Last Standing Village

by GOD'S BASTARD

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You can’t let the loss outweigh the memories So when it aches - remember And when it itches just perceive We have been here before: There is nothing as common as a broken heart And when it’s all you can think about Turn your burnt soul towards the future Another mind gone round the bend! Another loss of jobs and friends Began to seem like enemies... Another broken set of days To mend the fences set ablaze And turn the stones of bridges burnt again We have witnessed our true horror... Harder still for how they ignore us March! Unending March You survive Though weakened, defeated The Hunger necessitates life! Rolled like dumplings towards survival Beaten and indoctrinated Squirm Fail Lawless, temper, transform us As we ride away from the Forest Flawless, from which we came formless And We Cry At the hands of all our darker nature No Lion would ever jump off a cliff Our Pride will die in a dreamless slumber This violent kind was raised on tides of blood In the eyes of our Mother
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To tire of the world The Fire and the bones To flee through an arbor Unhinged and alone Then I cut some trees Then I built a boat May God raise the sea So I’ll float What they said, I’ve unlearned A withering orchard My presence profane The blisters from hogsweed I burnt in His name A vanished and wretched ascetic In hunger beneath blue clouds Choking Foaming Writhing Devout They’ll drown like waterlogged ants! Drown, down Empires etched by waves in the sand And I admit I cannot forget them... In hunger and wasting away The dusk of my journey erases the stray Failure, forever And yeah, I should have known... A novice can’t build a boat on his own So rise the tide! Commence this slaughter To fill our lungs with salt And water Come every son And every daughter To choke on ash And salt And water
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It’s true that tests can and do come in time The mind in fracture is a special kind! It gets us all, to the last standing village Cast in tar, mockery of self Flesh computer - You should seek help She couldn’t do it I couldn’t blame her Known Loss Bone deep Marrow fields Cast in relief Deprived of my family Lost Satan isn’t scary This desperation repels The newfound life I’d leapt inside Impending isolation Drowned! A curse of aging is a shrinking mind A tariff mania takes in half the time I’m wilting now Fade into the future And here is where we may hear/grieve the lyrics written: I’ve never loved someone as dear as you before This void that I carry, I may implode And yet I understand

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Originally a digital EP released through Bandcamp in 2019, GOD'S BASTARD's “Last Standing Village” is such a precious jewel of progressive black metal that it deserved a physical edition and, with it, much more recognition than what it's gained so far.
Expertly mastered by Colin Marston, “Last Standing Village” contains three tracks, three steps of a cathartic journey slowly developing through a constant, breathtaking crescendo of crooked guitar riffs and devastating drums, entwined together in creative ways. GOD'S BASTARD combine the barbaric approach of the hardcore genre with a black metal fury, alternating moments of light and darkness like in a psychotic, emotional rollercoaster.
Singer/guitarist Drew Hays (previously in FLOODS) and drummer Lev Weinstein (KRALLICE, ANICON, BLOODY PANDA) march inexorably through the pain of existence towards the last standing village, a shelter where all the wounds will finally be healed.

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released August 21, 2020

Drew Hays - Guitars, Vox
Lev Weinstein - Drums

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth
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Cat. Nr. IVR137

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