Dissenter

by Lurid State

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*With Special Guest Novy (Formerly of Behemoth, Vader, and Dies Irae)

"Phoenix based metal band Lurid State has recently released their follow up album to their Setting Sun EP and the progressive step forward they took is astoundingly satisfying. The new album entitled Dissenter shows a band that has more drive and focus under their belt and has definitely used their time between albums wisely to learn and grow their sound. As I was listening to Dissenter numerous times, I was trying to compare their music to another band I have heard and I could not immediately place another band that sounded like them. This is actually a good sign because Lurid State has their own distinct sound and is not trying to replicate one of their influences. While listening to their album in my car at volume levels no doctor would approve, I finally realized how to describe Dissenter. The metal crunch experienced by my senses could only be labeled as the carefully controlled and well thought out aggression of a schizophrenic.

I will admit I am not a big fan of slow buildups in most music unless you are progressive like Opeth, but the way that Dissenter was written and arranged I completely understand the concept. There are peaks and valleys throughout the entire album that get your emotions going from an intense calm before ramping up to split your sinuses with meticulous heaviness. The way Lurid State makes their music seamlessly flow from fast to soft and back to extreme is done so artistically that the tempo changes are barely noticeable. I was too busy letting the music involuntarily control my limbs from mimicking drumming to playing guitar. The drumming is technically concentrated but simultaneously infused with a forceful elegance. The raw emotion and brutish vocals resonate in your cranium with such a commanding presence that resisting empathy for his aggressive anguish is impossible. Another impressive and equally important piece of the band is their excellent guitar work. The rhythm is straight forward enough to be catchy but not overbearing. The guitar solos are intricate and surprisingly nonchalantly placed in their songs almost as if it was an afterthought. There is not one main instrumental focus of Lurid State and the entire band as a whole comes together to concoct a truly catchy and brutally abrasive noise that infects your soul. Every musician has that one album that made them want to learn an instrument and start a band. Lurid State’s new album Dissenter is the catalyst some unknowing kid is just waiting to hear ready to strike him in the skull like lightening from Zeus himself."

-Marcus Meng
98 KUPD Into The Pit
Metal Director

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released 30 June 2012

All material written & performed by Lurid State*
Produced, mixed & mastered by Byron Filson at Villain Recording in Phoenix, AZ

*Bass on 'Equilibrium' by Novy (formerly of Behemoth, Vader, and Dies Irae)

