Behold the Machine

by Vernian Process

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resistant Bought for the second time for lossless :) great work... Especially love the piano sections. Favorite track: The Maiden Flight.
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nancy bushoven each musician adds so much to this,,, makes a wonderful album,,,,,,and, they are so so excellent to hear in person Favorite track: Behold the Machine.
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Nicolas RESSOT Superbe album (ne serait-ce que visuellement) notamment grâce à l'ajout de chant dans la musique de VP. Du coup, ce chant parfaitement inclus donne une nouvelle dimension au concept steampunk SF Darkwave en apportant une certaine émotion et une nouvelle implication de l'auditeur...Vraiment, une réussite ! Favorite track: The Last Express.
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Kiefer Hollis Leaves of Maple Trees are a good source of nutrition. Favorite track: The Maple Leaf Rag.
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    An album four years in the making, Behold the Machine is a steampunk anthology rooted in the shadows of a fictional Victorian Age. From the depths of the sea to the darkest corners of London, the album is an eclectic fusion of old world instrumentation and modern genres.

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released October 1, 2010

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Vernian Process San Francisco, California

Drawing inspirations from legendary authors such as H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, and Jules Verne, they weave the spirit of science fiction and fantasy effortlessly into their music. Progressive rock, neoclassical, post-punk, tribal styles, carnival tunes, and more collide with anachronistic results. Established in 2003, they are globally recognized as the pioneers of the steampunk music movement. ... more

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Track Name: Behold the Machine
Welcome to the Machine!
Welcome, one and all
To the greatest show on Earth
Welcome to our fall!

A boilerplate for a coat of skin
On oil and steam it thrives
A heart of iron pumps the blood
To keep this monster alive
Of polished brass and steel contrived
Gears whir and metal churns
Eyes aglow from the fire inside
As the coal within it burns

Behold the Machine!
Tremble at its power!
A light upon the world
In our darkest hour!
What is its purpose?
What is its place?
To bring us a new age?
To destroy the human race?

Behold the Machine! x4

Its pistons push it toward its goals
Whatever they may be
Its gauges and its valves
Remain a mystery to me--
This great mechanical mass!
Its purpose still uncertain
But pay no heed
To those behind the curtain!

Behold the Machine!
Tremble at its power!
A blight upon the world--
This is our darkest hour!
What is its purpose?
To save, or to enslave?
Beware the Machines,
They may send us to our grave!

Beware the Machine! x4
Track Name: The Alchemist's Vision
All the trinkets
All the gems in the world
A rare attraction
A porcelain girl is such a precious love

For centuries we have tried
Through the ages we have failed
The Midas touch is all I need
To lift away your veil

Change my heart
Change my cold heart
Now I have
Now I have nothing but time

The Midas touch
Is all I need
To lift away
Your veil

Change, change my heart
Change my cold heart
Now I have
Now I have nothing but time

For centuries, how we've all tried
Throughout the ages we have all failed

We have all failed
We have all failed

All the trinkets
All the gems in the world
A rare attraction
A violet flame
A precious love

Meaningless, meaningless!
Meaningless, meaningless!
Track Name: Unhallowed Metropolis
It's a new dark age and the end has come
There's blood in the streets and there's nowhere to run
Through darkest night they rise once again
Spreading the plague and terrorizing man

We're not alone
We'll make our stand, we're not alone
In this unhallowed land, we're not alone
We'll fight for our lives, we're not alone
Through this madness and strife, we're not alone
And we'll wait for the dawn, we're not alone
But our city is gone

Nowhere to run
Nowhere to hide
Our time is short
Our time is nigh

Nowhere to run
Nowhere to hide
We've had our chance
Lord knows we've tried
Nowhere to run...

Abominations plague our streets
There's no surrender, and there's no retreat
But beyond London's walls, the wasteland awaits
Where unholy creatures prowl at our gates
The Death Watch have always held them at bay
While mad men work by the Tesla array

Our metropolis has fallen, our city is gone
There's death in the streets and nowhere to run
A necropolis has risen, the old world is dead
There's no hope in our hearts, a new Dark Age ahead

We're not alone
We'll make our stand, we're not alone
In this unhallowed land, we're not alone
We'll fight for our lives, we're not alone
Through this madness and strife, we're not alone
And we'll wait for the dawn, we're not alone
But our city is gone

Nowhere to run
Nowhere to hide
Our time is short
Our time is nigh

Nowhere to run
Nowhere to hide
We've had our chance
Lord knows we've tried
Nowhere to run...
Nowhere to hide...
Track Name: The Exile
I'm the rage of the ocean, the judgment of man
My justice is swift, and time is my friend

No flag
No creed

I lurk in dark waters, in silence I wait
Wait for the moment that will seal my fate

The ancient depths changed my mind
Haunted by dreams of my former life

No king
No queen

I lurk in dark waters, in silence I wait
Wait for the moment that will seal your fate

[bass break]

Collision speed!

