Punctured eyes, decieving lies Trapped in the world that you made The world you meet is fooled by your smile, but inside you're not shining Everyday another glimse of the fear that there's no higher level The fear you fear is drawing near It is the world that you made The system has failed!
Can you believe it? It failed The Masked Face - Various - A Tribute To Nasum (CD) again! People are starving, the crime rates increasing The all fell through the "security net" You better believe it! The whole system failed! Raping - for what cause? Killing - for what cause? There's no reason! Our perfect society, builds massdestructive arms Educates the weak in the art of death Lieing - for what cause? I don't understand Why do you compete? You know how this will end?
It's not as beautiful as we give it credit for Might aswell give in for the desire to end your life See us as we're drowning, never offer us your hand Only leave us helpless, crawling, while you are shaping the end For I have seen all that will come Darkness, tasteless future, shades so grey - clouding my mind So what?
I fell so stupid never took you for what you are There's no time for regret - shaping the end They do it all for the excitement They'll come when you least expect it - The new firing-squad! He pulled his trigger, he aimed to his head Examined - condemned - destroyed! He did it all for salvation They came when he least expected it - The new firing-squad! Tell me why is doesn't change, tell me why it stays the same Why does is stay the same?
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Shaping a guideline, free to follow Sharing the thoughts of my philosophy My philosophy! Breath the new dawn air Breath the wind of change Breath and evolve Breath, just fucking breath The breathing furnace The breathing furnace is you Breath and burn Show me!
I don't need your advice, Mr Punk! I'll do without them Punk is to think for yourself, not to think for others The kingdom - tear it down again! Panic's rising by a buzzing sound Pushes you into states of regression A black swarm piercing through your skin Flying high with flies Sick, turning sicker It creeps on you, but that's nothing new Finally realizing What we've always known, that you're the bug The swarm is here Panic's rising by a buzzing sound Pushes you into states of regression A black swarm piercing through your skin Flying high with flies Flying high with flies Sick, turning sicker, turning sick, fucking sick 9.
We're always being watched by dark figures of stones We cannot move, we cannot hide, we're eaten through our eyes Gaze into the face of the monster Do you cringe or do you stand strong?
Step away - you might be to close If your in their reach, all will be lost They are nightmares in the sky Who will take away our sleep We're sharing the dreams of our dead forefathers We don't see them, but they see us Grotesque gargoyles, they smile and laugh Society is a place filled with statues Always watching our moves Motionless, but still in motion They'll haunt us both day and night We don't see them, but they see us Grotesque gargoyles, they smile and laugh Dead - but you're still breathing A consumer of the highest rank I wonder when you're gonna realize that you are just a product and you shouldn't shit where you eat!
Never free, never been Always chained to misery Always blind to what's beyond the horizon, you're just a drone. Finally you hear the news A tainted picture, an awful bruise Confusion - now the bubble bursts It's time to hit them where it hurts Destroy the core, melt the machine Resistance - where it all begins!
Your senseless thoughts of racial pride Have infested your weak mind Will you ever realise? It's not you or them - it's us! Protected by laws Made by your own kind It's the system in progress It's the death of the free mind It's the Idiot Parade! Deaf, dumb and blind May be your only excuse Not how much you have suffered Not the years of abuse Nothing went wrong There is no one to blame Yet no one is safe When the idiots are on parade!
It's a bullet in the head of every happy boy and girl Your heritage A crossover between life and death It's a must-be fan Raging in its' cage And I can see it coming Now can you? No - I play it safe One step ahead, two steps aside Yeah, and I forget It was reality that made you blind Struggling - one breath of air that is all I ask You're choking me And I am stripped down to the core I am a must-be fan Raging in my cage And I can feel it moving Now can you?
No - I play it safe One step ahead, two steps aside Yeah, and I forget It was reality that made you blind No - I play it safe One step ahead, two steps aside Yeah, it made you bleed It made you come to sense and realize Start by being honest And realize your potential Make a bed out of colorful flowers Plant a seed, paint a picture - it's all you! Bury your regrets and Cast your anchor where you like And while you're at it you can Bury all your sorrows Feel you heart growing inside No - I play it safe One step ahead, two steps aside Yeah, and I forget It was reality that made you blind No - I play it safe One step ahead, two steps aside Yeah, it made you bleed It made you come to sense and realize Track by track comments for: Shift Written by Anders Jakobson 1.
That was a new thing for Nasum since we had always started our albums with a full on blast, a short track to wake everyone up and then progress to the "real" songs. The clinging sound in the beginning is a mix between the bell on my ride cymbal and Mieszko hitting his mixing desk's legs with a monkey wrench. Anything for the grind! The Engine of Death - The first riff is very black metalish. I wrote it right after I bought "Chimera" by Mayhem, and after hearing some black metalish riff that Urban had made.
I remember it as one of those songs that just wrote itself. It just came together. The verse riff is a variant of a midtempo Napalm Death riff from "Order of The Masked Face - Various - A Tribute To Nasum (CD) Leech".
I am very happy about Petter Freed's guitar solo and Rogga nailing the Bill Steer voice on the calmer section towards the end. One of my best songs ever. Also the riff after the second chorus ends with the exact notes of "Seige of Power". Call me the riff thief! The title is another one of my witty ones but the lyrics are dead serious about domestic violence.
That wasn't the intention when I started writing the lyrics with only the title and "count the scars in my eyes" on paper.
Sometimes you never know where the words will lead you. No Paradise for the Damned - This is the only rerecording of a released track we've done for any of our albums. We didn't plan to record it, it just happened.
We had talked about adding this song - originally from the Abstain split - to our liveset but never managed to really pick it out from the badly played and badly recorded original release. But somehow we came to talk about it during the "Shift" session and I went home and pushed myself to finally pick it out. So I did it and we recorded it, but it never made it into the liveset anyway.
Wrath - "Wrath" is another one of those tracks that goes through a lot of stages before it finally finds its form. My original idea for The Masked Face - Various - A Tribute To Nasum (CD) song was to have two different songs spliced together and lyrically have one voice doing the first half and another one doing the second. I dubbed it "Call and Response" and had an idea for the lyrics. But it came to a point where I said; fuck it, and cut the track The Masked Face - Various - A Tribute To Nasum (CD) half, reworked the first half into "Wrath" and the other half into a song that went through a lot of stages until it became "Ingenting" on "Grind Finale".
I think the working title for "Wrath" was "Carcass Slayer" The Masked Face - Various - A Tribute To Nasum (CD) I guess you can figure out why when you hear it. Fear is Your Weapon - A short song that is introduced by a sample that we found on a webpage with alternative media. We were ordered by the record company not to use samples since there's always a risk doing that. The alternative resources we used offered quite a lot of interesting things that fitted with the overall theme of shift and change and also fitted some of the songs very well.
The Deepest Hole - This is a great song written by Jon. It was the first song he showed for us and I immediately fell in love with his writing style - it felt like a mix between Mieszko's style and my style like how I once felt about Jesper's writing. The working title was "the Kyuss ending" due to the groovy ending. High on Hate - One day I got the message that a friend of my girlfriend had gotten pretty beat up by some fascists for no known reason other than he was a punk.
That type of violence upsets me the most. My friend didn't do anything to provoke this beating, he just happened to be at The Masked Face - Various - A Tribute To Nasum (CD) wrong place at the wrong time.
The song is another try to mimic that high speed mosh riffing that Napalm Death do so well. Quite intense and the accents are really weird. Pathetic - Mieszko loved writing rhythmic grindparts where I was asked to mark the rhythm with accents on my China cymbal.
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