Sands of Time (2017)

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released July 13, 2017

Produced by Scardust

Noa Gruman - lead vocals
Yoav Weinberg - drums
Yadin Moyal - guitars
Yanai Avnet - bass
Alex Nicola - keyboards

Music and lyrics by Orr Didi, Noa Gruman, Yadin Moyal and Yanai Avnet

Guest vocalists: Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land), Jake E (Amaranthe)

Scardust choir:
Basses: Jonathan Wolf, Ray Livnat, Yarden Gruman, Amit Fortus, Erez Tovi, Guy Moshkovitz, Yanai Avnet. Tenors: Elad Peretz, Baruch (Bam) Gruman, Ben Saada, Ray Livnat, Chen Sharon, Dima Fridrich, Yan Ben Yosef, Adar Elmackias. Altos: Rakefet Ann Ben Shabetai, Shani Gruman, Leah Marcu, Tali Shahar, Hadar Shemesh, Neta Ben Harush, Yael Cohen, Yael Abady. Sopranos: Rinat Gruman, Atalya Emily Shuorki, Zohar Ben Haim, Nitsan Cohen, Shaked Baydatch, Almog Dror, Carmel Cohen, Yael Abady, Hadar Shemesh.
Children: Amit Brenner, Dana Maimon, Noam Minster, Gaya Maman, Ori Peretz
Conductor: Noa Gruman

Strings quartet:
Violin I: Rinat Gruman, Violin II: Idith Gruman, Viola: Yaacov Avnet, Cello: Telalit Charsky

Drums recorded at “Bardo” studio by Yonatan Kossov, Carmel Peach
Drums edited by Yonatan Kossov

Choir, strings quartet and grand piano recorded at “Mitzlol” studio by Jonathan Barak
Vocals and children choir recorded at “Gruman” studio by Jonathan Barak
Guitars, bass and keyboard recorded and edited by Yanai Avnet, Yadin Moyal and Alex Nicola
Extra vocals (in “Queen of Insanity”): Yotam ‘Defiler’ Avni
Vocals edited by Noa Gruman

Mixed by Priel Refael Horesh
Mastered by Jens Bogren

Orchestral arrangements by Orr Didi
Sheet music by Yanai Avnet
Orchestral programming (for “Blades”) by Adi Almagor
Logistics management by Nitsan Cohen and Noa Gruman

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Graphics
Band photography by Yoni Sherman
Assistant photographer: Rakefet Ann Ben Shabetai
Assistant production: Nitsan Cohen
Story and concept by Noa Gruman
Styling and artistic direction by Kayah Diora
Hair and makeup by Hila Peretz
Noa’s clothing by Noa Gruman
Neck jewelry by Orion Ivliev

Art, design and graphics by Drake Mefestta

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Track Name: Sands of Time: Overture
Through Fire
And Darkness
We crumble
Under the sands of Time

In sadness
And anger
In laughter
Under the Sands of Time

Arrival
Survival
Revival
Under the Sands of Time

Created
Grow older
And buried

Under the Sands of Time
Track Name: Sands of Time: Eyes of Agony
Another night has summoned demons from my past to wage a war
In my mind the endless tempest carries on
Another flashback to the scorching fire opens up a door
Long lost days are scars, engraved upon my soul

In the eyes of my agony
Memories are written in stone
How could I embrace them as my own?

Another night of lucid images deprives me of my sleep
Screams of pain, roaring madness creeps inside of me
Another tear, yet I am here to face the fear
And seek the answer in the eyes of my agony
Memories are written in stone
How could I embrace them as my own?

