Behind the Mask of Sanity

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You can listen to this album three different ways; first person, third person or background music. The songs have been written between 2005 - 2008, each song dealing with a psychological or personal issue.

Originally this project was meant to have 4 different humans performing their own proper instruments, but of course there have been issues, which is what any band goes through.

Recording began in 2008 and drums were to be added at the end, since we work backwards and everything was written on a guitar tabbing program, we didn’t have to worry about not being in sync with timing/tempo.

The major delay in things were getting real drums recorded and since we’re a broke band, we did everything ourselves. By the time drum tracks were ready to be done, our drummer decided that this wasn’t meant for him. No hard feelings and he went on his way. At this point it was March of 2011 and the painful decision of using a drum machine was made, it was either this or wait more years, and we aren’t getting younger.

Enjoy.

~Ed Corpse555 M. (1998 - Present)

credits

released February 26, 2012

BTMoS 2008-2012 era:
General Mazzyko Odium (Drums 2004-2009)
Steve Travesty (Rhythm Guitar 2007, Bass 2009-2012)
Lorenzo Negroni (Bass 2009)
Ramon Rojas (Drums 2009-2011)
Hector Hex T. (Rhythm Guitar 2008-Present)
David Rodriguez (Bass 2012 - Present)

Credits:
EC5³M : All Instruments & Lead Vocals.
D-Vour : Guest Vocals on “Permanent Enslavement”.
Steve Travesty & Hector Hex T. : Backing Vocals on "Permanent Enslavement" & "15 Hours of Hell"

All music, lyrics, artwork and concepts by EC5³M except “Permanent Enslavement.” Music by EC5³M / Lyrics by EC5³M & D-Vour.

Produced, Engineered & Mixed by EC5³M.
Vocal engineering & production assistance by Steve Travesty, Hector Hex T. and Ricky Wolf.
Drums assisted by Maz Perry & Ramon Rojas.
Recorded at BD-R Studios using Acoustica Mixcraft 4 & mixed using Sonar 7.
Mastered by Chris Clover at Mobile Media Mastering.

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BrainDead: A Bronx born Dark Metal band started in 1998. Originally started as a Punk / Thrash Crossover band which evolved through thrash, death / thrash and now Dark Metal. Lyrical themes include psychological issues and the horrors of reality mixed with heavy melody and aggression tapping into the human emotions. Enjoy. ... more

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Track Name: Splitting of the Mind
Splitting of the Mind
Lyrics & Music by EC5³M.
© 2008 BrainDead Band Music

Verse 1:
Murderous will and no remorse.....
Voice of darkness stuck in mind
See the face and (my) strings were pulled
Must do what is right.

Half a decade stuck in silence
Quarantined in my cell
Agoraphobic patterns swirl
Release date (is) coming soon.

“All is fine, and you’ll be free
To enjoy life’s gifts and fantasies
All in your way are envious
(And) out to make you grieve.”

It’s all clear what’s to be done
Striving force is the key
Agitated and aggressive
Onset (of) violence may occur

Chorus:
Feel more alive
Feel like a god
Creating the (blue) prints
Free as they fall

Process was right
Given the steps
“Give it your life
and conquer it all”

Verse 2:
I feel the eyes that stare at me
Burning holes into my flesh
Antagonized and left aside
My hatred (for) “norm” increases more

Inadequacies that they must feel
When I’m around or hear me speak.
I sense their fears and sly remarks
The voice of assurance (it) stays and grows.....

“Treading in your darkest hour,
I’ll keep you safe and in my heart
Mankind fears all (that’s) out of (the) box
You now know what must be done”

Dig my fingers through my skull
I’m out of control in great distress
No one believes the words (that) were told
The art of murder soon to be unleashed

Chorus:
Feel more alive
Feel like a god
Creating the (blue) prints
Free as they fall

Process was right
Given the steps
“Give it your life
and conquer it all”

Bridge 1:
Abilify,
I’m running low
Dystonia
It grabs my soul

Epileptic stricken life
Something come and set me free

Solitude
Grinding teeth
Tense as hell
I shut the world

Hear the voice and see the face
It’s all clear what’s to be done

Bridge 2:
“Who are they
To glare at you
Soulless cowards
and wretched pawns

They don’t fear nor comprehend
They’re all against you and out to harm

Bringing death
That is your job
You hold the scythe
Now make your moves

The time of nightfall’s drawing near
Soon enough I’ll set you free.”

