Vox Humana (Released 2016)

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A culmination of approximately three years of writing, recording and mixing with efforts from all members; Adam Warne on vocals, keyboards and mixing, Joey Frevola on guitars and programming, Sam Higgins on vocals, guitars and additional programming, Peter Episcopo on vocals and bass guitar and Robin Johnson on drums and percussion are proud to present Vox Humana as KYROS’ first professional release as a band since transitioning from a solo studio project whilst signed to GEP Records.

The album also features a full live brass section with parts arranged by Raymond Hearne, better known as the drummer in the progressive metal band, Haken. Mastering of the album was expertly undertaken by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Haken, DragonForce and Opeth) in Sweden.

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released May 11, 2016

Adam Warne - Vocals, Keyboards, Programming and Mixing
Joey Frevola - Guitars, Additional Programming and Sequencing
Sam Higgins - Guitars and Vocals
Peter Episcopo - Bass Guitars and Vocals
Robin Johnson - Drum kit and Percussion

Oscar Wright – Trumpet
Oliver Johnson – French Horn
John Caddick – Trombone
Raymond Hearne – Tuba and all brass arrangements

Artwork by Matt Verges
Mastered by Jens Bogren
Mixed by Adam Warne
Produced by KYROS

Additional Engineering of Guitars and Drums by Rob Aubrey
Brass Recording and Engineering by Dean Nelson

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Not afraid to take songwriting and musical experimentation to a whole new level by pushing the boundaries. Creating fresh, new and exciting music with influences ranging from eighties pop e.g. Depeche Mode and Kate Bush through to modern post-
progressive and alternative rock music such as Muse and Porcupine Tree.
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Track Name: Technology Killed the Kids II
Feeling frustrated and demand
On my own is all I know - there's no one else
This hurtful life line’s cavin' in
Melting in, corrupting minds
Technology will get me through this

I trust the machines in life
I can trust automated light
To guide me through the world
Through deceit, all the lies and intentions

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Technology Killed the Kids!

Give me the time, give me the chance
To live a life on my own - and wired angels
Get outside? - I don’t see the reasons why
Machines are all I need - to live my life!

I trust the machines in life
I can trust automated light
To guide me through the world
Deceit, all the lies and intentions

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Technology Killed the Kids!

Close the blinds, the light's too bright
Rather waste the days, nothing to pay - I like life like this
Go away, this is me today
I'm better off with my friends, although I've never seen their faces

I'm an addicted, bitter, self denial little bitch
And I find I just obey, more than a little bit
Leave me alone for now - I've just unlocked another quest
I'll only be a minute... Or maybe a couple of hours...

Who can tell?


I trust the machines in life
They’d never turn their back on me
Rid them of their voices
A wretched cursed affair

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Technology Killed the Kids!
Track Name: Cloudburst
My empty mind, now so confined
I’ll find my road into new found ways
I don’t know how, I don’t know when
Ambition lights, it’ll guide me through the night.

And now I realise, there is more to life than this
Than these words. They're not enough, no!
I find it’s all they think
I’m better than those vain attempts at pride
So I’ll live my life untied!

Life knows no justice at all…

"Only you can let yourself prevail
Learn to live, by get, let life set sail"
Said the sign on the wall
It’s the least I can do
To get away from it all
"Stand tall!"

When the barrel goes
This state of life
Will end and come to a stop
Until you end the fight

"One word can change it all"
"One thought can frame the goal"
"One candle to a sun”
“…and one drop turns to an ocean"

"Each step you take is far and wide"
"Each journey starts with the first one of all
It’s all it takes to change the course of life
So just stand tall"
...Just stand tall?!


"Only you can let yourself prevail
Learn to live and laugh, let go, set sail"
Said the sign on the wall
It’s the least I can do
Get away from it all,
Stand tall!


I’ve opened my mind
And now I'm unconfined
I can tell the real from dream
Get out of my mind
The monsters hate my ways
Blind ambition lights the days

I want it all, they want me down
Paranoia sets in - gently from it all
And all I need to do
Is pull the shot to end it all

It’s the least I can do
Oh, It’s the least I can do
Get away from it all,
Stand tall!

