The Vanity Syndrome

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Verse I: Welcome to my neverending nightmare, This is chapter four of the heartache saga, It was not supposed to go this way, But somehow we've been led astray We've been led astray Prechorus I: Cannot someone tear this pumping gob of flesh from me? Is there a higher power with the ability to set me free? Verse II: She is so close to killing everything I am, I cannot bear to let myself be devastated by her, I must stop my descent into this bottomless pit A life devoid of love is a life without pain No love means no pain Prechorus II: This was supposed to work so well, Now all my days are living hell, It's all her fault I cannot be blamed Chorus: Oh precious do you know? The last time we smiled was a long long time ago This ship has sailed Setting course for an unchained self let go Verse III: Go deadbeat! Break out! Break away I tried it all and fell flat on my face Where is the sweet relief that I'm craving for? It's the beauty of indifference I adore Leads: Schafberger/Kötterl Bridge: I'm so sick of being caught somewhere in between So could someone turn me into an unloving machine Chorus: Oh precious do you know? The last time we smiled was a long long time ago This ship has sailed Setting course for an unchained self
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Verse I: What is this force that I called upon? A glowing crimson entity, Of mephistophelian quality Is this my gateway to finally live at ease And let my pathetic feelings forever rest in peace Chorus: Quiet young lovelorn, I might have the cure The answer you're craving for sure Gently I'll put your sore heart in standby And claim your soul when you die Verse II: Is this my only solution A covenant with forces of evil Am I not obliged to endure the pain? But I revisited this path again and again And it entails nothing but grief in the end So no longer do I deserve the suffer Well dear friend, what can you offer? Chorus: Quiet young lovelorn, I might have the cure The answer you're craving for sure Gently I'll put your sore heart in standby And claim your soul when you die Bridge: I'm infested by affection By affection for a non-deserver I will learn the art of apathy And employ it on her Chorus: Tell me young lovelorn, how do you decide? So obvious no use to hide Gently I'll put your sore heart in standby And claim your soul when you die
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Verse I: My body now feels different Has this single wish come true? Is the emptiness a dead end? Or just a new found point of view? I was a slave to the bloody apparatus That humans call a proof of life But I don't need this fucking offal No more failure to thrive Prechorus: I thought I'd die for love Now love is dead to me (For too long I've been) Chorus: Nailed to the cross Of my now defunct existence I praise the loss Of the ability to cherish or to care Verse II: From now on I am empty And I've never felt this fulfilled Every weak spot that I ever had Now finally has been killed From now on I am empty And this is what makes me complete The hollowness inside my heart Is everything I need Bridge: At this point there's nothing that I can't achieve For the burden of life which is love is no more One thing I know Life's a whore Pay the price and receive what you crave Pay! Pay the price! Receive! Whatever you crave! Leads: Schafberger/Kötterl/Haimerl Chorus: For too long I have been nailed to the cross Of my now defunct existence I praise the loss Of the ability to cherish or to care Spoken Word I: Whoever says you need closeness or affection to survive should think again I rid myself from this desire and therefore I am invincible Choir I: Void life impending, it's the high road to tuin Spoken Word II: Love always leads to pain There are no exceptions I will forever be the master of my own destiny And there is nothing and noone with the power to stand in my way Not even you my dear.... Choir II: Vain time unending, it is your road to ruin Dead life impending, this is your road to ruin
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Verse I: Here she comes again With a wish of reconciliation This time I am deaf to her speech I am tired of this conversation There were times when we bled the same But I do not bleed at all anymore I'm no longer part of this game Love is a sick perversion, It's war Prechorus: This is war! Consider us a failed experiment, Like a house of cards it collapsed in the end, It makes me sick to think of you, I'm glad to say our union is through Chorus: I burnt our memories You don't mean anything to me Verse II: Mark my words and read my lips Witness my cardiac eclipse Quiescence inside my chest You should give your own a rest Change for the better? Change for the worse? It's a matter of opinion I finally lifted my curse I don't give a fuck if you cherish or if you care Interlude: Leave me the fuck alone! Leave me the fuck alone! Lead: Schafberger Prechorus: It makes me sick to think of you, I'm glad to say our union is through Chorus: I burnt our memories You don't mean anything to me
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Verse I: It feels just like yesterday When an artist came and repainted My lifeless walls of grey With all these graceful colors On a ride I wish that did not end It seemed cloud nine was in our hand A time when nothing stood in our way It still feels just like yesterday Bridge: Tell me, why you chose to Leave me, why you had to Hit me, right here where it Hurts me, love why did you go? Chorus: On and on the time will fly But our tide will not be turning As the years keep passing by It can't keep my flame from burning Verse II: The sky has cleared, Only to reveal the final dead of night I'm falling deeper and deeper, Until I hit the ground, I lose this fight Where's the blue in your once-shining eyes? The stare is void, you are dead inside I'm losing you just as I hit the ground and lose this fight Lead: Schafberger Bridge: Tell me, why you chose to Leave me, why you had to Hit me, right here where it Hurts me, love why did you go? Chorus: On and on the time will fly But our tide will not be turning As the years keep passing by It can't keep my flame from burning
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Iuvenem superbiorem et suum somnium peremit nunc decennium Iuvenisque meminit praeteriti Et puellae quam amisit venustae Iuvenisque perditus vitam novit sine amore irritam Iuvenmque devorat vesania Salutem quaerit ex diabolo
