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by The Mark of Man

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Sunken chests cast stone anchors to the depths As these volcanic lungs threaten to erupt Swallowed whole, into the emptiness below Taken with the torrents, we sink, lost and alone Is it possible to take another breath To starve the vultures trapped deep within our chests? Struggling with the tides, take my hand, because I believe we We are never alone Fatalist instinct, the silt within the soul Funereal gloom, overwhelming, black as coal With concrete hearts, we hang at the precipice Resigned to become one with the abyss Take my hand, because I need to believe We are never alone Surface, redeem, inhale your dreams Spew forth the blackest days and watch them dissipate Rebirth of tragedy, to mark the day we won
Monolithic 05:19
Oh our great monolith, birthed from crossed out eyes and iron fists Slovenly it writhes, child of the despots and indifferent Fractured foundations, groan and buckle beneath it's dead weight Until it all comes crashing down, chorused by the silence of apathy Until it burns Our lost children to wander amongst the ashes of dismembered lambs To inhale the cancerous ether - breathe deep their foul inheritance Nail the faceless to the cross and let them rot for all to see While to every ear forked tongue whispers salivate Satiate the sheep with blotted dreams and watch them slumber Until it all comes crashing down, echoed by sacrificial screams Until it burns The most miserable bequeathing, generational rot from hand to hand To inhale the cancerous ether - breathe deep their foul inheritance As skull and jaw bone separate Like freedoms dissected dissipate This does not have to be our fate If we understand that silence is defeat Through gagged mouths and broken teeth Pounding chests and defiant hearts beneath We must remember that we control our destiny For tomorrow, together we shall be We shall rewrite history If we remember, silence is defeat
The Craven 03:53
Swirling muck in the periphery The stench of wroth, wroth and malice Rotten words seep through rotting teeth This is the reign of the craven Among the plaguebringers, the ones who seep the fetid scorn Internalise the casting stones, scars that eclipse the brittle bones Indoctrinate, alpha domain, skewed paradigm, the victims blamed Fuck these iron fists Despotic psyche With bloodied throats and wrists Vapid hearts lie in our midst As we rot in the age of the narcissist The buried lightbringers, whose souls do weep from fearful eyes A cup of swill pressed to their lips from blighted dawn till putrid dusk The nausea, majority, they dominate, in misery Hollowed, lurking in plain sight Indoctrination to absurdity Reversal of roles, the truest of beasts The viral thieves of light and virtue Empathetic void ‘neath egos crown Shoulder to monstrous shoulder, looming So called humanity nowhere to be found So to the hollowest of skies, I’ll pray for your death I pray for your death
Memorandum 03:15
A note to self, to cauterise my very soul Remembrance, memories cast in solid gold Reticence, as I swallow every single word Complacency, the rot that festers to the core Fading light, but it's my hands over my eyes Blinding light, please shine through these stigmata sights Choral lamentations for that which should have never been Vows and voices echo within the swirling black again Contritious memories ache while they course through every vein With every instance punctuated with “never again” Fading light, but it's my hands over my eyes Blinding light, please shine through these stigmata sights Never again, unspoken declaration of my whole My love, my quintessence You are my all Fading light, but it's my hands over my eyes Blinding light, please shine through these stigmata sights
Lament 04:08
Hear my lament! With my head in my hands, I wait for answers But in the cold I feel so alone Trapped and buried beneath the burden of a conscience of billions Decaying and deceiving in the browns and greys of antipathy Dwelling with the dissection of motives and memories Look me in the eyes till only the whites remains I cannot breathe These leaden arteries, I cry for reprieve I cannot breathe These leaden arteries, they are all I know I cannot breathe These leaden arteries, blackened with decay and grief I cannot breathe These leaden arteries, they’ve reaped what you’ve sown The heaviest heart that ever existed (I cannot breathe) It pins me to the ground with crippled limbs Choking, facedown in the shit and swill And I reflect “Why should we exist?” (I cannot breathe) The light only hides the shadows that have always existed But will it be enough? What have I done, what haven’t I done? It was never enough Lost, shamed and guilty, deep down I know you tried I know I tried But it wasn’t enough It was never enough Hear my lament Watch me grieve I cannot trust I cannot breathe Hear my lament And watch me grieve I cannot be trusted I cannot breathe Hear my lament I’m so fucking sorry
Greys 04:40
A billion ragged sighs of pestilence A billion swallowed dreams Omnipotent and infinite Shaking hands, never so sure, or so severe Malevolence and violence Taut, beneath every fibre Mirrored by grace and beauty Benevolent and free Through the skin we see shadows Yet the tongue remains still If we could flex every muscle If we could free the free willed Smoke pours from the foundations As we are clouded by the greys Shining blacks and depths unknown Passive love and the meek Excuse and truth are one the same To those who cannot speak Echoed by every movement In this moment you are everything The weight that may not exist Crushes some and liberates There are no rights and wrongs And no black and no whites There are no absolutes Just two hands and one fate Smoke pours from the foundations As we are clouded by the greys With ashen lungs nothing remains Just two hands, two hands and one fate Through the reddest of eyes nothing shall remain Just two hands, and one fate


The Mark of Man are:

Ben C. Read - Vocals
Christian Humphreys - Guitars, Bass
Corey Friedlander - Drums


released August 21, 2014

Guest vocals on “Lament” by Frederick Bain
Guest solo on “Lament” by James Boyd
Guest solo on “Greys” by Steve Boag

All music by The Mark of Man
All lyrics by Ben C. Read

Instruments tracked by Christian Humphreys at Hakanoa St, Grey Lynn & Kotinga Ave, Glen Eden 2011-2012

Vocals tracked by Ben C. Read at Cloud Nine Studios, Yokohama & Studio Mugic, Tokyo 2014

Mixed and mastered by James Boyd, Trajan Schwencke & Christian Humphreys at Dreadstorm Media, June 2014

Cover art by Alex Eckman-Lawn
Layout & additional artworks by Seiya Ogino courtesy of Ogino Design


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The Mark of Man Auckland, New Zealand

The Mark of Man make no compromises. We are angry. We are sorrowful. We want change. We express this through music we find both cathartic and fulfilling. Please listen.

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