Eternal Return

Release Date : 06/11/2015 |
Format : CD
eternal return cover

Eternal Return”, byron’s sixth studio release, is a concept album with 12 songs written over the course of a year, each song corresponding to a particular month. The lyrics speak of the myths, legends and historical events behind each calendar month, transposed into our modern world. Alternatively, the songs can be interpreted as telling the love story between two protagonists, chronicling the ups and downs in their relationship. It is, above all, a meditation on the cyclic nature of life, and the way concepts, ideas and events have a way of recurring throughout history – the so called eternal return.

The band treads the boundary between alternative and progressive rock, with ample, melodic choruses backed by guitars riffs louder than ever before, as present in the lead single “The Sea”. The quieter moments are even more evocative as a result, with future second single “Little by Little” conjuring a nostalgic, melancholy mood that befits its placement as the month of November in the album’s inner calendar.

The album was recorded in High Resolution Audio (24 bit / 96 kHz) at Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin, Ireland, was mixed by Dan Georgescu and byron at Premium Artist Studios in Bucharest, and was mastered at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London, UK by Frank Arkwright (New Order, Joy Division, Blur, Arcade Fire, Biffy Clyro et. al.)

Muzică și versuri – Dan Byron
Aranjamente – byron
Grafica – 6fingers

Dan Byron – vocals, guitars, flute, synths, programming, sound design
Sergiu “6fingers” Mitrofan – keyboards, piano, Hammond organ
Laszlo Demeter – electric and fretless bass
Dan Georgescu – drums, percussion, synths, programming

Lu Cozma – phone call on 3
6fingers – guitar solos on 5, 6, 7, balalaika on 8
Mihai Sorohan – trumpet on 9
Dan Georgescu – glockenspiel on 9

Music & lyrics by Dan Byron
Arranged by byron
Artwork – 6fingers

Settling Down

I ran for thousands of years,
Throwing my spears
Toward my fears;
I drank the blood of my prey
To carry my days
Further through this maze;
The gods were showing me signs
Of their designs
Between the lines…

The brightness of your youth froze me,
Your ghostly smile reduced the whole world
To a little square…

I learned to caress the earth,
To cheer for a birth,
To moan when I follow a hearse;
The gods gave me the rain,
A sheep and a grain,
A cycle to follow again and again,
All these because you showed up,
You, visual drug,
Swirling in my blood…

The brightness of your youth froze me
Your ghostly smile reduced the whole world
To a little square

My trip came to a close
I am as happy as I can be
I’d do anything to keep
Whatever we got here that makes us feel complete…
You smoothly laid down my pride,
Devoured my selfishness,
I’d kill to know you’re fine
I’d die for you, questionless.

The brightness of your youth froze me
Your ghostly smile reduced the whole world

Most Inexplicable Plague

Words got stuck in my throat,
All I can say is blah…
I’m sick with the most inexplicable plague…

I cry with a smile on my face,
I’m not upset, not at all,
I am as happy as I can be –
To happiness I sold my soul.

Under the tree, I stare at its bloom
Ants eating my back
I dream about seas melting on shores
Creating this splendor, driving me mad…

She’s riding a bull across the field,
Yelling and laughing, so bright!
Naked and precious, outspreading her arms,
Enjoying life, performing its rite.

A Walking Piece of Art

She sleeps in a cave, hiding her beauty from eyes
Like mine, eager to steal what they see.
She wears intertwined flowers, she dances at sunrise,
I’m possessed by her charm, but she’s not looking at me… is she?

Her dad holds the world on his very shoulders
He’s humpbacked and angry all the time
After sunset, in her hiding, she smoulders,
But at dawn she’s ready to shine again…

Tonight the sky is revealing its moon
My veins are whipping my heart
I’m a silent shadow stalking through the room
Hunting this walking piece of art…

For an instant we were twins in each other’s eyes,
Tears of joy for the love of the god
At midnight I left her asleep on her shrine
And went walking while the rain turned into a flood of bliss…

The Sea

We’ve got inside jokes, arguments, wedding rings, nicknames,
Thousands of photos from our honeymoon trip,
We play the game, roll the dice, take a chance,
The harvest of life we’re ready to reap.

