Ode To The Dark

by Melissa VanFleet

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Red Baron 181
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Red Baron 181 Amazing gothic metal EP, similar to Lacuna Coil but with much better female vocals - no wonder it is produced by Marco Coti Zelati. I will certainly be looking forward to more of Melissa's music in the future. Favorite track: Atrophy.
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The Buying Queue Instabuy - I don't comment much, but this release moved me - WOW!
Admittedly the cover and the song named 'Raven' drew me in (being a Steve Wilson fan), and man does this deliver. Deeply layered keyboards with outstanding vocals and guitar solos. Highly recommended! Favorite track: Raven.
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1.
Raven 05:15
A raven, a raven is flying overhead and I feel hopeless, hopeless in this place Sometimes I feel I'd be better off dead, ooh Sometimes I feel I'd be better off dead, ooh I'm falling apart With the rising and the falling of my heart I cannot bear the inadequacy Ooh, I have heard to look up when You need a sign but I can't see I can't fight my demons anymore I'm pounding at the door Oh who will heal me, am I too late Where I long to be is in your arms, ooh Help, where do I turn I'm desperate to find the strength to learn I'm losing hope in resisting temptation Ooh, in the dark I can't find You, shine your light 'cause I can't see I can't fight my demons anymore I'm pounding at the door Oh who will heal me, am I too late As I watch the raven spread its wings It keeps its eyes on me and won't let me get away Where I long to be is in your arms, ooh A raven, raven is flying overhead and I feel hopeless, hopeless in this place Sometimes I feel I'd be better off dead When I go to sleep I don't want to wake up Don't want to wake up, don't want to wake up When I go to sleep I don't want to wake up Who will heal me I can't fight my demons anymore I'm pounding at the door Who will heal me, am I too late The raven spreads its wings It keeps its eyes on me and won't let me get away Where I long to be is in your arms, ooh
2.
Atrophy 04:30
Atrophy, atrophy I deteriorate Call out the highest bidder I turn and hang my head in shame You think you're holy but you're a sinner In the most evil way Watch me wither away As you hold me down on my knees Disappearing at your feet Atrophy, I deteriorate I deteriorate, atrophy I deteriorate The room's dark but I can't see Because a blindfold hides my eyes A rope around my wrists behind me You can't buy a human life Wither away As you hold me down on my knees Disappearing at your feet Atrophy, I deteriorate I deteriorate, atrophy I deteriorate Someone please answer my prayer, my prayer To get out of here, how was I chosen Why put a price on me, strip me of my dignity Inject me, collect me like I am a trophy and Watch me wither away As you hold me down on my knees Disappearing at your feet Atrophy, I deteriorate I deteriorate I deteriorate I deteriorate
3.
Marionette 04:16
In a dream she came to me I was on my knees praying for my mind to wake I heard her call my name Look down from above Like a marionette's masterminder She pulled the strings I tried to break She's in the corner holding me down She's in the shadows dragging me around Control with her eyes as she watches me fall Devil on my shoulder Who have I become I don't recognize this face My mind says it's me I think this mirror lies She's in the corner holding me down She's in the shadows dragging me around Control with her eyes as she watches me fall Devil on my shoulder with no escape at all She's in the corner holding me down Devil on my shoulder She's in the corner holding me down She's in the shadows dragging me around Control with her eyes as she watches me fall Devil on my shoulder with no escape at all No escape at all, no escape at all
4.
I let myself go, drowned in the dark It opened my eyes and blackened my heart An ocean of evil poured over me A life of deception, I'm finally free I hear you, I hear you calling I'm listening, I'm following Sing me a requiem as I lay me down forevermore I pray my soul to find paradise it never felt before Forevermore I walked through life as a hollow shell Searching for purpose inside my hell So I made a promise for eternity And await the fate lying beyond this sleep I hear you, I hear you calling I'm listening, I'm falling Sing me a requiem as I lay me down forevermore I pray my soul to find paradise it never felt before Forevermore A covenant lead to everlasting rest But who will I be if I'm awakened again For, forevermore, more Sing, sing me a requiem As I lay me down forevermore I pray, I pray my soul is taken tonight And I find paradise, paradise Forevermore, forevermore Forevermore, forevermore Forevermore

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released October 13, 2018

Recorded at BRX Studio, Milan
Music by Melissa VanFleet & Marco "Maki" Coti-Zelati
Lyrics by Melissa VanFleet (BMI)
Produced by Marco "Maki" Coti-Zelati
Engineered by Marco Barusso & Dario Valentini
Mixed by Marco Barusso
Mastered by Marco D'Agostino @ 96kHz Mastering Studio, Milan
Lead Guitar Solos by Douglas Blair

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Melissa VanFleet Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A vocalist and musician who crafts dark songs with haunting melodies and intense messages, Melissa VanFleet brings a true singer/songwriter element to alternative metal music. She has powerfully and effectively established her own unique sound by presenting her signature vocal prowess at the forefront while incorporating her classical and orchestral influences with heavy, melancholic undertones. ... more

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