Demo 2006 (previously unreleased)

by Shades Of Grey

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We had a chaotic start, back in december 2005. Me (Martin) and Diana left our old band Aversion, and formed Shades of grey together with some friends. Everything went fast, we had our first shows ( a chaotic minitour of 4 days covering the distances Linköping-Flensburg-Amsterdam-Malmö) less than 2 months after our first rehearsal. With Jack abusing the drums and Emma hammering the bass, plus sharing the vocals with Diana, we recorded these songs in the spring 2006. Then Jack left, and after a tour the same summer Emma also decided to quit. Me and Diana moved to Stockholm, where we found Sakke and Maria, and by thereby the band was complete once and for all.

Due to all the member changes and a chaotic situation in general, these songs were never released, and few people outside the band actually heard the recording until now. Personally I find them quite interesting, even if I guess it's noticeable that we didn't really know how we wanted to sound like. the only thing that disturbs me is the guitar sound. I guess I should try to fix that some time.

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released March 3, 2006

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Track Name: In The Absence Of God
IN THE ABSENCE OF GOD

I SPIT ON THEIR CLAIM TO SERVE A GREATER PURPOSE
AND TO ACT IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
THEIR RELIGIOUS INDOCTRINATION IN ORDER TO GAIN HEGEMONY
IS THAT PURPOSES REALLY SOMETHING THAT A GOOD GOD WOULD BLESS?

IN THE ABSENCE OF GOD
IN THE ABSENCE OF MORAL AND CONSCIENCE
IN THE ABSENCE OF GOD
THEY HAMMER THEIR SWORDS FOR HIS SAKE
USING HIS NAME TO TURN TRUTH INTO LIES AND WAR INTO PEACE
FORCING THEIR WILL UPON US LIKE A KILLING DISEASE

THEIR GOD IS A CONSTRUCTION, MADE AND USED BY MAN
TO EXCUSE THE INEXCUSABLE AND TO LEAD OUR EYES ASTRAY
HE SPEAKS THROUGH THE PRESIDENT, HE ACTS THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT
IN THIS AGE OF NEW CRUSADES, WILL YOU BOW DOWN AND OBEY?

IN THE ABSENCE OF GOD
IN THE ABSENCE OF MORAL AND CONSCIENCE
IN THE ABSENCE OF GOD
THEY HAMMER THEIR SWORDS FOR HIS SAKE
USING HIS NAME TO TURN TRUTH INTO LIES AND WAR INTO PEACE
FORCING THEIR WILL UPON US LIKE A KILLING DISEASE

THY KINGDOM COME
THY WILL BE DONE
MAY YOUR GOD BLESS YOUR ACTIONS
CAUSE THIS WORLD DOES NOT
Track Name: Decay
DECAY

YEAR AFTER YEAR OF DECAY, DYING DAY BY DAY
ALL THOSE DAYS MADE A LIFETIME, NOW IT’S SLOWLY FADING AWAY
UNDER THE CRUSHING WHEEL OF TIME THE DAYS GO ON AND ON
UNDER THE CRUSHING WHEEL OF TIME YOUR CHANCE WILL SOON BE GONE

(DECAY) - AND IN THE END, WHO’LL PRAISE YOUR DEEDS?
(LED ASTRAY)- YOU’RE GIVING YOUR LIFE TO FULFIL THEIR NEEDS

I’VE SEEN THE PRICE OF A LOYAL AND DUTIFUL SERVICE
HOW YOUR THIRST CARVED A HOLE IN YOUR CHEST
HOW YOU STOOD AND WATCHED YOUR LIFE SLIPPING THROUGH YOUR FINGERS
HOW YOU LAID YOUR HAUNTED SOUL DOWN TO REST

(DECAY) - AND IN THE END, WHO’LL PRAISE YOUR DEEDS?
(LED ASTRAY)- YOU’RE GIVING YOUR LIFE TO FULFIL THEIR NEEDS

NEVER TO FEAR ANYMORE
NEVER TO DOUBT ANYMORE
NEVER TO FEEL ANYMORE
NEVER TO AIM FOR MORE
Track Name: Estranged
ESTRANGE

I ESTRANGE MYSELF
FROM THIS WORLD AND THIS AGE
I ESTRANGE MYSELF
AND THROUGH THE HATRED AND THE RAGE

- I READ BETWEEN THE LINES OF YOUR EMPTY PHRASES
- I SEE THE DESPERATION IN YOUR LIFELESS SMILING FACES

A SELF INFLICTED EXILE
IN AVERSION TOWARDS THE HOLLOWNESS OF MAN
I WALKED AWAY IN DETESTATION
NEVER TO TURN AROUND AGAIN

- I READ BETWEEN THE LINES OF YOUR EMPTY PHRASES
- I SEE THE DESPERATION IN YOUR LIFELESS SMILING FACES

I CONDEMN MYSELF
- TO THINK ALONE
- TO DOUBT ALONE
- TO LIVE ALONE
- TO DIE ALONE…..
Track Name: Remains
REMAINS

THE WEIGHT OF OUR OWN GUILT ON OUR SHOULDERS
A WEIGHT THAT NONE OF OUR LIES COULD EASE
WE’RE SLOWLY DYING FROM THE SYMPTOMS
BUT WE HOLD ON TO THE DISEASE

TRADING FACTS FOR FICTION
WHEN KNOWLEDGE EQUALS PAIN
IF WHAT GOES ON IN OUR MINDS, GOES ON IN OUR HEARTS
THEN MOST HEARTS ARE BEATING IN VAIN

THE EMPTINESS INSIDE
A FIXED SMILE
TO MUCH TO HIDE
FROM A WORLD GROWN VILE