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Cover Of Angel Rat Album By Voivod

by Greg Saucier, 90s cover artist

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1.
Panorama 02:36
WALKING DOWN AN ALLEY DEEP IN BLUE NEON A DEAD END FOR TODAY UNDER SKYWAYS WORN CIRCLING SUB-CITY A RAINBOW APPEARS TO CALM DOWN THE FURY TO CALM ALL THE FEARS THIS RANDOM OCCURRENCE IS ONLY A SIGN OF THE INCOHERENCE IN THE CLOCKWORK MIND A SYMPHONY OF OUR TIME RECALLING THE PAST PEOPLE IN A DECLINE DENYING THE VIBRATIONS WE'RE MADE OF SOMBER DRAMA ROLLING DOWN HILL PANORAMA ALL IS SO STILL ANYWAY, ANYHOW ANYHOW, ANYWAY END OF ALL REASON IS WHAT I GO THROUGH OVER THE GREYING LANDSCAPE UNDER A DEADENED SKY SITTING ON A MOUNTAIN I WILL STAND ASIDE AS I AM A WITNESS I TURN A BLIND EYE I AM FEELING HELPLESS BUT IT PASSES BY IS THIS A MODERN LEGEND? MAYBE A FAIRY TALE JUST A FUTURE REQUIEM CUTTING ALONG THE FICTION THAT WE'RE MADE OF
2.
A GREY HIVE, HUMMING WHITE SOULS ZONING IN A HALL OF GLASS PLASMA FLOWING FROM A CASK PIERCING OVERTONES MAINLINE INTO MY BACK PACK IT'S FULL OF CLOUDS IN MY HOUSE A GREY HIVE, HUMMING WHITE SOULS CIRCLE DANCE INSIDE THE CAVE ALL MOVEMENT BRINGS A MESSAGE LARVAE, IN THEIR HOLES WAITING FOR A SUMMER DAZE IT'S FULL OF CLOUDS IN MY HOUSE A GREY HIVE, HUMMING WHITE SOULS
3.
The Prow 02:12
THERE YOU ARE, YOU'RE WITH ME PROTECTING ALL MY CREW I CARVED YOU, FROM A TREE MY VISION IS YOU LORELEI, I HAVE THEE IN FRONT OF MY SHIP CUTTING WAVES, AT FULL SPEED SAVORING THE TRIP DOWN THE MIRROR OF THE WATERLINE LEANING OVER UNDERWATER LIFE HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE SEVEN SEAS I'M STARBOARD TO NOWHERE ON THE MILKY WAY HOWLING WIND, SALTY AIR TEARING AT THE SAILS LOOKING DOWN THE CROW'S NEST GLIDING IN THE SKY WITHOUT SOUND, GOING WEST BOATING ON THE FLY DOWN THE MIRROR OF THE WATERLINE LEANING OVER UNDERWATER LIFE HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE SEVEN SEAS BUT SOME DAY YOU'LL GO HOME FAR AWAY ON YOUR OWN DANS LA MER YOU'LL GO DOWN GO DOWN WHERE YOU BELONG
4.
Best Regards 02:56
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN YOUR WELL-KNOWN ADDRESS AGAIN, WITH NO ANSWER TO MY LAST REQUEST DISREGARD INK SPOTS MY PRESENTATION CONSIDER MY CLEAR THOUGHTS MY SPECULATIONS WHAT A WARNING THE WAY YOU'RE TALKING I'M MORE THAN WORRIED THE SKY IS BURNING THE CLOUDS ARE FALLING I'M MORE THAN SORRY YOU WRITE ME BACK BLANK EMPTY WORDS YOU DON'T WRITE BACK ACKNOWLEDGE MY STATEMENT A CREASED WHITE RECEIPT WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT WAS I INDISCREET? PERHAPS I'M IMPOLITE AM I OUT OF PLACE? HAVE I THE RIGHT TO WRITE TO EXPRESS MY CASE? THE TIME IS COMING THE WORLD IS DYING I'M MORE THAN WORRIED THE CLOCK IS TICKING REAL ACTION'S MISSING I'M MORE THAN SORRY YOU WRITE ME BACK BLANK EMPTY WORDS YOU DON'T WRITE BACK I STAY WELL-BEHAVED WAITING FOR THE MAIL BEST REGARDS, GOOD WORLD I STAY WELL-BEHAVED WELL INTO MY GRAVE BEST REGARDS, GOOD WORLD
5.
Twin Dummy 02:44
DUMMY SAYS I HAVE DREAMS FRIGHTENING SCREAMS DUMMY SAYS IT'S TOO LATE BIG MISTAKE THE CIRCUS LEFT WITHOUT ME AND I'M ALONE WITH YOU NOW DUMMY SAYS STAY WITH ME TALK TO ME DUMMY SAYS HOLIDAY COME AND PLAY THE CIRCUS LEFT WITHOUT ME AND I'M ALONE WITH YOU NOW BIG TOP CAROUSEL COTTON CANDY FUN HOUSE ACROBAT FORTUNE TELLER WHERE AM I? DUMMY SAYS MY DEAR FRIEND HERE YOU STAND MY RIGHT HAND DUMMY SAYS 'TIL THE END MY DEAR FRIEND MY RIGHT HAND
