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Komödia
CD HOS 7061
HALL OF SERMON
1. Komödia I (The Beginning) 5:45
2. Beatrice 0:45
3. Komödia II (The Dream) 9:09
4. Komödia III (The Meeting) 13:43
5. Komödia IV (The Ending) 7:59
6. The Prophet 8:28
7. Treesitter 4:00
8. Blade of Doom 5:03

 
Das Werk der göttlichen Komödie von Dante Alighieri - im Orginal noch Comedia genannt - ist ein über 15.000 Verse langes Gedicht, das im 14.Jahrhundert die italienische Lyrik revolutionierte. In diesem schickte sich Alighieri - oder sein Alter Ego - auf eine Reise durch die Hölle, das Fegefeuer und schließlich auch in den Himmel. Das Augenmerk legt Alighieri hierbei allerdings nicht auf eine genaue Charakterzeichnung Dantes, sondern vielmehr auf den Dialog mit bekannten Persönlichkeiten seiner Zeit und höchst lyrischen Ortsbeschreibungen der einzelnen Stationen seiner Reise.
Die unterschiedlichen Interpretationen des Themas konzentrieren sich auf eine Deutung der von Alighieri verwendeten Symbolik und deren Bedeutung in seiner Zeit.
DREAMS OF SANITY hingegen beleuchten vielmehr die Frage, was jemanden dazu treiben kann, durch Himmel und Hölle zu schreiten, und welche Entwicklung ein Mensch durchläuft, nachdem er so übermenschliches geschaut hat.
Diese Fragen blieben bei der göttlichen Komödie vollkommen unbeantwortet, sie stellen sich allerdings als Thematik des KOMÖDIA-Zykluses dar, als der den größten Teil des gleichnamigen Albums von DREAMS OF SANITY einnimmt ...

 

 
Dominierend ist der fast durchgehend zweistimmige, melodiebetonte Gesang der Sängerinnen Sandra Schleret und Martina Hombacher, dfer durch die auffällig präzise arrangierten Gitarren unterstützt wird. Die komplex strukturierten Songs entstehen durch musikalische wie emotionale Interaktion der fünf Musiker Michael Konflach (Bass), Stefan Menges (Keyboards), Romed Astner (Schlagzeug), Andreas Wildauer (Gitarre) und dem Mastermind Christian Marx (Gitarre).
"Schubladisierungen" - Ein Reizthema einer jeden Band: DREAMS OF SANITY spielen zeitgemäßen Metal. Somit ist die Musikgeschichte nicht spurlos an der Band vorübergezogen. Einflüsse sowohl aus dem klassischen Hevey Metal und Doom Metal wie auch aus dem Pop der 80er Jahre und der Instrumentalmusik der 70er Jahre sind neben starken Einflüssen aus der Klassik heraus zuhören, doch ist das Ergebnis in der Verschmelzung schlicht als Metal eines ausgehenden Jahrhunderts zu verstehen.

Nachdem die Band einige Jahre im Untergrund reifen könnte, erscheint ein Jahr nach den unvergessenen Auftritten der letztjährigen Dark Winter Night Festivals mit KOMÖDIA das Debut Album der Österreicher. Das Konzept von zwei gleichwertigen Sängerinnen nebst einer fünfköpfigen Band fand sowohl in der Presse wie auch in Fachkreisen einige Beachtung und weckte auch auf der anderen Seite der Alpen die Aufmerksamkeit einiger Medien.
So wurde im Herbst 1996 der KOMÖDIA-Zyklus mit dem LACRIMOSA-Preis honoriert, was in der weiteren Folge einen Vertrag bei HALL OF SERMON einbrachte. Es folgten einige Auftritte, u.a. mit LACRIMOSA, THE GATHERING und SENTENCED, sowie die Aufnahmen zu dem vorliegenden Album KOMÖDIA, das in den IMPULS STUDIOS (THERION, DARKSEED, LOVE LIKE BLOOD) abgemischt und in der Schweiz im Hause TON ART (LACRIMOSA, SPARTAK) gemastert wurde.

