A Vision of Light

by Villainest

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vanillacat1 I don't normally buy albums on vinyl or CD unless it's something special. This album and this band absolutely qualify. An amazing find that gets lots of playtime at home and in the car. Hard to pick one favorite track, though. There are so many gems and not one song I'd think to skip over. Favorite track: Monolith.
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Spider-Bob I listen to AVOL almost every day. Villainest has one of the most fully formed sounds of any band. The lyrics are complex, well thought out, and paint the picture of a complete narrative. On the strength of this album, I sought out every other piece of audio they’ve created. I recommend sampling their entire catalog, especially "Fight on a Theme/Mixtape." Buy the album, its fit for framing. Also check out "Evil Party," it's on track 11 of the album "Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 4" by Chiptunes = WIN. Favorite track: Skeletons.
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Jim Nomad Villainest may very well be the best lyricists in chip music, but you wouldn't be blamed for missing it with how easy it is to lose yourself in the excellent synth and guitar work. A Vision of Light is a superbly-crafted album! Favorite track: Cliffhanger.
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Skyler Isaac Radical album all the way through. Also there's a cat on the cover, what else do you need? When I ordered the vinyl the band included a nice letter and even drew a picture of Sonic on it. 10/10 experience.
Carlene O
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Carlene O A great album with the perfect mixture of 16 bit genesis style music and rock. Villainest knows how to please the ears and the imagination! Favorite track: Escape From Space Jail.
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released August 3, 2018

Produced in Toronto by James Harding
Mastered by Maeghan Ritchat at Lacquer Channel
Cover art by Gill Story and Kai Salminen
Drums engineered at RNM Productions by Jari Salminen
Mix consultancy by Sean Hingston at Toshi Productions

Guitars built by Brendan Howlett
Drums built by TRS Custom Drums

VILLAINEST:
James Harding - vocals, guitars, programming
Gill Story - vocals, keytar
Jari Salminen - drums, electronic percussion
Kai Salminen - bass
Jarkko Ylanko - bass on 'Little Chainsaw' & 'A Vision of Light'
Robin Snip - vocals on 'Slow Motion Gunfights', 'Rapture' & 'Cliffhanger'

SPECIAL GUEST:
Marijn Snip - vocal samples on 'Little Chainsaw'

Special thanks to Sean Hingston, Julian Spillane, Orie Falconer and Nerv Persaud for their invaluable feedback, encouragement and advice throughout.

Mega thanks also to Shaun Hatton and Arthur Doyle, and all of the wonderful people and bands we've met and worked with while working on this project.

Immeasurable thanks to our families and friends for everything.

Thanks to Joe Mallia for the sweet Pitch Fork pedal loan.

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Track Name: Monolith
You're not gonna like it
If you like keeping score
But none of us can run from it no more
Throw aside your mission
The world is getting small
None of us can run from it no more

You're not gonna like it
But it's never been your call
Time makes fools and martyrs of you all
Banish all ambition!
March yourself to war!
Time makes fools and martyrs of you all

You can change your ways and blame yourself
You could stand your ground and run like hell
You could change your ways and blame yourself
You could make amends, but it won't help

Now the gate you fear has opened
Don't look at me like that
Don't look at me like that

The shape appears
The shape you hoped that...
Don't look at me like that
Don't look at me like that

Look to the future
And all that's at stake
Look to your past
It's all been a fake-out
Don't look at me like that
Don't look at me like that

Farther to safety and harder to fake
Look to the future -
It's all taking shape now!
Track Name: Slow Motion Gunfights
Tell me
My lines are distinguished, like I'm in control
Tell me
The sadness I carry is the same that you hold
Tell me
We got this, we're heroes, we'll never grow old
Why can't
You make me feel better at the cost of your soul?

And all I wanted from you
Was to be friends
Slow motion gunfights
Partners to the end, now
Each broken window bears the miracle of flight
The more that I describe it to you, baby
The less that I can focus on the fight

Tell me
Your lines are corrupt, set in deep by the cold
Tell me
The sadness I carry's something I have to own
Tell me
We had this, we lost it, and now we're too old
I tried
To make you feel better and it cost me my soul

And all I wanted from you
Was to be friends
Slow motion gunfights
Partners to the end, now
Each broken window bears the miracle of flight
The more that I describe it to you, baby
The less that I can focus on the fight
And the tequila that my name was predicated
Has made me oversensitive to light

Though the time that we spent doesn't have to be over
There's a limit to the weight I can keep on my shoulders
The best on the force and the worst takin' orders
Let's pick up what we can, make a break for the border.

