The Machine and the Beast

by Alwaid

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Alwaid's second album, entitled The Machine and the Beast, will offer an exploration of the cycle of civilization. The songs relate how mankind struggles to free itself from its primal animality and to gain control over the machine, which will lead to its ultimate fall.

Order vs. chaos, instinct vs. reason, desire vs. logic, grandeur vs. decay – multiple conflicting facets and contrary impulses which make man's identity a complex and imperfect one. As a symbol of this dual aspect, and of the album itslef: the mythical Amphisbaena, two-headed serpent that tries to go both ways at once...

Alwaid's inspirations still come from the great works and myths that have left their traces over our culture. Our music is home to literary monsters, formidable Goliaths to be smitten down whatever the price (Moby Dick), or more insidious creatures when the monster hides behind a human face (Mr. Hyde, Jack the Ripper...). Some songs tell of the wonders and misguided ways of relentless science, that ends up defeated by life itself, for « life will find a way » (Ian Malcolm, of course!); others tell of man's anguish when confronting the possibility of his own degeneration (our beloved Lovecraft); others, finally, evoke the romantic nostalgia for a lost state of nature, and the ecstatic liberation you feel when you return to the wild.

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released May 13, 2017

ALWAID IS:
vocals: Marie Perrier
guitars: Maxime Renard
bass: Simon Lamarcq
keys: Laurent Feisthauer
drums: Robin Grabman

Additional guitars: Giovanni Roseau
Art: Zero-Scarecrow13
Recorded at Noise Factory Studio
Orchestrations and mix by SunTzu Records
Mastered at Sound' Up Studio.

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Alwaid Lille, France

Alwaid is a melodic metal band from Lille, France. Founded in 2010 as a band both melodic and with a touch of heavy metal, it was named after a star that evokes a nocturnal and oneiric world. A demo was released in the course of the summer 2012. After a number of shows in 2013, the band's first album "Lacus Somniorum" was released in March 2014. ... more

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Track Name: Amphisbaena
A great silence has fallen, the sibilant tongues are quiet
Viper’s venom and a woman’s blood blend on the haunted sands
Out of one severed head grows a manifold consciousness

Yet, in the monster’s last breath a human’s dying wish
That from this trail of death, life and death will be reared.

In the dust, scaly coils formed and a glittering eye spawned
Out of one severed head grows a manifold consciousness

Coiled around your heart,
Sings a serpent within, pulling your strings
“His mind wav’ring and inconstant as the wind”

Heads or tails?
Life’s a pattern with a myriad turns
Infected with a poison of indecision
Heads or tails?
Raging temptations, we’re panic-stricken
Amphisbaena, the many-sided one

“I am the other one inside
I am the paradox in your mind
I feed on doubt and double-bind
Lurking and whispering that soon your time will be out”

Soul unchained
Heart in pain

Heads or tails?
Life’s a pattern with a myriad turns
Infected with the poison of indecision
Heads or tails?
Raging temptations, we’re panic-stricken
Amphisbaena, the many-sided one

Soul unchained
Heart in pain
Mental bane
The human strain
Track Name: When Giants Wake
Imagine the Earth as it once was
When life was young and finding ways to colonize
From the dark abyss to the green of lands
Before conquering the skies.

And science says dragons were real
(The titans exhumed and revealed)
The lost world can be found again
And science says dragons were real
(The Lost World is ours to rebuild)
If we just take it in our hands

Stand on the shoulders of giants
But careful when the giant wakes.

Higher!
On the lane of progress we’ll go
Faster!
We are no longer creatures
But creators!
In nature’s hidden garden we’ll crown ourselves as rulers of
Errors
The garden’s a jungle of
Tyrants
Truth is there’s no controlling
The wrath of the earth
Everything’s always moving and changing
On the edge of no return

It’s child’s play, it’s such a simple idea!
Our brains put us at the top of the chain
Just aim and soon we’ll own the sun and stars
Tell me, have we gone too far?