Verse 3:
Murderous will and no remorse.....
Voice of darkness stuck in mind
See the face and (my) strings were pulled
Must do what is right.

Half a decade stuck in silence
Quarantined in my cell
Agoraphobic patterns swirl
Release date (is) coming soon.

“All is fine, and you’ll be free
To enjoy life’s gifts and fantasies
All in your way are envious
(And) out to make you grieve.”

It’s all clear what’s to be done
Striving force is the key
Agitated and aggressive
Onset (of) violence may occur

Chorus:
Feel more alive
Feel like a god
Creating the (blue) prints
Free as they fall

Process was right
Given the steps
“Give it your life
and conquer it all”
Track Name: 5 Dimensional Apprehension
5 Dimensional Apprehension
Lyrics & Music by EC5³M.
© 2008 BrainDead Band Music

Verse 1:
Twitching limbs begin again
Currents running through the flesh
Adrenaline runs to extremes
I need to fuckin’ break again

Torn my flesh a million times
In hopes to bring me back at ease
This fuckin’ shivering never stops
Nothing left but infected wounds

Chorus:
I’ll give you the stars, I’ll give you my love
I’ll tear up your mind and ruin your soul
I’ll kill your emotions, I’ll scar you for life
I’ll give you the (meaningful) words that (over) power it all.

Verse 2:
Lost all sense of right and wrong
My drugs are low... I’m set to “thrill”
Daylight clown has switched to Gacy
Now I see in “black light vision”

(The) human race is dying
And I’m fuckin’ fine with that
Don’t leave me near the global nuke
Won’t hold back, I’ll kill this world

Chorus:
I’ll give you the stars, I’ll give you my love
I’ll tear up your mind and ruin your soul
I’ll kill your emotions, I’ll scar you for life
I’ll give you the (meaningful) words that (over) power it all.

Interlude:
Don’t call for God, he's been Dethroned, Ennihilate this world with extreme Vio-Lence & Antipathy.
Make this Tortured Existence an Eternal Nightmare like the Nine Inch Nails that crucified Jesus Christ.
Call the Mortician, you will be next.....

Bridge:
Feel this hatred grow inside
Fire’s burning just like hell
Stare in mirrors (in) to my eyes
What the fuck have I become?

Horrors worse than you have seen
Intoxicated mind from thoughts
Feel my heart bust through my chest
Gone to a world you can not touch

Verse 3:
Fake this smile... left eye frowns
Fists are tight and right eye twitches
Forehead feels (like there’s an) internal blood leak
Need to fuckin’ tame this down

Calm it down another day
Need the mask to move on forward
Calm it down another day.....
Contain myself in fuckin’ silence
Track Name: White Walls
White Walls
Lyrics & Music by: EC5³M.
© 2006 BrainDeadBand Music

Verse 1:
Removed from the light of the sun
By choice or forced will never be known
The voice inside amplifies
...disturbed by the outside will not be allowed

In love with the beauty that "no longer exists"
sometimes the world forgets what that is...
Maybe the box make's them blind
...the outside is magic to our eyes

Chorus:
The peace and love of moving pictures
Accompanied by plastic figures
Raised by artists' imaginations
Creations, conversations are held
Within the white walls

Verse 2:
A programmed mind is the fault of the "fixed"
When we forget to see with our “eyes..”
Fuck all those who won't let go and
Settled on paths to destruction

::the voice inside::
But it's best they don't know what goes on in here
”Shut it all down and confine ‘em all” (they say.....)
Only escape, welcome the upgrade
Or a lethal injection