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Verse I: I remember a time, When all I ever wished for was this life devoid of love equals devoid of pain Or so I thought I hear madness' chime The bells in my head play this song of mistakes and regret Devoid of love equals a life in vain Is what I'm taught Verse II: Now I no longer breath, I just don't forbid the air to pass my lungs, I no longer live, I merely allow my body not to collapse I travelled a deadly distance, To finally see the writings on the wall, I need your assistance, Speak to me demon! Answer this desperate call Prechorus: I thought I'm dead to love, But love got the best of me Chorus: Enslaved by liberty I have failed to thrive year after year I've amassed this pack of lies I told myself to stay, stay alive Interlude: Devil on your shoulder? That's not who I am I offer the following deal as a friend If all of the love you want to return Her life you must take, for in hell she will burn Recall all the anger, the pain that she caused Yes she is the reason why everything's lost So demon indeed is not my name I pled An angel, a saviour you'd call me instead! Lead: Kötterl Verse III: Yes all of the love I want to return Her life I shall take and in hell she will burn Guide me to where she resides So I can end this once and for all It's your life's Evenfall Tomorrow's dawn Will greet a world without you Chorus: Enslaved by liberty I have failed to thrive year after year I've amassed this pack of lies I told myself to stay, stay alive Outro: Be prepared to die for what you've done
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Verse I: Speeding through the night Hanging on the edge of madness My hands grip so tight A loaded peacemaker Reason out of sight I will kill tonight Verse II: Sheer insanity, How could I've not seen beyond all of this? It eats away at me I will fulfill my portion of this contract So I will kill tonight With reason out of sight Chorus: It was not meant to go this way Welcome to judgement day This gruesome deed is the key To set my dead heart free Verse III: Target in my sight One bullet away from freedom Fullmoon shining bright Lighting the stage for our final dance Come into my arms I am taking arms Duett: W: How could you do this to me? Want me to die? M: How could I want you to die? W: All this time I did wait for you M: How was I injected with this hate for you? Bridge: I will take her down with me My servant for eternity she'll be I made a deal to bring you here In exchange for her soul after she died Farewell, dear puppet Leave for fresh fields when your tears have dried Lead: Schafberger Chorus: It was not meant to go this way Welcome to judgement day This gruesome deed is the key To pry your jailed soul free
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Intro: I'm spiralling towards a blackened void Descending down, to where dreams go to die I hear the ear-splitting sound of the knell Godspeed to myself and welcome to hell I stare upon the gates to netherworld They invite me into sorrow's realm Again the disturbing sound of the knell Godspeed to myself and welcome to hell Verse I: Countdown to armageddon Wayfaring through this land of anguish To think it was I who caused her this mischief Is giving birth to self-hate in my ressurected heart Racing to her rightful salvation The abyss will be mine and not her destination Verse II: From every angle closing in Dead memories wallowing in thoughtlessness and sin Hades seems so familiar Like this place was made for and from me Racing to her rightful salvation The abyss will be mine and not her determination I hear voices sing Verse III: Skeletons dance to the sound of my swansong They remind me of times I buried deep within At this point it gets harder to stay strong Passing flaw after flaw and sin after sin Racing to her rightful salvation The abyss will be mine and not her destination Clearer than ever, the voices sing Choir: All this pain she did withstand and the years she longed for you In turn you took her life And imprisoned her in hell Bridge I: As I foresaw, we meet again What is it now, my simple friend? Do you have more than your darling to lose? Make me an offer I can't refuse Lead: Bodarwé Interlude: I beg you demon, let her go don't deny it, we both know I'm supposed to be your slave so let her go, that's all I crave Take me instead I no longer care if I'm dead I'll do anything you command Her freedom's my only demand So it shall be done … Leads: Haimerl/Kötterl Interlude II: You freed me from this monster's violence Gave me a second lease on my life But I will not forget and I will not forgive We would not have winded up here if for once You thought of someone else than yourself Verse IV: She ascends back to where she belongs I reach out, my final desperation But there's no use in denying the truth anymore Carrying out her rightful salvation The abyss is mine, not her destination Verse V: I will be suffering more than ever before I will ache from every fibre right to the core Though tacitly I accept the burden placed on me Cause now everything's the way it's supposed to be Granting her rightful salvation The abyss is mine not her destination Outro: End of the line Come and resign Now you're a slave Clock strikes it's done Your life Your love Doomed to Die
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Verse I: I have reached the end, The abyss has completely devoured me So back where she belongs my angel can be Netherworld's gates remain closed I start to understand What I have reached these lifeless plains for Chorus: Toe the line the pain won't last forever Come resign, embrace this last endeavor Executing my just punishment My downfall was no accident Verse II: I indeed deserve no better I come to grips with my destiny This demon seized hold of me Until I start to reflect he will not let me be Oh precious, I wish you forgive me one day For what I did and how I let you down I hope for us to meet again along the way I no longer will be wearing vanity's crown Bridge: Now your soul belongs to me My servant for eternity you'll be You made a deal to stay with me in exchange for her soul so she can go Welcome dear puppet to a world where no fresh fields grow Lead: Kötterl Outro: My heart was wrecked from all that's been I wished to live without its aid Along he came the lord of sin And with my afterlife I paid I revelled in my loneliness And savored every trice I had Again her love she did confess But inside I was cold and dead The pain she felt was so unreal She turned away just not to fall I lost my mind, I could not feel Somehow I blamed her after all I took her life and got back mine But damned her precious soul below I followed down to do her time She left, I stay rightfully so Chor Outro: Tears fall in sorrow As the scales from his eyes Deadbeat unblinded it is true This story's demon is you

