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The official artwork for the Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill Single

Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill is the 10th track on Area 11's debut album All The Lights In The Sky. It was the second single to be released off the album. The song was originally included on the Blackline EP as the 3rd track. It is heavily inspired by and contains many references to the anime series Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

The song was re-recorded for it's inclusion on ATLITS. Parts of the song had to be re-worked due to the departure of Luke Owens.

On 24/11/13 (a day earlier than planned), the Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill Single was released along with the re-recorded All The Lights In the Sky , Movement 4 of Bosozoku Symphonic, as it's B-side. This version was a re-recording of the ATLITS version and included heavier bass, auto-tuned backing vocals, and vocal samples from many Elevens, who were asked to send in a vocal clip of them yelling the line "who the hell do you think we are!?"

A dubstep remix by Echo Inada was released on the Fan Subs EP, along with a video of a few band members sitting on a couch listening to the song.

A piano version of the song was uploaded on to the Area 11 SoundCloud  before being taken down due to the release of the Go!! Fighting Action Power single where it features as the second track, as well as on Disc 4 of All The Lights in the Sky「COMPLETE」 .

Minecraft Based Video

Area 11 -「Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill」【Blackline Edition】06:18

Area 11 -「Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill」【Blackline Edition】

The Minecraft based HPGD video.

For the Blackline version of the song, the band created a half live-action half Minecraft video for the song. The video begins with the end of a rehearsal session in which the band enter a Minecraft style wooden door. They then find their way to a stage surrounded by zombies where they play HPGD, until creepers invade and blow everything up. The video ends with the band escaping but leaving Sparkles* behind. This sets the scene for Gigacraft.

The video itself provides several interesting clues or things to think about. For a start, there are several characters within the video that are not zombies or generic people and actually are players with various skins. One of them appears to resemble Ash Ketchum from Pokemon, whereas the others are harder to identify. One of them looks as though it could be Kamina from Gurren Lagann.

There is a possibility that they have been made to look similar to the skins used by the band in the video, however they may be of great importance, or they could just be pop culture references of no significance.

Single Version

Area 11 - Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill-004:19

Area 11 - Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill-0

The official video, released on the band's YouTube page

On the 15/11/13 Area 11 confirmed on their website that they would be releasing Heaven Piercing Giga Drill as their last single from All The Lights In The Sky to say goodbye to the album, on the 25/11/13. This had been in the works for a while since asking fans to be part of the new song. It was then released a day earlier (24/11/13) with a music video. Along with the new single they released a B-Side of a full length version of All  The Lights In The Sky and an off-vocal track of Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill. The full length version of ATLITS features strong drums, bass and guitar that the original version didn't have. 

The video for the single version (released on Bandcamp a day early on 24/11/13) features the band playing in a studio with glitch effects and colour shifts on the video. The band did 2 days shoots of the video, one on white surfaces and one on black. As the video goes on the glitching effects get more intense and start to flash quickly between the black and white shots and  to old recordings of the band from various different places. These include the Shi No Barado music video, 11 Minutes With Area 11, the teaser video for the album, live videos and Reply Boyz.

Track Listing

  1. Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill
  2. All The Lights In The Sky
  3. Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill (Off-Vocal)

Lyrics

Area 11 - Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill04:19

Area 11 - Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill

ATLITS version of HPGD

I’d been living underground

Locked in the silence
Until you came and dug me up
Into a world full of violence

Now we’re spinning down anti-spirals
Cut it, cut it out! Cut it, cut it out!
So many faces, so many trials
Cut it, cut it out! Cut it, cut it out!

They won’t stop our evolution
Who do you think we are?
Fight against your execution
Who do you think we are?
Trust me and we’ll fly, not fall
Tip the balance and risk it all
Together we can go so far
Ro! Ro! Fight the power!

Look up!
All the lights in the sky are stars!
Reach out with your fist!
Let’s demolish the tower
We are complete, our souls are fused
My drill will pierce through - Go!

A twisting helix binds to me
It follows everywhere I go
It carries the hope of humanity
And everything we know

Smash your head into mine
Cut it, cut it out! Cut it, cut it out!
Time stops as we combine
Cut it, cut it out! Cut it, cut it out!

They won’t stop our evolution
Who do you think we are?
Fight against your execution
Who do you think we are?
Trust me and we’ll fly, not fall
Tip the balance and risk it all
Together we can go so far
Who the hell do you think we are?!

Look up!
All the lights in the sky are stars!
Reach out with your fist!
Let’s demolish the tower
We are complete, our souls are fused
There’s no defeat, this path we choose
We are complete, our souls are fused
My drill will pierce through

Believe in me (believe in the me)
Who believes in you (who believes in you)
Believe in me (believe in the me)
Who believes in you

Believe in me, who believes in you
My drill will pierce through.

The Habitual Nerd plays Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill - Area 1106:12

The Habitual Nerd plays Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill - Area 11











Commentary Track

ATLITS Commentary - 10 Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill04:16

ATLITS Commentary - 10 Heaven-Piercing Giga Drill

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