6.
Angel Rat 03:00
THE IDIOT WALKS ALONG A CANVAS SUNDAY RENDEZVOUS; MISTER PHOBIA "MAYBE, TODAY, FEAR WILL GO AWAY, I'LL FLY!" A GRUESOME RAIN, A SERAPH WAILING FLAPPING MADLY, SHAKING ON THE WING "LISTEN, MY FRIEND, NEVER LOOK DOWN FROM THE CLIFF" "TAKE CARE, BEWARE! DO TRY TO CATCH THE ECLIPSE" OBSESSION, THE WILL TO FLY STILL, A NAGGING DOUBTFUL MIND STRAIGHT AHEAD HALF LUNA SHINES HERE COMES DARKNESS DISTANCED FROM ABOVE BOLD EMPTINESS OMNISCIENT FOG OBSESSION, THE WILL TO FLY STILL, A NAGGING DOUBTFUL MIND STRAIGHT AHEAD HALF LUNA SHINES UP ON THE EDGE READY! ONE, TWO...GO! RAT OR ANGEL DOES ONE REALLY KNOW?
7.
Golem 02:37
I KNOW, I KNOW, FROM THE ASSEMBLY LINE I KNOW, I KNOW, THE THREE LAWS OF MY TYPE I WAS NOT MADE TO SMILE I WAS NOT BUILT TO LIE I ASK MY POSITRON SELF WHY AM I BORN APART WE WORK ALONE INSIDE THE BIG DOME THERE'S NO REASON FOR MY EYES TO GLOW EVERY NIGHT, EVERY MORNING EVERY DAY I KNOW, I KNOW, THE PASSAGE OF MY TIME I KNOW, I KNOW, THE SAME OLD DAILY GRIND I DON'T CARE WHAT I AM I AM THE NEVER MAN I ASK MY KINDRED SPIRIT WHY DO I DREAM OF KITES WE WORK ALONE INSIDE THE BIG DOME THERE'S NO REASON FOR MY EYES TO GLOW EVERY NIGHT, EVERY MORNING EVERY DAY
8.
The Outcast 02:13
DOORWAY IN SIGHT NOT A SECOND TOO LATE INTO THE NIGHT SIREN, SPOT LIGHT WAILING WOLVES AT THE GATE INTO THE NIGHT RUNNING ALL DAY, IN EVERY DIRECTION FINDING HIS WAY, TO CIVILIZATION EVERYTHING'S GONNA WORK OUT YES, EVERYTHING'S GONNA WORK OUT HE USED TO STAND BY HIS WINDOW, YOU KNOW THE VIEW WAS SO GOOD, HE WANTED TO GO AND NOW THAT HE'S BACK ON THOSE SAME OLD STREETS HE'S LOCKED IN AGAIN, AND FALLS ON HIS KNEES RUNNING AWAY THAT IS ALL THAT HE KNOWS TIME AND AGAIN HE FADES AWAY AND FORGETS WHERE HE GOES TIME AND AGAIN RUNNING ALL DAY, IN EVERY DIRECTION FINDING HIS WAY, TO CIVILIZATION EVERYTHING'S GONNA WORK OUT YES, EVERYTHING'S GONNA WORK OUT
9.
ALL UNDER ONE COMMAND CLOUDS OVERCAST THE LAND INFINITE DIVISION CHAOTIC CREATION PATTERNS OF FLAT SPIRAL SPINNING A TRIANGLE WIND ON THE SCHIZOSPHERE NUAGE FRACTAL APPEARS OUT THERE! DYNAMIC INTRUDER MUTATING WHOLE NUMBERS SYSTEMS ARE COMPROMISED VIRUSES ORGANIZE ONE SIMPLE MEMORY IN EVERY THEORY ALL RANDOM ELEMENTS BECOME DETERMINANTS OUT THERE LIVES SOMEONE PIRATE SPACE KINGDOM WE GET LOST IN THIS CHAOS TOO SOON FOR US TO BE IN TOUCH TOMORROW WE WILL KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THE CODE SALVATION'S ON IT'S WAY IN THE LIGHT OF TODAY CLOUD OF ALL DESTINY GHOST OF REALITY NOBODY CAN DETECT THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT
10.
Freedom 02:26
THE RED GRASS, UP TO MY KNEES AN AURA COMES TOWARDS ME SOMEONE'S CHANGED THE FORMULA UNCHAINING ANOTHER LAW THE NATURE OF THINGS! I WON'T LAST FOREVER! THE NATURE OF THINGS!
11.
FOLLOWING THE STORY ON MY MONITOR NO MORE SAVING GLORY ONLY FLAT COLORS BLACK AND WHITE DISTORTION BACK AND FORTH ALL DAY A FINE-TUNED DECEPTION I AM SHOCKED IN WAVES IT JUST BRINGS ME DOWN LOOKS JUST LIKE THE SAME SONG AND THE SAME OLD DANCE WHO IS RIGHT? WHAT IS WRONG? WHERE'S THE SECOND CHANCE? STORM THE DESERT HOMELAND THIS ONE'S GONE TOO FAR WE HOLD PEACE IN ONE HAND IN THE OTHER...WAR! IT JUST BRINGS ME DOWN SO, EVERY CHANNEL'S THE SAME SAME WEIRD GAME SHOW QUIZ WHAT FUTURE? FOR WHO'S GAIN? AND THE ANSWER IS? A. GLOBAL DESTRUCTION B. BLOWN-UP IN FLAMES C. POLLUTED OCEANS D. SEAS OF DISEASE NONE OF THE ABOVE!

