Safe in Conformity

by Hamadryad

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Gently I enter a void A parallel world of uncovered soil Emerging shapes and sounds Far beyond our reality bound Of flesh and crude matter I become numb and heavier Strained stomach butterflies Chased by lunar beams Through my rooms window frame An empty stage appears Front row seat spectators Anticipated actors Feverish but silenced And King Morpheus all draped in night Pours out his bag of sand… Twisted laws of physics Nothing is what it seems Thoughts barren of logic Are the fabrics of dreams? Close my eyes and let the flow Merge my head to the pillow The stage black curtain folds Opening an imaginary eye That bends or magnify Thoughts trapped inside Mixed with a little nonsense To foil reasons walls and fences Your brain is an open field See what the future reveals Projecting borrowed ideas Your body is taking on a new role Following orders out of your control Frightening forces of the psychic Inside all human beings Thoughts barren of logic Are the fabrics of dreams?
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...instrumental
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Answers to your questions Changing your perceptions Waive all your passions Drive forward ambitions Reality is making believe! Teacher’s words on the black chalkboard Screeching out loud their score Schoolboys are dreaming bored Nodding heads to learned theories They can’t even recall Schoolyards grunts and beauty queens Kept busy learning their routines Guided by invisible strings Pursuing a mock-up of their dreams Playing the game they know… Unfolded illusions Put some facts in your fictions Suffering from an apparent lack of ambition Mutterings of inner sub-conscious voices Their life sciences, another fine inhibition! I feel closer to myself When apart from the crowd Looking from a distance… Taking note of similarities But many more differences Mind alloyed in a heart estranged Dissidence leads to different fates Strong intuitions you cannot fake Out of line, unruly and sane!
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Children learn to acquire adult defences Ideals change by degrees to loose their essence Follow the dots to a paranoid heaven…
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24 06:28
Weekend dreams are dead for fools Bleeding ulcers of Sunday blues Lukewarm desires and afraid to choose Benign magic lost in rules… Miles away from childhood dreams Yield again for another week Programmed ideals! Startling sparks are gone astray… Miles away from childhood dreams Technology will not save us Or fulfil its promises of leisure Machines are feeding themselves Enforcing constant change on humans Because modern life takes no failure And good money talks for your pleasures Keeping mortals at cable distance Divide and control! Bound by society’s modern life Slaves of a pointless taste for style Fast meals, bargains, exclusive by-products Cheap deals, gadgets, projecting latest pictures New portable gimmicks, keeping us connected Continuous coverage of news TV channels! Walking alone surrounded by devices The heart of Man is surely estranged by These lies… These lies… Musing the dawn of a bold revolution! Profitable efficiency is not a crime But additional charges apply… Round the clock my eyes are opened wide Additional charges apply… Musing the dawn of a bold revolution!
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Stupid games with punched cards in my hands… Guessing against clockworks and loosing time… Can I truly decide when desires are monitored? Do I feel emotions when they are triggered? How can I explain when used to be given answers? How can I see the purpose and follow orders? How can I give you love when so self-centred? How did we go so far without knowing each other?
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Sunburnt 05:12
Hands tied by the clock Can’t seem to stop Turning around and round again Running blind without direction A momentary breathe at your side Taking time to feel the tide Kindness wrapped in awkward passion A short distance to walk with you To aspired auspicious heights Small remedy to my liability For the farewells to come Recurrent daydreams Of this life I take for granted Sunburnt by this happiness I cannot appreciate A short moment to ease my mind And unravel things one at a time Overrun by figures of a timetable A weary smile to clear my conscience Everyday promises a new cure For this sporadic and unworldly nature Living away on words not deeds Running for the scattered pieces Everyday another reason Summoned by my demons A moment to recall this face Man of a peculiar race You never knew when to turn Or what is stranded in return
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One Voice 03:30
Brown suits are pushing onward Newfangled sounds of the day With a blind faith in market charts And graphics to map out the way “We’ll take no risk with a survey” (Or with the right amount of money) Make the masses dance and sing And even love this brand new thing Corrupted evolution Corporate solution “There’s something for everybody” (Even for the whole family!) Targeted by age groups By waves of publicity troops “Justify the trust we’ve given you!” (By producing nothing new) Sketches of the next melodrama Built upon the same formula
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Let others take your hand And they will think for you Unlearn unknown unsound Leave out differences in you More of the same again! Can do no wrong to you Curiously drafted For lack of content Remodelled by-products Obsessed by the present A light wind of opportunity A quarter hour celebrity Nicely wrapped but empty Bundled in packs of three Promoters camouflaged as critics Singers are showed the moves they’ll mimic Teenagers breeding split-second hits New body parts revealed for each clips Marketing teams are writing lyrics For a song that will pull out green bills Instruments of a corporate wish Musicians qualified unfit Marionettes wanted!
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Not that borrowed smile that half the world glows Or that hollow face the other half shows I must be dreaming Or just want to be myself in another sphere. Not that cloned life that half the world lives Or that trendy style the other half shows I'd rather be for real And make choices for myself in another sphere A stranger's aura has made its way in Do aliens wear human clothes? Somebody's knocking on the attic's ceiling Pleads left unanswered never allowed to come in. Unusual encounters in a murky shelter. Life ideals are easily washed away When you're surrounded by Sheepish way solution - Sappy way solution Cannot share this social credo Can't breathe in this gilded cage Flimsy way solution - Easy way solution Caught in their own cells Cannot think for themselves Not that precious time that half the world blows Or that silly sound the other half crows This is so surreal Or just want to be dreaming in another sphere.
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Relaxing Area Restricted sector Chain reaction leads To strange behaviours Muddled minds, they seem appropriate In these mild-mannered circumstances Sensory response resurfaced From secluded space Human beings are sometime slaved By what they're fighting to escape Buried behaviours increase tenfold Once unearthed and waken To grab and hold your attention I took the downward direction Caught off guard by indecision I’ve sunk beneath my normal condition To grab and hold your attention And share this creative passion My hands asking direction When I've sunk beneath my normal condition Untamed cell leads you through Some mind season change And you cannot seem to decide Which colour you'll perform Untamed cell leads you through The shimmers and the weight As candles pile up on my cake Shinning on the obvious I must face

