Fragility

by A|symmetry

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Following successful EP “Room 17: Hours Between Shadows and Light” (2012), "Fragility" is a conceptual story fragmented to nine songs in total length of 50 minutes of genuine progressive/power metal music with powerful vocals, complex arrangements and strong rhythm section.

"Fragility" is a fictional story about fate of a man from Aralsk whose life shared same destiny with dying lake (Aral Sea). It is a musical and lyrical journey that describes a fate of millions of people trapped in a world ruled by dictators, corruption, twisted forms of leadership, malfunctions of society, wars, as well as a critique of both "eastern" and "western" way of life. It is also a story about tremendous effect of men on environment and horrible things that we as a species do to nature.

Guest musicians:
- Linus "Mr. Gul" Abrahamson (Andromeda, Edge of a Circle, Nonexist, Galahad)
- Johan Reinholdz (Andromeda, Nonexist, Skyfire)
- Dusan Djuric Svilokos (Trigger)

A|symmetry is:
- Aleksandar Stojkovic - vocals
- Zoran Perin - guitars
- Petar Milutinovic - keyboards
- Nenad Jakovljevic - drums
- Radomir Nikolic - bass

Online:
Webpage: asymmetryband.com
Facebook: facebook.com/AsymmetryOfficial
Twitter: twitter.com/asymmetry_prog
Youtube: youtube.com/user/AsymmetryProg
Vimeo: vimeo.com/asymmetry
SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/a-symmetry

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released September 16, 2016

- Recorded by Dragan Panjak at RevolverStudio Novi Sad
- Mix and master by Vedran Kovacic at Chicken Sound Studio, Zagreb
- Artwork by Ani Artworks
- Logo by Maggot Meister

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A|symmetry Belgrade, Serbia

A|symmetry is a five-piece progressive/power metal act from Serbia. Music of the band can be described as dark progressive metal, but unlike many bands on scene, the focus is on the expression of emotion and creating atmosphere, not the technical aspects of playing.

If you like heavy guitar riffs, spacey & vintage keyboards, powerful vocals and prog-drumming, check out A|symmetry's music
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Track Name: Fragility pt. 1
I dream of a peaceful haze,
The distance vast and nature wild,
A hermit who has lost his way,
As pleasant breeze, smooth and mild,
Carries on the sunset pale,
Joined in bloom – the sea of life,
Lonesome, drifting astray,
I walk the ice so thin, so fragile.
So fragile.

On a journey I’ll embark,
The road ahead and story twines,
I’ll read the signs and leave the marks,
I’ll walk the ice, won’t look behind.

All I know - I must walk this earth
So fragile, so fragile…
Track Name: A New Beginning
So here I am, is this the land of the free?
Feel like a caveman, everything seems so strange to me.
Well, I'm just a pilgrim - misplaced from his chronology,
Suppose I should be thrilled by all of your technology?

I come from afar, in search of new beginning,
The less you know about me, the more safe you’ll be!

I acknowledge the fruits of your efforts, your hard working hands,
I respect your dreams, your intentions to become the better men.

You were offered the hand of a "savior",
You grabbed it unhesitatingly,
Quickly renewed your world from the ashes,
You thought you’d prosper unmistakably.

I come from afar, in search of new beginning,
The less you know about me, the more safe you’ll be!

But safe enough you’ll never be…

I come from afar, in search of new beginning.
And once you come to know me you’ll have to let me be!

Yeah, I swear I will be loyal, these hard working hands,
We’ll keep building your world together, as long as I can.

Oh, I promise we’ll keep moving the sustainable path,
Yes, I swear I will be humble, won’t question your wealth!
Track Name: Memories From The Old Country
An ordinary day,
The walls have ears, they’ll set you up
They came and took my dad away.
Never heard from him,
Your acquaintances hired, your friends are wired
Only memories pale and dim.

It took me so much time to realize what was going on,
I was just a child who never left his home.
And as the years went by I never learnt how to carry on,
It was hard for me to accept that I’ll have to deal with all the hard times on my own.

