The Parallel

by Razor Red Noise

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Darell Great album, the best RRN ever! Amazing vocals, awesome electronics and heavy guitars! That's what this album can show! Sunsets should be a single! Favorite track: Enough of This Hell.
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Consisting of three distinct sections separated by short interludes, The Parallel strives to be one of Razor Red Noise's most energetic albums, using dense and powerful electronics to reinforce the backbone of each song while using more traditional guitar and percussive parts to drive them forward.

At face value, the lyrical content of the album is intended to map to a variety of situations people find themselves in throughout their lives, and so it is hoped that each song means something unique and personal for each listener.

Conceptually, the lyrics of The Parallel were written around the idea of dreams: the positive and negative experiences we have through them, and their effects on our waking lives. The "parallel" is literally supposed to mean the distorted, alternate reality in which dreams take place.

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released August 2, 2013

Composition, performance and production: Alex McMillan

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Alex McMillan's solo electronic rock project, founded in 2008.

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Track Name: Sunsets
The mind grows tired, and restless as it fights
Against these truths, and hopes to find escape
And this thing that you built is a fragile design
So you try to hold on, for as long as you can

It's the silence, how it permeates
Now it's drawing me back in
And I don't know why you're testing me
But I wanna go back again

But you can't stay in the dream, not forever
So change the world, the fabric altered piece by piece
And this thing that you built is a fragile design
So you try to hold on, hold on

It's the silence, how it permeates
Now it's drawing me back in
And I don't know why you're testing me
But I wanna go back again

All the shrouded secrets of this place
Start to slowly make sense
And I don't know why you led me here
But I wanna go far away

Reality calls again, to drag me home
But the dream's not fading, still waiting

It's the silence, how it permeates
Now it's drawing me back in
And I don't know why you're testing me
But I wanna go back again

As I wander further into this
Through the bleakest of sunsets
I don't see the end just yet
But I wanna go back again
Track Name: Derelicts
As you stumble, do you wonder
If there is something more to this?
Seeing no one, hearing everyone
You carve your lonely path

The fragments of mind that you leave behind
Are weeping for someone to go back
Giving your all, then hitting the wall
And no one will save them now

No one's going to save them now (Seconds till you shut them down)
Derelicts are tearing me down (Running but there's no way out)

Another moment, and someone has to see
That they must intervene
But there is nothing left, only derelicts
These dead and dark machines

The fragments of fear still lingering here
Dissolve in the darkening daylight
With one given chance to fight till the last
But crushed you just walked away

No one's going to save them now (Seconds till you shut them down)
Derelicts are tearing me down (Running but there's no way out)

I have tried to find my peace of mind, of heart
Watch the hope cascading far away, away

No one's going to save them now (Seconds till you shut them down)
Derelicts are tearing me down (Running but there's no way out)
No one's going to save them now
Derelicts are tearing me down
Track Name: Take My Fight from Me
Saw you falter just now, only once
Enough to see your weakness
Or am I wrong?
This is all a lost cause and I can't leave

Breathing in dust, when it ends just
Look at what you had
More than you know, holding hope you'll
Take my fight from me

Lost sight of you now, a second time
Before we're gone beyond return
I have to make you understand
I have to leave behind no doubt

A doorway closing, a soul left open
Resist the ending, before you're broken

Breathing in dust, when it ends just
Look at what you had
More than you know, holding hope you'll
Take my fight from me
Track Name: In This Void
This life goes on
There's nothing you can do to slow it down
You've got to live with your choices
And deal with the voices
Until they go away

You've got to live this
You've got to know this
Before you understand the way it feels
You've been waiting
And nothing's changing
Leaning closer in, the tension builds up

Right now, in this void
You're just going to have to trust me

Mistakes were made
No number of words can change that
Pieces of things you've defeated
Left you weakened
Now you've let them lie
But they won't go away
They won't go away

You've got to live this
You've got to know this
Before you understand the way it feels
You've been waiting
And nothing's changing
Leaning closer in, the tension builds up

Right now, in this void
You're just going to have to trust me

You're just going to have to trust me
In this void, you're just going to be alone

You've got to live this
You've got to know this
Before you understand the way it feels
You've been waiting
And nothing's changing
Leaning closer in, the tension builds

