Mandala EP

by Arakh

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The 'Mandala' EP is the debut release from Arakh.

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released July 22, 2017

Mandala

1. A Moment of Lucidity
2. VerisimilitUde
3. Mandala
4. Won't Break

All songs written, recorded and performed by Hayden de Nooijer.
Additional guitars on 'A Moment of Lucidity' and 'Won't Break' by Jessica Mooney.

Mixed, mastered and produced by Hayden de Nooijer.
Drums mixed and produced by Adam Chinner at Freefall Recordings, Cornwall.
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arakhband@gmail.com

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Arakh England, UK

Arakh are a progressive rock/metal band from Devon, UK. Formed by songwriter and
multi-instrumentalist Hayden de Nooijer (formerly of Mad Hatter 2.0 and Lex Umbra),
Arakh are largely a solo endeavour but do feature guest appearances from other artists.
While they are currently a studio-only band, this could well change in the near future!
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Track Name: A Moment of Lucidity
Voices in my head tell me that I'd be better off dead.
Can't escape, I'm barely conscious.

I'm trapped inside my brain, I'm paralysed by doubt.
Breathe in, breathe out.
You throw your life away, you don't deserve to live.
Forget, forgive.

Silence makes me fear, clench my teeth, and wait to disappear.
I'll escape, though barely conscious.

I'll escape from my mind, I'll turn this all around.
Won't touch the ground.
You live inside a dream, you fear the break of dawn.
Regress, forlorn.

Voices in my head;
They speak to me with lucidity.

Voices in my head tell me that I'd be better off dead.
Can't escape, I'm barely conscious.

Voices in my head;
They speak to me with lucidity.
Track Name: Verisimilitude
Believe, deceive, release

Cast adrift on lonely shores,
Nothing seems real anymore.
Look within, what am I for?
I break the skin, I hit the floor.

I was born just so I'd die,
Don't you want to know why?
Just be strong, boys don't cry.
Strung along, pain divides.

Close your eyes, I'll hang my head,
Leave the words left unsaid,
Pretend I look ahead,
Force a smile, hide the dread.

Nothing more than wistful ambience,
Nothing more than life in transience.

Believe, deceive, release.

Something fragile in my mind,
Isolated by design.
Tell the world that I am fine,
I ache within, I am resigned.

I'm awake, but I'm not here,
Wait for life to appear.
I'll be strong, feel no fear.
Won't be long, hide the tears.

Close my mouth, ignore my brain.
Rest in silence, abstain.
Crack a joke, hide the pain.
Keeps me safe, keeps me chained.

Nothing more than wistful ambience,
Nothing more than life in transience.

Believe, deceive, release.
Track Name: Mandala
Such a fragile place where you're confined,
Hard to trust yourself, a veil blocks the light.
Is reality a state of mind?
Make your way out of the night.

No way to stay,
You'll face the day.

He sits alone and bleeds out on the page,
Has to find a way to drown out his pain.
Knows he'll find an escape on the stage,
Makes his way out of the rain.

Something's hiding on the edge of view,
A strength inside him that he never knew.
Something's tearing at his very soul,
Found a semblance of control.

No way to stay,
I'll face the day.

So save me.

No way to stay,
You'll face the day.

Life has changed and I'm afraid to die,
Now I know how it feels to fly.
The mandala turns before my eyes,
Chains the demons deep inside.

So save me.
Track Name: Won't Break
I'm lost, so fragile.
You're here, the world turns grey.

I'm trapped, inside a dream.
So real, life fades away.

My conscience will drown me,
I crave the world no one sees.
Without you, I can't sleep,
But I've stopped believing in a lie.

I'm numb, so vacant.
Empty, I face the day.

My demons still haunt me,
Now I'm alone in my dreams.
Without you, I can't sleep,
But I've stopped believing in a lie.

The things I've done I can't erase,
The memories won't ever fade.
The nightmare that you put me through.
You screamed for me, I bled for you.

Lie

The things I've done I can't erase,
The memories won't ever fade.
The nightmare that you put me through.
You screamed for me, I bled for you.
But now I'm done, I have escaped.
My lesson's learned, the truth you gave.
The scars you left are here to stay,
But I've moved on, and I won't break.