An ordinary day,
The phones have bugs, they’ll beat you up
They came and took my mom away.
We didn't say goodbye,
But deep inside I know - she's watching over me.

And one day I realized - as I saw his portrait,
The tyrant’s will - can’t be compromized,
And even after he is gone - his system will remain,
And another tyrant - will come and take his place.

An ordinary day,
They’re on the hunt and you’re the prey
They came by surprise and took my sea away,
Instead the sea of gold,
Marked the enemy of the state
Only dunes of steaming desert sand.

No longer a child, but in the end I did comprehend,
Am I destined to spend the rest of my days in this barren land?
I’m better off than to succumb to the will of the one,
Like hermit I’ll survive, I’ll hide my face from the sun!

So I ran away from my life, running for my life,
Shared last piece of bread, tasted every fugitive’s strife,
Nothing to lose, for I have no possessions,
Left short for words and deaf for questions,
Nothing to cling to…but memory, only memory.

Until we meet again…
Track Name: A Cogwheel
Years and years so far behind,
And behind all the hard labor – the trail of scars,
It makes you resistant to strain,
You know damn well it tranquilizes every pain.

A cogwheel keeps on whirling – feeding the alien inside
And if you try to oppose the force – snap – you’re gone!

And every day looks exactly the same,
And there’s even no more point how much you’ll make,
As life goes by, no one will make it up to you,
The pressure’s on and you’re just one tiny screw.

A cogwheel keeps on whirling,
Feeding the alien inside,
And if you try to oppose the force – snap – you’re gone!
A cogwheel keeps on whirling,
Feeding the enemy inside,
And if you try to balance on a ledge – you’ll lose your ground!

Am I about to become an abandoned shipwreck,
Sight blurred and skin rough by the sandstorms,
There’s so much tension on this leverage, about to crack,
Unless it deviates from the norm, completely transforms.

A small part of the machine,
As the big wheels keep on spinning,
After the full circle I'm back at the beginning,

And just before the burst, another change of grease,
To postpone my wear and tear,
And feed me with my existential needs,

As I move in circles – I won’t get very far,
Quicker I become – sooner I’m back at the start.

A cogwheel keeps on whirling,
Feeding the alien inside,
And if you try to swim against the current – you’ll drown!
A cogwheel keeps on whirling,
Feeding the enemy inside,
And if you try to oppose the force – snap!!!

Grain of Aral sand stuck between the cogwheels two,
As the wheels keep grinding every deviation.
And it won’t stop spinning - no matter how stubborn your determination,
But it may eventually loosen its tooth…
Track Name: The Grand Turmoil
It came out of nowhere, completely possessing my soul,
Showing me the alternative way, making me whole,
Was it the act of despair or revelation, I’ll never know.

I found my way out – long ago, I am safe now,
And you’ll find your way too my friend,
It is an art that will carry away your heart!

The grand turmoil gave birth to an idea so brilliant,
The man with a vision is always a one in a million,
For now we know we were worthy, we – the resilient!

I found my way out – it was the music of my heart,
And you’ll find your way too my friend,
Be it any art fulfilling, creative and smart,
To carry the torch takes a different approach,
And corrupted world you cannot mend,
But build your own from the scratch,
Back to square one, back to the start!

We’ve found our way out, we stood our ground,
For the cause pure and profound,
We’re always there, you’d never see us around!

The grand turmoil reflected in our minds bringing us music,
While you kept winding between your hell and your heaven,
Becoming our weapon against you, and we’re not afraid to use it,
We now let you know of our ominous presence!

You and me my friend, and so many others who share our sense,
We already won this battle in our own time and space,
Because the world of ours is not the one that’s about to collapse –
No!!!
Track Name: Let Me Live
Hear me now – grand deceiver – let me live!

I tempt you with delusion,
I lead you into sin,
Offer plain confusion,
Corrupt you from within,

I am the reason for your weakness,
And this pain I cause will only linger on…

Redistribute all our possessions,
Slightly differently consume,
As I feast upon your dementia,
And only trauma I produce,
Not asking for your approval,
I push you for a deadly manoeuvre,
So precious deeds that I achieve,
And for yours not a single cent I will give!

