Truth Decay

by Hypnogaja

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MODERN ROCK WITH HEART: Singer/songwriter Jason “ShyBoy” Arnold has an expertly crafted album with Truth Decay. Alongside guitarist Jean-Yves “Jeeve” Ducornet, keyboardist Mark Nubar Donikian, drummer Adrian Barnardo and bassist Bryan Farrar, the quintet known as Hypnogaja bucks the soulless modern rock trend on each of this album’s 14 tracks. Then again, given the members’ collective pedigree - Arnold has composed music for the video game Devil May Cry 4, as well as TV programs, while Ducornet has written and produced songs for Carlos Santana - the fact that these songs stick so well doesn’t come as much of a surprise. What does ring pleasantly odd is how well these songs flow, and how much atmosphere and heart can be crammed into each of these tunes. Truth Decay strides the line between dark, almost goth influenced rock, while stressing a mild progressive streak here and there, possessing both commercial appeal and musical acceptability from cover to cover. Arnold’s songwriting doesn’t insult the listener’s intelligence - these songs are catchy and don’t need to drop the lowest common denominator - but rather balances self-indulgence and extroverted sheen in a way that should win over the dourest of skeptics. A Perfect Circle for a new millennium? A poppy Porcupine Tree? Perhaps. Either way, Hypnogaja rocks. (9 out of 10 stars) - Outburn Magazine

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released June 30, 2009

Written by Jason "ShyBoy" Arnold, Mark Nubar, Jeeve and John Scott. Performed and produced by Hypnogaja. Engineered and mixed by Jeeve.

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Track Name: Dark Star
Dark Star

I saw it all
All along
When I looked again
It was almost gone

Fragile sky
Seemed so strong
Was it destiny
That brought this on?

I can see your light fading
The night is contemplating
Will you shine on
Or is it too late?
Darkness casts a shadow brightly
I see the same inside me
Your reflection
Shows me my fate

Dark star
Fading faster

I feel your pain
Come closing in
'Cause what happens next
Will happen then

Scared to die
I won't pretend
More than anything
I'm afraid to meet your end

I can see your light fading

Dark star
Fading faster
Track Name: The March
The March

I've seen the end ahead
But I still keep marching on
Nowhere to go but off the edge
All sense we had is gone
We do just what we are told
No matter what's been done
No consequence, no aftermath
No tell of what's to come

We march along
Don't care who's wrong
We still stand strong
And keep marching on
Although we're one
Under the gun
While you're at home
We march alone

All our leaders walk away
When there's nowhere left to run
And they leave us standing there
To hold a smoking gun
I don't wanna fight this war
No more, I don't know
What I'm really fighting for
What's it all for?

Lies you feed us
To mislead us
All just to bleed us
Now we're dying
From your lying
Why are you smiling?

With skill you kill
All our free will
We'll follow strong
And keep marching on
Track Name: Apocalyptic Love Song
Apocalyptic Love Song

Painted picture
Skies are falling
As our bodies hit the ground
I see you whisper
Are you calling?
Because I didn't hear a sound

Can you feel it trembling?
Beneath you it all comes apart
Can you feel it ending... can you?

I'll keep pretending
That this isn't ending
But it all depends on me

This is our little love song
This is our corner of the world
Just the last little love song
That will ever be heard

Perfect moment
Earth spinning faster
While our hearts were standing still
Souls colliding
With heat astounding
But now we feel the morning chill

Can you feel it trembling?
Beneath you it all comes apart
Can you feel it ending... can you?

I'll keep pretending
That this isn't ending
But it all depends on me

This is our little love song
This is our corner of the world
Just the last little love song
That will ever be heard

Atoms fly
It's do or die
I've seen the signs
Made up my mind
It's almost time
Atoms fly... it's do or die
All of this ends tonight

Can you feel it trembling?
Beneath you it all comes apart
Can you feel it ending... can you?

