Thin Ice Crawling

by Soul Enema

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Soul Enema was formed in summer 2001. The band is combining conventional melodic rock aspects with occasionally more experimental way of writing. Demo EP containing five tracks was released in 2003. During the next years the band was working on a debut album titled "Thin Ice Crawling". The album's style is influenced by progressive rock and metal, ethnic, psychedelic, jazz-fusion and sympho-rock elements, with a somewhat theatrical approach to the lyrics. It can be taken both on a platform of a concept story and on an individual, independent issue of each track. In the fall of 2009 the work on "Thin Ice Crawling" was completed and it was released in April 2010 via MALS Records, to the very positive international reception. By the end of 2010 it is considered to be one of the best albums of it's genre from that year. It was nominated for the "Prog Awards" Best Debut Album Of 2010 category, and by December that year entered the top 20 on "Prog Archives" Best Of 2010 List.


"“Thin Ice Crawling” is an absolute must, producing a rare consistency in musical quality. A top album of 2010, a top metal album of the progressive trend, a top album for every self-respecting music lover" (c) "Music In Belgium" web-zine


"Do yourself a favor and go get this gem of an album. I am astonished that two of my favorite albums so far this year have emerged from the Israeli prog-metal scene. After the great (but more extreme) Orphaned Land new album, now this one… Soul Enema " (c) "Proggnosis" web-zine


"Thin Ice Crawling is an excellent debut album that bodes well for Soul Enema’s future. It’s an extremely entertaining release that ticks all the right proggy boxes with superb musicianship, catchy melodies, surreal lyrics and fine lead vocals." (c) DPRP web-zine


A press release:


"Thin Ice Crawling" album by Soul Enema is not about playing the safe ground, it's definitely more about taking risks. From the dark, theatrical vibe in the lyrics and elegant, renaissance-inspired melodies of the past, to the modern, futuristic heavy sound, Soul Enema is here to let it go at anything that seems to be interesting and seems to fit the concept well. At one time it can be into some familiar elements from progressive metal and rock, European folk and oriental ethnic music, at other times it flows into some electronic and psych touches, jazz-fusion and flamenco patterns, and what's not - hey, there's even some obscure grind-noise hidden track you may find somewhere there. However, there's one thing the band seems to know well - an experimentation should go hand in hand with strong melodies and themes, and not instead of them. And that's the pleasing point of the album - the right balance to carry you through the ice shelves without falling into banal cliches on one hand, and without running into some boring soulless shred fests on another... According to lyrics and a story line, there's a common "thin ice crawling" fate line that goes with the heroes of a plot. With every step and every twist, the burden of a Gordian Knot becomes harder, the grip of madness becomes stronger, and reality slips further away out of control. Is it just a little nightmare, or maybe a reflection of the world around us? No answers are given. Anyway, ironic or serious, the lyrics here manage to harmonize with the music in a natural way, adding a bonus emotional dimension to a sonic frame. So, in the bottom line, it's like in a twisted black light theater - you'll have your colorful hour-long journey, and while it may be exiting, fragile or dangerous stuff coming at you out of the dark, it's probably never a dull moment in any way.

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released April 20, 2010

Track List:

1. The Land Derailed (music and lyrics - Glantz)
2. The Last Night (music - Glantz, Afremov; lyrics - Glantz)
3. Quicksand Lies (music and lyrics - Glantz)
4. Crystal Territory (music - Glantz, Afremov; lyrics - Glantz)
5. Splinter (music and lyrics - Glantz)
6. Other Line (music - Kushnir, Glantz; lyrics - Kushnir)
7. Unholy Ghost (music and lyrics - Glantz )
8. 911 (music - Kushnir, Glantz; lyrics - Glantz )
9. Thin Ice Crawling - Outro (music - Glantz )

Musical arrangements by Soul Enema. Produced by C. Glantz.

