After 5 years - a new Sleepy Hollow release! ! This is a powerful collection of 9 songs! This is the predecesor to the double cd "Legend". The Lazarus Project features alternate versions of the heaviest songs off of "Legend".
1.Troubled X: this is the lead-off track that kicks the album into gear! It was originally written as a song titled Unity. The lyrics were changed by Matt, and he added in a heavy middle section including harmony pieces written by Joe. On this version there are trade off leads in the middle section.
2.Armageddon:This is another Sleepy Hollow classic. A borderline death metal song, it starts off with mayhem and finds its way into a hard driving rhythm that features death metal vocals by Mike Allen.
3.Out of the Mist:This is the very first song ever written by Sleepy Hollow as a band! The intro was originally written by Joe Dell for a local Warlock to chant incantations to. The lyrics tell of visions seen by those who have dabbled in witchcraft and Satanism! Joe and Mole trade off vocals. The end section features solos by all three instruments!
4.For the World is Hollow (and I Have Touched the Sky):This is the first track to feature Joe on lead vocals. This is a heavy song where Joe Dell proves that piano can be used in Heavy Metal and work! The end section is a classic lead section in Sleepy Hollow fashion.
5.Soldier's Lament:This track kicks the album back into speed. The lead section is another trade off between guitar and keys.
6.Proverb 14:12 :This is the first of two intrumentals on the album. It starts off with beautiful acoustic guitar with a synth violin lead, then - SHAZAAM!: a juggernaut of sound kicks in like a monster! This is what true metal should sound like! The piece drives into a lead synth section where each instrument is in its own timing, but together!
7.Night-Shift Blues: This is the only track on the album that will not be featured on Legend. It is a heavy blues piece that was left over from the "Goin Over" era. Joe wrote this during his stay at NJ Transit, where he worked the graveyard shift. Those who have, will understand the lyrics. Joe fills mid-sections with vintage synth leads! The end is a heavy riff where Mole features a Wah lead.
8.Sorrow's Might: Mole, being influenced by Scandinavian black metal, has decided to tribute the Swedish herritage by taking this classic medieval folk song and changing it into a Viking metal/power metal classic. The beginning is very heavy and dirgy with Mole singing opposite female vocals. Then it leads into the power metal section with the same trade off after a classic Joe Dell organ solo!
9.Aristotle's Lantern:This is the album closer! And the best song, musically speaking! This the second instrumental on the album. It starts off with solo flute which is then accompanied by a demented piano. Gives the listen the feeling of being in a haunted lighthouse in Maine or Cali! Then after a creepy piano bridge...KERPOW! The whole band kicks in with a HEAVY riff, consistant timing changes. A total MONSTER! Written by Mole, who's brain was eaten out by an alien life form as a child and replaced with a martian pod that grew to create this song! (The "Legend" version will feature a 4-part canon, but we took that sissy-shit out here).
There it is: "The Lazarus Project"! But don't turn off your cd players just yet; there is more! Dug out of the legendary Soldier archieve, a lost Spectrum Green practice tape. For those of you who are unaware, Spectrum Green was keyboardist Joe Dell's first band. The band featured Joe Dell on Piano, Organ and Synth; Gary "Soldier" Luhrman on Bass; Mike 'BBB' Allen on Guitar; and John "Breezy" Brezinski on drums. They were ahead of their time: virtuoso playing, mixing heavy 80s guitar and 70s keyboard work. This is a lost gem. Joe decided to put this as a bonus because he felt that Sleepy Hollow has reached the potential of what he was trying to build in Spectrum Green. Though only a rough practice tape, the listener can definitely hear the potential of this band! Joe is proud of this creation and feels that the world should get to sample this music.
10. Ol' Reliable: The Soldier penned song. Has a mid 70's acoustic feel. The band would warm up with this song. The track features some of triple B's best guitar work. Joe uses a vintage 60s organ sound and beautiful piano.
11. Corporate Pig: Now here you will here the bands full potential! Heavy song with good structure. Wriiten by Joe & Soldier, the first written collectively. Starts off with a fast intro and then leads into a gallop rhythm. With several changes that carries into in a guitar lead section and ends with a classical outro!
12.Changing Thoughts: This is the only track written collectively by the whole band. An obscure structure, odd timings, and ends with a short bass solo that will bring the listener to a riff that will feature the great drumming by breezy!
13.Sympathy for a Whore: A song written by Joe Dell about a love situation between 2 friends, one of which has passed on. This track starts off with a psychedelic improv then rolls into an organ and guitar part that turns into a heavy riff; this is followed by a speed metal section featuring an organ lead. Then a minstrelesque bridge, and finally the phenomenal guitar work of Triple B once again!
14. Concerto of the Damned: This is a 5 part epic presented in under 4 minutes! A masterpiece by Joe Dell, that was only made better by the other members of the band putting in their input!
15. The Jester: Finally the only Triple B penned track. The only known recording of this track in its infancy! At the end you will hear the band fall apart. This is because one of the pots went in Joe's Korg X3. You will hear the sound of Joe pressing notes to show the rest of the band what happened and the track dissipates.