Brand New Earth: A Space Opera

by Brandon Mohlis

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GeN2Mo A really well fleshed out and realised concept album with radio play elements in the general musical style of Townsends Ziltoid, just a lot less wacky and with a strong injection of SYL. And while it always stays close to Townsends work in style, there's by far enough really strong material here to enjoy it in its very own right. Favorite track: The Anthem Of Commander Zid.
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Brandon Mohlis presents his first full-length solo album "Brand New Earth: A Space Opera". As the first of what will be many multi-genre concept albums, Brand New Earth: A Space Opera tells the story of Commander Zid, and his mission to save the last of humankind following an alien attack. This album fits comfortably in the metal genre, and is influenced by the likes of Devin Townsend and Ayreon.

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released September 15, 2014

All music written and performed by Brandon Mohlis, with special guest appearances from Raven Ridinger, Jared Isaacs, Chris Blades, Kevin Underwood, and Rev. Dr. John Schaeffer.

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Brandon Mohlis Springfield, Missouri

Brandon Mohlis is an independent musician who hopes to someday have a career in creating music. Having played music nearly his whole life and a graduate of the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, Brandon writes, records and produces his music from the ground up. ... more

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Track Name: Prologue [This Old Earth]
Prologue (This Old Earth)

Brandon
We’re told of the end of the world
A cold reminder of what’s yet to come
Below, the people of Earth
Are force to choose to stay or choose to run...behold

Behold, truth from the sky
And when it all falls down, and surrounds us all, we’ll be realigned

But those, with stars in their eyes
Who realized what humankind was worth
We go, we take to the skies
It’s time to say goodbye to this old Earth

Go forth in the night
Burn down the walls that keep you confined
For when the end of the world has come, you’ll be
Realigned with the stars in the sky

Brandon, Raven
Dark animations sweep across your eyes
And the cold dark truth will shine through the worst of Ezekiel’s lies
And the man-made prophet will ensure the end of all human kind

Brandon
It’s time to find a brand new Earth!

Brandon, Raven
Open your eyes
You fell for the lies
Would you burn alive

Brandon
Or would you survive?!

Brandon, Raven
Dark revelations guide the fools of our race
When the end draws near are you going to take the prophet’s embrace
Or will you be a human of reason and join the fleet out in space

Human’s finest
Soldiers of science
Lead the way to a brand new earth
False religious
Cognitive dissonance
Won’t you join us

Brandon
Or join us in fire as the earth begins to expire

Brandon, Raven
We’re told of the end of the world
To realize what humankind is worth
We go, we take to the skies
It’s time to say goodbye to this old earth

We take to the skies
It’s time to say goodbye to this old earth
Track Name: Brand New Earth
Brand New Earth

VERSE 1
Raven
Maniacal, Ezekiel, commanding and deceitful
Brandon
Another disguise ‘til the moment arrives, solely to control the people
Raven
Infallible, delusional, controlling and relentless
Brandon
The heavens will bring a galactic design that will redefine the human process

PRE-CHO
We told all the believers
That they had been deceived and
The ones that don’t flee with us
Will all get left behind

Crowd (to record later)
Stay on Earth or flee, the decision’s up to me

Brandon, Raven
Say goodbye to all that you’ve believed

CHORUS
Because stars, are photographs in time
A billion years of lies
And what if we all die before the sky begins to fall

We’re running out of time
To save all humankind
Destroyed by our designs, it’s time to find a brand new…

VERSE 2
Raven
Subliminal, phenomenal, an iridescent evil
Brandon
Preparing the minds of the weak and the blind, to be ready for the subjugation
Raven
By your design, you redefine, the evolution signal
Brandon
Scientific minds, destroyers of mankind, down with the federation!



PRE-CHO
We told all the believers
That they had been deceived and
The ones that don’t flee with us
Will all get left behind

Crowd (to record later)
Stay on Earth or flee, the decision’s up to me

Brandon, Raven
Say goodbye to all that you’ve believed

CHORUS
Because stars, are photographs in time
A billion years of lies
And what if we all die before the sky begins to fall

We’re running out of time
To save all humankind
Destroyed by our designs, it’s time to find a brand new earth

GUITAR SOLO

CHORUS
Because stars, are photographs in time
A billion years of lies
And what if we all die before the sky begins to fall

We’re running out of time
To save all humankind
Destroyed by our designs, it’s time to find a brand new earth

A billion years of lies

We’re running out of time
To save all humankind, it’s time to find a brand new earth
Track Name: The Airships Of Ezekiel
The Airships Of Ezekiel

Oh you, a satellite above me
Hovering in open skies, in firelight, so beautiful to see
So true, everything they said to me
And here we are at the dawn of time, and the atmosphere
Is getting hard to breath

And we fall

It’s true, the wheels turn in different ways
You took it down and tore apart the elements that held it all in place
But you, you see it with a different face, and they say you
took it all, from your own home to bless us with your grace

And we fall

Thy kingdom come, crashing down to the earth!

