New Zero God - Short Tales & Tall Shadows

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Short Tales & Tall Shadows

Limited Edition Vinyl - Red or Black

[Το Δισκάδικο, (To Diskadiko) Greece] 

Released 20 April 2016 


CD Release

[New Zero God]

Released 15 March 2016


01.  A1 King Pest The First

02.  A2 Pen Like A Knife

03.  A3 My Reaper

04.  A4 Down the Rabbit Hole

05.  B1 Garden of Mazes

06.  B2 Deadly Dollhouse

07.  B3 Shut Up

08.  B4 Tarot Card Reader

09.  B5 Lullaby

 

MIKE POUGOUNAS - Vocals, Keyboards, Tambourine 

HARRIS STAVRAKAS - Electric & Acoustic Bass 

AKIS NIKOLAIDIS - Electric & Acoustic Guitar 

BABIS 'BB ROMEO' EFTHIMIOU - Drums & Programming (Release Lineup) 

JOHN PSIMOPOULOS - Drums (LIVE Lineup) 

MANOS KEHAGIAS - Drums (tracks: 3, 7)


LYRICS BY

Mike Pougounas (tracks: 1 to 6, 8 to 10)

Anna Psarreas (track: 7), 


MUSIC BY

Babis Efthimiou (tracks: 4, 9), Harris Stavrakas, Mike Pougounas, Akis Nikolaidis (tracks: 1 to 9)


ENGINEERED BY

Babis Efthimiou, George Dovolos


RECORDED AT

QZN Recording Studios [Athens, Greece] except for:

"Deadly Dollhouse" (Guitar and Bass), "Garden Of Mazes" (Drums), and "My Reaper" (Drums) recorded at Esoteron Studio [Athens, Greece]


MASTERED BY

John Psimopoulos


PRODUCED BY

Babis Efthimiou, Mike Pougounas


PHOTOGRAPHY BY

Costas Papapanos, New Zero God


ARTWORK BY

Gogo Hioti


LOGO BY

Sidheog Steves


© 2016 NEW ZERO GOD - "Short Tales & Tall Shadows" - All Rights Reserved

LYRICS

KING PEST THE FIRST

This is the rotten side of the city
That only crooks prefer to share
The air is thick and tastes like poison
The hideout is for those who dare


There are six friends 'round the table
In the undertaker’s lair
One of them floating in a coffin
He shook and took a breath of air...

TREASON shouted everyone
As they slapped away my grin
TREASON was the word that echoed
In this parish of death and sin

''Be our guest''
Said King Pest
The First


The skeleton chandelier hung
Above the Queen's funeral shroud
While the man wrapped as a mummy
Could hardly move or make a sound

Ana-Pest, the Arch Duchess,
Poured some liquor in a skull
But there was one more man among them
Whose funeral clothes were rather dull...

TREASON shouted everyone
As they slapped away my grin
TREASON was the word that echoed
In this parish of death and sin


''Be our guest''
Said King Pest
The First 


''Know then that in these dominions I am monarch, and here rule with undivided empire under the title of 'King Pest Τhe First'.''
Forever 


DEADLY DOLLHOUSE
Tonight...
Like every other night
While all humans are sleeping
Us, the toys that is, come out of the woodwork

And we are gathered to dance.
Just like every night
I am happy to dance with my darling, Lucy
My favorite doll.

She's been here for a long time.
Long before me, long before the Master bought me.
But I fell in love with her from the first time I saw her.

So every night,
I walk down the stairs right after 12 o'clock when all humans are sleeping,
When the Master is snoring
To meet her

(sigh)

But tonight...

Tonight Lucy is not here.
All the other couples are dancing in front of the fireplace.
I asked around but she is not here.

It's snowing outside.
And I don't wanna think that she is out.
I sit by the fireplace.
Watching the flames dance...

And there...

There...

I saw her.
I saw her shoes in the fireplace.
And her eyes looking at me.

Never to be...
Never to be... 


GARDEN OF MAZES
There's a house over the hills,
Where a little lady lives,
There's a maze around the house
And she tries to find the way out.

