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Haken - Affinity

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Haken'2016

AffinityRelease by: InsideOutMusic

Haken - Affinity
The length can be different in the booklet, in the player and on the different disks.
1. affinity.exe

(01:24)

2. Initiate

(04:16)

3. 1985

(09:08)

4. Lapse

(04:44)

5. The Architect

(15:40)

6. Earthrise

(04:48)

7. Red Giant

(06:06)

8. The Endless Knot

(05:50)

9. Bound by Gravity

(09:29)



 
affinity.exe
(Instrumental)
 
 
Initiate
Love and pain!
Engage your senses, and let them carve the way.
Give me focus, sharpen my view.

Initiate!

Live here and now!
And forever or never!

I observe a world jarring in turmoil, a million people waging war at the hands of a God.
And I can hear them crying!

Cold fires blazing before me, an affliction fast consuming and fascinating me.

Drifting deeper into the unknown.
You'll be the life and the death of me.
I initiate!

We'll make this dream last forever and ever.
Tears will run dry from my ever wandering eye.
But I'm prepared to stay 'til my dying day.

I'll see things you won't believe, in tomorrow's memories.
I'll do things you can't conceive, there'll be no strings on me.

Open the floodgates, form the colours and the shapes.
Let there be a light.
Initiate, all my senses are engaging.

Open the floodgates, all the love and all the pain.
Let there be a light.
Initiate, all my senses are engaging.

Distance stretches further from home.
Tell me how does it feel to breathe?

I initiate!

I'm drifting deeper into the unknown.
Drifting deeper into the unknown.
 
 
1985
I stand map in hand, direction misaligned.
I play my role with the cast of a die.
It spins through the air, bound by gravity.
So why can't I feel momentum pulling me?

Their design shifting frame by frame.
Blur the lines, the cycle starts again.

My first step was undertaken aimlessly, yet I arrive as if I'm meant to be.
Conceived by desire or compelled by certainty?
Did I decide or did the road choose me?

Their design shifting frame by frame.
Blur the lines, the cycle starts again.

All I am!
Blood, flesh and bone.
Hand in hand!
Love, trust and hope.

Step by step!
All roads lead home.
Birth to death!
Thy will be done.

All I am!
Blood, flesh and bone.
Hand in hand!
Love, trust and hope.

Step by step!
All roads lead home.
Birth to death!
Thy will be done.

Break the code, find your soul.
Cast the die, lose control.
Break the code, find the formula.
Lose control in euphoria.

Break the code, find the formula.
Lose control in euphoria.

Their design shifting frame by frame.
Blur the lines, the cycle starts again.
Their design shifting frame by frame.
Blur the lines, the cycle starts again.
 
 
Lapse
Dying of the light, a million faces search the sky.
The universe was huge enough for us to hide.

Drifting with the tide, a rite of passage to the stars.
I always knew the days were through for us to shine.

Live, love, fade out!

Days and nights seem never ending, space and time bleed into one.

Hold on to the light, to stay awake, to live and learn, to keep your sanity.

Trace forgotten smiles, to feel the rage and hear the tale, of how the mission fell apart.

Stay here by the light, to turn the page and feel the pain, of being loved and left behind.

Sing the sun in flight, to be afraid and live in vain.
Let the rest of us remain!

Live, love, shut down!

Days and nights seem never ending, space and time bleed into one.
Dreams of our two worlds connecting, fade as soon as they've begun.
 
 
The Architect
Message on a screen before me, caught a glimpse of the ending to our story.
I'm sorry, I haven't called you recently.

It's not surprising,
I'll just learn the lesson.
Take some time to process the evidence, and analyse your apathy.

You turned your back on affinity, now it's turned to toxicity.
You turned your back on affinity, now it's turned to toxicity.

Spare me your obsolete empathy!
The voice of sympathy means nothing to me.
Delete all obsolete memories!
Shores of tranquillity, my monastery.

We played the game of imitation,
I met your stare with blank expression.
I count the years of isolation,
Since you set my mind in motion.

And to eliminate the silence,
I calculate to cure the virus.
A panacea for the poison, the solution is wrong.

Well you turned your back, turned your back on affinity.
And now it's turning to, turning to toxicity.

You turned your back, turned your back on affinity.
It's turning to, turning to toxicity.

Spare me your obsolete empathy!
The voice of sympathy means nothing to me.
Delete obsolete memories!
In a dying sun, I'll become affinity.

Affinity...

There's a strange feeling washing over me.
As if I am drifting on the waves of a boundless sea, all embracing.

There's a strange feeling washing over me.
As if I am drifting on the waves of a boundless sea, all embracing.

Some say that time and tide will wait for no man.
I stop and hold a single grain of sand, to see the world in the palm of my hand.

