A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues

by BLOODWAY

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Romania's BLOODWAY cement their relationship with I, Voidhanger Records by releasing “A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues”, the closing chapter of a trilogy which started in 2014 with the “Sunstone Voyager And The Clandestine Horizon” EP and continued the following year with the band's first full-length, “Mapping The Moment With The Logic Of Dreams”. Lead by Costin Chioreanu, one of the most celebrated graphic artists within today's metal field, BLOODWAY blend black metal, progressive metal, heavy rock and psychedelia in equal parts, forging a very peculiar style that revolves around deep emotions and dark inner visions, exactly like Chioreanu's surreal art.

“In this new chapter the same character from the previous albums returns to the world of humans, but with a different and larger perspective, animated by his experiences and mental transformations,” Chioreanu explains. “The world is nothing but a prison, with virtual walls risen from the controlled collective intellect, where all the prisoners are locked in by themselves. Everyone is free to go and live outside the so-called system, but nobody really wants to leave the cells for the unknown.” It's a concept made of disenchantment and melancholy, and yet the album is more aggressive than BLOODWAY's past material, as well as extremely dark. “In this prison, our character buries his achieved illusions about humanity and rediscovers memories from childhood,” Chioreanu continues; “he is attacked by chimeras, fears imposed by will, but at the same time he reaches illumination by simply accepting reality in it's complete and horribly deceiving splendor. So he realizes that everything is nothing but a matter of perception.”

From the lyrical perspective, “A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues” is BLOODWAY's most introspective record, one that truly investigates Costin Chioreanu's spirit, as underlined by two intense spoken words recited by Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates) and Mat McNerney (Hexvessel). “I never spoke straight about my personal experiences and personal life the way I am doing now,” he says. “I felt truly free and confident with myself doing this record, and that fueled its specific nature. I think our goal as a band was to bring into this world a very special record, by all means. I am deeply confident that we succeeded.”

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released November 3, 2017

BLOODWAY is:
Costin Chioreanu - vocals, guitars, fx
Alex Ghita - drums, percussion
Mihai Andrei - bass

All lyrics and concept by Costin Chioreanu.
All music by Costin Chioreanu & Bloodway.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Marius Costache.

Artwork by Costin Chioreanu.

