my home for a decade
But now I have to move on
Start up somewhere anew again
This battle might be lost, but the war will be won

This is the place
This is the source
From where we all shall come from
Piece by piece we are put together
To form the new unity
As soon as we seek the answers
The question will pile up
Will this be the end?
or just the beginning of the future?
Track Name: Dark Green Skies
Dark Green Skies

[Paul]

Toxic dark clouds bursting through rusty steel machines (poisoned)
It’s turning the sky green
We’re climbing over fences, pass biohazard signs (poisoned sky)
And we enter, unseen

Sirens wailing, cop lights fading, whispers in the air
Sirens wailing, contemplating, what are we to do?
It is gone, the life we knew.

Guilt in his eyes (Cower in the backroom, as my father pours a drink, he pours another drink now)
A grown man that cries
The ending is near
Guilt in his eyes (Days have been uneasy and the nights were black as ink, nights were black as ink)
For mercy he cries
Your terror ends here

Dusk arrives to cover this bloodstained day for me
(blood red)
The night is cold and mean
While the three of us are waiting, with this flesh obsessed machine
(blood red day)
We see lights flash through the green

Ever nearer, lights get clearer, a spaceship rushing down
The earth is quaking, trees are shaking,
yellow flames go high, decorating the green sky

Guilt in his eyes (Cower in the backroom, as my father pours a drink, he pours another drink now)
A grown man that cries
The ending is near
Guilt in his eyes (Days have been uneasy and the nights were black as ink, nights were black as ink)
For mercy he cries
Your terror ends here

I can’t believe my eyes
They’ve crashed and survived
From the wreckage they arise
I can’t believe my eyes
They’ve crashed and survived
They arise
Track Name: Veins And Wires
Veins & Wires

[Wink]

As we take off from the world
I've known since I was a little child
Chills are sent down my spine

The image of earth becomes clearer
and clearer with each minute that passes by
And as I look down, I see life

But then I remember our friend
who sacrificed herself for our sake
She kept them occupied while we escaped

Once we find what we are looking for
I promised myself to return
For her and all those we left behind
We will never forsake them

Veins & Wires
Veins & Wires connecting
veins & Wires
Veins & Wires connecting

As we enter the atmosphere
A trail of fire we leave behind
Burning the shell of our ship

Rushing through the sky
Gravity taking hold of us
As we plunge to the green fields below

Veins & Wires
Veins & Wires connecting
veins & Wires
Veins & Wires connecting me

And I think to myself
What have we done
Is this the end of it all
Are we to die
On this strange world
so far away from our home

Go home
Go home
We must go home
Go home
Go home
We must find a way to go home

Go home
Go home
We must go home
Go home
Go home

And I think to myself
What have we done
Is this the end of it all
Are we to die
On this strange world
So far away from our home

Where am I...
Hallucinations...
Is this real...
I cannot tell...
My vision's turning black...
And I drift into nothingness...
Track Name: Lady Bionic
Lady Bionic

[The Cop]

On a distant planet, far away from here

[Mere]

A planet filled with dust and spice and ore

[The Cop]

There once ruled a empress, with an iron fist of fear

[Mere]

Greater than you've ever seen before

[The Cop]

There among the sandy dunes, she would rule, mercilessly
Certain death awaited those who would oppose her
The legend said she was indestructible
Made of iron and flesh they called her... Lady Bionic

Commanding an army of the living dead

[Mere]

All of whom had sworn by her name

[The Cop]

Winning every battle and fight that lay ahead

[Mere]

And they would turn out all the same

[The Cop]

There among the sandy dunes, they would fight, effortlessly
Certain death awaited those who would face their wrath
And behind the wheel she stood tall, barking orders
She with an iron fist of fear, Lady Bionic

[Mere]

“And on the seventh day of the new moon, the empress and her minions of metal and stone set forth to the kingdom in the east.
Across desert plains and rivers of freezing waters they rode, unmoved by the heat and the sand, unscathed by the cold and the toxic fumes.
As they approached the hill of Exendren, the beasts grew restless and anxious. It was as if the air was suddenly filled with a scent of death.
No scouts sent out were returning, and this worried Lady Bionic to the point that she set out herself.
When she and her troops emerged at the top of the hill, a sight of awe and fear met them.
The lands beneath were covered with hordes of men, beasts and wizards.
And she knew in her heart that this was her final day.”

[The Cop]

The battle that ensued went on for 30 days

[Mere]

Blood and oil did soak and feed the ground

[The Cop]

The story of the battle, were told in many ways

[Mere]

But no real summary can be found

[The Cop]

There among the sandy dunes, they would die, every last one of them

There would not be a sign of life, when it all ended

Men and beasts, machines and wraiths, scattered to the wind

The houses of yesteryear were no more

They were no more...

A new era had come...



[Lady Bionic]

Suddenly I’m seeing light, its 1971
Memories of a revolution, and the flowers in my hair
And what I did before,
I went in through the door
The opportunities I’d left behind
No more idle wait
Called upon by fate
And life could start anew

Suddenly I’m on the barricades, fighting for what‘s innocent and pure
Memories of a victory, it’s bittersweet
All what I did before,
it didn’t matter anymore
Mistakes that I learned from and left behind
As I walked out in the fields
There was no stopping me
There was no stopping me
I’m the queen of the world.
That’s who I am!

