A Strange Utopia

by Factory of Dreams

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about

Following their album POLES, Factory of Dreams are back with a new production bringing a whole new epic and progressive feel to the sound crafted on their debut. More complex, heavier, faster and at the same time catchy, this is a huge album, featuring the hallmark of Factory of Dreams, with great melodic sense and shivering moments and a great cast of guest singers and performers.
As a highlight, the near 10 minute Epic E-motions, and the beautiful track Sonic Sensations depicting a World created by Sound and Music.

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released January 1, 2009

Hugo Flores - Vocals, Music, Instruments, Production
Jessica Lehto – Vocals, Vocal harmonies and arrangements

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Hugo Flores Lisbon, Portugal

Multi-instrumentalist Hugo Flores rose to international attention with his first solo album in 2000 called Atlantis. After that he formed the band “Sonic Pulsar” and later a multi album story-arc called 'Project Creation' that would further refine his sound. More recently Hugo created Factory of Dreams, a symphonic metal project with Jessica Lehto on vocals. ... more

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Track Name: Voyage to Utopia
Voyage to Utopia

Distant scenery
Impossible imagery
Swarming with bright ideas
Teases my attention
Asking for my concentration
Distant scenery

It’s merely a faint idea
Vanishing into the ocean of the real
But I hope the dream
Becomes true
And I yearn, and I sleep again

Chorus:
I walk the boundaries of Imagination,
Defying it, Teasing it
As if seeking my unreal image
Depicted in the mirrors of life

And the voyage begins
As I unveil my mysteries
The theater’s curtains opens
A Play begins
Called Utopia

Utopia, Utopia, Utopia!

The screening of my imagined life
A window to Utopia
This place, impossible
And I dream, I want
It to stay as I remember it

Chorus
Track Name: The Weight of The World
The Weight of the World

Weight, weight of the world
Weight, weight of the world

We carry our own
Unbearable weight
We are slowly thrown
To the ground
Hardly standing our bodies
We are facing our destiny

Suffocation
Deterioration
The air is toxic
Full of carbon monoxide
Can't stand our weight
Can't stand our lives
Can't stand it no more
The end is near

Chorus:
The planet
Is getting larger,
Mass is growing every day
Gravity is aggravated
We are just
Too much for this place
Justice in the
Weight of the World

Chorus2
Weight of the World
Crushing us down
Weight of the World
Lost and found
Standing its ground

“Weight of the World
We now feel the Weight of the World”

It’s nature’s payback time
For all the centuries of War and misery
Dishonesty and hypocrisy
The World says its final word
The World says its final!

Chorus

Chorus 2
“Weight of the World
We now feel the Weight of the World”

We suffer from our mistakes
And we die, we die!
And then wake up, for the World
Showed us a dark future

Chorus 2

We are now taking action
Finally embracing our Home
We felt what it would be like
Carrying the Weight of the World
The Weight of our actions
“Weight of the World
We now feel the Weight of the World”
Track Name: Inner Station
The Inner Station

“All aboard the train
Into this Utopian mind
The screening of my imagination
to the listening audience”

The misty station
Pulls me towards
The center of my
Consciousness

It looks at me
Scans my mind
Stares me in the eye
With doors wide open

Chorus
I got a one way ticket
To my mind's core
Hidden truths, hidden lies
Utopian visions

I got a one way ticket
To my mind's core
Hidden truths, hidden lies
Utopian visions
My dreamworlds

I am tired of
This dull life
Made of disillusions
I want to see now
What I’ve never seen
The train is waiting for me

‘And I see, and I see, And I see’

And I see my
Other selves
Staring at me
Frightening me
Haunting me
And I enter the train
Never looking back

Chorus

The Station
Whispers into my head
It got me a free ticket
For a one way travel...
Track Name: Sonic Sensations
Sonic Sensations

Enter this World of living music
Where everything is sound
Group of notes invade my Mind
The vision of a city forms around
It's all sound
It's all sound
Surrounding me

Chorus
The roaring bass
Creates this place
Makes me tremble
This is my temple
The soothing treble
It's so incredible
To see this World
As never told
The sonic tension
Is now Creation

