fetters

by NEGATIVE STANDARDS

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1.
XIV 05:10
the infinite, space occupied concrete limbs dragged across the floor route, routine, a wealth betrayed roles failed, played, quartered, jockeyed closed eyes and burning fires thickened blood and expiration branded to shape fired clay from a four-part mold the snowflake, the wildflower and the grain of sand, ice, scent, and grit beauty, sense, and decay in mathematical precision as the great cycles grind on, interminable examination validity in the meaning of meaning, the choices left unmade light the wick, stare inside light the fuse, watch the flash molecules in a steady march towards deconstruction reflections of emotions elicit the triggered response blind to the bend in the mirror distort, refract, enprismed glare disease at the depths backwards glances finding no return refuge taken in hollow graves of craving chimerical host, the proof of burden condemned to indulgence a clerical reverie
2.
XV 01:02
3.
XVI 00:57
a docile transference bottled rage for injustice sold in pamphlets and thirty-second spots flows diverted to pacify passion myopic horror, the demand for absolution guilt begets anger, blame begets exhaustion begets excuses framed action and images, an archival motion the vain allure of life unstained smug carts and cabinets to shift the view away renewed plastic conviction, taken to the edge of comfort and not a step beyond repeating refrains of jingled melodies to program the gray
4.
XVII 01:56
contrasting scars youthful folly slipping into the haze of earthly delights drop the canon, hold up the bar privileged ignorance the velvet grip of excess anaesthetized coping reflex lizard against primate against the future corners shaved in narrow slices year by year, day by day, hour by hour form follows behavior follows thought blaze to bleak to bland birth to death, to fight settled night, settled breath flames to embers to rot
5.
XVIII 06:10
chattering heads clattering stones a sick sense of pride old major to napoleon the vertigo of pyramid schema an acolyte’s kiss equal, more equal, most equal, greater than face to name, to cause, to power clamoring for ballast clinging to luster externalized immaculate the amber crest of justification whitewash these towering walls twisted obligator’s grin clean the truth from beyond your teeth chasing down the wolves blurring visage to take in the end bearing weight on lines of fault to slip, to fold, to yield ambassadors to the reliquary rehearsing bureaucratic visions writ of passage, sanctions preordained the pillar’s shadow to the horizon
6.
XIX 02:15
7.
XX 02:28
waking to the world each day as a dream avaricious heralds in flight drowning in an eternal present the strain of exile in this lust for new worlds a latent cult of death clutching hands on the threshold sands between the folds lean to the root, standing reserved cement and steel chained to stone discorporate grasping crosshairs on the abyss debris and rust, rival mirage upward eyes to the dawn swimming through the open air dominion out of time starlight leads the way the sacred bliss swirling eddies of language block out the sun
8.
XXI 07:29
choose your dustbin faith bared barren accolades games of string and chance brief echoes fade in empty chambers the facile banners contracted frame, annular conceit specious infamy outstripped from within fleeting auspices yield to hallowed repose flirting glimpses marking a fertile hubris shattered needs, rendered wants all prey to the vulture within stolen heat, squandered hope all prey to the vulture within how often a forced smile betrays some hidden wound
9.
XXII 01:43
"it is necessary to whip and to prod life; otherwise it gets rusty and fouled with banality." —the confessions of wanda von sacher-masoch burn the refuse ashes set to wind charting the terrain of collective failings dissociation as survival banging heads against the grain inert cinder mask knowing smirk seared in blighted facades another void martyr fingerprints on broken handles cleaving meat from bone another haggard footfall wallowing, decay, crumbling, collapse
10.
XXIII 01:38
reliqua desiderantur

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NEGATIVE STANDARDS "fetters" LP
vendetta records # 113

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released June 13, 2016

Recorded by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios
Mastered by James Plotkin
Additional Noise by A.C. Way
Cover Illustration by Reuben Sawyer


"Oakland, CA's Negative Standards construct and unholy mixture of heavy, down-tuned d-beat hardcore that's noisey, sludgy and destructive. These guys shred through some crazy fast tracks with regular breaks into slow, demolishing grooves that will lead to large amounts of head banging. It's filled with crushing drums, chugging riffs, muddy bass and roaring vocals. This shit is brutal!"

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