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In May 2005, Hamadryad released their second studio album “Safe in Conformity” (UNCR-5020) as a quartet. This album featuring Jean-Francois Désilets as lead singer, was well received by critics and the public. It opened doors for them to play festivals in both the US and Europe.
UNICORN RECORDS

"Hamadryad knows no borders and has almost inexhaustible creativity...Simply ingenious!"
Just For Kicks

"...brings listener to musical ectasy."
Gatot Wifayanto – Progarchives

"...timeless semi-complex prog with a great sense for adventurous and melodic song writing."
Hansi Cross – ProgressRec

"...une ossature musicale puissante, propre à servir des compositions de qualité... The lamb lies down...in conformity."
Peter Hackett - Progressive Waves

"...the more you listen to it, the better it gets."
Jem Jedrzejewski - The Hairless Heart Herald

"The album possesses all the virtue of seventies' classic symphonic Art-Rock, that very 'magic' included. Sincerely recommended."
VM – Progressor

"...son son est intense, énergique, mélodique et jamais artificiel."
La Caja de Musica

"...various and exciting progressive rock album worth your further investigation."
Lords of Metal

"...their sound is even stronger and more focused the second time around!"
ZNR Progressive Music

"The band as has a true progressive spirit, Bravo Hamadryad!"
Gatot Widayanto - The Dutch Progressive Rock Page

"Powerful, energetic, intense...a gorgeous performance."
Robert Dansereau – ProgMontreal

"Ça valait la peine d'attendre 4 ans! Musique intelligente, dépareillée, ludique. Excellent album."
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released May 1, 2005

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Hamadryad Montreal, Québec

With 5 albums to their credit, Hamadryad is composed of 4 skillful musicians who are able to render the full complexity of their compositions and arrangements on stage, with the added dimension of the energy and impact of a live performance.
Tinted with varied flavors, and influenced by the many hard rock pioneers of the 70's, their music is still very modern, powerful and definitely always ROCK.
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