"Thin Ice Crawling" recording lineup :

Irina Sherr - vocals, Yevgeny Kushnir - electric and acoustic guitars, Constantin Glantz - keyboards, sound effects, vocals, Max Mann - bass guitar, Oleg Szumsky - drums

Additional performers:

Teddi Shriki - percussion (tr. 1, 2, 7) Stas Gorodov - alto sax (8, 9) Valeria Kaplan - backing vocals Michael Rosenfield - backing vocals (1)

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Track Name: The Land Derailed
The Land Derailed
(Lyrics by C. Glantz)



Down the wilted streams
The shattered dreams
They'll crucify me to the end of nails
My milk becomes blood
My honey turns to mud
I'm the land derailed

So give me a break
From a stream of crap called holy water
Give me a break
Until the day they come home to you
And on n' on
They'll kill your sons and rape your daughters
So give me a break
Switch me off that news

Down the sacred vails
The charming tales
Seventy virgins are waiting at your door
They'll peck you like hawks
And bury with the hogs
And then you're blessed for sure!

So give me a break
From a stream of crap called holy water
Give me a break
There's always a bridge for a both sides of the truth
Cause on n' on
They'll kill your sons and rape your daughters
So give me a break
Switch me off that news

(Brother Bin): "I'm a hopeless street hero, i'll bleed to the bone
Just give me a target, i'll find it a good stone
Lord, give me a reason to fight or your rights
Lord, give me a children to send them to die
And if i had a last wish before the end of days
I'd beg to revive me to die for you again
Loving my country in my own special way
I'm loving it rushing and crushing - derailed."


He loves it... derailed
They love it... derailed
Do you love me... derailed
Should you love me... derailed

"And if this world is a womb of a whore,
Don't cry when i'm knocking on heaven's door."

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Track Name: The Last Night
Last Night
(Lyrics by C. Glantz)




Well, she's loving your sweet kisses
Doesn't mind you're calling her a tramp
While your tongue is in her gullet
And your wallet is in her hands

As a girl she dreamt of a princess
With a knight on a milk-white horse
Now the knights are on milk-white trucks
Taking her on their course



(Monica): "Lord, don't let me surrender
Please let me swallow my pride
I swear it's gonna be the last night"


Well, her father needs some whiskey
Gonna hang up with a crew
So he'll take up all her money
And beat her black and blue



(Sam): "Hey, your collage is your highway
You are born for jacks in trucks
Daddy raised you on his money
It's time to give 'em bucks"



(Monica): "Lord, don't let me surrender
Please let me swallow my pride
Or it seems to be daddy's last night


Going too far away, is it a desperate beast
That slowly creeps inside me now, inside you now
Sometimes he screams so loud
Going so far away, is it haunting mist
That idly dwells inside me now, inside you now
Erasing inner bounds"


"Children like a flowers on their parents tombs"
- That's the last thing he said before his doom


(Monica): "Lord, don't let me surrender
Please let me swallow my pride
Hope your tunnel ends with light"

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Track Name: Quicksand Lies
Quicksand Lies
(Lyrics by C. Glantz)



Centuries are falling like leaves
We drink each others blood
For gods above us
Is it fare enough
To sing 'bout love
With a blade that's hidden in your hand
Oh, heaven sent


Saviors are running like thieves
To save their skin
From a war machine they'd raised up
Did they learned this dance
With a gunner Hans
Step outside - you're dead from ricochet
In a barb-wired set


So if we close our ears
Shell we hear the voice of reason
If we bite our lips
Shell we hold our appetites
Cause when some "war for love"
Turns "love for war",
We're dying fish on sandy shore
Of quicksand lies


Dry fragile leaves on a crimson ground
Brown whirlpool, black snowfall
We're carried off by autumn winds
And when the thunder comes to die
We're hoping, we're praying
To reach the never coming spring

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Track Name: Crystal Territory
Crystal Territory
(Lyrics by C. Glantz)


Eyeblack moon is raving in crystal skies
Drunk rats are ready to swing
While the pipers of down playing crystal pipes
In court of a crystal king

(The Demon): "Here I am, your latest story
Now you are my territory"

(Monica): "I'm on a free fly unbound
Witches are callin' to burn up this night
Am i loosing my ground
They are eating my mind
Slowly loosing my mind..."