Chorus:
The peace and love of moving pictures
Accompanied by plastic figures
Raised by artists' imaginations
Creations, conversations are held
Within the white walls

Verse 3:
Tons on our side have been "fixed"
”Exposure” is deadly, no one is safe
Crucify me (for) what you don't believe in
...Crucify me (for) what you do believe

Never conform to what you’ve become
May lose the "Loved Ones" who stood by my side
Always the same since the day we’ve met
Always the same ‘till the day I’m dead

Chorus:
The peace and love of moving pictures
Accompanied by plastic figures
Raised by artists' imaginations
Creations, conversations are held
Within the white walls

End:
...those who’ve helped me, will be there forever
..."those needed" were never there
...I have spoken
::the voice inside::
...now "they’ll" silence us forever....
Track Name: Behind the Mask of Sanity
Behind the Mask of Sanity
Lyrics & Music by: EC5³M.
© BrainDeadBand Music 2006

Intro:
One eye is chasing the mysteries of life, as the other stays focused on the mess under the light.

Verse 1:
Today
Has become tomorrow, same as yesterday,
Cycle continues (and) humans recycled

Infected
With the same disease from our ancestors.
Installed forever in our genes, no one’s pure, nor has ever been.

Offspring will have what kills from birth.
The many doors that follow (this) maze,
Not even (the) architect knows where they end.

(The) blue prints were lost, construction continued.
More doors, no keys,
Locking halls that lead to darkness and traps.

(The stairs to nowhere and) pits to salvation all lost within.

Verse 2:
In love with (the) art of ''naturalism'', Disgusted by (the) reflection of truth
The lies have grown over the years to
Shield away the sunlight that makes us grow.

In this ditch with lines thrown,
Not knowing whether they'll break or work
The fall is further than the one that leads to hell.

The doors are cold as ice, (but)
Doesn't mean there isn't warmth inside, waiting.
The (land)mines go off the closer you step.

Don’t force a way behind these doors
When the keys are so simple to use
Some things don’t need to be said
One can’t ever tell how bad they will die.

Verse 3:
Silenced is best.
Aggravation from interrogation.
Behind the Mask of Sanity is where it's best to stay.

Your right will never be mine,
Nor should you mind the way I am
Await the accompaniment and beauty of silence. No words need to be exchanged

Thoughts alone will always do. (This) broken puzzle can be fixed,
But the parts must remain untouched.
Close your eyes and take my hand.

You won't fall down unless you question (what lies) ahead. When you are my guest,
you will be treated like gold and see everything, given the world.

Post-Verse:
When you doubt or ask, a lot will be taken. Repeat and you have lost it all.
Welcome. Welcome. Never question, accept and float with me. One day you'll reach the end.

End:
Love for what surrounds the outside
Learn to love the damaged inside.
You will never have both. Choose...
Walk through (the) maze, and finish (it) if you can...
Track Name: Dreams
Dreams
Lyrics & Music by: EC5³M.
© 2008 BrainDeadBand Music

Verse 1:
Restrained..... in pain..... can drive a man insane
Can’t kill..... the will..... close your eyes (and) enjoy the thrill
Afraid..... to fail..... can feel all life is drained
The strive..... to fight..... (and) earn it all before you die

Chorus:
A million thoughts run through the mind
The struggle within to cross the line
Injecting life into the vein
Waste away another day
Forced to kill just to survive
Some sell their soul for the lights
Injecting life into the vein
Helps create the art you “hate”

Verse 2:
Ignored..... pushed aside..... helps the mind plan invasion
One shot..... at life..... keeps determination going
Cold blood..... head strong..... can destroy the lives of others
One will..... one way..... all for one and none for all

Chorus:
A million thoughts run through the mind
The struggle within to cross the line
Injecting life into the vein
Waste away another day
Forced to kill just to survive
Some sell their soul for the lights
Injecting life into the vein
Helps create the art you “hate”

