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Before and After the Storm

by the Machine in the Garden

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rikm Vocals soar, guitars rock, and the production is just as crisp and tight as I've come to expect from TMitG. Tracks like "Cimmerian", "The Piano" and "Power and Prophecy" stand among some of the best work in the duo's catalog, and the decision to include a trio of remixes fills out the album nicely by offering some different interpretations of the tracks which succeed in emphasizing the quality of the songwriting.
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Cimmerian 07:19
down a dance a dream a thought a vision fight a price a pang a dread a moment future a light a face a gleam a torture seize a twitch a shame a circle a nightfall cimmerian cimmerian tell me where the others are take me to the edge of the world find me in perpetuity taken beyond the night for my world is crisp and bright and no darkness tarnishes my sight you must have been mistaken when in shadows you thought I rule so go and find a place for us a time of truth and thought of dreams filtered through sunlight and sunlit days of reverie and I will live in peace there pensive, musing and wise distracted by the air and wind the beauty of the light
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Scathefire 03:43
kindled within the waters beneath the highest heaven mighty and wise protecting and delivering rising from the flames destruction and construction with your fiery horses creator of sun and stars burn and dispel burn and devour burn and purify burn and be born sacrificial fire scathefire linking heaven and earth offering into the fire your wisdom burns delusion facing all directions dwelt upon brightness lightning of a raincloud flames of roaring waves in the thunder of heaven charioteer, sacrifice two origins, two births
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Metallic 05:56
resonant and high sounds of the leaden deep within the core nature shock future crash molten and glowing soft, strident din tuned to underscore nature shock future crash spinning and swirling a clanging deep within fire beneath the ore nature shock future crash golden and molten penetrating resonance never heretofore nature shock future crash spiraling mass of beautiful momentum approaching abstracted time prospect of destiny hereafter
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In the Vanir 04:47
wind and sea in the Vanir joined together foreknowledge my wisdom those who honor drawn forward we embraced a piece of metal linked in freedom for the ancients divine marriage they dance known among us migration wild nature time before assimilation cold wind in the Vanir golden goddess no knowledge her wisdom for the fallen pushed behind we departed a throne of metal joined in freedom I have brought myself to this point now I can't escape from my thoughts my own life and the energy of past I'm a warrior reaching towards light
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The Piano 03:28
on the darkened stage he takes his place black and white beneath his hands waiting in the wings she doesn't speak but listens, quietly sustain, rise and fall neverending melody a spell in the dark fingers dancing on the keys the night is broken a subtle shift occurrs all those gathered breathe as one nothing else can echo now the story has ended he nods and takes his leave we felt deeply there something more than truth across the boards where memories lie
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glimmer of the metal below flesh in virtue forgotten what once was joy now within great loss we fall we will inherit another world the art of power and prophesy words taken the wrong way ownership of feelings lost those we strike, hit harder until we have no control
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nvwa, nvwa ancestor of mine mending the sky pillars of the earth break and shatter sky and chasm cover the earth broken land split asunder raging sea crashing wind river of fire nvwa, nvwa mend the sky mend the sky select the stones fill the chasms the black beast destroyed the burnt reeds turn to ash blocking the flood conquer our fear as we live in peace
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about

the Machine in the Garden and Deus ex Musica are proud to present Before and After the Storm, the band’s eighth studio album. The eight new songs encompass the variety of styles — from goth rock to electronic ethereal — the band is known for.

The name “Before and After the Storm” has several different meanings for the band, but ultimately it has to do with the interweaving of music and events from different times in life and how much even a single event can change that life. This is evident from the selection of songs, some of which have their roots in music begun many years ago combined with more recent creations.

This time differential is also evident in the influences for the songs, says Roger, “I wanted to draw heavily from old-school/classic groups in the genre — get back to some “goth” roots — Swans, The Sisters of Mercy and Joy Division for example, but at the same time evolve those sounds into something current. But also newer artists such as Sarah Fimm and Emmalee Crane also played influential roles on other songs. Ultimately it came out sounding like tMitG, which is the point, really.”

Lyrically many of the songs also follow a theme, says Summer, “I looked to mythology and mysticism when I was writing the lyrics for these songs. I wanted to think about other cultures and their origin stories as a mirror of returning to many of our musical roots with this work.”

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released June 24, 2011

Written, Performed and Produced
by Roger Fracé and Summer Bowman

Engineered and Mixed by Roger Fracé

Mastered by John Stinson @ Stinson Studios, Austin, Texas

Layout and Design by Roger Fracé and Summer Bowman

Cover and Disc Photography by Mark Von Minden
www.flickr.com/photos/mrkvm

Back Cover Photography by Jaimee Gleisner

Photography of Summer and Roger by Roger and Summer

Wardrobe by Kambriel

“Scathefire” remix by Frances Byrne www.wenchmusic.net

“Power and Prophesy” remix by Falling You www.fallingyou.com

“Mending the Sky” remix by Miles Fender @ The Streetlight Farm www.streetlightfarm.com

Thanks to our friends and families, Miles Fender, Wench, Falling You, Dru Allen, Kambriel, Monica’s Last Prayer, Jason Pitzl-Waters, Rik maclean, Sleepthief, Sam Rosenthal, Jennifer Griggs, Attrition, DJ Eternal Darkness, Mick Mercer, The Synthetic Dream Foundation, Pete Murray, Kevin Dunn and James Babbo, and anyone we may have forgotten…

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The Machine in the Garden is an independent gothic/darkwave duo featuring Roger Fracé and Summer Bowman. Since their formation, Roger and Summer have developed and advanced their unique style through years of collaborating and intertwining their musical tastes. ... more

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