Grotesque and Inexorable

by Mad God

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I'd say it's a fair draw between "Haunting the Graves..." and "The Crawling Chaos". But since I have to stick to my favorite buddy Nyarlathotep the latter gets a bonus point. Favorite track: The Crawling Chaos.
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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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Track Name: Haunting the Graves of the Unhallowed
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.
Track Name: The DeZalze Horror
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
Track Name: I Created God
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
Track Name: The Crawling Chaos
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
Track Name: No Prayers, No Fires
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.
Track Name: The Hunt
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

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