Hollowed Out

by The Minstrel

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released October 31, 2015

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The Minstrel is a one man Cinematic Thrash Metal band from Alberta Canada. Combining the fast and heavy guitars of thrash metal with the serenity of a cinematic orchestra for an adventurous experience like never before!

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Track Name: Mask
I look in the mirror and I make a sigh.
I put on my crumbling mask without asking why.
I go outside and show my face,
this mask it holds my mind's disgrace.
Smile as the people go,
it's what they want, it's what I'll show.
Can't bring too much people near,
don't want to show them what's in here.
Behind this smiling mask you see,
a face filled up with agony.
Put it on, and I look bright.
Looking to the future, it's within my sight.
Thrash around, try to take flight.
Sprint forward doing what I believe is right.
Taking heed of words proceeding to me,
and try to look like I know what I need.
So you'll see, I'll scurry quickly to be free
from the reason that this mask is breaking.
From inside, the thoughts erode my mind,
and there's nowhere to hide, but I know I'll survive.
Because I have this mask, built it to hold me back,
but will I stand a chance when this mask breaks like glass?
Will I try to clean the pieces it will leave
or lose my sanity and go make something bleed?
I guess I have no choice, I must confront this voice
and maybe I will hoist
above this violent noise.
Track Name: Where Chaos Reigns
Here within the chaos of my brain
I try to keep myself from going completely insane.
These thoughts, they want to have me spit out words of hate,
but I deny, cause then I'd hang my neck in shame.
So I survive with thoughts attacking with self blame,
and I will die if these thoughts break through this containment.
Hear my fears, they want me to open their cage.
I leer, its clear, cause there's nowhere to run away.

Now you see the part of me
where chaos reigns, why I'm afraid.
I want to be completely free,
but there's no way, it's hard to tame
all these thoughts so fucking wild, all just massively compile
into one giant fucking stack, and threaten to break through my mask,
and once this brainwork has defiled my consciousness and get me riled
I wonder what could hold me back. For now I'll just look at this crack.

I thought I knew what makes the truth.
Fight for a clue I will break through
where this chaos reigns.

I fell into this hell,
but this bell won't ring my knell.
I dwell in my mind's cell
'till I quell this ruthless yell.
Give me some clarity,
and I'll be what I want to seek.
Let me speak from extremely deep,
I'll start the spree to my destiny.

"It's all within my fucking head," That's what I said
as I cried myself to fucking bed, the thoughts they beckon on me.
Woke up feeling full of dread
as the voices inside battle it out yet again.
They always keep on taunting.
Is it me or is it them?
It's something that my brain just simply cannot comprehend.
Question reality and I'm afraid to try and send
a message out towards the very closest of my friends.
What would they think of me?

Now you see the part of me
where chaos reigns, why I'm afraid.
I want to be completely free.
Must be a way, must be a way.
All these thoughts so fucking wild all just massively compile
into one giant fucking stack, and threaten to break through my mask
and once this brainwork has defiled my consciousness and get me riled,
I wonder what could hold me back,
for now I'll just look at this crack.
Track Name: Conscious
Consciousness:
It's something we all have within our heads.
It's different based on our experience,
and goes to show the lives that we have led
and the boundaries we'll step through.
All our souls
are wrapped around our minds yet we don't know
what happens when we die. Where will we go?
Why am I here alive? I'm so alone, I feel so confined.

"It's not about the destination."
That's what they say, and if you look at basic human nature,
nothing at all's the same.
My subjective affirmation: Hard work's the only way.
Consider taking a vacation? I don't intend to laze.
My one and only aspiration: To make my music slay.
To try and maintain an ovation is why I'm here to stay.
I thrive inside realms of creation, and sometimes tend to stray
away from people's conversations to where my mind's at bay.

I think, therefore, I am. Creation is here within my hands.
I think, therefore, I am. A part of only my master plan.
I think, therefore I am Conscious.
I think, therefore, I'm here.

Consciousness:
Why everybody has a preference.
How only few can make a difference,
and what creates the path to ignorance.
Establish a set a roles.
We all find
things in life we refuse to leave behind,
ideas that we choose to stand beside.
Mold ourselves and continue to refine
the rules that we follow.

We're all here on a big adventure within the tides of change. Experience will make us richer, and things become less strange.
To become part of something larger: Thoughts I should entertain. Seclusion seems to be much smarter, until I feel caged.
Embrace the chaos and endeavor, and you will seize the day. Development comes from eachother to help you find the way.
Genetics is what makes us prosper, that's why no one's the same. Our differences, they give us power. It's why these wars are waged.

I think, therefore, I am. Creation is here within my hands.
I think, therefore, I am. A part of only my master plan.
I think, therefore, I am conscious. I think, therefore, I'm here.

Consciousness: The reason why I seek intelligence,
and try to share the wisdom with my friends.
Make my means try to justify my ends.
Keep moving on my way.
All my life
was spent trying to fight imagined strife.
Attempting to turn darkness into light.
Only to find that none of that was right.
We all live in the grey.

