of infamous credentials

by Axial Lead

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Our first album, entitled “of infamous credentials” features eleven songs, following the recently recovered memories of an escaped convict lost at sea, who washes off on the shores of a utopian island-city in the middle of nowhere. From start to finish, his choices lead him through an uncertain world and strange realms where reality is bent by his own moral decay, as he twists the rules that bind together his past and future lives.

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released May 5, 2014

All music, lyrics and artwork created by Axial Lead:
Christian Vicente Alban Popescu
Daniel Bucatariu
Radu Damian
Tudor Golu

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Marius Costache (mariuscostache.ro) at Next Dog Studio and Nocity Studio

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Axial Lead Bucharest, Romania

Christian Vicente Alban Popescu - guitar
Daniel Bucătariu - drums
Radu Damian - vox
Tudor Golu - guitar
Vlad Enescu - bass

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Track Name: Salva D'Or,
Welcome to the city of crystal waves and rocky shores,
underneath the rising sun, where I don’t see the land around.
Just look at the beautiful golden light,
upon the heavy stones that tower high from the ocean floor.
I cry and laugh,
I feel as if I’m home at last.
I feel as if I’m home.

Salva D’Or,
the flowers bloom in Salva D’Or,
the sky is blue in Salva D’Or.

There was a time in Salva D’Or,
the blue was gone from Salva D’Or,
and through and through in Salva D’Or,
the moon was guarding Salva D’Or.

The seagulls fly to the sun,
this is the place I’ve been lookin’ for all of my life
and they return with a shimmer and shadow,
and carry the sea to my eyes.

Salva D’Or,
the flowers bloom in Salva D’Or,
the sky is blue in Salva D’Or.

There was a time the city of gold
had just a window, Salva D’Or,
and for the blue in Salva D’Or
I’ll wait forever, Salva D’Or.

On the streets to the harbor,
hear the voice of the wind:

“No one’s left in my town!
They’ve all left, the ships are rotting down.
I’m tired of hearing nothing but my echo,
why have the people left me by myself?
By myself, by myself, by myself...”

Welcome to the city of silent waves and barren shores,
where it doesn’t feel like home anymore.
I walk through these stones, surrounding my eyes,
who fall upon a shadow that’s haunted my mind.

The clock, the tower
the prison tower,
that goddamn tower,
I hate that tower!

Salva D’Or, Salva D’Or, Salva D’Or...

I will seek a life beyond the rocky shore,
I will seek a life beyond the rocky shore,
I will seek a life...
Track Name: grant me entrance
Right or wrong,
all I know is madness in me’s growing fast and strong,
all I need is time to breathe in, honey!
Dusk or dawn,
I can feel the weakness of the walls that hold me down,
and I’ll break out when the moon light’s gone.

I write this to no one other than my own blood.
Don’t worry my brother, their eyes are blind to my words.

Breakdown,
I want to realize now, I will sacrifice,
I will abandon to damnation my very eyes.
I will trade you for a chance!

„There are some words to read aloud
and others to think about,
yet these words that never die,
they are spoken in hidden tongue.”
Come undone!

“Find the Keeper! Find the Keeper! Find the Keeper!

If you choose the right way,
he will give you the secret to enter the Temple.
If you should choose wrong,
you will not see day as long as you live.
Oh no, ha ha ha!”

I’ve seen this light before,
I’ve seen the light of day,
I’ve seen the light before,
I don’t believe it’s mine, oh no.

There I was in the mid December,
standing tall with my hands together,
hoping I made the right choice and
thinking of all the things I left
far behind, in the misty weather.

Let me in! Let me in! Let me in! Let me in!

Right or wrong,
all I know is madness in me’s growing fast and strong,
and I’ll break out when the moonlight’s gone.

I write this to no one other than my own blood.
Don’t worry my brother, their eyes are full of laughter.

Breakdown,
I want to realize now, I will sacrifice,
I will abandon to damnation my very eyes.
I will trade you for a chance!

„There are some words to read aloud
and others to think about,
yet these words that never die,
they are spoken in hidden tongue,”
Be undone!
Track Name: and wait for
“La la la Lorelei...”
Can you believe my lies?
Oh, in the dusk I’ve seen the moon disappear,
a long time ago.
Nobody knows if you have a heart,
nobody cares, sweet Lorelei,
nobody can wait for the...

Can you believe the line crossing the night?
Can you believe the sky? Open your eyes!

Gray skies collide overhead, the storm has arrived.

I swear,
if I should see the end of this,
I will love you till the day I die,
I swear it on my memories
of the violet flowers in the mist,
Lorelei, sweet Lorelei.

Look out,
beyond the never ending waves,
psychedelic nightmares,
devouring the purple haze!
I will love you,
Call my name, Lorelei!
Call my name, Lorelei!

“I told you once: this cannot be,
accept your fate and let me dream....

