The Vision of Sound ep

by The Spiritual Bat

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So the official album is postponed. But we got a little treat for you, just in time for Castle Party and The Vision of Sound Tour. Five songs we want to share with you now, before we go on tour! Pump the VOLUME!!! There's no mastering yet.

You can listen for free and, if you like what you hear, you can choose to donate a buck and download a track to support The Spiritual Bat's music. Please be advised that when you pay €5, we only get €3.84 after Bandcamp and Paypal take their share! We have posters and download codes for you if you come to a show, besides T-shirts and other merchandise.

We recorded and mixed this all ourselves, as usual, plus we have the wonderful keyboard contributions from our old friend Ashkelon Sain on Caress The Scar and Emilio Torella on "Killing".

You be the judge of how it sounds! We think it's not bad at all. Imagine if we could afford to record in a real studio with a real sound engineer, and imagine if we had mastering on this? We actually have a great mastering engineer, there just isn't enough time at the moment.

This version has been "immortalized" now because... you know, something very old school may happen if we release the album AFTER the tour, something which is now happening coincidentally, but which we always thought was not a bad idea: show after show, by playing in different conditions every day, we just may pick up new strength, feeding on YOUR energy, experience new visions, and absorb it all into the songs... Remember, when people used to play live before they ever recorded? So, this is to say that these same songs will most sound a lot different on the official album.

We were actually almost there, we even thought we could make the Spring deadline, nine songs almost done (five of which you are listening to, right here). But the real world sometimes gets in the way, there's day jobs, there's health, either yours or family, there's stuff breaking down, there's trying to buy a bigger car and a lawsuit, there's money... You know, life!

And there is awareness and profound sorrow for this tragic age of humankind, so much misery, intellectual and spiritual, beside material, even in the so called "civilized" world... As if the human condition of being mortal, finite and insignificant in the universe weren't enough. There's illness, of dear ones facing the paradoxes of a healthcare system, and there's the illness of humanity, so destructive to ourselves and our planet. There's terror, and the look in the eyes of those caught between two fires.

In spite of all this we desperately cling on to whatever good there is in humankind. Because there is! We have witnessed it. No one single individual nor race is devoid of base instincts, primeval needs, no one is perfect. In spite of everything we still believe a sort of evolution is possible. We hold on to whatever we have in common, whatever good we can find within ourselves, through awareness of our faults, and believe there's hope for our differences to become a strength, some day, a celebration of diversity and sharing, not a give in to fear, intolerance and hate.

credits

released July 21, 2016

Dario Passamonti: Music, Guitars, Bass, Synths
Rosetta Garri: Vocals, Lyrics, Drum arrangements and Programming
Ashkelon Sain: Keyboards on "Caress The Scar"
Emilio Torella: Keyboards on "Killing"
Artwork: Vincenzo Compagnoni (I Pittori Alchimisti a.k.a.The Alchemist Painters)
Photo: Entity Photographic

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Initially meaning to release instrumental music, when a recording session for acoustic drums was set up, Rosetta, who had previously been the drummer, on a spur of the moment wrote and recorded the lyrics and vocals for Through The Shadows. The Spiritual Bat is an evolution from "The Spiritual Bats" project which was conceived in 1992... read more on Facebook, Reverbnation, Myspace ... more

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Track Name: Killing
~KILLING~

MAY YOU ROT IN HELL


I don't have, I don't have
anything else to wish you

Cuz I'm wild, I'm controlled,
I'm an animal that's been hurt

I wanna bite, wanna fight
wanna see you feel as I do.

I'll be damned, see your pain
face to face, with your own worse fear


SO YOU UNDERSTAND

you own my thoughts, own my lymph
on your legs all your red guts hang

Without head, move along,
like all others in that spew and spill

there's your body, unaware
walking around, like a zombie

hold your head by its hair
swinging it like a lantern

NOW YOU UNDERSTAND


And your head looks at us
weeping in all its despair

What I wish, I don't know,
even needed to go and ask Dante

I can't tell, nor describe,
why I believe in his Inferno.