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Recorded and Engineered at Empire Studios, Bensheim
from March 30th to April 15th 2012 and from June 1st to June 8th 2012 by Rolf Munkes
Mixed and Mastered at Empire Studios, Bensheim in summer 2012 by Rolf Munkes

Produced by Christian Kötterl & Burden Of Life
Co-Produced by Rolf Munkes

Layout by Karl-Arnold Bodarwé & Christian Kötterl
Artwork by Jennifer Wüstling
Photos by Cris Vain

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released April 12, 2013

Line-Up

Christian Kötterl - Vocals, Guitars
Michael Schafberger - Guitars
Karl Arnold Bodarwé - Bass
Matthias Babl - Drums
Tobias Haimerl - Keyboards



All Music by Kötterl except
Track 4, Music by Kötterl/Schafberger

All Lyrics by Kötterl

All Songs arranged by Burden Of Life

Guest Musicians
Marzipan Quartett - String quartet on 11
Heartchor Regensburg - Choir on 4, 7, 8, 10 and 11
Jennifer Kothe - Female Vocals and Voice on 1, 6, 9 and 10
Jonas Behringer - Trumpet on 9

Heartchor Regensburg conducted by Markus Dankesreiter

Groovy Gangshouts on 2, 4, 5 and 9 by The Boys featuring Batzal unfeaturing Haimi

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2016:
Release
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via Noizgate Records

2013:
second studio album
„The Vanity Syndrome“

2010:
EP „In The Wake Of My Demise“

2008:
debut album
„Ashes Of Existence“

2007:
release Demo
„Burden Of Life“

2004:
band formation
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