Labyrinth (Album, 2016)

by Ariel Maniki and the Black Halos

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released January 16, 2016

Band:
Ariel Maniki: Vocals, bass, guitar, synths and programmings.
Josh Choi: Lead and rythm guitars.
Janice Black: Keyboards and synths.

Guests:
Daniela Fernandez: Backing vocals on "I Keep Falling" and "Delirium".
Carfax Haddo: Backing vocals on "I Keep Falling" and "Unsacred Age"
Paco Muller: Mizmar on "Unsacred Age"

Recording and mastering by Ariel Maniki at Martenitsa Studions: San Jose, Costa Rica

Produced by Ariel Maniki

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Track Name: Fireworks
I thought I saw you under the rain
In spite of darkness I recognized your face
The years were over you and shadows all around
Hundreds of strangers were holding us down

Step in, step out - You danced in the pale light
I heard the angels calling
Step in, step out - You danced in the pale light
I saw the fireworks
Step in, step out - You danced in the pale light
I saw the angels falling
Step in, step out - You danced in the pale light
Below the fireworks

I think I recall even your name
And few dark moments we used to share
I thought you were alone and lost into the crowd
The deepest sad brown eyes I ever found

Step in, step out - You danced in the pale light
I heard the angels calling
Step in, step out - You danced in the pale light
I saw the fireworks
Step in, step out - You danced in the pale light
I saw the angels falling
Step in, step out - You danced in the pale light
Below the fireworks

I thought I saw you, I know it was you
By the way you smile, the way you move
I couldn't get any closer, they all pushed me back
And I felt how I lost you just one more time

Step in, step out - You danced in the pale light
I heard the angels calling
Step in, step out - You danced in the pale light
I saw the fireworks
Step in, step out - You danced in the pale light
I saw the angels falling
Step in, step out - You danced in the pale light
Below the fireworks
Track Name: New Skin
Ancient rite
Angels celebrate your life
Born from light
And your cradle are the skies
Pure and shy
Smiling to all passing by
Never cry
But the tears were stones behind your eyes

Don't look back
Road becomes too steep ahead
Hold on tight to your rosary
And your faith
We're so close
Find me following my voice
Through the smoke
I will show a whole bright new world

Somewhere all the roses glow
Somewhere all the lovers love
Somewhere I can set you free
And reveal your new skin

Silent sleep
Spectres take over your dreams
Make you feel
Mesmerized by melodies
Burning eyes
Break the chain and drink the wine
In this night
Every man and woman is a star

Somewhere all the roses glow
Somewhere all the lovers love
Somewhere I can set you free
And reveal your new skin

Somewhere all the roses glow
Somewhere all the lovers love
Somewhere you can set me free
And reveal your new skin

Ancient call
Devils celebrate your fall
We want more
This is our time to rule the world

Somewhere all the roses glow
Somewhere all the lovers love
Somewhere I can set you free
Somewhere there's love under will
Somewhere all the roses glow
Somewhere all the lovers love
Somewhere you can set me free
And reveal your new skin
Track Name: I Keep Falling
Shreds of skin upon the sidewalks on my path of bitterness
My eyes melt below the red light of this ghost cabaret
Nothing's left in my insides and nothing's left to share
I don't know how many more nights I will crawl back to this place

Now I'm laying on the floor...
Bleeding on the door...
Drowning with no hope...
Just falling

Knock the door and a familiar face, the devil, takes me in
I stumble upon the other corpses, they're all just like me

They're laying on the floor...
Bleeding on the door...
Drowning with no hope...
Just falling

I keep falling
I keep falling
I keep falling down

In the end of the night the air has become to thick
The souls trapped inside are singing a cold song for me

We are laying on the floor...
Bleeding on the door...
Drowning with no hope...
Just falling

I keep falling
I keep falling
I keep falling down
I keep falling down
I keep falling down
Track Name: Exposed
I don´t care if its forbidden
I don´t care if is a sin
I´m in flames and I´m in motion
Chasing gold and ecstasy
And I don´t care if I´ll be punished
Life is not about "what ifs"
Life´s too short and world is too big
I´m not planning to stand still

I´m exposed to be blamed for anything that goes wrong
I´m exposed to be blamed for anything that goes wrong
I´m exposed to be blamed for anything that goes wrong
I´m exposed to be blamed (and I don´t care)

I don´t know if there´s forgiveness
I don´t know if there´s a hell
I just want to feel I´m alive
I know love and loneliness
And I don´t see another moment
This is now and this is here
Life´s too short and world is too big
I´m not planning to stand still

I´m exposed to be blamed for anything that goes wrong
I´m exposed to be blamed for anything that goes wrong
I´m exposed to be blamed for anything that goes wrong
I´m exposed to be blamed (and I don´t care)