You've got to live this
You've got to know this (know this)
Before you understand the way it feels
You've been waiting
And nothing's changing (changing)
As the darkness grows, the tension builds up

Right now, in this void
You're not going to be alone
Track Name: Enough of This Hell
This is a crossroads, no turning back
Of all the places I could be
The forces behind me are on the attack
It's unending so tell me

How can I hope to stand my ground
Oh, when I'm trapped inside my head
I've about had enough of this hell
Though I'm listening, I can't take another word
Can't take another word

This is a test you're going to fail
One in a line of desperate times
Collecting the fragments, collecting thoughts
It's just too much, now tell me

How can I hope to stand my ground
Oh, when I'm trapped inside my head
I've about had enough of this hell
Though I'm listening, I can't take another word
Can't take another word

How can I hope to take this hell
Shut this down

How can I hope to stand my ground
Oh, when I'm trapped inside my head
I've about had enough of this hell
Though I'm listening, I don't know how I can hope

To stand my ground
Oh, when I'm trapped inside my head
I've about had enough of this hell
Though I'm listening, I can't take another word
Can't take another word
Track Name: Move On
You only have yourself to blame
Up high, looking down
This feeling won't just fly away in time
In time

Just try to move on
You gotta move on

And sensing tension across the battle lines
So strong it starts to pull you over
Steadfast with conviction in your eye
Let it burn itself out

Just try to move on
You gotta move on
You only have yourself to blame
Taken the road you could have walked away from
Track Name: Your Shadow
This is what I had feared
Foundations crumbling
As the statues fall to pieces
I start to weaken even more

It's getting more clouded
I've lost focus once again now

It's hard to know if this is real
I'm getting glimpses so far away
How can I know what all this means
I see your shadow so real to me

But now, I'll face what I've ignored
Being stuck in this alone
And there has to be a way
To redeem this if I may

It's getting more clouded
I've lost focus once again now

It's hard to know if this is real
I'm getting glimpses so far away
How can I know what all this means
I see your shadow so real to me

See who you are, take it from me
You're not gonna like what you see
No other choice, to turn back
Though you've come so far

It's hard to know if this is real
I'm getting glimpses so far away
How can I know what all this means
I see your shadow so real to me

It's hard to know if this is life
Or if this is some fantasy
How can I know what all this means
I see your shadow so real to me
Track Name: Frozen
Like I've always known
It's just too far for me to leap
The unattainable belief in us

Is there life behind those eyes?
Watching silence fill these skies, and you

Take what you can from me
It won't be easy, no
This hollow strength I've made
You can't break through to me

Take what you can from me
It won't be easy
But try and you might just reach

Like I've always known
As if there was ever any doubt
The pit was deep, I'm climbing out

Is there life behind those eyes?
Watching silence fill these skies, and you

Take what you can from me
It won't be easy, no
This hollow strength I've made
You can't break through to me

Take what you can from me
It won't be easy
But try and you might just reach

Say goodbye to the frozen wastes
And the void of hope, always weighed me down
With you it's different, and in the moment
Moving, just moving, just moving closer

Take what you can from me
It won't be easy, no
This hollow strength I've made
You can't break through to me

Take what you can from me
It won't be easy
But try and you might just reach
Track Name: Watched the Fall
The signs were clear
Could've seen it coming a mile away
The city breaks apart

And so you watched the fall
From your window above
Being alone is something that you're used to now
Taking control is something that you wish you'd done

Hard to believe
That there was once a peace here
Till the renegades came
Tore up the roots
Sowing new seeds in the dark
Only ghosts remain

And so you watched the fall
From your window above
Being alone is something that you're used to now
Taking control is something that you wish you'd done

No time left, we can't go back
No time left to mend this place

And so you watched the fall
From your window above
Being alone is something that you're used to now
Taking control is something that you wish you'd done

You watched it all
Track Name: Empty Reality
Way in the distance, the haze of burning trees
Belief is in short supply, not with the parallel
But now you wonder how you'll find a peaceful existence
Your source of solace gone, replaced with empty reality

Lasting forever, going back and forth between
Always coming back to haunt your waking hours
A glimpse of light, of life how you thought it would be
A line of thinking, constricting and unrelenting, never ending

Remaining undefeated
The parallel retreated