Grotesque and Inexorable

by Mad God

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1.
In the deep, dead of night Figures twist, distorting in the light This place no more is hallowed ground My soul is black, my heart is stone. Haunting the graves Open tombs lay all around The fires burning, the chanting loud The preacher comes to bless the herd The spell complete and my soul will burn Haunting the graves I will haunt your grave Until the end of time You will never escape me For my evil finds Your life is forfeit Your soul is doomed You will never escape me Cos you're a fool, yeah baby.
2.
Four bodies, axe wounds to the neck and head Writhing around in throes of death One small child survives But death shrouds her mind His eyes burnt cold, no remorse Calmly the poison dripped from his lips Stripping all honour from his bones Covering his soul in putrid shame Hacking the ones I love to death Is not something I'll regret I will live this lie till I die No one will ever see the horror lurking inside The faceless laughing figure, the convenient myth The blood still drips from the axe's tip
3.
Stabbing a pregnant women to death Is the will of my lord and master Smearing her blood along the walls "Helter Skelter" now beings the fake war. Never did I raise or dirty my hand All I did was ask a question All I did was make them question The meaning of their futile existence. I created God Hordes of brainwashed LSD freaks Orgies held in the name of Satan I stood tall among the bastards On the bodies of dead women and children Never did I raise or dirty my hand All I did was ask a question All I did was make them question The meaning of their futile existence. I created God
4.
I rode to flee the scene Burning bodies, burning trees Children bleeding on the ground Breathe the smoke and breathe the clouds I am the figure that you glimpse in the dead of night I am the nightmare that lurks in your dreams I am the terror that they warned you about I am the bringer of darkness The crawling chaos stretches across the land Behold my countenance, I am Cthulhu's hand My name is of no import My body is a rotting corpse My eyes see only death My mind is a wretched mess My soul has long burnt away His voice is all I obey His will my soul's desire Keep the fire growing higher I am the figure that you glimpse in the dead of night I am the nightmare that lurks in your dreams I am the terror that they warned you about I am the bringer of darkness The crawling chaos stretches across the land Behold my countenance, I am Cthulhu's hand Day of judgement's near Now you know who you must fear A writhing, shapeless deity To feed on you is all he needs Facing your deepest fears An ocean rises up to clear Away all the filth and scum End of the world comes I am the figure that you glimpse in the dead of night I am the nightmare that lurks in your dreams I am the terror that they warned you about I am the bringer of darkness The crawling chaos stretches across the land Behold my countenance, I am Cthulhu's hand
5.
I made my way into the graveyard before dawn had broken The hour of the witch was close at hand I looked at the sky, he should be here soon Little did I know what horror lay in wake for me For what felt like hours I sat inside this cursed place Not a flicker of light glinted on the faces of the dead It was then I heard the cemetery gate unlatch I turned around and saw the grounds fill with mist No prayers, no fires As I turned around I saw no figure waiting at the gate Decaying smells began to fill the air And it was then the wind began to tremble And then I heard a rasping voice that chilled my very soul. No prayers, no fires.
6.
The Hunt 06:32
The hunt begins The dream is dying The Old Blood sings Amygdala descends The hunt is drawing to a close The howling voices come together as one The dream is all I have left Am I bound here for eternity? The cobbled streets moan Teeth gnashing in unison Praise the Good Blood And let us cleanse these tarnished streets The hunt is drawing to a close The howling voices come together as one The dream is all I have left Am I bound here for eternity? Burnt and abandoned by men The blood moon rises in the sky The presence of the moon has sullied this city The beasts will never be stopped The workshop burns The primordial call out to you A chalice you must seek Before all hope is lost

about

Grotesque and Inexorable is an exploration into new musical territory for Mad God. After the release of Tales of a Sightless City in 2017, Mad God have been aiming to evolve their sound to something darker and more unique.

This album draws on much gloomier themes and the lyrics reflect this turn. The music itself is both dirtier and more progressive and as a band we tried to introduce a wider variety of influences including death and black metal as well as more traditional and heavy metal sounds, even including some 70's progressive rock.

The album title also reflects this change in sound, in other words "disgusting and cannot be stopped" (also as Lovecraftian fanboys we had to throw the word grotesque in somewhere).

Many thanks must go out to all the people involved in making this album happen, I will not go through each person by name but if you were involved in the process of creating this album, even as someone who listened and gave feedback or just friends and family who have continually supported us through our endeavors, we thank you deeply and from the bottom of our hearts. We also want to thank each and every fan who has listened to or purchased our music, without you this second album wouldn't be happening.

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Some reviews:

"This song is a veritable black mass of lurching riffs and classic doom style that I love oh so much. The fuzzy guitar tones practically leaves a snail trail behind it, while drums plod along and Harbour sings clean, epic vocals to his heart’s content. It’s got a nice groove to it – I’m able to vibe to the catchy, digestible melodies with ease. You know those ‘(slow heavy metal music playing)‘ memes you probably see everywhere? This is the music I imagine is playing when I see those."

- On "I Created God" - David Rodriguez (Everything Is Noise: everythingisnoise.net/premieres/mad-god-get-theological-with-lyric-video-for-i-created-god/)
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"Though perhaps “churns” would be a better word for what it does, since Mad God seem mostly to be stirring a doomly cauldron with their material, sending slow undulations rippling outward as they make their repetitive motions with the aforementioned shifts along the way."

- The Obelisk (theobelisk.net/obelisk/2018/09/25/mad-god-grotesque-and-inexorable-i-created-god-premiere/)

credits

released November 2, 2018

Tim Harbour - Vocals and Guitar
Pat Stephansen - Drums
Evert Snyman - Bass

Album art by the ever talented Lyle Van'Dango. If you ever need art done, he is your man (www.behance.net/LVanDango)

Drums and guitar recorded live at Backline Studio in one 17 hours session, by the legend Evert Snyman. If you ever need recording done, Evert is your man. (www.facebook.com/TheBacklineStudio)

The bass and vocals were tracked in separate studios at a later date.

Mixed by Evert Snyman
Mastered by Tim Harbour

"The Hunt" written by Pat Stephansen with additional parts by Tim Harbour
The rest of the album was written by Tim except for "No Prayers, No Fires" which was co-written with Pat.

All lyrics by Tim Harbour

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