Outer Heaven

by Minotaur Project

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    This release includes the following as bonus: an instrumental version of the Kali Yuga suite, a remixed version of Rampage of Kronos with the vocals of Phil Ira and Eric Klein, and a cover of Superheroes by Ventura Lights with HRM. Queen Marilyn I. on vocals -- and additionally the cover design for the Digipak format, and two 1080p sized background images.
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Watch the music video for Messiah of the Year:
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I dreamed of having a complete album since I was 17. It's still a bit surreal for me to let go of this one, upload it and get it out there... my last 8 months went into it, almost all of my free time. I'm very proud of the outcome - and though it's far from being perfect, I feel that parts of it might challenge a few top-notch productions of this year, despite the fact that mine is a home project, recorded in my bedroom, as a "hobby", without any budget whatsoever, other than my personal income from other jobs.

My childhood friend Zsombor has written a draft of a play (which I'm planning to release once it's completed) for this album, based on my very few instructions - this is the first part of a longer set that is to come.

The short story contained the history of a possible sci-fi / cyberpunk future, where a vessel (the Outer Heaven) was shot into outer space, to carry the few survivors after the Awakening of the new world, and the eventual apocalypse (Kali Yuga) that followed. The remaining colony is travelling towards a new planet to save all mankind after making the Earth completely inhabitable. The novel is about the 7 people who are in control of the ship, those that represent 7 major parties of the surviving colony, each with very different motivations.
Every song on this album represents either a main character's inner turbulence (often conversing with their demons), or their memories of the awakening, and the war that followed - all on this on a personal level. Sacrifice, murder, spiritual battle, moral struggles and some other inner turmoil through impossible situations - each song covers one story I wanted the novel to tell, and eventually express on the album.

Initially my idea was to record the complete story, but what Zsombor has written turned out to be way too exciting and detailed just be squished into 80+ minutes, so I thought I'll cover the basics with this one, and before the next chapter I'll release the novel (or at least parts of it), so all characters would fall in place to those who are interested - although I think the message of this set of songs comes across quite well without the actual names or having to know the story in detail.

Thanks to my fantastic friends, musicians and other artists who helped me take this release on another level of diversity, every time I listen to Outer Heaven in its entirety, it speaks to me as a whole - despite that it can be broken up into individual songs. I feel though it's complicated and not an easy listening experience, through the few repeating themes, and the very dynamic songs I think my optimistic view point eventually goes across. Because despite all the bad that happened recently, and all the bad we predict (as humanity always did) I believe in genuine happiness, and that we can help our world to be a better place. This is what this album is all about: hope. -Matt

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released 07 December 2013

Produced by Matt Gabnai / Minotaur Project Studios

HUGE THANK YOU to the following invited guest artists for making this release special: Antal Tamás (rhodes), Arthur Villanueva (drums), Bruno Neves (vocals), Damien Dausch (vocals), Eric Klein (vocals & guitar), Hélène Muesser (vocals), HRM Queen Marilyn I. (vocals), Matthew Hekker (drums), Phil Ira (vocals), Renfred Harper (piano), Roman Barbun (guitar), Vincent Saling (guitar).

Special thanks to
Várhelyi Zsombor for the inspirational story for this album,
Vladimir Tankovitch for his awesome work,
Fülöp Róbert from Prolude Amplification for the support, and also
Warwick Basses, Tech21, Line6, Darkglass, the Avid Community

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Minotaur Project is the musical journey of french-hungarian bassist/composer Matt Gabnai, writing fusion-metal music with a wide variety of classical and jazz influences, often themed on literature, mythology, movies, or his own experiences.

