The Black Monolith

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"..The Black Monolith show that they aren't to be taken lightly with their debut self-titled full length, displaying the whole range of old school rock ‘n’ roll influences with superb song writing and musicianship, promising a 40-minute journey through early rock history.. 4.5/5"

- Heavy Metal Tribune
www.heavymetaltribune.com/2015/04/the-black-monolith-the-black-monolith/

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released April 1, 2015

Produced by The Black Monolith

Album Artwork by Lee Anne

Photography by Steven Chew

All Music written by Damien Ng & Jason Cruz except
Death Race by Damien Ng
Power of Destruction by Damien Ng, Jason Cruz, Damien Tan & Zed Tan

All Lyrics written and Vocals Arrangement by Zed Tan

All Music Arrangement by The Black Monolith

Drums recorded by Ah Boy at TNT Studios

Vocals recorded by Eugene Ng Kang Sen at La Salle College except
Mundane recorded by Howard Lee at Home Ground Studio

Guitars and Bass recorded by Damien Ng at 451 Audio Suite except
Victim of Yourself and Acoustic guitars recorded by Eugene Ng Kang Sen at La Salle College

Additional Vocals & Percussion recorded by Howard Lee and Yi Zhe Seow Ethan at Homeground Studios

Additional Vocals for Mundane & Living a Lie recorded by Damien Ng at NUS CAC

Mixing by Damien Ng at 451 Audio Suite
Mastering by Steve Nagasaki at Nagasaki Sound

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The Black Monolith Singapore

The Black Monolith's style of music ranges from 70s hard rock to 90s grunge. Individual members are each heavily influenced by different eras of rock. This adds a whole new dimension to their songwriting, making it sound familiarly classic, yet bravely modern.

The Black Monolith is...
Zed Tan - Vocals
Damien Ng - Guitar
Damien Tan - Bass
Jason Cruz - Drums
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Track Name: Tommy Icarus
Tommy Icarus

Verse:

When Tommy was a young boy, all he wanna do is rock, rock, rock
But daddy had other plans for him, but he wouldn’t listen to his talk, talk, talk
He broke the rules coz it wasn’t cool
He’s gone and flunked right out of school
But when he picked up his guitar
The boy was a shooting star
And once he starts he can never stop

Chorus:

He’s a rock and roller, high achiever, going straight to the top
Trouble maker, sharp shooter, moving like a juggernaut
It’s not about the fortune and fame
He just wanna play the game
And Icarus was his name

Verse:

Stuck in his hometown, he knew he’ll never get far
So he packed up his guitar and ran, and that’s when he broke his momma’s heart
He’s gotta get right outta there
He’s gotta get himself a band
Playing from bar to bar
The boy was a shooting star
And once he starts he can never stop

-Chorus-

-Solo-

-Chorus-
Track Name: Victim Of Yourself
Victim of Yourself

Verse:

Every single day in every single way,
Somebody somewhere is getting pained
Discrimination and bigotry
There’s always someone you’re against

Chorus:

Nobody cares you don’t have to tell
Everybody knows YOU’RE JUST A VICTIM OF YOURSELF
Most of the time it shows even though you try to hide it well
But everybody knows YOU’RE JUST A VICTIM OF YOURSELF

Verse:

I do confess I wanna be
In peace and talk to no one else
But it’s people like you/ all over the news
Making mountains out of molehills

-Chorus-

Bridge:

You said get no satisfaction,
From all the inconsideration,
Blaming everybody but yourself,
You better check your accusations!

Verse:

The world is the same/ for you or for me
What makes your pain that much more salient?
Don’t you know you’re blind/ to your own prejudice?
Don’t try to make me sympathize

-Chorus-
Track Name: Power Of Destruction
Power of Destruction

Verse:

There’s a force older than the Earth
A great power across the universe
From stories told and lessons learnt
We ain’t the last and we ain’t the first

Pre-chorus:

What can be built
Can be destroyed

Chorus:

War, war never changes, It only carries on for generations
It brings us closer to mutual annihilation
Oh, the women and children, cry for mercy and emancipation
But the killing never stops, it’s the power of destruction

Verse:

Warplanes roaring across the sky
Dropping bombs while the media sells us lies
Killin’ innocents, it’s a dirty game
Nobody wants to take the blame

Pre-chorus:

An eye for a pin prick
The whole world is sick

-Chorus-

-Solo-

Pre-chorus:

What can’t be bent
Shall be broken

-Chorus-
Track Name: You Don't Care
You Don’t Care

Verse:

Father, father, help me, I’ve fallen again
And mother can you hear me, I’ve lost my way
There ain’t no reason why I should be forgiven
I fear there is no penance for my sins

Chorus:

But in the end
You don’t care anyway
I’m left to find my own way
But it’s okay
I’ve got friends anyway
Yeah, friends stick around...

Verse:

So I called my friends my so-called buddies
But none of them would listen to a word I say
One by one they turned and walked away
And then it struck me, it struck me!

Chorus:

That they don’t care
Why should they anyway
I’m left to find my own way
But it’s okay
I’ve only got myself to blame
Yeah, I’ll live another day

Bridge:

One step forward is two steps back
I’m going round, I’m going round but it ain’t the right track
I’m trying to find my own way but I always get lost
Just another small step but I’m so exhausted
Just another small push and I’m falling over
And I doubt, and I doubt that it even matters
‘cos today I found I’ve lost everything I had
I’m going mad I’m going mad I’m going fucking mad!