Wyvern
Malebranche's Claws

One thing is, you think you're wise
something else, you really are


You own my thoughts, own my lymph
on your legs all your red guts hang

hold your head by its hair
swinging it like a lantern

there's your body, unaware
walking around, like a zombie

and your head looks at us
weeping in all its despair

NOW YOU UNDERSTAND
MAY YOU ROT IN HELL
Track Name: Caress The Scar
~CARESS THE SCAR~

We made that choice
afraid to face
and find the truth
and touch the scar
SUBLIME, ETERNAL
The Beauty of Impossible Love
The Beauty of Impossible Love
ETERNAL, SUBLIME
I'm witness to your solitude
You're witness to my passing through
here

And climb to the top
the view, and I decompose
and fill, that void, The absence that bond,
and please accept the challenge

And see, what we've done
it shows, right here on our skin,
it tells our story,
your skin shows yours
Caress the scar
caress the scar
and analyze
To save what we have,
what we can
and climb to the top
the view, and no one around
to save what we have,
what we have
to save what we have.

Afraid, aware,
ashamed, again

We DROWN in our poison
again and again

and climb to the top
and see there's no one around

to save what we have, what we have

or STAND at the top
and see that we are not alone
alone, alone, alone
afraid, alone, aware, alone

Caress the scar
Track Name: Guilty
GUILTY

Are you ready
for such great pain
who will be close to me
when the time comes

are you willing to do
do whatever it takes
are you ready
for such great pain
who will be close to me
when the time comes

Silent screaming
from such great pain
hear that voice calling
there's no greater fear
for I am guilty, guilty
forget me not

Time is passing, you know
grab it by the horns
are you willing to resign and die
for we're all guilty, guilty
forget me not

I'll there walking back and forth
in this or that room
merging thoughts
about a journey
real or seen
in a dream.

Or the present dark and grey

Raising Prayers
in some sort of song
Who will be close to ME
when the time comes
Who will be close to YOU
when the time comes

I'll be marching
til I mold
in this or that world
merging thoughts
from a journey
real or seen
in a dream

I'll be walking back and forth
raising prayers
in some sort of song
Who will be close to ME
when the time comes
Who will be close to YOU
when YOUR time comes
Track Name: The Human Museum
~THE HUMAN MUSEUM~

The Human Museum
As long as I live
In constant awareness
it shall all be gone

The Human Museum
As long as you live
In constant awareness
The Beauty and the Wrong
And see what is more

Dear Lords of War
Dear Lords of Power
You all shall die
Dear Human Kind
and Laughter, Laughter
We all shall know
know our Power
Our Role!

You'll have been dead
all life long
AND NEVER YOU WILL
HAVE MADE THAT JUMP
INTO THE ABYSS OF AWARENESS
AND NEVER YOU WILL HAVE
SOARED IN CONTEMPLATION
OF BEAUTY IN DECADENCE
Forgive me for I have sinned!
Is that the case?
Maybe that's what it meant...

The Human Museum
remember,
as long as you live
remember
There's no glamour song
in all that we've done
No far-sighted Love
No collective Soul
The Beauty and the Wrong
Let's see what is more
Let's see what is more!

The Human Museum
As long as we live
in constant awareness
of all that we've done

There's no glamour song
we can overturn
no collective soul
no far-sighted Love
There's no glamour song
it shall all be gone
There's no glamour song!
Track Name: Intimacy
~INTIMACY~

Intimacy
your most fragile self
exposed to the trusted one
the loved one

Showing images of Self
communicates “I'm here”,
“I'm alive”, “I exist”
Words fail to manifest
who I am, without sound

Identity is a puzzle
that you build
tile by tile
some are virtual
some are bodies
of some kind

Wonder if you're even real
do I venture out and meet you
body and all
in our planetary sound
(our sort of sound)

Teach what you do best
and earn your Self respect
I pave the road to exorcise your fear


And if you ever asked me
was it worth the pain
I'd say, of course it was,
of course it was

Everything YOU do for the cause,
every step YOU take
so to last in time

Everything WE do for the cause
every step WE take
so to last in time.

So many lost words in etherland
they never seem to be heard,
but if you choose the lesser evil
if you choose the lesser evil

soon or later good shall rise

Intimacy