A STENCH OF DEATH FILLS MY LUNGS WITH TERROR
EVERY NIGHT I BURN IN THE SICKENING FIRE
LOSING MY YOUTH IN A FOUNTAIN OF TEARS
SCREAM AS THE FLAMES GROW HIGHER
LOOK IN MY EYES, CAN'T YOU SEE THEY'RE ROTTEN?
WON'T YOU HAVE MERCY?
DARE YOU LEAVE MY SOUL IN THIS BROKEN BODY?
SO I KNEEL BEFORE YOUR PEDESTAL
BEGGING YOU TO LEAVE ME BE
FREE ME FROM THIS
TRAGEDY

My life has passed before my eyes each night
since I can recall
Have I paid my debt, or must this hell go on?
I hear the reaper calling my name
Laughing madly as I fall again, in vain
Why is he blind to the pain in the eyes of my agony?
Track Name: Sands of Time: Dials
Turning, Burning, Sands out of Time
Scarring, Forging, Dust scatters, Burns in time
Dials forever will turn

The skies fall apart, The skies fall down
The skies fall apart, The skies fall apart
I see a crystal ball, wondering, why oh why...

Open your eyes to a beautiful rebirth
Watch the sun go down to an endless sea
Open your heart to embrace the silent sky
Touch me, show me how you cry

One endeavor
Scarred forever

Screams of pain, roaring madness creeps inside of me
Scorching scars, I am begging you to let me be
Tainted clouds, how could I have seen the prophecy?
In my nightmare there are corridors I must not see

Fear of death, in a life of endless agony
A voice of hope in the sky of broken harmony
Reap the fruits, sip the poison from my memory
Sands of time, tell me why can I only
See an endless sea, of endless fire and misery

WE ALL CLING TO THE ALTER OF TIME, TICKING LIKE BOMBS - WE RUN FOR COVER, FALL DOWN TO OUR KNEES IN FEAR SACRIFICED, SCARRED BY THE DIALS THAT FOERVER TURN

We're all slaves
To the dials that forever turn
We all burn
And the dials they forever turn
We're all slaves
To the dials that forever turn
We all burn
And the dials they forever turn

Forging Scars forever
Turning Time

Sea, oh endless sea, I seek the
Path to where I once belonged
There's a map engraved upon my soul

Voices fade, names forgotten underneath the sand
Silhouettes paint a portrait I don't understand
Sink your teeth, drown my haunted boat in ecstasy
Broken anchors leave one free to explore the sea

Oh, endless sea, I seek the
Path to where I once belonged
There's a map engraved upon my soul

By the dials that forever turn

We're all slaves
To the dials that forever turn
We all burn
And the dials they forever turn
We're all slaves
To the dials that forever turn
We all burn
And the dials they forever turn

Who can bear the light?
All is one smear
Who can bear the light?
Who can bring a start?
Small debris float in clouds of airy disarray
Butterflies

Take a small leap into one uncharted world
The stars will slowly gather to smile above your unfolding path
And the roots and the birds will trace
New prophecies in earth and skies
Our bodies, our hands, our minds, our look
Are the only instruments
The only map, The only guide
Track Name: Sands of Time: Hourglass
Gazing through the crystal ball
Memories reveal the toll
That burdened my mind
And tortured my soul
Flaming shadows of the past
Die out and reveal at last
The stars, the roads,
The path unfolds
I can see the ocean now, Stretching out too far
And call out to the sea
Through a thousand grains of sand
Looking past the shells For who I used to be...

Through time looking for who I used to be
Sands of time

Deep beneath the sands of time
I've found a gem and made it mine
Blue as the sea, red as wine
Sip the poison from the truth,
spit it out and taste a strange desire
If I only chose that path
Took the other turn
Would I be alone?

Through FIRE And DARKNESS We CRUMBLE
Under the sands of Time
In SADNESS And ANGER In LAUGHTER
Under the Sands of TIME
Arrival Survival Revival
Under the Sands of Time
Created Grow older And buried
Under the Sands of Time
So treasure And savour Each moment
Under the sands of time
This one life Will be over
For one day the reaper will come for you too...
Track Name: Sands of Time: Sands of Time
Green fields now painted black, I can't go on and I can't go back
Long lost days of the past
Have to go over there, can I go over there at last?