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Track Name: Bio-Digital Jazz
"Disease? History! Science, philosophy, every idea man has ever had about the Universe up for grabs. Bio-digital jazz, man." (Tron Legacy)
Track Name: Rusty Springs
Freedom waits around the next sharp curve - watch the edge
There’s no time for a final breath - so don’t give in
The stakes are high and the margin thin - so very thin
The sweetness of escape

(Chorus:)
I came to see the wonders of this land
How could I have ever known the truth of what she said

She said we’d be above our
Heads if we got this far
Our tanks are running empty
There’s only one way out
Too late to stop us now we
Can’t turn around just yet
Our path is clearly marked and
We’ll never have regrets

(Chorus)

This is not a call to action
This is not a cry for help

Freedom waits around the next sharp curve - watch the edge
There’s no time for a final breath - so don’t give in
The stakes are high and the margin thin - so very thin
The sweetness of escape

(Chorus)

Guitar solo - Matt Gabnai

Dissonance and static
No reply no ones out there
Dissonance and static
Thought I heard (the faintest sigh)

(Chorus)
Track Name: Bathe in Sinlight
(Chorus)
This clear insight
Ephemeral sense of a consolate kind
Marvels turn skyward
As I see the path of demise

Step through the gates of soothing prayers
Hear the wishes no one hears
This is the realm of forbidden name
In sinlight your soul reaches eternal grace

As sons and fathers follow the same pattern
This downward spiral is a heritage of men
This legacy is what brings you to me, shining
Cannot be undone

Seven deadly sins call
and there is no virtue
decay on honour
Seek a closure to their death

These are mere visions
Seek the innocence in frozen time
Miss the blind faith in yourself

(Chorus)
This clear insight
Ephemeral sense of a consolate kind
Marvels turn skyward
As I see the path of demise

These are mere visions
Seek the innocence in frozen time
Drown in a nightmare
Spirits laugh at me, motionless scene

(Chorus)
This clear insight
Ephemeral sense of a consolate kind
Marvels turn skyward
As I see the path of demise

These are mere visions
Seek the innocence in frozen time
Drown in a nightmare
Spirits laugh at me, motionless scene, controlling me to drift away
Track Name: God Mode On
The day has come now
To let go of all I become
Why is this weight on me
I’d give anything to live free
My heart breaks in two
I know there's nothing I can do
You say they'll all survive
But I’ll die tonight

Dragging all mankind into nothingness
You'll fail to sacrifice this innocence

See the rage in my eyes
The sordid truth behind their lies
I would gladly take it all
The joy, the sorrow on my own
So I will shed my last tear
Close my eyes on it all
My flesh turns cold for this
Earthly hell to live on

But it won't last long their awakening
(The) life that you give in vain will fail its reckoning
Bleeding through these gates on a one-way ride
Dissonance is all you get while you die

(Chorus)
Come, see the tears and blood pour down on me
This sorrow brings me down, down on my knees
But in the end I'd rather die than see
Any of them lose their life for me

Guitar solo by Matt Gabnai

(Chorus)
Come, see the tears and blood pour down on me
This sorrow brings me down, down on my knees
But in the end I'd rather die than see
Any of them lose their life for me

Come see the tears and blood pour down on me
This sorrow brings me down, down on my knees
My hurting heart it beats and stops for you
Oh I don't mind because their lies were true
Track Name: Messiah of the Year (Conqueror)
Ranks, File, Army, Geared, Action, Order - Yes - ready, Charge, GO!

(Chorus)
We can conquer wrong
Ready for greatness
Ready to revive a dying fold
I'm a conqueror
We can change it all o
Valliant Conqueror
Shaken not broken
Ready to revive this dying souls
With life, divine life

Wait I wait in the water
Oh Spirit SoulRocker
would you pass my way
Fire for fire
Burn it up and take control
Lift me up lift me
Be the wind beneath my wings
Imma soar like an eagle
Take flight so high yeah

(But I) stopped searching for more
Breathing you all deep in, the negativity
Forcing me, dragging me through this fall,
transforming my demise into this public scorn

This duality in me is what it takes to get rid of
the doubt, all the limits and fill it up:
Passion, anger, I just breathe you in to be in full control

By the light your soul
possesses more than human power
come alive be brave
we are more than conquerors