Chorus:

But in the end
I don’t care anyway
I’ll never find my own way
And misery
Turns me to absolution
I’d rather die today
Track Name: Screamer
Screamer

Verse:

Sexy lady/ looking so fine
Shimmy over, I wanna make her mine
She’s got a body/ that’s hot to the touch
I said I want her/ she said how much

Pre-chorus:

Yeah, she likes it when I treat her right
Yeah, we’re gonna get it on tonight

Chorus:

She’s a screamer
She’s a moaner
I can’t believe, uh
She’s my lover

Verse:

Her body/ is so sublime
She’s got a touch that makes a grown man cry
A real teaser wearing dresses so tight
Don’t tempt me with a nibble baby, I’m gonna take a real bite!

Pre-chorus:

Yeah, she likes it when I put it in her
Yeah, I’ve got a love she can’t resist, uh

Chorus:

She’s a screamer
She’s a moaner
A loud wailer
She’s hellfire
Passion killer
A real livewire
She’s a teaser
She’s a pleaser
I can’t believe, uh
She’s my lover

Pre-chorus:

Yeah, I’m going under
Yeah, you know that I’ll deliver
Track Name: Death Race
Death Race

Verse:

I’ve got fire burning in my blood/ I’ve got adrenaline in my head
Nobody told you what I’m gonna do/ so on your marks, be quick or be dead!
I’ll race you down and I’ll take you out/ that’s what this game is about
I see the the prize and I... I take it!
Don’t try to hide because I can’t contain it!

Chorus:

Oh yeah
Nothing’s gonna slow me down
No one can take it all away
Oh yeah
No one’s gonna save you now
No one can take it all away!

Verse:

My mind’s faster than a racing car/ don’t try to chase me ‘cos you’ll never get far
I got a death machine headed right for your car
The clearing force of a hurricane/ wired straight to my brain
Speed... speed is my thrill
And I’m ready... I’m ready to kill!

-Chorus-

-Solo-

Bridge:

Twisted metal all around
The smell of blood and fire
Dead bodies on the ground
Watch me chase you down till you expire

-Chorus-
Track Name: Get Off My Back
Get Off My Back

Verse:

You’ve been following me around,
You’ve been getting me down.
Like a shadow,
You’re always on my tail, yes you are
No matter where I go I just can’t hide, oh no

Chorus:

What does it take/ for you/ to get off my back? Oh boy.

Verse:

If you’re gonna take me,
Then take me now.
What’s the point
Of lingering around? I don’t know
Don’t you know that you’re starting to creep me out?

Chorus:

I tell ya man/ I said you better/ g-g-get off/ my b-back, huh!

Verse:

I don’t like the look on your face,
Steely eyes and a terminal grin.
Are you the devil, or the angel of mercy?
Doesn’t matter, just get of my skin!
But it’s a fight that I know I just can’t win, oh no, no

Chorus:

I just want you to get off my back!
Track Name: Mundane
Mundane

Verse:

Higher, is where I wanna go
Stale is the only life I know
Empty husks without a soul
We are living in denial

Chorus:

Is this all that remains
Of my life mundane?

Verse:

Every day it feels the same
This routine I can’t escape
Numbing me in a daze just
Day in and day out, oh, I’m so cold

Chorus:

Nothing yet remains
Of my life mundane

-Solo-

Bridge:

Is this all that remains?
Every day’s the same
I feel no closer to... salvation

Verse:

This isn’t what I want
Looking back at the things I’ve done
Are we living, have we lived?
Or are we living in denial?
Track Name: Living A Lie
Living A Lie

Verse:

Have you ever felt like you are living in doubt?
(Living a lie, living a lie)
Remember that’s a feeling you can live without
(Ain’t a surprise, ain’t a surprise)

Pre-chorus:
You feel sorry for self/ but talked to no one else
Confined inside your solitary cell
If you don’t do nothin’ but sing them blues
Listen up, this song is for you

Verse:
Wake up this morning with an empty head
(Hoping to die, hoping to die)
Try so hard just to get out of bed
(Nothing in life, can satisfy)

Pre-chorus:
You think you got it tough/ and life’s been pretty rough
Just step outside and take a look around
A thousand million people living worse than you
That ain’t no reason to be singin’ them blues

Chorus:
Bitchin’ and moanin’/ whinin’ and complainin’,
It’s all just a waste of time
You can cry all you want/ it ain’t changin’ nothin’
That’s just the way that the world is run
Sulkin’ and poutin’/ fussin’ and cussin’,
I don’t need a piece of your mind
You think you got it worse than everybody else
I tell you man/ you can go to hell

Verse:
Rich man thinkin’ ‘bout livin’ it up
(He’s living a lie, living a lie)
Drinking fine whiskey from a gilded cup
(The whole wide world thinks that you’re too vile)

Pre-chorus:
But his house is too big/ his porch is too steep,
Ain’t got no space to park his fucking jeep
While the poor man starve/ don’t know what to do
That ain’t no reason to be singin’ them blues

-Chorus-

G-g-g-go to hell!

-Solo-

Verse:
Your girlfriend despises you and thinks that you’re such a mess
(Ain’t a surprise, ain’t a surprise)
So you think that the whole world owes your sorry ass
(You’re living a lie, living a lie)

Pre-chorus:
Every living second/ is just another waste
You’re such a shame to the human race
But nobody wants to feel sorry for you, still
That ain’t no reason to be singin’ them blues

-Chorus-

Go to hell,

Livin’ a lie,

Yeah yeah yeah