 

 
Lyrics:

 
Komödia Part I - The Beginning
 
I was down and I found no need to live
Walked around with the moonlight guiding me
Met a man who was sitting by a tree
Went to him and asked him: "Won't you help me please!"

So the man looked up and stared at me
His eyes bore wisdom and relief
His lips didn't move as I heard him speak
What I heard I felt in me - "You're doomed eternally!"

Ref.: "If you want to lift this curse of yours,
Leave your home and walk the distant woods,
See (the) Inferno and the Paradise,
See the beast and god with your own eyes."

"Where to go and whom to ask", I screamed -
Wrung my hands in hate and agony -
"I'm alone no one's here to follow me!
I'm scared and lonely - and I'm doomed eternally!"

But the man just looked away and smiled
As he slowly faded before my eyes,
Left alone but with an aim to live
Went the moon to follow as a guide to my release.
 


 
Beatrice
 
(instrumental)
 


 
Part II - The Dream

The evening

As the night fell down across the land, a man comes to his house.
A lonely house for no one waits - no children cry, no children's cries.
He takes off his clothes and goes to bed, his mind's so numb - his mind's so dumb.
As he sloses his eyes he wishes to die (to) die in his peaceful sleep - in his sleep.

The dream

The fugutive:
Embedded in a velvet heart of jasmine roses in the dark.
The light of sunrise kissing minds to wake the sleeper in the night.
'Wake up you (- you) dazzled troll - for you enface a bleeding hour,
where all your sins in pain will leave the veils of mind to set you free.'

The birth of a king:
I dropped my mask on to the ground of deserted wasteness in the sand.
But where it fell a flower bloomed she smiled at me - we were alone.
But as the spring to summer fell of april's healing, blessing rain,
the desert round me gave its life to plenty colors full of light.
So where i went the flowers bloomed, the birds they sang a lovely tune.
the children looked and smiled at me ' This man was born a king to be'

The virgings with their herbal spice, they kissed my face to say goodnight.
The holy mother bowed her head mumbling: 'Do not forget this could be life and not a dream'

The return:
The mother raised the dagger high, and blessed by the wells in her eyes,
I opened my chest to heart my lies to accept the judgement of her knife.

The morning

And so the lonely man with no will to stay wakes up in the morning.
Hi mind is gray the fog will stay forever in his head.
He puts on his clothes, he tries to forget his boring life - his boring life.
He can't remember the dream he just had - no one will remember his life!
 


 
Part III - The Meeting

Dante: Isn't it a strange thing that all the roads - along
I'm wandering are leading into nowhere's land.
A life of no memories a stony hidden place
A world grown apart from what my mind refused to see.

People dying while they're living
Sometimes they were never born.
If you never ask the questions
you'll never (have to) fear the answers

I cannot tell you right from wrong
I have to leave this greyness walls
(so) believe me now and follow later
- things are never what they seem to be to me
- what they seem to be to me alone.
Narrator: For he went on to seek his life - Komödia
Or infernos and of paradise - Komödia
So it has to end as it began - Komödia
Beatrice: So did I wake thou slumbering feeble
And did I shake the sleeping fool
Thoust thou think you would have escaped?
Yours shall not be reality!
Virgil: Long we've waited in these woods
And talked about our long lost son.
We knowyou never are to make
A heavenly normal happy life.
Beatrice: We've watched your steps since early days.
Virgil: And sent to you the old wise man.
Beatrice: To break the curse you laid on yourself.
Virgil: We've come again to save your mind.
Dante: Memories form Satan's roaring laughter and smiles
Beatrice! Virgil! My long lost friends.
B & V: The fog has hidden our memories of the days
when Dante was another man.
Dante: And now to you my charming guides
as I once lay my trust in you
I still shall follow your command
Take my hands to guide a fool.
Beatrice: To guide you to the wicked one
Virgil: To lead you into paradise
B & V: Was a simple task to do
compared to what awaits (you now)
You have to find your aim in life
You have to find your way.
Dante: You woke me up and brought to me
The memories of my shining past
Don't leave me now - guide my way
For I've been lonely far too long.
Beatrice: You will assemble your state of mind
The one where you were still a child.
Virgil: Remember when you saw the moon
And followed him along.
Dante: The last thing I ask of you to do
As for I have to walk alone
Is just to kiss my face again
And say goodbye and not goodnight!
B & V: Our hearts are with you every day
But leave us now to find your way.