The world is distant from her room
She stares for hours to find a route
As she runs near,
To what seemed clear,
She finds the exit's disappeared 


Garden of Mazes
Where we once came to play
But we lost ourselves along the way
Garden of Mazes
An impossible place
We run inside it, deep inside our brains 


There's a man looking for you
Little lady can you hear?
He's calling out your name
Cause to him you are so dear
But the hour strikes heavy, now it's clear

Garden of Mazes
Where we once came to play
But we lost ourselves along the way
Garden of Mazes
An impossible place
We run inside it, deep inside our brains


CLOUD OF DREAMS 

When all this gets too tough to live
And I have nothing else to give,
There is a place where I can hide.
I turn off the lights and shut my eyes

A cloud of dreams (x4)

The admission's price is a drop of blood
While I steal nectar from the gods
I don't believe in any creed
'Cause this is all I'll ever need

A cloud of dreams (x4) 

SHUT UP  

There comes a time

When you have enough of someone
Cause when he speaks
He ruins your whole day

No more lies
No more of his mad behavior
Say it loud
Spit it in his face

That he better shut up shut up shut up 


Say it like you mean it
Shut up shut up shut up
Don't you show your face round here no more


They do you wrong
Thinking you'll be here forever
They won't change
Don't be that naive

No more lies
No more of his mad behavior
Say it loud
Spit it in his face


DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
Call me day or night
Call me anytime and I'll be there.
I will catch a plane or the late night train just to find you.
In a Babylonian desert you and me.
Laughing hard in the shade of a palm tree.


Message me in time and we'll sip our wine in Alaska.
I will fight the waves and 1000 brave ones but I'll find you
In an Amazonian forest you might be,
Hostage of a tribe that lives upon the trees.


Love can get me anywhere,
Down the rabbit hole
For your love


Call me day or night
Call me anytime and I'll be there.
I will catch a plane or the late night train just to find you.
In a psychedelic dream I saw us two
Playing hide and seek upon the moon


Love can get me anywhere,
Down the rabbit hole
For your love 


MY REAPER
The voices... they're calling my name...
In darkness... every day is the same
And as the music plays...
I long to end my days.

The heartache... it's so painful to feel...
In silence... The torment's so real...
Crawling deeper and deeper...
So close now to my reaper. 


And as the music plays...
I long to end my days...

Spinning around and around
Till my feet don't touch the ground

But a hope that is tomorrow
Could end these tears of sorrow...

Spinning around and around
Till my feet don't touch the ground 


BASTARDS
I used to play with you as a kid
The rest were calling you a freak
But I liked your style
Was kinda wild
Better a witty fool
Than a foolish twit.

You never tried to blend in.
Your eyes couldn't hide your smile
You had your own rules
Your magic tricks
Your lover's trust
And that is all you needed


It only had
To brand someone's back the once
To be forever wise.
So if you're out there
Mark these words my dear:
Don't let the bastards get you down


Haven't seen you for a few years.
But it feels like you're still here.
To question every
Authority
Of a deaf and dumb
Majority
It feels like you're still here


It only had
To brand someone's back the once
To be forever wise.
So if you're out there
Mark these words my dear:
Don't let the bastards get you down 


You never tried to blend in.
You never tried to give in
Lift my spirit
Off the ground
Take me high,
Spin me around


SPIRIT
Come inside me
SPIRIT
Come inside
Teach me how to be true
Cause I feel lonely
Lonely
Lonely without you
Without you
Without you 


It only had
To brand someone's back the once
To be forever wise.
So now I'm here
You mark my words my dear:
Don't let the bastards get you down
Don't let the bastards get you down
Don't let the bastards get you down 


SHE'S ELECTRIFIED

Hey Little Lady from the house in the hills
No need to worry
Cause you got lost

She's electrified 

REVIEWS

"...The band have made a bold move with 'Short Tales & Tall Shadows' and it has paid off in a big way. The songwriting, the performances and the execution are spot on. Hopefully this will be a path the band continues to explore moving forward." 

- Intravenous Magazine - UK


"...This is an amazing album full of atmosphere, passion and feeling as the music drags you off to somewhere dark and bleak!" 

- Tomatrax - Australia


"9" 

- Metal Hammer - Greece


"...For those that have enjoyed this band's past two albums, you'll absolutely love this one as well but keep in mind, these guys have created an album unlike any of their previous releases." 

- Subexistance - Greece

 

"For me a new album is like opening a bottle of wine and with it being NZG a vintage bottle at that. I had a sneak taster with the infectious track Shut up – rather catching and fast becoming an earworm.  I set the scene with the lights turned low and just a chill in the air to embrace the new sounds from NZG. With this sonic masterpiece they have taken us to the door of the Twilight Zone. Slightly disturbing voices, stories echo round – ask the undertaker –a new direction for the band (I know they have some different members) but there is a continuity with previous albums. I had the tracks on shuffle and I got different feelings as the tracks mutated into each other."

- Dave Alucard (Exit), UK

Learn More

With our album, 'Short Tales & Tall Shadows', our intent was to be a lot different from anything we had done before. We wanted to create a dark artistic album, more Goth than before, with a strong flavor of theatricality but also with a bit more of a modern sound than its predecessors.

The CD edition of this release has 10 tracks, while the limited-edition vinyl has 9. There are 4 CD tracks which will not be available on the vinyl and 3 of the vinyl tracks won’t be available on the CD.  

Find out more

VIDEOS

Album Promo

Shut Up

My Reaper