Extremist

by Gothik Serpent

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An unrelenting 30-minute epic that is intended to be listened to in one sitting, Extremist is the second record by Gothik Serpent, a progressive rock project that refuses to compromise.

Extremist is currently available as a download-only record. A physical version will be coming later with additional artwork.

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released August 20, 2015

Kerwin Tsang- Bass Guitar, Vocals, Programming
Tom Graham- Guitars, Programming
Yuichi Ikeda- Drums
Lee Worley Raby- Saxophones, Flute
Andrew Berg- Programming

Drums and horns recorded at Bedrock LA in Los Angeles, California from November to December 2014 and engineered by Eric Rennaker

Vocals recorded at Sonic Studio in Singapore in May 2015 and engineered by Eric Wong

Guitars recorded at Tom's home studio
Bass recorded at Kerwin's home studio

Mixed and Mastered by Acle Kahney at 4D Sounds

All music and lyrics written and produced by Kerwin Tsang
Artwork by Kerwin Tsang

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Gothik Serpent Los Angeles, California

To paraphrase Robert Fripp, Gothik Serpent is a way of doing things. The sound of this project is best described as modern, progressive, and album-oriented, with songs that are highly composed and musically dense. GS's songwriter, bassist and stickist, Kerwin Tsang, has been playing music for seven years. ... more

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Track Name: Extremist Part 1- Canaries of a Secret World
You and I in our
stale weathered hole, sip the
supermarket Merlot,
The last of its kind

The tube is chanting cries of a
coming end to all, fear the
Judgement of us all
The neighbors are clearing out

But I'll stay for a while
for I died and saw the sign

There was a time when we broke the day and carried
sugar up the hill, canaries
of a dark, secret world, snatching
people and their screaming ilk, carried

Turn your face away, look at me, be happy
Take my hand and clear your mind, but really,
The threat outside approaches quickly
It may be time for us to hold the line

But I'll stay for a while
for I died and saw the sign

All my regrets
Never forget you
Fear my portent
Now I protect you
Can you select
ones who affect you
Always reject
Cannot respect you
All my regrets
Never forget you
Fear my portent
Now I perfect you

Speak to me
My TV
Sing to me
You sermonize hatred

Strike my face
Reveal your grace
To all's distaste
The fight is yours, take it

As the fires rain down
Over your head
Goodbye
All my cells prepare
For rebirth
I won't be the same

Speak to me
My TV
Sing to me
Your sermonized hatred

Strike my face
Reveal your grace
To all's distaste
The fight is yours, so take it

Out by the broken road
A gray death approaches slow
Out by the Panchaean way
Oblivion led astray

All my regrets
Never reflect you
Kiss me goodbye
I must go try and
Join with the fight
Try as I might the
journey begins
now we descend

It's futile
But I don't care
How wrong I was
There's no one to spare

I should have known
Love me

Don't telephone
but maybe

I see the light
Nuclear white

A dark land in an ocean of white
Was this the afterlife expected?
And there's a billion souls rejected
Floating in corrugated spaces

Before me you dissolved like Lot's wife
The memory preserved in ash piles
The four horsemen's work is not quite over
I'll fight this war someday, or another
Die again and fight
Die again and live
Die again, repeat
Track Name: Extremist Part 2- Avatar of Terror
I suck in the air through my rebreather
5000 feet above Korean Earth
High above Kaesong, I hear you sing to me
Something I knew I once heard
Was this ever but a silly dream?
Who was it I'm meant to be?

Please
Something I knew I once heard
Leave
Someday I'll never come home
Please
Swim in the neural net, atone
Leave
Some day I'll find you there alone

Please
Bring yourself forth to me
Leave
me alone to grieve
Please
Some day we'll find ourselves alone

Upon our final approach
The nanites infect my soul
with terrabytes of telemetry
a knowing of the land as far as I see

Voices speak triumphantly
with angry cries of victory
A specter of the past appears

Please
Bring me back to you
Leave
Someday I'll win this one for you
Please
Someday I'll never be alone
Please
Someday I'll never be alone

Descend
Fire away
Decend
Fire away
Decend
Fire away
Descend
I'm going in

With the flick of my selector
Everything you know is ashes
Seven miles past the DMZ
Bringing doom upon your family

Carrying seven airburst warheads
An avatar of terror
Bringing your annihilation
Forever you shall never be

the sky is
red like
the blood of
your citizens

Spears of
flame rain
down upon
your children

Cut off your fucking head
My hunger must be fed

My love of death
exceeds your love of life
Your love of the free
precedes my right to fight

Every one
of ours

Is ten of
your own

You are all the sickness of the
world we fought so hard to cure

I have filled my heart with hate and
I will burn your fucking face

Descend
Fire away
Decend
Fire away
Decend
Fire away
Descend
I'm going in

I
have come to smash the state
Unite
Assimlate your fate
And I've
nailed the hands of your finest men
to the doors
of wisdom, now secured
There are men with daggers
sanctioned from the deep
who approach your herald
with sickness in their eyes

Upon your pyre
We shall construct
A throne made of gold
for all to fear
No sacrifice
is ever too much
There's many of you
Your corpses will do
Track Name: Extremist Part 3- Emperor of Man
Down the vanguard way we go
A gleaming world I once foretold
Don't mind the smell, it's still brand new
Step forth and see, it's a hell of a view

I built this place with my hands
Upon a bed of lies
of treachery and sordid deals

There's bodies in the walls
and smashed up bones under the roads
We had to make do with circumstance

This city was built just for you
Pain and suffering are memories of the past
Stay and bring your family here
But first you must kneel before me

I can achieve
What I believe

I will achieve
What I've decreed

Never again shall democracy prevail
Never, again, tonight
I am the emperor of mankind
we made the world alright
We gave you all your rights
I am the emperor of mankind
we made the world alright
We gave you all your rights
There are the infidels, they hide
We'll save them all, don't fight
But if we must, they'll die
Hunt them all down in the night
No prisoners this time
Your freedom's but a lie

I will tell you just what I am
I am a savior of the land
On this crusade I stand
upon the heathens that are dealt with might

I am the emperor of mankind
we made the world alright
We gave you all your rights
There are the infidels, they hide
We'll save you all, don't fight
But resist and you die

You will never take me
You can never have me
You will never take me
You can never have me

I have been ordained
I have been ordained
I have been orda ined
You shall all be slain

I am in the system
I am now immortal
I am now forever
This is now or never

Soon I'll leave this body
Death will have no meaning
The golden palace crumbles
For I'm now more than human

There was a tear in my eye
You called my name

I remember you now

It's too late for me


Leave the dream
Beneath today
Bring us all back
to a
familiar place

Cleanse my name
(hold it high)
Tell them all
of everything that was
Cleanse my name
(don't deny)
Tell them all
the truth as it stood here

Now that you're home
I'm no longer alone

Cleanse my name
(hold it high)
tell everyone of
everything that was
Cleanse my name
(don't deny)
Tell them all
the truth as it stood here
Cleanse my name
(hold it high)
tell everyone of
everything that was
Cleanse my name
(don't deny)
Return to black