"Only you can let yourself prevail
Learn to live and laugh, let go, set sail"
It’s that sign on the wall
I’ve gotta take it down
And get away now,
and stand tall!
Track Name: Persistence of Vision
Feel the light, of mind
Feel the change of time

See my better part
See that I’m no longer hurt, in mind

From a blank canvas, I’ll make the perfect being
Feel the things I feel.
Emotions washed, I’ll be like a newfound artist
Just you see what I create

You, you’re buried inside
Of my little mind
I’ll make you from the plans I’ve had

Ever since a little boy, this urging pain to make a toy
A human shell, a new-plan spell
To call my own. One who understands.

Hear that calling, of mind - inside
Nearly taste the final fruits of success, it’s time
Track Name: The Lamb, the Badger & the Bee
Meet the badger - an angry, tortured soul
Pleading for affection - a hand to hold

She strives for love, for people’s gaze
Baiting, pining, in need of praise
Constant whining, won’t leave me alone
Why should I subject myself to this


There’s the bee in constant motion
Obsessive compulsive productivity
Never resting, an image to keep
Can’t switch off; he’s in too deep

Could there be, a more conforming family
Banalit, someone set me free

And now the lamb, he wanders free
Full of innocence, joy, and naivety
Optimistic child mind, not a care in the world
He’s flying blind, there’s no green light,
No highway to heaven but his mind’s so pure
With a heart of gold, his days clear as crystal
Stars in his eyes, he’ll reach for the stars - spirits soar high

Could there be, a more conforming family
A travesty, someone set me free
Can't you see, the plain and pointless tragedy
Of it all, can you not agree?


Badger: How could you leave me now / Leave me here and hide away / Do you find me sickening / why do you hate me, son // I’ve had enough of your ways / If solitude is what you crave / I’ll leave you, all alone / Leave you now, all alone//


Bee: Never enough time in the day / All the things I need to do right now / Never any cause for delay / Never ever any time to spare // Work hard throughout all your life time / Striving day and night to do your share //


Lamb: Oh isn’t life happy / so simple and carefree / a world full of beauty / There is so much to see / humanity is a gift / you people are so great / it’s difficult to hate / did I mention you’re so great // Your life should be happy / so simple and carefree / You live among beauty / There is so much to see //

Could you three / the lamb, the badger, and the bee / Could you leave me be
Track Name: New Paradigm
Looking out across the plains
The scent of dust, the simple ways
Peaceful being, no more cliché

Ever unkempt, drowning minds
They’re moving by their life's demands
Pretty thoughts, and their gallant ways

But those simple better days
Have found its path into my heart
Although I’ve lost those family ways
I'll never forget where those memories start

Although I’m alone right now
The bigger picture now entails
The winds are changing, let go, set sail

These days - I’ve found my way, my true identity
A modern day recluse - from society
And now I’ve found my way out of this shell
Make my bigger plans - send out the sound of bells

Now I realise, there's more to life than that
Those days, they're not enough no - brain washed, it's all I had
Made the epiphany, I feel the calm
But where do I call home

Today I’ve found my way, my true identity
Solitary calls, for better days
And now I’ve found my way out of this hell
Make my bigger plans - a human shell

Send out, the sound of bells
Let them ring, oh let them ring
Send out, send the sound of bells
Let them ring, oh let them ring

I have walked for miles
In no particular direction
The city looming large to my back, as I travel
I don’t have a plan

I just know I need
A place where I can be alone
Like that quaint little cabin
Sitting quietly on the outskirts

No one here, but full of kit and clutter
It’s clear to me this vacancy, has not been filled for years
Oh, it sets my heart a flutter
To know that I have a new home
My vision will prevail, let go set sail

And now I’ve found my way, my true identity
My mission calls, a life long dream
And now I’ve found my way out of this hell
Making bigger plans, a human shell
Track Name: Mind Electric
(Maker)
Open the door, unlock your mind
Let them go and free the thoughts
No need to feel confined
Unlock your mind, unlock your mind

