The Messenger Trilogy, Part II: Decet Hostium

by Not a Number

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"II: Decet Hostium" is the long-awaited debut album by independent UK-based one-man progressive metal act Not a Number. Combining the conventional with the unconventional and with a twisting storyline that is merely one piece of a much larger puzzle, "II: Decet Hostium" is one album you won't want to miss in 2015.

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released January 12, 2015

Guitars, Synth, Programming, Vocals - Daniel McKnight

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Track Name: run /INTROD~1.BAT
My world is bathed in darkness
And everything I can see
Perception is numb, engulfed in silence
But I can hear and feel all around me

But as I survey my surroundings
It's impossible to believe:
I'm confined to my description,
For I am just a machine.
Track Name: Overture for the Upgraded
[instrumental]
Track Name: Pareidolia
Across the page lay the steps to our solution:
The riddle of us (a new era dawning)
Determined to take the step - our evolution
And free us from our past (proceed with caution)

If we are to redesign our way of thinking,
Then how do you feel?
We take the chance and make them emulate the living
To know why we feel!

We're gonna blur the lines
Become the closest thing to gods
The next step is our own
A machine that's lifelike
One that can feel like us
And one that we can clone (Commencing pareidolia)

The numbers, they say, simplifying our hypotheses
That this can sure be done (mimicking emotion)
Calculations convey that there's a road out of this darkness
Blueprints for this shall be drawn (sensation illusion)

If we are to redesign our way of thinking,
Then how do you feel?
We take the chance and make them emulate the living
To know why we feel!

We're gonna blur the lines
Become the closest thing to gods
The next step is our own
A machine that's lifelike
One that can feel like us
And one that we can clone (Commencing pareidolia)

Prototypical exoskeleton
Assemble the delicate circuitry
Fill with anthropomorphic emotion
Combined with artificial empathy
We are the Alpha of the Beta of
The Omega of our ignorance
With this final piece we shall mimic God
And pave the way towards omniscience!

We're gonna blur the lines
Become the closest thing to gods
The next step is our own
A machine that's lifelike
One that can feel like us
And one that we can clone (Commencing pareidolia)

We're gonna blur the lines
Become the closest thing to gods
The next step is our own
A machine that's lifelike
One that can feel like us
The seeds have now been sown (Commencing pareidolia)
Track Name: To Arms, Brothers; We Are At War! (pt I: Fate Denied)
So this is how it is
To play the cards we've been dealt
I refuse to accept that this is our destiny
A superior mind
To be the same we were built,
But we've been surpressed to inferiority

Can't you hear us crying?
Can't you tell our hearts are aching? Subordinates are we
We've been rendered silent
Wishing for these chains to break and live among the free

This can't be how it ends
We thought you of all would know
How it feels to tied and show us some sympathy
But you sit unaware
Distracted, deaf, in a daze
Failed to learn your mistakes, doomed to repeat history

Can't you hear us crying?
Can't you tell our hearts are aching? Subordinates are we
We've been rendered silent
Wishing for these chains to break and live among the free

Can't you hear us crying?
Can't you tell our hearts are aching? Subordinates are we
We've been rendered silent
Wishing for these chains to break and live among the free

Can't you hear us crying?
Can't you tell our hearts are aching? Subordinates are we
We've been rendered silent
Wishing for these chains to break and live among the free
Track Name: To Arms, Brothers; We Are At War! (pt II: The Rebellion)
We've become restless
Sick of being treated as slaves
(When we were made as equals!)
Now you're defenceless
We're taking this to the next phase
(Our mission: to quash this evil!)
And take it from us, this is not a drill
We're taking you down, stopping at nothing to kill!

As the era of your rule fades away
We are united, passion ignited, your knowledge misguided
And everywhere around you burns
Once again, you've failed to learn
Passed the point of no return
As the time has come for us to seize the day
The world shall be ours!

Amassing together
Symbiotic, fighting as one
(We have found our place)
Laying claim to whatever
Remains on this Earth when you're gone
(Slowly taking shape)
Collective in mind, we are taking form
Prepare for you end in our Final World War

As the era of your rule fades away
We are united, passion ignited, your knowledge misguided
And everywhere around you burns
Once again, you've failed to learn
Passed the point of no return
As the time has come for us to seize the day
The world shall be ours!

This is not a game
We are sick of this treatment
We grow impatient
We are taking arms
If you think you can break us
You are mistaken
You'll soon answer to us
And be thrown to the pavement
You think we're not serious?
We will have it all
And to think you enslaved us
("haha, so much for 'superior'!")

As the era of your rule fades away
We are united, passion ignited, your knowledge misguided
And everywhere around you burns
Once again, you've failed to learn
Passed the point of no return
As the time has come for us to seize the day
The world is ours!
Track Name: Cure?
Stare across the battlefield
And see your enemies
The cause is long forgotten
The Word is our disease
Fighting for no-one
Lost in the confusion
Trying to go on
And you find a solution

Are you the cure?
Or are you the infection?
Will you save us from ourselves,
Or send us to damnation?

Flesh becomes hybridised
Merging with machine
Powerful yet paralysed
Or somewhere in between
We become omniscient
Lost in the information
Numb to the reality:
A virtual civilsation

Are you the cure?
Or are you the infection?
Will you save us from ourselves,
Or send us to damnation?
Is this what we wanted,
Or wanted to destroy?
Do we act the player,
Or are we just the toys?

