Metal Is Metal! EP

by Chris Ward

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The Metal Is Metal! EP is the second mini-album by Chris Ward. It consists of four tracks entitled 'Metal Is Metal!', 'Lethal Devotion', 'Last Man Standing' and 'Redeemer And Destroyer'.

These four songs were compiled on this EP because they are all themed around devotion and loyalty. In 'Metal Is Metal!', a music lover is devoted to his favourite genre; in 'Lethal Devotion', a prison inmate is loyal to someone outside of prison to the point of obsession; in 'Last Man Standing', a soldier is loyal to his superiors' cause in the name of duty; and finally, in 'Redeemer And Destroyer', the main character is devoted to his master's cause and has no other choice.

The final track of this mini-album is of particular relevance to both me and to the overall theme of the EP. The song 'Redeemer And Destroyer' is based upon the video game ‘Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver’ which was released back in 1999. The game, which is by far one of my favourite games of all time, concerns the story of a man known as 'Raziel'. He begins his life as a holy warrior hunting vampires, but through one ordeal or another, ends up becoming what he once fought, and then worse - a wraith that lives to devour the souls of humans and vampires alike.

In each incarnation, Raziel is forced to abide by his masters' wishes (First, the Sarafan order of priests, then his vampire sire Kain, and then finally the Elder God - his master in the underworld) and has no other choice but to obey. Despite these set backs, Raziel is able to pursue a path involving loyalty, devotion betrayal, revenge and finally redemption. It is because of these morals and themes that I admire this game and its sequels; and due to the amazingly scripted dialogue (which I have quoted in the bridge of the song); that I hold this story of Raziel is such high regard. In short, the final track of this EP is meant as a tribute to such a great story. No copyright infringement is intended and all the characters, quoted dialogue and references to the content of the game belong to their respective owners.

Special thanks go to the creators of 'Soul Reaver' for inspiration to write track 4; to Darren Pugh for his assistance with the drums; to Gavin Brady for all his help in the studio; and finally to Mathew Collinge and Kenneth James for their work on the single and album artwork.


released December 31, 2011

All tracks written and performed by Chris Ward.
Drums performed by Darren Pugh (Aliases).
Recorded and Mixed by Gavin Brady.
Original artwork by Mathew Collinge.
Artwork postproduction by Kenneth James.



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Chris Ward is a heavy metal guitarist, bassist and songwriter. His main influences are Megadeth and Black Sabbath.

To date he has released three solo EPs and one compilation album which are all available on CDBaby, Bandcamp and iTunes.
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Track Name: Metal Is Metal!
Verse 1
Don’t care about the money, don’t care about the fame
Don’t want to storm the charts’, that’s not my game
Just want it heavy, and louder than hell
Don’t want to win awards, can’t you tell

Metal is metal, at the end of the day
Old-school or modern, keeps the men in suits at bay
Metal is metal, wouldn’t want it any other way
Power or thrash, don’t care what they say 'cause...

I’m on the edge of reality
Banging my head till it all goes black
Caught in a moment of insanity
Now it’s too late and there’s no going back

Verse 2
Don’t care about the t-shirts, don’t care about the TV
Don’t want to feature on the news, that’s not for me
Just want to play guitar, as fast as I can
Don’t want to be controlled, I’m my own man

Metal is metal, at the end of the day
Old-school or modern, keeps the men in suits at bay
Metal is metal, wouldn’t want it any other way
Power or thrash, don’t care what they say, 'cause...

Repeat Chorus x2

'Cause metal is metal! x4
Track Name: Lethal Devotion
Verse 1
A long time ago when I was so carefree
I made mistakes ‘cause I was too blind to see
I got sent to prison to pay my dues
Please wait for me out there I’ve got nothing left to lose

I’m biding my time
Until you tell me when
I ask you my love
When will I see you again?

Lethal devotion (for one I can’t see)
I’m left with confusion (you’re not by my side)
Too much emotion (is building in me)
Beyond the illusion, there’s no place to hide

Verse 2
When I get out I will hold you once more
I’ll spend my whole life waiting by your door
I’ll care for you always in my own special way
Don’t want anyone else no matter what you say

Repeat Pre-Chorus

Chorus [Extended]
Lethal devotion (for one I can’t see)
I’m left with confusion (you’re not by my side)
Too much emotion (is building in me)
Beyond the illusion, there’s no place to hide

Lethal devotion (is what it must be)
I’m left with confusion (while I’m stuck inside)
Too much emotion (it’s easy to see)
Beyond the illusion, I know that you lied!

On that fateful day
It was true love at first write
I knew back then you’d never change
You’d never see the light.
But on that very special day
The truth was clear to me
I knew I had to have you
And that we were meant to be!

Verse 3
Now that I’m free I know what I’m going to do
Got nothing but a name but I will find you
Might take me years but I’ll search everyday
And if you don’t want me I’ll search anyway

Repeat Pre-Chorus

Repeat Chorus [Extended]
Track Name: Last Man Standing
Verse 1
I’m lost again, alone
No chance of rescue
I’m in trouble, no hope
Nowhere to run to
Why do I always
Have to see such pain?
And why am I always
The only option?

I’m waiting for the day
When I can rest in peace
I’m searching for some way
To put an end to the killing
I’m hoping that some time
I’ll finally get released
But 'til then I’ll keep fighting
I am the last man standing

Verse 2
I’m left behind, abandoned
No second chances
I’m in danger, no friends
No reinforcements
Why do I always
Have to fight alone?
And why am I always
The lone survivor?

Verse 3
I’m saved at last, I’m rescued
From the battlefield
I’m in luck, my hardship
Is over now
But why do I always
Have to be the last?
And why am I always
The only one rescued?

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Redeemer And Destroyer
Verse 1
Started by the Sarafan
To rid Nosgoth of vampires
A holy war vengeance for
The murder of a tyrant king
Corrupted by this genocide
Was a warrior called Raziel
But for his faith he was killed
Another martyr to their cause

Redeemer, destroyer!
Angel of Death
Pawn or messiah!
Agent of free will
Redeemer, destroyer!
Reaver of Souls
Pawn or messiah!
A paradox in time

Verse 2
Many years passed him by
While he lay inside a crypt
Until one day a vampire came
And shared with him the thirst for blood
And so he lived in servitude
Serving Kain for millennia
Then things changed Raziel evolved
And was thrown into the Abyss

Bridge 1
Tumbling, burning, with white hot fire
Drowning, plunging, into the depths
Unspeakable pain and agony, time ceased to exist
Torture and hatred, for what damned him to this hell

Bridge 2
An eternity passed, and torment receded
Bringing him back from madness
Within the abyss, descent had destroyed him
And yet, he lived.

Verse 3
No longer man or vampire
Simply just a wraith reborn
Bounded by the Elder God
Consuming souls just to survive
Sent to hunt; his former brethren
And bring them to justice
To seek revenge by killing Kain
And fulfil his destiny

Repeat Chorus