The way things end

by AKIN

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credits

released April 18, 2011

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AKIN are :

Luc BABUT – Bass guitar
Matthieu BAKER – Guitars ׀ Backing vocals
Philippe CHAUVIRÉ – Flute
Julien CHOMETTON – Rhythm guitar
Romain FAYET – Drums
Adeline GURTNER – Lead vocals
Pierre LUCAS – Keyboards

The string quartet performing on this album (from the CNSMD de Lyon) are :
Elsa CLAVERIA and Rachel GIVELET – Violin
Samuel HENGEBAERT – Viola
Florian NAUCHE – Cello

Additionnal musicians :
Guillaume PROST - Darbuka on « The 92nd flight »
Elodie POIRIER - Dilruba on « Miller's end », additional cello on « Miller's end », « The 92nd flight », « Unhearted », « Before the storm » and « Coma »
Sylvain GERARD - Darbuka and djembe on « Unhearted », daf on « Miracles » and tablas on « Miller's end »

The electric guitars were recorded by Benjamin SERTELON at the NS4 Studio (www.myspace.com/ns4studio). The acoustic guitars and the darbuka were recorded by Guillaume PROST at La Sorbonne Studio. The string quartet was recorded by François MONTMAYEUR at La Charbonnerie Studio (www.myspace.com/fmontmayeur, lacharbonnerieprod[at]free[dot].fr). The drums and the lead vocals were recorded by Romain FAYET (www.myspace.com/romainfayet) and the rest was recorded by AKIN.

Poetry reading on "Resilience" and "Miller's end" by Tom O'Bedlam (www.youtube.com/user/SpokenVerse ). The poem "To psychoanalisis", from which we used a few verses for "Resilience", was originally written by Kenneth Koch. The poem "Miller's end" was originally written by Charles Causley.

« The way things end » was mixed by Christian NYS at the ADN Studio (www.nysaudiovisuel.com) and mastered by Benoît Courribet (www.cylens.net).

All music, lyrics and arrangements written by AKIN except for the string quartet arrangements (written by François MONTMAYEUR).

Artwork by Jocelyn PROUFF (www.flickr.com/photos/joss_pr/)

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AKIN Lyon, France

Formed back in 1998 in Lyon, AKIN signed up with Sacral Productions to release "Verse" (2001) and then "Forecast" (EP-2003). Both CD's were reviewed in the french metal press as being part of the top albums of the year of their release.

After a long off-peak period, AKIN got back to work in 2009 with a string quartet at its side and is now proud to present its second LP, "The way things end".
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Track Name: The 92nd flight
Flying south over a desert land
Low on gas finding nowhere to land
By my side hangs a picture frame
Of my wife burning in the flames
I am crashing down, fire all around
But i’m still alive
Hear my plane blowing up on the ground
Deafened up i can still hear a sound

As i lie in the darkness i can hear a voice
It’s calling, it’s calling, i hear it calling out my name

You gave me the will to carry on
In this struggle to survive
You were keeping me alive
And now I need your voice to guide me home
Point the way just like an arrow
Where it shows it shall be my road

Travelling east through the mountains and the plains
Where it snows, where it hails and where it rains
Walking on through some foreign everglades
Frozen winds cut through me like razor-blades
If i die today they must know where my body lays
I carve my name upon a stone


In the darkness i can hear a voice
It’s calling, it’s calling, I hear it calling out my name
You gave me the will to carry on
In this struggle to survive you were keeping me alive
And now I need your voice to guide me home
Point the way just like an arrow
Where it shows it shall be my road

What is to become of us ?
And if i make it though today tomorrow we shall see
Track Name: Cassandra
Another day, another night that fades away
Another dream made up to keep me awake
Another charm created to make me believe
That my whole life is not so vain
'Can’t make my conscience clear
When did it start to make me grieve
I only know what I foresee in the meanders of my brain

I got the whole world in my mind
Everyone else is blind but all that I can do
Is watch the fall of human race
Please tell me why I deserve this misery
I don’t know who can I tell
Every part of my existence feels like hell
Please cast the spell

