The Parallel

by Razor Red Noise

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1.
03:09
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
2.
03:49
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
3.
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
4.
01:24
5.
03:19
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
6.
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
7.
03:06
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
8.
01:04
9.
03:02
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
10.
03:35
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
11.
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
12.
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
13.

about

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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Razor Red Noise UK

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

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