Smile At Death

by Tragedy In Hope

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    These are the main characters and archetypes from the “Smile At Death” single, who were hopeless madmen once, but then their autumn came and they were compelled to fly down under the clouds. They are drawn as children and as adults, so it’s basically two characters. It can be understood by particular habits of each one.
    The guy still doesn’t tie shoelaces, and as it was said, he is a zealous fighter, but the fight isn’t that easy, that’s why he has a black eye, when he is an adult.
    The girl still wears her necklace and is in the habit of opening her left shoulder.
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Each song of the EP contains a detailed story and an artwork.
While most of us enjoy the music itself, it is nearly impossible to understand the full meaning behind it without a story, more than that, sometimes a song can be heard in brand new ways, when a person understands what it is about. Thus, it would be really nice if you find some time to read the lyrics.

The music is based on black metal genre. However, the thing is, there was not a goal to follow the sound of the genre, but to convey a certain emotion whether it is rational madness, airy heaviness or just, as I call it, happy sadness. One does not necessarily exclude another.

Also, the album artwork includes almost all important details mentioned in the lyrics. For example, the atmosphere itself and the street is from “Grim Love Story”, a child is an allusion for “young and hopeless madmen” from “Smile At Death”, the crow symbolizes death “which whispers a somnolent spell” from “Pierce The Heavens”. There are lots of details.

I hope you’ll enjoy this short, but sweet EP made by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.

P.S: All the stories are not based on legends, myths, fairy tales etc. All of them are fiction made up in the sick mind of their author.

Best regards,
Sasha Giller.

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"It’s so short that it’s here and gone in a near instant but that does just make it all the more delicious. You might find yourself taking another bite and another and another…"
- Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life (8.5/10)

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released November 22, 2019

Written and recorded by Sasha Giller.

Mixing and mastering by Vladimir Lehtinen.

The album artwork and logo by Aleh Zielankievič.
Design for singles' artworks by Aleh Zielankievič.

Artworks for "Alone In The Woods" and "Grim Love Story" by Alexander Moroz.
Artworks for "Smile At Death" and "Pierce The Heavens" by Maria Budasova.

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Track Name: Smile At Death
Annoying buzz of summer flies
And pied wings of butterflies
Were pierced by heavy threads of rain,
This sunny day was colored grey.
They were young and hopeless madmen
Whose dreams shone bright like crystal glass,
But life which knew no real sadness
Ended like grains in an hourglass.

Dead memories mixed with bitter tears
Is the tastiest thing.
How to get rid of bad thoughts?
Well, first of all, burn them all!

I am suffocating and slowly melting
In dancing tongues of fire.
When death sends me an air-kiss
I answer with a smile.

"I wanna try it. Can it cut?"
Cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut
She longed for human warmth too long
I hope she knocked on heaven's door

Black swans sang a lullaby
And smell of sadness made him high,
But he was a zealous fighter
With eyes of the tiger.

Inner screams, frustration,
Agony, depression
Tease vivid imagination.
How to get rid of bad thoughts?
Well, first of all, burn them all!

I am suffocating and slowly melting
In dancing tongues of fire.
When death sends me an air-kiss
I answer with a smile.

A weep in temptation, in sweet anticipation
To hear the answer to the question.
How to get rid of bad thoughts?
Well, first of all, burn them all!

I am suffocating and slowly melting
In dancing tongues of fire.
When death sends me an air-kiss
I answer with a smile.

Water drops were wet and cold,
Embers glowed both red and gold.
It was a rainy day
They were young and blazed
With dreams about carefree life,
But they just flew in lofty skies.

Sad face.
Track Name: Pierce The Heavens
Since ancient times we were obsessed with night skies,
With errant stars, which are far from us.
Avoiding black holes and asteroids
Instead of seeking a place to hide, we fly

In a bid to find
The meaning of everyday life,
But at the speed of light
All happy moments slide by.

Weren't we born to pierce heaven's roof with our hopes?
To catch the red sun and not let it out?
The longer it burns, the greater pain grows,
But still, in the end of our roads, we die alone

Like fallen leaves
Which are entombed under snow coverlid.
Neath a twisted tree
We watched a dim gleam of our dream.

