Forward Without Motion

by Vehemence

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First studio album in over ten years from veteran death metal band Vehemence, out on LP and CD via Battleground Records on October 23rd, 2015.

DIGITAL PRE-ORDER EXCLUSIVE: Includes two bonus tracks not featured on the physical release of the album, re-recorded versions of "I Take Your Life" and "Reconditioning The Flock". Original versions appeared on the group's first self released album 'The Thoughts From Which I Hide'

The digital audio files of this download are sourced from the 24 bit, 96 kHz masters, so any audophiles out there who want to download the FLAC version, we've got you covered.

credits

released October 23, 2015

Nathan Gearhart: Vocals
Andy Schroeder: Drums
Kyle Moeller: Guitars
Mark Kozuback: Bass
Bjorn Dannov: Guitars

All lyrics: Nathan Gearhart

Special thanks to Jacob Green for his two years in Vehemence from 2010-2012

Produced Kyle Moeller and Bjorn Dannov

Reamping, Mixing, and Mastering by Kyle Moeller at Spoke Audio Recording and Mastering

Engineers:

Drum Tracking by Byron Filson at Villian Recording, Phoenix, AZ

Guitar, Bass, Vocal Tracking by Kyle Moeller at Spoke Audio Recording and Mastering, San Tan Valey, AZ

Guitar and Bass Tracking by Bjorn Dannov at Vehemence Studio Phoenix, AZ

Additional rhythm guitars on Imagining The Loss, In The Shadows We Dwell, Murdered By The Earth, and Jim The Prophet by Jacob Green

Keyboard Programming on Jim The Prophet and Reconditioning The Flock by Bjorn Dannov

All Instrumentation on the outro to She Fucks Like She's Alive by Bjorn Dannov

Artwork by Hal Rotter
Photography by Valerie Littlejohn
Layout by Matt Martinez

This Album Is Dedicated To The Memory Of KJ "Digger" Schroeder

Copyright 2015 Vehemence, under license to Battleground Records

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Track Name: I Don't Want To Look Inside
Music: Dannov

As lights go down on the universe, the mob stands and cheers Forward without motion, direction was lost when the heart swung open

Time without numbers, it all becomes so thin and clear
Emotional introspection derails the journey from its course

I don't want to look inside

The art of giving back emotion to ones self
Daily expenditure falls so far out of proportion
Facing up to the obvious issue, welcomes the challenge of perseverance Invigorated, I turn and face the wind

I don't want to look inside, teardrops frozen as I listen
I don't want to look inside, the coast is clear except for this vision
I don't want to look inside, this weakened vessel that I must Christen
I don't want to look inside, this living hell that I must live in...

Solo: Dannov, Moeller

A death was dealt too soon
To know about the end
When life has just begun its journey
Finite, pointless the following years

Giving in to the one thing it holds so dear
Connection that was left uninhibited
A tightness in my chest at the thought of loss
Obvious, this weakness has made me stronger

Like a forlorn weeping mother clutching her stillborn infant

I can't let go…
Track Name: Imagining The Loss
Music: Dannov

Turn away from me
Don't look my way
Don't remember me
Forget all about me

It hurts so deeply
Imagining the loss
Remembering you
Knowing they will lose me

Turn away from me
Don't look my way
Don't remember me
Forget all about me

It hurts so deeply
Imagining the loss
Remembering you
Knowing they will lose me

So I walk away
Distant become the cries
Better if they hate me
Easier to forget
And the hate will grow
And they'll blame it on me
And they'll cry again
Just like I did for you

Solo: Dannov

Turn away from me
Don't look my way
Don't remember me
Forget all about me
Track Name: Murdered By The Earth
Music: Dannov, Green

Beyond the darkness I watch my creation
As fires burn and humans scream
All life looks on in horror
This is the day my planet died
It was so perfect then, when the atmosphere moved and the center boiled
Turning on it rests perfectly from nearest star
The life forms grew healthy as the turning went on
Then one species emerged as the dominant force and threatened the balance

It couldn't last

The species took control, overpopulated and started consuming
The perfection was ruined and the countdown began
Draining the liquid throughout the ground beneath them
The caves and caverns lost strength and started to implode

The ground shook and they screamed
Down they fell
Murdered by the earth

The fourth cycle of cleansing
My planet will not survive

Magma takes over the crust engulfing all living things
Explosions from pockets of pressure
Begin the combustion
Begin the end

Solo: Moeller

So proud I am of my planet
Quite a long time for a ball of water and dirt
Too bad it was infected
It was contaminating the rest

The fourth cycle of cleansing
My planet will not survive

Beyond the darkness I watch my creation
As fires burn and humans scream
All life looks on in horror
This is the day my planet died

Solo: Dannov, Moeller, Dannov, Moeller
Track Name: Jim The Prophet
Music: Dannov

The early morning sounds awaken
The sounds of children laughing at play
The day's activities commence as they always have
Its a beautiful day...the prophet will speak to us

The morning meal is a hurried event
Simple food gathered from the garden
The babies are restless calmed by their mothers song
We head out of our cottage to the pavilion

Down the walkway, we've made this trip a hundred times

Congressman Ryan left our settlement today
We must trust in the words of our prophet
The pigs are on their way to take away our thoughts
So drink little baby from this syringe, and I will do the same

