I’ve got a cAMP that goes up to 11

Eric Kandel, push that Nobel Prize to the back of the cabinet. Your work has inspired a song by Canadian death metal band Neuraxis.

The track is called Imagery from the 2002 album ‘Truth Beyond…’ Sadly, I can’t find any audio of the piece online, but if you want a taster of what the band sound like, get someone to repeatedly drive a tank into a guitar shop, or click here.

Presumably the band have a long-standing interest in neuroscience as they are named after the layout of the central nervous system.

Anyway, here are the lyrics to Imagery, which reference Kandel’s work on the neurobiology of memory:

Imagery by Neuraxis

Striving… Memories. Striving… Memories.

Aplysia’s sensory neurons, alter response level to a given stimulus based on action transpired.
Protein synthesis; Involved in learning.
The strengthening, weakening of synaptic connection; The cellular basis of memory.

All thoughts and feeling; Euphoric or bizarre.
Results of endless interactions of neurochemicals.
Altered perception, re-altered beliefs, affects the mind, the thought process.

Endless emotions, infinite dreams.
Endless emotions, infinite dreams.
Affects the mind, the thoughts patterns.

This machinery called imagination.
Weaves an intricate.
Web of imagery… Imagery.

This machinery called imagination.
Weaves an intricate.
Web of imagery…


Link to Wikipedia page on Neuraxis.

3 thoughts on “I’ve got a cAMP that goes up to 11”

  1. Lots of interesting death metal bands with a scientific focus, though not necessarily as direct as this.

    I like the instrumental band “Blotted Science”:

    “For the more brutal stuff we have ‘Laser Lobotomy’, ‘Night Terror’, ‘Bleeding In The Brain’, the scientific side with ‘Brain Fingerprinting’, ‘EEG Tracings’, the ‘Adenosines’; and we have the spacey or atmospheric side too with ‘Narcolepsy’ and ‘The Insomniac’, and all of the dream/nightmare sequences in ‘Activation Synthesis Theory.’”

  2. eMusic has the album:


    I’ll have to take your word for the lyrics, as they’re hard to decipher through the singer’s thick Klingon accent…

    Death-metal’s not really my style, but it’s an interesting change of pace from other songs about science, which tend to be quirky pop (They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton) or nerdcore hip-hop (MC Frontalot).

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