Chorus2
The roaring bass
Creates this place
Makes me tremble
Makes me shiver
Explosions of sound
Shake the ground
Utopian waves
Create this place
The world of sound

My Senses are now sound waves,
I see melody in everything
I feel the sonic tension
It's all sound
Surrounding me

I stand before this world of sound
Appalled by its uniqueness
And if it were true
Music finally changed the world

Chorus1
Chorus2

The roaring bass of the destruction
Makes me tremble in fear
The soothing ethereal pads
And it all becomes clear
A sea of sound
The ocean of sound waves
Track Name: The Road Around Saturn
The Road around Saturn

Ringing ringing

Ringing, Ringing inside my head
Bringing, bringing, spirals and circles

My mind is clear instead
My mind is clear
My mind
My...
Mind...
Clear...

Scanning my head
Widely spread
Across the Saturn's rings
The infinite road taking me
Into the horizon of my thoughts

Chorus1
Lights flashing before me
Tracks of unknown minds
Visions of things to be
Different Eras, different times

Chorus2
Lights flashing before me
Tracks of unknown minds
Skidmarks of long fought wars
The scars seen down the road

The road around Saturn
The passage to other dimensions
Deep within me
Turning the stranger inside me
Into my best friend

Chorus1
Lights flashing before me
Tracks of unknown minds
Visions of things to be
Different Eras, different times

Chorus2
Lights flashing before me
Tracks of unknown minds
Skidmarks of long fought wars
The scars seen down the road

The Saturn rings
Surrounding me
What does the future bring?
Endless roads to see
… and I am free!
Track Name: Garden of all Seasons
Garden of all seasons

“I’m travelling for so long
In the garden of all seasons”

I’m travelling for so long
I’ve discovered so many hidden truths
And I feel so alive like
The memories blowing my mind

Chorus1
I feel so alive
Colors exploding my mind
Blinding my eyes with
Blissful light

Seasons alternate each day
My heart pounds and
I long for the sun
And a walk by the seashore
My wish becomes real
I’m in command
Of my thoughts
My journey...

Chorus2
I’m mesmerized
And I'm confused
Could this be real
Could this be true?

Chorus1

I’m mesmerized
By the sand,
Grabbing soft grains with my hands,
Bathing in the soothing
Comfortable ocean of Utopia
The Ocean and the Sun of Utopia...

Chorus 2

The sand now turns into leaves,
Leaves turn into trees,
I feel the cold wind blow
As autumn invades my senses

Senses become colder
The warmth of the fireplace
Hits my face,
Winter is here
The snow gently falls
Soon to morph into
The beautiful flowers
And the rainbow shows up
Above the full grown trees of spring

It's the garden of all seasons
Track Name: Dark Utopia
Dark Utopia

‘Dark Utopia’
‘Dark Utopia’

Safe walls are crumbling down
I’m alone and lost in the dark
The world around me keeps pulling me back
Destroying the faint light that guided me

Chorus:
I see Destruction
I see Death
I see Dark
Devouring all
A falling star
Make a wish...

I wish no more
I hope no more
I yearn no more
I'm dead to this World

Dark Utopia
Dark Utopia

The whole landscape
Seems like the dark night sky
With windows
Disguised as stars
Darkness is all around us
Nothing more is to fear
Nothing more to lose
Dark Utopia

Safe walls are crumbling down
I’m alone and lost in the dark
The world around me keeps pulling me back
Destroying the faint light that guided me

Chorus

Can you believe
Such a Dark place?
Don't you see
Dark Utopia
Everywhere in your World?

Can you believe
There’s no Sun in this place
Only Darkness
To hope for
To die for

Chorus
Track Name: Vacation in Venus
Vacation in Venus

The Sun blinds my Sight
Sweat explodes from my skin
The lucid mirage of
An unreachable land
Amazes me
Mesmerizes me
With insane power!

And I picture
The ocean’s red waves
Crashing down into the sand
Devouring the land
The most vivid dream
Now becomes my real vision

My brain switches off
Away from my homeland
To see this landscape
To feel the heat of Venus
Energizing my imagination

Chorus
Venus the eternal mystery
Becomes my hidden pleasure
Mesmerized by the scenery
Venus is my life’s treasure

Chrorus2

Eternal mystery
The Sun blinds my Sight
Sweat explodes my skin
A lucid mirage
Unreachable land
Amazes me
Mesmerizes me
With insane power!