 


 
Part IV - The Ending

Walking through the unknown woods
The angels fell asleep (that night)
But my steps were firm and strong
(As they were) in the light of day.

I held my eyes straight in the dark
To scare the beasts that cross my way
There'll never be a widing road
That stops my quest and ends my prayers.

Ref.: I know until the judgement day
When all the seas gone dry
There will never be another one
Who's lonelier than I.

I saw (the) inferno and (the) paradise
I saw the beast and heard its lies
I heard the sirens sing their songs
I still don't know my way.

I wandered as I always did
A sphere of darkness followed me
As I saw a clearing light
That marked the end of all (my journeys).

Ref.

And as I entered the place of light
A bird appeared before my eyes
And it twittered brightly into my ear
"Your aim is death, your grave stands here!"

So I lie down in the grass
Relax my arms my feet my heart
The burdens of my quest are gone
Now I know where I belong!
Now I know my way!
 


 
The Prophet
(The old man's Komödia)

I would never think of me as a hero
A bringer of wisdom of hope and of peace
I never could think of me in a vortex
of hope of future and vitality.

I can spread my thoughts to flood the room
Embracing and webbing the people reborn.
The love they are feeling I never can taste;
The sadness the hatered remains my own.

So many souls - they long to be saved,
Somne beasts, some sinners, some lost in their fate.
For all to rescue my lifespan's too short,
Refuse all the evil - divine all the gods?

Ref.: I never asked for a higher believing
I never questioned the way I was born
I never wanted to walk among angels
I never wanted to be so alone.

Bridge: Alone with my powers - alone in my mind
(The) holder of darkness - the bringer of light.
This melancholy circle of giving - not taking
Can not be endured by me.

I'm here to flare a sign
To guide the lost on to their fate.
Like I (once) sent Dante his story to take.
But no one holds that candle for me.

So as the years of helping and bleeding
Had passed away my will to live.
I returned to the sea of my time and my being,
I melted into (the) waves as it was my will.
 


 
Treesitter

Rettiseert was sitting
behind his desperation's wall
Rettiseert was crying for
his long lost home - so long ago.

The air so cool - so pretty
The sunny spells so warm.
Of springtime - summer - fall -
The winterair's so cool - them stars so near - her eyes were there.

Ref.: Trees were my fate
and trees were my home
Trees in the morning sun
of winter tears so long ago.

He used to sit on trees
and watch the sun - sun go by.
The stars had looked at him
as if her eyes were there, love everywhere.

Just another night
and he was on - on his tree
His lady came to him and said: "Live your life -
without my love - without the stars"

Rettiseert so lonely
went home and built a wall.
Brick for brick behind a door
that closed his mind (his mind) his sight (his sight)

Rettiseert's now sitting
to wait for him to die.
And as the final hour struck he smiled
and said" "Goodbye my love, bye - bye my love"
 


 
Blade of Doom

A flashing blade of ancient times
my hands were clenched around its heel
an evil wizard's spell would leed
my life to bitter endless nights

For as it was cursed to drink the blood
of any human living thing
for once a day or even more -
or it would slay the keeper dead

So I was bound to keep clear of those
I loved for I could never know
when the blade returns to life
and guide my hands to harm a friend

The last words I tell to warn you now
sre not to touch the blade
so it can never drown the blood
from any living man

Ref.: The fights were many that I won
but never did I know
Whom my way might cross again
and whom I'll lose by sword
 

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