I... Am... The Law!
I... Am... The Judge!
I... Am... The Sword!
I... Am... No One!
I... Am... The Sea!
I... Am... The Sea!
I... Am... The Sea!
I... Am... Free!
Track Name: The Last Express
When you fall asleep, and wake up in the ground
The skies fall apart and the heavens rain down
You enter your dreams in hopes of fantasy
But all you wake up to is a dark reality

Now look out your window, what do you see?
Another timeless journey along the rolling sea
The tracks roll on forever across this barren land
From the frozen northern wastes to the burning eastern sands

Look out your window, what do you hear?
The lonesome whistle's cry echoes in your ear
We'll go on forever, no one will ever see
As we roll along in silence for all eternity!

The last express...
The last express...

Wake up, wake up
You're living in a dream
All you ever did
Was lie, cheat, and scheme

Well, now that is over
The conductor wants your fare
It came so fast now
Tell me, were you prepared?

Now look out your window, what do you see?
The Express will never stop, no matter how you plead
Your final destination may never even come
Just sit back, relax, and pray that there is one

Look out your window, what do you hear?
A million lost souls screaming in your ear!
The Express goes on forever, no one will ever leave
As it rolls along in silence for all eternity!

The last express...
Track Name: Vagues de Vapeur
Stained glass memories of a broken dream
A time of progress, a time of steam
Chimneys billowing across the sky
A time of conquest, a time to die

Riding, riding, riding on the waves
A time that never was, welcome the old ways
Riding, riding, riding on the waves of steam
On the waves of steam

It could be you! Could be me!
Could be us, just wait and see!
Combustible hearts and minds
Are all that we will leave behind!

Times are changing
Rearranging

Cathedral spires glisten in the sun
While down below war has begun
A new invention to save us all
A brand new cause for our downfall!

Riding, riding, riding on the waves x4

Riding, riding, riding on the waves
A time that never was, welcome the old ways
Riding, riding, riding on the waves of steam
On the waves of steam

It could be you! Could be me!
Could be us, just wait and see!
Combustible hearts and minds
Are all that we will leave behind!
Track Name: The Curse of Whitechapel
Through London's fog I stalk her streets
Extermination's what I seek
To cure this disease that plagues our land
I must make use of my skilled hand

They call me Jack - it's not my name
A ''nom de plume'' for a journalists' game
There's many pretenders to my throne
But none of them rend flesh and bone

Lilith and Mary, Jezebel and Eve
Gave birth to this plague and planted their seed
From hell I bring a message to the blind
From hell I will free all mankind

Through the fog and through the night
Bathed by the stars and Luna's light
Through the fog and through the mist
Bathed in their lives I can't resist

The crushers are always haunting me
I'll save them all, and then they'll see
They won't catch me, but I'll tell you this:
I remove only those that nobody will miss!

Through London's fog I stalk her streets
Extermination's what I seek
To cure this disease that plagues our land
I must make use of my skilled hand

They call me the Ripper, the reaper, the lord
Of bodies and souls and organs reborn
These fools, they don't know what is at stake
A treasure, a token I have to take
Track Name: Queen of the Delta
From Dahomey she came
To the shores of Naw' Leans
She brought her creed
And shared her beliefs

With a Veve she conjures the spirits to guide her
The Priestess, the Warrior, the Healer and Mother
She'll bless those in need or curse those with greed
Pethro and Rada she serves faithfully

Lord, aid our fates
As death shines bright
Unto the gates
I summon the night

Lord, aid our fates
As death shines bright
Unto the gates
I summon the night

She's a Delta Queen
She walks through your dreams
She's a Delta Queen
She knows your desires and sees your deceit

Lord, aid our fates
As death shines bright
Unto the gates
I summon the night

Lord, aid our fates
As death shines bright
Unto the gates
I summon the night

She's a Delta Queen
She walks through your dreams
She's a Delta Queen
She knows your desires and sees your deceit

She's a Delta Queen!
And she knows what you need
She's a Delta Queen!
The Loa and Ghede are her family
Track Name: Into the Æther
The intro track to "The Maiden Flight," setting the stage for a journey into the unknown.