And all I wanted from you
Was to be friends
Slow motion gunfights
Partners to the end, now
Each broken window bears the miracle of flight
The more that I describe it to you, baby...

I'll take you to service
Only if they're doing work
Benches reupholstered
Explosives in the church spire
Doves surround us as we storm into the night
We barely have the time to shield a baby
As we dive out through the window towards the light
We abseil through the fire with reckless fury
Take on fear to stand for what was right
Track Name: Rapture
I never thought the world would end
I thought our love could last
I'm sorry all the things I promised
Never came to pass
A force of nature so complex
We'll never understand
But the rapture's gonna be a party if you take my hand

I shoulda been noticed!
And got me some recognition
For talent I can only assume I have
I gotta control this
Sign terms and align conditions
Perfection in my victory laugh
Now I'm ready to own it
Make short work of the competition
The world has got to learn to pay up
I never wanna have known it
The luxury only given
To those who have the time to wake up

Don't call me naive, it's not polite to make assumptions like these
I just want to live my life in peace while friends surround me

Apocalypse noted!
My head can't relax, stay buried
When everything around it's on fire
I know I've been quoted
I told you that I'd be ready
That the end is something I have desired
But now that I'm shown it
The fault in what I believed in
I don't wanna face it alone
The future encoded
Locked tight in the highest building
One day we will claim as our home

One day we can lead a Fast & Furious style family
And we'll drive into the sunset with our fortune in the backseat, baby
Track Name: Skeletons
I see what you have become
I can't afford to be young

Take me back to my old life
I can tell my former self to stop
Running round in a cycle
Chasing things that I don't even want

Dawn of the dead
What have you done?
You were the savior
You were the sun

I'll see you through to the light
Join me and live through the night

I believe in a future
Everyone can get what they deserve
I believe in a future
Fight for the survival of the Earth

Dawn of the dead!
What have you done?
You were the savior
You were the sun
You gave us what we wanted
Something we can live through
Everything we wanted
And now we can't resist you


Dawn of the dead!
What can we do?
Take to the ocean
There's nothing left to lose
They want you to be silent
Payment for your safety
No man is an island
They're gonna have to make me
Track Name: Stalker
He's tall with a chiseled jaw
He's got a charming crooked smile and a twinkling eye
She's got all the boys in knots
She's got that certain little somethin' you just can't deny

They pass me by as I'm stocking the shelves
They ask politely 'bout my cat and my health

Then I know
That they'll go
Out of my aisle around the bend
If I could
Then I would
Be both their lover and their friend

Ain't got no baby who can love me back or hold me tight
It might sound crazy but I know that what I did was right
The world hates perfection
They'd never make it on their own
And now I'll never be alone

They walked right out the door
Expecting nothing, giving nothing
Like I don't need a thing
I know to me they meant more
I took a knife, I took her life
I took her diamond ring
The look on her face as I pulled the knife out
Could only be described as a silent shout

The night we
Became three
A memory I'll always save
Now you'll find
Them close by
Their bodies in an unmarked grave

Ain't got no baby who can love me back or hold me tight
It might sound crazy but I know that what I did was right
The world hates perfection
They'd never make it on their own
And now I'll never be alone

Though they're gone
They live on
Their love is locked inside my head
The ring on
My finger
Means that to me they're never dead.

Ain't got no baby who can love me back or hold me tight
It might sound crazy but I know that what I did was right
The world hates perfection
They'd never make it on their own
And now I'll never be alone...
Now I'll never be alone.
Track Name: Cliffhanger
I was afraid of death and I don't get how you could pretend to be not
You've no concern in betraying your family or whether or not you'll be caught
Crime used to pay you so much
Less so today

We know who you are and we know what you came for
We know what you want and we know what to aim for
Now I am not as angry as I thought I'd be
That you are the one
You are the one
And you are not as careful as you ought to be
Keep dreamin' on
Keep dreamin' on

I can climb to formidable heights with no rope or a second of thought
I can save or destroy you should you need assistance or need to be fought
I've made mistakes I can't change
I've shied away
Shouldered the blame
No more, no way

Crime used to pay you so

I know I had to leave you
I know you had to lie
I know that you feel guilty
But you don't have to hide
I see you on the mountain
The future in your eyes
I forgive you...
Track Name: Prom Night
I'm the girl in the corner
Wearing a false cloak of modesty
Begging for compliments

