First Fantasy

by ZOLTAN

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about

The debut album of The Legendary Zoltan. It's game-inspired melodic death metal. It says so right on the front cover.

credits

released 06 October 2013
All music and lyrics composed by Jahan Zoltan Honma. Yes. Even the drums.
Drums recorded by Ichirou Inoue in June, 2012 at N-Tribe Studio in Niigata City.
Produced by Jahan Zoltan Honma.

Mixed and mastered by Andrew Aversa at Zircon Studios.
www.zirconmusic.com

Cover artwork, layout, and Zoltan logo by Nadine Gressett.
www.indiegraphicdesign.com

Main Characters - Main and Sub Weapons:
Jahan Zoltan Honma - Guitars and raps
Atsushi Yada - Drums and Elvish good looks
Mac Hunter - Bass and pie-plate shield
Brandon Strader - Vocals and time magic

Recruitable Party Members - Default Equipment:
Jesse Deacon - Amen Chorus
JB Andrews - Guitar
Hayato Koshigoe - Guitar
George ShredKing Engelbrecht - Guitar
Jeff Lawhead - Synthesizer

Lyrical influences include (in order of appearance):
Final Fantasy Tactics, The Slayers, Alundra, Samurai Showdown, Armored Core, various mech anime and video games, Macross Scrambled Valkyrie, the Star Ocean series, Xenogears.

Musical influences include (in order of appearance):
Final Fantasy Tactics, Amon Amarth, Slipknot, Chrono Trigger, Nevermore, House of Pain, Samurai Showdown, Mega Man 2, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Macross Scrambled Valkyrie, the Star Ocean series, Arch Enemy, Soul Cradle, Chrono Cross.

The Zoltan would like to thank:
My mother, Wendy Taheri, for giving birth to me.
All the musicians and staff who worked hard to make this album look and sound great, all of my loved ones, all of my musical and lyrical influences, and most importantly Tom Hess for giving me the knowledge and confidence one needs to release their own album.

www.TheLegendaryZoltan.com

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Track Name: Blame Yourself of God
Last Dance! Chakra! Scream from the heart the last song!
Murder and theft are commonplace throughout the streets of Ivalice.
Squires assemble here to face the heathens but will it result in peace?

Bandits and thieves fight to be free
from oppressive regime. Strike your foes to death!
Steal their armor and their helms
then turn their swords unto themselves.
The nobles believe they're working for peace.
The knights are unleashed. Face the Hokuten!
Hit 'em with the Bahamut.
Kill 'em all and take the loot.

My father is dead and my brother in his stead
brings dishonor to our once proud family name.
Now I understand what he said to me
when my best friend walked away.
He said noble and peasant blood's the same.
We were visiting a holy place.
Then bandits ambushed and captured her.
And her captor said to me...

Solo: The Zoltan

We were visiting a holy place.
Then bandits ambushed and captured her.
And her captor said to me, "Blame yourself or God!"
Oh, God!

Honor be damned. It's gotten out of hand.
I'll sacrifice my name before I sacrifice my friend.
Holy spell we calculate. Excaliburs will keep us safe.

I wish for no more bloodshed.
Let's both put down our swords and end 500 years of war.
Track Name: Manly Competition
Don't fucking move or I'll pull this lever!
I'll feel much better once I've settled this vendetta.
I've been pushed beyond the bounds.
Now I'm calling you out and it sounds
like your squirmin' like vermin. Describes you down to the letter.

Oh yeah! I got the power. Mine is big and hard. Yours is sour.
A broken lemon in a field of flowers. I stand over you inside my tower.
Whip it out to compare the sizes. My plasma cannon shoots white surprises.
I know it sounds like I've exposed the naughty bits. But that's how I like to please the audience.

You never knew it could grant us freedom.
Secluded we brooded till we released 'em.
The true avenue to a peaceful queendom
protrudes through the roof with a massive
ding dong.

Now plant both legs and raise your cannon
up to the sky.
Peace for all and glory to the manliest guy.
What matters is size, my ego, and pride
more amplified.

Amen Chorus: The Deacon

Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Golem.
Malfunction and fall and crash and
burst into flames, golem. Amen.

Solo: JB Andrews

You never knew it could grant us freedom.
Secluded we brooded till we released 'em.
The true avenue to a tranquil queendom
protrudes through the roof with a massive ding dong.
The cruel power tools of a childish genius.
We proved we could do what the others fleed from.
We two could have used them to help the queendom.
The truth is we blew shit up for no reason.

Now plant both legs and raise your cannon up to the sky.
Peace for all and glory to the manliest guy.
Track Name: Shadowless Ninja
She's alone in the sand and she no longer has a shadow anymore.

She's waiting in the desert for the right moment
to strike you with a hidden knife.
Then drink your blood to regain strength.
She has no choice cause she no longer has a shadow anymore.

Her body is like a sandstorm; blindingly fast
but weakens as the night goes on.
Until another becomes her victim.
It's an endless cycle for the one who no longer has a shadow anymore.

