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The First Year Of Catastrophe

by Simon Magus

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Bucky Oh man, this most certainly is a killer release! I held off for a couple days, while I watched all my internet friends gobbling it up, due to the somewhat idle band name. Standout vocals with a bluesy, doomy tone and a rustic finish. The riffs and grooves keep it well balanced. Top in its class.
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Hard rock/trad doom that delivers everything you could ever want from that particular genre. Bluesy doom riffage, incendiary solos and thunderous rhythms all topped off with a startlingly good vocal from Wes Allen whose voice has more than a passing resemblance to, UK hard rock band Reef's, Gary Stringer.
Full review here...... Favorite track: She Wept.
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released July 14, 2015

Wes Allen - Vocals
Micah Shimborske - Guitar
Matt Snyder - Guitar
Nick Shallcross - Guitar, Bass
Mark Reynolds - Drums

Recorded at The Sing Palace and Coleman Villa Studios



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Track Name: She Wept
when you speak your words aloud to me
they shroud themselves in secrecy
you fail to find the things you need
as you cloak them all in mystery

when out she calls
the madness lulls

her hand brings poise to a mind of strife
but choice is derived from a will to survive
dreaming in white the error of your ways
eclipsing the hole of a soul unsaved

here we are these visions scarred by the weight of a love you lost
Track Name: Blank Tombs
captured birds clip wings you’ll never fly again
hear the angels sing this is the day you’ll see the end
peace will come and go as will the burdens we share
reasons you couldn’t have known becomes the cross you’re meant to bear

waiting drowning you weaken as the pendulum swings
losing daylight we all fear what the darkness will bring

Allow the illness to breathe, a breeding ground it becomes
tied to the ghost of your failure that wasn't worth the price of shared blood
lying naked in wait the trial of a fallen man
you drift away on the rising tide flesh worn away becoming sand
Track Name: 7 Cursed Places
reopen the dying home clearing out each sloping web
hope resides in a peaceful place
evoking spirits that should not wake
to simply live is a risk to take

revive the damned with a sneering glance it ends

walls are giving way the blackness cedes to day
his sins were washed away but darkness still remains

we revive the damned
Track Name: A Dying King
making progress but moving ten miles backward
the human condition prevails so long as penance is offered
storming the kingdom with plans of taking the reigns
forging a new path now 10,000 years in vain

it must be so let it be so

scour for evidence turning over each stone
building prisons force the people to claim their own
calling out to a god who doesn’t answer by name
you incur the wrath of man with only yourself to blame

it must be so lonely atop that throne
righteous lies you claim to own
oh if you’d only known
Track Name: In League With Suffering
cauterize the phantom limb unseen flesh remains
removal of exquisite corpse the knowledge will be gained
save yourself the sinners flood beast still dwells within
decomposition has begun the patient is wearing thin

it won’t be lost preserve the sacred name

strip away rust and soot are you made of whats inside
faith collapse short of breath is this somehow not a sign
removal of exquisite corpse the knowledge will be gained
cauterize the phantom limb unseen flesh still remains
Track Name: Sheitan
insufferable eyes tearing holes in souls of the one time forsakes
dragging the light into the bleakest void where no air escapes
sever the brain stem to hold ending the growth pain remains
inherent archaeic modes dim the lantern the bloodletting commences

the years tearing by now the oath decides what is taken away
never reborn waiting and watching the flames emerging faces now remain

its hard to tell whats all been done
bred this evil that I’ve become
marred my life with misery
in exchange for short lived infamy
illness takes its toll
the memories bought and sold weren’t worth
an existence in the cold where ill stay
whisper now just sleep
Track Name: Born Of Winter
in the words you can’t speak are the lies that rain down over me
in the dark no demon sleeps as the fires raging onward
the gods dethrone their king will the sorrow reclaim everyone

given your role of dying alone

lurking in the grey let the vultures have their way with me
I’ve been beaten to my knees as a godless man of no dignity
as they take my dignity
theres no chance for dignity

the serpents cruelty speaks we believe each and every word
is the cost of life so cheap the dead can easily afford
Track Name: Eulogy For The Elephant Man
and i found no solace in my final breath
these ruins further crumbling around my head
I’m being strangled by these shadows of my past

if you want to should want to

and i took no comfort in the kindness of my friends
these walls i raised were all my own
i’ve been disfigured by disgrace unerased

loss of faith motivation escapes captivation at stake degradation unreplaced