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Fioraidh
Fioraidh
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http://fioraidh.com and http://fioraidh.bandcamp.com if you want to hear more. Almost fifty, Scottish, and after an eighteen-year hiatus away from music I've decided to re-learn all my instruments. I'm currently going back through and recording brand new versions of songs I wrote for my band in the '90s (I quit in 1999) as well as writing new songs. Everything is done by me - writing, guitars, drums, bass, vocals, keyboards, and anything else that crops up. I just love music, really. GEAR: Egypt Pharaoh Isis guitar, Ernie Ball Music Man JP7 7-string guitar, Yamaha electro-acoustic guitar, Traben Bootzilla 5-string bass, Roland TD-20 drums, Mapex M Series drums, Sabian Hand-Hammered cymbals, Rhode NT2A mic, Shure Beta 58A mic, Fender Stage 112 SE amp, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4.
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http://fioraidh.com and http://fioraidh.bandcamp.com if you want to hear more. Almost fifty, Scottish, and after an eighteen-year hiatus away from music I've decided to re-learn all my instruments. I'm currently going back through and recording brand new versions of songs I wrote for my band in the '90s (I quit in 1999) as well as writing new songs. Everything is done by me - writing, guitars, drums, bass, vocals, keyboards, and anything else that crops up. I just love music, really. GEAR: Egypt Pharaoh Isis guitar, Ernie Ball Music Man JP7 7-string guitar, Yamaha electro-acoustic guitar, Traben Bootzilla 5-string bass, Roland TD-20 drums, Mapex M Series drums, Sabian Hand-Hammered cymbals, Rhode NT2A mic, Shure Beta 58A mic, Fender Stage 112 SE amp, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4.
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Tears of the Dragon
A little back story... around ten years ago, I contracted adult whooping cough and it lasted almost nine months. After it cleared, I'd lost my ability to sing. Completely. I couldn't sustain, I had no range, and I couldn't find keep pitch. It was soul destroying. A few years ago, I decided I would try and retrain my voice so I could sing again. I picked four songs that I thought best suited my style and which would help me with range, subtlety, power, sustain, and overall control. I used those four songs daily, building up to the point where I was able to sing again. As I have writers' block from finishing an album in July, I thought I'd take time to record a very rough and quick version of one of the songs I trained with - Bruce Dickinson's "Tears of the Dragon". This one helped with power, control, and subtlety. This is a fully licensed release, don't worry.more
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The Heart of Madness
You might need to get comfy and grab a drink! It's long, which won't be to everyone's taste. All music and lyrics by me, all instruments by me... except the lead guitar from 21:22 until the end, which was by my friend Graham McLeod. Here's some background on the song, since you're going to be sitting here for 24 minutes if you decide to listen to it... In 1992, as one of the principal songwriters for Fury, I wrote a song called Rhone. The song was a snapshot of his time as a killer over a two-year period. I then wrote another song in 1999 as a "what if?" where he'd be found not guilty, would go back to killing, but his first victim killed him and got a taste for it, and took over to continue his work. But I always wanted to tell the full story. I wanted people to know the origins of the character I created, what pushed him to the point of his first kill, and his journey until the end of his spree. So, three months ago, I sat down to start writing what would ultimately be the entire side of a 12" LP to tell his story. I worked on it a little bit at a time most weekends over a three-month period and, as it's now finally finished, I wanted to share it with you all. I'm including the lyrics here, as well as transcripts of the various new reports peppered throughout the track, so it'll be easier to follow. THE HEART OF MADNESS *** i. Overture *** ii. Breaking Point (02:43) Another birthday, another day locked in this empty room And outside, mommy uses. Another visitor another one who wants what she won't do And fists, if she refuses. On the edge of hope, the boy begins to lean. He finds a way to cope with things that he has seen. Deep within the void a childhood fades away. The boy deprived of toys finds other ways to play. Another beating another lesson failed to understand and mommy stands in silence. And while they're sleeping the sharpened steel feels warm within his hands and so began the violence *** iii. Confrontation (05:11) You're not welcome here stay away from us all Your mentality isn't meant for this world Your drawings are twisted Your words have a bite Those ungodly whimpers in the dead of night You show no expression Your eyes have no fire Those torturous heathens that you admire You're my darkest sin and I'll forever pay The surviving twin You sucked his life away Get away from me Put it down I swear I will never lock you away again He's done nothing wrong Please I beg of you Call for help and I Swear I'll never hurt you again Look what you have done They will come for you I will not protect you, my bastard son They will know it's you If you kill me too I can feel my life slipping away.. *** iv. De morte matris (06:43) Mother, can you hear me there's light still in your eyes Together, we will both be free No longer trapped inside. The basement was my prison, and yours this mortal coil Your home for all eternity the confines of the soil As I reach down to feel your skin I feel a presence from within a coldness building up inside a pain from which I cannot hide Your memories will fade Once my mind takes control They'll never find your body and I never found your soul [SOLO: G Mcleod 08:11] [SOLO: M Reid 08:38] *** v. The Struggle Within (09:16) [Instrumental] MALE: "In a shocking turn, police who were called to what appeared to be an abandoned home, discovered the body of an adult male, presumed to be in his forties, who they believe had lain undiscovered for more than six years. The owner of the house and her young son were nowhere to be found." FEMALE: "The FBI have