Eyeblack moon's rusting in crystal skies
Drunk rats are starting to sink
Into bittersweet vomit of chimney pipes
In court of a crystal king

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Track Name: Splinter
Splinter
(Lyrics by C. Glantz)



(Monica): "I'm crying out my eyes
You're pulling at my strings
Rag doll without disguise
From you and your crazy schemes"


(The Demon): "Air of your lungs, script of your dreams
I'm everywhere, more then it seems
A smile that you wear
Sorrow you bear
A glimpse through despair"


(Monica): "Don't wanna see your eyes on my wall
Twisted and tossed emotions of total recall


Temptation come undone
On wings of agony
Black holes on frozen sun
Eyes of destiny"


(The Demon): "Air of your lungs, script of your dreams
I'm everywhere, more then it seems
A smile that you wear
Sorrow you bear
A glimpse through despair"


(Monica): "Don't wanna see your writings on my wall
Twisted and tossed emotions of total recall
Don't wanna feel your needles in my head
Changing my skin, no more your favorite pet

Demons in my head
Witches in your bed
Parallels of fate
Links of love and hate
We get what we earn
On the point of no return
Throw away my key
Leave my soul to me

I'm not your anguish, i'm not your joy
No more your captive, no exclusive toy
You're the fifth of my wheels, stone in my shoes
Splinter of soul, apple to seduce
Feeling your thorns under my skin
You're reading my thoughts, trap me to extremes
It scares me to laugh, no answer, no clue
Why deep down inside i really need you!?"

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Track Name: Other Line
Other Line
(Lyrics by E. Kushnir)



(Monica): "On distant shore, in caves behind
I've seen some script, some other line:


Left with a sight, alright,
Now change it all around
Wake in a dream, it seems that
Memories have other images and sounds,
Just shut your mind


Observe, don't try to move the wall
Then you will fall again
Insane, you'll get to know, which wire to pull
To put the system in a perfect combination


Imagination tries to blind your eyes
Illusions dress the world in glittering disguise
Rise and feel the inner beat
Another line to make the masquerade completed


Love,
The sun, the moon, the stars that shine above
Starve
And let the hunger lead the light
Fight
And dare to find the hidden door
War
No matter what, we keep the battle in the search for more"

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Track Name: Unholy Ghost
The Unholy Ghost
(Lyrics by C. Glantz)



On misty mountain heights
Seized with ruthless frost
On virgin ground untouched by man
Dwells some skinny ghost
Some say he's pretty scary
Some say he's pretty wild
But every girl he's ever met
Is waiting for a child


You'd better check your locks and shutters
You'd better wake the guards from sleep
Cause no one knows the way it happens
He leaves no tip

Some guys say they would kill him
But they don't have much time
They get too busy every night
With their neighbor's wives
As soon as they come home
To meet their only dear
They meet her crying in her bed
"My love, the ghost was here!"

You'd better check your locks and shutters
You'd better wake the guards from sleep
Cause when you've got to pay for dippers
He leaves no tip

(The Ghost): "Do you still hear me?"

(Monica): "I'm only dreaming."

(The Ghost): "Do you still fear me?
Do you still feel me?"

(Monica): "I'm only dreaming..."

(The Ghost): "Do you still thrill me?"

(Monica): "I'm only dreaming, dreaming, dreaming!"

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Track Name: 911
911
(Lyrics by C. Glantz)



(The Angel): "Welcome up to my home
Climb up my rescue cloud
Drifting it's unknown trails
In stilettos of winds, go round and round
Here you see new-saved friends
Enjoying one crazy slam
Father Bin, Mother Goose
And that one is Uncle Sam"


(Uncle Sam): "I'm your DJ, and you are my sheep
Pussies, let's party! Where is my whip?!
I'm holding my gun and i'm ready to shoot
Every Monica chokes with my mighty salute!"


(The Angel): "Maybe you're heroes, maybe heretics
Seems like you're rather obscene
Maybe you're kind of out of your mind
Mind you, i am kind of keen"


(Mother Goose): "Ding dong bell
The puss is in the well
I have a tale to tell
It's gonna $ell like hell!
She turns her back
And then you attack
' Bin are you ready ?!
(Brother Bin): "Jihad el-uhtaq!"


(The Angel): "Maybe you're heroes, maybe heretics
Seems like you're rather obscene
Maybe you're kind of out of your mind
Mind you, i am kind of keen

Maybe you're heroes, maybe heretics
Maybe i'm too blind to see
Maybe i'm kind of out of my mind
Seems like the bell tolls for me"

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