Utopian Void

by Distant Past

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Musically, it's flawless: Julmy's vocals are rich and resonant, soaring with the grace of an eagle over the solid rhythms of drummers Al Spicher and Jan Zweibel and bassist Adriano Troiano, who has a style which is very much akin to that of Steve Harris! The twin guitarists of Alain Curty and Christof Schafer are as effective as any operating in this style of music, switching neatly between crunching riffs and massive melodies, with some pretty impressive solos thrown along the way.

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released January 1, 2014

12 Songs – app. 60 minutes of music
recorded 2010 - 2012 @ KAYFABEstudios, Switzerland
mixed and mastered by V.O. Pulver @ Little Creek Studios in April 2013, Switzerland

Line up:
Jvo Julmy – Vocals
Adriano Troiano – Bass & Keyboards
Christoph Schafer – Guitar on Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9
Alain Curty – Guitar on Tracks 3, 6, 8, 10
Al Spicher – Drums on Tracks 1, 7
Andy Bächler – Drums on Tracks 2, 3, 6, 10
“The Onion”– Drums on Tracks 4, 5, 8, 9
Cornelia Curty – Violin on Track 8
David Luterbacher – Guest Guitar Solo on Track 3

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Distant Past Switzerland

Distant Past was founded by Adriano Troiano in 2002. Together with guitarists Alain Curty and Christof Schafer he works in his rare spare time in his home studio on songs that will appear as albums at some point. The singer on "Utopia Void " is former Emerald singer Jvo Julmy, with his unique voice and melodic oriented songs with some progressive Elements as well as Thrash-Metal Influences. ... more

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Track Name: A Day of Darkness
A DAY OF DARKNESS
(Schafer / Julmy / Troiano)

„I shall bring distress on mankind,
for they shall walk like blind men"
(Zephaniah 1:17)

The Lord will come from the south
With the sign of the cross in the sky
His splendor will blind the heavens
Renew the world on this faithful day
As it is written in ancient texts
Prophets await thy return
We will all be purified
For the cleansing we shall burn

Sparkle and fire, when he returns
His coming puts fear in the nations
Water and Flood, when he arrives
Destroying his own creation

The stars and their constellations
Don’t show their light no more
The rising sun is darkened
The moon will shine nevermore
He will make the heavens tremble
The earth will shake from its site
The day of his burning anger
A day of darkness - not light

He will render all accordingly
To how each one has done
Punish the world for its evil
And the wicked ones for their sins
Humble the pride of the ruthless
Let the arrogant be put to shame
Pain and anguish is upon man
Final Judgment proclaimed

A day of wrath and vengeance
Of darkness and gloom
A day of distress and ruin
Of blackness and doom
A day of cracking and bursting
Dark clouds and black night
I prophesy disaster
Of darkness, not light

Jvo – Vocals
Adriano –Bass & Keyboards
Chris – Guitars
Al - Drums
Track Name: On the Edge
ON THE EDGE
(Curty / Troiano)

Light, Dark, I am both
I’m everything, I am nothing
Dusk, Dawn, all a blur
I am daylight, I am the night

I'm in your head and won't let go
I’m your intent and you don’t know
I’m the shadow behind your back
The irritation to keep you off track

You yearn for my approval, my forgiveness
You look for my glance but stare in darkness
You think you know me
But you don't know yourself

I am the light, but you won’t see
I am the dark that you always feel
It’s the night, which you will fear
Turn around and no one’s here

You're on the edge
On the edge
Inside the cage
(You're) on the edge

Black, White, Shades of gray
I' m colorful, invisible
High, Low, in-between
I' m everywhere, I am nowhere

I'm the place, where you can’t hide
I’m the thorn, stuck in your side
I'm the piper beyond the gate
I’m the gambler who controls your fate

Your ambition is to please me, I’m your hunger
You’re tight in my grasp, you’re here to linger
You are lost and you are scared
Just a puppet who thinks he's alive

I am dusk, but you see black
I am dawn, you can’t turn back
Feel the blood, running down your neck
Now enter the realm of the dead