For science says dragons were real
(The titans exhumed and revealed)
The lost world can be found again
And science says dragons were real
(The Lost World is ours to rebuild)
If we just take it in our hands

Higher!
On the lane of progress we’ll go
Faster!
We’re no longer creatures
But creators!
In nature’s hidden gardens we’ll crown ourselves as rulers of
Errors
The garden’s a jungle of
Tyrants
Truth is there’s no controlling
The wrath of the earth
Everything’s always moving and changing
On the edge of no return

“No cage is strong enough
And in the end we are entertained
Yet so fragile
Another treat for forces unleashed to devour”

Stand on the shoulders of giants
But careful when the giant shakes.
Track Name: The Whale
Let’s leave the much-travelled coasts
Whose wearisome landmarks hold
no interest.
Who knows what’s in the great below,
Down under the forever-changing waves
of a liquid waste?

Yes, off the map we shall sail
Keeping our will on iron rails,
Though our ship’s but a speck, a feeble shell
Charging a steep mountain.

Here be famished fiends
Here lurks the giant squid
Hateful things that swarm and swim
I shall kill or be killed…

Face winds and waves,
Chase the white whale
Demons never beg, (and) won’t be chained
Our course may lead our souls into
Ruin and perdition, (the) price for obsession
I’d defy you all, ocean spawns!
Bring it on!

Now, the water’s boiling all around
Stirred as in a witch’s cauldron
Now, the reflecting surface churns and burns
Leviathan, emerge!

Here be famished fiends
Here lurks the giant squid
Hateful things that swarm and swim
I will kill or be killed…




Chorus
I know your name, I know your game,
We’ll carry on against the odds
Till the last encounter, then I’ll
Strike through the mask, thrust through the wall
Pierce right through the monster’s heart
Risk it all!

No mercy, no doubt, no regret
Defying voracious Charybdis
No pity, no half-measures, no fret
Laughing at sunken Atlantis
No reluctance against evil
In the end it all comes to this
Come at us, damned devil!
Dance over the abyss

No pole’s too far, no chasm too deep
Reaching for the stars we’re stronger than demons and beasts

Face winds and waves,
Chase the white whale
Demons never beg, (and) won’t be chained
Our course may lead our souls into
Ruin and perdition, (the) price for obsession
I’d defy you all, ocean spawn!
Bring it on!
I know your name, I know your game,
We’ll carry on against the odds
Till the last encounter, then I’ll
Strike through the mask, thrust through the wall
Pierce right through the monster’s heart
Risk it all!

I’m the white whale!
Track Name: The Lord of Cities
As time’s rushing onward and we’re watching from above
Building machinery, we are miniaturized.
A crowd of engineering bugs, in coarse and noisy towers
Where’s the queen of the hive?

Forces, inertia, gravitation,
Logical laws, flawless equations,
Relentless in communication,
Mindless voices will chant:

This is the Making of the World
Man building roads and walls
Breathing life in new layers of existence
Digital kingdoms
This is the Making of the World
Black mirrors, delicate tapestry,
(The) Weaving Spider is the Lord of Cities

“The noise fades out, the swarm grows still,
Just a few more hundred years
It mellows down, ready for my work
To and fro, I draw”

As time’s rushing onward, rumour travels faster than light
Until the source is dry, until the signal dies.

Forces, inertia, gravitation,
Logical laws, flawless equations,
Relentless in communication,
Mindless voices still chant:

This is the Making of the World
Man building roads and walls
Breathing life in new layers of existence
Digital kingdoms
This is the Making of the World
Black mirrors, delicate tapestry
(The) Weaving Spider is the Lord of Cities

“For me Babylon was built,
And still men build cities for me to usher in posterity.”
Track Name: Monsters by Gaslight
The city gates are closed, safe walls and buildings of smoke
As the bell’s doom tolls, day dies, shadows grow
You feeling safe now? Whilst under, fires bellow
The river glistens. What shady secrets lie below?
Eye for eye, don’t you know you reap what you sow?
Scratch the surface of this ideal community
Men wearing masks of respectability
Away from mad crowds, the doctor ceases to hide
A razor glares bright, a demon in disguise
Life for life, it takes but one to unravel all our laws

