The Vanity Syndrome

by Burden Of Life

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    Tracklist:

    01. Vanity's Overture
    02. Delusive Egomania
    03. Cardiac Catharsis
    04. Praise The Loss
    05. Dead Inside - The Severance Cantata Pt. I
    06. Our Union's Eulogy - The Severance Cantata Pt. II
    07. Dissolutio Vanitatis
    08. Enslaved By Liberty
    09. Beyond The Breaking Point
    10. Rightful Salvation
    11. Vanity's Crown

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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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Burden Of Life Regensburg, Germany

2004:
band formation
2006:
first liveshows
2007:
release Demo
„Burden Of Life“
2008:
debut album
„Ashes Of Existence“
2010:
EP „In The Wake Of My Demise“
2013:
second studio album
„The Vanity Syndrome“
(Firefield Records)
2015:
production of third studio album
„In Cycles“;
signing with NOIZGATE Records
2016:
Release
„In Cycles“
(VÖ 04/29/2016, NOIZGATE Records)
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Track Name: Delusive Egomania
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
Track Name: Cardiac Catharsis
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
Track Name: Praise The Loss
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
Track Name: Dead Inside - The Severance Cantata Pt. I
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
Track Name: Our Union's Eulogy - The Severance Cantata Pt. II
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
Track Name: Dissolutio Vanitatis
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
Track Name: Enslaved By Liberty
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
Track Name: Beyond The Breaking Point
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
Track Name: Rightful Salvation
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
Track Name: Vanity's Crown
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