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Just in time for lockdown... One of my favorite records of all time is Quebec thrash metal band Voivod's 1991 release ANGEL RAT. Because of the extreme beauty and of its construction, I've been thinking since it came out that somebody should try a simple acoustic cover of the entire album. Now that the themes in the lyrics seem even more touchingly relevant in March 2020 than they were in 1991, I decided that the person to try it was me!

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released March 17, 2020

Lyrics:

1. PANORAMA

WALKING DOWN AN ALLEY
DEEP IN BLUE NEON
A DEAD END FOR TODAY
UNDER SKYWAYS WORN

CIRCLING SUB-CITY
A RAINBOW APPEARS
TO CALM DOWN THE FURY
TO CALM ALL THE FEARS

THIS RANDOM OCCURRENCE
IS ONLY A SIGN
OF THE INCOHERENCE
IN THE CLOCKWORK MIND

A SYMPHONY OF OUR TIME
RECALLING THE PAST
PEOPLE IN A DECLINE
DENYING THE VIBRATIONS WE'RE MADE OF

SOMBER DRAMA
ROLLING DOWN HILL
PANORAMA
ALL IS SO STILL
ANYWAY, ANYHOW
ANYHOW, ANYWAY

END OF ALL REASON
IS WHAT I GO THROUGH

OVER THE GREYING LANDSCAPE
UNDER A DEADENED SKY
SITTING ON A MOUNTAIN
I WILL STAND ASIDE

AS I AM A WITNESS
I TURN A BLIND EYE
I AM FEELING HELPLESS
BUT IT PASSES BY

IS THIS A MODERN LEGEND?
MAYBE A FAIRY TALE
JUST A FUTURE REQUIEM
CUTTING ALONG THE FICTION THAT WE'RE MADE OF


2. CLOUDS IN MY HOUSE

A GREY HIVE, HUMMING WHITE SOULS
ZONING IN A HALL OF GLASS
PLASMA FLOWING FROM A CASK
PIERCING OVERTONES
MAINLINE INTO MY BACK PACK

IT'S FULL OF CLOUDS IN MY HOUSE

A GREY HIVE, HUMMING WHITE SOULS

CIRCLE DANCE INSIDE THE CAVE
ALL MOVEMENT BRINGS A MESSAGE
LARVAE, IN THEIR HOLES
WAITING FOR A SUMMER DAZE

IT'S FULL OF CLOUDS IN MY HOUSE

A GREY HIVE, HUMMING WHITE SOULS


3. THE PROW

THERE YOU ARE, YOU'RE WITH ME PROTECTING ALL MY CREW
I CARVED YOU, FROM A TREE
MY VISION IS YOU
LORELEI, I HAVE THEE IN FRONT OF MY SHIP
CUTTING WAVES, AT FULL SPEED
SAVORING THE TRIP
DOWN THE MIRROR OF THE WATERLINE
LEANING OVER UNDERWATER LIFE
HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE SEVEN SEAS

