Through the Labyrinth

by Epic Mind

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Debut album of the Dutch progressive metal band 'Epic Mind'

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released February 17, 2017

Music by Epic Mind
Lyrics by Raoul van Oosten and Leon Vonk
Produced by Raoul van Oosten and Folkert van Blom
Mixed and Engineered by Folkert van Blom at Mass Audio, Utrecht
Mastered by Arnout Leene at Mass Audio, Utrecht
Artwork by Kerim Akyuz

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Epic Mind Utrecht, Netherlands

Epic Mind delivers progressive metal with heavy guitar riffs, catchy bass lines, tantalizing drum patterns, versatile vocals and a touch of keyboards. The songs vary from intimate and sensitive to brutal and intense, using technical and mindblowing riffs along the way. ... more

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Track Name: The Voyage
Yearn for knowledge and self-discovery
The rights and wrongs in mankind's history
Learn from your past and the struggles you have faced
Enrich your mind with all the knowledge you will gain

Clear the mist that clouds your mind
Ignore distractions and you will thrive
Pursue your final destination

Climb the mountain to reach the top
Don't look down, no second thoughts
Persevere, it is the key to your salvation

Longing for purpose on this cruel and violent earth
Contribute, for whatever it is worth
Reflect your actions and learn from your mistakes

Clear the mist that clouds your mind
Ignore distractions and you will thrive
Pursue your final destination

Climb the mountain to reach the top
Don't look down, no second thoughts
Persevere, it is the key to your salvation

Your inner voyage has now begun - learnings and lessons of our lives
Take a breath and fill your head - with knowledge you will find
Find inspiration in distant lands - ancient cultures and history
This voyage will set you free

Learnings and findings have shown me the truth
Desolation all over mother earth
Our leaders who show us the way,
feed us lies which ensure our decay

Pursued acceptance in our perfect society
The sheep in the herd who've formed our history
Take control of your life, and look beyond the lies
Help us to survive mankind

Disparity inherited by birth
Blamed for evil from another world
Our whole existence defined by violence
Will we ever live in true peace?

Pursued acceptance in our perfect society
The sheep in the herd who've formed our history
Take control of your life, and look beyond the lies
Help us to survive mankind

Look through the brainwashed minds
take control of your life!

Learnings and findings have shown you the truth
Desolation all over our world
Our leaders who should show us the way,
they feed us lies which ensure our decay

Take control of your life and look beyond the lies
Help us to survive mankind
Look through the brainwashed minds
take control of your life!
Track Name: Depths of the Unknown
On the outset of climbing to great heights, he
shined his light to lead the way
was the one to incite
Controls set to reach for the stars, it seemed to be with ease
He spoke of commitment, success was guaranteed

Feeling jaded and betrayed
All we worked for down the drain

He disappeared without a trace, in the blink of an eye
Left us hopeless in the maze, promised merits were a lie
We thought it would last forever, until death do us part
Left with worthless luggage, have to go back to the start

Feeling jaded and betrayed
All we worked for down the drain
When times get tough who is prepared, to
keep hopes high, to fight and die

Sometimes a hand is reaching out to help you find the way
Will you board the ship that may lead you astray?
It may draw you to the depths of the unknown
take the chance

If I am alone, I will not postpone
Hence it will begin; journey through the labyrinth
Drawn towards the dark, what no man has seen before
Fabled voyage to restore what is now unsure

Feeling jaded and betrayed
All we worked for down the drain
When times get tough who is prepared, to
keep hopes high, to fight and die

Sometimes a hand is reaching out to help you find the way
Will you board the ship that may lead you astray?
It may draw you to the depths of the unknown
take the chance! Before it's too late!

Sometimes a hand is reaching out to help you find the way
Will you board the ship that may lead you astray?
It may draw you to the depths of the unknown
take the chance!
Track Name: Salvation
Harvest the crops of summer's earth
Toil and collect, it can be yours
work now play later

Take control of your fate
Start right now, do not delay
Take control
Hard work will be rewarded

Beyond the crimson skyline, salvation will be revealed
And with summer's end all dreams should be fulfilled

They offer a bright future
A future with opportunity and independence
In return, they demand absolute loyalty
No questions asked, no quarter given

Many hardships are endured, much peril is accepted
for the promise of a better future
The years go by without any sign of improvement
Perhaps tomorrow

It is not what you had hoped
Yet all peril you have coped
Prospects only of despair
Take a stand, if you dare

If you are down with the pain
No need to refrain
Spread your wings and fly away

I endured the pain, yet everything stayed the same
When will I be saved, no longer be enslaved?
Can we make a stand, fight to amend?
Will our lives improve?

