Onkos

by ONKOS

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    releases May 24, 2019

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04:52
2.
Drugs Going In
3.
Sarcoma
4.
Charred
5.
07:19
6.
Stromal
7.
Doomed
8.
East
9.
Stagnation
10.
Legko
11.
Idaru

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Ltd Digipack CD, 12-page booklet with lyrics. Strictly limited to 200 copies.
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One of the many projects of San Francisco Bay Area local Robert Woods-LaDue, ONKOS is an experimental metal project that leverages the sounds of chekeré and acoustic guitars for an unusual instrumentation, seeking to expand the palate of what could be interpreted as being “heavy”. Intentionally lacking the unison guitar riffs and blast beats of metal, ONKOS replace them with an abnormal instrumentation of 6 chekeré and a battery of acoustic guitars. Reverberant synths alternate between playing a supportive backdrop and taking over the melodic foreground, adding a slight touch of alienating psychedelia to the whole, while the growled vocals, a cavernous bass and the ultra-heavy patterns of chekeré keep the music firmly to the ground, dialoguing with the guitars, counterbalancing the complexity of the music and emphasizing its heaviest sections.

The music follows, for the most part, many of the conventions of the death metal sub-genre, with some very notable differences. The harmonic landscape is often more complicated than your typical metal due to the numerous interlocking harmonies by guitars, bass and synthesizers; moreover, the band makes heavy use of the many flavors found within augmented, half-diminished, and octatonic chords.

Lyrically focused on the plague of cancer and the life-disrupting therapies to fight it, “Onkos” is a visionary and enigmatic work, a delirious observation on the long, slow cellular unraveling of body and mind, as represented in Pete Hamilton's metaphysical cover painting. Robert Woods-LaDue has been making chekeré out of dried gourds since around 2010, composing music for large ensembles of the instrument, and ONKOS' eponymous debut is the natural development of his compositional journey, certainly one of the most audacious statements within the avant-garde metal field.

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releases May 24, 2019

All composition, lyrics, and production by Robert Woods-LaDue

Mixing and mastering by Sean Price at Misery Loves Company, Oakland
Cover painting by Pete Hamilton
Logo design by Devin Smith
Art direction and layout by Francesco Gemelli
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Cat. Nr. IVR113

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Track Name: Hepatic
Hepatic
Held by the Livery balance
Numb limbs, no cancer like this
Cancer, cancer, cancer, cancer
Cancer, cancer, cancer, cancer
The sudden lack of feeling
Adrift without the loving touch
Losing all your burdens
My tender corpse-like thoughts
A modern agony
Roaming nausea on every corner
My abdomen is falling out
A fresh disgorge
Cancer, cancer
Cancer, cancer, cancer, cancer
Sliding into an unforeseen fatigue
Intestinal witness
Yellowing rinds
Yellowing rinds
And lack of sleep
Severed asunder
Red in the whites of your eyes
Your tongue turns a terrible chalk
Weakening, weakening
Slowly choose the walk of death
Surely take the way towards death
Without failing
Loss of appetite
Losing all your burdens
My tender corpse-like thoughts
A modern agony
Roaming nausea on every corner
My abdomen is falling out
A fresh disgorge
Track Name: Adens
[The Walk]
Walk, walk, walk
Walk your waist with haste
Through these wastes of awakening
The pit' of your wit
The Gray Centerfold
Cinereal scenery
Nucleic clouds
Dear Eden, did you ever intend to ripen this much?
[Ridge]
Oh Adens, regard your sides
Oh Adens…
[The Lonely Walk]
[Ridge]
A mix down inside your Pondering Cauldron
You’ve become carried away, wild
Did I ever really walk away from you?
[Stars]
* ** * ***
* ***
[Nearest]
Revolution’ry Wreaths reveal a framework
A garland rising
[Bad]
A badenoma
[Peias]
Mucous Architecture ‘round the hourglass
A glassy slime, slick on the Endogenous Cathedral
[The E.C.]
I’m just an ol’ swollen bag of bones, bag of bones
spirit tributaries elsewhere
[Dream 1]

[Dream 2]

[Awake in the Hallway]
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[Dream 3]

[Dream 4]

[The End]
Tumid rooms in your selfs
In the flessing of revelout
Clammyst grownths
1610 masses loewer’d
Payate if re-tach never… never…
Radioan omatois de payiinés of idaru
Pluto i tarion, tui-tui
Soron, turion, toust, teex teex teex teex teex
[Lower]
Tumor
Tumor
Tumor

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