Future or past no one believes the things I guess
A poor outcast surely insane more or less
Nevertheless whatever I can do
These cruel nightmares always come true
Prisoner of my own fear
At any time they can appear
Sooner or later it will make me burn out in front of you

I got the whole world in my mind
Everyone else is blind but all that i can do
Is watch the fall of human race
Please tell me why I deserve this misery
Late at night I cannot breathe
And I pray for death to come soon and be my release
Track Name: When
When the trees turn into dry sands
Fate will fall down on our children’s lands
We still can avoid the winds of sorrow
To blow mankind away

When the oceans are sacked and soiled
Shame will arise from our memories’depths
And life will drown into these poisoned waters
Sealing our doom
Track Name: Miracles
When the night falls
When despair rises within
Hold on to the light

What if we were wrong
What if there was no hope
I would still believe in miracles
Fanning the last embers of will

What if we were wrong
Wat if there was no hope
We would still believe in miracles
We would believe in the power of will rewriting fate
Track Name: Burning skies
Deep in those burning skies
Shall I be told the truth or lies ?
Track Name: No second ride
Why don’t you break the rules for once
Just take a deep breath and arise
Above the limits through the fence
You need to set free otherwise
When you get old and out of race
Despite the smile on your face
A fire raging deep within
Will burn you up under the skin

Does it feel too late for your dreams ?
And didn’t it feel so when you had them ten years ago ?
Don’t let anyone sweep them away

This is just delaying suicide
Roaming along the living dead

You’re spending more than all your life
Thinking everything over twice
Should I, could I, What if the sky falls on my head ? Is that the price ?
The price for what, for going ahead
And living qualms and guilt for dead ?
Those who live don’ try to hide
‘cause there will be no second ride

Does it feel too late for your dreams ?
And didn’t it feel so when you had them ten years ago ?
Don’t let anyone sweep them away

This is just delaying suicide
Roaming along the living dead
Track Name: Resilience
Leaves fall on the ground
Weighing my footsteps down on my way through the hills
I hear no sound
But a strange beating nearly filling my mind

The light of day is slightly darkening
Clouds over a desperate wailing
Rising up, running out, going down
Listen to the voice inside you
Ancient laments from a distant age

A storm is coming our way

The sky is spitting out the thunder
It’s thumping on the ground
And I can feel the rain
My innocence is blown away
It’s gone forever
And I can feel the rage
It’s running through my veins
I’m walking from the shelter, opening the fence
Leaving far behind those times of innocence

Things will never be the same
But you know you must find a way to go
Down in your soul
Dive in the deepest ocean that you’ve ever seen
Open your door
Look at your feelings like they’re not what they seem

... and as i stand here stricken by the lightening
I feel the rage that’s running through my veins
I’m walking from the shelter, opening the fence
Leaving far behind those times of innocence

Everything is different
We must feel the moment
When it’s time to go

Just spread your wings and fly
Our new life is starting
Don’t you let it go oh no
Now reach out to the sky
With the wind still rising
And though the journey’s long, I know we’re strong
No matter how, we will go along
Track Name: A better end
When dreams turns into nightmares
When a sweet story ends with a tragedy
a bitter taste of fate flavours every breath
and you know deep inside that’s the way life goes

But for every dusk there’s a dawn arising, a new day to seize
And i do believe in a destiny that everyone can change

There must be a better end
Is there no destination to this journey
We have walked as one, the meaning of our lives
Though it’s hard to understand
I guess we had to follow trails of different guiding stars burning through the night
Yet the flames are still as strong
Burning under the same sun
They enlighten our souls as brightly as a star
Shining out of the dark

Is there any chance that we carry on one day
Will our passion break through sense or surrender

There must be a better end
There must be several exists to this deadlock we will break one day
Together or one by one
Now it’s time to figure out
The different ways to overcome every single hindrance
With so little help around
Yet the flames are still as strong
Burning under the same sun
They enlighten our souls as brightly as a star
Shining out of the dark

Never, we will never surrender the fight, no
A part of us is at stake in it
Never, we will never let the flame within us
Go out until we pass away

Yes for every dusk there’s a dawn arising, a new day to seize
And i do believe in a destiny that together we’ll shape