Digital Black Among the Masses

by MONOLITH

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about

Formed in 1986 in upstate New York by members; Anthony Imbrogno(drums), Vince Rao and Ed Lawton (guitars) with the goal to combine the power of Judas Priest and the speed Metallica to create their own offering of breakneck thrashing madness to the metal masses. With the addition of Guy Rivers Bass (bass) and Kevin Callahan(vocals), MONOLITH would set out to do just that.
Throughout the next couple of years, the band began gigging around their area, sometimes even hosting their on shows. By 1989 MONOLITH would release a 5-song demo titled 'Experience the Power' that began getting regular airplay on local college radio.
In 1991 the band would issue their first self-released full-length titled 'Digital Black' The 10-song recording would also receive airplay, but now extending beyond New York. As well as leading to distribution in Germany.
As most fledgeling thrash metal bands were folding in the early 1990s from what was seen as an "anti-heavy metal' sentiment of sorts, MONOLITH would forge on for one last batch of songs seeing the release of 'Among the Masses' demo in 1993.
Over the years since these recordings were first issued they have become quite rare and have been known to fetch more than a few bucks by collectors and thrash metal enthusiast.

FOR FANS OF: Metallica, Heathen, Annihilator, Toxic, and Testament

credits

released August 18, 2017

MONLITH is

Guy Rivers Bass
Anthony Imbrogno Drums
Vince Rao Guitars
Ed Lawton Guitars
Kevin Callahan Vocals

‘Digital Black’ 1991recorded at Alpha Studios in Albany, NY
Engineered & mixed by studio owners Scott & Dub
Produced by Monolith

‘Among the Masses’ 1993 recorded at Hyland Studio Albany, NY
Engineered by Paul Benedetti
Mixed by Paul Benedetti & Ted Hyland
Produced by Monolith

2017 Executive producers J. Golden & G. ‘Smurfy’ Shafer
2017 re-mastering by Jamie King at The Basement Studio NC
Cover art by Steve Cobb
Layout by Chris Ferguson

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Track Name: Tragic Death
TRAGIC DEATH:
When I wake up
It won’t be tomorrow
Yesterday seems so long ago
Without warning
Before I ever knew
I find myself way too close to death
I find myself way too close to death

Please help me
I’m reaching out to you
Don’t leave me here to die all alone
Stop. Wait a minute
It’s not my turn to go
There must be someone here who knows the truth

Tell how this can be for real
I’m getting the short end of this deal
It’s all a game a twisted lie
There is no real reason why
It’s not my time to fucking die

Oh my God
Let me live on
Don’t want to die
A Tragic Death

Please give me one last chance
I can prove my innocence to you
Can’t die this way
It’s just not right
I’m still so young
Got so much to do

Can’t die Tragic Death
Can’t take final breath
Save me from Tragic Death

Lyrics by: Anthony Imbrogno
Track Name: Mind Quest
MIND QUEST:
A dragon slayer
Or castles layered
Dreams space out my head
Reality or fantasy
You always end up dead
Life or death
Don’t hold your breath
Both so full of dread yeah
Violent pain
Or kings insane
One thing in common Red

Vicious lies
Means someone dies
Life can’t get no colder
Stake your claim
Direct your aim
Against those who are the bolder
When you start to need
That’s when you start to bleed
The fire starts to smolder
Must endure
And find a cure
Because you’re only getting older

Chorus:
When you cannot see thru open eyes
And you cannot hear when someone lies
When you do not choose to speak your mind
You become the one who is truly blind

Chorus:

Lyrics by: Anthony Imbrogno
Track Name: Beginning of the End
BEGINNING OF THE END:
Once it was good
Like it should
Living was fine just sipping the wine
Fear entered man
Emotions ran
That’s when the Beginning of the End began

Chorus:
Beginning of the end
When life’s no friend
People welcome death
Right to their door
Beginning of the end
Your wounds will never mend
People stamp you
Right to the floor

Now it’s bad
Life’s so sad
Everyone thinks of the dreams they had
Hatred rise
Frightful eyes
Every dam truth turns into lies

Chorus:

Rise of dawn
Everyone’s gone
The end is here the cause is clear
Another glass of gin
Battlefields of sin
Just awhile before the end begins

Beginning- of the End
When- life’s no friend
Beginning- of the End
Your wounds will never mend

