Of Clans and Clones and Clowns

by Soul Enema

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Dear Listener,

It took a lot of time and effort to create "Of Clans and Clones and Clowns", and the final result brings the feeling of a real accomplishment. It was a long, complicated process, constantly laden with a myriad of good reasons to give up or compromise. It probably couldn't be any different, as our goal was a mature, well-produced statement, consistent in quality throughout, and at the same time versatile enough in its various moods, styles and approaches. A creative and diverse Rock/Metal album, exploring vast melodic and rhythmic territories - from ABBA to Zappa, from King Crimson to King Diamond, between East and West and way beyond - in true progressive fashion. Like any reflection of the world we live in, it takes a wild ride over a wide emotional spectrum: sad, funny, perfectly sane, totally insane, very direct, quite obscure, and everything in between. We also had the great honor of featuring the instrumental talents of Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land, Yossi Sassi Band), Sergey Kalugin and Yuri Ruslanov (Orgia Pravednikov), as well as other wonderful musicians (see credits below). Our next aim was to ensure that these components allwork in the final picture, and that's the reason why we welcomed one of the best guys on the list to mix and master this work - Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Devin Townsend). It deserved the best possible treatment, just as you as a listener deserve the best possible quality. The mixing process was far from trivial, and it took some effort to shape everything our way - clear and powerful enough, yet not overproduced. So, if you like what you hear, please order yourself a CD, or the highest quality digital download, to have it the way we really meant it to sound - full-scale and uncompromising. We hope you will have your own exciting experience with the album!

credits

released June 23, 2017

Noa Gruman - lead and backing vocals, choir
Yoel Genin - guitars
Constantin Glantz - keyboards, programming, vocals (2,4,5,7,8,13,14), shamisen, percussion
Michael Rosenfeld - bass guitar, sitar, violin
Dor Levin - drums

Arjen Lucassen (13) – lead guitar
Yossi Sassi (10) - bouzoukitara
Sergey Kalugin (6, 11) - acoustic guitar
Yuri Ruslanov (6) - flute
Vladimir Migutin (4) – flute
Gennady Birenberg (1-3, 6) – vocals, backing vocals
Lior Ozeri – bass (9)
Michael Glantz - child's scream (13)

Music, Lyrics, Production - Constantin Glantz

Recording:
Drums and Add-on Vocals - Raz Burg (Tamuz Studios, Israel)
Lead guitar (13) - Arjen Lucassen (Electric Castle Studio, Netherlands)
Flute (6) - Yuri Ruslanov (YUR Records, Russia)
Additional recordings done by the band and guest participants at different home studios

Editing, Premix - Constantin Glantz
Mix, Mastering - Jens Bogren (Fascination Street Studios)

Cover illustration - Vasya Lozhkin (Alexey Kudelin)
Cover and booklet direction - Constantin Glantz
Cover design, booklet and back illustrations - Slavik Riff
Booklet and back design - Gennady Birenberg

Heartfelt gratitude to all the great people contributing to the album and all the wonderful folks supporting, advising, and helping along the way!

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Track Name: Omon Ra
Just go and make, and make, and make it for the system
Just go and kneel, and fall, and sacrifice yourself
Just go and make, and make, and make it for the system
Just go and kneel, and fall, and sacrifice yourself

Walking out on the moon
Secret mission deserves the finest ending
So I'm taking a gun to my head – Shot!
I am, I am, I'm standing – Shot!
I am, I am, I'm standing – Shot!
I am, I am, I'm standing – Shot!
I am, I am, I am

Just go and fake, and fake, and fake it for the system
Just go and kneel, and die, and sacrifice yourself
Just go and fake, and fake, and fake it for the system
Just go and kneel, and die, and sacrifice yourself
Track Name: Cannibalissimo Ltd.
You were eating him today
I am eating you tonight
They will eat me by the dawn
And it's gonna be alright

Give me your hand now
Let's feel the heat
Let's drink to our friendship
You've got to be a fine piece of meat

Hush now baby, don't you cry
You don't need this burger, kid
You don't need this cherry pie
If you have your friend, indeed

Give me your hand now
Let's feel the heat
Let's drink to our friendship
You've got to be a fine piece of meat

I'm a man of good manners
I'm not your dirty scum
And that's why I'm gonna eat you
With a fork and a knife
And, somebody, give me that napkin, please
Oh yeah, here we go!

My dick is bigger than yours
My God is greater than your God
Blood is thicker than water
Oil is thicker than blood
Track Name: Spymania
Someone pushed me down from the Empire State
Till the sixtieth floor it felt so great
Then I looked at the window while flying by
A bloody murder struck down my eyes

So if you know the things
You wish you'd never known
You'd better not answer the phone
So if you know the things – (So if you know the things)
You wish you'd never known – (No, no)
You'd better not walk here alone

So I kept on falling, like I should
Then I raised my head and saw a chasing dude
Maybe it's Batman, maybe FBI
Closing the distance to break down my spine

So if you know the things
You wish you'd never known
They won't let you die on your own
So if you know the things – (So if you know the things)
You wish you'd never known – (No, no)
You'd better not fly here alone
Track Name: Breaking the Waves
The feeling is painfully strong
The silence is painfully dead
They say you're out of your mind
Out of your head
You don't know right from wrong
You're ready to play his game
Whatever they think
Whatever they say

