Flies In Amber Stones

by Hillward

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Alrihkh
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Alrihkh My choice of a favourite song is not set in stone; there are a lot of subtleties to absorb in these songs, both lyrically and instrumentally. I can say, with conviction, that this is top tier neo~prog in the vein of Porcupine Tree, and it often hits 🎯on my ‘musical quest dartboard’. Lyrics are thoughtful and personal, and the accompanying music is always a complementary partner that walks hand in hand with the vocals. Hillward’s sound is satisfyingly diverse and pleasurable.
8+\10. Favorite track: Walls Of Apathy.
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Patrick Graham Enfin acheté! ;)

Je ne peux qu'avoir beacoup d'enthousiasme et de bon mots pour cet album. Ce que David Lizotte touche sonne comme de la bombe. Ça vous manque et c'est pratiquement donné, go! Favorite track: Flies In Amber Stones.
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1.
There's something I must tell you About the way you feel There's something you must go through You don't know what is real These thoughts I wouldn't say in A million years from now I find refuge in silence Somehow I need to hide I'd rather keep looking At the colours made alive by staring at the sun For hours through my eyelids Than bring the truth to light I keep staring at the sun Life in amber Time surrenders Words turn into flies I won't tell her The burden's over Truth now tends to dry Like flies in amber stones
2.
05:18
She came to find love Expecting more than what I could offer For now Deeply breathing As she pushed her limits way further Somehow I've been searching so long to find A part of something I already know Feelings I can't hide I've been waiting as time passes by Drifting in the shadow Still every second flies and time goes by For every moment I reached her eyes my ideals get confused I smile And everytime I touched her skin I desperately pulled back I tried Before I hide Before I close my eyes Would you testify? Am I bleeding? Am I breathing? Would you dare and try Would you testify? Show me that I'm alive
3.
03:48
When the night turns to day From too much wine I break away Heading for a place to rest To heal the wounds that time has left But there she stands, alone My hands, she wants to hold For at last one goodbye She stared at me for a while Her gleaming eyes light her smile A part of her soul she bares Waiting silent in the stairs But there I stand, nailed down I’d like to stick around For at last one goodbye
4.
The ageing man is up late into the night Against his past, now he does it out of spite The master of greater scientific art A chain to fill the barren hole within his heart A lie ? His place is filled with old dusty memories A clue on how the burden of men never cease Not even love could barely clear his wasted mind Only death would somehow free him from his binds A quest for understanding The aging of his skin The sand in the glass is flowing A race he cannot win I've been searching all this time The equation of life As my quill runs out of ink In search of the missing link
5.
02:12
[Instrumental]
6.
I guess I never really understand Fame, without asking, grabbed me by the hand, Dragged me down I couldn't recall my name There's no such time as now to take a stand Red carpets, champagne and delusion Rebuilding bases on new illusions On new memories, implemented and revamped It's time to leave this dream I never dreamt Caught into elusive popularity “Celeb youngster drowed and killed his familly” Treat me right, fairly pay me royalties Now I should move on to something real Does life mean more than words do? Silly words, learned and repeated to you Does tragedy mean more than poetry Dressed up and delivered to you? When it all comes true I won't let them starring at you When the sky turns blue I won't stay here lonely and new I guess I never really understand Fame, without asking, grabbed me by the hand, Dragged me down I couldn't recall my name There's no such time as now to take a stand Misunderstanding state of misery Marred by nothing but lies and forgegy I've been given the opportunity I just can't ruin it instantly
7.
04:54
Time stands still as you run away As the distance going slowly hurts this heart of mine Don't let me see, I'm blind Don't let me know, I'm fine What if we both never cross the line What if we never grow old on time What is love if it keeps us appart What if youth holds on to us Till there's nothing lelf to say As the silence brings in quiescence another day Don't let me be, I'm not Don't let me in, I'm out
8.
Music : Guertin & Lizotte
9.
Somehow I Found my way Through what is seemed to be a maze of clay Some lost their lives Some fail to see Still I wake up, as I meant to be A darker grey In a pale light The end of day calls for certain might A graceful sea Where tides await Patiently those who abdicate Black and white Painted wall A pledge for knowledge way to tall Where the night and The broken still Fall from these walls of apathy A darker grey (I wake up) In a pale light (I fail to see) The end of day (Lost my life) Calls for certain might (That was meant to be) A graceful sea (I wake up) Where tides await (I fail to see) Patiently (Lost my life) Those who abdicate (That was meant to be) A darker grey In a pale light The end of day calls for certain might Where the night and The broken still Fall from these walls of apathy
10.
Adoration Has become a virtuous ease The first condition Of a world about to cease Subtleties of creativity The distorted mind of the outcast Ain't got no need for philosophy Such a fragment of the past And so we sleep for a thousand years We lay, we dream The end of logic's here This fascination For peculiar glamourous stars Keep the attention Away from these painful scars A powerful magnetism That bend, push and pull with impunity A graceful variation Everyone's a fool to see

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released September 25, 2015

David Lizotte - Vocals, Guitars, Synths
Jean-François Boudreault - Bass
Antoine Guertin - Drums, Synths

Guest solos on "Flies in Amber Stones" and "Alive" by Olivier Perrier (Southern Cross, Warning Sign)

Guest vocals on "Walls of Apathy" by Melanie Gagné (Muted Screams)

Drums recorded at "Studio du Roi"

Everything else recorded at "Stinky Weasel Studio"

Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by David Lizotte

Artwork by Antoine Guertin & Patrick Matte

Photos by Patrick Matte

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Hillward Quebec City, Québec

Since the release of their debut album "Flies in Amber Stones" in 2015, Hillward, the heavy progressive rock quintet from Quebec, has been fine-tuning its craft playing local shows including the well known Festival d'Été de Québec in 2016, as well as various opening sets for major bands such as Symphony X and Uriah Heep. ... more

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