Theodosius

by Saki Kaskas

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Anton Gagarin Incredible and amazing rock/electronic album. Nice and tube sound. A lot of emotions, feel the expression. It's a real musical journey. Favorite track: Tear This Temple Down.
Matt Rean
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Matt Rean A true masterpiece of a posthumous album from a truly amazing artist!
He will be missed, but never forgotten.
His soul will live on forever through his music!
Rest in Peace, Saki Kaskas Favorite track: Fast Lane.
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about

Theodosius Kaskamanidis (aka Saki Kaskas) was born in Germany in 1971 and was transported to Vancouver, Canada in 1973. He decided to make music his career in 1987, when he started to learn how to play the guitar. He was 15 years old.

In 1989, Saki co-founded his first rock band; Omnibol. They rocked Vancouver for 5 years, give or take, and, from those ashes, the instrumental progressive rock band, the Heavy Lounge, took over and lasted until 1997. It was around this time when Saki joined Electronic Arts to compose music for the Need For Speed and NHL video games. In 2008, Saki left Electronic Arts to join United Front Games as Audio Director and they produced the critically acclaimed Sleeping Dogs game.

Saki left United Front Games in 2015 to focus on music full time.

Sadly, Saki passed away in November 2016. His long time friend and music partner Jeff van Dyck took the helm to finish Saki’s solo album on Saki’s behalf. Jeff invited over 20 old music buddies of Saki’s to play on the album. The result is the posthumous release of the album Saki Kaskas - Theodosius.

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released June 28, 2019

Saki Kaskas (writing, engineering, production, guitars, keyboards, synths, spoken word)
Jeff van Dyck (Co-writing, Engineering, Keyboards and Production)
Steve Royea (Engineering)
Marc Charalambos (Bass & Use of his studio)
Chris Retru (Drums)
Joey Sather (Vocals and Lyrics)
Johannes Grames (Guitars)
Amos Resnick (Drums)
Robin Steen (Bass, Vocals and Lyrics)
Jason Michas (Vocals & Lyrics)
Darren Sleno (Drums)
Todd Taylor (Guitars)
Shaun Trainer (Guitars, Vocals and Lyrics)
Dane Pulvirenti (Drums)
Angela van Dyck (Vocals and Lyrics)
Traz Damji (Brass Arrangement)
Alon (Sax and Trumpet)
Glen Jamison (Keys)
Rashid Hille (Guitars)
Sia Kaskas (Consulting)
Evie Katevatis (Graphics)
Dave Neil (Mastering)
Rom di Prisco (Remixing)
Anton Gagarin (Remixing)
Max Bliesner (Engineering)

"Fresh Escaped" contains elements from "Message In A Bottle" (Sumner). Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd/GM Sumner. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Saki Kaskas Vancouver, British Columbia

In '89, Saki Kaskas co-founded his first rock band; Omnibol. They rocked Vancouver for 5 years. The progressive rock band, Heavy Lounge, took over and lasted till '97. At this time Saki joined Electronic Arts to compose music for Need For Speed and NHL video games. In 2008, Saki left Electronic Arts to join United Front Games as Audio Director and produced the critically acclaimed Sleeping Dogs. ... more

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Track Name: Three Sisters
Three Sisters
Lyrics by Joey Sather

Listen up,

Hit the road at midnight
It’s still 100 degrees
I point my headlights south
and I get ready to fly

Hitch-hiking on a Friday night
for all to see
Three sisters, their thumbs out looking at me
I pull it over, they get into the machine
Yeah

We hit the city
big city
Don’t get rattled
You don’t believe me baby
see for yourself
And the way you’re moving
tells me
Everything else

We got to Dallas
The golden chalice
is up for grabs
I’m not amazed
You’re not amazed
That you don’t go down
I got a plane to catch
but it ain’t leaving the ground

Sister Sally’s got a fantasy
You gotta give her a try
She’s like a movie, X rated movie
She’s like a car you can ride

She takes it all right to the top
I want to honey, but baby I can’t stop
I want to tell you how the story ends
I live it all and then I make amends

Black coat
Leather shoes
I hit the tables like
Baby I can’t lose

When I hear that needle
Hit the vinyl
I just gotta move
I got a fist full of dollars
not some loose change
It’s Friday night
We’re going to
make it rain, loud

The city is kinda pretty
but don’t get high
You say you’re
travelling light
This must be some
kind of bet
She’s not afraid to be
a full scale model revenge

We got to Dallas
The golden chalice
is up for grabs
I’m not amazed baby
You can see
for yourself now
I got a plane to catch
but it ain’t leaving the ground

Sister Susie’s got a fantasy
It takes place in the car
She’s got a talent, it’s kinda violent
And she can start her own war

She takes it all right to the top
I want to honey, but baby I can’t stop
Track Name: Tear This Temple Down
Lyrics by Jason Michas

crude
that’s how I like it
shocked
it’s a fitting look
and at the moment of your crowning
I’ll unwrite your holy book

cut
it’s a dirty ritual
and it’s place
there’s something new
‘cause I’m prepared to lose it all
if that means you lose it too

loud
meant to offend you
scarred
and I don’t care how
if you thought you might forget me
you’re thinking of me now

abrupter
I’m a born disrupter
I throw myself upon the block
and while the many clear a circle
I’ll be the one to loose the rock!

burn away these halls
and tear this temple down
even if I find the sacred temple’s me
I wanna let the music reign!
I wanna hear it scream!

burn away the sails
and let the ship go down
‘cause I’ve chained myself fast to the ecstasy
I’m gonna let the music reign!
I’m gonna let it scream!