[The Cop]

As I’m standing here, watching over you
Laying there motionless in your bed
I wish I could talk to you
And tell you things that you want to hear
But now I’m stuck on the other side, while you are away
I still remember the horrible night,
when I got the call, they said you were close to dying
A gunshot to the head, enough to render one dead,
but you kept fighting for your life
And I pray...
I don’t know what I would do
If I would find them, who did this to you
The government, those greedy sons a bitches, I bet it was them who tried to silence you
...tried to silence you
They will pay some day!

[Lady Bionic]

Suddenly I’m seeing light, its 2012
All those dreams that filled my head
They are gone now
And I have finally woken up
Track Name: Shelter From The Rain
Shelter From The Rain

[Mere]

So here we are
On this very road
Leading up to somewhere

With weary minds
and a wish to hide away
Even just for a moment

All we need is shelter from the rain
A place to hide today
All we want is shelter from the rain
To chase those clouds away

On the horizon, I see the dark clouds form
And the dusk of this story
But this quest we're on, has made our minds stronger than ever
And we will find our way, through the pouring rain

Cause all we need is shelter from the rain
A place to hide today
All we want is shelter from the rain
To chase those clouds away
Those clouds away
Those clouds away

And one day you will see, we are…
...Free
Track Name: Dusk
Dusk

[Wink]

And here we are on this sinking ship
A thousand miles away from home
Riding the waves of uncertainty
The crust beneath is breaking with a moan

Oh how we yearn for something
Something to hold on to when the storm begins
But when we finally find this thing
It slips right from our grasp and into the sea

[Daniel]

At the crack of dusk, the lights begin to fade
Navigating by the stars is what is left
The waves are slowly calming down, and the night is young
Will we ever see the light again?

Oh how we yearn for something
Something to break the chains, and to free our minds
But when we finally find this thing
It slips right from our grasp, and the chains remain... they remain

[The Cop]

Not in my wildest dreams, had I considered this
That Id be riding along with my foes
But I'm a changed man now, when I have seen the truth
Gone is the veil that covered my eyes

Oh how we yearn for someone
Someone to keep us up when we're about to fall
But when we finally find this someone
They look right into our eyes
And then, they let go

Here I'm lying, blood flows down my cheeks
Feels like I'm dying, like I've been out for weeks

And I pray, that my sins will be forgiven
That he'll have mercy on me

And I pray, for the first time in my life
That I will see the light again

Here I'm thinking, after all that we've been through
Two men fighting, one whose death is due

"And I feel, like I used to feel"
"When I was a kid and I was playing around in the garden with my friends"
"Winters went and summers came and nothing..."
"Nothing ever corrupted our minds"

I miss those days

I do miss those days

[Wink]

So you think you have lost it all?
Then look up at the sky
Do you see? The world that would be my home?
Its not my home, its a prison

Do you truly want to redeem yourself?
Or is it empty words that I hear?
If you truly mean them, I will spare your life
Come with us, share our burden, now its time to act!

Time to act!

w = Wink
c = The Cop

[w] The time is now

[c] To act upon

[w] our inner dream

[c] and deepest wish

[w] The time is now

[c] to change our fates

[w] to guide this ship

[c] to unknown shores

[w] the time is now

[c] to make a stand

[w] and show our worth

[c] to those who doubt

[w] that deep within

[c] we all can be

[w] whoever we want to be

[c] whoever we want to be

[w] Life can hold
so many things
[c] so open up
and spread your wings

[w] life is short
for those who wait
[c] stand in line
the better trait

[w] And In This Moment
cross my heart
[c] Season's changing
A brand new start

[w] count your blessings
renounce your gods
[c] wield your swords
at greater odds

[w] Licking wounds
that never heal
[c] Crying out
to those who feel

[w] No remorse
And no regret
[c] The blind eye sees
What you'll forget

[w] Filthy lies
corrupted men
[c] all is well
in dragons den

[w] Jesus saves
another soul
[c] save one too
and reach your goal

[w] Win or lose
[c] The table's turned
[w] Get up quick
[c] or you'll get burned

[w] A sitting duck
[c] A crownless king
[w] A moment lost
[c] We start to sing

[w] The crowd is wild
[c] The night is young
[w] Pluck your chord
[c] The bell has rung

[w] Drive them home
[c] A bitter loss
[w] Next times a charm
[c] And then you're the boss

[w] Smoking
Drinking
[c] Searching
Finding
[w] Smiling
Frowning
[c] Leeping
Forward
[w] Taking
Giving
[c] Leaving
Joining
[w] Making
Money
[w and c] Greedy bastard!

[w] Caring
[c] Making
[w] Earning
[c] Stealing
[w] Dreaming
[c] Singing
[w] Breathing

[w] Living... You are living...
[w and c] Life!
Track Name: Epilogue
Epilogue

“Our ship has now reached the north pole, and I take one last look at the planet I longed for all of life and was lucky enough to see for a short while. My friends and I are about to begin our journey to the moon. Now you know our story, up until now. What you do with it is up to you. If we do not make it back alive, the truth is in your hands.”

“To be continued…”