We’re two crabs involved in a parallel dance
On a deserted beach at the end of the world…
We didn’t attend a single ballet class
But we try pas de deux right here, in the dirt.

We dive with confidence into the heavy sea

We’ve got signatures, bank credits, high hopes, hormones,
A bucket of dreams, a shot glass of chance,
We share the bed, pay the bills, run down some lines,
Two halves of one whole perspiring romance…

Crossing taboos on a delicate bridge
Luring each other to the dragon’s den
Caressing the beast, strangling our fears
Carefully stealing each other’s gem

We dive with confidence into the heavy sea

Every day is the same day in a way,
Our lives are running in a regular loop,
Spontaneous moments make room for clichés
Haikus gather into thick books…

We dive with confidence into the heavy sea

History as a Child

She’s wearing boots, high-heeled ones,
Her dress waves above the Mediterranean,
Her marble skin is carved with histories –
Battles and laws and family trees…

She likes to feel you, child, growing inside
Her swelling world, her radiant pride,
The blade will lick her belly delicately,
You’re gonna walk out the door without using a key…

Taking one step, then another one,
Stumbling around, bumping into everyone,
Making allies without even saying a word,
Socializing from under your momma’s skirt.

I suggest you carefully choose your friends:
At times lions can be mistaken for lambs.
Once you turn your back, you’re under attack, boy,
Open up your eyes!

Wooden sword, my lord already leads a cohort,
Boyhood, attitude, ruler of the neighborhood,
One day you’ll have an army of your own,
You’ll conquer the world and call it home…

A laurel wreath will be your crown,
Your enemies will kneel at your tiniest frown,
An Egyptian queen will caress your scanty hair,
For centuries they’ll talk about this single affair…

I suggest you carefully choose your friends:
At times lions can be mistaken for lambs.
Once you turn your back, you’re under attack, boy,
Open up your eyes!

Peace

Dog days desiccate the golden fields,
Suffocating, the summer runs cruel…
Head shaded by a cheerful umbrella,
Comfortable enough, feet cooling in the pool.

There’s something written on the wall,
A word that can inspire us all,
Its letters are splattered with blood…
It states Peace!

A stroll in the graveyard of former foes:
Alleys are gloomy, shadows of strifes…
Games are fixed and hands are slippery.
Politics, dear, are just as fair as life…

There’s no need to measure the ethics:
What is significant – the paper or the headline?
To build you need mortar, but also some bricks,
Being a virgin doesn’t make you divine…

Digging shit holes will make us august,
Let’s fill the fountains with freshness from afar !
We could replace the dull clay with marble,
Convert the battlefield into a park…

There’s something written on the wall,
A word that can inspire us all,
Its letters are splattered with blood…
It states Peace!

City on Fire

They set the city on fire
Craving to kill its pride…
Their faith was wrapped in barbed wire
They took a morning flight
And rewrote the chronicle of mankind
Believing by noon they will be divine
I wonder how it feels to be sacrificed
On prime time…

Their anger was walking a wire
More than a thousand feet
Above the swarming of an empire,
Above the narrow streets
In the land of the free, the home of the brave,
Where yellow cabs crawl in a parallel maze.
That day they were part of the cast
In a dreadful play…

The age of vicious hatred is here
Our blood is running cold
Mock justice is toying with fear
Its scales are measuring gold
The city’s burning to remind us all
We are completely out of control
A milestone of horror on this anxious earth
The day we lost our soul…

Wall of Shame

Let’s drink to the dream of a better life,
We’ll be all equal and safe,
We’ll rise a new colorless humankind,
Nice people, an entirely new race…
To the bottom, till the end,
Pour another one, my friend,
Till my soul bleeds, till I’m free,
Till I’m drunk enough to see

