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The first track (When The Kill Code Fails) tells the story of a hacker who is released from prison under a new identity, to work for a government producing computer viruses as targeted weapons. They are supposed to target the infrastructure of enemy states (for example electricity generation, water management etc). The virus he produces spreads further than intended by his employers. He was supposed to provide a kill-code, that makes the virus destroy itself and wipe evidence of it's existence from any systems it has infected. The hacker has however provided a fake kill-code, and is attempting to extort money from his employer in exchange for the real code.

Unfortunately the hacker asks for too much, and rather than negotiating, he is vigorously interrogated, accidentally leading to his death, with no clues as to how to kill the virus.

This song is sung from the point of view of a middle-management level security service employee, who has been contacted by the virtual character (Vic), with an offer to help defeat the virus, if he is allowed out of the restrictions of his virtual room. This is a new experience for the manager, and not something he is comfortable with, but see's little other option, as the predictions are that the virus will soon cause huge damage to IT infrastructure globally.


"We made a deal and he got out of jail free.
With a house and a jar, and a secretary.
A pension and a parking space.
A quiet job in security.

A lifestyle change for a changed man.
What could go wrong?
What a marvelous plan.
I didn’t agree but I went along.
What else could I have done?

When the lights fade
It’s back to the stone age
When the kill code fails.
Watch the code spread from port to port leaving circuits dead.
When the kill code fails.

He made codes that shape things
Codes that break things
He calls them friends.
Friends that do what he wants
And then destroy themselves

And when I ask if it could go too far
He points to the code at the heart of this child.
And it the kill code fails? He smiles, and whispers hide.

We lost the kill code key when he died
On a water board, with a broken heart
No backups, no plans, no riddles, no clues, and his baby on the loose.

This isn’t something I’ve done before.
Talking to something, someone like you.
I wish there was another way, that I could delete your call.
But I don’t think there’s that much left to lose."


from When The Kill Code Fails, released October 15, 2015


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Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate London, UK

Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate are Malcolm Galloway and Mark Gatland on their own or with Kathryn Thomas (flute).

They combine prog/alt-rock, funk, metal, ambient, contemporary classical, minimalist, and electronica elements, and often explore scientific themes.

Hard Rock Hell magazine -unlikely stars who stole the show’

Recommended by Steve Hackett

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