Synthetic

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The Story

Lost somewhere in the space that exists between fantasy and reality, life and death – a young angel makes his way onto the Earth after a young pious woman is violated by a lowly thug on the streets. Crossing the planes of existence by means of a horribly violent birth, the young boy is born into our modern world with an innate feeling of confusion and disgust of where his journey has taken him. Why is he here and will he fight ’till the end for the answers?

Disturbed from his seemingly infinite rest, the child is forced to live a sheltered and indoctrinated life in an isolated shack somewhere in the desolate mountain ranges with his mother, who despite her horrible circumstances stays true to her vehemently strong religious convictions. The years pass by rapidly and the boy loses the childhood he needed and so desperately deserved.

Older in age, he manages to snake out of the home in hope of finding his crowd. For all the wrong reasons, he resorts to petty thievery, murder and the battery of children in gangs as this is the only time he truly feels as though he belongs. In spite of this, he still feels lost in his insecurities and wonders what it is truly like to have friends.

Bored with the gang’s previous acts of violence, his buddies use their powers of persuasion to make him break into a car for them. To their dismay, a police vehicle patrolling the area had come after the crooks after hearing the glass of a car shatter. Displaying their true character, the others run off and leave our angel apprehended by the law. The boy is forced to remember all the warnings his mother gave him about friends and why he did not need them. These thoughts are disturbed by the as he is taken aback by the beauty of a golden-haired, green-eyed police officer that is taking him to be questioned. The angel senses a sense of depression and incompleteness in this enchantress and in a brief moment of illogical heated passion through connection of eyes, the two flee to start a new life together without the worries of their pasts. They seal their deal by making love together on the beach under the light of stars. A new child is born.

Life goes on and the once young boy is now a father himself. Plagued with guilt for simply leaving his mother to her own devices in their mountain sanctuary, he wishes to return to at least cure his curiosity of how she is living without him. He travels to come clean to his mother about his new life, only to find her lying dead before his eyes. In complete cold shock of what has happened combined with his past history of run-ins with the law, he escapes before anyone has the chance to confront him.

The angel take his wife and son out to a distant forest to clear his mind with some good old-fashioned family bonding, teaching his boy how to hunt and sharing his philosophies on life. The helicopter circle the skies looking for signs of a killer as someone must have tipped the police off about someone suspicious leaving the mother’s secluded mountain sanctuary. Fed up with the pressures and unfairness of his existence, the angel puts his son and wife to bed so that he can finish up some of his own business. He kisses his son on the forehead and says his last goodbyes before executing himself upon the pile of animals that had managed to hunt that day. His wife watches still from through the cracks of their tent door and goes back to sleep ignoring the sounds of gunfire.

In an attempted to be reunited with his one true love, his mother, the angel makes his journey back to his origins in the world that exists between life and death; the conduit to the sky. He is confronted with his fears of being alone, and stuck forever – never knowing where he truly fit in. This angel needed answers as to why he was here and this was the only place he was going to get them.

Taunted by an unrelenting drive to see his mother once again, he travels heaven and earth to find her, only to find himself back in that mountain cottage he grew up in. But where were his answers? who will answer them? In the midst of his angst he felt a strange sense of purpose and clarity. A baron mirror stands on a hill outside his window. Lying in the glistening reflection cast by the grand mirror, the answers to all his questions are found. With urgency he glanced into the mirror to be flooded with memories of a love once known. Lost somewhere in the space that exists between fantasy and reality, life and death – a young angel makes his way onto the earth after a young pious woman is violated by a lowly thug on the streets.

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released March 31, 2012

Line-up / Musicians

- Douglas Skene / Vocals, Guitars & Keyboards
- Mitch Coull / Guitars & Vocals
- Andrew Craig / Drums & Percussion
- Jessica Martin / Bass & Vocals
- Phill Eltakchi / Keyboards & Vocals

Recorded by Douglas Skene at Ploughman Studios, Glenmore Park

Mixed and Mastered by Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios, Denmark

Produced by Douglas Skene

Cover Art by Tristan Tait

Photography by Daniel Farr at Farski Photography

Art Direction by Douglas Skene, Daniel Farr, Adam Underwood, Tristan Tait and Daniela P. Riquelme

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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. ... more

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Track Name: This Hour of Ours
This hour of ours belongs to you and me
This hour of ours will set us free, my dear
Track Name: To Conceive a Plan
You ask me these questions
I’ve asked myself for years
After all this to find
This saviour of mine a peer
Down dangled cord of feather
As the bellows of Jacob sung
Bidded, I climb each tattered rung

Is this home?
Is this heaven’s gift to man?
Make me a child, rid me a father
Rid me a man!