I'M STARBOARD TO NOWHERE ON THE MILKY WAY
HOWLING WIND, SALTY AIR TEARING AT THE SAILS
LOOKING DOWN THE CROW'S NEST GLIDING IN THE SKY
WITHOUT SOUND, GOING WEST
BOATING ON THE FLY
DOWN THE MIRROR OF THE WATERLINE
LEANING OVER UNDERWATER LIFE
HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE SEVEN SEAS

BUT SOME DAY YOU'LL GO HOME FAR AWAY ON YOUR OWN
DANS LA MER YOU'LL GO DOWN GO DOWN WHERE YOU BELONG


4. BEST REGARDS

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
YOUR WELL-KNOWN ADDRESS
AGAIN, WITH NO ANSWER TO MY LAST REQUEST
DISREGARD INK SPOTS
MY PRESENTATION
CONSIDER MY CLEAR THOUGHTS
MY SPECULATIONS
WHAT A WARNING
THE WAY YOU'RE TALKING
I'M MORE THAN WORRIED
THE SKY IS BURNING
THE CLOUDS ARE FALLING
I'M MORE THAN SORRY
YOU WRITE ME BACK BLANK EMPTY WORDS
YOU DON'T WRITE BACK
ACKNOWLEDGE MY STATEMENT
A CREASED WHITE RECEIPT
WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT
WAS I INDISCREET?
PERHAPS I'M IMPOLITE
AM I OUT OF PLACE?
HAVE I THE RIGHT TO WRITE TO EXPRESS MY CASE?
THE TIME IS COMING
THE WORLD IS DYING
I'M MORE THAN WORRIED
THE CLOCK IS TICKING
REAL ACTION'S MISSING
I'M MORE THAN SORRY
YOU WRITE ME BACK
BLANK EMPTY WORDS
YOU DON'T WRITE BACK
I STAY WELL-BEHAVED WAITING FOR THE MAIL
BEST REGARDS, GOOD WORLD
I STAY WELL-BEHAVED WELL INTO MY GRAVE
BEST REGARDS, GOOD WORLD


5. TWIN DUMMY

DUMMY SAYS
I HAVE DREAMS
FRIGHTENING SCREAMS

DUMMY SAYS
IT'S TOO LATE
BIG MISTAKE

THE CIRCUS LEFT WITHOUT ME
AND I'M ALONE WITH YOU NOW

DUMMY SAYS
STAY WITH ME
TALK TO ME

DUMMY SAYS
HOLIDAY
COME AND PLAY

THE CIRCUS LEFT WITHOUT ME
AND I'M ALONE WITH YOU NOW

BIG TOP CAROUSEL COTTON CANDY FUN HOUSE ACROBAT FORTUNE TELLER
WHERE AM I?

DUMMY SAYS
MY DEAR FRIEND
HERE YOU STAND
MY RIGHT HAND

DUMMY SAYS
'TIL THE END
MY DEAR FRIEND
MY RIGHT HAND


6. ANGEL RAT

THE IDIOT WALKS ALONG A CANVAS
SUNDAY RENDEZVOUS; MISTER PHOBIA
"MAYBE, TODAY, FEAR WILL GO AWAY, I'LL FLY!"
A GRUESOME RAIN, A SERAPH WAILING
FLAPPING MADLY, SHAKING ON THE WING
"LISTEN, MY FRIEND, NEVER LOOK DOWN FROM THE CLIFF"
"TAKE CARE, BEWARE! DO TRY TO CATCH THE ECLIPSE"
OBSESSION, THE WILL TO FLY
STILL, A NAGGING DOUBTFUL MIND
STRAIGHT AHEAD HALF LUNA SHINES
HERE COMES DARKNESS
DISTANCED FROM ABOVE
BOLD EMPTINESS
OMNISCIENT FOG
OBSESSION, THE WILL TO FLY
STILL, A NAGGING DOUBTFUL MIND
STRAIGHT AHEAD HALF LUNA SHINES
UP ON THE EDGE
READY! ONE, TWO...GO!
RAT OR ANGEL
DOES ONE REALLY KNOW?