Lyrics by: Ed Lawton
Track Name: Naked Planet
NAKED PLANET
Darkened clouds looming low
Our mighty sun now a distant glow
Seas of sand trees of stone
This Naked Planet is your home

Searching for a reason why
Makes no difference all have died
We must find another place
Our world is gone without a trace

Chorus:
Take my hand and come with me
I’ll take you there and we’ll live free
This is the place of new tomorrows
They’ll be no rulers – no one to follow

Sometimes when I drift away far into yesterdays
I see our world the way it was in a helpless daze
I reach out to feel because it all seems so real
Then it slowly fades away

Fields of green a soothing rain
The warming glow of a gentle flame
No more wars no more pain
Our lives will never be the same

Chorus:

Lyrics by Anthony Imbrogno
Track Name: Silent Cry
SILENT CRY:
I look in the mirror
I see your face
Reflecting on a past life a distant place
The room is darkened
The air grows cold
This trapped soul’s story is about to unfold

A moonlit night
A terrible fight
Flash of steel pain so real
Bite the dirt
Bloodstained shirt
Whole life ahead left for dead

A cry for justice
Seeking revenge
Plotted murder a horrible end
Unknown figure
Long black robe
He will die tonight never to know

Chorus:
I can hear the Silent Cry – Silent Cry
Of a stranger who has died
I can hear the Silent Cry – Silent Cry
His spirit soars thru the sky

Back in my room
I feel the gloom
Deadly night something’s just not right
My image reappears
The answers clear
Now I can see the stranger was me

Chorus:

Lyrics by Kevin Callahan
Track Name: The Portal
THE PORTAL
It must have been a dream
A glimpse of the past
Image of a boy
Floating thru my head
His mother was an artist
Disciple from below
Colors on the canvas
Portraits of those undead

She paints her child’s portrait
Her eyes are dark and cold
Captures his image skillfully
Imprisoning his soul
Many times in past lives
She’s performed her evil deed
Torments spirits endlessly
Feeds her hellish needs

Lost within a world
The servant fabricated
The Portal lies beyond the real
In a portrait, she’s created
Locked inside a blackened void
Time forever frozen
A helpless soul
Cries out in pain
For he knows he is the chosen

Screams pierce the endless dark
Drifting thru his nightmare
The torture leaves its dreaded mark
Feels his mother’s icy stare
Within a morbid state undead
Never to find his way
Can’t escape from the red
Evermore his mother’s slave

Lyrics by: Anthony Imbrogno
Track Name: Amelia
AMELIA
Dear Sir,
In answer to your letter of recent date-
We regret to say you that Amelia’s mental condition has not improved
She is having many delusions and at times becoming very abusive and quarrelsome…

I wake up strapped to a bed
Scream but no one hears
Family’s gone I’m all alone
My eyes they flood with tears
Patterns on these pale white sheets
Are all I really see
My bed my home- four walls my world
My mind is playing tricks on me

Chorus:
Oh sick Amelia
Don’t hold it all inside
Don’t slam the door on what you know is true
Ohhhhh Amelia
Let us look into your mind
Someday soon we’ll find a cure for you

Germ free world but still I’m sick
It’s time to take a pill
Sanitary insanity they washed away freewill
Look listen see the end
All my friends are dead
Now’s the time
Judgement day
My eyes they fade to red

Chorus:

Chorus:

Amelia - Amelia
Amelia - Amelia
Amelia - Amelia
Amelia - Amelia
Ameliaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Lyrics by: Anthony Imbrogno
Track Name: Free the World
FREE THE WORLD

Face to face we confront our foe
Hand in hand live together as one
Will the ‘Big Stick’ bestow is power
Or will the iron curtain take control
Stars and stripes express our freedom
Hero’s blood spilt in vein
Hammer sickle intense domination
The cold war heats- who’s to blame

Death toll
On the increase
Will the killing ever cease?
Can’t they see
It shouldn’t be
We just want to live in peace…

Chorus:
Free the world
Stop this madness
Free the world
End this sadness
Free the world
Live in peace

Their rulers say we are the problem
Our leaders say they are to blame
If we don’t stop and listen to reason
Our mother earth will be consumed by flames

Chorus:

Live in peace - Live in peace - Live in peace

Lyrics by: Anthony Imbrogno
Track Name: Experience the Power
EXPERIENCE THE POWER:
Acquired by the chosen few
Misused by none
Existence like no other
You pray to be the one
Blessed are those
That gets the chance to feel
A power so pure
Makes your senses reel
Sounds so compelling
Can’t resist its force
Delusions of grandeur
Reality is lost
Chill in the air
You can feel it in your soul
It’s power so unreal
About to takes its toll