But no, blinded by unearthly cold
an air that carries the nightmare across to the land of horrors untold

The anger of god is unfurled, this is the end of the world!
Gaze your eyes as the airships take to the skies!
Track Name: HMS Orion
HMS Orion


VERSE 1
Raven
Activate the stasis chambers
Rest your weary heads
With the path behind us clear now
We can plot the course ahead
We’ve left behind, an empty shell of
A planet we called home
Now we fly in darkness in our geodesic domes

An evacuation mission
A one-way expedition to the stars

VERSE 2
Brandon
History tells us all how humankind survives
Mystery compels us when it’s time to stay alive
Perhaps we’ll find the central point from where we all derive
But only if the life force feeds the anti-matter drive

Brandon/Raven
The HMS Orion
The last of her kind flying through the stars

Raven
In the vast and lonely atmosphere
Are we really all alone out here

CHORUS
Brandon/Raven
In a galaxy light years away
May we live long in a brand new way (so say we all)
Set a course for somewhere wild and new
May we fly at speeds of light with you
Orion! (flying through the dark & starlit night)
Orion! (Travelling without a hope in sight)

SOLO





VERSE 3
Brandon
The pride of the alliance
The flagship of the corps
She’s the last survivor of the
last atomic war

Cosmic gods above us
Guide us on the starlit trail
Lead us to salvation where all
Other humans failed

Brandon/Raven
Destination nowhere
Don’t despair, it’s somewhere in the stars

Raven
In the vast and lonely atmosphere
Are we really all alone out here

CHORUS
Brandon/Raven
In a galaxy light years away
May we live long in a brand new way (so say we all)
Set a course for somewhere wild and new
May we fly at speeds of light with you
Orion! (flying through the dark & starlit night)
Orion! (Travelling without a hope in sight)
Orion! Oh-o-o-o-o-o
Orion! Oh-o-o-o-o-o

BRIDGE
Raven/Brandon
Everything will be alright
If we just stay the course
And coast on through the
Universal source

We’ll navigate, the endless darkness
Starlight in our wake
With all remaining human life
At stake




Days to weeks, then into months
Then slowly into years
Waiting ‘til our
brand new earth appears

Even when the fuel is spent
And we’ve all passed away
The HMS Orion flies on
Through the depths of outer space

Raven
In the vast and lonely atmosphere
Are we really all alone out here

CHORUS
Brandon/Raven
In a galaxy light years away
May we live long in a brand new way (so say we all)
Set a course for somewhere wild and new
May we fly at speeds of light with you
Orion! (flying through the dark & starlit night)
Orion! (Travelling without a hope in sight)
Orion! Oh-o-o-o-o-o
Orion! Oh-o-o-o-o-o
Track Name: The Anthem Of Commander Zid
The Anthem of Commander Zid

VERSE 1
Brandon
All systems are offline
Commander Zid reporting in and terrified
All Earth’s remaining life
Is waiting in the cargo hold ‘til we arrive

Raven
The light source burns forever
But not the anti-matter drive
The life force has been severed
And chances are we won’t survive

VERSE 2
Brandon
I’ll sacrifice my life
The cosmic thrust will realign and energize
And though I won’t survive
I’d get this bird to fly again now wouldn’t I

Reactivate the light source
Engage the anti-matter drive
Reanimate the life force
I swear to you that you’ll survive

On my life!

