Menimals

by MENIMALS

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For Menimals, melody is the medium to delve into the mysteries of chaos and creation.

Menimals opens a gate through which Doctor Forge and the creatures he engineered deliver their luminous messages of myth and truth to the world. Their improvisational investigation of kraut-rock with strong ambient influences reflects an experimental worldview that reveals itself in the lyrics, visual aesthetic, and in the hypnotic live performances.

Menimals offers not just concerts but cinematic events in which they reconnect with the mysticism of nature. Breaking the boundary between men and animals, they interact with the audience through the psychedelia of their soundscapes. Live performances are rare due to the frail state of Dr. Forge's health and the fact that he lives secluded upon another continent, North America, while his creatures toil in the hills of Northern Italy.

The man/animal musicians are specifically designed to be the sonic representation of the cosmic beauty and symmetry embodied in the Platonic solids, the classical elements of alchemy, and the symbolic animal spirits whose masks they wear:

The four Elements together create the Dodecahedron – aether, void, or quintessence, the most subtle and incorruptible element. The medium of sound, it is inaccessible to all other senses. This is the MUSIC of Menimals.

Menimals' debut album is "a symphony of solids in five movements" -- a reference to the five shapes that make up the Platonic Solids and from which each of the Menimals was conceived. Dr. Forge, with his scorched lungs and frail bones, weaves an archetypal story of the hero's journey through the five shapes related to the elemental root symbolized by each of the characters of Menimals. From the known to the unknown, each unknown becomes a familiar -- a spirit-creature of mysticism serving as spy and companion and jester. In the music, the listener is given both solace and a challenge to transcend.

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released April 9, 2016

The Rat: Drums/Hexahedron/Earth
The most stable element, the layer on which the other instruments stand.

The Chimera: Bass and Additional Guitar/Icosahedron/Water
Is complementary to earth and is the most mobile element.

The Gryphon: Guitar and Production/Octahedron/Air
The water lies on the earth, the air lies in the surface of the water. Constantly flies between melody and noise.

Doctor Forge: Voice/Tetrahedron/Man/Fire
The most mutable and unpredictable element. May be a spark or a blaze. It carries the light. It's the lantern in the dark that shows the way.

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Track Name: In This Unforgiving Heat
where is safe?
how tight is taut?
enemies lying in wait
there are things I crave
strange fantasies permeate
you can never know what works below
hot / cold - compensate
I sweat for no reasons but my own


struggling
reckless
chaos


the common suffer while others carry on
Track Name: Dodecahedron, The Window Sphere
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dodecahedron
above as below
first of awareness
master of all
master...
harness the planet
create the mold
supreme awareness
master of all
master. . .


precious melodies, when they came, they came divine
god-head turtles-out for a peak, retreats inside
thunder overhead and underneath, a lightning strike
the space in between takes a charge and comes alive


pick one of twelve sides
ruminate
pick one of twelve tones
masticate idly


twelve plane faces seeing twelve tones
(the window sphere,)
we strive for closeness but live alone
(the window sphere, close)


closer

we strive for closeness


eternal embrace: a twelve plane face
twelve tones are sonic: dodecaphonic
a symphony of solids in five movements: Platonic


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Track Name: Tetrahedron
experiments continue
devotion
endurance unvaried


hook to the lungs a sharp wind endeavors
fights hard, cold machines


compulsively rechecking instruments
calibrate as routine


data it gave, confusing alliance
flesh versus machine


think what could be gained in a short time
pleasure and pain in the long run
vacillate between the poles: fire to cold


knowing well enough in a short time
the two extremes in the long run
vacillate between the types: hot to ice


I gave it the heart
a soul like a flower
wet, rise, work, and be


drying occurs

lunar landscape arises
wind hot like machine


fueling replace
a hum of an engine
wet, rise, work, and be


dialing it down
pistons slow
an idle
poised for flight, hot machine
Track Name: Transition From A Cube To The Octahedron
don't get lost in the cliffs
save it
don't get lost in the cliffs
lost


confession time
fess up
got the goods on you
eviscerates shadows


now is the new never
then was the old herald
(stand and pose, bravo!)


welcoming you always
ciao to the new herald
eviscerate fear


hold back
keep up
informant in the loop
informant in here


don't get lost in the cliffs
save it
don't get lost in the cliffs
marble and granite
metallic
organic


find a better way to Rome
find a better path to roam
find a better way
find it
search
(vesica piscis)


find a better way to Rome
the devil knows
the devil known
the devil knows to provide illusions of grand illusions
the devil is known to do right
the devil is known
...do about it...


try to seem like there's no care
it's easy, laissez faire
stone cold in a stone chair
ambiance stabilizes


white passion
dark fashion
(vesica piscis)


find a better way to Rome
on this rock, a home
soft hand hard bone
a cube under octahedron


find a better way to Rome
better path to roam
from the doorstep to the pillow
backstage at the show
the devil is known


don't get lost in the cliffs
save it
don't get lost in the cliffs
marble and granite
metallic
organic
dense as the earth itself
dense as
dirt
Track Name: Bird On The Wing As A Hinge
nematode hides in holes
no daylight
forcing sight
(temper day trepidation)


beauty goes in a stove
forcing nines
forsake kind
(where you go? you go away go)


spinning slow, atoms go speed of light
elopement time
(what to know? everything!)


bridges go over
show gorge of mind
valley pines (too wet for fire, young and full of pitch)


through the phase and shift
metamorphosis: a grower a shower
(there you are)


through the phase and the shift
metamorphosis: revealing a chosen
(there you are)


through the phase and the shift
metamorphosis: thinning the heard
(there you are)


through the phase and the shift
metamorphosis... a mind of its own...


ahh... innocence, unhinge
a bird on the wing as a hinge
pivots
becomes anew
arrives anew


and here we are
a hot welcome over a cold goodbye


unhinges
a bird like a hinge lifting


unhinges
a bird like a hinge turning


unhinges
a bird like a hinge receding


unhinges
a bird like a hinge, pinpoint


is that the temperature?
the fire's cold


close the valves
it's cooling
take action


beauty goes in a stove
forcing nines
forsake kind
(where you go? you go away go)


the experiment is over...