The Ever Spinning Wheel

by Amplified Memory

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Ignacio There are just no gimmicks with these guys, they play no games. These guys have developed to be a band like no other that I've heard before in my days, they are unique in their own way. Once I've become a fan of their talent, there's just no turning back. Favorite track: From Balance to Chaos.
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Ädäm Amplified Memory are melodic and progressive - that´s what I really like in my favourite metal! An exceptionally strong debut! Favorite track: Of Whirling Chaos and Glowing Stars.
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In the beginning there was nothingness Containing existence within itself The wheel started its spinning Like a stream rising from its source Dead matter and whirling chaos Giving birth to glowing stars Planets, nebulae and galaxies Everything’s got its place in the space of time Spread in the existence of nothingness All things follow the order of chaos The straight line of evolution, the conscience of nature Is rushing forth unstoppably in order to survive Complex living beings created by the power of nature Forming little worlds on the base of a great one Causing millions of beginnings Various wonders used to be the world's triggers The play of elements And confirm the world's foundations And every night I sit in the grass and look up to the stars A gift of creation, may it never come to an end
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Heteronomous 05:03
I am waiting for my mind to stop For it seems to be uncoupled from my free will So I'm lesser the hamster But rather the wheel spun by its feet And so I'm turned through daily life Not knowing what's real But knowing that this must be an error Of what I should be I tried to have my own thoughts To be myself and reign my mind But there's a fence i cannot break through To this day I've never known myself What are my thoughts, if I can't decide Which way they shall go? If they have their own life Why do I take them for myself? What is the thing That keeps my mind running Even when I call for it to stop? Is it more entitled To pilot my thoughts than I am? Is it superior to me? If so, I have no reason to exist But there must be a purpose For my presence Or else I'm just the spawn Of a psychosis What are my thoughts, if I can't decide Which way they shall go? If they have their own life Why do I take them for myself? Could the awareness of these thoughts Be the essence of what I really am? Could it be that fragile touch That fragile touch of stillness? My mind's dividing things in black and white So staring at the world I only see my thoughts While reality is buried Beneath What are my thoughts, if I can't decide Which way they shall go? If they have their own life Why do I take them for myself? Make these screaming voices stop!
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High up on a cliff I sit and watch the waves Listen to the sound of the sea It makes me happy and calms me down All this feels at home for me I’ve been sitting here all my life And I never want to leave this place Though just sitting around here seems senseless I feel connected to the ocean with all its waves Thinking about a greater sense in life The sea keeps drawing my attention Maybe I’ve already found it Right in front of my eyes Why should all this not be good for me? All of a sudden a grinding sound breaks the silence The rock I’m sitting on begins to shake And though the cliff is about to collapse I don’t move A captain always goes down with his ship And in these few seconds between living and dying I review my previous life Could I have lived like all the other people I know Or is the ocean what I’m living for? Thinking about a greater sense in life The sea keeps drawing my attention Maybe I’ve already found it Right in front of my eyes Why should all this not be good for me? Suddenly the rock breaks off Falls into the sea I close my eyes and plunge into The sea I love so much Swallowing the cold salt water I’m about to faint As the water fills my lungs I can feel death’s embrace But I realize I don’t regret giving my life to my beloved sea
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Open your eyes and look at our world Without any conscience and without any scruple The laws of humanity are burning in our mind Filling our veins with its cold, worthless ash Shadows arise from every spark of light But sparks of light don't arise from shadows The balance of once has turned into chaos You'll call out for justice, but no one will answer No one… no one will ever listen Come on, reach the top, get higher and higher But realize your path is made of corruption And your future collapses Like a dream that breaks early in the morning How can we live when our heart Has turned into a pumping dollar sign The addiction to power can be seen in our eyes Killing our neighbour, starving for control It's hard to break with the silence The silence of a disenchanted world Shadows arise from every spark of light But sparks of light don't arise from shadows The balance of once has turned into chaos You'll call out for justice, but no one will answer No one… no one will ever listen Come on, reach the top, get higher and higher But realize your path is made of corruption And your future collapses Like a dream that breaks early in the morning From balance to chaos, a process hard to stop From balance to chaos, the voice of madness calls From balance to chaos, a process hard to stop From balance to chaos, the voice of madness calls From balance to chaos, a process hard to stop From balance to chaos, the voice of madness calls From balance to chaos, a process hard to stop From balance to chaos, and then the curtain falls
