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THE KILLING HAD BEGUN |
1994 | CD



ALL MUSIC AND WORDS BY SEVREN NI-ARB. RECORDED AND MIXED AT T.G.I.F. PRODUCED BY SEVREN NI-ARB. PERFORMED BY SEVREN NI-ARB AND RAIVE YARX.

TRACKLIST

01.
I PROMISE YOU A MURDER
02. WIPE NO TEARS
03. CUL-DE-SAC
04. NO PREMONITION
05. WORTHLESS
06. MADE OF WAX
07. MY BACK
08. THE OCCURENCE
09. YOUR EYES
10. CONVERSION
11. INSIGHT

LYRICS

I PROMISE YOU A MURDER --- it's my doubt to make you understand no react on rules don't wait for schedules don't stick your face under glass lay your hand down on your knees scatter-brained realize a time-lag I don't want you to hide this way is too far don't need to delve and call my first case it's no delusion I promise you a murder.

WIPE NO TEARS --- You wipe no tears Though children are sad Your task is just To bring the death I saw you enter Someone's room I saw you enter Bring your sense A kind of doom A person bleeds The body so small to eat Children standing Round the scene They never will the brain goes clean you look around now hear they sing your song a view up and down children standing round no time can relieve the pain the tears are lost in pain.

CUL-DE-SAC --- dislocate my savage dreams and you'll know it's reality count the tears in my eyes no disgust in my mind it's substantial for my life my subliminal thoughts are my precepts I don't want to submit don't try to locate my disease it's no disease don't worry I'll get my second chance now I'm waiting for the onrush in my head but do you know I'm in a cul-de-sac I said to you tell me lies to believe in you you hope to clear my face with a "four-years-night" your words so silent and strange my head is closed for you

NO PREMONITION --- back on the television bespatter now don't look beside you could be frightened this is not the first night but sit down calm can you sympathize but that's of no avail please realize now all this happens round you there's no premonition we just see the fact and we only wait for another take.

WORTHLESS --- push aside the sense of a full life search for a home In a dead way I see you sample a kind of a game tell me what happens when you go again a shock to me don't matter when it's christmas don't matter how you can call your game awake for me awake for you I hold my arms around what you leave I can't imagine that you see an aim you take your gun you take your hand with open eyes you stop the light sadness bloodthirsty life is worthless so you start to end

MADE OF WAX --- I look around all the faces on the ground The faces seem to be made of wax all the eyes out of life the walls so red
my thoughts turn to black all the men they are moving so slow people staring at the scene the tears so cold policemen talking about what happened a woman's shout something's wrong here I open the door the walls can't enter this floor


MY BACK --- this place is good for me to begin so I realize something your eyes staring at no trees just lies I can use for me it's a harder disease I don't follow you it's a harder disease so I will laugh at you they call you a fool they say you are weak but nothing can make me accept your act let's bury your brain mud one step beside let's talk about murder I have to decide what's about you I see the trees around you no tree is staring at you this is what I'm choosing too don't know how can I react there's nothing to regret don't know how can I regret so I show you my back

THE OCCURENCE --- When you look around The circumstance And you think about The occurence You know no one can judge What happened to you [I wish he was dead] A face on a wall And a face behind your eyes Can you tell me how to act Under pain of your mind You'll never touch a small hand Ever see the closed eyes Tears run across your face You'll never break the emptiness And you hear your cry again You don't to listen to reason They just all commiserate you The only help you think about Somebody should die.

YOUR EYES --- you enter my life don't know why can't review the beginning on the ground my view up where is god you look down
on my wounds you ought to feel my fear despaired I know my tears my body full of blood I try to find the sense of my death I look in your eyes don't know why to find a kind of sorrow but now I know your eyes don't know cries you look down to stop the rest of my life I see your eyes and I know I will go now I see your eyes I'm despaired and I now I will go now


CONVERSION --- when they crawl into fear someone should be near I turn around and they will crying out you don't have to shout I could be your avenger when I have to explain the reason for this pain I just feel shame I want you dead want you alive I ask for advice and I know when you die I'm down on your dignity I have to decide I have to punish you want a sudden insight I could free you but will you lock up me forever in my head and I know your wrong but no conversion they pronounce you guilty I make no reply

INSIGHT --- I hope one day we will understand I don´t think so but it´s time to try.


