Chaotic Symbiosis

by A God or an Other

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They bleed us dry and play on our fears Our lives; immeasurable pain What keeps us here? Bleed us dry, let us atrophy But to what end? There's not much time Until the dead are all that's left behind Inexorably guided by pain and fear We are the decay Work against our nature Bleed us dry, let us atrophy But to what end? We, transparent shells attached by hollow assurances Phantoms, shadows Passing burden The sound of cracking bones and pestilent marrow The nightmare of being Phantoms, shadows Passing burden on Veiled, self righteous superiority (Bleed us dry) They label everything as a crisis (Atrophy) It's a symptom of our time (Of our time) Business as usual, what keeps us here? (Bleed us dry)
Standing // Broken Transfixed // By the end Frozen // Paralyzed Resigning // From this plight An aggregated calamity rendering non-sentience Paralytic, heterogeneous, individual, world pain. Powerless to overthrow Complexities expanding beyond humanity's scope Disquieting arrhythmia Nauseating actuality Parasitic to logic Entropic, subsumed, with apathy Bow my head Abdicate this world The solace of privilege The first to fall
Tacit Alarum 05:03
Clearest sight All blur removed Precious visions Torrent of failure Ten thousand years A lengthy test With blatant solutions All have been snuffed out And it is clear Just outcome known At the precipice Falling Dust clouds An exorcism Victims of smoke inhalation The problem of feeling nothing Devoid of hope Bitterness falls away Those rips and tears No desperate anxiety All has gone the path of hope Divinely put by those Destroying without shame Corruption is in our blood Extinction at every turn Feeling my soul drift away All that was known, hope won’t sway The last fall Ceaseless suffering Dismal reign Bleak acceptance
Infatuation with consumption Shall continue beyond man's spell Into our reckoning and plummet And intensify Defile and despise To deny Mesmerized With each revolution (On this planet's axis) Days become shorter (Time loses meaning) Inhumane conditioning (Measuring our experience) And finding it wanting (Larceny of years) A curse delivered returns again A blatant collusion to suffer The earth is too small for progression Ritualistic devitalization Losing sight from anticipation Insatiable instant gratification Centuries of pillage cannot slake civilization's gluttony Gambit of man, burning malevolence The path of sickness, decline Advancement of sickness, decline The path of sickness, decline The path of sickness, decline
When we pass from this veil of tears The earth shall remain These matrices of suffering Created by an epoch of egoism Giving up our ancestral cowardice A negation of our ritual destruction An instinctual longing for a regeneration A call for the removal of this plague From our celestial oasis Clawing at our skin Hoping for excision Gagging from this spreading malignancy When lying beneath the umbriferous trees It's easy to give in to passivity Each day we awake with fevered anxiety Sick with guilt Our transgressions rooted in this chaotic symbiosis


Trent Boyd - Guitar / Vocals
Avery Strobel - Guitar / Vocals
Jon Lervold - Drums / Bass / Vocals

Cello on Chaotic Symbiosis - Wrenn Grey

Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Big Name Recording Studio in Olympia, WA and Arvada, CO by Jon Lervold

All audio recorded February 2017 - May 2018

Cover Artwork - Quinn Henderson
Layout - Zach Wise


released November 15, 2018


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A God or an Other Olympia, Washington

A God or an Other is an experimental black metal band from the Puget Sound region of Washington State. Drawing from a vast array of influences, they create music that ranges from lush ethereal soundscapes to crushing walls of sound.

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