Solo: The Zoltan
Solo: The Koshigoe

Her mind is absorbed with two thoughts:
Can anybody rescue her?
And can she take revenge on those that made her this way?
She must obtain the cure.
But she cannot make the quest alone.
But nor can she live without a volume of blood.

And so it seems it will stay a dream
and she'll never be closer than she is right now.
The one to free her will have to be
able to defend against invisible blades of death.

But until that day...

She'll be waiting in the desert for the right moment
to strike you with her hidden knife,
though she is hoping you will defeat her.
It's the test of one who no longer has a shadow anymore.

Her body does not listen to her heart.
She doesn't really want to kill you
cause every murder makes her less human
but she has to cause she no longer has a shadow anymore.
Track Name: Discriminated Dreamwalker
I had a dream one night where I was told to go
to a town far away. So I got on the boat.
Ever since that day I've had the worst of luck
and on the first night out the damn boat got sunk.
Hit a coral reef, man! What are the odds!?
Then wake up in a town where people's croakin' like frogs.
Got a full-time job now. Who you gonna call?
I bring tranquility so cerebral.

I'm working overtime y'all.
For next to nothing at all. Hell no!
I'm here to save your ass y'all.
I wouldn't mind some coin or even just some booty.

Chorus:
Every night before I rest
I must enter the dreams of the restless.
To save their lives from, oh, the torment
of the demon who now rules in God's stead.
Receiving no appreciation. -preciation.

So I was in this dude's head tryin' to save his life.
Cause he was chasin' hot succubus throughout the night.
So I unsheathed my sword and made a tits-kabob
but at the same time another girl's life gets robbed.
They be actin' like it's my fault? The hell is that!?
They're asleep and I'm the one who's preserving the habitat.
How much smack are they plannin' on throwin' my direction?
Maybe I'll go home and let their dreams dissect 'em.

I'm on the edge.
Sacrifices I've made have been boundless.
I've heard no words of appreciation.
They have been soundless.

Solo: The ShredKing
Solo: The Zoltan

I'm here to save your ass y'all.
I wouldn't mind some coin or even just some booty.

I bust demons in the night. In the day I go searchin'
over rocks and underwater just like a s-sea urchin.
Cause I gotta find a way to get more power.
I gotta go slay at an insane hour.
When I get back I'm just barely alive
and it doesn't really help being sleep deprived.
Still, everybody's like, "Please, save my friend!"
Ain't nobody askin' how the hell have I been.

I'm working overtime y'all.
For next to nothing at all. Hell no!
I'm here to save your ass y'all.
I wouldn't mind some coin or even just some booty.

Chorus:
Every night before I rest
I must enter the dreams of the restless.
To save their lives from, oh, the torment
of the demon who now rules in God's stead.
You know it's endless.
Every night before I rest
I must enter the dreams of the restless.
To save their lives from, oh, the torment
of the demon who now rules in God's stead.
Receiving no appreciation. -preciation.
Track Name: Assassin's Kiss
I have a sword in each of my hands,
standing on the stage before a thousand fans.
The greatest show of Kabuki theater
will send us to meet our creator.
The true Jubei will roll in his grave
when he sees how I weild twin katana blades.
A show that will be forever praised.
That's if the audience can be saved.

Action!
Infraction of the law is your interaction on the stage.
A fatal attraction can protect you until the sad song
at the end of your show, assassin!

Chorus:
I rip the patch off my eye. They charge at me from the sides.
To protect my lovely future bride I would take a thousand lives.
They all lie dead at my feet. I've committed two felonies.
But the audience still cheers and screams as I pull her closer to me.
I brush the hair from her eyes. Our breaths become synchronized.
And as we kiss she puts a knife in my back.

I have a sword in each of my hands,
standing on the stage before a thousand fans.
The greatest show of Kabuki theater
will send us to meet our creator.
The atmosphere is so intense
and I'm surrounded by enemies that used to be friends.
The viewers may be killed just by suspense.
The grand finale and the end.

*Chorus*

Solo: The Zoltan

*Chorus*

Action!
Infraction of the law is your interaction on the stage.
A fatal attraction can protect you until the sad song
at the end of your show, assassin!
Track Name: Oh, My Dog
Oh, my god! I could not be more freakin' happy!
Oh, my god! This is sweeter than freakin' candy!
Cause today my brand new puppy comes home with me.
And we'll be happy for eternity.

Oh, my god! She's so cute that I could die happy.
Oh, my god! Look, her ears are so flippin' flappy.
Cause today my brand new puppy is here to stay.
And we'll play happily everyday.

Well, OK. So she pees all over my house
and doesn't come when I call her.
She chewed up my Amon Amarth CD
and there's a guilty expression upon her...

Facepalm to teach her that I'm the master.
She doesn't care my house looks like a disaster
hit much faster than the realization.
Owning a dog can be a trial of one's patience.

Solo: The Zoltan

Must...re...sist the urge...to...strangle...!