No!
Situations can shake you, don't be discouraged
Leave the mortal soul
Wear the truth as your armour, and get yourself protected
Underneath the surface, you know a frozen realm of chaos entwines you
Lift me up
Be the wind beneath my wings
Imma soar like an eagle
Take flight so high

Downward spiral in me is dragging, pulling through a blasted, broken system
Transforming your demise into this distant roar

By the heart, and your soul
your braveness,
come alive be brave
we are more than conquerors

Guitar solo by Vincent Saling

(Chorus)

Ranks, File, Army, Geared, Action, Order - Yes - ready, Charge, GO!

Spiritual missions shooting spiritual missiles
No targets just wipeouts of the hatred the evil
Starting from inward expelling demons from inside
Crowned with the glory, keen their power, they know me
Attack

Guitar solo by Roman Barbun

(Chorus)

From when darkness has fallen while everyone sleeps
Demons creep around feeding on helpless weak
That's when I go on my hands and knees
You can't conquer us!

When my body's sleeping, the spirit lies awake interceeding
With a cover that is thicker then no other
That's why I go oh oh no! You can't conquer me!
Before you get to me, get - get to me
By the rod I'm fortified
Believe that - Oh no
We're more than conquerors
Track Name: Slaves of Technology
"It wasn't meant to be this way, you know? We make our plans, sure. But life... life is what happens to you along the way. You know, first I didn't want this. I didn't want to connect. I didn't want to get involved. But she kept on with me, you know. This is what life is. This is why we're here. To connect. To... to build. We're here to build something. And then I understood that... We're not meant to be alone. She said that even the most damaged heart can be mended. Even the most damaged heart..." (Dead Man Down)
Track Name: Subdivision
Convulsing under the pressure
Slowly my eyes are giving up
Drowning
Here I see all the mistakes
Made during our all existence
You really think science
Gonna change anything
It's too late

(Chorus)
We're all lost
In our own space
Nothing's here to help
Realize difference between fear and regret
We've seen a lot of horrible things
Is there any chance that someone is still healthy
Corrupted by their dreams

Directed by Mr.X
Our world and destiny
Forgiving
We must just pretend to listen to them and building
Something that will persist and save us
But you know it's impossible

(Chorus)

Guitar solo by Eric Klein
Guitar solo by Vincent Saling

(Chorus)
Track Name: Trash Solaris
"It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead." (The Terminator)

Somebody tell me why am I here, rotting on this no man's land with
These chains around my feet, it's terrible this burning heat
Three red suns burn the sky, this is an unknown place and time and
Empty shells of galaxies - and my only wish is to stay alive!

Who do you think you are?
Smashing your planet with relentless behaviour!
Now it is judgment day
All your sins fuel our endeavour!

(Chorus)
You are nothing less, than a killer!
You are nothing less than a murderer!
You are nothing less, than a killer!
For all that genocide, there's no salvation!

With all your will to colonize
slavering every man and animal
Now it's judgment day
Here in this planet with endless walls

You're nothing less than a killer!
Your "industrialism" is a genocide!
In fear, your faces start to wither
When you realize you trashed home!

Guitar solo by Vincent Saling

"Right now, it's the desperate ones: convicts, addicts, the sick, the poor - the ones that fell through the cracks!
Federal prison system is growing out of control" (Gamer)

(Chorus)
You're nothing less than a killer!
Your "industrialism" is a genocide!
In fear, your faces start to wither
When you realize you trashed Solaris!

