Symmetry

by Quicksilver Night

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    Although darker and heavier in tone than the 2012 mini-EP Lucent and the 2015 full-length album Reliquary, 2018’s Symmetry explores similar lyrical concepts about the choices we make in the face of our apparent freewill and the consequences of those choices.

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Atlas 05:21
Riding blindly through the night, Eastward looms the morning light Ghostly rattle on the wind, soul embattled yet again, fear… Silent screams from within me; violent dreams come vividly Faceless demons, grinning masks, lie in wait along my path here… I will stand my ground, stare them down, strength unbound, righteous Breathless with recklessness, faith newfound, guileless Watch the daylight cleanse the sky; wash away your tears… Weather-beaten, blood-laced eyes, dust I’ve eaten tastes of lies Sheltered homeless, faced the days ever hopeless, so afraid I’ve armored every smile I’ve dared, a far more heavy cross to bear Bartered more than I realize, martyred for my alibis Once the burden is lifted again, hate, penitent, takes up the weight Free … shouldering the world laid before me… Words unspoken as I kneel, absolution beyond reach Promise broken, glass on steel, evolution incomplete The albatross hung, dead eyes open, has learned deception (Bled dry, sleepless, chafing collar) Heroes unsung, fled and long gone, have earned redemption (Led like sheep dressed for the altar) Once the burden is lifted again, each, hesitant, faces his fate Bears each scar he wears… (Spurning bridges left far behind) With bloodied hands, self-reprimand… (Burning witches swept from his mind)
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Written in the sands of my lonely heart, blown over with time Your memory haunts me (tears me apart), casting shadows in my mind Shimmering in the distance on the shifting sand, the mirage of your face fills my sight I hear you calling; your outstretched hand seems so real in the quicksilver night… Visions of you coalesce, my love, from the scattered remnants within I reach out to hold you, astonished I find that you slip through my fingers again A hall of mirrors, it’s never enough, ensnared within the folds of my mind Fleeting and hollow, you know I can’t follow, and again you’ve left me behind… I remember so clear the look of fear on your face as the water took you in a frigid embrace Desperately grasping, I was far too late, worlds apart yet only inches away I watched you dancing downward in deadly pantomime, silent your descent began Broken bubbles rising, your eyes locked on mine and I knew in their sight I was damned Unseen hands pulled me back, not feeling their touch, transfixed between the seas & the sky I howled my rage to the winds, unheard by the gods, I felt myself fall into quicksilver night… Each pearl of you shattered, light into rainbows, illuminates my crystalline maze Those fragments now fractured reflect and enrapture, cruel shards to shred should I stray A hall of mirrors, it’s never enough, ensnared within the folds of my mind Fleeting and hollow, you know I can’t follow, and again you’ve left me behind… Then the veil lifts, exposed in my fugue, my visions disturbed and denied Probing my brain with the harsh beams of truth, a rent in my fabric of lies The Sun beats down on my unsheltered eyes, the mists of my dream burn away I’ve nowhere to run now and nowhere to hide, broken and confused in my pain Then I feel the sting, such welcome warmth; the needle whispers sweet secrets, I fly Darkness coldly rocking, I once more return to the realms of my quicksilver night… Visions of you coalesce, my love, from the scattered remnants within I reach out to hold you, astonished I find that you slip through my fingers again A hall of mirrors, it’s never enough, ensnared within the folds of my mind Fleeting and hollow, you know I can’t follow, and again you’ve left me behind…
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The revolutionary slogans in your mouth today Become the corporate anthems in your belly tomorrow Regurgitate the shit you’ve eaten along the way Fertilize the fields for all the fools that soon follow on… Around us, just listen, buried under the words Behind those rules given to us, conformity The clouds of dust risen at the thundering herd Blind the bulls driven by the wolves they can’t see… by the wolves they can’t see… Raise your eyes, horizons change with your perspective. Lift your sight up from the grass at your feet. All those lies disguise the way to your objective. All your life … you stood fast on the worn paths of belief… Frozen earth fractured broken knives at each step Huddled on the plains with your backs to the wind Wisps of steam captured smoke and rise with each breath Forgotten yesterdays as another begins again… Raise your eyes … Standing stone forests, concrete urban decay Lift your sight … Rabbits running races, soft machines of metropolis All those lies … Chanting in chorus “Come and show us the way” All your life … Rats in cunning cages seldom dream of apocalypse Hypnotized! Raise your eyes, horizons change with your perspective. Lift your sight up from the grass at your feet. All those lies disguise the way to your objective. All your life … you stood fast on the worn paths of belief…
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Invocation 05:38
