Proximity

by Aphelion

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For their first major recording, Proximity, Adelaide five piece Aphelion have brought together a mix of old and new with tracks such as Song of the Rose going all the way back to the very beginning, when the project was just Tone and his 12 string guitar.

The two part Cycles and Revelations, on the other hand, is amongst the band's newest material, devised and shaped in the push and pull of a fresh line-up defining its sound.

Through the many evolutions of Aphelion over the past four years, it has retained at its core the darkly resonant growl of the beautiful but occasionally menacing 12 string and vocal combination, as a bigger, more dynamic and complex sound has grown up around it.

While the sound has become heavier with the addition of electric guitar from Tone’s Burn The Ashes bandmate, Eamonn O’Boyle, the years spent as an acoustic, gypsy-like three piece are just as prominent as the metal years, delivering real light and shade in these well wrought tunes.

With ideas now flowing faster and freer than ever, the band is already focused on new material, broadening their sound and continuing to evolve on their own unique path.

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released December 10, 2011

Tone Aphelion - Vox/12 String
Tom Byrne - Bass
Aaron Farrant - Drums
Eamonn O'Boyle - Guitar
Erica Thomas - Keys

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Mick Wordley at Mixmasters

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Aphelion Adelaide, Australia

Born from the 12 string guitar of a metal singer in his quiet, contemplative moments, Aphelion has been continually growing and evolving over the years, finding a unique, soulful and complex sound running the gamut of their diverse influences.

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Track Name: Song of the Rose
I see you across the wasteland
It seems I'm always chasing you
Give me a glimpse of yourself
Just to keep me chasing you

When we meet
We shall palaver
Tell my future
Tell my fears
When I wake
I'll be all alone
To find that you are
Dust and bone

Wake to the sound
Sounds so profound
In a field of a million brilliant roses
Calling out names
Of all those who gave
Their heart and soul
So we stand here

Wake to the sound
So goddamn loud
In a field of a million brilliant roses
Calling out names
Each rose is a grave
And they gave their all
So we stand here

Hold on
We're coming home
Hold on
We're already gone
Track Name: Cycles
We live too fast to read this day
So fast we cannot run away
Too fast our lives will all blur grey

There's a candle in the window
There's smoke in the stack
There's a dakrness in the corners
And no turning back

To the fields
To the fields where we once ran
Where we set all our shit on fire
No chance to retrace our steps
Carried by forward momentum
We are gone

How we fall
The way we crawl
Through the soil
This turmoil

Ever since the sun was not whole
We have blindly stumbled
Feeling for our feet

There's a candle in the window
There's smoke in the stack
There's a dakrness in the corners
And no turning back
Track Name: Revelations
The demon wept
While his angel slept
And a scene in sleep was born
She faced her beast
With a knowing glare
And from the dream
Was torn

Goodbye you demons
Hello freedom
Goodbye to the only place
Where we can no longer reside

She faced her beast with a knowing glare
And from the dream was torn
A darkness came upon her
And gave her eyes to see
That she could love herself
Because she is worthy

Goodbye you demons
Hello freedom
Goodbye to the only place
Where we can no longer reside

Takes the darkness
Turns it into something pure
Never falters
In her darkest hour
Takes the darkness
Turns it into something pure
Track Name: Grenade in Mouth, Pin in Hand
As the generals amass their human sheilds
We must all fly
As the rainbow drains of all its colour
We must all fly
As the sun sets into the holy ground
We must all fly
With our feet firmly planted
Within the ground
Only pigs can fly

As we make this plea to you
As we make this deal with you
By the setting of the sun
Could you please grow some thumbs

Could we make this any clearer
As we beg to you our dear
Before this bloody day is through
Can we all stand true

As we make this plea to you
As we make this deal with you
By the setting of the sun
Could you please grow some thumbs

Will we all stand our ground
Or watch it come falling down
Track Name: End of the End
Time is not tick tock
A stone is just a smaller rock
A key is useless with no lock
System always needs a shock

We have your shoes
And are ten miles away
Watching you stand in desert and day
While the blind and ignorant souls
Eat up the whites of their eyes
Tenfold
Track Name: Greetings From the Dalai Lama
Maybe we all wear different clothes
Maybe our skins are the many colours of the rainbow
Maybe we all speak different tongues
Surely we all breathe through the same set of lungs

To me there is no difference
Between president, beggar or king
To me all our voices are golden
So rise up and sing
Track Name: Old Man Death
This young man
Born a ghost
A pale shade
Devoid of flesh

A surgeon's hands could not free him
A mother's arms could not hold him
A Father's eyes never stood a chance
Of seeing anything

This old man
Plays a game of death
With his soul
And his bones
Drives his spirit
To the point of no return

This old man opens cupboards
And lays his soul so bare
Nothing to feed
The demons and angels
That lurk in there

This old man
Plays a game of death

So fall by the wayside
And keep it at arm's length
And hold your head in the general place
That they all say

So fall by the way side
And keep it at arm's length
And hold your head in the general place
That they all say

So keep your head still
And keep your arms straight
We're coming for you

In the darkest part of your mind
We're all with you
Track Name: Pandora
Sky was watching
Air was clear
Something seems to be happening here

Creeping up
Like a shadow
Was the change of misdirection
Corrupting angles with infection

Why must we bleed for more
At the feet of Pandora

Earth can kiss feet
The fire's fierce
Something seems to happening here

Seems we've been walking
Around in circles
Chasing the tail
Of something burning
Believing theres a point
To returning

Why must we bleed for more
At the feet of Pandora