Sophisticated modern man
Self-empowerment is his plan
Sells his soul to corporate chains
But never cares for what he gains

Ruler over land and beast
Destroys them all to make his feast
Rapes the world to plant his seed
A mindset built on lust and greed

Sophisticated modern man
Self-empowerment is his plan
Rapes the world to plant his seed
A mindset built on lust and greed
Track Name: (Kali Yuga suite) Knock on the Sky
"Morituri te salutamus"
Track Name: (Kali Yuga suite) Our Most Beloved Star
So my child you see, your end is near,
Failing to see what lies beneath those ancient stars
Waited for others, too long
You were mistaken

Elements seem now to align in this wasteland called our universe
This evil must burn
Spectral fields of endless flames is drawing closer
Dissonance tears through the deny and this falling wreck of conscience
To drag all mankind into one final nothingness

So my child you see, your end is near,
Failing to see what lies beneath those fallen stars
The paradise you seek in profound innocence is fake

"People who are artistic have always been a threatening force to people that are dictators. It seems fairly logical, that those who would like to convert this would do everything they could to make it impossible to people who communicate through arts to say anything that might resembles a message, like "the emperor isn't wearing any clothes". Cause that's the thing they're most afraid of." (Frank Zappa - Lost interview)
Track Name: (Kali Yuga suite) Zero Point Energy I.
As sinlight rise and with it chains the red of bloodshed showing its rampant fields overseer
The liar's misguidence and the priest's reluctance cloak how what all we know is at stake

Cynic, cryptic wings bring darkness to an undiscovered space
The surrounding tyrants paint a terrifying face

As night falls down and kali yuga contours the endless destruction to come
The glorification of ancient misteries appear in its sweetest form
Four riders upon thousands of demons awake to the same horrid season of gore
Guard your angels, leave your herds and let the spiritual truth to be told

Cynic, cryptic wings bring darkness to the wrath-fulfilled gates
The skies open up wide and blast their stigmatic thorns away
Track Name: (Kali Yuga suite) Doom of Estagangrel
Two as one cross the entryway
To underhall the gauntlet
Focus on
In waste tunnels they simply crush the dead
with their tricks and traps

Chasm in catacombs defeated - of a worldly angel
Icon of sin hides the Tower of Babel
Track Name: (Kali Yuga suite) Imperfect Reanimation
Birds of betrayal find another land
No one sees why the ferryman takes me back
A lifetime ago - or maybe just a day
I remember smashing into the paradise of grey

Waiting, wanting to go back to the life you think you once had
- With this elderly soul

Crossing, floating across the styx will bring you no freedom in the end
- In the end, the end

What are you waiting for?
Seeing, but not believing
You'll go back for more
Echo the fallen, a shallow rebirth

(Chorus)
Erase the living,
The dawn of mankind, you'll be
You have been the chosen to carry (out)
my everlasting will

"I don't want to be an emperor. I don't want to rule, or conquer anyone. We don't want to hate and despise one another. Greed has poisoned men's souls. Machinery that gives abundance, has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical - we think too much, and feel too little. More the machinery - we need humanity. Victims of a system that makes men torture, to those who can hear me I say: do not despair. The misery is that now upon us is but the passing of greed. The bitterness of man, who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die." (Charlie Chaplin)

What are you waiting for?
Seeing, but not believing
You'll go back for more
Echo the fallen, a shallow rebirth

(Chorus)
Track Name: (Kali Yuga suite) Industrial Soul
(Instrumental)
Track Name: (Kali Yuga suite) Zero Point Energy II.
Cynic, cryptic wings bring darkness to the wrath-fulfilled gates
The skies open up wide and blast their stigmatic thorns away
Abandoned kings and tyrants all swallow their tongues
Genocidal hatred shatters the weak into the unknown

Worshipping the outer heaven
Incarnate the judgement disrespect

We can conquer wrong
Ready for greatness
Ready to revive a dying fold
Kill the emperor
We will change it all
Leave the mortal soul
Shaken and broken
Ready to revive these dying souls
Your demise this distant roar

Guitar solo by Matt Gabnai

Worshipping the outer heaven
Bleeding through this self-inflicted transgression

Drag mankind into nothingness
Track Name: (Kali Yuga suite) This is Kali Yuga
Aaaargh - now enter, your last chance
it's on you now to save all what's left

Music of spheres lead on your escape
it's on you now to save all what's left