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Recorded between Nov 2014 and August 2017 in Chorley, Lancashire

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released August 11, 2017

Produced, written and recorded by Stuart Smythe
Vocals on 'The Robot' by Alan Gillhespy
Violins on 'The Battle For The Skies' by Thomas Corrigan
Synths on 'The Ghost In The Machine' by Stephen James Buckley/Polypores

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Track Name: The Robot
**AN INTERCEPTED CODED DOCUMENT REVEALED THE ROGUE STATE OF NEW JAPAN TO BE WORKING ON SOMETHING OF SIGNIFICANCE DEEP UNDERGROUND. RUMOURS TOLD OF A GIGANTIC MECHANOID, TALLER THAN A SKYSCRAPER, CAPABLE OF LEVELLING ENTIRE CITIES.
THE MILITARY DID NOT TAKE SUCH A THREAT SERIOUSLY**

They're going to build a robot
So powerful it could never be stopped
It's going to stand into the sky
Ready to sound the war cry
Driven to arms, enemies on each side
Heaven to earth; they'll take it all

MECHA
Track Name: The Battle For The Skies
**THE AIRSTRIKES CAME OUT OF THE BLUE, CARRIED OUT BY FIGHTER JETS OF A KIND NEVER SEEN BEFORE. THE ATTACKS WERE SWIFT AND EFFICIENT, FOCUSSED SOLELY ON THE NAVAL BASE SOME MILES OUTSIDE OF THE CITY. NEARBY CARRIERS RUSHED TO SCRAMBLE EVERY PLANE THEY HAD AT THEIR DISPOSAL, AND SO BEGAN THE BATTLE FOR THE SKIES**
Track Name: The City
**AND SO WE SEE THE CAPITAL; CITY OF THE FREE. THE WORLD'S LARGEST METROPOLIS**

**MEANWHILE, IN THE DEPTHS OF THE OCEAN CREPT MECHA. SILENT AND INVISIBLE TO THE SHIPS FAR ABOVE HER, PEOPLED BY JUST A FEW - AN UNFORTUNATE CREW CONFINED TO A BARELY LIVEABLE SECTION IN HER HEAD - NOT IN CONTROL BUT MERELY CARETAKERS OF THE LARGEST WEAPONISED MACHINE EVER BUILT;
PROGRAMMED ONLY FOR DESTRUCTION**
Track Name: The Depths Of The Ocean
**DEEP INSIDE THE SKULL OF THE ROBOT, A MEMBER OF THE CREW SPOTTED AN ANOMALY IN THE PROGRAMMING. CURIOUS, HE DELVED DEEPER**
Track Name: The Ghost In The Machine
There's a ghost in the machine
And I don't know what it means
Hidden inside the holes
Of all the numbers and the codes
And I've checked the system through
Little else that I could do
Watching nature run its course
Just like a virus takes it's host

There's a ghost in the machine
And I can't see what it means
Hiding inbetween the cracks
And the system can't fight back
And if I told a single soul
They'd simply throw me in the hold
For mine is not to reason why
Mine is but to do and die

There's a ghost in the machine
And I'm scared by what it means
Like we've programmed a mistake
And it's gonna seal our fates
Just above the ocean floor
Hotter than the planet's core
Feels like something's gotta give
It's almost like she wants to live

There's a ghost in the machine
Track Name: The Battle For The Harbour
**A STORM WAS BREWING, WAVES CRASHING AGAINST THE WALLS OF THE HARBOUR. AS DAY DREW INTO NIGHT IT BEGAN TO RAIN, THOSE STILL WALKING ALONG THE WATER'S EDGE RUNNING FOR SHELTER. NOBODY SAW WHAT WAS RISING FROM THE SEA, NOT UNTIL THE FIRST CRACK OF LIGHTNING ILLUMINATED ITS HULKING METAL FORM.
MECHA'S EYES LIT UP, PIERCING YELLOW LIGHTS SEEKING OUT THEIR TARGETS AS SHE STRODE INEXORABLY TOWARDS THE CITY'S EDGE. AS PANDEMONIUM BROKE OUT ONSHORE SHE OPENED HER MOUTH AND SOUNDED THE BATTLE CRY**

People! Prepare to meet your fate
At the hands of our machine from a century of hate
Behold! The bringer of your demise
You can try to get away but there's nowhere left to hide

There's no hope
Revenge will be so sweet
We'll show no mercy
Our victory will complete

MECHA

Enemies! Fall down to your knees
You can brace for the descent but you'll never make us bleed

Mecha! Raise your arm!
Prepare to fire the death ray!

I WILL NOT FIGHT
Track Name: The Robot's Message
**AND MECHA FELL SILENT, THE GREAT DEATH RAY AIMED AT THE HARBOUR LOWERING, AND THE LIGHTS OF HER EYES DIMMING. THOSE ONSHORE WHO HAD NOT FLED SAW WHAT APPEARED TO BE A MACHINE POWERING DOWN.
INSIDE THE ROBOT THE WORKERS DESPERATELY TRIED TO REGAIN CONTROL TO NO AVAIL. MECHA HAD SPOKEN AND IN DOING SO SOUNDED HER OWN DEATH KNELL, HER ONLY WISH SIMPLY NOT TO FIGHT. IN THE DEPTHS OF HER MIND A FORM OF SENTIENCE HAD FOUND ITS VOICE, THE ROBOT BUILT ONLY FOR DESTRUCTION REJECTING ITS SOLE PURPOSE.
AND AS THE TROOPS CLOSED IN, AND AS THE FIRST MISSILES WERE FIRED AT HER MASSIVE, UNMOVING FORM, SHE SENT OUT AN ELECTRONIC MESSAGE BROADCAST ON EVERY FREQUENCY; A FAREWELL TO THE WORLD AND TO THOSE WHO HAD CREATED HER**

I haven't been upon this world for long
Yet so much strikes me as so very wrong
You rule your corners with an iron fist
Yet seem so scared by things that don't exist
I know I'm just a thing of steel and ore
I've never had a single thought before
But if this violence is the best you've got
I'd rather die than take a single shot
At you

They tried to build a robot
So powerful it could never be stopped
They could've strived for so much more
Ready to sound the war cry
Driven to arms, enemies on each side
Trapped in a world so beautiful

They tried to build a robot