I am the Minstrel, hear my stories on how I see the world.
I'm not here for a greater glory, just want to share my words.
I'll say what I want, I'm not sorry, but I won't be absurd.
The things I say are not priory, it's knowledge that I yearn.
The time we have, it's not that long, so try and spend it well.
The purpose we have, it's not wrong. Just sometimes hard to tell.
I'll tell you mine, the gift of song, so you will hear me yell.
Now it is your time to stand strong!
Quit hiding in your shell!

I think, therefore, I am. Creation is here within my hands.
I think, therefore, I am. A part of only my master plan.
I think, therefore, I am conscious. I think, therefore, I'm here.
Track Name: Dopamine
Look at me, bong in my hand
I take a hit off it and
Damn, I'm off to happy land
Where life does not seem that bland

Dopamine course through my brain
Good feelings throughout my veins
Neurotransmitters keep flowing
On and on they will keep going

Stare at a TV blankly
Watch a game get played hastily
See people fighting falsely
To feel like you've done something

Rewards building in your neurons
Shooting through those tiny axons
Repeat actions, retain feeling
Must try to maintain that ecstasy

Addictions incline
And rebound inside
The dopamine, it wanes
So we chase the high again
The returns decline
It takes more to fly
Until the light decays
Then we'll try another day

We'll try another day

Look at this young man fucking
An old hag, looks disgusting
His head tells him to do it
So he'll keep licking gran's clit

Dopamine course through his brain
Good feelings throughout his veins
Neurotransmitters keep flowing
On and on they will keep going

Stare at the computer screen
It distracts so easily
Obtain anonymity
Ignoring reality

Rewards building in your neurons
Shooting through those tiny axons
Repeat actions retain feeling
Must try to maintain that ecstasy

Addictions incline
And rebound inside
The dopamine it wanes
So we chase the high again
The returns decline
Gets harder to fly
Until the light decays
Then we'll try another day

*bubbling*
*coughing*

Inhale haze 'til my mind becomes dazed
Dopamine rush from smoking fucking kush
I'll smoke weed every day of my life
I'll still smoke weed 'till the day that I die
Inhale haze 'til my mind becomes dazed
Dopamine rush from smoking fucking kush
I'll smoke weed every day of my life
I'll still smoke weed 'till the day that I die

Watch a man run on the grass
His right to adulthood passed
Kill elephants with bare hands
To bring food to his whole clan

Dopamine course through their brains
Good feelings throughout their veins
Neurotransmitters keep flowing
On and on they will keep going

Stare down into your smartphone
Don't realize you're a drone
Isolated you're alone
Trapped in the digital world

Rewards building in your neurons
Shooting through those tiny axons
Repeat actions retain feeling
Must try to maintain that ecstasy

Addictions incline
And rebound inside
The dopamine it wanes
So we chase the high again
The returns decline
Gets harder to fly
Until the light decays
Then we'll try another day

We'll try another day

Dopamine
Track Name: Hollowed Out
Hollowed out, the shell of existence.
Wander 'round, learn desire's influence.
Please partake in this sin. Do you know just what you're in? Emptiness, it builds, boredom persists,
So aimless to find where temptation sits?
Please partake in this sin. Do you know what you're involved with?

This dark void inside, it fills up your mind,
trying to decide what to do with your life.
Dissatisfied, create new kinds of strife
until you find something to pacify.
This dark void you know, it empties your soul.
Once the darkness holds, you'll see nowhere to go.
The undertow, thoughts get irrational.
Then the answer "No," fades away ever slow.

Can you remember a day when your sorrows were not just misplaced?
Things we indulge to fill ourselves up, it leaves us with such haste. Seven desires to make us believe that this life's not a waste.
When it's all done, did the actions you take leave a cruel bitter
taste?
Where is this amazing grace?

Hollowed out, once full of innocence.
Let the doubt corrupt it to ignorance.
Please partake in this sin. Do you know just what you're in? Emptiness, the immortal insistence.
Recklessness, it brings us to violent ends
Please partake in this sin. Do you know what you're involved with?

This dark void we fill can tempt us to kill.
So to feel fulfilled, we go search for a thrill.
How long until we lose our sense of freewill?
It leaves a chill, things seem to go downhill.
This dark void we hate can drive us insane.
Such a dismal wait until it seals our fate.
Infuriate ourselves to primal states.
Watch it desecrate the rest of our bitter days.

Can you remember a day when your sorrows were not just misplaced?
Things we indulge to fill ourselves up, it leaves us with such haste. Seven desires to make us believe that this life's not a waste.
When it's all done, did the actions you take leave a cruel bitter taste? Where is this amazing grace?

Hollowed out, embrace the permanence.
Have you found emotional defiance?
Please partake in this sin. Do you know just what you're in? Emptiness, it does not have to twist.
You're boundless, just need something to commit.
Please partake in this sin. Do you know what you're involved with?