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Track Name: Not Whom, But Where (feat. Tomas Lindberg)
“Somebody said that the body is the temple of soul.
Then I thought about our flesh and bones as being here and now in order to praise the spirit.
Later I learned that so many people were building armors to live in. Soon they started to praise the body more than everything else, so the almighty human god got silently dethroned and secretly switched to the armor itself.
The armor became the cult, the cult of iron, the only international god that is secretly accepted by everyone in a world of containers.
I am stepping now into the Temple Of Iron, where all prisoners are locked in by themselves and I am asking myself the wrong question... Again.”
Track Name: The Startling Grotesque
This was not supposed to be a nightmare This was just supposed to be a dream My Dream
Look at me how I'm falling
Check my pulse - Am I dead?
The price of liberty speaks the wanders....
At the end of the rainbow I have lost what I found Am I the mask which I wear Am I you?!
Where is my hope? Where is the child of fire? Where is my hope?
Please lie to me...
This was not supposed to be a nightmare This was just supposed to be a dream My Dream
Our Dream
My Dream
I am stepping this tunnel
Made of darkness and nails
The palms are screaming for piercing Again and again
Lock my mind in a mirror Processed by gods
The only exit I see is by unlocking dreams
Track Name: Don't Wake The Void
Since I left the land of the shadows I spend my present in black But near the portal to finite
I hadn't seen any light
Tell me where do I am and I will walk after you
And they heard me, they saw me, they took me Through a white long corridor
They told me I am safe now with them But their drift too my air
Teach me now how to breathe so I can smell now your pain
And we started to countdown the cycles Running at night from our dreams Sometimes their screams were a blessing For an empire of needs
Show me what I did wrong so I can sew up my wound
Never feel, never see,
Never dream to be free
As beyond of our gates is just the void sleeping And once awaken, your soul will be eaten.
Thirteen angles are painting my drift Among the demons in skin
A doubt knocks at the window
A dying ideal
Tell me where are you now or I will search after you And I lost my hope in this maze
Hallow I'm holding the black As they planted all of my senses Like the grain in the sand
Teach me now who I am so I can spit out my fate
But I have this shadow with me since 1982 And we are haunting the rooms of this prison Without no clue
I can step on my fear and escape from this hoax
But
What is beyond this gate? What is beyond me?
Track Name: Midlight Scout
The quest is a prisoner's need Among the hostility peaks An inmate is painting a road Using my own blood
So many ruins, floating above my head
My head, my silence speaks the echoes for the gone
So many places for my mind to hide From all the puzzle pieces of a double game
I can't believe my eyes again Is this real? I am flying again?! Damn, i was just dreaming...
Why do I feel like an alien in this world? Why do I feel like a midlight scout?
Hope was invented as a social companion
A tongue for sonic leaks
The season of Judas is rising over the parish of need
So many faces
Are they all real?
How many mask do I need to survive the rename?
So many saints preaching from walls The same ancient lessons
The sound of dust
I can't believe my eyes again Is this real? I am flying again?! Damn, i was just dreaming...
Why do I feel like an alien in this world? Why do I feel like a midlight scout?
Track Name: Prison Paradise
Let's forget the keys again
As dead we mean nothing Let's enjoy the plot of this scene Like the last leaf of autumn
As the cold will come again
To honor the cycles
Let me be the last one seen in Eden
I got Lost In this paradise
Eden got lost in the plan of this prison
So the kid left me again As the king of my own cell Where fog is imposed by will As the laws of the bottom
When my dream will broke again My shadow will haunt you Where the stars are casting the sea There is no never
I got Lost In this paradise
Eden got lost in the plan of this prison
I'm having everything
In the end my dreams will sing
Track Name: The Incident
There was a time when faces were locked in this train When railways of fortune were leaving this shore Do you remember how we were closing the doors When the storm was bringing the fear from the West?
A ghost was guarding our selfish dreams in a flame Confession was nothing but a call to the wind Do you remember how we were hiding in smoke When the sun of vanity was burning our crops?
That night, my shadow went out
To hunt the lurking fear
Fear this: The incident speaks about the spinning sear:
“Your dream is reaching its end
The time is out for you
Look out! The dawning will speak about the spinning sear!”
There was a time when we're knowing our path But soon the road turned into dust
And the traces we left transformed into trees A forest for others to see where we died.
There was a time when the trees were still breathing Protecting the illegal birds to sing loud their songs But one day the blades came and cut all down And the wood was used as walls for the slaves.
That night, my shadow went out
To hunt the lurking fear
Fear this: The incident speaks about the spinning sear:
“Your dream is reaching its end
The time is out for you
Look out! The dawning will speak about the spinning sear!”
Track Name: Encounters To Pray For
The cell around me is dead again Black fumes are holding my soul's bane Reflection drives me still Rejection kills my will
How can I make you feel Inquisitive?
I am invisible
I am blessed within my hell
I am invisible
For all of you as well
I am invisible – an encounter to pray for Light, make me visible,
project me on the wall!
The guards around me are blind again Their shapes are passing through my self A window points at me Reflection will come for me
How can I make you feel Inquisitive?
I am invisible
I am blessed within my hell
I am invisible
For all of you as well
I am invisible – an encounter to pray for
Light, make me visible, project me on the wall!
Track Name: A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues
Who is coming in the darkness with me?
Who will drag the curtain after me?
The silence will break the space between these stars The fabric of clouds will still produce bars
You will bury me in a river of dead flowers My shadow will feed your ever fading hours I was never programmed to be a winner
I am free to go, but as the eternal beginner.
“I have no idea how long I have been locked in this prison. I have no memories from before.
I had no idea about what was outside.
I have just one cellmate and its name is Fear.
It helped me like a drug against temptation and curiosity. Since the first day, I remember I have been praying.
I was praying during cold night.
I was praying during daylight.
I was praying in twilight, but I was praying to myself.
As far as they told me, there was no god above me.
But one day my cellmate died and I had my first visit since I have been here. There were two messengers at the window that night.
They presented themselves as being the Infinity and the Endless Present and they made all these walls vanish in the blink of an eye.”

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