I'll keep pretending
That this isn't ending
But it all depends on me

This is our little love song
This is our corner of the world
Just a last little love song
It will never be heard
Track Name: Worship Me (I'm On TV)
Worship Me (I'm On TV)

Busy with your empty life
Still don't know just what to try
I can be all that you need
I can can answer all your dreams
I feed off of your despair
Follow me, I'll take you there

Worship me
I'm on TV
Tell me you love me
Worship me
I'm on TV
I know that you love me

I'll distort reality
To give you what you need to see
I've got nothing new to say
But I will say it anyway
I will waste your days away
While the world falls to decay

Worship me
I'm on TV
Tell me you love me
Worship me
I'm on TV
I know that you love me
Worship me
I'm on TV
Tell me you love me
Worship me
I'm on TV
Tell me you love me
(I know that you love me)

I can be your distraction
Keep you away from all the action
Don't turn away, drop to your knees
Just keep your eyes fixed on me
On me, on me, on me
Keep em on me
Track Name: Welcome To The Future
Welcome To The Future

Welcome to the future
That old familiar fate
Trying not to hurt now
But to heal

'Cause this is the end
I hope you enjoyed every minute
'Cause time won't bend
It's only your world while you're in it

Don't turn away
Look ahead
There's nothing we need from the past
It wasn't meant to last

Welcome to the future
We knew this day would come
Trying not to falter
But to live

'Cause if it's the end
I'll stay till the very last minute
But I can't defend
A world without you living in it

Why can't we try to survive
Time stays alive in my mind
Lives intertwined, fall behind
Can we break these ties
Can we rewind

Don't turn away
Look ahead
There's nothing we need from the past
It wasn't meant to last

Don't be afraid
Look ahead
Every thing's changing so fast
The future will soon be the past

'Cause this is the end
I hope you enjoyed every minute
'Cause time won't bend
It's only your world while you're in it

Welcome to the future
That old familiar fate
Trying not to hurt now
But to heal
Track Name: Things Will Never Be The Same
Things Will Never Be The Same

Now there once was a time
Remembered deep in my mind
A happily every after
But now I see all the signs
And watch the future unwind
This is the end of the laughter

I tried to warn you
But you didn't want to listen
And now our paths
They have to change

From here on out
Things will never be the same
Never be the same

And now I want to rewind
And just pretend that I'm blind
So I could get what I needed
But now I can't seem to find
Another way to define
The way that we were defeated

I tried to show you
But you didn't want to see it
And now our paths
They've got to change

From here on out
Things will never be the same
(Everything has changed)
Never be the same

We're used to
Everything
Bigger, faster, better, more
Now nothing
Compares to
What we had before

I never wanted to see
That the problem was me
I never wanted an ending
But I refuse to concede
I need the air that I breathe
On this, my life is depending
Track Name: Kill The Humans
Kill The Humans

The noise
It tends to drown her
She's dying
Listen close
You can hear her
She's screaming

Kill the humans
Their damage goes
Too deep
Kill the humans
Kill them quick
'Cause I can't breathe

She turned for years
In silence
Without us
But now her cries
Surround us
She's screaming

No one listened
To her demands
Now it's ending
And in her hands
Waited long enough
In this hell
Thought that we might
Just kill ourselves

Or at least she was hoping
'Cause we've stayed too long
Now she wants us gone
She's screaming
Track Name: Static
Static

Nothing to see
I haven't seen
360 degrees
Still don't know what it means
Farther away
Still all the same
Can't remember the day
I had something to say

I feel the motion
But time seems to have its stops and starts
No matter where you are

No real intention
All that I have now is my fear
It's all I hear

Left behind
Lost inside the confines of my mind
Try to find
Someone to hear me call
I search for signs
Of another who can bring me back to life
I hear the sound
Static

I've traveled the line
Now I've fallen behind
Don't know what planet I'm on
I've been gone too long

I lost direction
As time pulled me close and then so far
Through a million stars

No new dimension
And all that I have now is my fear
It's all I hear

Left behind
Lost inside the confines of my mind
Try to find
Someone to hear me call
I search for signs
Of another who can bring me back to life
I hear the sound
Static

