Freak of Nature

by Aman

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Nicolas RESSOT Un EP qui passe tout seul, avec ses sonorités orientales (et son groove occidental), le tout avec un chant qui n'est pas sans rappeler Akin ou Aghora. En tout cas, ça donne envie d'aller plus loin et c'est ce qui compte... Favorite track: Shaman.
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1.
Vizva 06:24
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)
2.
Bad Juju 04:20
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
3.
Shaman 04:48
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
4.
The Journey 05:09
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
5.
And So... 00:42
6.
Big Land 05:13
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
7.
Crossover 04:37
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

about

Freak of Nature.

This music was the private little universe in my head for many years, and a crucial stepping stone towards finding my voice; both what it is and what it isn’t. Call it your own, share in it, or maybe just peek in to have a look at the colors. Whatever it is to you, it’s yours now too and 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.

This strange little journey is the first self-produced installment of a much larger concept. Check out the accompanying booklet (included in the download above) and you'll find visual hints and story excerpts that will give you a glimpse into the world being built, though some of it might not make sense just yet! Some pieces appear chronologically while others are spread wildly about, with the hope that you can discover and piece together a twisting and tumbling narrative as each new installment is released. That said, whether the rest of this world will see the light of day remains to be seen, so you need not be bound by my musings; maybe just put this stuff down, crank your system and blast this weird little album without reading any of that sh**!

credits

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, I've lived in a few 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 meets rootsy and atmospheric.

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