Moving against the tide
Whatever his wish, you obey
Patiently breaking yourself
Breaking the waves

You know that it makes him feel better
When you're bleeding and raped on the floor
When they throw the stones
When they call you a whore
Cause you don't know right from wrong
You're ready to play his game
Whatever you think
Whatever you say

Moving against the tide
Whatever his wish, you obey
Patiently breaking yourself
Breaking the waves

If you really love me
Get down with someone else
If you want to save me
That's your chance
Track Name: The Age of Cosmic Baboon
Unknown. Contains a message of hidden knowledge in a baboon language
Track Name: In Bed With an Enemy (ft. Y. Ruslanov, S. Kalugin)
It's all the same
Reshape, retry
It's always somewhere near
It's only words
Rethink, redo
If only I could hear

It's only pain
You're trying to hide
It's all the same
Day after day
Night after night

Trust
Defenses down
I lost my way
You lost your ground

It's all the same
It's all the same
Track Name: Last Days of Rome
These are the last days of Rome
Barbarians stand in your hall
You don't really care anyway
You have sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll

These are the last days of Rome
Barbarians are already here
Joining your funeral party
With fireworks, popcorn and cheer

They will laugh at your stupid ideas
While the flames get in, higher and higher
And you'll preach them to make love, not war
While your bottom is caught up on fire

Cause these are the last days of Rome
And Barbarians are taking your home
They came here to teach you with a knife
They came to make love to your wife

These are the last days of Rome
And barbarians are having much fun
Oh, they like how you lick up their boots
Now your liberty dream is finally done
Track Name: Dear Bollock (Was a Sensitive Man)
Dear Bullock was a sensitive man
He loved children and animals
He was really well educated
He had a good taste in porn
Oh yeah

Dear Bullock was a sensitive man
He was very polite and pleasant
He knew how to teach young children
By giving them useful lashes
Cuss-a-muck-arse!

Dear Bullock was a sensitive man
He was crying at the others' misery
He wanted you to die much quicker
So you could bang some chicks in paradise
Oh yeah
Track Name: Aral Sea I - Feeding Hand
Long ago there was a sea around
Hundred miles of water indiscrete
Unique species, special forms abound
Then people came to satisfy the need

Smudge the spit on your face
And say - "thank you!"
Smudge the spit on your face
Say - "thank you!"

Oblivion keeps no signs of life for now
On a cold and windy desert night
Feel the beat of a degradation party
Do you still have another hand to bite?

Awaiting for another generation
Of speechless slaves to feed them to the ground
We respect your feelings,
As a corpse and human being
Everything will go the way it's planned

Welcome to the rebirth
Rebirth Island
Welcome to the rebirth
Rebirth Island
Island
Island

On soil of cotton brains and oil hearts
The precious kingdom stands
Confident and strong and out for blood
To bite the feeding hand
To bite the feeding hand
To bite the feeding hand
Track Name: Aral Sea III - Epilogue(ft. Sergey Kalugin)
Nothing makes you feel the breath
Of dying man, left on his own
Nothing mars all of these years
You've sucked his blood,
So now you have won
Cotton scarf is round his neck
Cotton coins are on his eyes
Now you can go, enjoy yourself
And let him fade away into the sky
Let him fade away into the sky
Let him fade away into the sky
Let him fade away into the sky

Now you can dance on his grave
With satisfaction in your eyes
Now you can go, enjoy yourself
Goodbye
Track Name: Octopus Song
I always hoped, for a while
To have you by my side anywhere
To deal with the burden of truth
The circus of abuse
Like you still care

I always managed to think
Those rivers never shrink
Those bridges don't fall
Among those prophets of times
Each one is sure he shines
Like an Octopus Paul

Take me from here
Break down my fear
Out of the reach of the wave
Give me the straw
Chance to let go
Something to loose
To keep the real thing saved

I always hoped for a while
To have you by my side
On a wing and a prayer
Your fire gave me a spark,
The only way from darkness
I could bear

I always managed to think
Those big ships never sink
Those cities don't fall
Now, on these crossroads of times
Each one is sure he shines
Like an Octopus Paul

Down the rabbit hole - Alright
Down the rabbit hole - Alright
Down the rabbit hole - Alright
Down the rabbit hole - Alright
Down the rabbit hole
Down the rabbit hole
Down the rabbit hole

Fall, fall, fall, fall, fall…
Track Name: Eternal Child (ft. Arjen Lucassen)
Here again - another day, another way
You run and hide from needles and pins
Here again - another night, another chance
To keep it burning as your time wheel spins

Hello, hello
Underneath your shelter is eternal child
Stands, unfold
Hello, hello
Underneath your shelter is a lonely man
With a heart of gold

Here again - another move, another step
To fill the void of silence and grim
Here again - another touch, another breath
Forgotten echo of a distant dream
Track Name: Of Clans and Clones and Clowns
Here comes the time to say farewell
The circus leaves the town
Farewell to monkeys on my back
To clans and clones and clowns

Adrift the memories coming through
And leave without a sound
The slaves and jesters singing tunes
Of clans and clones and clowns