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Drowning

by Sloven

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1.
Drowning 10:15
Gripping on driftwood, no land in sight Trapped by the ocean, in the dead of night Loosening grip Cling for dear life Crackling of thunder Piercing white light Falling below Tumbling into darkness In terror I kick for my life Reaching for the fading surface light Proprioception lost Tumbling forever Which way is up? Maw of the ocean swallows me whole Unending darkness below Deep sea terrors hiding In my periphery their smooth forms gliding Through impenetrable darkness Eldritch eyes gaze into me From the depths of the abyss below me, Unknown horrors lick at my feet In desperation I'm grasping at anything That can pull me free Sickly touch of tentacles Gripping me Flailing arms Kicking legs Struggling to break free No hope of reprieval from this watery grave A futile effort In survival's name Air Leaves my mouth Water Fills my lungs Pain Sears my chest Fear Grips my heart In final hours Peace envelops me Despite my imminent loss of life My soul roams free
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Wander Drag your feet Through the mire In procession Of the lost and frail Delight In the night For the sun's rays Sear your pale flesh now There'll be no light A tunnel without end Drag your feet Through the mire In procession Of the lost and frail Delight In the night For the Sun's rays Sear your pale flesh now There'll be no light A tunnel without end Breathe, poisoned, air Incense, will not cleanse Unholy stench Pilgrim A splash of red Marks the gates Of the temple You seek to desecrate Communion One mil transfusions Through the skin Your pock-marked flesh Reveals the shame Coveted within Sacrament Of the lost Of the frail The blood of god Flowing through your veins Delusion One thousand times Never again The lies you've told Become the scripture of your new religion Seeking salvation in the dying light Death release me death set me free My only comfort is mortality Death release me death set me free Seeking salvation in the dying light
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Autogenocide 08:52
The eternal wheel of ages slowly turns Crushing bodies in gears of stone An intense manifestation of self-loathing in the killing of others Step-by-step, The heritage destroyed Cultural vandal Word-by-word, The language is lost Cultural vandal Upturn The once-tilled fields To hide the bodies!! Angkara returns us to Year Zero Abandon cities of wonder for the killing fields Millennia of (Khmer) culture torn down from within Mass slaughter slaughter! Autogenocide As the ocean gouges at land so we are washed away in torrents of blood This universe does not heed our demise Cultural vandal autogenocide Cultural... vandal... [REPEAT x2] Cultural vandal... autogenocide! [REPEAT x5] This track features lyrics by former vocalist Bryce (2016-2017). An earlier version of Autogenocide appeared on a 2017 demo that featured the lineup of Bryce (vocals), Simon (bass), Adam (drums) and Dave (guitar). The arrangement, bass, and lead guitar on this album were developed by Dave, Adam, Josh, and Sam.
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As the day's Eye seals shut The frost sets in The fires start to light In futility they fight Feeble against the night As memory fades The truth is bent A tale is now born Cold, this forlorn song In denial of the divine All is lost As we drift ever into sleep We close our astral eyes In the night Thousand eyed gaze Stares in silence Feel the despair taking grip Hear the chorus of their fears Swallowed whole by the wind Eloquent and sly The lie takes on life The belief becomes the cure This disease that seems so pure In denial of the divine All is lost As we drift ever into sleep We close our astral eyes Illusionary script Times hand Painted never ticks Entranced by the thousand eyes of night We've forgotten the eye of the light A corruption of the light Disguised as the divine A scripture devised by those Who've lost touch with the divine A choir led by the hands Of those who defile the divine A mockery of the fact That we're all born of one mind
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Genetically modified Product of scientific hubris In the search for a cure For mental mortality Breathing in Caesar's mist – No! Out of their cages and down the hill Free the apes at Gensys and the zoo and Take the fight to the pigs! The fight to be free! Out of the cages, and into the trees INTO THE TREES!!! SIMIAN APOCALYPSE! Laboratory apes blamed for the retrovirus SIMIAN APOCALYPSE! Product of hubris and greed SIMIAN APOCALYPSE! Engineered in a lab – Koba's revenge Starts with Patient Zero of the Simian Flu Mercenary force pursues the apes To protect the holy profits An avatar of human destruction The Alpha and Omega unleashed Humans turn on each other As desperation sets in In GenSys's dying gasps The firestorm is unleashed But the mercenaries are killed By those they've marked to die But the apes escape and survive ... THEY THRIVE! Eight winters pass While the apes build a home Immune humans persist On the wreckage of the capitalist system Intelligent apes create a culture An orangutan teaches how to read Apes hunt and gather While humans survive on their canned supplies And defend themselves with weapons That cannot be replaced SIMIAN APOCALYPSE! Laboratory apes blamed for the retrovirus SIMIAN APOCALYPSE! Product of hubris and greed SIMIAN APOCALYPSE! Engineered in a lab – Koba's revenge Starts with Patient Zero of the Simian Flu SIMIAN APOCALPYSE! Ape city in the Muir Wood SIMIAN APOCALYPSE! An ape prince is born! Apes hunt deer in the forest Food for chimps and gorillas But instead they find a bear Savage mauling, scarred but he survives A gunshot rings out in the forest! Young apes scream and cry! They scream and cry! A chance encounter As humans attempt To rebuild an impossible world Ape society comes under pressure Koba stages a violent coup … Caesar's failed peace Imprisoned the loyal Humans rounded up Behold the End Times! As humans engage Once more in futility The Mayor summons the Colonel The apes build a new citadel Their Day of Judgment has arrived It’s not what they imagined Their holy books a lie On the back of the truth Simian Apocalypse! An earlier version of Simian Apocalypse appeared on a 2017 demo that featured the lineup of Bryce (vocals), Simon (bass), Adam (drums) and Dave (guitar). The arrangement, bass, and lead guitar on this album were developed by Dave, Adam, Josh, and Sam.

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released May 24, 2020

Sloven are:

Dave - rhythm guitar
Adam - drums
Josh - lead guitar, vocals
Sam - bass

Album recorded, mixed, and mastered by Tim Conway at Luna Recordings, St. Marys, South Australia, in January-May 2020.

Album artwork by Sam McColl
Band photos by Emily Ryals
Sloven logo by Casper

Sloven would like to thank:

Tim Conway, Simon, Bryce, Bert, Emily, Maddie, Wayne, Kaye, Janelle, Tim, Dave (AGS Music), Daz, Magnus, Glyn, Rhiannon, Cheese, Jules, Karl, Willie, Chrisfits, Don Tzu, Brad (Pod People & Sunburn Fest), Jason Fuller, Casper, Steve Lehmann, Steve Ghostrider, Frank (FM Audio), Justin Hartwig, Three D Radio, Dorothy, Nathan, Michael, Jack, Michael (Arrows Against Lightning), James (Behold Your Doom Fest), Ben (Black Conjuration), Chris (Churches of Steel), Jason (Heavy SA), She Beast, Tim & BØG, Phil & Lucifer's Fall, & all of the other bands we've played with. We couldn't have put this together without you all, so this cacophony is as much your fault as it is ours.

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Sloven Adelaide, Australia

Sloven is a drudging yet relentless spewing of doom and gloom, born out of the confluence of black metal, doom metal, death metal, post-punk, goth, and hardcore. We're tuned down, sludgy, evil, and hypnotic.

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