Verse 3:
Some live..... to tell..... stories of their glory roads
As if..... we care..... all the burnt bridges tell it all
Some die..... at prime..... touching only certain souls
A dose..... too high..... what a tragic way to go

Chorus:
A million thoughts run through the mind
The struggle within to cross the line
Injecting life into the vein
Waste away another day
Forced to kill just to survive
Some sell their soul for the lights
Injecting life into the vein.....
Helps create the art you “hate”
Track Name: Permanent Enslavement
Permanent Enslavement
Music by EC5³M. Lyrics by EC5³M. & D-Vour
© 2009 BrainDead Band Music

Verse 1:
One more fix
Is all that 's needed
All the talent is there
To live on forever
The calling, the thirst
Is hard to break
Anticipating (the) hits
Takes you to heaven

Chorus:
A blissful insight.....
Into these fixed lines

Verse 2:
Follow me into
Darkened fixtures
Death counts
On his fingers
Waiting for the end.....
The end of this hit
In the veins of the youth,
And truth will suffer

Chorus:
A blissful insight.....
Into these fixed lines

Bridge 1:
All these years trying to escape
From the impalement of (the) white knight's lance
Constant falls from cracked pavement
Implant (the) hunger (in)to my mind.....

Bridge 2:
Forget the past must live for today
Reach for the stars at any cost
Caught in the wind of immortality
(Not) man nor machine can take me down.....

Verse 3:
Feels like I'm a god,
Nothing brings me down
Have the world at hand
Feeding off these hits
Inhaling fire
Gives me release
I've been sentenced (to a)
Permanent enslavement
Track Name: Eternal Contusion
Eternal Contusion
Lyrics & Music by: EC5³M.
© 2009 BrainDead Band Music

Intro:
It’s May, 5th, 5:55 PM.
It’s getting closer to Day X of Completion.
Still (feels) far from the day of insemination.

Verse 1:
Declared a psychopathic genius
With blank stares (and a) spaced out mind
.....into the unknown
Seen it all from dead bodies to success

Join me in my dreams.....
Stranded at the point of no return
Agonizing withdrawals
The fall from grace is one step further

Chorus:
With nights of rainstorms
.....(and) symphonies of thunder
Surviving (the) fires of hell
.....and (the) freezing moons

Eternal!

Intensive brutal struggles
.....(my) body’s weak from trauma
These trembling nerves of horror
.....Eternal Contusion!

Would you die with.....

Verse 2:
The skull that stares (at me from) across the room
Makes me realize (that) day x
.....of completion
.....is not like day 1 anymore

I (still) smell and feel your frozen flesh
The thought of it, consumes my soul
.....I’m captivated
I’ll blast your fuckin’ skull if (you’re) gone

Chorus:
With nights of rainstorms
.....(and) symphonies of thunder
Surviving (the) fires of hell
.....and (the) freezing moons

Eternal!

Intensive brutal struggles
.....(my) body’s weak from trauma
These trembling nerves of horror
.....Eternal Contusion!

Would you die with.....

Post-Chorus:
Now I see you.....
Extreme love from my cold black heart
When I look deep in your eyes.....
(We) grab each other’s soul forever
You’re my precious angel.....
Need to see you once again.....
Take these (with)drawals away from me…..
You’re the one to set me free

Over time machines malfunction.....
All repressed and built up pressure
Feel this hatred grow inside
Like an unstoppable fuckin’ force
You will never run from me
Destroyed enough to risk this freedom
“(My) make-up may be flaking!
But my smile, still, stays on!”*

Bridge:
Time after time
I’ve reached for the stars
Every night (they shone) bright,
(and) I felt alive.

Felt their presence in my heart
My soul raised in ecstasy
Now I’m confined in a darkened room
I feel like my stars have died.