Some believe this life to be merely the crucible in which our souls are tempered. I have my doubts. Silence, you comfort me; grant now epiphany Are we without meaning? Soulless machinery spent? I once held a snowflake in the palm of my hand, watched it melt back to water, end as it began: formless, fleeting, and born to die … once again part of the whole and yet gone just the same, never knowing itself just a moth to the flame of time. Why this ephemeral life? Some say “seize the day” with their words but they throw it away with their deeds, such a waste. Gone now is the past, never will the future be All that is our now is all ever shall be Pointlessly we cast our lots bearing burdens of faith We waste our breath upon rites of passing Squandering our gifts, spurn the bounty of our lives Yet still we insist we’ll earn Heaven’s treasure Why do we persist justifying countless lies? Do we then exist to demonstrate our measure? Knowing apostasy, growing hypocrisy Mourning my sophistry, soulless machinery spent You come as a friend but now yet once again I have found all your lies were but means to an end and you leave me bereft of faith. Can you balance the scales of belief and intention so bankrupted wantonly spent on redemption now? Why this ephemeral life? There is nothing new under the sun yet change itself is somehow both constant and inchoate in the face of it. Upright on the plains, facing his horizons The man had left his caves only to find lions Shamans of the tribes,poring over claw-marked bones Pondered the Divine, guttural and violent Busy traffic stop, speaking to his cellular, Digits on the clock, last sight of the earthly Reverent was the crowd, attentive to the priest’s kind words Wondering aloud at His endless mercy Silence, you comfort me; grant now epiphany Are we without meaning? Soulless machinery spent? Now facing the cold and dark shivering breach where the light at the end of the tunnel can’t reach, can you see me standing alone? And forsaking the teachings that led you astray as your consciousness yielding has fled far away, you scream: Why this ephemeral life? Why this ephemeral life?
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Talus 05:06
Cast myself on the rocks, choices I’ve made I’m washed now by the sea, the tide is cleansing me Facing the Sun… A small bird lying stunned in fallen dust Flown at indifferent panes, bright promise of escape Sunlit and clearly laid Along its path… We all toss on the waves that we create As we look to the stars to navigate While the moon passes high in cold display And we ride on the swells left in its wake In ringing hammerfalls on tortured stone In anonymity, consigned to gravity Talus below, the statue grows…
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Those vultures I’d invited, baited, finding feast on my decay Raised their heads in silence, sated, suddenly to fly away Abandoned, undecided, aching, blinded, weak, and sore betrayed My love still unrequited, waiting for that need to dissipate I laid my soul down upon the altar of self-destruction I played the role proud, reveled in my indiscretion I’ve gotten old now and I’m scared to meet the slow decline I thought that somehow I’d be spared the need to justify And surprised I find my corpse still breathes with life What now? In days gone by I stood here mocking, derisive of those lesser men Each one trying to beat the clock seemed comical, beneath contempt Much older now, look to the past I wonder why I couldn’t see I wipe the steam off of the glass; my father’s face looks back at me I laid my soul down upon the altar of self-destruction I played the role proud, reveled in my indiscretion I’ve gotten old now; unprepared, confront the slow decline I thought that somehow I had buried all I’d left behind But instead I find these fears still plague my mind… Time is playing games with me. So much promise, so many years can now be measured in books and plays. It takes its toll with every sunrise and futility embraces me for all I may achieve. My remaining days are just a whisper, soon scattered on the breeze. How do I mark the time left to me? Will I see my children grow? Will I accept my fate with peace or rage before I go? Only now do I see… I laid my soul down upon the altar of self-destruction I played the role proud, reveled in my indiscretion I’ve gotten old now; just ahead I see the finish line I thought that somehow, that the game would go to overtime…
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Symmetry 06:53
Cast aside, a sacrifice You redeemed your pride at such a price to pay Remembrance in cold rain of a lifetime away Ancient and bloodstained, a two-sided blade… I can’t breathe… Doubts that assail you at every turn Echoes of failed youth and lessons unlearned yet today Enduring the old pain, a dream’s promise unclaimed Naked and unchained, a child again … I can’t breathe… Face the darkest night, a man alone, staring into the pyre… I can’t breathe… Burning bright, coming home, walking into the fire… I can’t breathe… There must be symmetry… Small comfort in shadows and no peace in the light In a world without heroes to continue the fight undismayed Have you forgiven your own naïveté? And cruel Fate that has dealt you a hand you’ve misplayed? I can’t dream… Gently wreathe your head, sins atoned, within a shroud of delusion… I can’t dream… Leave the dead, carved in stone, to find their own solutions… I can’t dream… There must be symmetry…

about

Although darker and heavier in tone than Quicksilver Night’s 2012 EP “Lucent” and 2015 “Reliquary” album, “Symmetry” explores similar lyrical concepts about the choices we make in the face of our apparent freewill and the consequences of those choices. This is not, however, a linear storyline nor is it even about a single specific character; this is more a series of vignettes in metaphor.