Love, Lust, things that I've lost
Running from shadows but at what cost?
Trace far, back to my life
What was before the rain, what was it like before the strife

In the eyes of my dream I can look deep
And cherish the memory
Meadows grow back Embraced in my story....

Home, Friends, things that I miss
Snow on the mountains and skies of bliss
Strange tears guiding my way
Could it be happiness? could it be really here to stay?

In the eyes of my agony Memories are written in stone
Finally I embrace them as my own

Through fire and torches of pain
I am the one who made it through the rain
The echoes are songs in my ear
I am the one who rose above the fear
Through fire and torches in pain
I am the one who made it through the rain
Look up, the sky is now clear
I am the one who fought so hard and made it here

Slow, fast, scars that run deep
Grasped like a treasure for us to keep
Blood, sweat, just flesh and bone
All of my choices were not in vain
now they're mine alone

In the eyes of my agony...
Through fire and torches of pain…

And though the reaper awaits and the clocktowers chime
I see the fire put out by the Sands of Time
Track Name: Arrowhead
Timeless glory is what you're running for
Even if I offer my eternal soul
I'm waiting for your mind to let you know:
Only your whole heart Is what i'm aching for
I love it when you're looking with your eyes
Finding me alone I'm begging don't you go

Arrowhead pointed towards the sun
Up beyond the sky is where you're aiming
You don't know them, you don't know us, What's the rush?
You're not even happy when it's raining
Tell me, will you ever look me in the eyes?
Save me from this nightmare, Darling don't you go

You broke the lock, went out our door
And watched me fall, Watched me fall apart
You know it's not my fault so find your own answers
Stop blaming me and please take me home

Terrified with every step I take
Frightened with your every move
I can't go on
I've waited all this time and you ignore
Deep inside your heart you know I've done it just for you
So don't you dare to judge me now
Take your fancy arrowhead and please just go

You broke the lock...

Your arrowhead is pointed towards the sun
Up beyond the sky is where you're aiming, what's the rush
You broke the lock went out the door and ran
As you watched me fall apart so darling stop your
Arrowhead is pointed towards the sun
Up beyond the sky is where you're aiming, what's the rush
You broke the lock went out the door and ran
As you watched me fall apart so darling stop
Your arrowhead is pointed up,
Beyond the sky is where you're aiming, must
You break the lock run out the door
And watch me fall apart so stop

You broke the lock…

Went out our door
And watched me fall, watched me fall apart
You know it's not my fault so find your own answers
Stop blaming me and please just go
You broke the lock, went out our door
And watched me fall, watched me fall apart
You know it's not my fault so find your own answers
Stop blaming me and please take me
Track Name: Out of Strong Came Sweetnes
AN ANGEL APPEARED UNTO THE BARREN WOMAN
SAYING YOU SHALL CONCEIVE, THE BORN ONE WILL BE FOR GOD

I have faced his mighty demands with granted power
Yet I'm cursed with so many years of longing
From their side, she looked at me, captured my devotion
Blinded my heart, deluded my soul

Out of eater came food
Out of strong came sweetness

Wherein thy great strength lieth?
I pressed him until his soul was vexed to death
He told me all his heart

Out of eater came food
Out of strong came sweetness

We held him, Took his eyes, And bound to The brass locks
Destroyer Of our land, We'll mock you As you fall down!

I SEDUCED HIM TO SLEEP UPON MY KNEES
AND HAD THE SEVEN LOCKS OF HIS HEAD SHAVEN OFF
UNTIL HIS MIGHTY STRENGTH WENT FROM HIM

Remember me and strengthen me now, Oh god I pray thee
That I may avenge my two eyes
"Let me die with the Philistines"
He bent with all might slaying more than he slew in his life

