at zero

by ARKTIKA

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released October 22, 2010

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Arktika Köln, Germany

Arktika is a post-rock-band from Cologne, Germany founded in 2008. They released a two-song-12“LP called „heartwrencher“ (2009) and a double-12“-LP called „at zero“ (2010) through the German label Narshardaa Records. Both LPs were recorded at „Tonmeisterei-Studios“ in Oldenburg, Germany. Arktika has played shows with bands like Envy (jp), Scraps of Tape, Constants, Caspian and others. ... more

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Track Name: we live our lives in black
The weak are being trampled down
like flowers
in a world thats been built around
sex, money and war.
No time for compassion
in this man made dog eat dog world
if love’s just a battlefield
then modern life is a raging war.
We live our lives in black
in a world that has no heart.
what money breaks
we can never mend.
This is not a manifest.
it’s a call to arms.
So fuck your bling bling
and your gossip and lies.
they have no meaning for me.
Fuck your twisted ethics
in your push and shove world.
i have no part in this.
I’d rather live my life in black
Track Name: a fire to everything
Our cities become a wasteland.
Shopping mall ghosttowns.
To buy is to be free
says the credit card ad.
an honorable citizen
as long as you’re in debt.
An emptiness you can’t explain
comes from late night shifts.
a lifetime in the factory
replaced by machines.
paid just enough
to keep your mouth shut.
No creativity, no freedom
in this system we built on graves.
i’m not a machine, i’m a human being
in this system that we built on graves.
Is this how we choose to live?
is this the way you want to live?
i’m just a spark to a fire.
No more orders
from corrupt leaders.
no more peace
from warlords in disguise.
i wage a war even if i cannot win
as long as there’s no peace
for the average man.
How am i supposed
to put a child into your world.
that’s been reigned
by money, war and hate.
(you turned me) from driftwood
to a thorn in your heart.
from a spark in my heart
to a fire in your house.
from a hand in my pocket
to a fist in your face.
may these words fuel a fire.
a fire to everything.
From a spark to a fire.
(a fire) to everything.
We are a fire to everything.
a fire to everything.
No more orders.no more peace.
a fire to everything.
Track Name: interlude & vowbreaker
I broke a vow
when i let my guard down.
I wasted a good part of my life
searching for something
that i had already found.
Some things just can’t be undone
’cus the truth is what defines us.
there’s a crack in everything.
that’s how the light gets in.
but some things just cant be undone.
’cus the truth is what defines us.
So fucking sorry (that)
i choked a heart, and for the lies
that were killing us both.
i wish i could take them back.
but there’s one promise that i will
keep when blue turns to black
i won’t let you die alone.
I cleanse my eyes from regret
’cus every end is a new start.
and there’s a crack in everything,
that’s how the light gets in.
but some things just cant be undone.
’cus the truth is what defines us.
So fucking sorry (that) I choked a
heart and for the lies
that were killing us both.
i wish i could take them back.
but there’s one promise that i will
keep, when blue turns to black.
i won’t let you die alone.
To fear love is to fear life.
and those who fear life
are already dead.
To fear love is to fear life.
love won’t tear us apart again
Track Name: diorama
We wear our watches
like hourglasses of death
so we can keep track
of our time running out.
we can run but never leave
without leaving a piece of our youth.
When we were kids we believed in
forever, ’cus it was still at our hands.
i throw all these insecurities aboard.
they drown me like an anchor
I know sometimes it can wear you out
to always swim against the stream.
the harder the tide
the stronger i swim.
it’s what i learned from a song.
My life without me.
These words that we sung by heart
were the lives that we lived.
these songs on long night drives
is the ink in our skin.
I carry these words in my heart
so it’s not empty anymore.
they sink to the bottom
like a treasure I buried.
My life without me.
We will be the band
that will play when this ship sinks.
so carve these words in wood
and bury me in them.
Track Name: johnny castle
To everyone we lost too soon.
to all the fatherless sons.
this is for you.
the black chords they forced on us
under a broken sky
made us defy them.
Hail the all or nothing kids
with nothing to lose.
we’re not afraid anymore.
we’re like the summer loath to go.
i want to see hope in things.
i want my life back.
So come on with the darkness
and come on with the fear.
it’s gotta start somewhere
and it might as well be here
No god can save me.
no answers to my prayers
’cus nobody cares, nobody saves.
Wrest beauty away from me.
No god can save me.
no answers to my prayers
’cus nobody cares. Nobody saves.
Hail the all or nothing kids.
they live on.
take my life away from me.
with love i will live on.
So come on with the darkness
and come on with the fear.
it’s gotta start somewhere
and it might as well be here.