1) The Symmetry Overture – features Farzad Golpayegani on lead guitar. It is the album’s instrumental introduction, blistering and enigmatic

2) Atlas – features Jon Boylan on vocals & Milt Gore on lead guitar.
The weight of the world is on his shoulders; he took it upon himself.

3) Quicksilver Night – features Jason Cale on vocals and lead guitar
The quicksilver night is a fugue state, a desert fantasy that he tries to inhabit in escape from reality.

4) The Ship of Theseus – features Milt Gore on lead guitar. An instrumental named for a question of identity…

5) Buffalo Head – features the vocals of Jon Boylan & DeVé Sherielle.
“Horizons change with your perspective; lift your sight up from the grass at your feet."

6) Invocation – features on Boylan on vocals. Why this ephemeral life? … And to whom do we direct these questions?

7) Talus – features Jason Cale on vocals and lead guitar. Each day erodes the cliff face, every decision a hammer blow on the sculptor’s chisel, exposing…

8) Child of Spring – features Mike Kershaw on vocals. He never expected to reach this age but somehow did despite the best efforts of his younger self.

9) Symmetry – features Jon Boylan on vocals & Farzad Golpayegani on guitars. Embrace the karmic fire and let it temper you on your way to better things; there must be symmetry.

(Additional guitars and backing vocals – along with everything else on the album, real or virtual – I performed myself, Warren Russell.)

As Quicksilver Night I’m planning to record at least five more songs in the remainder of 2018. These include the guitar-driven progressive funk of “Mister Wizard” featuring Jason Cale and the classically-flavored instrumental rock of “Trompe L’Coeur” featuring Nazim Chambi on lead guitar & Anne Epperly on flute. We’ve also begun the process of recording a digital-only EP featuring the gorgeous vocals of Meagan Finning that will include at least three songs: the emotive progressive rock of both “Homecoming” and “Presque Vu” and the Celtic-tinged rock of “October Skies”; look for these songs to be released early 2019.

We’ve got plans to record and release another full-length album; this album – “Xenolith” – so far consists in equal parts of some new and exciting music I’ve been writing over the past two years or so along with a few songs we couldn’t quite get done in time for the “Symmetry” album. In a bit of synchronicity you’ve probably never heard anything from my 2007 demo but I recently recovered the original files for several Quicksilver Night songs from that demo and a few those (such as “Canon/We Are Also the Dreamt”) will fit perfectly into place on this “Xenolith” album. I am excited at the thought of bringing this music to you.

credits

released July 28, 2018

Quicksilver Night is composer Warren Russell (guitars, vocals, and everything else on the album, real or virtual) and a small but widening circle of musical collaborators around the world. The “Symmetry” album also includes – in order of appearance – the considerable talents of Farzad Golpayegani (guitar), Jon Boylan (vocals), Milt Gore (guitar), Jason Cale (guitar and vocals), DeVé Sherielle (vocals), and Mike Kershaw (vocals). I am proud to be associated with these fine individuals.

“Symmetry” was recorded and mixed primarily by Alex O’Loughlin at Sandcastle Records (Nashville TN) and Jason Cale at Crabhouse Studio (Hampton VA) with numerous individual parts recorded in various home-based studios. The song “Buffalo Head” was originally recorded by Justin Sunday at Berktin Studios (Norfolk VA). The entire “Symmetry” album, beginning to end, was mastered by Borislav (“Boro”) Dimitrov at HiZ Productions (Los Angeles CA).

All music written entirely or in part by Warren Russell (ASCAP) with joint songwriting credits also to Farzad Golpayegani, Milt Gore, Jason Cale, and Mike Kershaw as appropriate.

“SciFi Novel Cover” ©2016 by Markus Fussell at The HIVE Contemporary in Norfolk VA.
“Symmetry” album layout by Randall Lee, Syracuse NY.
All songs © & ℗ by Quicksilver Night Productions, ASCAP

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Quicksilver Night Productions (QNP) is my music publishing and production company that also operates as a de facto record label. Although I jokingly refer to myself as “First Among Equals” at QNP and am deeply involved in all facets at every step of the way I know that can’t do this alone; I am very grateful for the support of my song-specific collaborators and tech-savvy friends. ... more

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