Pictures

by Mindspeak

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Sven B. Schreiber
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Sven B. Schreiber With its debut album, this young band from Vienna follows the footsteps of honorable Austrian prog masters like "Matter Of Taste". The music on this concept album is not of the kind I'd call particularly innovative - it travels pretty much on well known roads paved by many others long ago. However, these youngsters do it in a highly pleasant way, skillfully avoiding the pitfalls of pseudo-progressive phrase rehashing most of the time - certainly more successfully so than several of their experienced grand paragons of prog. Favorite track: The Big Sleep, Pt. V: Kaleidoscope.
wildfirelink
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wildfirelink Fantastic prog-rock album and one of the best I've heard in a while! It manages to deliver all of the musical depth and progressive stylings of various famous prog rock groups that stays true to the genre while keeping very memorable and fun throughout the variety of tracks. Not to mention, Viktoria's lovely vocals are quite refreshing and bring a great deal of charm to the variety of songs. Mindspeak's off to a stellar start with this debut, and I can't wait to hear what they come up with next. Favorite track: Reawakening.
William Covert
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William Covert Mindspeak is one of the best up and coming contemporary progressive rock bands. Pictures is a great debut album and features a mix of musical complexity along with catchy melodies and endless hooks. For fans of UK, King Crimson, Fugue, Yes, Bruford, Extra Life, Dream Theater, & Alarmist. Favorite track: The Big Sleep, Pt. V: Kaleidoscope.
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released January 17, 2014

Mindspeak are:
Viktoria Simon - vocals
Simon Nagy - bass, electric upright bass
Alex Clément - guitar, background vocals
Christoph Kasparovsky - keyboard, e-organ, background vocals
Gabriel Lahrmann - drums, percussion, background vocals

Guest musicians:
Johannes Richter - vocals on "Tragedy of Perfection", "The Big Sleep, Pt. II, IV" and "Reawakening"
Thomas Körner - saxophone on "The Big Sleep, Pt. V"

Drums recorded by Moritz Lochner and Daniel Blum
All other instruments and vocals recorded at Mindspeak Mansion Studios
Produced by Mindspeak
Mixed and co-produced by Ulrich Treutwein
Mastered by Manuel Schönegger

Artwork by Claus Diwisch and Phillip Ivellio-Vellin

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Track Name: Tragedy of Perfection
I. Inconstant scales

Barren room
Eyes are shut
Stay inside to last

Got no name
Got no face
As anybody else

Locked in time
Black and white
Grieving for my past

Light is dim
I won’t join
This homogenous mass

Deprived of emotion

Constant "learning to live" echoes from the walls
I am caged within the tragedy of perfection
Constant pressure heating up with no remorse
I am caged within the tragedy of perfection

Looking down
Unbanning depths
The fall’s a step away

Nighttime falls
Eternal black
Still eluding day

Stagnating pulse
No belief
Got no need to stay

Mind control
Prescribed ideal
I have lost my way

Deprived of emotion

Constant "learning to live" echoes from the walls
I am caged within the tragedy of perfection
Constant pressure heating up with no remorse
I am caged within the tragedy of perfection

Down and out
I feel the walls crumbling down
My head explodes
I need to get out now

Another senseless day
I cannot carry the weight
Anymore

Inconstant scales of Life,
always vacillating, how rarely
does a facile weight dare
announce itself to the soon vanishing
opposite load.

