Mental Vortex  (1991)  

Mental Vortex

The first Coroner album for the Nineties represented a turning point--if not in terms of commercial success, then certainly in the artistic sense. Having fully proven their mettle as outstanding technical musicians, Coroner now presented their audience with a collection of leaner, more riff-oriented compositions. The songs on Mental Vortex manage to retain all the best elements of the band's previous work while also making their music more accessible to a potential larger audience. No small accomplishment, and it's a testament to Coroner's creative prowess that fans not only embraced this progression, but many still consider Vortex to be the best album of the group's career. Unquestionably, the disc features Royce, Baron and

Marky at their tightest, a seasoned 3-piece unit functioning as one. The results are striking, not only due to the songs' relative simplicity, but because of the clean, polished sound quality the album boasted. Finally, a Coroner album had received the production and engineering it deserved! With the combined strength of seven original works, plus a bombastic rendition of the Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", Mental Vortex proved to be Coroner's finest hour thus far. For fans, the only spot of darkness was to worry if the band could ever top this release. Two years later, the answer to this question would amaze us all...

Review by Geezo


Tracks:

  1. Divine Step [6:22]
  2. Son Of Lilith [6:53]
  3. Semtex Revolution [5:30]
  4. Sirens [5:35]
  5. Metamorphosis [5:32]
  6. Pale Sister [4:55]
  7. About Life [5:18]
  8. I Want You [7:14]

All lyrics by Marquis Marky except "I Want You" by McCartney and Lennon

Keyboards by Kent Smith
Background Vocals by Janelle Sadler and Steve Gruden

Cover Concept and design by Marquis Marky
Recorded at Sky Trak Studio, Berlin (April and June 1991)
Mixed at Morrisound, Tampa (Florida)
Produced, Mixed, and Engineered by Tom Morris
Second Engineer: Sven Conquest
Executive Producer: Karl-U. Walterbach

Available on NOISE INTL. - 0-3612-44836

Extra Info:

- The 'emergency room' intro on "Divine Step" is from the horror film "Reanimator."
- The JFK recording at the end of "Semtex Revolution" was taken from the movie "Moonstruck."
- Another sampling was taken from the film "Hellbound: Hellraiser II."


Divine Step (Conspectu Mortis) (6:22)

This is the last hit
Your heart will beat
Into this world...

This is the first step
Your soul will take
Up to the sky...

No time to pray 'cos you
Can't stay where words
Like that would count...

Face the moment
That you feared and
Glide outside your brain...

Golden wings
Drawn in blood
What is sin?
And who is God?

This time it's real
And not a game
Now cross the edge of time...

The circle's closed
So enter now
The land of unborn life...

Golden wings
Drawn in blood
What is sin?
And who is God?

You will find out
If your heaven is colored black
And you will find out
If your suffering will find an end

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Son Of Lilith (6:53)

I'm coming out of the void
Along a spiral trace
Escorted by a thousand souls
Remembered but still unknown...

I don't need wings
To reach the sky
And I don't need hands
To hold you tight...

My youth's my defense
And pureness my weapon
I'm Lilith's son
I've got the moon in my veins...

Son of Lilith
Son of Lilith

You don't have to listen
To understand
And you won't find words
If you want to explain...

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Semtex Revolution (5:30)

They tore me down
They threw me out
They shut my mouth

They enslaved my mind
They blocked my way
Holding me back with
Their stupid game...

Hand on trigger
Phantom face
Don't trust no one
Always on the run
Eyes all over
Never safe
Virus like
Merciless

I left the row
Erased myself
Designed my plan

Now I revolt
I just say no
I do reject
And don't let it go...

I serve the revolution
In a different way
My thoughts are radical
And I don't hesitate to slay

My way is fast
I hit and run
Won't leave no trace

I'm a sniper
The signs I set
Are painted
In deepest red...

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Sirens (5:35)

Oh how I loved the game
When we were dancin' on bridges
High above rivers of tears and
The lightness of innocence gave us wings

We were sleepin' covered
By darkness' black velvet
So far from coldness
So far from light...

Where is the place
I used to hide
Where are the hearts
Once given to me

And I can feel it now
The white cold hand
For the first time I'm getting hurt
By the thorns of the roses in my hand

Time is returning to its realm
And it's slowly melting away
Like deep red wax
Leaving pools of blood...

Where is the place
I used to hide
Where are the hearts
Once given to me

And sweet voices...turn into sirens...
Foretelling...the presence of death...

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Metamorphosis (5:32)

See me become a snake
Wrapped around your neck...
See me become a spike
Pushed deep in your flesh...

Feel me become a tongue
Gliding softly down your spine...
Feel me become the essence
That makes you cry...

But there's one thing
You have to know
When you awake
Don't be surprised
'Cos you won't be alive

Watch me become that moment
That really matters in your life...
Watch me become the relic
That means so much to you...

But there's one thing
You have to know
When you awake
Don't be surprised
'Cos you won't be alive

Hear me become a cry
That means a thousand words in one...
And hear me as I whisper so low
That you won't dare to breathe...

See me become a snake
Wrapped around your neck...
See me become a spike
Pushed deep in your flesh...

See me become the one
Who sees behind your eyes...
And see me become the night
From where you will never return...

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Pale Sister (4:55)

With wounded knees
And the musty scent
Of incense in her hair
Captured by the barbed hook
Of eternal devotion

Stigma bleeds
In the book that leads
To her final end
Civitas Dei

She lives on your planet
But not in your world
She speaks the same language
But you can't understand

The weight of chastity
Makes her eyes cast down
And the skin of humility
Is white as snow

Stigma bleeds
In the book that leads
To her final end
Civitas Dei

She lives on your planet
But not in your world
She speaks the same language
But you can't understand

Paralyzed she's followin'
The ancient message
It's more much more
Than just belief

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About Life (5:18)

In a world
Where we think
That we've seen
Everything

In a world
Where we think
That we rise above
All things

In a time
That is so fast
You have to run
So you won't get lost

In a time
That is so loud
You have to scream
To get recognized...

In a land
Where you must fight
For a little fragment
Of human rights

In a system
That uses war
To spread its spirit
Around the globe

A religion
That uses hate
To plug its message
Into your brain

A revolution
That turns back time
Forgets what we have
Learned to be...

I'd like to say
I have to say

You...don't know nothin'
You...don't know nothin' about
You...don't know nothin'
You...don't know nothin' at all

A public
Where shoes do shine
And money beats
Respect for life

In a world
That is cleaned
Of all secrets
That nature kept

A public
Where death's reduced
To be excitement
In late night news

In a time
Where children learn
To ignore the world
Around them...

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I Want You (She's So Heavy) (7:14)

I want you
I want you so bad
I want you
I want you so bad it's drivin' me mad

She's so heavy

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