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Serpent 03:36
Newborn Held to a trembling chest It suckles the agony Fed with frantic fear The spirit’s soon infected Stung by the fangs of vanity (Now the) seeds won´t grow No matter what we dream of We’ll only reap what’s been sown So life is lost Seduced by the great serpent The snake of mankind shedding skin Serpents! Hissing its hideous hymn Own it, control it, rip out the core and clone it Crawling for profit, inside the social snakepit The venom of Mammon, the medusa’s hair is everywhere She’s always there Always hungry Always aware Somber silver dollar leahes Sucking out our souls Seduced by the great serpent The snake of mankind shedding skin
Vertigo 03:04
At the edge of the great eternal My eyes are blinded by the mist It’s not the risk of falling But that I wont be able to resist I must not look down Into that endless burning boiling black But I cannot stop myself And at the edge of the great eternal - I gave in My body burst into smoke and dust Was not the risk of falling - that I feared But that I wasn’t able to resist.... to jump right in I could not tell If I flew or fell Deep down, beyond all reason, beyond all sense, beyond myself There I beheld the circle close
Enigma 04:21
Into the void I fell, a vision of the hell - We build with our own minds My every cell could feel it, the only thing that’s real is - That death will have us all Death devours every man Our days are counted We all fade away Into the swirling vortex of Hades I saw myself divide The grim reaper roared my name, and there and then I died In sweat I wake up screaming, awake but somehow dreaming. I’m back but not the same It is the mystery that we don’t know and cannot see - That makes us freeze in horror The enigma can’t be solved It devours every man We all fade away..
We seek our havens in the haze For solace in the shades A spark to spare us from the grey cold depressive day So close, so far beyond Surrounded, yet alone We stagger on Waging a war that can’t be won Go on and on... So close, so far beyond Surrounded, yet alone Drowning senses deforming Sliding into insanity Drifting like ghost-ships enslaved by the spell All sails are set for hell Four Horsemen await us there Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, Despair So sure, so weary wrong Surrounded, yet alone We stagger on Sinking in shit that can’t be swum We’re falling on and on...
To seek a path with power A path with heart To truly see How we choose not to be ....free Fumbling desperately to reach The essence of the soul In the drowsy dreaming grey I am the hunter and the prey I seek a path with power A path with heart To truly be above all identity To break the surface of what is me To light the fire within and fly away In this treacherous game All roads end up the same Let the path that I chose Be a path with heart In this treacherous game All roads end up the same I’ve found a path with power A path with heart I finally see A way out of all misery In the drowsy dreaming grey I am the hunter and the prey Light and fluid I am impeccable! I am already dead and ......gone
Versus 03:10
The Burden 02:06
Then she just stopped breathing That bullet turned me into stone Paralyzed by this unbelievable truth No reason, no warning, no good bye Everything has been torn apart Try to understand You smashed me into pieces With your dirty hands I am here and still bleeding For all those years it could have still been pounding It is hard to comprehend When you’ve got blood all over your hands In that very last moment You met my eyes and felt my torment The panic, the burden Implode in mindless murder
Good mournings beg no pardon Back to the factory Our place in the machinery No time to falter The goal is clear Get rich before you disappear Mass-murdering mass-production Faster, bigger, better, more! Rats in a riot round and round In chase of death! In the mill of monotony (our) dreams are ground to dust Chained to the burning engine The green and golden god Greasing its gears with our blood To make a living We give our lives And but the irony survives Slaves to our own consumption Bleeding, sweating, crying whores! Rats in a riot round and round In chase oouuuvfh ....nuthin’ but death We give our lives In chase of death!
Phlow 04:42
To break the surface of what is me To light the fire within and fly away Rise – free your mind Fly – Leave the ghosts behind For the demons we breed can only feed on our fear He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere When the sharpest scythe slices the sphere of sanity And when the mortal mind melts from the insight That there is no respite! Then you’ll know You are not what you cling to Then you’ll know You are not what you own And you will know That we all die alone Let the hatred go Let it flow The seeds of peace are yours to sow If you refuse to pull the trigger You are not at war The choice is only yours Lift your head and face the sun Why shun the light when night is sure to come
I, Sentinel 02:36
Is the inner voice the true self Who is really in command (It) doesn´t matter if you listen When you hear just what you understand I’ll stand I need no helping hand Leave me be I bear my burden like a man Don´t come closer! Stay away! Thou shall not pass I - Sentinel Guarding the gate to my hell The shame must never be... revealed I hide it well Nothing enters, nothing leaves My empty shell stays unbroken Thou shall not pass No one shall behold what I am Go! Stay away from me I am the sentinel Mark my words Thou shall not pass
Hiatus 03:20
Breakthrough 03:18
Halfway across the bridge of a thousand sighs Arid and dry, prepared to lose this life But where to leave this surrendering spirit of mine Where to leave this shattered soul My mind exploded and it cleared There is no escape, there will be no mercy here And to seek for death is to seek for nothing This is our ghastly doom This is our human glorious.. fate We are naught but dead men in the game Cheating and stealing to make a safe way to the grave And I saw how we all equal nothing.. We are nothing but apeirophobic airy fucking fools Oh.. I can see it, It’s shining crystal clear This life is our ghastly glorious fate I’m still here, it is not too late


In 2008, we recorded a follow up to The Wind-Up (2006, Dental Records). Now, three years later, we’re releasing it.

Vertigo was recorded and mixed in Bohus Sound Studios during two intense weeks in may 2008, with producer and engineer Fredrik Reinedahl (Burst, Solstafir, Crowpath, Abandon etc.), mastered by Dragan Tanaskovic (E.S.T, In Flames, Mando Diao and many more). We financed this production ourselves.

Later in 2008, our former record label sued us. Eventually, after over two years of juridical circus, they pulled out the day before our supposed court date. A ridiculous amount of time and money were wasted on this.
After this mess we decided to release the album on our own via the digital channels (iTunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify etc). On our website (www.memfisband.com) you can pay what you want for it. Hopefully, Vertigo will be released on extra heavy double vinyl someday. Until then, it will only be available as a digital download.

We hope you’ll enjoy it.



released October 29, 2011

Recorded and Mixed at Studio Bohussound, Kungälv, April-May 2008
Produced by Memfis and Fredrik Reinedahl
Engineered by Fredrik Reinedahl
Mastered by Dragan Tanaskovic at Studio Bohussound

Music written by Mattias Engström, except 'Versus' by Mattias and Henrik
Lyrics written by Daniel Götstedt, except 'The Burden' by Mattias and Daniel

Guest appearance on the track 'Vertigo' by Linus Jägerskog
Artwork by Claes Josefsson

Mattias Engström - Guitars and Vocals
Daniel Götstedt - Guitars and Vocals
Henrik Hedelund - Bass
Carl-Johan Lindblad - Drums


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

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