Of Clans and Clones and Clowns

by Soul Enema

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Konstantin Khomoutov
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Konstantin Khomoutov Playfulness of Diablo Swing Orchestra's "Pandora's Piñata" meets thorough and intricate musical performance. Absolutely astounding. Favorite track: Aral Sea I - Feeding Hand.
Hardo
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Hardo So powerful, so special, so progressive, so melodic, so audiophile, so great. A really remarkable album from Israel. Highly recommended! Favorite track: Omon Ra.
progfrog
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progfrog Impressive, quirky, enticing, uplifting, powerful and thoroughly entertaining sonic pleasure! Favorite track: Aral Sea I - Feeding Hand.
marcusalmightygemineye
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marcusalmightygemineye Fantastic song! Love the production and the vocals are excellent. Very adventurous musically. Very glad I found this band and album. All the best from Canada. Favorite track: Omon Ra.
wafiii
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wafiii Wonderfully diverse folk-infused Prog Metal expanding a tradition from the Middle East that includes bands like ORPHANED LAND and MYRATH, Constantin Glantz's SOUL ENEMA is a huge surprise and revelation to me. This man can write great songs melding seemlessly the electronic sounds of metal music with the traditional folk instruments of his culture. Plus, he's not afraid to push the envelope with his lyrics. And my introduction to the vocal talents of Noa Gruman is quite welcome! Favorite track: Omon Ra.
byondo
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byondo Finally a fresh and inspired gem in a not-so-evolving and self-referring genre (the "progressive metal"). In fact the band is more on the eclectic side than the power one, with some spicy folk moments. "Cannibalissimo Ltd." is the perfect manifesto IMHO. Great vocals too, powerful and theatrical. Well done, Soul Enema! Favorite track: Cannibalissimo Ltd..
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1.
Omon Ra 07:02
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
2.
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
3.
Spymania 06:44
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
4.
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
5.
Unknown. Contains a message of hidden knowledge in a baboon language
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
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11.
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
12.
Octopus Song 02:54
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…
13.
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
14.
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

about

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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