today confirmed that the body of Serena Rhone, owner of the property on Lakeside Park where the remains of a man were found, has been discovered in a nearby woodland. They believe they were killed around the same time. The search for her son, Albert, continues." MALE: "It is indeed a sad day for all concerned, and I know that the people of Lakeside will never be the same." *** vi. The Struggle Without (11:17) I read today they'd found your body. They still don't know if I'm alive. They're digging up the woods around you. They hope the little boy survived. I didn't mean to kill you, mother. I only wanted to give you pain. But when I saw you on the front page. I longed to do it all again. I tried to stop the bleeding But then I saw the feeling in your eyes I should have tried to help you But I was paralysed. I need to find someone who'll love me. Someone who'll show how much they care. They'll pull me in and wrap around me. And gently soothe and stroke my hair. The years I spent alone in silence my childhood cruelly ripped away I never asked to be the one who lived And still you hated anyway. And now I have the feelings from seeing you again The sadness grows inside me and I know how it can end. *** vii. Serena (14:44) You look a lot like her You wear your hair the same I bet you smell like her I long for your embrace I know that, given time If I could save your life You'd learn to love this boy And I could feel alive I hear you beneath me Crying out in vain I'll be your saviour And I'll feel love again Why did you leave me? Why did you give me pain? I'd started feeling But you ripped that away [GUIT SOLO: M Reid 16:16] [KEYS SOLO: M Reid 16:32] *** viii. If At First (16:17) FEMALE: "Reports are coming in of yet another missing woman around the Lakeside Park area, the fifth in as many weeks, all matching the same description of shoulder-length blonde hair. Authorities believe these women may have been taken by the same person and are encouraging women in the area to exercise extreme caution." *** ix.A Stab in the Dark (17:31) [Instrumental] And as the light streams through the basement cracks There's nothing where you used to be Your scent still masks that of the others And so you can't be far from here I look for movement in the shadows But there's only stillness all around When suddenly, a burning in my neck and I fall to the ground FEMALE: "In a startling turn, police have taken a twenty-year-old man into custody for the abduction of the missing women in the Lakeside Park area. The incident is believed to have been called in by his latest victim, who was able to free herself and take down her kidnapper. It is not yet known what happened to the others, or how many." MALE: "And, of course, the biggest story of the day is that Albert Rhone, believed to be responsible for the missing Lakeside women, has now been charged for a total of twenty-four counts of murder. Forensic experts also believe that he is responsible for the death of his mother, Serena, nine years ago, as well as her lover." *** x. The Struggle Ends (19:55) I like how this is feeling A warmth flows through me now This gentle heat is melting The ice around my heart A light above is calling I hear your voice within No longer in the darkness I'm seeing you again And standing there beside you The other part of me Your hands stretched out towards me Together, we are free [SOLO to fade G. Mcleod] MALE: "Lakeside Police Department have today issued a statement wherein Albert Rhone, the twenty-year-old local boy who had been missing and feared dead since age eleven, has not only confessed to the brutal murder of twenty-four women but also the intentional death of his mother's lover. However, Rhone maintains that the death of his mother was accidental." PSYCHOLOGIST: "Were you aware of what you were doing?" ALBERT: "Um, yes." PSYCHOLOGIST: "Was it your intention to kill these women?" ALBERT: "I never meant to kill them. I meant to save them." PSYCHOLOGIST: "Why did you kill your mother?" ALBERT: "I didn't mean to kill her. It just... it happened." PSYCHOLOGIST: "And her lover? Why'd you kill her lover." ALBERT: "He was bad. All of them. They were all bad. ALL bad. He deserved to die." PSYCHOLOGIST: "And the women? Did they deserve to die?" ALBERT:<br> "They didn't deserve to die. That was never my intention. It just... I mean... I'm sorry."more
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Fourteen Days Lain Alone - a tribute to Layne Staley
I've been meaning to write this for close to twenty years but, as I've mentioned in other posts, I ended up quitting music for eighteen years and I'm only just getting around to writing again. The point was to create a song that not only honoured Layne Staley, but also had a similar vibe to Alice in Chains, and more specifically Jar of Flies or the Unplugged stuff... purely because I normally write heavy and wanted something more subtle for my homage to Layne. Each verse contains two AIC song titles. The lyrics (and title) are based on how he pushed everyone away after the death of his ex-fiancee around the Halloween of 1999, how he died in solitude, undiscovered for fourteen days, and how twice as many days could have finally cleaned him up. I'll probably re-record the vocals as I recorded them all in one go yesterday evening and I've got a bit of a cold just now. But I figured I'd share anyway. VERSE 1 Feels like yesterday I cried a little part of me had died But it's over now. It's clear to see that something's wrong and yet the news that you were gone still won't brush away. BRIDGE 1 It's hard to see through shuttered eyes The smile you wore as your disguise VERSE 2 In and out, they said you came yet every time was just the same 'cause you hate to feel. The darkest Halloween for you and ev'ry February 22 black gave way to blue BRIDGE 2 It's hard to help those who refuse or slip advice within the tubes CHORUS Those fourteen days you'd lain alone Come clean in only fourteen more VERSE 3 Almost twenty years have passed A little bitter to the last so you pushed away. Hands were reaching all around until the day that you were found with your shame in you. BRIDGE 3 It's easy now to reconcile the pain behind your shattered smile CHORUS Those fourteen days you'd lain alone I'd bleed for you for fourteen moremore
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