Beyond Good and Evil

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From a musical point of view, ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ is everything but minimalistic, characterized by rich electronic arrangements and multiple textures of melodies and orchestrations. The retro-futuristic style recalls many ‘80s pop icons, such as Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Simple Minds or Gary Numan, without lacking more modern rock and industrial influences.
It was not born as a concept album, and probably it’s not such even if we look at the end result. However, at some point in the working phase, we noticed the existence of a ‘leitmotif’, born spontaneously and almost unconsciously; an underlying thread behind the scaffolding of the entire album, but at the same time, organic to the latter.
It’s the concept of hypocrisy, effectively symbolized by the ‘veil’ (a metaphor borrowed from the philosophy of Schopenhauer and, before him, from the eastern culture); something that is between the observer and the real essence of things.
This is the intrinsic concept of BGaE; a trace of it can be spotted in each song, always from a different point of view. The veil can be a metaphor for many forms of hypocrisy: the perversion of social patterns, the lack of transparency and sincerity in relations between lovers or friends, the want of communication and isolation barrier behind which some of us take shelter to protect ourselves from cruelty and the irrational chaos of this world, the sterile materialism of a substantial part of our society, etc.. This is evident from the first song ‘The Veil of Maya’, which can be considered the manifesto of the entire work; in it, it’s also obsessively present the exhortation which is the other thread of the album; It’s not limited to single out the existential problems but it also offers a possible solution: the gash of the veil, the abandonment of any illusory condition of human life; a difficult but essential process, desirable - mind you -no matter what you encounter on the other side of the wall (it is here that takes way the quote from Nietzsche that gives the title track, although completely changed to the original direction), whether is ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’.
We must accept the truth of our existence for what it is; if necessary, fight to change it. However, too often humans mutilate themselves in a voluntary state of minority, afraid to face reality. Changes are possible, anyhow, if each one realizes this simple thing.
‘Beyond Good and Evil’ is essentially this: a humanist work, which criticizes the human race for human race’s sake. The great hope hidden behind the veil of pessimism.

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released April 29, 2016

© ScentAir Records

Recorded and mixed between 2014-2015 in Bari, Italy
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Davide Colella - main vocals, synths, programming
Francesco Romeo Sacco - guitar, synths, backing vocals

Tracks ‘01’ , ‘07’
composed by D. Colella
Tracks ‘02’ , ‘03’ , ‘05’ , ‘09’ , ‘10’
composed by D. Colella, F. R. Sacco
and written by F. R. Sacco
Track ‘04’
composed by D. Colella and written by F. R. Sacco
Tracks ‘06’ , ‘08’
composed by D. Colella and written by D. Colella, F. R. Sacco

Artwork by Marina Mundo
photos on pages 2 and 7 by Gianluca Mininni

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Track Name: Beyond Good and Evil
[instrumental]
Track Name: The Veil of Maya
I wanna be where no one is
I wanna see you to decrease
Learning the will of God until
You know that is to form and kill

I know that is hard to admit
It’s time to come to terms with it
I’m helping you, I’m here to teach
Listen to me, to what I preach

When you will open up that door
You’ll know that your life has no core

Reach out and understand
What our life is made for
Open your eyes and
Let your convictions crumble
Rise to the stars and
Climb your own Himalaya
Turn on the light and
You will rip the veil of Maya

Be thankful to this life and live
Be careful to the time you give
Remember that's always too short
Don't let the world bring you to abort

Wake up from sleep and face the truth
This world is not conceived for you

Reach out and understand
What our life is made for
Open your eyes and
Let your convictions crumble
Rise to the stars and
Climb your own Himalaya
Turn on the light and
You will rip the veil of Maya

The veil of Maya
Track Name: I Wanted Love
I wanted love, but was impossible
A man like me, is so incredible
You wanted love, it seemed impossible
A girl like you, who could expect this fall?