..somehow they never last”, she said.
“I’ll give you a chance.”

Amalgamating my flesh with her dreams,
she will unknowingly help me,
granted the story goes how I had planned it to be.
Oh how I had planned it to be?
Reach for the end of the scene
and hold on to the sun,
don’t let it shine,
when it’s gone,
I’ll be alive.

Can you believe the line crossing the night?
Can you believe the sky? Open your eyes!
Do you believe your eyes? Open your mind!
If you believe your mind, wait for the...
Track Name: my choice to lead
‘been waiting in line for a while,
behind all the faces,
killing some quality time,
I’m patiently wasting my life.

The people behind me are moving ahead,
I’m missing my form so I’m cursing,
the dead lady told me that she doesn’t know,
I’m missing my form ‘cause I’ve made it burn.

I made it burn! I made it burn! I made it burn!

Where is the bottomless ocean
replaced by sulphuric waves?
Crystallization deforms aligning a mental array.
Four thousand seven hundred and twenty two
years have gone since i lost my hourglass.
What is left of my darling Lorelei?
A name without her.

Can you believe the line crossing the night?
Can you believe the sky? Wait for the...
End of meaning!
Now, be whatever you’re dreaming of!
Identity is gone,
I choose to believe in a different reality.

Question your dreams!

Rolling on a grain of sand,
the last drop of Lorelei.
I can taste her sapphire eyes
blended in my hand.
Gaze upon her revenant
poisoning the light!

End of meaning!
Now, be whatever you’re dreaming of!
Identity is gone,
a nightmare’s about to begin!

“The path to the broken door lies ahead,
among the spirit remains
of dead waves and promises no one can keep.

Remember the violet haze,
but never be sure of the way you wanted to be!
You fail to be.”
Track Name: your greatness to
Betray the treason imprison. Hurray!
Betray the treason in prison. Hurray!

the treacherous prism, to pray
with the light of day.

Day is getting older,
radiating colder, marrow.

Shifting body-piercing arrow,
shifting body pierce the arrow

through my brain in a line,
through my brain in my spine!

Open the line to find inside a snail who dies,

adding a spiral every twenty-three quarters of time, of time,

on the sulphurous shell,
on the sulphurous shell on his back.

He pays for his crimes.
He pays for my crimes!

Maybe I’ll choose the right way wrong.
“Fool, don’t open the door!”

Let in the cold!

Vertebrate Invertebrate
Vertebrate Invertebrate
Vertebrate Invertebrate

One day it came to be,
the galaxy would trust in me,
to give up my choice to lead.
December ending, amber blue, now.
December ending, amber blue, now.

The story’s told to the listener, the prisoner, the same:
“Midway beyond the grave, there’s a broken door
made of silver and snow,
with handles of mercury gold...
Track Name: an ending.
...so close to the realm of delusion,
a white centipede drank the ocean.”
A white centipede drank the ocean!

Shades of blue around me
blur the infinite.
Frozen thorns around me.
Giants hinder the light.

When I was young,
a stranger in town told me a secret:
Deep down inside all truth is a lie.
“The truth is a lie, my child!
Once there was a man,
nothing to lose,
nothing to win,
had he seen...
nothing to fear...”

Nothing to keep me here!

“...still there was a price.
Paradise, when he finally found.
Paradise could not find his eyes.”
Paradise lies before me,
doors of Paradise.

Arches stretch forever
in the sunset.
On my way, forever,
to no dreadful end.

This is the way it should be!
“This is the way you wanted to be!”
This is the way I will be
taking the shape of an ending.
Track Name: After solid black,
Crystal, Silent, Never, Ending, Sulphuric, Dead, End.

Monday,
maybe someone’ll show up to save me.
I fear.
Massive, alive, unlike a vision,
inverted mountain of ice.

“Seven million steps in ice.
Seven million steps
in time to make up your mind,
one by one, in a single vine.”
Chosen I have Never by means of a coin,
oscillating now.

“Ice,
Seven million steps in ice.
Seven open doors in ice”
Seven open doors too far.
“Sacrifice a frame of time
to breathe in the cold.
Pay the man of the viking boat!”
Spoken I have Never by drowning voice
Nothing is everything, in time, as it flows.

Ice,
Seven open doors and I
had a million lives.

I see the surface now,
in transparent light,
like the horizon shines,
after solid black.
Track Name: the unending
“No, you don’t deserve good things happening,
you don’t even know what is moral anymore.
I’m blaming your soul!
High, you’re not alive,
this is everything engraved in your smile.
Or I’En told me
you wish to gather the burning flames of the sun.
You will have them all,
but one.”

“Rising horizon is dead”
might be words in my head,
I don’t care if the seagulls ever return,
Horizon, ending become!

Colorize, colorize...
All the nights were passing by,
colorizing memories tonight.
Colorize, colorize...

