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Symposium of a Troubled Mind & Beyond

by ARKAINA

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    CD FEATURES:
    • First time on CD
    • Both 93 & 95 demos
    • 3 never released bonus tracks
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    • 20-page booklet
    • Band history essay by Dean Duffen
    with intro by Matt Coe
    • Complete lyrics and photos
    • Artwork by Ren McKinzie
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    FOR FANS OF: Fates Warning, Flotsam & Jetsom, Heathen and King Diamond

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Reflective Soul Music: Arkaina Lyrics: S. Duffen, M. Shanklin As strong as I am I still feel something that pains me As strong as I am there is still something that scares me There is true strength in silence I fear staring out the window looking at you through my eyes I only fear words for I have nothing left to say Yet when I do I’m always alone And when I speak do you even listen? When I look deep inside of you I see nothing As do you when you look at me It would have been great to know you in a private life It’s too late now...too far gone Depth… as I fall deeper within myself my strength grows With the blood that drips from my fingertips I write And yet the blood does not stain the page When I am done this shall all be just a memory for memory is all I have What am I doing? Why am I bleeding? How did this happen? Why are you here? Do not try and help there’s nothing to gain...only loss Insecurities that plague the mind leave only lonely eyes Belief in something that has not helped only I can heal myself Strength is put to the test when anger takes control Nothing shall stand in my way There is no one strong as I Our thoughtless words can cut like knives All that is ever heard is a silent cry Is it so hard to understand One mind, one world, one man? Just how far am I twisted?
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The Pit (Of the mind) Music: Arkaina Lyrics: S. Duffen, M. Shanklin I’ve come to the point where my world can’t take any more I’m living in fear and I’m too quick to close the door Welcome to the pit! Another broken life another shattered dream It makes no difference the pit’s not always what it seems Welcome to the pit! All for none and one just for himself Raw energy an excuse for our insanity Welcome to the pit! Cower in fear and run for cover Look at me (I see your pain) You see me (Insane) Look at me (The giver of life) Twisting, turning power overload Your sweet screams are the sounds of agony My heart’s pounding from the sight of your blood There’s no way to stop this game until I’ve won Welcome to the pit! Welcome! Welcome to the pit!
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Façade of Panes Music: Arkaina Lyrics: S. Duffen There’s a steady rain I hear it on my window I feel the rain as it clouds my mind Drift away, so far away into this endless time Step into a world of magic and look behind my eyes There’s a child he’s lost in here and he’s running out of time Are you listening? Can’t you hear him screaming? It’s all an illusion...just a lie Lead me through the door that’ll lead us to better days There’s no secret in the shadows or keys to this never-ending maze Now I see what we’ve become What we’ve become! Why must we live in this house our parents built? Why? I’m in hell...... I can’t believe the world has changed so much We’re dying from the air we breath I pray every time the sun does rise it will burn away this haze Why must we live in this house our parents built? The worlds in pain Stop this madness (this endless madness) Light a candle of hope Hope....no hope...Hope Now I close my mind Our children’s hopes are in the sky Now we sleep............
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I of mind Aggression Music: Arkaina Lyrics: S. Duffen If you push me out I’ll rip your fucking world apart Your hate builds my fire Your ignorance an art Pain from you can’t hurt me You think I’m blind Doesn’t matter what you think Or who you are I’ll show you no mercy Got too much pride Killed for your lies (Question)...Why? Pain, lies, life, why? Your one-track mind Won’t keep me inline It’s time for a lesson in aggression You think you're perfect But, your nothing much to see I could care less what you try You’ll never overpower me I’ll set you free tonight I want to open your mind Betrayed by your mind’s worthless lies Pain, lies, life, why? In your mind’s dark world The doors will close I’ve seen it a thousand times before Never have I been blessed with an open door If you push me out I’ll rip your fucking world apart Killed for your lies (Question)...Why? Pain, lies, life, why?
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Between The Lines Music: Arkaina Lyric: S. Duffen Scan my memories for a trace of yesterday Try to find a way out of this place where do I begin? I’ve backed myself into a wall and now I must succumb to the weight of guilt that plagues my mind Where have my dreams gone? Will I find them in time? Can’t see, can’t feel The warmth and love he needs Between the lines, he stands Can’t see, can’t feel The warmth and love he needs Outside the lines, he stands Wake up in cold sweats Can’t even get dressed I fear, stepping a foot out the door Addiction controls me The junky is torn Between his life between the lines between indifference and fear Can’t see, can’t feel The warmth and love he needs Between the lines, he stands The warmth and love he needs Outside the lines, he stands Lost is alone no one wants me want becomes the need Desperately befriend myself Lost is alone (Shattered dreams) Behind the glass I feel a world of violence and rage (You are nothing...Broken promises...Hopelessness...Disgust) Can I not ease my eternal suffering? I now feel that I have lost my mind I now feel that I have lost my sight I am blind
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Shadows 07:36