This dark void we see doesn't have to be.
We have to believe that this is not what it seems.
Reality looks so unforgiving,
but you can free yourself of tyranny.
This dark void we have, it won't make us crack.
Take your life back and find what it really lacks.
Escape the black, climb to the top of the stack.
And then attack things making us maniacs.

Can you remember a day when your sorrows were not just misplaced?
Things we indulge to fill ourselves up, it leaves us with such haste. Seven desires to make us believe that this life's not a waste.
When it's all done, did the actions you take leave a cruel bitter taste? Where is this amazing grace?
Track Name: Memories of the Stars 2015
Instrumental
Track Name: Quanta
Do you have the time to go out and see what life has to give?
Or are you confined to the schedule, to your self-made prison?
We all have a key that opens up the door of fate.
Do you know where it leads, or are you blinded by fear and hate?

We are all quanta, subatomic in the higher realms.
Time is all a myth, relativity will take the helm.
We are all quanta, multidimensional beyond our eyes.
Time is all a myth, infinity it leaves me mystified.

Destiny, it's just a choice, our lives were meant to be enjoyed
so go out, see, be free.
Thinking in the fifth dimension, living in superposition,
carve your path at last.

Do you have the time to see the road that you've walked down?
Or are you just blind to the consequence,
to the things that you've allowed?
Morality is defined by the void that forever demands.
All our lives are tied by forces we do not understand.

Freedom of choice lies in our minds. Allow it to guide your way.
It's time for you to go decide, and never fear judgement day.

For we are all quanta, subatomic in the higher realms.
Time is all a myth, relativity will take the helm.
We are all quanta, multidimensional beyond our eyes.
Time is all a myth, infinity it leaves me mystified.
Destiny, it's just a choice, our lives were meant to be enjoyed
so go out, see, be free.
Thinking in the fifth dimension, living in superposition,
carve your path at last.
Track Name: Silence
Instrumental
Track Name: Wiseman
Wake up in the confines
Of social demise
Where corruption has taken
Everybody's lives
A shade of white
Another mind
Has gone dim all from
A square-shaped light
We've lost our sight
Of what is right
And soon we all will make
One final plight
Another try
Another lie
Will push us all the way
To die

They say that karma's out to get you
But do something right it will befriend you
Get to know yourself, and stay true
Only you know what you have gone through
It's time to go, swim out of the deep blue
Free yourself from the chains wrapped around you
Once you have you'll know what you must do
You have to go out and tell the truth

'Cause the truth may hurt, but it will set you free
And these are the keys to your destiny
It's time to go, follow your dreams
And life will be there for you to see
The truth will hurt, but you will be pleased
It's not easy to see, but there's true beauty
This code is etched in my being
And it's the way I'll be

I wanna be the Wiseman
The one that holds the truth so dear
And I wanna be the Wiseman
To share true knowledge with my peers
I'm gonna be the Wiseman
The one who holds in all my shame
And I'm gonna be the Wiseman
I'll take all secrets to my grave

I resist the ignorance, basking in the wisdom
Repelled by it's pestilence
So I can try the tides
I'll live on with this death wish, and if I can't look back with
Feelings of accomplishment
That's when I've lost my mind
I give time to coexist, and I have seen the
Appeal of the seven sins
It's why we cross the line
I don't think I'll make it out alive unless I pry through
All these petty little lies
This is where I'll die

Time is just an endless trip, and life reflects upon the
Way in which you look at it
Gaze into giant lies
Lies are just an easy twist, that will eat you up the
Second that you screw with it
It's never satisfied
Lives are taken every tick, and people's minds are taken
Away within every click
I know, it happened with mine
Now I'm getting sick of it, at the brutal way in
Which we try to deal with it
It's why we can't fly

'Cause the truth may hurt, but it will set you free
And these are the keys to your destiny
It's time to go, follow your dreams
And life will be there for you to see
The truth will hurt, but you will be pleased
It's not easy to see, but there's true beauty
This code is etched in my being
And it's the way I'll be

I wanna be the Wiseman
The one that holds the truth so dear
And I wanna be the Wiseman
To share true knowledge with my peers
I'm gonna be the Wiseman
The one who holds in all my shame
And I'm gonna be the Wiseman
I'll take all secrets to my grave

SOLO

'Cause the truth may hurt, but it will set me free
Now watch me relinquish my misery
It's time for me to go follow my dreams
And see what fate has put out there for me
Truth will hurt, but I'm sure I'll be pleased
As long as I keep some faith in humanity
This code is etched in my being
And it's the way I'll be

I wanna be the Wiseman
The one that holds the truth so dear
And I wanna be the Wiseman
To share true knowledge with my peers
I'm gonna be the Wiseman
The one who holds in all my shame
And I'm gonna be the Wiseman
I'll take all secrets to my grave

Wiseman