Venus

by Hemina

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Hemina are a 4 piece Progressive Metal band from Sydney, Australia. The band's sound has been described as a unique combination of hard hitting syncopated grooves, lush synth backwashes, multi-part vocal harmonies, memorable leads with a focus on songwriting and emotion.

The band have supported international bands Uriah Heep, Kamelot, Apocalyptica and will be supporting Queensryche in October 2016 for the Sydney leg of the tour. They have shared the stage with Aussie legends, Caligula’s Horse, Chaos Divine, Voyager, James Norbert Ivanyi, Divine Ascension, Breaking Orbit among many others and simply live for the stage.

Hemina's first two albums 'Synthetic' and 'Nebulae' were met with critical acclaim traversing two different sides of the band's sonic spectrum from the complex and dark, to the concise and uplifting.

With a reinvigorated lineup, the band's third album 'Venus' is the most collaborative work to date offering flavours of what fans have come to expect in the past as well as a new palette and range of expression never before heard from the group. Hemina return with an 80 minute concept album detailing and examining domestic violence, relationships, and individuality in the 21st century with a narrative arc to accompany and elaborate on their previous conceptual output.

'Venus' is Hemina at their heaviest and most energetic without ignoring the tender and delicate side that keeps the music in balance. With a powerful modern production and mix crafted between Skene and McMahon at Ploughman Studios with audiophile mastering from Ermin Hamidovic at Systematic Productions (Periphery, Devin Townsend, Plini) - this is the band at their best.

Hemina is:
Douglas Skene - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Mitch Coull - Guitars, Vocals
Jessica Martin - Bass, Vocals
Nathan McMahon - Drums, Vocals

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released November 11, 2016

PRODUCED BY DOUGLAS SKENE

Mixed and Engineered by Douglas Skene at Ploughman Studios
Drums Engineered by Douglas Skene and Nathan McMahon at Somerset Music
Drums Mixed by Nathan McMahon
Mastered by Ermin Hamidovic at Systematic Productions

All lyrics by Douglas Skene except 'Down Will Come Baby' with Jessica Martin.
Additional Sound Effects by Bugsy S.S. Edwards.
Tenor/Alto Saxophone on 'Expect the Unexpected', 'Moonlight Bride', and 'Dream State of Mind' by Jimmy Garden.
Trumpet on 'Moonlight Bride' and 'I' by John "Daddy Webbo" Webster.
Flute on 'Venus' by Sarah Cathleen Henderson.
Percussion on ‘Down Will Come Baby’ by Edwin Saute. Additional Gang Vocals by Shane Ian Leadbeater and Samuel Joseph. Additional Choir Vocals by Selin Akbaşoğulları, Reece Denton and Stephanie Orellana.
Digipak and Disc Design by Tristan Tait.
Booklet Design by Nathan McMahon.
Photography by Selin Akbaşoğulları and Hemina.

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Track Name: Fantasy
Now we have have our lying cheater
Have remorse? This whore forlorn?
You lying bitch, you cheat yourself
You left behind your life, you lost!
If you can look past this mirage...

You wipe these eyes to slow resolve
With this pixie dust your problems solved
Your gallantry of fantasy fight your wars remotely
A surrogate - not a real thing
A walking corpse - petrifying
The sleeping troops that you're hiding
Mask the screams from within

You smear these eyes you have drawn on
With this caustic rust, your face decries
You fantasise of fantasy
Yet never live presently
Worthless scum - not a real thing
A walking curse - terrifying
The sleeping girl that you're hiding
Jabs herself from a tin

[Keys/Guitar Solo - D Skene]
[Guitar Solo - M Coull]

Learn remorse before you're gone
And in due course bear its fruits
And then at last look past this mirage!
Track Name: Expect the Unexpected
I am weak and tired here, you are mine and I am yours
This “L” word we mutter, what does it mean?
A single breath or something more?
One ticket please, I'd like to take journey;
A pleasant trip for something more

[Sax Solo - J Garden]

The chills, the shocks. The shell around me crumbles
A cracked egg - your undead yolk
Your chiseled face sets my mood
On top or bottom? Jazz or Folk?
Trust is must, and I want you
I'm feeling sticky, so be my glue

Expect, my dear. Men always do
I've got something in store for you, it's unexpected
Track Name: High Kite Ride
[Guitar Solo - M Coull]

Surely winds will blow when you are locked away
Cherishing a white and shiny pearl that we call time
Free choice costs us funnily
You must have heard the tale of Arabian nights
Where a magic carpet sails the sand dunes
To give a view that money could never buy

These fairy tales dictate your plans...