So tell me what you feel
Tell me what´s in your dreams
Tell me what you feel
Tell me what´s in your dreams

I´m exposed to be blamed for anything that goes wrong
I´m exposed to be blamed for anything that goes wrong
I´m exposed to be blamed for anything that goes wrong
I´m exposed to be blamed for anything that goes wrong
Track Name: The Essence
Patterns of blame
'Cos I react naively to pain
I'd like to think that I will remain
Somewhere in your yesterday

Nothing is right
And I don't care if all is a lie
I still believe you gotta think twice
On all that you leave behind

Dying by the caress of the wind
And by the yellow trees
Just like the essence of my dreams

I cannot win
And now I have gone way beyond sin
But there's a time in life to give in
All I found was not for me

Life will go on
Some soul will always be alone
But if sometime you want something more
Remember that I am the one

Dying by the caress of the wind
And by the yellow trees
Just like the essence of my dreams

Dancing in the edge of suffering
Crying while the whole world sleeps
Just like the essence of my dreams
Track Name: Delirium
The blury stars and moon sprinkles with their light
The land where spirits roam in everlasting cry
The sorrow that ascends from restless remains
It blows out the candles and whispers in your head

Delirium... I'm a slave of nightmares all alone
A soul in isolation, shivering in desperation
Delirium... I lay down the heart away from hope
But still beyond the mist I pray for you to hear my call

The blury stars and moon sprinkles with their light
The land where spirits roam in everlasting cry
The ghostly curtains wave when everything is cold
The signs in the sky, the reaper at the door

Delirium... I'm a slave of nightmares all alone
A soul in isolation, shivering in desperation
Delirium... I lay down the heart away from hope
But still beyond the mist I pray for you to hear my call

(Hear me call...)

Can you hear me call?
Can you see this blood?
Is this yet not enough?
I can't take this any more...
Track Name: Abjure of You
I can still recall the sun of that day
The warmest wind
The sound of sea in my head
And I can still recall the tears that you shed
Your breaking voice
The way your pride slipped away

Your eyes were screaming you couldn't live without me
Your silence crying louder than thunder
All that I abjure of you

I can still recall the sun of that day
The warmest wind
The sound of sea in my head
And I can still recall the tears that you shed
Your breaking voice
The way your pride slipped away
Track Name: Unsacred Age
Pale horsemen in black cowls
Heralds the age of holy arrogance
Blind children ate our hearts
Nothing's left but their wicked laugh
Nations wave bloodstained flags
Agents of faith they lurk in confusion
Profit from fear of men
Insanity rules upon the ignorance

Centuries of fire and fear
Hatred blooms in desperation
Red horizons dripping blood
Extends the zone of radiation
Extends the zone of radiation

Nothing remains untouched
As we defile sacred civilizations
Decoded forbidden rites
During our feast of dollars and wine
Monsters descend to earth
Feed us with pills for pain and injections
We roam in search of rain
Like aboriginals without a land

Centuries of fire and fear
Hatred blooms in desperation
Red horizons dripping blood
Extends the zone of radiation
Extends the zone of radiation

We pay for skin and flesh
To satisfy all of our cheap perversions
Demons will shake my bed
Then say a prayer, an Amen
And rest besides the innocents

Centuries of fire and fear
Hatred blooms in desperation
Red horizons dripping blood
Extends the zone of radiation

Between lust and agony
Talk about faith attenuation
Live our lives in heresy
The unsacred generation
The unsacred generation
The unsacred generation
Step off the zone of radiation
Track Name: Labyrinth
Along the sad rivers of time
We hold on to the child inside
Our hearts went dry and shed no tear
We knew our wounds may never heal

We played this self-worshipping game
But had no pride and had no name
The stars were dead behind their light
Our days just crash into the night

And this labyrinth grows colder
I sow flowers on this poisoned ground
Too much weight upon my shoulders
I'm afraid now there's no way out

A thousand walls all made of lies
We cheat our selves and close our eyes
Beneath our flesh our bones are weak
And so the love, and so the will

And this labyrinth grows colder
I sow flowers on this poisoned ground
Too much weight upon my shoulders
I'm afraid now there's no way out
Track Name: The Happy Song
This is the happy song I wrote for you
I'm ripping out my heart upon the paper
If only I could see the world like you
But through my eyes there's nothing else to pray for

Meanwhile you shine
Just like a raising sun
Outside my window

This is the happy song I promised you
Behind the mask of self control and wisdom
This is the way my heart smiles at you
With minor chords and whispers in the darkness

Meanwhile you shine
Just like a raising sun
Outside my window
Please do not let me stain your blue skies
Let me still and blind like this