To emerge from this flesh, to be born
To violate law – to be unplanned
Why me?

Fresh faced, bright eyed; a believer
A follower of yours beaten to the ground
Her blouse fell to the floor
Before she could let out her roar
I stumbled upon this universe
It’s catered and fit for me
Its beauty I’m yet to see

Harmony Solo: Coull & Eltakchi

Blood and puss coat these walls
And I’m ripped out with a glove
Was I plucked out by the one above?
Or just a product of this rape?

Solo: Eltakchi

What is this place you call my home?
You call this my home, what is this place?!

Solo: Skene
Solo: Coull
Track Name: The Boy is Dead
Solo: Eltakchi

He will die
She doesn’t know yet
He wants no lies

Have not a friend
More than that which I deserve?
I was defied
Woken from my celestial bed
I was a martyr inside my head
Banish me to here!

He will die
She doesn’t know
What he’ll become

It’s quiet, it’s easy
If you don’t believe
And you won’t, trust me…

Pious, servant, so sure you
Banished me to here

Know my tale
My scripture, my war
The boy is dead

Solo: Coull

Now you know
Now we know
The boy is dead
But his limbs still grow
A man is here
Taunted and tested
The simplest of childhoods?
“God plays with his best!”

Life’s little pleasures like
Shuffling in sand
The gift of a soul
Left youth contraband
His voice of a stranger
Known better than my own
His bidding and judgement
Left me overthrown
Track Name: For All Wrong Reasons
For all wrong reasons
Struggling to find identity
I’ve seen each passing season
The basis for my calamity

Oh , I’ve stolen things
Ah, I’ve fought and I’ve killed
There, Have I proved my worth now?
This, it’s all that I’ve known

Oh, we’ve circled in rings
Ah, we’ve bashed the young kids
There, I’ve proved my worth now
This, to earn your respect
To become a we – to fit right in

Solo: Skene
Track Name: And Now to Find a Friend
Solo: Eltakchi

Like awakening from some lonesome rift
These bones know not of friendship
I’m a pilferer, No I’m not, I’m a liar
Just show my name lit up in lights!

So take a glimpse and have a peer
At the pressure on this humble man
Hear the smashes of glass
Hear the shackles bind him
To the flashing van

It’s a feeling that’s inside
A mutuality to find
If this is what one really is
Mother was right

Save your prayers for me
A petty thief, a vagabond
And now to find a friend
If I am how he made me;

A crowned jewel, a baby in a golden basket
I’m an angel without wings
Find my friend

Like a pigeon to the plague
My mind already made
Just a virgin boy so shy
Who fell at the sight of green eyes

It’s a feeling that’s inside
A mutuality to find
And if she closed her eyes she’d see
Her angel lies in meSave your prayers for me
A petty thief, a vagabond
And now to find a friend
If I am how he made me;
A caged fool, an arrow with no direction
I’m an angel without wings
Find my friend

If you could turn to me
Then we could share this all
If you would turn to me
Then we could share this all
If you could turn to me
The we could share…

Solo: Eltakchi
Harmony Solo: Coull & Skene

Lying under stars with you
Lying on the sand with you
Be my angel, show me I can feel
We escaped my life, now this starts our war
Be my wife, crash me on the shore
Be the friend I never needed more
And make the son we’ll never love more

Save your prayers for me
A petty thief or your soulmate
I’m an angel with his wings
Found my friend…

Harmony Solo: Coull & Skene

Release me from the cold
And let me learn to love
I live each day in shadow
You sad excuse for divinity!
Let me…
I finally found my friend
Track Name: With What I See
Fight or Flight
Emotions I don’t know about
Escaped my world
The one that fate paved out for me
Guilt for leaving mother
But her ways I can’t defend
She vested herself in him
For her life I would descend

Where’s he now?

With what I see
The safety of my family
It was my mother and me
Starved of a paternity
All I ever wanted
Was a woman by my side
I think I’ve finally found her
With what I see she looks fine to me

Patiently,
I visit home of yesteryears
The fragile devout lady
And her two-bit mountain sanctuary
To sate my growing hunger;
To assure her I’m still there
With what I see
She doesn’t even care

Solo: Coull
Harmony Solo: Coull & Skene
Solo: Skene
Track Name: Hunting is for Women
Family, Gather round
This rustic trip was surely made for us
To take life is precious
Or so they say
To make it is natural
To end it, divine
Or so they say

Find your target, don’t lose sight
Grip the handle oh so tight
Shoulders straight and if done right
Hunt your prey in full flight
that is not the only way
people make the choice to stay
She didn’t have that chance
To hell with this, I pave my way!