Shadows Music: Arkaina, M. Shanklin Lyrics: S. Duffen Within darkness watching and waiting Eyes of fire burn Mind of distortion Blades of steel they scream with life The soul of the dammed forever lost Shadows! You are walking through the darkened streets of night You are trying to make your way home and to the light (Come and join us...Come and join us) There is no one there is nothing that you can see But still, there is someone whispering your name I can see him standing there I can hear him calling out to me Calling out!!! The church bells toll Paralyzed and gripped with fear Nowhere to run Evil lives and breathes there Shadows! Is it your time to die and join them? Now your running your heart is pounding Can’t seem to keep your breath He is watching, he is following Paranoia, dreams filled with death (Come and join us...Come and join us) Could there be no one? Could there be nothing? My freighted mind plays games with me But still, there is someone whispering your name I can see him standing there I can hear him calling out to me Calling out!!! The church bells toll Paralyzed and gripped with fear Nowhere to run Evil lives and breathes there Shadows! Is it your time to die and join them? I’m in terror his eyes reveal my fate I have fallen I have lost all my strength He will possess me show me unending pain He wants to take me straight to the gates of Hell! Running faster don’t you see the light? If he gets you he’ll tear your soul in two No! No! No! No!
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Awaken 04:30
Awaken Music: Arkaina Lyrics: S. Duffen From the start I have known where this kiss would lead From my lips, unto my neck evil plants its seed With every drop of blood I feel my life begin to fade No turning back I am damned for all eternity Night...days go by Life... I hope I’ll find her in time Slowly she crosses the room Open my eyes to view every motion and movement she makes I feel this need to feed inside this nightmare once again is real The nightmare’s becoming real The nightmare is real release your mind to me Release your mind I’ll show you paradise Lifeless she lays upon the bed but soon she will awaken Life!!!! What is this monster I’ve become? Forlorn, throughout the centuries What’s become of me? What is this monster Lord? I’ve become forlorn Awaken.......
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Arkaina 06:18
Arkaina Beyond this world through Exodus there is a land Where the souls of the dammed shall rise Enter our sanctuary begin your repentance! Forget your mortal wounds they have been healed Come now child, you are safe Behind the walls of Arkaina Bastard son, you’ve been cast out Leper child you're condemned to die Forever you shall walk alone You’re helpless as the blind Lost is the child you won’t heal Forgotten is the man that must beg, lie, and steal Deep within you burns a longing to transcend beyond Fly far above You are no longer a man Fly far above On your wings to Arkaina You’re flying past the sun Your soul now leaves this world Death becomes the doorway to unknow ecstasies Travel through the web of time Baptized in spiritual light What have you come to find? Why are you holding on? We have come to help you forget the past Confront yourself, your GOD You will repent! Separate your mortal life awaken the dreamer from his sleep You are bound by its hold Do not fear...there is no guilt Fly far above You are no longer a man Fly far above On your wings to Arkaina Consciousnesses far beyond this life You will find strength and peace of mind Children feed upon the breast of a mother world so divine There is no need for your tears Safe from pain and consuming fears Release your mind beyond the garden gates You are home
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Human Condition Music: Arkaina Lyrics: S. Duffen Intro: T D’Agastino Dreams...... We all receive the gifts of life and time that make us strong What about the child that’s never taught right from wrong? His innocence will only cause this man to fall And should we deny tomorrow may never come? Now choose your path... each man must walk alone The day will come and you will find Where your dreams will lead Don’t be afraid, be strong Nothing will hold you down If only you had the time to turn back the pages of life Would you go back to change the man you’ve become? It’s not over yet... Your story has just begun The day will come and you will find Where your dreams will lead Don’t be afraid, be strong Nothing will hold you down Don’t look back, You’ll walk with me Take the light from my hands Now you’ll reach and grow Your mind will guide you home The time has come to find your goals I’ve been trapped inside this shell for so long I’m no longer afraid of myself afraid of what I’ve become I tear down the walls of this cell ...I overcome!!! I’m no longer afraid of myself afraid of what I’ve become I now see the man I want to be I can’t be the man you want to see Dream......
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Transit 04:24
ransient Music: Arkaina Lyrics: S. Duffen Lonely man walks alone again Winds so could they burn his hands Sweat consumes and sears the spine It grows to ice as the miles go on and on Only then to lose his way home We don’t see from his eyes We don’t feel the years inside The lonely man and his lonely ways No one knows... The transient dissipates Cut out cardboard hides the sky Protecting from the night now falling Designed to withstand the weather A fortress so strong... all of 3 feet high Inside lives his dreams and his memories We don’t see from his eyes We don’t feel the years inside The lonely man and his lonely ways No one knows... The transient dissipates His metal cage a means of life it rolls constant and always uneven We extend our hands to other countries as our children are lying and dying in the streets Can’t you see that day by day Mother America’s slowly tearing herself apart? This country is walking on broken glass at this rate, our society never last!