Bloodstains in the night
Black by gaslight

White pavement screeching, each night a deadly countdown
As vice has leaked in, hear the music of the night
Beasts with no names, faces drowned in ruby red
Exhale whispers of fear, and awe, and hate
Grime and crime, perpetual dark beneath the fog-clogged sky

Fancy machine, a righteous dream
In an ocean of chaos we aim for islands of order

Fortune in our future,
Glorious peak of progress
Rise and fall, new Babylon
Pride crumbling down till even ruins turn to sand

Stony-hearted mother, fiends round every corner
Decadence plagues the air
Street after street, drinking tears
And vaporous sighs of despair

Fancy machine, a fallacious dream,
We barred windows, locked every door,
Building a sanctuary that turned out to be fertile grounds for hidden sins

Scratch the surface of this ideal community
Men wearing masks of respectability
Beasts with no name, faces drowned in ruby red
Exhale whispers of fear, and awe, and hate
Eye for eye, don’t you know you reap what you sow?

Desperate preys in the night Reason’s gone wild
Predators in the night So close behind
Broken men in the night Die by gaslight

Roam the pits, Flee the streets
Where the beasts, Men or freaks,
Are killing by gaslight / Are dying by gaslight
Track Name: Sang Noir
I fear the past that’s never dead
I fear an ageless legacy sleeps in my veins

I hear things scratching in the wall
Behind the family frames.
(A great tree that sprouted from hoary roots)
It’s here, hideous, can’t you hear them?
The moans of silent chains.

The skinwalker
Yee-Naaldooshi
Is watching me

Inhuman thing,
To me you should be inconceivably other
Not so familiar
And yet, you’re what my kind once was
You’re what I might become

Oh, the past is never dead
It is not even past
In sleep, I hear and do strange things
It’s getting real / Dreams aren’t that mad
Traces are waiting to be found
Read my face like a book
I wouldn’t believe but now it seems
The mirror tells the truth

Underwave, the lore of eons gone
Resurface in my head
(What’s repressed
Will return)
I sink. Nepenthe from the deep
Has calmed me. Let me sink.

The skinwalker
Yee-Naaldooshi
Is watching me

Sang Noir,
J’ai hérité des ombres et des merveilles
Sang Noir,
A flots versé, à cœur ouvert, sacrificiel
Sang Noir
Qui m’as vue naître et me verras m’éteindre
Sang Noir
Viens te repaître, viens m’étreindre

Atavistic revelation,
Black ichor within,
I’m forever an outsider
Among those who are still men.

Black Ichor within!

Ruptured from my own nature,
I almost thought I’d end it all.
Rapture now eclipses terror,
Embrace my personal disaster.

Inhuman thing
To me you should be inconceivably other
Not so familiar
And yet, you’re what my kind once was
You’re what I might become

Oh, the past is never dead
It is not even past
In sleep, I hear and do strange things
It’s getting real / Dreams aren’t that mad
Traces are waiting to be found
Read my face like a book
I wouldn’t believe but now it seems
The mirror tells the truth
Track Name: And the Song Went
I heard a song,
Sad listless notes on the docks
Spoke to my heart,
Like when Mother sang her song of gold
In our exile
So we’d remember green fields of old
Remember we used to live
In golden mist beyond the edge of the world.

And the song went…

“Silent, oh Moyle, be the roar of thy water,
Break not, ye breezes, your chain of repose,
While, murmuring mournfully, Lir's lonely daughter
Tells to the night-star her tale of woes.
When shall the swan, her death-note singing,
Sleep, with wings in darkness furl'd?
When will heav'n, its sweet bell ringing,
Call my spirit from this stormy world?”