Two of us, two of us, two of us
Made one of him

Three of us, three of us, three of us
Killed wolves and deer

One of him, one of him, one of him
Made everything?
Add it up!

Find your target, don’t lose sight
Grip the handle oh so tight
Shoulders straight and if done right
Hunt your prey in full flight
That is not the only way
People make the choice to stay
Think of the son and think of the wife
To hell with this, I pave my way!

Solo: Skene

I’m sorry, my son
For leaving my wife
Blame it on him, blame it on me
She opened our tent to find me being divine
And as quick as she came, she turned the blind eye

I’m sorry, my son
for leaving this life
You’ll thank me for this
Your forehead, I kiss
So I’m taking both barrels
They’re on my back now
I was no prize game
But I’ll lay on the pack

Jabbed into my ribs
Shoot through the bile
Just another beast on the pile
Track Name: Even in Heaven
Transcends the known realm
Like angels birthed from hell
Life takes you by the helm
Myself, my soul – you dwell

It’s yearning to see the light of day
Because of you
I’m willing to fight to show that I love you
They say all is fair in love and war
Even in Heaven
No one exceeds, not even meets
All that is you

Match made to compliment
Assailed by you, I fell
Our limits I resent
Of relished fears you tell

You wear my heart on your sleeve
Its weight you will relieve
Risk brings reward, so share our common fool

Solo: Eltakchi
Solo: Skene

I only ever had eyes for you!
Every night in my dreams, I see you there
Blinding my right…

No one exceeds, not even meets
Even in Heaven
Track Name: Conduit to the Sky
He is dead
Finally now she knows
He never told her one lie
Track Name: Haunting Me!
I was born and raised
Not the ideal son
Simply life’s caesarian
A scar that’s left to heal
The end’s the only way
I’d learned how all move on
But if nothing’s really there
It’s haunting me

Is this all I’ll be
Old, alone, cold and scared
Is this all I am?
Haunt me

Torn from the skin
Of a woman without sin
Only left to be
This hollow shell
And if death is not the end?
I’ll be with her again
With nothing left to see
It’s haunting me!

Is this all I’ll be
Old, alone, cold and scared
Is this all am?
Haunt me, haunt me
It’s haunting me!

Harmony Solo: Coull & Skene

Is this all I’ll be
Old, alone?
Is this all am?
Haunt me, haunt me
It’s haunting me!
Track Name: Divine
Harmony Solo: Coull & Skene

Welcome home
It smells nice
I remember the scent of the gardens
You planted here
I was the seed
Planted in the flesh of old
Where is my mother?
I’m meeting her here

It’s yearning to see the light of day
So answer me
Was willing to die to show her
Your boy is here
Show me the door to the holy place
Where divine fears are shed

Welcome home
I’ve been here
The walls are so reminiscent
The photo frames too
Is my father here with us now?
Oh no, that’s not right
The purest and good die young
I’m back to where I’ve begun

It’s yearning to see the light of day
So answer me
Was willing to die to show her
Your boy is here
Wasn’t I born in this holy place
Where divine children are led?
Meet my only true friends
Birth and Death…

Solo: Skene
Solo: Eltakchi

Certainty unfolds
Goodbye life of old
Son and Wife were sold
To have my questions answered
Offered them a home
One that fit the mould
Show my mother how I loved them!
Just hope my prayers were answered

What is divine?
God only knows
What’s Divine
God only knows!

Why did she die?
And why was I born?
You gave me a friend
But it was too late
Show me your face
And answer for my life
This life was synthetic
And that was your fatal flaw
That was your fatal flaw

Harmony Solo: Coull & Skene

Show me your face
And answer for my life
This life was synthetic
And that was your fatal flaw
I read of your looks in books
I knew your voice so well
Angels are perfect?
A halo – no match for a gun

Solo: Coull

Welcome home, I grew up here
The walls are so reminiscent
The photo frames too
The pastures through the windows glisten
My answer is here
A golden mirror baron
In the greenest of fields

It’s yearning to see the light of day
So welcome me
Was willing to die to find out
Why is clear
Why was I born on the earth?
We’re puppets left to bleed?
Please come out to play
I’ve already paved the way

From this glance, a lonesome beam
Primes the inner one
Reflection’s cast, the mind to yield
The face is me

And from where I stand, this mirror before me
With what I see – my synthetic destiny