I should have known it was snowing
ashes in the white of my eye.
I know it shouldn’t be snowing
ashes until I die.
Carry on flooding my eyes,
carrion feeding the flies.
I say my prayers to the morning’s dawn,
the sun will never begin.
These flies are making me dream.
These flies are making me dream.

Colorize, colorize, colorize...

“No you don’t deserve good things happening,
you don’t even know what is moral anymore.
I’m taking your form!
Now you’re not allowed
to be anything apart from a human.
Cursed be forever!

“Rising horizon is dead”
might be words in my head,
I don’t care if the seagulls ever return,
Horizon, ending become!

“Rising horizon is dead”
might be words in my head,
I don’t care if the seagulls ever return,
Horizon, ending we are!

“Rising horizon is dead”
might be words in my head,
I don’t care if the seagulls ever return,
Horizon, ending we are!
Track Name: human form
Time will save me, and time will make sure
that I will wake up, to be prepared for
what will come when the world is aching
for men of true shape, who will protect her.
Time will come now, it will come now,
in this cave, where I seek my death now.
Time will come now, it will come now,
in this cave, where I seek my death now!

What have I become?
I took the shape of a man.
Join the swarming flies!
If one dies, a million will come.

Water, flowing down, this chamber than I walk upon,
lead me to your heart, I long for all the things you hide.

What have I become?
I took the shape of a man.
Join the swarming flies!
If one dies, a million will come.

From a glowing strand, silky like the sand;
from a glowing strand,
hanging from the skies and crawling to ground,
they told me their terms:
I’m leader of the worms and I should help them out.

This is the last of the seasons,
and change is within them as they burrow down.
There is a ruby flame burning
over the halls where they sleep, I’m to keep them alive.
I am, I’m to protect them,
and I’m to awake them
when they transform into butterflies.

“We cannot desert our palace home
until the dream is done, and we are born to fly.
We cannot desert our palace home
until the dream is done, and we are born to fly.
Full of memories, the tree of magic fruit
has blossomed. Can you feel the scent?
Full of memories, the tree of magic fruit
has blossomed. Can you feel the scent?”

I poured an elixir of transmutation.
Behold, now the ruby flame burns pale white!
Over the festive hall, silence and nothing more,
as I prepare for awaking the flies.
Track Name: will Or I'En
When i grew another ear
I could hear them crying.
I spy with my seven eyes
none of us surviving.

Full white fire flies, full white!

Some are wise and others fear,
some of them rewinding.
All will die and disappear.
Rise from the resting plane,
stretch incandescent wings and legs,
at the oasis hide and bring
light in the city yet again.

A jolly day to be alive,
a jolly day to be alive.
Roundabout, cross the town,
refracted sun.
Such a day to be alive,
a sorry day to be alive.
Don’t you know? It’s kinda bright,
you’re gonna blind your eyes!

I can see you with my lantern,
I can see you with my lantern,
labyrith tomb, turn a random,
turn a random flame to fire!
Turn a random flame to fire!

Full white fire flies in the vaulted sky,
purifying Paradise for a while.
From the relics of the city name,
will Or I’En tomorrow
build a city for the better man?
For hope and true tomorrow.

Full white fire flies, full white!

Paralyzed, this is no Paradise!
“Ignited candles putrefy,
so let it burn for now,
but look up child,
boiling ocean spirals
over Salva D’or, full white!”
Track Name: to happen.
I can recall the second December
in the wonderful age
of the Horse, and the screaming Beast of Meridian,
sleeping under the growing rooted feet of the Burdock Weed,
guarding the Deadly Disease that killed most of the Blanket Trees.
“Follow the violet path missing.”

What in the name of?
All in the name of none by the name of...
In a strange aftertime, while I rest on the same old shore.
What in the name of?
All in the name of none by the name of...

“Carry on over receptacle hollows
and see not to fall off the edge.” On the floor,
a lifetime is pointless. You’re saying it all wrong,
my father, I’m somebody else.

Call my name, violet hour.
Call my name, violet hour,
hour of purpose, don’t give me another!
Hour of purpose, don’t give me another!

What in the name of?
All in the name of none by the name of...
In a strange aftertime, while I rest on the same old shore
What in the name of?
All in the name of none by the name of...
All in the name, all in the name!

Tranquillizing waves on a frequency,
low below the focus of harmony.
Tranquillizing pattern emerges in
multiplying time to infinity.

...so the day blossomed in a circle set on fire.
By a name, other, the sun is spilling color on my flower bed.
My god! am gone I, will abandon what’s left.
With a new head, I will imagine the world is right again.
Today came,
and every day since then
has a late daybreak,
so I never forget.

A strange aftertime,
before I understand the meaning of the words
inscribed in ever-changing forms.
Around me,
shades of blue, through the mourning dew
come undone, in golden light.
Shades of blue, through the morning dew
never come alive.
What in the name of?
All in the name of none by the name of...