Freak of Nature

by Aman

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about

Welcome to this place.

This is my universe; and now yours. Your own little secret, or perhaps a world to share. Whatever it is to you, I hope it invites you to question; to create, to think, to feel, and most of all, to immerse yourself and get lost in it all.

As far back as I can remember, my favourite thing about music, or any experience really, has always been atmosphere. The magic and the fragrance that someone captured and then left for you to play with. I certainly obsess over every little detail and nuance too, but there's nothing like it when you're lost to the music in the moment, transported to another place. This is what I hope I can bring to your world with 'Freak of Nature'.

This strange little journey is the first installment of a much larger concept. Check out the accompanying booklet (included in the download above) and you'll find some beautiful visuals and story excerpts that will give you a glimpse into the world that I've created, though some of it might not make sense just yet. While some pieces appear chronologically, others are spread wildly about, waiting for you to discover and piece together a twisting and tumbling narrative as each new installment is released. That said, you need not feel bound by my musings; the beauty of art is that it can mean what it means to you, and that's that!

And hey, if it all gets a little much...don't forget that you can always put this stuff down, crank your system and blast the music without reading any of this sh**!

This is your world now, go play.

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released August 28, 2017

Produced, written, recorded and engineered by Aman at The Sound Garden, NY
Additional work done throughout the years at 954 Dandenong (VIC, Australia), 58 Coronation (Singapore), 270 Comm Ave (MA), and 587 Beacon (MA)
Drums recorded and engineered by Chris Leon & Todd Carder at The Bunker Studio, NY
Drum work on 'And so...' written, recorded and engineered by JP Bouvet at The Temple of Progress, NY
Drums edited by Jon Tidey
Courtney's vocals on 'Shaman' recorded and engineered by Vince Welch
Mixed by Chris Leon & Aman at Boomtown Studios, NY and The Sound Garden, NY
Mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre Studios

Artwork by Alister 'Spike' Kent & Tanya Ghosh
Design, layout and all things visual by Tanya Ghosh
Logo design by Michael Mesker

All music written by Aman ©HeavyMetalMonk (ASCAP)

Aman - Guitars, Vocals, Percussion, Programming and Ambience
Antoine Katz - Bass
David White - Bass
JP Bouvet - Drums

Additional musicians:

Jon Greene - Essential harmony Screams on 'Bad Juju' and Brief-yet-deep-and-beautiful Vocals on 'The Journey'
Courtney Swain - Epic Vocals on 'Shaman'
Joanna Teters - Badass Vocals on 'Big Land'

Aman uses Ibanez guitars, Fractal Audio systems, Morley pedals, Ernie ball strings, Tsunami cables, Dunlop guitar picks, Pro Tools, Melodyne, Avid and BAE preamps, and a trusty ol' SM7. He is currently not endorsed by most of these companies

JP uses DW drums, Remo heads, Meinl cymbals, and Vic Firth sticks. He is currently endorsed by all of these companies

(The rest use a bunch of stuff that's awesome too)

Check out the accompanying booklet (included in the download above) for the names of some very special people who deserve some very special thanks!

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Aman New York, New York

My name is Aman and I'm a musician and solo artist. I've lived in a few different places around the world and have my own little idea of the music I want to make and what I want to say with it - heavy guitars and a whole lotta notes meet worldly, rootsy and earthy ... more

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Track Name: Vizva
And then there was—
The world

And in this world, there came to be—
Life

And with every breath, we ask ourselves.
For what we don't know today, paves the way for what we will know, tomorrow

For what is life— but a question

I might lose it all
I might lose it all

Hello my friend,
I see you there
Until the end,
We'll dance away
How long can you see us?
How long do you need a reminder, love?
I stand—
Come take my hand I'll take you to the end

(I might lose it all)
Track Name: Bad Juju
I couldn't redesign you
How can these words define you
Relive the pain inside you
I'll take a stand, remind you

Karma likes to smile
She could love you for a while
When it comes to you—

Words carry empty promise
Untamed, you build your fortress
My resin bleeds
Remind the world inside you

Karma likes to smile
She could love you for a while
But when it comes to you—

I tried to build and follow
Your pill I could not swallow
Bring back your ways
I'll tear you away

Karma likes to smile
She could love you for a while
But when it comes to you— lies
Track Name: Shaman
Sleep my love
The sun rises from the dark
Lay down your weary mind
Pull back the thread

Are you willing now?
Take my hand and show me
I know the weight of the world
I am empty,
I become the void

Let go your tether—
I hold myself together
Unbound, rise from the nether
Say it again, forever
I hold the world together
Bound to a heavy fever—
Say it again, forever

I have left behind my home
I won't understand my own—
Own
Track Name: The Journey
In the valley folds
In the darkness grows
The shaman lives untouched
Watching over us

In the shadowed cold
The ghosts were made untold

(Be)cause you know I'm going there
And you know I wouldn't stay
Out there lies a storm ahead
You my love, I won't let it near
(Be)cause you know I'm going there
(For) You love, I wouldn't stay
Out there's a reason for our lives and I won't let it get away

Every now and then I close my eyes
Try and look into the dragon's lies
I looked away— I've fallen
The way I'm cornered,
My love I'm bleeding from the lines

Alone— my love,
I'm waiting for you
Untold— my love,
I'll find my home
(The way)

(Be)cause you know I'm going there
And you know I wouldn't stay
Out there lies a storm ahead
You my love, I won't let it near
(Be)cause you know I'm going there
(For) You love, I wouldn't stay
Out there's a reason for our lives and I won't let it get away

I'm going there
And you know I wouldn't stay
Out there lies a storm ahead
You my love, I won't let it near
(Be)cause you know I'm going there
(For) You love, I wouldn't stay
Out there's a reason to our lives and I won't let it get away

(Let it get away)

(I know you will— I know I will— I know we will— I know you will)

I know you are the one
I know you will become
I know you are the sun
My baby please become
Your shadow casts upon
The world will not become
Oh god my
Baby I
Love you I
Know you are
The one my
Love will you
Become I
Will not see
The sun my
Love

My love— and I love you
Track Name: Big Land
I couldn't be another, man, but now you see I'm all but dust and you and me and me and you we're one and all

One look back and you're walking
Two looks back and you're finally free
Hold on— what do you believe?

One look back and you're walking
Two looks back and you're free
All is lost,
To me

Right behind the open waters
Hide behind the broken hearted
Wait until the mountain falters
On the big land you belong

I'm on the run
From what you recall
Pain is the simplest of ways to grow tall

I thought I'd never get back
Deep down I've always known that
I'm not worth losing all that love

And though I can see your veins
(I can see)
Your skin seems so tightly wound
(My love)

Right behind the open waters
Hide behind the broken hearted
Wait until the mountain falters
You'll decide you're only for her
Ride along the waves you started
Fly along like you wanted
Conquering what you could fight for
On the big land you belong

(What lies ahead)

I know— I know
Track Name: Crossover
Way down in the valley
Up high, where the mountains touch the snow
I tried to be friendly
And they said—
Boy you wouldn't grow

I tried to save it for you
I tried to say it like you wanted

I don't even know my love
What happened this way

Looking out for trouble
Looking to crossover

How can you leave one another?
And how can we be more, lover?
I will find a—
Way to you my—
Love, the way you breathe
I'll always breathe

Looking for my lover
Looking to crossover

Slide—
So alone—
I won't count alone