As you minimise what could only be death alive!
People from the lower floors hear the whimpers of a Woman consumed by guilt
You broke the trust that was your glue
Now you bear a cross you can't undo
It's peppered with hate, it acts as his bait
There are limited ways to deal with your fate
Lay your body down for the High Kite Ride

I guess I was never too good at confrontations
I spent too much time bringing balance to the equation

As you minimise what could only be death alive!
People from the lower floors hear the whimpers of a Woman in a hell she's built
You broke the trust that was your glue
Now you bare a cross you can't undo.
It's peppered with hate, it acts as his bait
There are limited ways to deal with your fate
Lay your body down for the High Kite Ride

Slowly the insults sink in - she is lost
Grasping at the last signs of normal life
It's a lie / you can cry
She knows it's always the same...

[Guitar Solo - M Coull]

Put aside the kite string, you are locked away
Euphemising control as passion got you nowhere
But this life of misery

[Keys/Guitar Solo - D Skene]
[Guitar solo - D Skene]

As I justify what could only be death alive!
Day-by-day ad nauseum
As I watch the petals of the table orchid wilt
I stole the trust that was our glue
If I leapt back in time I wouldn't hurt you
Once a loving man
Now a psychopath
There are just some things from which we cannot come back!

Lay your body down for the High Kite Ride!
Track Name: Moonlight Bride
[Sax Solo - J Garden]

Know the skin
The supple flesh of X and X
Curves and hips
The ability to make you weep and cry

It's taken time to learn to like this me
Bathing, suds oozing down my slopes
Once was all it took took for me
To become the Moonlight Bride

Lights are dim
I bathe in glow of moon and stars
#curvesfordays
But in some strange way I'm almost satisfied...

If I'm so worthy of your goddamned hate
Why would you waste a second stalking me?
You write me messages and deem me a slut
Those IG likes the only heart I got...

[Guitar Solo - D Skene]

I am the Moonlight Bride!
Track Name: Venus
A shift of frame binds me to another life
To shift the blame - to learn, to love

Venus: My timeless abode
The resting place and cradle for my welcoming
Hatred: For the horrid beast I am
Embodying the questions that need no answering

Breathing in the perfumed mountain dew
Golden sanity in my cocoon

Beyond the glow that blinds my eyes
A fragile child lies
All aboard now it's time to depart
Beneath the blades of scars to be
Far up high, a new life waits to take your place

Venus: The celestial vial
Enclosing me to banality
25 years; still no quickening
On a high, and wasting time away
A simple fix; my only...
This habit of mine completely sickening!

[Flute Solo - S C Henderson]

I wanna know, what's the point of it all
When it's all up here?
It's slaked by ecstasy
Lies! Oh lies...
It seems that way to you, when it's all up here.
We live a different reality

[Guitar Solo - M Coull]
[Guitar Solo - D Skene]

Now we're at the point of no turning back, it's real
Oh, but why is there no clear message or no sign?

Feel the glow, cos it's here to stay on my yellow sunshine
Track Name: The Collective Unconscious
Born apart but fall together
And tucked away we ride a vortex of love...

We bare a dream state of mind - a fantasy
Locked in stasis forever
Moreover; together.

The turbulent waves of a sea untamed
A gentle display of love
These planes in which we walk
We mould, we form together
Tonight...

[Guitar Solo - M Coull]
[Guitar Solo - D Skene]

Nocturnal days and sunlit nights
A full moon's beam
In pitch black sight
Track Name: Secret's Safe
At long last true life gleams for me
Love's out the window, consider yourself a widow
Found the man, the one of my dreams
Remember this?

We made out by the pines
We got high all those times
You need me and I need you
What does that mean for us?

I know all your secrets
Your secret's safe
Safe inside of you
Know the face
The eyes of blue

Get down from the clouds, look at me now!
Love's out the window, consider yourself a widow
Answer this
My pleas of help
Speak, Scream, Sneer
Show me signs - signs of “we”

Just remember I know all your secrets
Your secret's safe
Safe inside of you
Know the face
The eyes of blue...

[Guitar solo - D Skene]

Although you found yourself here, calling out for help
Reaching out for help while you can
Would it be enough, could it be enough to leave here?

(Your secret's safe, my dear
Your secret's safe while you can
Show respect to me
Have some faith in me)

Although you found yourself here, calling out for help Reaching out for help while you can,
Would it be enough, could it be enough to keep it?
Track Name: Starbreeze
Feel the glow it's here to stay
The earthly astral interplay
The Starbreeze
Oh, it must be fed
Time to face the music that's ahead

Starry night o' night so bright
Behold our pixeled cosmic sight
Past the solar wind lies a Starbreezes
The cooling flame, the lion's gaze
The golden bars on heaven's gates
Beyond the glow of Venus, a star is born

Is this the age they'd sung about
In hippy tales of galaxies?
Beneath the sugary sky lies a Starbreeze
Rainbow excites the child's eyes
The pastelled stellar dance tonight
Betwixt our moon and Venus, a star of beauty; me

Let this gust wash over me
I'm soaring through the air
Higher and higher and higher again
Higher and higher, please never end
Till I'm dead...