You're on the edge
On the edge
Inside the cage
(You're) on the edge

Jvo – Vocals
Adriano –Bass
Alain – Guitars
Luti – Guitar Solo
Andy - Drums
Track Name: Faces
FACES
(Schafer / Troiano)

Darkness all around
Nothing escapes my sight
The Abyss of the void
The realm of the lost
Down, down below
Deep down below

I can see the faces of the underground
Screaming in my head, without a sound
Can’t get away from here
Doomed to dwell forevermore

I hear the lament of the fallen ones
The twilight zone keeps prisoners
Bound, no way to hide
Return to heaven denied

Chilling atmosphere
To walk among the dead
An eternal Hell
For those left in this space
Down, underground
In-between the worlds

I can see the faces of the underground
Screaming in my head, without a sound
Can’t get away from here
Doomed to dwell forevermore

I hear the lament of the fallen ones
The twilight zone keeps prisoners
Bound, no way to hide
Return to heaven denied

Can you see the faces of the Otherworld
Trying hard to break this curse
Haunt the living and haunt the lost
Retribution at all costs

Hear the lament, it will split your brain
Freedom will never be obtained
Bound, forever and evermore
Eternity’s an endless bore

Faces

Jvo – Vocals
Adriano –Bass & Keyboards
Chris – Guitars
Jan – Drums
Track Name: Kingdom of Shadows
KINGDOM OF SHADOWS
(Troiano)

Far in the past, before Atlantis
There were men who delved in darkness
Using magic, calling up beings
From the great deep below us

Forth they came into this cycle
Formless, of another vibration
Unseen by the children of earth
Through blood they live in this world

In ages past, conquered by Masters
Driven below to the places whence they came
But some remained hidden in spaces
To live as shadows on planes unknown

Seek not the kingdom of Shadows
For the evil surely will appear
Only the master of brightness
Shall conquer the shadow of Fear

Lift the veil off from the serpent
Cast him forth from the place among men
Only he who knows the secret
The Word he can unseal

Serpent-headed when the veil lifted
Appearing to man as men among men
Crept into the public councils
Taking forms, slaying the chiefs

Only by magic they’ll be discovered
Only by sound their faces are seen
Sought from the kingdom of shadows
To destroy man and rule in his place

Unseen they walk among thee
In places where the rites have been said
Reappearing when blood was offered
Reemerging to dwell on earth again

Seek not the Kingdom of Shadows
For the evil, surely will appear
Only the master of brightness
Shall conquer the shadows of Fear

Shadow of fear

Jvo – Vocals
Adriano –Bass & Keyboards
Chris – Guitars
Jan - Drums
Track Name: Helpless
HELPLESS
(Curty / Troiano)

Lost, am I now lost
In the darkness that surrounds me
Alone, I am now alone
Helpless again
Can’t find a way out of here

Close to the dream
I can almost touch it, almost feel it
Might have already won
One single step away

Ready for the Game
I know I can do it, I can make it
I see the finishing line
Right there before my eyes

Sudden Death – like a shot in the neck
Empty promises – I’m a living wreck
Hidden doorways – all around
No one to help me – I hit the ground

It’s closing in
I know what to do, when it’s coming
Victory or Failure, just can’t prevail

Sweat pouring down
All I could give, all not futile
Destiny is always pre-decided

Sudden Death – like a shot in the neck
Empty promises – I’m a living wreck
Hidden doorways – all around
No one to help me – I hit the ground

There are powers
Mightier than the sword
Law in chaos
Order of the gods

There is fate
Hiding behind the signs
The tower that burned
Shall rise again

Jvo – Vocals
Adriano –Bass
Alain – Guitars
Andy - Drums
Track Name: Guided by the Stars
GUIDED BY THE STARS
(Schafer / Troiano)

To infinity we fly
Beneath the crimson skies
With passion in our eyes
But time's not on our side
We might never return again
We're proud to be chosen ones
To represent us man
As travelers in space

Take us to eternity
Riding the storms
Across the galaxies
Guided by the Stars
Beyond the horizons
In conquest of space
Search for a new ground
For the whole human race

Where we go now, we don't know
No planet lets us live
We only saw the debris
Of what we once called home
Lost all contact, lost all but hope
Can we find the answer
Or a place to survive