Chorus:
Experience the Power
Feel it pumping thru your veins
Experience the Power
Feel it overload your brain
Experience the Power
Feel it driving you insane

Searched for a lifetime
It’s now within my sights
So close yet so far
It fades into night
Born to live to die
It all becomes quite clear
The Power is the key
I feel it moving near
Everything distorted
Reality I wish
Red is go- life is death
My visions still persist
Free of all sensation
Feels so secure
This is the answer
I finally found the cure

Chorus:

Many times I’ve felt the power - it dwells within my soul
Its intensity numbs my senses - I have no control
I heard sounds from distant worlds - a world where no one dies
Yes this is sanctuary - total peace of mind…

Experience the Power - Experience the Power - Experience the Power - Experience the Power


Lyrics by: Anthony Imbrogno
Track Name: Man Against the Earth
MAN AGAINST THE EARTH:

Polluted waters
Senseless slaughters
CFCs destroy the ozone
Toxic landfills
Deforestation
The invisible walls of death

Man, self-proclaimed master of the world
Exploits the earth to satisfy his needs
But who are we to say- we shall reign supreme
Corporate greed takes its toll – How long can this go on?

Chorus:
It’s world war 3
It’s man against the earth
If we win- forget about re-birth

Create for his convenience
But the earth can’t take much more
Fossil fuels going fast
The acid rain still pours
Oil spills into our seas
‘no problem’ say the men upstairs
Tell that to the wildlife
Toxic water – polluted air

Chorus:
Earth and man must work hand in hand
The time is now to show just where we stand

In our quest for a simpler life
We forgot one thing
Someone has to pay
For these ‘necessities’
Everyone’s afraid of a chemical war
What a horrid way to die
Just look at what we’ve done to the earth
Now there’s the real crime

Repeat Chorus:

Lyrics by: Anthony Imbrogno
Track Name: House of Horros
HOUSE 0’ HORROR

Scenes of violence
Bouncing off the walls
Deafening silence
The guillotine falls
Look in a mirror
A wonderful machine
Grotesque figures
Like you’ve never seen

Chorus:
This is the place you often dream of
Spinning – falling which way is up
A child’s vision imagination
House O’ Horror
Annihilation

A blackened mass
In front of you now stands
You soon follow
Heed to my commands
You try to run
I will always find you
You want to die-
But I won’t let you

Chorus:

Step inside this world of make believe
You’ll see strange things you never thought you’d see
Come closer now and don’t be shy
I won’t hurt you don’t you cry

Welcome -step inside
Sit right back- enjoy the ride
Nothing to cling to
Confusion rules your mind
It’s real it’s true
A memory will remind

Chorus:

You rise and start another day
Rejoice nightmares have gone away
Happy so glad to be alive
Too bad- nothing will survive

Lyrics by: Anthony Imbrogno
Track Name: Among the Masses
AMONG THE MASSES

The seeds of fertility
Our race is spreading just like the plague
Into a world of nothingness
Our destiny self-made
Born to run the human race
Must keep up with the fast pace
Conforming to society
You know you’ll always be-

Chorus:
Among the masses
Struggling thru every day
Among the masses
That’s the American way
Among the masses
If you can’t stay ahead
You’ll be left for dead

Without remorse we run life’s course
Leaving destruction behind
Mega-pollution or mass confusion
We can see but we’d rather be blind
Within this all is a lesson to learn
Because of few so many have burned
We must build a better way
Or forever we will stay-

Chorus:

Ha ha ha ha

Chorus:

Lyrics by: Guy Rivers
Track Name: Claustrophobia
CLAUSTROPHOBIA:

The walls are closing in
My world is getting nearer
The things I thought so far away
Seem to be much clearer
Take it back its right in my face
I just can’t take it no more
My fear is building I’m getting scared
Stop you’re too close you’re taking up my air

Chorus:
Claustrophobia
From the corners of my mind
Claustrophobia
My inner fears unwind
Claustrophobia
I need more room
Claustrophobia
The ever closing doom

Locked in - the closet of life
I need to find a way out
A cast away in time
Without a shadow of a doubt
Darkness - replaced by light
No loneliness no more fright
Lost from my feelings inside
Smothered by the blanket of life

Chorus:

Lyrics by: Kevin Callahan