I want to keep this love unbreakable
Don't know your flesh was so corruptible
Don't know your heart can be so horrible
And nor your chastity can turn invisible

You stole my soul, was unforgettable
You ruled my world, it was untouchable
You wanted love, I was invincible
You broke my walls and took my innocence time
You took my innocence time

And so you know that it will go away
I know this too but maybe not today
But it will go and leave us both alone
Don't let anxiety can strip you to the bone

You stole my soul, was unforgettable
You ruled my world, it was untouchable
You wanted love, I was invincible
You broke my walls and took my innocence time
You took my innocence time

I wanted love, but was impossible
A man like me, is so incredible
You wanted love, it seemed impossible
A girl like you, who could expect this fall?

You stole my soul, was unforgettable
You ruled my world, it was untouchable
You wanted love, I was invincible
You broke my walls and took my innocence time
You took my innocence time
Track Name: Game Over
Do you remember the time
When we were partners in crime?
We took delight of the life
By sharing the pain

Our idyll now crashes
We’re collecting the ashes
We are acting like strangers
But this fault is worthwhile

In everything you say
No matter how much you play
The meaning is clear to me
Game over, game over

Do you remember the joy
Naivety of a boy
Virginity of a girl
That was the guilt for us two

And now it’s time for the choice
‘cause I feel rage in your voice
I choose to move and go on
And hope you can do the same

In everything you say
No matter how much you play
The meaning is clear to me
Game over, game over
Track Name: This World's Too Loud
Say the words I want to hear
I can only read your lips
Say the things I want to know
Burn my body in your eclipse

When I hold your hand in mine
I can feel it turn to cold
I can't see your spirit shine
Now is copper what was gold

It can’t be good, we can’t be proud
When we know this world’s too loud
Don't let it get into your ear
Or our love will disappear

Speak to me, just whispering
Let your voice come to my heart
Now you are the only thing
I think you should be from the start

It can’t be good, we can’t be proud
When we know this world’s too loud
Don't let it get into your ear
Or our love will disappear

This world’s too loud
Don't let it get into your ear
This world is so loud
Don't let it get into your ear

Speak to me, just whispering
Let your voice come to my heart
Now you are the only thing
I think you should be from the start

It can’t be good, we can’t be proud
When we know this world’s too loud
Don't let it get into your ear
Or our love will disappear

This world’s too loud
Don't let it get into your ear
This world is so loud
Don't let it get into your ear
Track Name: I Prefer Machines
I don't like talking with humans
I prefer machines
I won't deal with devious creatures
I prefer machines

You won't need to fight your shyness
They will give you all the time you want
You won't show them any weakness
They won't even make you feel alone

Fighting themselves and blasting the land
Spreading the Chaos and preaching the Hate
Guns are machines but soldiers are men
It’s hard to live, try if you can
I prefer machines

They don't know prejudice or hatred
Equality is guaranteed
They don't have any eyes to judge you
Your self-esteem will be preserved

Fighting themselves and blasting the land
Spreading the Chaos and preaching the Hate
Guns are machines but soldiers are men
It’s hard to live, try if you can

Nature is always cruel and unjust
Providing life to lucky and strong beings
They don't deserve all this prevailing
Let's fix this wild and unfair world

I prefer machines
Track Name: Hikikomori
[instrumental]
Track Name: Something To Live for
The darkest light
I've ever seen
The sweetest cage
In which I've been

I feel this weight
All over me
The world's so high
I cannot see

Your reaching hand
Seems to tell me
‘No time to cry,
It's time to be!’

You just gave me
Something to live for
Now I know what
My life is made of

I used to think
‘Was not my world
I used to give
My life for sold

Your reaching hand
Seems to tell me
‘No time to cry,
it's time to be!’