Chorus

I lay down in the sand
Gazing at the enormous structures
That melt within the landscape
Creating this Dream-Like nightmare
It’s my vacation in Venus

“Vacation in Venus “
Track Name: Chaotic Order
Chaotic Order

segment1
I see cities
I see homes
Floating fragments
Sleeping stones

segment2
I see people
And their lives
Drifting away
I hear their cries
I hear their sighs!

Chorus
War and Peace
Love and hate
Two extremes
Chaotic State
Different lives
Alternate states
So many lies
The World's Fate

A frightening sight
To this beautiful chaos
Insanities’ border
The chaotic Order
Never resigning
To the Tides of time

And it all seems to function
All the pieces
Filling the holes
Attracting the poles
The frightening idea
Of a beautiful chaos
This beautiful chaos

Chorus

“Chaotic Order
It's a beautiful Chaos”

Chorus

Segment1 and 2

Chaotic Order
It's a beautiful Chaos
Beautiful Chaos
Beautiful Chaos
Beautiful Chaos
Track Name: Slow Motion World
Slow motion World

The Streets of Utopia
Gliding calmly, gently
Like the people's lives

Everything
Is shown to me
In every single detail
Vividly

Chorus1
Tasting life
As one should do
Can’t run but walk
Can’t shout but talk

Living the moment
Living the moment
Feeling what I’ve never felt
Loving what I’ve never really loved

Chorus1

Chorus2a
Can’t run but walk
Can’t shout but talk
No stress in this life
So peaceful and nice

My thoughts
Reaching every corner
Of this Land
Moulding it
Shaping it

Dark isn’t dark anymore
I see all the detail of its palettes
The Slow Motion
All the time in the World

Chorus 2a

Chorus2b
Can’t run but walk
Can’t shout but talk
No more running
No more hiding
From this life!

Everything
Is shown to me
In every single detail
Vividly

Chorus1
Chorus 2a

Dream an illusion…
Track Name: Destructible Destruction
Destructible Destruction

To drive the World
To be everywhere
This is all that I am
This is all that I do
On every particle
Living, ruling
I’m the Fear
Controlling you!

But the void
The silence
Terrifies
The emptiness
Of my existence
I’m starting to fail
Just Like an obsolete machine

Destructible destruction, destructible destruction

Chorus
Buildings fall
Forests burn
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Tornados and Floods
Bring it on!
Planet Destruction
Destructible destruction
I’m the Fear
Controlling you!

Chorus

The explosive vividness
Of my being
Can’t outweigh my insignificant matter
And I fade away, dying
Maybe Utopia does exist
The alter ego of my dreams
I'm destructible
Destructible
I saw planet Destruction

Chorus

Planet Destruction
It's Planet Destruction
Destructible destruction
All around us!
Track Name: E-Motions
E-motions


“E-motions, welcome to the new age”

Machines:
Senses duplicated to perfection
The feeling, the touch
Binary codes of this Cyberworld

The body changes
The mind is a voyeur to a future
That arrived too fast
Too fast

The physical notion
Is no more
Welcome to the new age
Of electric connections

And we
Become afraid
Of
Who we are
But we start to embrace
Our new existence, slowly
New senses, new functions
What have we become?
Better I hope

Chorus
Enter Machine World
Ice Cold
Soulless
No fear
No remorse
Nothing but logic

As time passes
Ability to dream develops
And the Ice Cold bodies
Experience the fear
Of never knowing what
E-motions are

Chorus 2

Machines
Evolution
Electric Minds
Electric soul

Chorus



Organic robot:
The little one
Just born to the world
Will never know
How cold days were
And how cold days are still to be

The Electric body
Still much evolution has to endure
To reach the dream
Of experiencing the feeling

Chorus
This is the World I see now,
From my window
In the train of Utopia

This is the World I see,
From my window
In the train of Utopia
As real as a Mirage
And the tides of time
Pass me by
As if my memories were
Of Forever

Chorus