Take us to eternity
Riding the storms
Across the galaxies
Guided by the Stars
Beyond the horizons
In conquest of space
Search for a new ground
For the whole human race

Take us to a haven
We follow the blind
Guide us to our destiny
Will the stars help us find
Fuel is running empty
We just might all die
If there is a god
Why is his help denied

Beyond the horizons
In conquest of space
Will we ever find out
What extinct our race
Across the galaxies
Guided by the stars
We were the witnesses
To the war to end all wars

Jvo – Vocals
Adriano –Bass & Keyboards
Chris – Guitars
Al - Drums
Track Name: Breath-the Spell
BREATH - THE SPELL
(Troiano)

Freedom of thought ain´t freedom of mind
First action taken is sucking you dry

It don’t matter what you have achieved
They’ll find a reason to justify

What you do is not important
As long as it keeps killing your time

Create Emotion, you give, you take
If it’s your loss, tell me who is gaining

The faster the globe spins
The more will let themselves fall
Rumors reaching to your ears
And you still follow and crawl

Those who came before you
Saw darkness take its toll
The dawning of a new age
From the architects of old

And time keeps on changing
Still it’s the same old rule
For those who watch the watchmen
The nations are just pawns

Sleeping but dreaming
Can you resist the pressure
Will you guide the opposition
Your downfall will be their pleasure

There will be a new breath
Another spell on you

Jvo – Vocals
Adriano –Bass & Keyboards
Alain – Guitars
Connus - Violin
Jan - Drums
Track Name: The Illusion
THE ILLUSION
(Schafer / Troiano)

Can you really believe that all you see is real
Do you read the news and think that’s
How it really happened
You need to understand that
You only know what they want you to
You can master your life in freedom or chains It’s your choice

The Illusion – Don’t get lost in a maze of lies
The Illusion – to pretend is not to be
The Illusion – turn from a fool to a seeker
The Illusion – the distraction to make us weaker

Force fed by the powers
Controlling the outlets
Your opinion, a fabrication of rights
That have been wronged
You need to disconnect from
The world surrounding you
Look behind the smokescreen
To see what’s really going on

The Illusion – Only the wise will see it clear
The Illusion – Wake up to embrace the truth
The Illusion – fight the oppression of your mind
The Illusion – don’t blend in with all the blind

The Illusion – turn from a fool to a seeker
The Illusion – the distraction will make us weaker
The Illusion – fight the oppression of your mind
The Illusion – don’t blend in with all the blind

Jvo – Vocals
Adriano –Bass & Keyboards
Chris – Guitars
Jan - Drums
Track Name: The Hell of Verdun
THE HELL OF VERDUN
(Troiano)

With severity and viciousness
Enemy bombing was setting in
Shells crackle to the ground
Penetrate the remaining rooftops
Another Explosion with enormous impact
The surroundings tremble, all light extinguished
Pillars of smoke, 40 meters high
Rising from the ground
They shoot a new caliber

Five days under constant fire
A dreadful quest for survival
Before darkness, a short break
Then through the night, furious assault

Soon they proceed to gas-attacks
And blew the chlorine against us
From twelve at night to noon they send
Wave after wave, only masks protecting
Behind the smokescreen they align
Try breaking our front, but in vain
Seven days of static war, afraid to move
The trenches ploughed up

Barrage over our positions
With outrageous fierceness
Immense detonation
They’ve dug the tunnels, now blow us up

We were certain that
The ground attack was to come
After the cloud of dust passed
They stormed our way
Out of the countless holes and shelters
We emerged
Red flare bombs rising
Machine guns appearing
A hail of bullets
Only resistance to the assaulting enemy

The hell of Verdun, the battle of the Somme
Constant renewal of forces to level out the losses
Uncertain future for so many young soldiers
Marching into doom to meet their maker soon

The hell of Verdun, the battle of the Somme
Constant renewal of forces to level out the losses
Nothing is gained, only human souls are lost
Generations wiped out, no proportion to the cost

Jvo – Vocals
Adriano –Bass
Alain– Guitars
Andy - Drums