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Sparta

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mammothfluff I get it on the first listen. After 3 decades of metal under my skin and having heard a whole lot, there's still bands out there to make the impact - like wait.. just wait .. this is new, this is genuine. I get it, there it is again that moment of discovery.. amazing stuff. Pure awesome!! Thanks bandcamp, y'all rock and so does Psalm Zero. Favorite track: Return to Stone (feat. Lingua Ignota).
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brineryte This album is the best of 90's alt metal taken through the incredibly nuanced creative machine that is Charlie Looker. There are many obvious homages to some of the best sounds the 90's had to offer but they are the skin on what is a truly grand body of creativity. Favorite track: Animal Outside.
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1.
Open Wound 05:27
Mother, I don’t have the heart to show you what kind of world you’re leaving They call for blood and fire and what they say, please believe it We knew the right words They struck us dumb In a primitive spasm, they swallowed our tongue You call for reason but the call’s too soon You can call it hysteria, but it speaks to the wound The open wound Now the wolves are at your door and now the snow is at the window Blood memory of war pulls me back to the way the wind blows
2.
Sparta 05:34
My spine is coiled into a question mark Straighten out In ages past, they’d have an answer for me Weed me out Powerful future Iron horizon with the broader shoulders And if we’re falling back into the old fires Am I strong enough for what’s to come? Lie awake, I lie awake, praying Am I strong enough for what’s to come? Sparta, answer me now Drowning in wine, a child unfit to float Suck it up The world’s machines kept me alive too long Mother’s chasm, throw me on the rocks into a powerful future…
3.
Black holes, white wall, the face of Man drawn in the sand at the edge of the sea Flat face, Christ face, Year Zero face The numbered days Ocean, swallow me Those shallow shapes drawn on the wall soon washed away The last faith will fall A human faith to bind us all Like gods before, the last faith will fall Flat face, Man’s face, the one belief our dignity pinned onto the screen Black holes, white wall, the close-up frame inhuman mask, sever head from body Before we’re gone, our face will go the high ideal swept back to the flow No common love, the bonds dissolved no brother’s vow The last faith will fall Like gods before...
4.
No Victim 04:05
You promised suicide, but you lied You never died You spoke of trauma, but who knows what’s inside The appetite of a tyrant, the image of a slave You make a mess of your cradle with the dirt you stole from the grave Maybe insane, maybe an evil child Maybe just weak, or maybe just addicted Either way, you’ll make the ones around you pay and you’re no victim I walked the sands with you, burning son You’re not the only one More like a brother, but our love is done The mad man myth of the prophet phoenix from the smoke I loved the way that you smashed the tablets But the stone’s caught in my throat, then I choked Maybe I’m fake, maybe a righteous coward Maybe too quick to pull out some dictum I draw the line, but am I really not your kind? I own what’s mine, and I’m no victim
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6.
When Nature reaches her hands back inside us Her touch may be much colder than we ever dreamed Her sacred fire won’t appear as a mother’s love But as the cunning of machines Outside is animal, cold and mechanical Outside has fangs and it’s at the door But what about the vow? What about love? Don’t mention love So what’s left inside? Is there nothing more? When all the numbers take aim at the stained glass I’ll build a wall of my own, walls of the heart Live out my days warm inside the cathedral beneath a dome of human stars
7.
Shibboleth 01:51
8.
A Pill 09:02
This is how it starts, with a thought Not a lot, just one thought This is how it grows, with a touch Not much, just one touch And I may ask myself where my humanity went And I may ask myself, have I burned out my sacred filament? You speak for power, but where is your will? he world seen through a pill Fat from the old spoils, you forgot how to kill Are we animal still? This is how it hides, in a joke But where there’s smoke, you know Fire of contagion, you can’t call this reason Cause where there’s smoke, you know… You burn down reason with a chemical fire Swallow down the new liar Your human body now cold as machines The flesh no longer dreams Are we animal still?

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released February 24, 2020

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Psalm Zero New York, New York

Psalm Zero is a NYC/LA based band led by Charlie Looker, featuring members of Kayo Dot. The band's first two releases, 'Stranger to Violence' and 'The Drain', are available on Profound Lore Records. The third LP is available here, on Last Things Records ... more

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