There was a swan of white,
Gliding by the docks
A lonely heart,
Betrayed and cursed to wander at sea
Oceans apart from home
Estranged and melancholy
I heard the song, saw the swan
Thinking back on a land of myth and charms

And the song went…

“Sadly, oh Moyle, to thy winter-wave weeping,
Fate bids me languish long ages away;
Yet still in her darkness doth Erin lie sleeping,
Still doth the pure light its dawning delay.
When will that day-star, mildly springing,
Warm our isle with peace and love?
When will heav'n, its sweet bell ringing,
Call my spirit to the fields above?”
Track Name: Idle Riddles and Rhymes
Tick tock, tick tock, Time’s right on the clock
The skull now speaks, wine drinks itself
Each shade’s the same, a mechanical frame
I’m a painted puppet in a dull masquerade

Painted puppets, on parade, faint and quaint

Frenetic and frantic,
Words like pearls on a string
Mesmerizing music
Near eerie ears
We’re gasping for logic
Yet the more we repeat
The less it all makes sense.

Come, come, stay calm, stay calm
No need for alarm
It only hums, it doesn’t harm
I wish to wish, dream to dream,
Live to live, die to die,
Cry to cry, I don’t know why

Breathe idle riddles and rhymes
Ideal idols are made to prophesize
In the house of the Sphinx, language comes alive
Twisted round

Babel’s fall broke and confused but
New rhythms thrive and profuse

Come, come, stay calm, stay calm
No need for alarm
It only hums, it doesn’t harm
I wish to wish, dream to dream,
Live to live, die to die,
Cry to cry, but I don’t know why

Come, calm, hum, harm, dream, die, WHY
Track Name: Fractalized
How can I be whole,
Always keeping life under control?
Can I ever be true to myself
If I’m free to feel but not to fall?

There’s another me
As I stand between parallel facing mirrors
Refracted till I reach a blank infinity
There’s a thousand me, can’t you see?

With every beat you’ll hear
My inner pattern’s on repeat.
Meet the little girl inside the head
Of the little girl inside my head.

“I come in waves
Like snowflakes in your head…
Realize, I’m fractalized
Like white light through the rain”

Let the moment sink in
Strike a chord and hear it vibrating
I want to know what each new story brings
Where the rainbow’s born and time begins

“On all scales
Same details
Zoom in, nothing new appears
So radiant,
So vibrant,
My many colours drawing you near”


I lie there in my lair
As I wander they’d judge and glare,
Why should I care?
Wildest dreams, made of wind
Have split away all grief and guilt, and gave me wings
Keep secrets, no regrets
Hide in plain sight while each and every night, the fever spreads
Be fractal, Heart and soul
Be my silver lining through clouds of coal.

Strange attractor,
Strange magnetic collision
Let’s fly away through the spirals of time
Change, forever
Change, my revolution,
Hold your breath and glide with the tide
Strange attractor,
Strange magnetic collision
Let’s fly away through the spirals of time

I lie there in my lair
As I wander they’d judge and glare,
Why should I care?
Wildest dreams, made of wind
Have split away all grief and guilt, and gave me wings
Keep secrets, no regrets
Hide in plain sight while each and every night, the fever spreads
Be fractal, Heart and soul
Be my silver lining through clouds of coal.
Track Name: The Call of the Wild
Once, your heart was tame, fully civilized
Growing flowers of honour with pride
Instincts on a leash were bound
The self-contained blaze in your eye
Dimmed like a flame domesticated not to burn

Now heed the call of the wild
The howls fierce and free as twilight descends
Sudden return to the wild
The strength of bare fangs prevails
Enter the realm of the wild
The red blood reigns, red blood reigns in the winter’s pale

Under the midnight sun
The hunt’s begun!
The hound’s asleep and the game is on.

Resurgence from the depths
Teachings of the wilderness
Of merciless mountains and frozen lakes
A surge of life in your veins,
The passion of a tidal wave
Even when beaten, never be a broken slave

“Singing songs of when the world was young
Being one with the storms
This is the place where you belong”

Now heed the call of the wild
The howls fierce and free as twilight descends
Sudden return to the wild
The strength of bare fangs prevails
Enter the realm of the wild
The red blood reigns, red blood reigns in the winter’s pale

Under the midnight sun
The hunt’s begun!
The wolf’s awake and the game is on.

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