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Utopian Void

by Distant Past

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    "Signs of the End" appeared on the compilation "Heavy Metal Nation 8" and "Touched by the Gods" is a tribute to Ronnie James Dio.
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1.
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
2.
Sceptre 03:58
3.
On the Edge 05:04
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
4.
Faces 04:28
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
5.
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
6.
Helpless 05:17
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
The Illusion 03:14
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
10.
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

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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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Much has changed, so that DISTANT PAST are a full-blown band now, no longer “just” a project. Joining Adriano and Jvo is Ben on Guitar. Remo on Drums and Lorenz on Guitars.The new Album is a collaborative effort and features more accessible songwriting, great Chorusses to sing along, headbanging Riffs and fast-paces melodies! ... more

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