Out of eater came food
Out of strong came sweetness

We held him, Took his eyes, And bound to The brass locks
Destroyer Of our land, We'll mock you As you fall down!
Track Name: Queen of Insanity
INNOCENT AND GENIUS, PRETTY AS AN ANGEL
DOMINANT AND MIGHTY, QUEEN OF INSANITY
YOUR LIES ARE TURNING INTO YOUR OWN ESSENCE, YOUR TRUTH
LOCKED INSIDE YOUR PSYCHOTIC MIND
SCREAMING YOUR EMPTY HEART OUT
SWEETNESS OF A LOST PAST SEARCHING IN THE DARKNESS
SCRATCHING THOSE WHO DARE GET CLOSE TO YOU
THEY SAY THEY’RE TRYING TO LOVE BUT THEY ONLY SPILL DIRT IN YOUR PATH
AND YOU TRY TO PASS, FINDING A WAY OUT
TO FLY AND ESCAPE

Run away
Take all your demons with you as you leave
Leave me to rest in the quiet, and leave me to breathe
Go and leave me with peace
As you run away

Day after day
POISONED BY YOUR OWN ANGER
You ignore
BELIEVING THAT THEY ALL HATE YOU,
THEY DON'T GET YOU
When they come close
TRAPPED IN A FORTIFIED DELUSION
You take your crown and run away
Take all your demons with you as you leave...

The sweetness of your past is now a longing melody
Crying deep inside, Begging for you to sing
A pure voice of an angel innocent yet mighty
Hidden right beneath
YOUR CROWN OF INSANITY

DEEP INSIDE YOUR BROKEN HEART YOU KNOW THE MELODY
SCREAMING OUT YOUR NAME, BEGGING FOR YOU TO GROW
WHEN YOU WILL SING IT, YOUR HALO WILL SHOW
AND YOUR MAJESTY, CAN'T YOU SEE YOUR SOUL WILL
SHINE AND FLY, HOW CAN YOU DARE RUN AWAY

Take all your demons with you as you leave...
Track Name: Blades
Dusty nights are scattering through my fingers
Trembling in a tortured, hopeless fight
You look away again with curbed anger
Not knowing you're hurting by holding them too tight

Fragile, small, you are
Your charming ignorance is drowned in grown-up memories
Yet again you look so far
Let me inside your childish world of games and scars

Hold on to me upon this cracking ground
But don’t come near for I will topple you down
Feel my heartbeats piercing passionately
Don’t touch me, I’m made of blades

A broken future lies within your tears
Drop the hopeful act, there's poison inside me
Live your life's sweetest years
Just want to spend them with you
Is this our destiny
OR STOPPABLE SUFFERING
Can we add a chapter of joy to our story?

Hold on to me upon this cracking ground
But don’t come near for I will topple you down
Feel my heartbeats piercing passionately
Don’t touch me, I’m made of blades

Roses have their thorns
And dreams are make-­believe
Yet you smile with screams
Let me inside your peaceful future of blades and scars

Hold on to me upon this cracking ground
But don’t come near for I will topple you down
Feel my heartbeats piercing passionately
Don’t touch me, I’m made of blades
Track Name: Gift Divine
You're sitting on the shore, Listening to the waves
The magic of the world flowing in your veins
This is how it feels, This is how it sounds
entirety of time and space speaks through the here and now

Let the breeze bring you ease, yes, I've come to save you
See the sea sets you free, spirits sing tonight
Serenity I bestow upon you
Take this gift, divine, see the sign

The sunrise over the desert finds your wretched, broken soul
Victim of existence, robbed by misfortune, longing to hear my call
The earth will give you power, the wind will cure your wounds, my dear
Your might shall stand much stronger, all will hear you loud and clear

Let the sun mend you, son, yes, I've come to save you
Feel the warmth flowing in your arms today
Strength I bestow upon you
Take this gift, divine, see the sign

The sky enter the twilight zone and so is your tired old being
sitting by the ashes of your fire long gone, I know what you are seeking
The end is near, don't worry, son, I'll take you with me soon
That will be the time for you to sail on to the moon

Let death feel your breath, yes, I've come to save you
Come with me, now, come with me, eternity awaits
Peace I bestow upon you
Take this gift divine, see, the sun has set, the moon will shine,
now you're the one to give the sign