INTERLUDE

All
No pain, no glory
Steadfast in your way
All hands to starboard
Steadfast in your way (repeat 1x) 2nd time [ +to save us all]

Raven
Please don’t go, commander, find another way
Please don’t go, I beg you find another way to save us all





BRIDGE
Raven
If I rewrite the temporal lines
The chrono wave could freeze all of time
And active the energy grid
We’d save commander zid

VERSE 3
Brandon
And so nobody dies
Commander Zid reporting in, and still alive
And so we float along
The outlook’s grim but we’ll stay strong

All
They’ll raise a thousand glasses
And sing the songs of all that he did
They’ll write a thousand anthems
In honor of commander Zid

To his life!
Track Name: The Traveller
The Traveller


VERSE 1
Jared
Greetings from, far beyond
The laws of time and space
I’ve been sent to test you
As the last of the human race

Tomorrow is irrelevant
You’re low on energy
Your systems have malfunctioned
And all you have is me

The option is the universe, don’t you see?
The bounty of the greatest mystery
Would you look for a brand new earth to control
Or would you let go of your instincts, and find your way back home

CHORUS 1
Jared
You who doubt
You think you’ve figured out
What everything’s about
And this I can’t allow

I am the traveller, light years ahead of you

Singers of songs
And yet you made the bombs
This so-called human “kind”
Is just a bad design

I am the traveller, just who the hell are you?











VERSE 2
Brandon

Greetings from the planet Earth
We’re the last of a dying race
A race bound for destruction
Determined to fall from grace

We thought we were masters of
Our elaborate design
We thought we were creators of
The ideal human mind

Not all minds think alike, don’t you see
But when it comes to faith, we embrace the mystery
We look for a brand new earth, to call home
Even though the ship that takes us, flies on a course unknown

CHORUS 2
Brandon

Here we are
drifting through the stars
despite all the alarms
despite the endless hours

we are still travellers, just not evolved as you

Humankind
Can only be defined
By what we do with life
And that we can’t deny

We could be travellers, if everything was new












BRIDGE
Brandon
It started off so well
From what we could tell
We began as something innocent and
It all went to hell

Brandon/Raven (harmony)
Beyond the human race
Beyond all time and space
Beyond our realm of thinking

There awaits a brand new earth
A society’s rebirth
That reinvents the universe

INTERLUDE
Jared
I could be wrong
But could it be
This human speaks to me

They fly with starlight in their wake
On blind trajectories

They seem so sure
Despite the odds
So they fly endlessly

I may consider saving them
To see who they grow to be

Oh can’t you see me now
Having travelled the universe

Savior of all humankind
And founder of a brand new earth

I have to tell you what I know
There is, something I should show you
Hold on tight

I am a traveller in time!
I have the power to rewind…your world…
Track Name: The Key To Time
The Key To Time


VERSE 1
Brandon
It can’t be real
The tachyonic
Anti-telephone told us so

Yet you reveal
In your reality, you
Travel down temporal roads

Raven
Don’t think
Don’t dwell on
What you can’t understand

PRECHORUS
Jared
We are the ones who travel time
The sky was ours to realign
The words were ours to redefine
But that’s all over now

VERSE 2
Jared
There was a time
When there were more of us
But nowadays I travel alone

I seem to find
Solace in solitude
Coasting through the temporal roads

Raven
Once more in the darkness
Once more in the cold, unknowingly
Once more in the starlight
Once more on our way we go, now

Don’t think
Don’t dwell on
What you can’t understand


PRECHORUS
Jared
You’ll be the ones to travel time
You’ll hit restart on humankind
You’d best sit back and hold on tight
And watch while I apply

CHORUS
All
The key to time

INTERLUDE
Brandon
Powered by untold amounts
Of advanced technology
Take a look out starboard side
And tell me what you see

Raven
The birth of a planet
Re-birth of a place we once called home
Just like we imagined
Just like we all used to love and know

Brandon/Raven
This beautiful planet
Glowing bright in blue and green, no
Evidence of our old lives
And just the atmosphere between us, we’ve arrived…with….

CHORUS
All
The key to time

PRECHORUS
You’ve been the ones to travel time
You’ve hit restart on human kind
Your potential’s realized
Now I bid you good luck, and goodbye

All
The key to time
Track Name: Prepare To Land
Prepare To Land


VERSE 1
Brandon
Down we go onto a brand new earth
Stars above us, fading from black into blue
Brandon/Raven
Gravity starts to take hold again
Listen close and you’ll hear the hull burning through

CHORUS
Brandon/Raven
Altitude dropping profoundly as we near the ground
Brace yourselves and begin to start counting down

VERSE 2
Brandon
Steady now, hold the trajectory
Captain Eve, begin descending as we planned
Brandon/Raven
Here we stand, fulfilling our last command
Calling all hands, lock down and prepare to land

CHORUS 2X