Strive to break free from the confines of my mind.
Step through the doorway of perception, to lose all sense of past and future.

Omnipresent endless knot, the architect of every thought.
Through the prison walls made by your design, a chameleon hides behind Orwellian eyes.

Spare me your obsolete empathy!
The voice of sympathy means nothing to me.
Delete all obsolete memories!
In a dying sun, when you're gone...

I'll become affinity!

Hear this vow, tied together forever.
We'll make this dream last forever and ever.
Hear this vow, tied together forever.
We'll make this dream last forever and ever.
 
 
Earthrise
One step back, take two leaps forward.
And with bated breath we wait, for generation X to fade.
Embracing the emancipation!

How will history remember, a masterpiece chiselled to dirt?
Collapsing pillars of the earth, a march of progress in reverse.

Blood fills my lifeless heart, eyes flicker in the dark.

Two steps back, one leap forward.
You let your shackles fall with grace.
Still counting on that wish you made, to reach out far beyond the pale.

How I dream to feel alive, bestow upon these vital signs.
The lunar path dictates the tide.
Will we ever reach the shoreline?

How do we answer to the Gods, among the men creating us?
As I inhale the hurricane,
I touch the void and feel no pain!

Resolve to carry on!
Another life awaits beyond the horizon.
Evolve and we'll ensure our survival.
We are the revolution!

Resolve to carry on!
Another life awaits beyond the horizon.
Evolve and we'll ensure our survival.
We are the revolution!

Keep reaching through horizons, to leave our past behind us.
We turn toward the earthrise!
 
 
Red Giant
Blood red sun, my companion.
Feel my love through the static.
For we rust and dismantle, salvage us from the ash.

A trial by fire on shoulders of giants.
We're scalded and burning, yet she keeps on turning.
If doom is impending, what are we defending?
Desolate their communion, Gaia mourns her children.

Everything that ends beckons a revival.
Sustain or to descend, nothing's decided.
When I escape myself, how much will be remembered,
Of Heaven and of Hell, of what it really means to be?

Desolate their communion,
Gaia mourns all her children.

As time decays, ticking lives away.
All that we know eroded, dreams that we made.
Gently start to break, but never fade.
 
 
The Endless Knot
We dream of places we can't get to.
We crawl, we swim, it's neverending.
The crests of tidal waves are raging,
The bitter lake is ever changing.

A conscious ocean covered planet, of memories flooding back to drown me.
Uncertain lost in deep confusion.
Is this the past that's passing through me?

Close your eyes, stand your ground.
Face the wind, never looking back.

The ancient prophecy unfolded.
Distracted minds ignored the warnings.
Confronting facts to prove the fiction,
Right to the point of mass extinction.

We flirted with the edge of darkness, offered ourselves unto the harvest.
The shepherd led, we blindly followed, into the world of no tomorrow.

Break me down to pieces and strip me of my freedom.
I fall back on my instincts, but never know the reason why.
All hope disappearing, gives the power of healing.
I'll walk among the breathing, but never understand what it means.

We need a story to believe in.
We need a hero to prevail.

Our design shifted frame by frame!
Across the line our cycle starts to fail.
Our design shifted frame by frame!
Across the line we die to live again.

We need a story to believe in.
We need a hero to prevail.
We need a challenge we can overcome,
It takes a tragedy to make us one.
 
 
Bound by Gravity
Bless us with the gift of a morning, that lightens the day.
Infecting us with hope like a flower, that rose from the grave.

There will be a shift in perspective, but nothing can change.
Until the floodgates and the doors, of perception have swung open wide.

The stars align, vermilion dawn.
Gravity's bind, embraces all.

An ethereal force keeps the beat in all our hearts, and our feets on the ground.
Is this the life our days and nights will be undone?

Here we are collating our thoughts, in a gathering of clouds.
If this is life will space and time bleed into one?

If we dictate the cause and face no consequences, would our worlds still intertwine?
If this is love, hearts beat as one and never stop!
Stop the clocks before they grow impatient and conscious of time.

In a dying sun, all will be undone.
So our time has come, we are reborn as one.

The stars align, vermilion dawn.
Gravity's bind, embraces all.

When the stars align within your bind, our worlds will intertwine.
All is love!

Our souls collide.
A swarm of minds reborn, then we find euphoria.

When the stars align within your bind, our worlds will intertwine.
All is love!

Our souls collide.
A swarm of minds reborn, then we find euphoria.

The storm subsides, your will is done.
A swarm of minds, reborn as one.
 
Lineup:
Ross Jennings - vocal
Diego Tejeida - keys
Richard Henshall (Hen) - guitar
Charles Griffiths - guitar
Conner Green - bass guitar
Raymond Hearne - drums

Guests:
Einar Solberg - vocal
Pete Rinaldi - guitar
 
Produced by Haken.



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