(Creation)
Who am I, tell me more
What produced my thoughts today
Can you tell me what I am

(Maker)
Settle down my one
I know you feel confused

It will all make sense to you
Let me unlock your mind

(Creation)
Who are you, tell me more
Did you produce my thoughts today
Please will you tell me what you are
Why are you here with me today

(Maker)
Meet your maker
I cr-ated you
I’ll give you a life
That burns inside

Incomplete lacking experience
Fresh open mind,
A clear blank slate

I’ll pour the soul into your heart
Feed your fervour, fuel your light
Give a true human voice
Colour in your silhouette

(Creation)
These things you say are strange to me
Confusing, what does this all mean
So help me please, just help me now
I’ll follow your words, but how

(Maker)
It's okay, I'll fix your ways
Believe me now, it'll be alright
You're on your way to better days
You’ll be free, out of this haze

So sure I am that this is fact
Yes, no desired you shall lack
A hidden man in metal skin
With my desires deep within

Oh it's okay, it'll fix your ways
Just trust me now, it'll be just fine
You're on your way to better days
Cast you now into this maze

(Maker)
Sit down right here, I’ll run you through
The thoughts that will plague your mind

(Creation)
Okay maker, guide me through
Make me a part of human kind

Go ahead and set the course
You can work without remorse

Oh it's okay, I'll fix your ways
Just trust me now, it'll be just fine
You're on your way to better days
A Human Voice, you’ll be amazed
Track Name: Speak to Me
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Persistence of Perfection
[Creation] It’s in my mind, many feelings undefined
No matter what I do, a new horizon dawns
Feels like a call of nature, a human touch, a wind of change
Oh I must now carry on, for I want more than I know

Give me more this mind collision, give me more this endless vision
Give me more persistence thoughts, take away, the empty sprawl

And now I feel like fire
Burn through the seams of my desire
Feel inspired, feed my visions of perfection now

[Maker] Come on now, I still need to adjust your mind
Now open the door and free the thoughts, it’s all a part of my design

[Creation] No wait! Don’t change, the pleasures I feel
Unless I have more of feeling so real
Can’t have enough, even anger feels good!
Than blankness and sprawl, no way I can fall

I’m blinded inside with all ranging tears
Unholy thoughts smother my paining mind
I hate you, I love you - it all feels so good
No one no nothing, can stop me now!

I always feels like fire
Burning through the seams of my desires
Feel inspired, feed my endless persistence of vision
Track Name: Monster
Your absurd “better mind”
Assuring words to bide my time
Yeah - figures, you’d falsify your prose
My cognisance improves ten-fold

But still those simple feelings that
You cannot get out of your mind…
Can’t grasp the concept of this fuel
to fall to them - my minds at duel

Now more than ever
These bitter words
This new found hate

Temptation all on your brain
Feels like I’m falling again
My mission’s found another call
Can't feel the love for you and all

But you'll do it again
You'll mess up my brain
I’ll figure the hate in myself

Come on I'll teach you the ways
and define these new-found wants and needs
For better choice of words, these "feelings"
Nothing more than passing phase

Why would you turn to poison
When you’ve done so well
to reached the top
Just fight the feelings one by one
Reject the thoughts, now come undone

Temptation now on your brain
Feels like I’m falling again
My mission’s found another call
Can't feel the love for that and all

But you'll do it again
You'll mess up my brain
I feel the hate in myself

Fight the feelings, feel the pain
of your bitter name, it’s all I have

No no!I made you, I can fix you

Fight the feelings one by one (I want them gone)
Human traits, come on deject (disappear, I want them gone)
New found ideas, new ways to think
It never meant to be this way
You are a monster, now

A monster now!

But, they’d do it again
They'd mess up my brain
When I had found hope in your voice

Just fight the temptation
Of carnal invasion
Your days are not numbered
Just hear me!

My friend
So fear them!
Fear them!
Fear them!
Track Name: Hounds
Do you hear the hunt in the distance?
Mongrels baying for blood.