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I’m condemned by these words Which are written on these inscrutable stones Caught in a roulette made of stones This labyrinth is built with my own bones It never follows to what I say Always fooling me by leading me astray The greater happiness is just the lesser agony Still I can’t find the real bliss in me It seems reality's a whore And I keep loving her forever more My walls become transparent Appear to be a dam ponding night And it’s breaking in front of me Now midnight's crushing In merciless, giant waves into my soul While thundering clouds are chasing away The stars from the sky Burning dolefulness and crackling fear Is this what it means to be a seer It means everyone else is blind While I see the restless frigidity in mankind Am I the only one to resist this beast To fail at finding cure for our disease Or maybe we abuse me as a sacrifice A scapegoat for our cocky lies My walls become transparent Appear to be a dam ponding night And it’s breaking in front of me Now midnight's crushing In merciless, giant waves into my soul While thundering clouds are chasing away The stars from the sky The curse is the loneliness What if I never opened my eyes I'd still dwell in this grey mess And still deem it the best for me So I chance to be a coward And take a sleeping mask May it erase every little spark And may the acid leave nothing to ask But when my eyesight was gone And tears of joy couldn’t reach the air I broke as I noticed there were still shadows Screaming as shrill at me as I do As I do My walls become transparent Appear to be a dam ponding night And it’s breaking in front of me Now midnight's crushing In merciless, giant waves into my soul While thundering clouds are chasing away The stars from the sky
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I am nothing under these glowing stars Only dust anywhere in fate I am everything touched by the spirit of the moon The axis centring outer universe I am one thing floating with the pulse of cosmos Within nothingness causing existence Oh you stars, share with me your visions Let me hear you talking Whisper in my ears What might it be that you see with countless eyes? What is the secret Behind cohesion of cosmos? Every night I flee from dreadful Hypnos So I can dwell with you at night By daylight I suffered from the heat of desire But now the stars lift up my spirit Oh let there be eternal night, make this spell never end Don’t let the moon show its other side and my stars fade Keep Eos from spreading light so that the sky stay black and my stars be alive again I scream to the night, I scream to the silence Nobody knows my thoughts and I scream to the night, I scream to the silence Nobody knows my mind and I scream to the night, I scream to the silence Nobody knows me at all But they do, who whisper to me Who shine for me, who watch me every night Oh you stars, share with me your visions Let me hear you talking Whisper in my ears What might it be that you see with countless eyes? What is the secret Behind cohesion of cosmos? Again I bleed in this moonlight Under these omniscient stars Again and again my hands try to reach for the stars But only my thoughts are with them
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I am reality and know what’s behind all mirrors Only opened my lids to make all chaos begin Exploding, expanding, never to stop Creating a sense for existence Can you think of a world consisting of emptiness And abundance… and abundance? My power surrounds planets Is across the galaxies, through the universe Not discovered by Human intellect Rational grasp is a fake of the wisdom within They want to find explanations for everything The only thing they forget is the question The question about me Omnipotence means nonduality There are only two things that are one pole And they are both one… they are both one My power surrounds planets Is across the galaxies, through the universe Not able to be discovered by Human intellect They have reached the sky, reached the moon Even the stars, but don’t they know? No one will ever reach my stars My power surrounds planets Is across the galaxies, through the universe Will never be discovered by Human intellect
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Lost in the middle of nowhere Exhausted by the cold winds Lost without any direction I’m wandering around Ice burns my skin The bone-chilling spell freezes my blood Makes me weak, wrecks my hope Takes my warmth away My soul slips away like melting snow on my skin It feels like falling into water unable to swim I’m drowning in deserts of snow My candle is burning so low Burning ice taking my sight I'm lost in a white hell I am blinded by its spell I was blinded as I fell Ice burns my mind Fills my thoughts with frosty clouds The cold air I breathe pierces my chest As my bearings are lost in the snow My soul slips away like melting snow on my skin It feels like falling into water unable to swim I’m drowning in deserts of snow My candle is about to fade I can feel the wizards of the winter Shattering my consciousness Abandoned by my powers And covered with snow My will to live is fading My soul slips away like melting snow on my skin It feels like falling into water unable to swim I’m drowning in deserts of snow My candle is extinct
10.
Hollowed 04:16
When I open my eyes I just stare into the dark For the moon has burned My last feel for the light Tormented by voices That lead me through this maze While in this whole maze No purpose is revealed The falling night reminds me Of my eternal quest Will it ever end? When will these voices Stop following me? I spread my wings to take Pure blood as mine is gone This way I try to fill my veins still I can't feed on what I've drunk My lips are torture My poisoned kiss crawls deeper Deeper than agony And deeper than fear The falling night reminds me Of my eternal quest Will it ever end? When will these voices Stop following me? The wind calls my name A thunder only heard by me At midnight I'll come to you To share with you my bane
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Heavy clouds are opening Adjusting the stream of time The night that used to be silver and bright Is lightened by a fiery grin in the sky The stage on which life acts Is the scenery where death plays Is the world where we live And our clock is ticking but time stands still I feel the heat of flames on my skin Telling me perdition has come Stars are falling from the blood red sky Crushing the earth, setting all its roots on fire Dispelling our illusion of an immortal world we control Preparing for a new beginning The air we breathe burns our lungs As the thoughts in our minds corrode our souls Our homes are surrounded by shimmering air Cities are deserted but crowded by flames Our world of past times lost its reality Like a painting falling into water Mother earth is closing her eyes These eyes of ash Stars are falling from the blood red sky Crushing the earth, setting all its roots on fire Dispelling our illusion of an immortal world we control Preparing for a new beginning What used to be the deep blue sky Now lightens up the woods in crimson red Stars are falling from the blood red sky Crushing the earth, setting all its roots on fire Dispelling our illusion of an immortal world we control Preparing for a new beginning The stars that used to be my life Have now they turned into my death? For the last time I'm looking up to the stars Will this really be the end?

