Mechopolis

by Korsair

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1.
System Check 07:44
System Check (Instrumental)
2.
Prologue 01:41
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.”
3.
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
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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!”
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Fugitives 09:29
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
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Prototype X 06:36
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
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The Turn 04:36
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.”
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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
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Interlude 00:29
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.”
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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?
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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
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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...
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Lady Bionic 16:20
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
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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
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Dusk 14:15
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!
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Epilogue 01:32
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…”

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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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