I’m wrong, but who cares? We’ll not be the same
Tomorrow or ever again,
We’ll worship the most vicious murderers,
Assuming they saved our poor land…
We’re only human, so, you see?
We can’t be blamed for our family tree,
Give me blood to paint my soul,
I’m just a red cell in this whole

Craziness lingers on the wall of shame…

The trains running through the veins of the land
Are carrying the people we don’t need
Let’s drink to the old and the useless,
We’re already too many to feed
I have to cut the bullshit, mate,
I mistook God for the state
I left them riding till they were all gone
I put them back where they belonged…

Craziness lingers on the wall of shame…

May the dead ones dance all night
May we remember the archetype
Of all the lies we have been told,
All the stories from the old
May the heroes remain unknown,
Buried in mass graves, all alone,
May we pass in a gentle way,
May we see our children play…

Little By Little

Little by little the day is done
Little by little the dark kills the sun
Little by little all the green turns grey
Little by little there’s nothing left to say…

Little by little our paths depart
Little by little our dreams are ripped apart
Little by little this race is run
Little by little I learn I’m not the one…

Little by little the arrows hit their mark
Little by little the world is losing its spark
Little by little my life seems a charade
Little by little I’m getting lonely and afraid.

Little by little our paths depart
Little by little our dreams are ripped apart
Little by little this race is run
Little by little I learn I’m not the one…

One Day a Year

Cover your head, take out your blade and pour life’s wine!
Today gods are walking among us, today they are kind…
Let the drums burst out,
Let them boom right now,
The rhythm is shaking our times…

Lose your clothes, put on a mask and roll the bloody dice!
There’s always a rule and an exception, always a price…
Sing me a freedom song
From where you belong,
The world turned into paradise…

Out of our minds
When conventions are wiped out for one day a year.

Today my master is playing the butler while I play the guest,
He cooks the dinner, carries the tray and tries to impress,
There’s a gift I have for you,
You have one for me too,
Today I’m allowed to be blessed…

Out of our minds
When conventions are wiped out for one day
When conventions are wiped out for one day a year…

In Between

There is a grid of gaps in my head –
Every day I’m a new man, my memory is small.
You like to remember, I love to forget,
You say the past is important, I know the future’s my all:
The dispute of a lifetime…

I’m sitting on the doorstep, playing with my watch,
They will light the fireworks any minute now,
Back to back in a Siamese touch,
We should feel the same, but you let me down somehow
With your old tales…

I wish you the best, let’s cheer,
May the good times roll, let’s celebrate the new,
It’s time to say goodbye, my dear,
Until we meet again I’m gonna miss you too,
But now I have to go!

You carried a jug pouring down a stream
Like an Ingres girl, coming to life from “The Source”.
You were following the traces of the ancient dream
Of happily ever after, but now you want to divorce…
Tomorrow I’ll forget you anyway…

I wish you the best, let’s cheer,
May the good times roll, let’s celebrate the new,
It’s time to say goodbye, my dear,
Until we meet again I’m gonna miss you too,
But now I have to go!

Gone Fishing

I’m getting ugly, bald and fat
Sitting on this couch, watching the game…
My universe has shrunk to this humble flat,
Every day is quite the same.
I wish I were a gravedigger,
I’m sure I would cherish life more!

My woman doesn’t seem to care,
We’re stuck in a routine, she’s just hungry for compliments,
Her wardrobe is full but she has nothing to wear,
This story doesn’t seem to end…
I think I’m going fishing,
I can be no valentine these glorious days…

The axe kisses the ice twice, cutting a slice,
A black hole I stole from the winter’s white soul,
Hallucinating vortex, it sips me inside,
My own reflection’s taking me for a ride.

Ah, I’m drowning,
The icy claws are ripping me apart!
Ah, astounding,
The shock of this coldness is making my heart
Beat again
Beat again
Beat again…