Crysis

by Modest Midget

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"Man have I fallen hard for this very cool Dutch progressive rock band’s sound – so much so that we feel compelled to do whatever we can to help promote Modest Midget and the upcoming release of their new album Crysis".
Jeff Stevens, Prog Metal Zone. 2014.

"Modest Midget are a class act, they turn crisis into fortune and all because they took a chance on being absolutely true. An album in which if it doesn’t make you smile, then surely you are far too gone for redemption"!
Ian D. Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10. UK 2014.

"It is musicians like Lonny Ziblat who convince me that I am still doing the right thing writing about music... I happily give Crysis the maximum rating".
Pascal Thiel, Disagreement. WORLD 2014.

"Buy Modest Midget's latest album. It is the rare "Crysis" you too will enjoy repeating time and again in the weeks and months that lie ahead".
Mark Stephens, Prog Positivity. USA 2014.

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Track by Track

1. The Grand Gate Opening
You are here, a fully grown, mature man, and you are ready. Both physically and emotionally.
You are about to take the next big step in life. Love brought you here and the world is opening new doors before you. At this moment the door is a beautiful woman’s heart. You enter with one majestic step and are about share a tremendous experience.

2. A Centurion's Itchy Belly
Remember Asterix and Obelix? Their depiction of the Roman army wasn’t particularly favorable. The local army chiefs were all fat and clumsy. They also lacked any charm you’d expect from a stereotypical ‘officer & a gentleman’. It seems that as they were sitting in the camp, waiting for their service time to drift by, they would just eat and eat. Or maybe they were just pregnant?
One of the biggest posts of the Roman army was positioned in what later became Romania, hence the ‘Progressive’ Romanian mood on this one.

3. Rocky Valleys of Dawn
While his sweetheart is swelling up towards the moment of delivery, a young dad-to-be is mentally preparing himself for the big day, imagining how he will welcome his first born child into the world. He is certainly looking forward to show him around and present him with all the goodness that life has to offer.

4. Praise The Day
A good lullaby sounds every time as if it’s a first. Just like every new day should feel. While tucking him in bed, young dad prepares his son to sleep, inspiring him to look forward to the next day.

5. Now That We're Here
The kid is now a teenager. He slowly discovers more and more of the things that this world has to offer. At this age it’s those things we deem unserious and unimportant, but they are sometimes nothing less than the essence of life. It’s time to rebel, and to “Par-Tee“!

6. Periscope Down
It’s one of those moods, and for some, an lifestyle. You seem to realize that the world is going mad, and so many hassles and headaches are taking place which are not conducive for anybody. You realize it sometimes better to be a recluse for a while and wait until the heat is gone. Other “Spinoza-like” people might even choose to let go of society and its narrow-minded conventions, preferring to dedicate their lives to developing new ideas and philosophies. These might eventually be accepted as valuable. Usually in the far future, long after they’re dead and buried.

7. (Oh) Pretty Woman
How could someone’s life just go by without a few good moments of sheer lust? One of the joys of life is discovering members of the other “hormonal camp” (well, at least in most cases). Once again; it’s time to go to the disco and learn about our anthropological & biological drives.

8. Flight of The Cockroach
But life is not all perfect and beautiful. There are some awkward moments and even a few awkward creatures. And the funny thing is; if you just learn to look at them properly, you might discover new forms of charm. A lot depends on the eye of the beholder, and it’s up to us to keep an open mind.

9. Secret Lies
A dear friend is in trouble. It is obvious to you that he’s making a big mistake, maybe because he’s bound by his own thoughts and beliefs. When you finally decide that it is your duty to take action and intervene, he stubbornly refuses your help.

10. Gone Is
We’ve dealt with love, and with lust. But life always has a few heartbreaks. These are very common trauma’s that most of us end up carrying, probably forever. Moments in which we take a difficult step, and we decide to close one chapter and start another.

11. Crisis (Awake of the Sheep)
People often feel they need a good leader and a sense of direction. When the right leader is lacking, sometimes the wrong leader takes this position, and we all follow him. Occasionally, if we’re lucky, smart and strong, we break the deal.

12. Birth
Our protagonist is now a young man. He’s already experienced a lot and is now ready to team up with Someone special in order to bring new life into this world. A youngster with whom he will be able to share his knowledge and wisdom. Today he stands in front of a gate into a new chapter, similar to the one his dad confronted. This is the moment in which you take life into your own hands. You know that if you do it right, you will be free.

credits

released September 28, 2014

Lonny Ziblat: Piano, keyboards,
electric guitars, synth & midi
programming, sound-collage & vocals
Tristan Hupe: Keyboards
Maarten Bakker: Bass guitar & keyboards
Willem Smid: Drums
Dimitar Bodurov: Accordion
Yael Shachar: Violins & Viola
Jurriaan Berger: Keyboards & Midi programming
Eduardo Olloqui: Oboe
Emiel de Jong: Soprano, alto & tenor saxophones
Sanne Vos: sopranino, soprano, alto,
tenor & bass recorders
Anna Zeijlemaker: Flutes & alto flute

Crysis was conceived and produced by Lonny Ziblat.

Recorded in: Amsterdam (Sonante studios, Opto-Music studios
& Multi-Polar studios), Metslawier (Sing Sing studios), Givatayim
(Poznansky studios) & Utrecht (Bakker studios).
Recording engineers: Milan Ciric & Ymer Marinus Knijnsberg.
Mix: Lonny Ziblat.
Mastering: Darius van Helfteren (Amsterdam Mastering studios).
Photography: Netaly Reshef.
Band portrait photo: Thomas Heere.
Artwork design: Netaly Reshef.

