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Gandaberunda 01:28
Outburst 04:11
I have seen the vile Grow into a world set on fire Struggle and stay alive Dark forces are oncoming Vapid to their eyes Conquer or be struck by the flames Stand up Infractions must be stopped If you back down (Their) offence would never end Come with us We will lead the way Don't believe a word they say Distorted truth Fight their madness Carry on Come and make them fall apart It's reckless to follow their cause Worn-out and weary, you have to work Their labour is malice on earth You'll see - break free Throw it down the mountainside From their ashes we'll prevail One must be able to trust another We shouldn't have to fear our home I'm here still alive But part of me feels empty inside Walk with me right now And clear a path that leads us there I've seen misery, disgraceful acts were spread like a plague Behold Dawn of the rulers fall It's here and now (The) beginning of the end
Imperium 03:31
Take one thousand men and make them discontent So lost in depravity Then you proclaim a fate that no one could dream of By now they're victorious Gather your forces Our time is now and the time is right When everybody is united as one We must turn the tide of fear And cleanse the world from (its) degenerates Draw – Aim – Fire Repeat unto the very end It's Us or Them No one shall cross our way to dominion – And our imperium Nothing at all will obstruct our spirit This is our destiny – Won
High Noon 03:54
Behold the line of progress Subduing the stormy sea See how it flows And how it sets you free Behold the tide of commerce Baptizing the barren tree See how it grows And how it's meant to be Shedding light to beast and man A Prospero delivering Caliban Sons of the soil Come and cleanse your culture with liberty Hearken unto the wind, extolling our kingdom The plainsong, the chronicle, expounding our burden Harpies and vultures Sons of the midday sun Come suck the marrow Of the gangrened bones
The Climb 04:22
We fought hard for deliverance Breaking shackles of poverty Though our rise left a few behind None deserve our apology We have seen their pity Turn into jealousy It's only fair Eat or be eaten But all the fortunes that you have made Will breed impatience For your desire knows no rest Although your toil has passed, long passed! Get on the hedonic treadmill! Once we had nothing but a dream You were desperate, you were in need Climbing higher You were lead astray, you were deceived Still trusting wealth to bring us ease You are corrupted, you are diseased and weak
Hubris 04:27
Observe the universe Ask interesting questions Conduct research Formulate hypotheses Design experiments Analyze the findings Reject, revise Repeat and draw conclusions Describe what patterns can be discerned Explain what factors dictate behavior Predict what good or ill might unfold Control – Yes, let's seize fate by the throat! Go catalog cosmos Leave no stone unturned Cram into a model; all that is seen Closing the gaps Shrinking (the) gods We're bringing to form an age of intellect Defy dogmas Liberate inquiry Transcend paradigms Go wherever evidence is leading All will be known by Man alone Reaching for our own divinity Humbug! Hubris! Your scalpel of reason is laying bare The dagger of Nemesis She will come awake – Repent! Come celebrate (The) wonders of Man Hubris! Wretched ego! Come celebrate enlightenment Welcome into a brave new world
Look at these rats! Devoid of honor Vain and self-indulgent They'll be my undoing! Pleasure is our birthright We crave bread and circuses Give us (what) we're entitled Let us all feast – for soon we'll die! To what end should I appease this vermin's greed? I will give.. I'll give.. No more!
Ouroboros 02:01
The serpent's tongue, a kiss of death One last caress, that chokes your breath An easy prey, serves its destiny One restless soul, feeds the carnivore I am the one and only one Now it is time for a statement Bring me the head of this charade Give us the leader of resistance – Now You are my shadow from long ago (When) bridges were burning fast Like a lifeboat adrift offshore Surrendered to the waves The more you excavate and search for truth The more pointless it seems to be From a distant cry to the people's roar This is your wake-up call So you carry the flame And preserve to the end To protect what is sane Until we meet all again This is not our fate, nor what we're looking for A big bad wolf, knocking at our door How could this be, where should one go Tired of constant fear, it turns us into stone Make a stand


Imperium is a collection of stories from different stages in the life of a civilization. The theme was inspired by Sir John Glubb's essay The Fate of Empires, in which he explores the cyclical tendencies of our history. Imperium serves as a meditation on the transient nature of human endeavors and is a friendly reminder that nothing is new under the sun. The sound is influenced by that parallel universe where Metallica is a 70's prog rock band composing soundtracks for dystopian 80's sci-fi movies.


released November 30, 2018

Drum recordings and Mixes were done at Studio KUST, Gothenburg, 2014-2018 by Henrik Magnusson.

Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Saxophone and Percussion recorded at various locations by Memfis.

Gandaberunda, additional vintage instruments and tape echoes recorded at Sonores Studios by Jonas Odhner.

Gandaberunda and Ouroboros were mixed by Mattias Engström.

Produced by Memfis and Henrik Magnusson.

Engineered by Henrik Magnusson, Mattias Engström and Jonas Odhner.

Mastered by Linus Andersson at Element Studios, 13-14 November 2018.

Music written by Mattias Engström.

Lyrics for Outburst, Imperium and The Resistance written by Mattias Engström.
Lyrics for High Noon written by Daniel Götstedt.
Lyrics for The Climb, Hubris and Bread and Circuses written by Henrik Hedelund.

Saxophone on the tracks Imperium and Ouroboros by Ulf Eriksson.

Artwork by Henrik Franklin.

Mattias Engström - Guitars, Vocals, Rhodes, Mellotron, Analogue Synthesizers, Pedal Steel & Percussion
Daniel Götstedt - Guitars & Vocals
Henrik Hedelund - Jazz Bass & Vocoder
Carl-Johan Lindblad - Drums


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Alternative Progressive Metal for the impatient.
Gothenburg/Stockholm, Sweden.

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