Hear me now – grand deceiver – let me live!

Step inside the great soap bubble – it’ll never burst,
Now sip some blood, but cut wide open first!

Hear me now – grand deceiver – let me live!

Become one with the inflating sphere – plunge headfirst!
Reality embrace, convert, destiny immerse!

A porcupine inside your blister, prepare for the worst,
My blood will be your poison, it will never quench your blood-thirst!!!

Hear me now – grand deceiver – let me live!

Let me live - revolution is the path!!!
Track Name: Towards Utopia
Revolution is the path towards utopia they say,
The path so few dare to tread full speed ahead.

The righteous ones, the people free – we all believed in revolution,
New paradigma, the foundations of new world based on peaceful resolution.

If you tend to be a revolution's child,
Beware – it may also eat you alive!!!

Open mind, a tricky game, the thin line between loss and gain,
In the end it seems - the house always wins.

And as the crowds clap their hands to puppet rising into power,
The ideal lost, the right cause gone, the taste of victory bitter-sour.

If you tend to be a revolution's child,
Beware – it may also eat you alive!!!

The one who’s pure at heart will only tear his own apart,
The true winner of this bet feels no remorse and no regret.

I witnessed as the bastard sons took over every institution,
As gutter slime occupied the streets and proclaimed their own constitution.

If you tend to be a revolution's child
Beware – it may also eat you alive!!!
Track Name: Civil War
All I ever wanted was to spend the rest of my days in peace,
Far away from the deep nested fears from the old enemies,
Fugitive from the world of disaster and a land looted and plundered,
I ran away from one hell just to end up within another.

All of a sudden inside the eye of the storm, when chances are weak,
Know you can never take control over your destiny,
And now I am forced to run for my life once more
Though I foolishly hoped this could never become my war.

Between the trenches of blood, across the barbwire,
Through the gunpowder mist and against the crossfire,
Guts spilled, torn limbs, entrails ripped, all around the stench of gore,
Carcasses painted the canvases of this ugly civil war!

And after all,
I never belonged,
To this world of yours.

All of a sudden inside the eye of the storm, when chances are weak,
Know you can never take control over your destiny,
And now I am forced to run for my life once more,
Though I foolishly hoped this could never become my…

Ready / aim / fire!!!
Ready / aim / fire!!!

And now in the dead of night, as I flee from this ruined town,
As sniper lasers shred the darkness and thermal cams search for flesh,
I won’t look back as this land puts on its funeral gown,
And like the chain reaction the titans awake, preparing for their final clash!

And after all,
I never belonged,
To this world of yours.

All of a sudden inside the eye of the storm, when chances are weak,
Know you can never take control over your destiny,
And now I am forced to run for my life once more,
I defy taking any part in this hideous war!
Track Name: Fragility pt. 2
Sleeping tight, tonight, a lullaby,
For unaware, and unconcerned,
Who haven't seen and haven't heard,
Not so distant warning signs,
Once they do, not much chance,
To change the way, a call to arms,
A cry for help - their frail defence,
Would only open the old scars.

Ice cold heart and crack in the
Ice cold heart and crack in the
Ice cold heart and crack in the ice…

The crack in the ice begins to show,
It spreads much faster than you can run!

Warlords gather on horizon,
Leading their army of greed,
Preparing for the final battle,
Wallowing in sin and guilt,
Their wealth consumed by their own debt,
And bred with never growing seed,
They won’t pull out their absurd order,
Won’t save this fragile world they claim they built.

No, not this time…

Ice cold heart and crack in the
Ice cold heart and crack in the
Ice cold heart and crack in the ice…

The crack in the ice begins to yawn,
It grins it pries it devours your Eden.
Repaying every loan, and every scar is sewn,
And every debt forgiven, yes - we can call it even.

And as I struggled to return to the Aral sea,
It also found its way back home - we’re finally free,
And in peaceful water’s mirror I could see,
The familiar eyes watching over me!

Still, the hermit watches on…