On Youtube:
- Crysis (promo): youtu.be/nOnqWCsm88w
- Gone Is: youtu.be/Q_XxmG-yx74
- Birth: youtu.be/ySgOlusmmAU
- Praise The Day: youtu.be/ZwfUYjj-SUY
- Rocky Valleys of Dawn: youtu.be/yw1DoD-ym2c
- Secret Lies: youtu.be/gtfvrJJzW-Q

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Starting as composer Lionel (Lonny) Ziblat's idea Modest Midget combines his love for Rock with his passion to classical music, theatre, film music and different folklore styles.
With this virtual band in mind he recorded an album which ended up growing into a real life band, a group of fine musicians that manage to bring this slightly weird sounding music to life in the form of a rock show.
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Track Name: Rocky Valleys of Dawn
Rays of light are shining through
The world is smiling bright
And waiting just for you
Raise your eyes and look up high
The air is fresh and cool
It’s no more time to hide

Learn to make a sound,
to walk the ground
And just to hang around
Learn to feel the earth,
to smell the grass
And hug a lady gown

Race yourself right through
Your dreams and goals my friend
Chase them straight to the end
Face your hopes and fears
And learn to love them too
They will be there for you

Learn to make a life, to fight and strive
And build your own sweet hive
Learn to taste the wine, to cook and dine
And make your bed on time
Learn to see your fellow man
To hear and understand
And maybe give a hand

Learn to see the love
Enjoy “the making of”
And cherish all you have
Find the beauty in whatever grim
Confronts you from within
Rocky as it is, still in the end
This is your path my friend
Track Name: Praise The Day
As the day leaves
And darkness falls
Take a breath and
Just let it all go

Close your eyes now
And clear your mind
Leave your worries
To linger behind

Think of nothing beyond your dream
Think of all that tomorrow might bring

Rain is falling to wash the earth
Leaving only fresh sweetness of birth

Clouds are clearing
The sky’s still blue
Flowers blossom
They’re all here for you

People are waiting to meet with you
Some will challenge and others, love you.
Track Name: Now That We're Here
As you all know
This day is done
Now that you’re here
May we just borrow your ears?
And we promise we won’t chew on them at all
We prefer to have a ball!
Track Name: Periscope Down
Dug in a hole, by myself, lying in the deep
Friction and pain, all in vain are all yours to keep
Enjoying the bliss, living in peace as your lives keep aching on
See you when you’re done and I’m on

Running around, panic on as your road gets steep
Keep where you’re at, don’t come near as I try to sleep
I’ve seen it all, sailed through your seas
And it’s time to drift away, far from any fleet and that heat

Once in a while I raise my head
Maybe you’re still not dead

Crawling back into myself and my world within
Proud to be yellow and hide in my submarine
Dug in my bliss away from your cause and your constant war for peace
In my mind the world is at ease

Once in a while I raise my eyes
Wondering when you’ll drown
Once in a while, I get up
Take a look around, see what can’t be found
And I go back down

I’ve seen it all, sailed through your seas and I learned to stay away
Call when you’ve got something to say

Once in a while, open your eyes
Once in a while, see through the lies,
Take a look indeed, ask yourself if that’s what you need
Track Name: Oh Pretty Woman
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Track Name: Secret Lies
I’m on your side
But I can’t see you there
There must be more your life
could bare

I’m almost full
Enough to burst
God knows how long it’s gonna
last

I helped you when you needed
I held you when you pleaded

Roll up your sleeves
Keep standing on your feet
The secret lies between the
sheets

Keep walking straight on further
And keep your pride together now

Your time will come
Your light will shine again
But now rely on this old friend

The truth is naked brother
With me you won’t be bothered
I’ll keep you warm and covered now
Track Name: Crisis (Awake of The Sheep)
The day has come, and there you were
You’d guide us through, and you’d know where
No one else had something new to say

We felt that god stood aloof
Who else, we asked, could show the truth
No one seemed to know just what to do

We came along willing to
Support, believe, be one with you
(but) someone came and took it all away

We prayed since we learned to speak
The heavens fell as you peaked

It seemed no challenge was too grave for you
The skies were kneeling down as you assumed
the lead, you’d know which way to go
And we would rather follow any fool
Than question lack of logic as a rule

We gladly gave you everything we had
We’d love to fight whoever drove you mad
To think that you could lead us to
The promised land of milk and honey bees
Blind sheep will follow any dog with fleas

We roamed your temples almost every day
We swallowed every word your preachers say

We hear you now, you prevailed
We get you now, we have failed
Men and worms are scummer than your earth
The EGO freak is here to stay
A shepherd leads, the sheep o-bey
No one else could ever save the day

Long live the lies that you spread
To guide the minds long gone dead
Somewhere out there lies what we deserve
Track Name: Birth
So, so long ago,
The gate went open
and I came through
Everybody laughed and clapped their hands
Someone grabbed me tight and clapped behind
So, as you see
Now I’m here
Shout, shout my name
Take this step with me, go insane with me
And live!

You, you had to try
To stay alive
March right through the pain
Everybody saw but no one cared
Someone even mocked you when you dared
And, as you see
Now you’re here
Scream! Scream your name
Live in shame but go, go insane with me
And live!

So, the moment came
Your heart went open, and she came through
No one is around but these two souls
A woman and a man in a naked world
So, so you see
Now you’re here
Free! Free yourself
Leave the world behind
Walk the gate again
And live!