Halley's tail seems so pale
Compare to void inside us,
An ember of joy smolders.

Fatalism is a prison
Made of men's flesh - dead crowd,
They hang on the tree,
Their hush so shrilly loud.

Are we alive?
Or we just blind?
Are prisoners of our own beliefs?

Interior harmony
Is the one remedy for sheer insanity,
But also the way right to the cemetery.
Constant satiety is hearth of soul's poverty,
Scratching anxiety is heart of poetry.

Open your eyes!
If it was easy to slay stormy clouds
Rays of sunlight wouldn't drown inside
And at the moment when they almost broke free:
"I felt breath of something that stood behind me..."

Ahh! It's death reminds of itself
By whispering somnolent spell.
An insolent mock filled the air,
A croak of a black crow, blegh

Cold cuts deep into bones
And slowly turns me to stone.
So many words are untold,
On hot lips they are frozen.

It lurks in the dark
Before make a sudden attack
To show images
Of long forgotten past,
But it's just an afterdeath mirage,
Such a mean way to say: "Good luck and bon voyage".

Since ancient times we were obsessed with night skies,
With errant stars, which are far from us.
Avoiding black holes and asteroids
Instead of seeking a place to fly, we hide

In fear to find
The meaning of everyday life
And at the speed of light
All happy moments slide by,

But weren't we born to pierce heaven's roof with our hopes?
To catch the red sun and not let it out?
The brighter shine glows, the darker shades grow,
And still, in the end of our roads, we die alone

Like fallen leaves
Which are entombed under snow coverlid.
Neath a twisted tree
We watched a dim gleam of our dream.
Track Name: Grim Love Story
They say there was a story of love,
But like others it was forgotten for long.
I hunt up it abandoned under thick sheet of dust.
So, here is how it began.

There was a boy who was born a prince
And meant to be a new king.
People around seemed friendly and kind,
But deeply inside they were haughty and vile.

F: Keep your back straight, use forks and spoons right,
Follow strict rules and don't play the fool.
M: Once you bring us to shame
You will lose everything you ever claimed, bitch.

They say there was a story of love,
But like others it was forgotten for long.
I hunt up it abandoned under thick sheet of dust.
So, here is how it began.

There was a girl who was conceived by occasion
And meant to die in a womb.
Believe it or not,
An umbilical cord was tied around her neck.

Dear mother was a local slut,
Stepfather was always drunk,
And though they loved her so bad,

She was doomed
To spend precious years of youth in a poky room
Filled by puke, piss, late evening screams, alcohol-laden breath and fetid rats.

18 years passed.
At the night when heavy mist filled gloomy streets
They both heard a vulgar minuet of an one-handed pianist.

Before folks started to whirl in a devilish dance,
One bold young man caught their vulturine eyes.

He went to the center of the marmoreal hall
By holding a glass of champagne.
Indistinct whispers echoed off walls
And he stately proclaimed:

"Ladies and gentlemen,
I am highly glad you've come here tonight.
Let me be honest and straight,
There is the one who has now a key to my..."

...Heart was pierced by a knife,
First screams and fright,
Then cheers and laughs,
Her tears, his blood.

People got horny, obsessed
With her dread and his death.
The last kiss for the lover, au revoir!

This night is so damn cold...

Only hoots of owls
And howls of lonely wolves,
Gently, purely sounded,
When she was wandering through the woods.

Twisted tree branches and timid moon rays
Tried to show her the way from the embrace of this serpentine maze,
But shameless darkness
Clung to her stolen, tattered dress.

She sat on the ground
Lost, frozen and completely broken.

Fingers grew numb, all thoughts were mixed up,
There was no more pain
As life in her eyes faded away.

They continued to celebrate.
They danced on their graves,
Spread sperm on their faces,
Spat in their mouths, pissed all around.

Just as if nothing had happened
They went home and slept well.

So, did they say there was a story of love?
No, they impudently lied!
Here is what the story about.

There always were prisoners of circumstances, places and times.
Some of them play these adorable games,
While madmen are trying to break them in vain.

Though this life is tough
It's better to die for what you love,
Than choke down tears, silently shiver
And run like a coward in fear.

*Soft laugh in the woods*

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