When the ice has melted and the sun begins to appear
Something long forgotten now is coming near
Can we predict what is coming and dare we take the bound?

Once the step is taken there is no return
Face the consequences you might get burned
Can we predict what is coming and dare we take the bound?
Will changes bring improvement or run aground?

Harvest the crops of summer's earth
Toil and collect, it can be yours
Track Name: Heresy
Freedom of thought was denied
The only God, there is no choice
Behold the crowd, judgemental
The lack of faith must come from hell!

The love of Christ, betrayal!
Seduction's come, testing faith
The solution lies in fire
Accept your God or burn in flames!

Before your saviour you'll see there is no escaping
In the eternal flames of fire you will burn!

This life has brought me to my knees before your god
Why won't you accept what others think and believe?
Do you think that hate gives you access to Heaven?
Or will it send you straight to hell

My life is fading
Is there an answer?
The flames are rising
Have I deserved this?
The end is nearing
Is there a Heaven?
or have I truly
betrayed my true saviour?

This life has brought me to my knees before your god
Why won't you accept what others think and believe?
Do you think that hate gives you access to Heaven?
Or will it send you straight to hell

No way in hell, surrender?!
No giving up my beliefs
Before the end of this soul
The heresy lies in you!

The end has come for me, and you will pay for this
Is this for the love of god or will you burn in Hell?!
Track Name: Nameless
Raindrops falling
a voice cries out in vain
without warning he calls out her name

Pools of sorrow
a crimson sea
A horrifying view it's haunting me

The crows have gathered in silence
Drawn by the sound of sirens
Will I ever be the same?
And I don't even know your name

Teardrops falling
Soothing words to ease the pain
Cell phones watching as death calls her name

Her fate is sealed
it's clear from the start
Namelessly you've pierced my heart

The crows have gathered in silence
Drawn by the sound of sirens
Will I ever be the same?
And I don't even know your name

An open wound that does not bleed
Left a scar that can’t be seen.
Grieving for the nameless pain that I feel.
I'll continue life with torment I conceal.

The crows have gathered in silence
Drawn by the sound of sirens
Will I ever be the same?
And I don't even know your name
Track Name: Perfect War Machine
Take your time to say goodbye
to all the people you will leave behind, because
tomorrow we will ride to fight side by side
And you may never see your friends and family again

Oh, may the Valkyries ride
to fight along their side
Remember those that fall
Their names will echo through the halls

I am getting restless for battle draws nigh
The enemy is upon us and we are about to die
Come my friends, say your prayers, I bid thee farewell
I feel the end approaching, tonight we dine in hell

Oh, may the Valkyries ride
to fight along their side
Remember those that fall
Their names will echo through the halls

Fortify and learn to take a life
Cauterise in order to survive
Aim to be the perfect war machine
Cold as ice, acting on routine

The war is over and I managed to survive
But I cannot go back to an ordinary life
The terror is certain to return, I will surely die
So I will prepare for future fights, the enemy shall be terrified and petrified and horrified and mortified

Fortify and learn to take a life
Cauterise in order to survive
Aim to be the perfect war machine
Cold as ice, acting on routine


“II. Malignancy”

Acting like a tidal wave
Clearing the path, nothing stands in the way

Don't forget that it will never fade
Eternal flame will warm my hands and scorch the land

No remorse, an eye for an eye
Retaliate, I am the beast you created

And don't forget that it will never fade
Eternal flame will warm my hands and scorch the land

The perfect war machine, mercy nor compassion
Trained to kill, emotions left behind
Always the victor, no signs of regression
Trained to kill, destroyer of mankind


“III. Transition”

Looking back what do you see?
Are you proud of the trail of death left behind?

The pieces of the puzzle are scattered all throughout
Reach inward, search for answers and turn the inside out
The journey will be grievous, there may be no return
Take out the splinters, grief cannot be adjourned

Looking back what do you see?
Are you proud of the trail of death left behind?
The perfect war machine; useless now
Cold breath cannot give life

All struggle in spite, it grew beyond control
There is no turning back, this cancer devours the soul
We can acquire but not soon forget
Damage that has been done cannot be reset

Looking back what do you see?
Are you proud of the trail of death left behind?
The perfect war machine; useless now
Cold breath cannot give life

Fortified and learned to take a life
Cauterised in order to survive
Aimed to be the perfect war machine
Cold as ice, acting on routine