about

ARKAINA began to form in 1991 in Bedford, Massachusetts when vocalist Sean Duffen and guitarist Tim D’Angostino meet each other after responding to an ad. Shortly after their meeting, the two would recruit a second guitarist named Marshall Shanklin. Now only a rhythm section would be needed so to bring it all together. Drummer James Iannalfo would be brought on board and shortly after bassist Evan Desmarais to add that low end.

ARKAINA was complete; with the impressive multi-octave prowess of vocalist Duffen which was both melodic and powerful, the solidly complimenting dual guitar stylings of D’Agostino and Shanklin, plus powerful rhythm section mechanics from bassist Iannalfo and drummer Desmarais.
Over the next year, the band would focus all their efforts on writing and crafting the compositions that would become their first record effort ‘Symposium of a Troubled Mind’. Meanwhile honing their sound and technical skills.

In 1993 ARKAINA would record their 5-song demo titled ‘Symposium of a Troubled Mind’. The effort would be an offering of challenging cerebral progressive power thrash metal. Unfortunately, the timing for such heavy metal was less than ideal. Death metal held strong in the underground in the early 90s, even seeing a brief peek into the more mainstream, but at large heavy metal in all its forms was rather taboo in the early 1990s. This would affect many metal acts in the US and ARKAINA was no exception. The band struggled as they began to play out and shop their recent release. A reprieve would come when the band would meet a fan a fairly well-connected person in the underground metal scene named Matt Coe. Coe would help the band begin to get more attention by helping them get some distribution for their recent release as well as interviews and reviews in various fanzines both domestic and abroad.
After a short east coast tour, ARKAINA would face more adversity when Iannalfo and then Shanklin would leave the band. This would cause a brief setback with the band however Duffen, D’Angostino and Desmarais were not ready to call it quits yet. The band would then find drummer Mike Pastore and guitarist Eric D’Melia. With the additions of Pastor and D’Melia ARKAINA would waste no time starting over and repeating the process by writing 4-songs and taking them into a studio. The sessions would become the ‘Beyond’ demo. Sadly the band would encounter the same obstacles they had after the previously release-it was 1995 and heavy metal was still out of fashion. This realization would lead to the band slowly starting to fall apart starting as members would begin to leave the band. Attempts would be made to bring in recruits, and four more tracks would even go into production, but inevitably nothing would hold and ARKAINA would eventually call it a day.

ARKAINA would only have a short time when they went up against the adversity of passing treads. They were certainly not the only band to suffer this fate. However, they were one of the few that produced and left behind some quality heavy metal in their wake. The material from ARKAINA rises to the top of the heap of underground US Metal and begs the question “what could have been?”

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released August 26, 2022

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