Your soul so strong
Has shaken me
You broke my chains
And now I'm free

You just gave me
Something to live for
Now I know what
My life is made of
Track Name: Renaissance
I cannot cry
I cannot help thinking
Discomfort
Is what I’ve above

But as each new year
It begins in winter
We fell asleep
And woke up in love

We can fight
But nothing changes
We were born
But not to win

We cannot stop
The spread of hating
No kind of Love
Can be a sin

Say goodbye
My Renaissance falls
In this time
Goodnight
To your life
And walk
To the dawn

But now shut up
Let’s stop a moment
Touch my skin
And try to feel

Although this life
Is still abhorrent
Although this world
Is made of steel

Say goodbye
My Renaissance falls
In this time
Goodnight
To your life
And walk
To the dawn
Track Name: The Losers
I don't know when
We are dead inside
I don't know when
We stopped to amaze us

Amaze for a flower
Or the smile of a child
We're losing the right
Of being called as humans

I can't stop playing
You can't stop lying
I cannot wait
While you laugh at my crying

But I know
I know what this life has made you
And I know
I know what this life has made me

We are
Searching the day
At the end of another
(Becoming the losers)
Choosing the gain
For the life of a brother
(Becoming the losers)

Be sure this way
You're destroying yourself
It's easy to say
You're in love with your own pelf

But you can't eat it
And can't sleep on it
You're wasting your life
Can't you see? Think about it!

We consecrate
Our life and our soul
On the altar of money
That's the only true life goal

And make us
Slaves of something we have created
Deciding
To sell each piece of our poor heart

We are
Searching the day
At the end of another
(Becoming the losers)
Choosing the gain
For the life of a brother
(Becoming the losers)

Searching the day
(Here and now)
At the end of another
Choosing the gain
(Here and now)
For the life of a brother
Becoming the losers
Track Name: Game Over (Remix)
Do you remember the time
When we were partners in crime?
We took delight of the life
By sharing the pain

Our idyll now crashes
We’re collecting the ashes
We are acting like strangers
But this fault is worthwhile

In everything you say
No matter how much you play
The meaning is clear to me
Game over, game over

Do you remember the joy
Naivety of a boy
Virginity of a girl
That was the guilt for us two

And now it’s time for the choice
‘cause I feel rage in your voice
I choose to move and go on
And hope you can do the same

In everything you say
No matter how much you play
The meaning is clear to me
Game over, game over
Track Name: I Prefer Machines (Dynamic Master Remix)
I don't like talking with humans
I prefer machines
I won't deal with devious creatures
I prefer machines

You won't need to fight your shyness
They will give you all the time you want
You won't show them any weakness
They won't even make you feel alone

Fighting themselves and blasting the land
Spreading the Chaos and preaching the Hate
Guns are machines but soldiers are men
It’s hard to live, try if you can
I prefer machines

They don't know prejudice or hatred
Equality is guaranteed
They don't have any eyes to judge you
Your self-esteem will be preserved

Fighting themselves and blasting the land
Spreading the Chaos and preaching the Hate
Guns are machines but soldiers are men
It’s hard to live, try if you can

Nature is always cruel and unjust
Providing life to lucky and strong beings
They don't deserve all this prevailing
Let's fix this wild and unfair world

I prefer machines
Track Name: The Losers (Klaak Remix)
I don't know when
We are dead inside
I don't know when
We stopped to amaze us

Amaze for a flower
Or the smile of a child
We're losing the right
Of being called as humans

I can't stop playing
You can't stop lying
I cannot wait
While you laugh at my crying

But I know
I know what this life has made you
And I know
I know what this life has made me

We are
Searching the day
At the end of another
(Becoming the losers)
Choosing the gain
For the life of a brother
(Becoming the losers)

Be sure this way
You're destroying yourself
It's easy to say
You're in love with your own pelf

But you can't eat it
And can't sleep on it
You're wasting your life
Can't you see? Think about it!

We consecrate
Our life and our soul
On the altar of money
That's the only true life goal

And make us
Slaves of something we have created
Deciding
To sell each piece of our poor heart

We are
Searching the day
At the end of another
(Becoming the losers)
Choosing the gain
For the life of a brother
(Becoming the losers)

Searching the day
(Here and now)
At the end of another
Choosing the gain
(Here and now)
For the life of a brother
Becoming the losers