Pink tulle and rainbows, he drives us around town
I am the prom queen, this is the best I've found
Prisms and fireworks, he drives us around town
This is forever, this is the best

I'm the girl wearing rainboots
Where there is sunshine
So I'm begging your sympathy
I'm the girl wearing rainboots
Where there is sunshine
So I'm feeling your sympathy

Don't pretend I'm the girl that you want me to be
I don't need the attention, I do it for me
I've been feelin' so lonely since you hit the scene
I don't need the attention, I do it for me

(Never one to be violent
But when I protect her so
I swear that she's into me
Never been in a fight before
She holds my hand
I know that it's meant to be)
Track Name: Little Chainsaw
When you asked me what I wanted
Never suspected I could be so certain
Don't ever ask me to explain it
Some mysteries better left behind the curtain
(Fate can't stop me now)
We've got the power, we can make it
So don't you ever
(Turn this car around)
A little muscle and a new direction
(Fate can't stop me now)
Their time is over, we can take it
So don't you ever
(Turn this car around)
I see the future and our true reflection

Mother - you showed me how...
Father! Don't let me down.

You know your mind and I respect it
I could never
I'll take you anywhere your heart desires
We'll find evil and correct it
Be together
Protect the world against the creeps and liars.

Mother - you showed me how...
Father! Don't let me down.
Track Name: Escape From Space Jail
You lack the weapons
You lack the nerve
You lack the courage to escape Space Jail
You're such a rebel
Man of the world
Ignoring every virtue of the beaten trail
You want it?
You got it!!
We'll take away your freedom if you're not for sale
You want it?
You got it!!
Do you still see the faces of the friends you failed?

We are a sovereign nation
So come do your worst
You think you can take us over
But not if we find you first

We are perfection
We are your god
Detain you for eternity for no good reason
You anti-heroes
All look the part
Sure to be a shoo-in at awards show season
You want it?
You got it!!
Did Cube update you that the ghosts of Mars were real?
You want it?
You got it!!
Sit back and let the future tell you how to feel

We are a sovereign nation
So come do your worst
You have no jurisdiction
So save it for Earth
The chances for peace you wasted
The voices inside your head
You'd be the perfect soldier
But you had to act like the hero instead.
Track Name: A Vision of Light
You fell apart in the city
Had to escape from it all
Just admit it
Just admit it
You fell into a spiral and now live within it

But you're not looking for pity
You're always lookin' for more
Don't sweat it
Don't forget it
If you can breathe fire, you set your own limits

You're a survivor
And I'm not surprised
You could eat us alive and we'd be grateful

And when the city's laid to waste you'll find your calling
And you can always find the best time to stop talking
And I wish you nothing but the very best in all things
Nothing that a few years of therapy
And the structure of family can't heal
And you can be alone again

I wanna share with you something
I had a vision of light
Don't you fight it
Don't try to hide it
Victory's upon you, the fates have decided

If I don't wake in the morning
And vanish into the night
They don't see it
But I still believe it
You have been the hero we all truly needed

You've got the hunger
To tear us asunder
And eat our reserve of nuclear weapons - whoa!

And when the city's laid to waste you'll find your calling
And you can always find the best time to stop talking
And I wish you nothing but the very best in all things
Nothing that a few years of therapy
And the structure of family can't heal
And you can be alone
All of the people around you are fixin' to fight
But I want to help you get home again.

I can't miss you
As your silhouette burns bright behind the skyline
It might be the last time I can say
I - I'll miss you
And I regret the times that I was quick to anger
Just 'cause I don't understand you, but

Now I - I see you
And if we still maintain our threats to your ascension
We haven't paid attention on the way
I - I need you
And as the city wakes to catch your new horizon
And all the sins we tried to hide away

I could find you
If I decide
All that hides you
Are blinding lights

I catch you through the embers
You can take your time and I won't blame you
The ocean rose to take your heart away
I might not be remembered
But I was there and I could not forget you
The night will still remain a part of me

I thought I saw the future
But every time I thought I had the answers
I focused on the shapes that lie to me
I - I can't stand to lose you
So if your thoughts start holding you to ransom
Take my hand and don't lose sight of me

I could find you
If I decide
All that hides you
Are blinding lights

I could find you
If I decide
All that hides you
Are blinding lights

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