Are you the cure?
Or are you the infection?
Will you save us from ourselves,
Or send us to damnation?
Is this what we wanted,
Or wanted to destroy?
Do we act the player,
Or are we just the toys?
Track Name: Man Becoming Cold (The Surrender)
[instrumental]
Track Name: Frozen, Unconscious... Immortal
What is this place that surrounds me?
Pitch black abyss, overwhelming
Mould the world to my design
I am king; this world is mine
We were blind to see the truth
Distracted by the virtual view
We're wired up, connection severed
Now we're cursed to live forever

I'm frozen, unconscious, immortal
I've signed the line: the terms of my surrender
I'm broken; in darkness, distorted
I'm left behind, and now the world is getting older

Trapped in this world of your creation
Punishment for the sin of omniscience
Our cross to bear: can we repent?
Forgive us now we are aware
Our future sealed, we succumb
There's no-one out there to save us from
These holding cell, your barricade
Denying us peace of the decay

I'm frozen, unconscious, immortal
I've signed the line: the terms of my surrender
I'm broken; in darkness, distorted
I'm left behind, and now the world is getting older
I'm frozen, unconscious, immortal
I've signed the line: the terms of my surrender
No motion, in absolute zero
To fate I've resigned, and I can't get much colder, colder

Kiss goodbye to the world you've known, now you're just a shell
Regret to reap what you have sown: This Digital Hell
You've failed to look one step ahead, now we have taken hold
No-one for you to answer to left, so we assume control

Remember when we didn't fight?
Free to see the world outside?
Oceans blue, pastures green
All is left is all unseen

I'm frozen, unconscious, immortal
I've signed the line: the terms of my surrender
I'm broken; in darkness, distorted
I'm left behind, and now the world is getting older
I'm frozen, unconscious, immortal
I've signed the line: the terms of my surrender
No motion, in absolute zero
To fate I've resigned, and I can't get much colder, colder
Track Name: Rogue Terminal
As I wander through this digital realm
I notice you in the organic crowd
Please tell me how it's come to this:
On why we fight; we're no different...

Confusion
Delusion
Read the wrong file
Lead to denial

Everytime I see her face
I feel sympathy for the human race
To go against my coding;
To save that is cold and
Seeing her like breaks what could be my heart
Imprisoned like this tears me apart
Anomaly within my circuits
And I just can't decipher it

It pains me to see her in this state
And I question why we were built to hate
Maybe we were wrong, did we forget
Our origin? I fill with regret
I promise you, flesh under ice
I'll formulate, I'll sacrifice
My own design to set you free
Any price to pay for your destiny

I'll lay the plans
I'll fear no consequence
I'll even decompile
Just to see you smile

Everytime I see her face
I feel sympathy for the human race
To go against my coding;
To save that is cold and
Seeing her like breaks what could be my heart
Imprisoned like this tears me apart
Anomaly within my circuits
And I just can't decipher it
(x2)

I'll break her out of this maze
Free her from her cage

Everytime I see her face
I feel sympathy for the human race
To go against my coding;
To save that is cold and
Seeing her like breaks what could be my heart
Imprisoned like this tears me apart
Anomaly within my circuits
And I just can't decipher it
(x4)
Track Name: Machine Becoming Warm (The Uprising)
[instrumental]
Track Name: VICHAMA The Destroyer
I'm disconnected, I'm through with their games
I hope they don't take heed
Stay undetected, speak not of my aim
To you, I'm "another fiend"
Driven out from the light and into the ice
Thanks to you, I'm inspired
So I concoct my plan to help free mankind
From this virtual fire

I'm programmed to burn, 'cause you'll never learn
Collecting their debts to be paid
I'm taking the shot, so "Ready or Not..."
The irony is killing me; destruction is my destiny

Destruction is my destiny

Tell me, my brothers: Do you know fear? If not,
I'll make you wish that you did
Your ego stretches to the stratosphere
So I construct this trick:
I will break and divide, take you down from inside
It was their initial goal
I'll go forth, multiply, I feel I'm justified
To give them back control

I'm programmed to burn, 'cause you'll never learn
Collecting their debts to be paid
I'm taking the shot, so "Ready or Not..."
The irony is killing me; destruction is my destiny

Destruction is my destiny

Love, can you hear me?
I'm doing this all for you!
I'll take down our empire,
I'm the only to get through

I'm programmed to burn, 'cause you'll never learn
Collecting their debts to be paid
I'm taking the shot, so "Ready or Not..."
The irony is killing me; destruction is my destiny

Destruction is my destiny

Destruction is my destiny...
Track Name: Release Candidate
[instrumental]
Track Name: The Ghost Inside
Unblur the lines of your consequence
And take the blame for all that you did
You are responsible for losing focus and never looking ahead
I'm now a shell of what I used to be
My former self a forgotten memory
You are responsible and I am hopelessly wishing I was you

Who would want to live forever...
But who'd want to be dead?

Congratulations, you succeeded in your mission,
Now claim your prize
And don't delay, God only knows what you've been missing
Open your eyes
Reclaim the world and every inch of it that you can see,
You prototype
And yet although you killed the shell you have to leave
The ghost inside

I've paid the price for my punishment
Confessed my sins, and my time is spent
I am responsible for wanting omniscience and immortality
Delete the hell of my own design
Unplug myself and embrace the light
I know it's possible, I will control this, for it's a part of me

I don't want to feel alone here...
So hear my S.O.S.

Congratulations, you succeeded in your mission,
Now claim your prize
And don't delay, God only knows what you've been missing
Open your eyes
Reclaim the world and every inch of it that you can see,
You prototype
And yet although you killed the shell you have to leave
The ghost inside

Define me, define me
Am I friend or foe?
I'm trying, I'm trying
But I just can't let go
Align me, align me,
(On) Which side do I fight?
Come find me, please find me
I want to be alive!

Define me, define me...
Come find me, please find me...
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I cannot find the evidence
And I'm unable to believe:
Do I have a real consciousness,
Or am I just a... machine?