(Music Refrain)
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~

in a single blow
I got the job done
I have cut
the Gordian knot
the chords come ripping out these hands of mine
I played it all in just one shot

and it’s loud
meant to offend you
scarred
and i don’t care how
you thought you might forget me
but you won’t forget me now

burn away these halls
and tear this temple down
even if I find the sacred temple’s me
I wanna let the music reign!
I wanna hear it scream!

burn away the sails
and let the ship go down
cause I’ve chained myself fast to the ecstasy
I’m gonna let the music reign!
I’m gonna let it scream!
Track Name: Fast Lane
Lyrics by Robin Steen

Verse 1

In the wind,
a winter song
calls my name, the vowels long.
I know the owl's never wrong.

In my mind:
a cold clear light.
In my heart, I long to fly
fast and free beyond the sky.

Chorus

But now, I can't see the road before me (at all).
My fingers numb upon the wheel,
Cannot hear the tires squeal
in the fast lane.

Slow-motion lightning, butterfly kissed
the bird emerges from the mist.
the owl is silent on the wing,
I can hear the angels sing
over the fast lane.

Passing in and out of consciousness-
the blindness merges with the bliss.
I hear the owl call my name,
a feather falling through the rain
to the fast lane.

Verse 2

In the night,
the hours are long.
All alone and far away,
I hone the tune that I must play.

In the dream,
the way is clear:
ride the wind into the dark
and feed my spirit to the spark.
Track Name: Time Bomb
Time Bomb
(lyrics by Shaun Trainer and Jeff van Dyck)

White thrash, your fear
Never lost when you’re always near
When the filth, smashes your lobe
That's when your mind begins to
That's when your soul turns into
A ticking time bomb

Expose your mind to the shapes and the colours of the grind
You must flee this uncertain cheese

I feel like
you can't it wrong and I can't get it right
You feel like
I can't get it wrong and you can't get it right
We feel

Find your mind drop
I don't know how to stop eating the vapour of
Your brain rot
Chew the roux of the road that you find in your mouth!’

Bridge (anti thrash metal vo)

(a wise old man once said)

Fuck me dead said foreskin Fred, as he pulled it over his head.
If I die bury me, hang my balls on the cherry tree.
If they grow, let me know. I'll be listening on the radio.
But for now, we'll sing instead, the crazy song that rages in our head


Feel the age of the angst that was born in your spine. Skins!


White thrash, it's here
A wave form without any fear
Vibrations pummel the globe
That's when your mind begins to
That's when your soul turns into
A ticking time bomb.
Track Name: Fresh Escaped
Fresh Escaped
Lyrics by Jason Michas

oh, you’re just a blizzard blowing loose leafs
you’re just a hairball scrawled across a page
now I…
I can see you’re off a loose leash
and you’re…
fresh escaped


and you’re off
and running
watching the clocks wind down
you’re running
‘till then there’s no one to tie you down
you’re reeling
is it high? is it bittersweet?
you’re reeling
there’s no one you have to please
you’re running
oh oh oh oh
you’re running

oh
you’re running
you’re running
you’re running

Oh, you’re just a poppy with a peacock
you’re just a tear stain stroke across a face
all while…
you do your best to feign a cool walk
but it’s…
out of place


now you know
they’re coming
scruffing it through the dust
they’re coming
speaking in a furtive hush
you’re rushing
down through plaza grounds
you’re rushing
but you’re willing you won’t be found
you’ve fallen
when did it come so low?
you’ve fallen
when were you so alone?
you’re running
oh oh oh oh oh
you’re running

you’re running but you run too far
you’re barely holding shape
you’re running but you don’t know where
you’re barely holding shape
you’re running but you ran too far
you run too far

well you run too far
run to far
well you run too far
run to far


Oh
You’re running
You’re running
You’re running


Oh
You’re running
You’re running
You’re running


And now you’re sending out an S.O.S!

"Fresh Escaped" contains elements from "Message In A Bottle" (Sumner). Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd/GM Sumner. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Track Name: What Do Ya Need
Lyrics by Angela van Dyck

You don't see the sunrise
livin' in the dark
Playing with those matches
lighting up a spark

And the things you covet
are not the things you reap
When you get them easy
when you get them cheap

I'm at the crossroad wonderin'
where it is I should be going
You're searching endlessly
for happiness and still not knowing

What do ya need?
A bit of time and a little love
What do ya need?
To speak my truth and to find my hope
What do ya need?
Some inner peace to free my soul
What do ya need?
Don't overthink, just let it go

The livin' bit was easy
when you were young and free
But something's come and taken
what your soul believes

Control is an illusion
it will never last
Spinning through our lives now
moving way too fast

I'm at the crossroad wonderin'
where it is I should be going
You're searching endlessly
for happiness and still not knowing

What do ya need?
A bit of time and a little love
What do ya need?
To speak my truth and to find my hope
What do ya need?
Some inner peace to free my soul
What do ya need?
Don't overthink, just let it go

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