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AMPLIFIED MEMORY's debut album explores the realms of themes like desires, personality, humanity's failures and the longing for the vast, undiscovered universe in eleven melodic death metal tracks and a spheric intro. It begins with the inception of existence and ends with the downfall of mankind, the moment the ever spinning wheel starts its next cycle.


Press about "The Ever Spinning Wheel:

Metal.de (GER): “[…] the melodies drag the listener through the machinery like a marionette, in which aggression repeatedly demands its place, however, you ultimately end up with your feet in the icy cold sea and blissfully die the Ophelia death […].”

Stormbringer.at (AUT): “With just the right amount of eruptions of aggression and a keen sense for melodies, these guys create several goosebumps moments.”

Powermetal.de (GER): “[…] AMPLIFIED MEMORY show themselves as an extremely mature and technically versed band, which delivers a more than convincing debut here. Whoever likes melodic death metal and excellent dual guitars should definitely give these guys a chance.”


Ratings:

powermetal.de (GER): 8/10
FFM-Rock Online Magazin (GER): 7.5/10
Twilight-Magazin (GER): 11/15
Stormbringer.at (AUT): 3.5/5
Metal1.info (GER): 7/10
Metalglory (GER): 7/10
Time For Metal (GER): 7/10

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released July 25, 2013

Line-Up:
Wolfgang Paulini – vocals
Christoph Lamprecht – guitars
Simon Bodesheim – guitars, keyboards
Michael Bichler-Thal – bass
Felix Indra – drums

Composed between 2009 and 2011, recorded between May 2011 and June 2012.
Main arrangements by Simon Bodesheim, final arrangements by Amplified Memory.
Backing vocals on tracks 7 by Simon Bodesheim and Felix Indra.
Violins on tracks 1 & 7 by Marion Lamprecht.
All songs edited by Stefan Traunmüller.
Engineered and mixed by Stefan Traunmüller at Soundtempel Studio Freilassing.
Visual Design and artwork by Maximilian Kühn.

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Dreams, recurring patterns, reminiscences, desires, the question about reality or simply the longing for the vast, undiscovered universe: All these things are in the focus of AMPLIFIED MEMORY, who work them up in their own innovative mixture of fast death metal, doom/black metal ballads and stomping midtempo beasts with a special focus on 90’s melodeath. ... more

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