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Track Name: I Am The Light
my eyes have seen beginnings, of total agony
the next part of the story fully vested tragedy 
you can't deny we let it get to this, you can't comply, the walls are closing in
if you escape this, then i will follow down
you can't replace this, so i won't give up ground
i am light, i am the light
i am alone until the empire falls, as we dig our own graves
the ending of an era, you should not be surprised
we take our places as slaughtered enemies of mankind
you can't escape this agony, you go to your place deliberately
if you escape this, then i will follow down
you can't replace this, so i won't give up ground
i am light, i am the light
i am alone until the empire falls, as we dig our own graves
hide your face
i am the light, i am
remove your guilt one soul at a time
Track Name: Sleep Of Reason
resting beasts are tearing back your eyes
enemies won't know when you're alive
the sleep is real and not forgiving, there is a psalm and an exit here
the sleep is real and not forgiving, there is a soul and an exit here
tear it out for i am not the wounds of sin
the sleep is real and not forgiving, there is psalm and an exit here
the sleep is real and not forgiving, there is a soul and an exit door
tear it up, i can't run anymore buried at the bottom of rage
waning dreams awake out over your eyes
selling blames, there is nowhere left to hide
know that it sheds away, it's frightening to be awake
the coward won't find me, the last words can't haunt me 
rise
see all the walls in front of your face
Track Name: Morale
diseased is me
been cursed from all of the wounds
your word, my sin
there's nothing left
because i'm a thief and a liar
i was put here to tear your world apart
i am sucking on all that you have, until i can find a new host to feed on
foresee the end of my error, you’ll see me rotting in the gutter alone
rot
no flesh, no bone, just words away from a skin
your eyes turn red, then turning black
if i met you at the alter, you would surely be sacrificed
if i were to kill my only daughter, you would be left holding the knife
foresee the end of my error, you'll see me rotting in the gutter
you'll see me buried in the slaughter, you'll see me drowning in the laughter
i wish i died, but now, i falter
look at this world burn and let it take you
there is nowhere to go now
Track Name: Guilty
converse with a dead man, because he tells no lies
stand tall for your hangman, don't swallow your pride now
i can't see enemies from my own bed
i can't see enemies from their own beds
i scrape the bottom
don't look at me like a crime, you know that unlocked doors are a bad place to hide
so let me go or leave me here; either way your future's unbroken, your past is clear
sorrow isn't a best friend, its just a haunted place
your eyes tell of an omen, this will not end up well
i can't see enemies from their own beds
i can't see enemies from my own bed
don't look to me like a crime, you know that unlocked doors are a bad place to hide
haunted, guilty
i don't walk through your pity, when i just want to stay your whore
Track Name: You Should Leave
my god, you left in the lurch yet you killed me
you're killing the things that you sold though
your pictures of friends are pathetic, you're wading out under the weeds
it's fucking ending, i'm losing patience, i've lost an exit
i've done my time
breeding, until the end is the world and you're feral
your god is mother of anger, you're killing the snakes just to save me
you've angered the wolves yet again
losing patience, lost a friend here, it's sentimental 
i've done my time
and revenge is here
coward
i’ve done my time
Track Name: Battle
save yourself, i have nothing left for dreams
it's awful nightmares in here
a gear in progress, tell me what's to gain
you can't see what's in front of you, don't know the names and I say
you're not a god
your will to crucify me is murderous
stop yourself from becoming a cliche
these things are twisted, unclear
dredging the wasteland, you"ll find the dreams
buried inside of your past with all your kin and I'll say
you're not a god
your will to crucify me is murderous
kill yourself, before life does it first
you will fade out and away
i want you to pray for forgiveness
save yourself, i have nothing left of dreams
it's awful nightmares in here
kill yourself before life does it first
you will fade out and away
save yourself
Track Name: When All Faith Dies
when all faith dies
kill this imperialism
you're own resistance is just a weakness
i'll take your eyes
look at me now
i'll show you the sound, bury you down
fulfills us in, fucks us around
leaves us blind and broken
bold and complacent tragic moments that turn your profits
no, you never spoke a word
bleed you in darkest moments, feed you to my intentions
no, you never spoke a word
when all faith dies
pin the flag to your own skin
so you can bleed like all the rest do
we turn them in, throw them out
starve the soul, make a hole
we fill it with shit, fill it with dirt
infest the wound, burn the books
and leave them blind and broken
bold and complacent tragic moments that that turn your profits
no, you never spoke a word
bleed you in darkest moments, feed you to my intentions
no, you never spoke a word...like me
when all faith dies
kill this imperialism
you're own resistance is just a weakness
bold and complacent tragic moments that turn your profits
no, you never spoke a word
bleed you in darkest moments, feed you to my intentions
no, you never spoke a word...like me
all faith dies
Track Name: Her Torch
survive burning bridges
open up the floodgates to perversion
dissent, until it bleeds
farewell, collective reason
tend to the flocks that call out treason
as if they knew their names
and all these things will fall apart
there is an end if there's a start
we are the ones who walked away
now I have nothing left to be
hold the torch, guide her hearse
forward! through the crosses
nailed to the doors of all held hostage
so they might be set free
pretend there's an answer
worry about "vision" while you're on fire
meanwhile, you'll set them free
and all these things will fall apart
there is an end if there's a start
we are the ones who walked away
now i have nothing left to be
lies
hold her torch, guide her hearse
revenge! to the cowards
i'll step forwards as you move backwards
and then you can wash my feet
and all these thing will fall apart
there is an end if there's a start
Track Name: T.E.C.
you see me, don't know me
as these words wash away
this body, my folly, these things i cannot say
your ghost is still in me, it won't suck my life away
i will take these scars
and rebuild life
i will fall so far
to make this right
you see me, don't know me
these things i cannot say
your body, my folly, these words too weak to say
i promised and i meant it
i mean it everyday
your ghost is still in me, it won't suck my life away
i will take these scars
and rebuild life
i will fall so far
to make this
no breathing, just pain
you're a touch away
just a bad dream come true
your body rots
you pull me down, buried beneath, you're fully under
Track Name: One-Fifty-One
something that is left for dead cannot be trusted
blades that are buried are not enough, albeit brave
i've walked the fire, i've burnt the blade, i've watched those instincts die
no wind, no time
it's all in rust
as it lives, so shall it die
as it breeds, and multiplies
so it lives, and yet it sighs, medicated
patience upon the weak
let it control your veins
but does it still hold you in the grip of a great machine
you've seen the fall, you've dropped the blade, you let perceptions die 
you're in the gears
it's all in rust
as it lives, so shall it die
as it breeds, and multiplies
pull your masters to the walls and hold your enemies with hands of god
burn in hell
pull your masters to the wolves and hold your enemies with hands of god
Track Name: Equilibrium
pull the strings and watch the world spin backwards
clinging to things that are long since dead
i'll press it through, with every waking sense of power
let it die; let it all kill you
you are being lied to
but i see through you 
rise
think
act
denial is a bitter taste
who told you the worst is over
has smiled and spit in your face
you'll see the wool pulled over
a failing race
before the maggots must become flies
before your rapist removes your eyes
a disease that brings nothing to no one
except relief from this cursed race
i'll watch it fall, with renewed sense of feeling virtue
this is the end, i am amazed
you're being lied to
but i see through you
rise
think 
act
denial is a bitter taste
who told you the worst is over 
has smiled and spit in you face
you'll see the wool pulled over
a failing race
before the maggots must become flies
before your rapist removes your eyes
it's an exercise in futility 
we all burn away