That overarching tradition
 - blood sport.
The thrill of the chase.

The howling beasts foam at the mouth

To sate their hunger, they chase you down.
You better run, you better hide
Find an escape from the hounds.

Temperatures rise
, sweat on their brow
Heartbeat thunders, stalking the prey
A few more paces, time to pounce
Teeth bared, from adrenaline blind
Fulfilling this carnal desire

The howling beasts foam at the mouth

To sate their hunger, they chase you down
You better run, you better hide

Never succumb to the hounds.
The Hounds.
Track Name: The Darkness Grove
Here, the void grows
Tension inside, tears divides

Sense of guilt, tinged with happiness
Conflict in my mind
A lust for life, desire for purity
Dissonance inside

Still the void grows
False truths, I can’t know

Creeping rage, devouring
The abyss, as water flows
Floodgates broken, water flows
Track Name: Boiling Point
Body tensing, pulse is rising high
Fists clenched, blood boiling in my veins
Burning flame is kindled in my eyes
The edge of common sight, can’t pull back the reigns

Loosing myself to the fires of the deepest rage from a place I never knew
It’s a deadly poison I can feel, as my heart is ripped apart by this toxic malicious curse

I’ve been caught in anger’s snare
Trapped inside this cage that I built for myself
Clarity of thought impaired
Mental functions failing me, mind malfunctioning
Of myself I’m not aware
Tunnel visions, blind to the world around me

Loosing myself to the fires of the deepest rage from a place I never knew
It’s a delay poison I can feel
Track Name: Ego
Out and now the people’re here - surrounded, city concrete sprawl
See my eminence, now come undone. My maker’s son, a perfect one
Listen here, his vision is clear - I am the perfect version of you
Listen now, his mission’s here - an artisan body, a break through

All the world behold my beauty, My perfection’s glow
Can Humanity contain the greatness my maker's bestowed
It’s hard to gaze upon the flaws - You’re not perfect like I am
All slaves to your sins, in vice cold claws

So sure I am that this is fact
My mental functions still in tact
Can I be free from bitter sins?
These vain desires deep within

All the world behold my sadness, my despair and woe
Now I see the truth so clearly, It’s my time to go
Oh please don’t gaze upon my flaws
I’ll return to where I’ve come from
My Maker, my purpose…. A lost cause.
Track Name: Dilate
(Creation)
Feel the numbness
Feel the high
Of human emotion’s Indescribed
Settle maker, I am me
No ending to this, let’s agree

And now, I feel alive
Although I want to die

(Maker)
Oh it’s okay, I’ll fix your ways
Just trust me now - it’ll be alright
An end to madness and decay
For better days - it’s my own right

This is not how I thought it would be
This is not what I had in mind
This is not what I wanted you to be
I made you and you made me

(Creation)
I find it hard to understand
Why you made the thing I am
For your better or for worse
Human minds for human souls

Can’t you see what you have done wrong
No machine can take the guilt
Of burning thoughts, lack of control
Human minds for human souls

I feel busy, blue and numb
Too much thought for CPU
It pains the brain, it takes the toll
Human minds for human souls

Human minds for human souls
Human minds for human souls

Feeling frustrate and demand
Hurtful limelight
No idea as to your wants
Trivial nothings to me


(Creation)
I’m hurt in mind, feel compromised
(Maker)
It’s the way its gotta be
(Creation)
Indefinite endings dawn on me
(Maker)
You’re silly talk, your pointless pleas

Endings closing, crawling in
Stop this pointless tension talk
I am nothing, never was
No, you’re everything that I had

(Creation)
Can’t you see what you have done wrong
Forbidden experiment’s gone to waste
This burning pain, lack of control
Human minds for human souls

And I find myself ending
And I hate myself for it
And I see the end coming’
Free the thoughts
Free the light

Finally free the heat from me
End of the fires that burn inside
Free the mind’s exhausted spirit
Freedom calls
Freedom calls

You are clutching the final straw
You are clutching the final straw
I’ve laid out my mind

Rid me of this human voice
This wretched cursed affair