Scan the horizon
I can't seem to find the big reveal
It's all so unreal

Left behind
Lost inside the confines of my mind
Try to find
Someone to hear me call
I search for signs
Of another who can bring me back to life
I hear the sound
Static
Track Name: Lucy
Lucy

If you were here
What could I say
How would I explain
Our place today

I know you never meant
For it to be like this

I apologize
A thousand times
For both our lives
And I apologize
A million times
For our demise

Lucy, if you could
Hear what I say
I'd try to describe
How we lost our way

I know you never meant
For it to end like this

I apologize
One thousand times
For all our lives
And I apologize
A million times
For our demise

Lucy 
Can you save me
Can you take us back
To what we had before
Lucy 
All that you gave me
Was lost in time
And I cannot find anymore

I apologize 
A thousand times
For the rest of our lives
I apologize
A million times
For creating our demise
Track Name: Never Coming Back
Never Coming Back

There's something in your eye
You think you're better
Like you know more than I
But you're not that clever

There is no compromise
You can't argue forever
No hiding in your lies
It's now or never

You had your chance
You didn't last
You're gone now
And you're never coming back again
Time doesn't lie
You can't deny
You're over
And you're never coming back again

I should feel sorry for you
You got off easy
You kept on wanting more
You got too greedy

Well it's gotten to the point
Where the truth can't save us
We have no choice
And when the lies, they crack
The sky turns black and we'll forever
Never, ever be coming back
Track Name: Last Man On Earth
Last Man On Earth

Everyone is gone now
May they all rest in peace
I remember what you said
Do you still believe?

I am just the same now
Just the same man
You denied
Everything has changed now
Am I the same man
in your eyes?

Now that I'm left
The last one with breath
I can feel your regret coming down
I know that you're jaded
Broken and faded
I bet I look good to you
Don't I look good to you know?

Everyone you know now
Has been lost and can't be found
It's funny how 6 feet
Can seem so deep from underground

I'm still just the same man
Just the same man
You despised
With everything that's changed
Am I the same man
In your eyes?

Now, what happens now?

Now I know that
I'm alone so
Why are you here now?
Track Name: Rusty Moon
Rusty Moon

I don't recognize this place anymore
The stars don't shine like they did once before
Hidden truths can't be denied
As a rusty moon fills the sky

But it's alright

When the world outside
Turns dark and cold
We'll still get by
When it gets too dark
To find our way home
It's alright, we've still got light

We used to live for the night
Cities would illuminate the sky
Shades of blue now fade to gray
As the rusty moon lights the way

And it's alright

When the world outside
Turns dark and cold
We'll still get by
When it gets too dark
To find our way home
It's alright, we've still got light

The beauty that surrounds us
Is different than it once was
No longer full and bright
But it still shines its light
Track Name: Dark Star: End Transmission
Dark Star: End Transmission

Dark star
Fading faster
Dark star
Fading faster
Track Name: Cellar Door
Cellar Door

Rust on the lock
Dust on the floor
It's been too long
To know what's in store
Pieces of the past
Memories to explore
All that's left behind
Is what we knew before

And all we thought would be there
Might not be around anymore

And though we try
To stand there and ignore
What lies behind the door
We'll take our fears
And shake them to the core
As we reach out for
Something more

With a canon's cry
The bombs, they soar
Nothing left to hear
But the sounds of war
Darkness falls
While the echoes roar
At the end of time
A new life is born

We never thought we'd be here
Afraid of an open door
'Cause all we thought would be there
Might not be around anymore

Now that the tides
Have burned up all the shores
And the sky is torn
Though all our fears
Shake us to the core
Still we reach out for
Something more

But all we'll find was not there before
We went inside and closed the cellar door
All this time we've heard nothing more
Since we went inside and closed the cellar door
And all we'll find was not there before
We went inside and closed the cellar door
All this time we've heard nothing more
We all went in to hide
But now it seems it's time
We need to step outside
The cellar door