7. GOLEM

I KNOW, I KNOW, FROM THE ASSEMBLY LINE
I KNOW, I KNOW, THE THREE LAWS OF MY TYPE
I WAS NOT MADE TO SMILE
I WAS NOT BUILT TO LIE
I ASK MY POSITRON SELF
WHY AM I BORN APART
WE WORK ALONE INSIDE THE BIG DOME
THERE'S NO REASON FOR MY EYES TO GLOW
EVERY NIGHT, EVERY MORNING
EVERY DAY
I KNOW, I KNOW, THE PASSAGE OF MY TIME
I KNOW, I KNOW, THE SAME OLD DAILY GRIND
I DON'T CARE WHAT I AM
I AM THE NEVER MAN
I ASK MY KINDRED SPIRIT
WHY DO I DREAM OF KITES
WE WORK ALONE INSIDE THE BIG DOME
THERE'S NO REASON FOR MY EYES TO GLOW
EVERY NIGHT, EVERY MORNING
EVERY DAY


8. OUTCAST

DOORWAY IN SIGHT
NOT A SECOND TOO LATE
INTO THE NIGHT
SIREN, SPOT LIGHT
WAILING WOLVES AT THE GATE
INTO THE NIGHT
RUNNING ALL DAY, IN EVERY DIRECTION
FINDING HIS WAY, TO CIVILIZATION
EVERYTHING'S GONNA WORK OUT
YES, EVERYTHING'S GONNA WORK OUT
HE USED TO STAND BY HIS WINDOW, YOU KNOW
THE VIEW WAS SO GOOD, HE WANTED TO GO
AND NOW THAT HE'S BACK ON THOSE SAME OLD STREETS
HE'S LOCKED IN AGAIN, AND FALLS ON HIS KNEES
RUNNING AWAY
THAT IS ALL THAT HE KNOWS
TIME AND AGAIN
HE FADES AWAY
AND FORGETS WHERE HE GOES
TIME AND AGAIN
RUNNING ALL DAY, IN EVERY DIRECTION
FINDING HIS WAY, TO CIVILIZATION
EVERYTHING'S GONNA WORK OUT
YES, EVERYTHING'S GONNA WORK OUT


9. NUAGE FRACTAL

ALL UNDER ONE COMMAND CLOUDS OVERCAST THE LAND
INFINITE DIVISION CHAOTIC CREATION
PATTERNS OF FLAT SPIRAL SPINNING A TRIANGLE
WIND ON THE SCHIZOSPHERE NUAGE FRACTAL APPEARS

OUT THERE!

DYNAMIC INTRUDER MUTATING WHOLE NUMBERS
SYSTEMS ARE COMPROMISED VIRUSES ORGANIZE
ONE SIMPLE MEMORY IN EVERY THEORY
ALL RANDOM ELEMENTS BECOME DETERMINANTS

OUT THERE LIVES SOMEONE
PIRATE SPACE KINGDOM

WE GET LOST IN THIS CHAOS TOO SOON FOR US TO BE IN TOUCH

TOMORROW WE WILL KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THE CODE
SALVATION'S ON IT'S WAY IN THE LIGHT OF TODAY
CLOUD OF ALL DESTINY GHOST OF REALITY
NOBODY CAN DETECT THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT


10. FREEDOM

THE RED GRASS, UP TO MY KNEES
AN AURA COMES TOWARDS ME
SOMEONE'S CHANGED THE FORMULA
UNCHAINING ANOTHER LAW
THE NATURE OF THINGS!
I WON'T LAST FOREVER!
THE NATURE OF THINGS!


11. NONE OF THE ABOVE

FOLLOWING THE STORY
ON MY MONITOR
NO MORE SAVING GLORY
ONLY FLAT COLORS
BLACK AND WHITE DISTORTION
BACK AND FORTH ALL DAY
A FINE-TUNED DECEPTION
I AM SHOCKED IN WAVES
IT JUST BRINGS ME DOWN
LOOKS JUST LIKE THE SAME SONG
AND THE SAME OLD DANCE
WHO IS RIGHT? WHAT IS WRONG?
WHERE'S THE SECOND CHANCE?
STORM THE DESERT HOMELAND
THIS ONE'S GONE TOO FAR
WE HOLD PEACE IN ONE HAND
IN THE OTHER...WAR!
IT JUST BRINGS ME DOWN
SO, EVERY CHANNEL'S THE SAME
SAME WEIRD GAME SHOW QUIZ
WHAT FUTURE? FOR WHO'S GAIN?
AND THE ANSWER IS?
A. GLOBAL DESTRUCTION
B. BLOWN-UP IN FLAMES
C. POLLUTED OCEANS
D. SEAS OF DISEASE
NONE OF THE ABOVE!

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