REVIEWS

NEWLIFE 03/1994
Wir schreiben das Jahr 4 nach „Gottes Tod", ganz Deutschland ist okku- piert vom schlechten Geschmack unter der Herrschaft von „Das will Ich", „Projekt Mistgabel", „Relatives Doofsein" und anderen. Ganz Deutschland? Nein, denn im kleinen Dorf Senden bei Münster, leisten zwei Elektroniker erbitterten Widerstand. Jetzt mal im Ernst: Solch eine
hervorragende Produktion ist in deutschen Landen wirklich selten geworden. Nach den Alben „Freaks" und „Human Desolation", mit denen sich XMTP an die Spitze der deutschen Electro-Szene spielten, lieferten sie jetzt mit dem neuem Longplayer ihr bisheriges Meisterstück ab. Gab es auf ihren ersten beiden Alben durchaus noch einige Schwachstellen, so kann man eben soicne auf „The Killing Had Begun" nicht mehr feststellen. Raive und Sevren griffen tief in die
Trickkiste und zauberten so manchen geilen Sound hervor. Mein Lieblingsbeispiel hierfür ist „Made Of Wax", wohl auch einer der potentiellen Hits des Albums. Wie angeKÜndigt klingen XMTP wieder härter als auf dem Vorgänger „Human Desolation", was Ihnen mehr als gut steht. Wer aber jetzt meint X Marks würden nur noch knüppeln, ist auf dem Holzweg; denn dazu sind sie wiederum zu intelligent. Doch bei
„Cul De Sac" und „My Back" meint man glatt, von der Rhythmik und den Sequencersounds her Parallelen zu Nitzer Ebb zu „Belief"-Ära ziehen zu können, auch wenn ich mit dieser Meinung wahrscheinlich alleine dastehe, da wieder alle Welt jene berühmten Kanadier (ihr wißt schon...) zum Vergleich heranzieht. Zu Unrecht, denn diese Band ist weit davon entfernt, Skinny Puppy einfach nur zu kopieren, wie es leider
so viele deutsche Combos tun, sie haben höchstens von ihnen gelernt. Nach der Drogenthematik des Vorgängers beschäftigen sich Sevren und Raive nun mit Mord, speziell mit dem sozialen Background, der zum
Mordfall führt, so daß dieses Album wie „Human Desolation" ebenfalls einen gewissen Konzeptalbumcharakter besitzt. X Marks The Pedwalk legen mit „The Killing Had Begun" ein äußerst eigenständiges und ausgereiftes Werk vor und werden die immer zahlreicher und z.T. auch immer besser (Haujobb, Steril usw.) werdende Konkurrenz weit hinter sich lassen. Für mich auf alle Fälle Album des Monats.

SIDELINE MAY 1994
Here comes already the third album of XMTP! Through the years, Sevren Ni-Arb has definetly managed to become one of the electronic leaders of the moment. The time when we dared comparing them with Skinny Puppy seems so far nowadays and XMTP meanwhile imposed and convinced us with their very personal music. No doubt about it, this new album is the best and most worked-out of the three. While remaining itself, I mean dark danceable electronics, XMTP however manages to introduce new sounds with perfection. If the previous Human Desolation was dealing with drugs, themain theme of this Killing Had begun is death. If this third cd album didn´t give me the sensations I had experienced with Freaks, some tracks here are of very high quality. Just think of the powerful and danceable My Back on which Sevren´s girlfriend Estefania (you might have discovered on his side-project Ringtailed Snorter) is in charge of the backings. There is also the most EBM-orientaed cut Worthless. I will also mention two songs which in some ways evoked the first album: The occurence and conversion. Once again, an excellent album that can only be crowned with success!

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