End:
.....Me


*Queen
Track Name: Red Snow
Red Snow
Lyrics & Music by EC5³M.
© 2007 BrainDead Band Music

Verse 1:
Grab the throat; plunge in a knife,feed from their pain.
Then saw right off, (to) feel the body die in your hands, feels great
To take a life; a guilty life for all I care
Just watch ‘em die, in agony and torturous fuckin’ pain

Words were written, but taken for granted, just harmless phrases.....
"a little boy's best friend is always his mom.. at least that’s what she said" *1

Chorus:
Should I be pissed at anything?
Should I be frustrated?
Should I smash someone's fuckin' face in or
Should I just be patient?

I am not the person you have met,
I am far from the point (you) understand,
All I hear (and) desire... same as always,
Just "make a fist with your neck in it" *2

Verse 2:
No regrets will come of this, the will to kill
(Is) alive and well. The mind is gone and sense is lost,
(But) the thrill remains, to spill some blood and rule as king,
Tyranic oppression you will obey or feel the hands of death

The end is near, no fuckin’ remorse will fuckin’ arise so
“If there is a hell..... I’ll see you there” *3

Chorus:
Should I be pissed at anything?
Should I be frustrated?
Should I smash someone's fuckin' face in or
Should I just be patient?

I am not the person you have met,
I am far from the point (you) understand,
All I hear (and) desire... same as always,
Just "make a fist with your neck in it" *2

Bridge:
Schizophrenic thoughts that plague like angels of heaven.
Reflections of dead bodies with black nails on broken glass.
The words were written that you “understood”, don’t say you do, I’m far from average.
Thoughts of suicide (are / were) never present (so) “paint the devil on the wall”*4

Verse 3:
Try to stop what you cannot touch, will drill your face
(If you) get in my way, I won’t be held (down), I rather die
Than give you power. I’ve given so much of my own to hand it over.
Try and take it, come and fuckin’ die

(I) live (by) my words, (I) rely on no one, with (a) heart of steel
You know my name, “I bow to no-one...” and “I’ll kill again” *5

*1 Chad Gray
*2 Joseph Bruce
*3 Trent Reznor
*4 Dave Mustaine
*5 Henri Sattler
Track Name: 15 Hours of Hell
15 Hours of Hell
Lyrics & Music by: EC5³M.
© 2007 BrainDead Band Music

Verse 1:
You cannot understand what you do not know
To see eye-to-eye with someone that isn’t there
Try to imagine this world that I am from
Embracing the end with wide open arms

Chorus:
Frozen,
Paralyzed on this cloud
Sweating
Shivering as I float
Exhaling the soul
The farther I go
The Reaper’s hands
Reaching my neck

Verse 2:
Just lay on your bed and feel yourself falling
Down through a spiral that never ends
Feel your heart busting through your chest
But you refuse to accept death

Chorus:
Frozen,
Paralyzed on this cloud
Sweating
Shivering as I float
Exhaling the soul
The farther I go
The Reaper’s hands.....
Reaching for my neck

Part 2:
At night I hear the voice
“Turn around, Turn Around!”
It grows louder
I can’t even move

Frozen in this darkness
It’s pleasure and unnerving
No power nor will to move
Paralyzed by an unknown force

Part 3:
15 Hours of Hell.....
15 Hours of Hell.....
15 Hours of Hell.....
15 Hours of Hell.....
15 Hours of Hell.....
15 Hours of Hell!

Part 4.1:
Don’t (try to) understand what isn’t there
This voice I heard, you’ll never hear
God or Satan, someone spoke
All my strength was drained and gone

A thousand pounds were on my back
My mind was warped and I was gone
A thousand pounds were on my back
Then it spoke..... I heard more.....

Part 4.2:
Something needed to be done
To send this message to the few
My strings were pulled and something sparked
I was under their control

Can you see Eye to Eye
With something that isn’t there?
Am I here or am I gone
I’d never be the same again.

Verse 3:
When the bombs hit I want to be next to them when they explode
Bring all this chaos and destruction to the world
I invite it all, everyday
I want to see it all go down
When it finally hits.....
.....we’ll (all) see each other again.....
soon

End:
I've fallen deep into a world that I can't explain and see things as if I'm on a permanent hallucinogen

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