On the other side, the peaceful
scales of Death.
Space enough on both
of the kindred bowls.
Equal space. And beside it,
unused,
all the weights of Equanimity,
shining, in ordered rows. *


II. In the Still of the Night

I break down on the inside
My light begins to fade
In the autumn of my madness
Where the sky is turning grey

The last time all the colors of the fall
They blind me and they pierce while I crawl
Like your shadow stabbing your own back
Constant scales of nothing’s what I lack

At the end of my escapement
There’s only way out
I’m staring into coldness
My cries in vain are drowned

The last time all the colors of the fall
They blind me and they pierce while I crawl
Like your shadow stabbing your own back
Constant scales of nothing’s what I lack

In the still of the night
I lay all hope aside
I’m the one
Who ceases dreams
Track Name: The Big Sleep, Pt. II: Empty Faces
A state of failing feelings
No decisions to be made
No somber thoughts at all
A numbing ease instead

Reflections of the past surrounding
Floating through the afterlife
Looking in an empty mirror
Slipping through a stream of light

Sleeping wide awake
Beyond expressiveness
No hope, no fear
Infinite emptiness

Struck by a ray of light
Intense feeling of grace
Empty faces staring
Caught in an endless space

I am the one, my soul still lingers on
The fire is gone, I’m just a shell alone
Breaking these chains which once held me in place
I chose to leave to look for better ways

The will to leave has turned to ash
Lady Lazarus failed to be complete
Feels like I’m caught between day and night
I’ve been exempt from my life’s speed

Spinning in circles once again
Like a black hole is consuming all I am
An endless momentum crumbling space and time

The questions in my mind will stay
All that mattered wiped away
I’m left behind and still alone
A stranger coming home

Blackness is darkening my state
The walls are getting closer now
I'm running out of time again
The pain of salvation hurts somehow

My fate until the end of time
Became the nightmare that I am
At last it’s me who wants to be untied

I am the one, my soul still lingers on
The fire is gone, I’m just a shell alone
Breaking these chains which once held me in place
I chose to leave to look for better ways

The questions in my mind will stay
all that mattered wiped away
I'm left behind and still alone
A stranger coming home
Track Name: The Big Sleep, Pt. III: Balance
The rain of clarity pours down
A sudden ray of hope leads me now
A long way I walked to find myself again

A voice that whispers in my ear
Bringing order to my deepest fears
Hello my friend, I’ve waited all this time for you

The balance in my mind
A truth which I once hoped to find
Has always been inside of me
Untied these chains and now I'm free

A leap into the great unknown
My deepest wish had finally shown
An endless road led finally out into the light

The balance in my mind
A truth which I once hoped to find
Has always been inside of me
Untied these chains and now I'm free
Track Name: The Big Sleep, Pt. IV: A Stranger Coming Home
Dream or reality, a sleep without awakening?
It's time to leave this place and spread my wings
My darkness left behind, I’m ready for the last goodbye
A burden lifted off, like giants cry

I’m waking up, the dawn of a new day
Given all of this, the end of my decay

Contemplation for a chance to start it all again
A way to learn to become my own friend
All my Tears turn to dust, sparkling in the summer sun
Step out into the light, all coldness gone

I’m breaking out, the dawn of a new day
Given all of this, the end of my decay

I’m leaving now, the dawn of a new day
Given all of this, the end of my decay
Track Name: The Big Sleep, Pt. VI: Letting Go
I am the one, my soul still lingers on
The fire still burns, I’m not a shell alone
Breaking these chains which once held me in place
I chose to leave to look for better days

The questions in my mind will stay
all that mattered wiped away
I'm left behind and still alone
A stranger coming home
Track Name: Reawakening
I feel the day
Open my eyes
After a long night my first sunrise
Carpe diem, seize the day

The most familiar words
Repeated in my head
Cherish all the things I’ve never had

Long ago, I was far below
I’m the one who seizes dreams
Break the line, may the stars align
I’m the cue for my own theme

A beam cuts through the clouds
Made way for better days
Temptations gone which once led me astray

No more left or right
The goal is straight ahead
Vibrant colors pave the way I take

Long ago, I was far below
I’m the one who seizes dreams
Break the line, may the stars align
I’m the cue for my own theme

I feel the day
Open my eyes
After a long night my first sunrise

The most familiar words
Repeated in my head
Cherish all the things I’ve never had

Long ago, I was far below
I’m the one who seizes dreams
Break the line, may the stars align
I’m the cue for my own theme