[Guitar Solo - D Skene]

Gather round and stay a while
It's time to face the music ahead!
Track Name: I
[Guitar Solo - M Coull]

Let's take a moment, if you will, for me
Give me a moment, just one moment to breathe

If every step I've made was made with the burning hope
That one day I would wake up just to know who I am
A cotton welcome mat
A pushover and a diplomat
A girl, not a woman bred for futures passed

I'm more to you than you are to me
Start to learn your place before I leave
But if I'm more to you than you are to me
Why can't "I" be easier to say when you mean nothing?

If every step I've made was made with the dying hope
That one day I would wake up just to know that I am
I'm not your welcome mat
Nor your slut or punching bag
A girl, not a woman whose only future's past

I loved you through the crimes
I led you through the darkest times
I held you in my god forsaken arms!

[Guitar Solo - M Coull]

If you told me it could possibly be like this
(I won't stand for this!)
I would have packed my bag and ran
No matter how lonely or how at fault I was or am
(I won't stand for this!)
I would have packed my bag and ran
I...

[Guitar Solo - D Skene]

But then I found myself a way
To move my mind to another world
The simple life on Venus
Whilst my body lurks this lonely place
I'll live to see a longer day on my yellow sunshine
A year will never seem as long
As the bodies above sing their song
Track Name: Dream State of Mind
[Sax Solo - J Garden]

Burning an inferno while smothering a flame
This hour sought promise, what can I take away?
Living surreality whilst dying from heartache
Fraudulent conclusions I've yet to validate

Falling down from a solid sky, all of this my dream state of mind
Defined myself - Dream State of Mind
You always speak the words I want to hear...

But what if you could remember ANYTHING and everything you wanted to believe? You had to believe it - but is it really REAL?
You change your thoughts, your mind, and such and such, but did you EVER really think it would change a thing?
Your brain crumbles from a marmalade sky, yet it scars like a BLOOD orange. A vivid hallucination that's left you with nothing more than the hope of being DUST
One hour of DREAMS and delight to end up where you started
Worse than vanishing, worse than say... BEING NOTHING?!
Melting down from liquid sky, all of this my dream state of mind
Faced it all - Dream State of Mind
You always speak the words I want to hear...

Oh I was born to be a winner, but these lines are getting deeper
You missed your life go flashing by
In your dream state of mind

[Guitar solo - M Coull]

Have you ever stared into the night sky
And wished another star or planet would be your home?
Well walk a mile in my shoes!
Cos in this world there's so much pain
For just a girl of 29, without a child, living each day as if she had died!

Parched the sky for all its worth
Believe or not - own your state of mind!
You always speak the words I want to hear...
Purge the falsehood!

[Sax Solo - J Garden]
Track Name: Down Will Come Baby
[Guitar Solo - M Coull]

Pining for the touch of a hand
The softness of a long awaited kiss
Longing for the warmth of a hug
For the smallest glimmer of hope
I know you can be better than this
So I bide my time and so I bite my tongue
Wanting the life we share in my head

We shared an hour all alone. Greet the sun with me. Greet the sun...

How did I get here? This isn’t my place
I used to be stronger, pain written on my face
The daily struggle with thoughts of escape
And down will come baby, cradle and all

Stuck in this limbo and I’m losing my mind
I'm over your games and we've tried so hard
I know what I need and it's down below
I'm not even sure what I'm missing, but I know it's not this
I've gotta gather the courage to take back my home;
Two or three storeys and some broken bones
If I'm being honest, I saw myself as a woman of the world
To travel abroad and break bread with bros
To be this young with an old soul's glow
I never pegged myself as the naive type
How did I get you so wrong?

Down Will Come Baby

I know I shouldn’t be here, too weak to deny this fate
He thinks he can break me, he is truly mistaken
I will break out and remember who I was before us
And down will come baby cradle and all

[Guitar Solo - D Skene]
[Guitar Solo - M Coull]
[Keys Solo - D Skene]

Free from your clutches, I can finally reap what this life will offer me
Apart from jealousy and fear
I want to know joy, and I'm not just talking about a chick in daytime TV scenes
I threw away 5 awful years and it's sick how good the outside feels
Left alone day in, day out, my guilt; the lifeforce to his clout
Yet I know one day a time will come when I know it's not my fault

I'll no longer be here, only I can deny this fate
He thought he could break me and in truth he was right
But no matter how shaken, I will break from this cot
And down will come baby, cradle and all!

[Guitar Solo - D Skene]