Oh, my dog! Why is this happening?
All that I wanted was a puppy to nap with me.
She's so mischevious it's driving me sane.
But how can I stay mad at that puppy dog face?
Track Name: TRA. U. MA.
A demented man with an evil plan sought a
new machine for the fighting.
The neighboring cities will be the first target.

Solo: The Lawhead

The people inhabiting cities it passed saw the
new machine for the fighting.
Extending one arm, its eyes start to glow
as energy gathered was aiming at innocent lives. Innocent lives!

Just picture ten-thousand lives trapped under machines.

In the underground don't expect a silence.
An evil force is working on artificial unintelligence.
You are not ready for the day of days.
Seek out your loved ones and be gone today.
You can't deny there is no other way.
You and your city will go down in flames.

The time has come for war to rise again.
Machines of death will come and bring the end.
Soon they'll be here and there'll be nothing left.
Hope your at one with God and prepare for your death.

Prepare for the power not of mind,
destructive force unleashed on mankind.
Track Name: Mechstall
Here I am as I sit in my mech
with gears that have been ground to a halt.
I look at my screen and pray.
"Please move this damned machine!"

I can see a mech in the distance as I scramble for the user manual.
Something is wrong. My gear will not respond. Even rebooting doesn't solve the problem.
Maybe I overused my laser cannon and I'll be back online in a moment.
If not, I'll be dead soon. Cause that robot will be here soon.

The gauge indicates some fuel still remains but I can't use it anyway.
The battle before has me overheating more than my radiator can perform.
Maybe I should've spent some more to better balance this armored core.
Too late. I'll be dead soon. Cause that robot will be here soon.

Solo: The Zoltan
Solo: The Koshigoe

I can see a mech in the distance and a message that I've been locked onto.
He seems to be warming up his laser blade to sink into the camera of this mobile frame.
Maybe I should take down my schoolgirl poster so I can access the emergency thrusters.
No way! I'll be dead soon. Cause that robot will be here soon.

Here I am as I sit in my mech
with gears that have been ground to a halt.
My Battle Support AI says to me,
"Thanks for everything."
Track Name: The Undeveloped Planet Protection Pact
-The Elicoor II Incident-
We were shot down by a Vendeeni battleship.
No choice but to crash-land on the nearest planet.
And we ended up downed in a city full of inhabitants.
So what could we do?
All the people gathered watching in wonder
as we were trapped inside.
All we could do
was step outside and let them take us prisoner.

-The Alternate Earth Incident-
Our ship was sucked into a black hole
and thrown into another dimension.
There was an Earth unscarred by the battle
that left the world polluted beyond all comprehension.
We touched down and learned there was a crisis.
Military scientist grappling with insanity
talked about nuclear energy and what the price is.
That's when I realized a way I could save humanity.
She had a crude anti-matter reactor.
I didn't want them to fade into oblivion.
I was already a UP3 infractor.
So I gave her a crystal of Exalithium.
Now a massive pair annihilation
will destroy the planet in it's entirety.
Gone forever will be oceans, dreams, and
everything, everything, EVERYTHING!

-The Expel Incident-
I investigated a space-time disturbance.
I was transported to a nature's abundance.
A forest foreign to me. All I can see are trees and leaves
and a girl on the ground being attacked. I just can't leave her be.
I know I shouldn't but I reach inside
my vest pocket where I know my phase gun resides.
I couldn't win without a weapon, if I tried.
So I pulled the trigger to unveil a sword of light.

On three different planets in three different galaxies
I broke the UP3 to avert catastrophes.
Strip me of my rank but don't strip me of my life.
On Elicoor, Expel, and another Gaia
events were uncontrollable and situations dire.
I am not a tank but a human trying to live my life.

Solo: The Zoltan
Track Name: Babel Blue
It's time to go up for another routine maintenance
inside a crowded elevator to the angled lens.
We climb up higher suddenly a blast vibrates the cage.
The lights go out, the elevator stops, and all we hear is a...

12 engineers in a panicky darkness
listen to explosions and regret having done this.
Crawl through the vents and emerge in the sector
where the arm connects to a giant reflector.
I see no other way we can escape this.
Scale the outer wall. It's a risk but we'll take it.
There's no time to stand here and contemplate.
Climb onto the arm when it all of a sudden activates.

Don't look out beyond the blue.
Just hold onto the metal right in front of you.
The mirror reflects all of the blue
along with energy weapons' fire back at you.
Angels rage across the blue.
Machines controlled by God. There is nothing we can do.

I said it should not be done but no one would agree.
Build a tower up to Heaven but God wants his privacy.

12 engineers on a giant reflector
all betrayed their god and are without a protector.
Halfway to Heaven and surrounded by explosions.
Wouldn't be here now had someone seconded my motion.
Suddenly, the mirror starts tilting.
Sacrifice us to save their own filthy...
Blast to the lens disrupts their generators.
Falling to our deaths, we'll still meet our creator.

Falling from the Tower of Babel, we'll still meet our creator.