Now lie down

Solo: Dannov
Track Name: In The Shadows We Dwell
Music: Green

Fear, feel the fire of fear burning inside you
Hate, feel the fire of hate burning inside you

We don't want you to love
Hate and fear
Nothingness
Look at the blood streaming
Hate and fear
Nothingness

Fear, feel the fire of fear burning inside you
Hate, feel the fire of hate burning inside you

Follow the darkness and strike up the light
The churches have burned and ashes arise

Fear, feel the fire of fear burning inside you
Hate feel the fire of hate burning inside you

Darkness
In the shadows we dwell
Evil Gives us power
Satan
The great deceiver
Hell
Is where we live
Track Name: A Dark Figure In The Distance
Music: Dannov

Stand up
Step up

The cool mist settles on morning
The young men breathe shallowly
Preparing to start moving forward
When the colonel give the decree

One foot in front of the other
One hundred strong all ready to win
The soldiers call out the warnings
Their carbines trained to kill

Three warnings means death
Three warnings the last sound they hear
Some will try to escape
All will meet the end

With only one exception
One of one hundred will live like a king

Solo: Dannov, Moeller

From the halftrack killing
One by one they fell
Miles passed beneath
Soon will be the end

Solo: Dannov

On down the road
Down to the last three
Most have died

Many died
Three warnings
A dark figure in the distance
Track Name: It's All My Fault
Music: Moeller

The call came much too late, middle of the night
Blood sweeps through my veins, you won't come

I don't want to know, it just makes it worse
You feel nothing...

I oppress you, its all my fault
You're the victim and do no wrong

What's your excuse this time? Wanting to escape?
I can't go on...
Senseless self-destruction

I oppress you, its all my fault
You're the victim and do no wrong...
I want to die now
I want you to die
I want some peace now
I hate this life

You bow back down and face the mirror
Wash your guilt down with my bitter tear

The day begins
Your tyranny
I'm sure you feel so innocent

You won't die, you live to torture me.

Solo: Moeller
Track Name: She Fucks Like She's Alive
Music: Dannov

Before me she bows down
Her lips receiving myself, her eyes staring straight into mine
Hips form a teardrop
Grab her hair and thrusting, she cries gasping for air to breathe in

Tight my grasp, she flails
Her mouth stretched, full of cock

She holds me tightly
Gulping, her thirst unquenched
In a fluid motion
Her legs wrap around my hips

Hips sway rhythmically
Bodies now disappear
Passion now writhes alone
Once two, now we are one

Solo: Moeller

We are one
Now we are one

She is dead
She fucks like she's alive

Before me she bows down
Her lips receiving myself, her eyes staring straight into mine
Hips form a teardrop
Grab her hair and thrusting, she cries gasping for air to breathe in
Track Name: There Are So Many Reasons To Give Up On Religion
Music: Dannov

Fool me once, shame on you
Fool me twice, shame on me
This book that they told us to live by
Will surely take the pain away

Take the pain away

Slaves bow in reverence
Ignoring the cancer
Our god will kill us all
The bible tells us so

Soldiers march to drums of war
With crucifix hung round their necks
Angry earth to claim the flesh of infidels

I refuse to take part
Suffering disproves god
My god is strong enough
He exists inside me

Soldiers march to drums of war with crucifix hung round their necks

Angry earth to claim the flesh of infidels
Soldiers march to drums of war with crucifix hung round their necks
My war is not fought by them
I hate their god

Their god who tells lies
Their god who controls
Hate their god

They've gotten so far away from the bottom line
The point was lost in distant past
Religion lies

Solo: Moeller

Take control of our lives
Take control of this war
Blood for oil
Blood for god

Oil is god, power corrupts
Money is god
Fuck you god

There are so many reasons to give up on religion
I won't play their game
There are so many reasons to give up on religion
I won't play by their rules

Now I am burning their book
To cleanse my thoughts of lies
The power that they once had
Floats away in the ashes

Now we are burning their flag
To cleanse our thoughts of lies
The power that they once had
Floats away in the ashes
Track Name: I Take Your Life (Bonus Track)
music: Dannov

Now that you understand
You will go peacefully
But I still regret
Not hearing you pleading

Pulling you closer feeling your breasts
Pressing so firmly, aroused!
I take your life, just to feel the ecstasy
My knife in you, as you are my willing victim

To caress your flesh, and to feel the blood soaked moisture
My only regret, you cannot feel this more than once
Your breasts swollen to the touch
Warm breath drops upon your neck

Closing your eyes so tightly
Anxiously await my next move Insert deep into you
Womb like warmth of your cunt
Further I drive my arm
Until I reach my elbow

Pulling you closer feeling your breasts
Pressing so firmly, aroused!
Track Name: Reconditioning The Flock (Bonus Track)
music: Dannov

Enveloped by waves of violently burning hatred
Pulling from all sides, nothingness beckons persistently
The knowledge of utter humanity and its toils
I can feel my own insides in full view of my enemy

Left behind, forgotten
To think that your cries and heard -an impossibility
Left to suffer without justification -alone
He who saved so many will never save again
Non-truths and deception roll down his dirty cheek

Never to repent to suck a filthy fucking liar
The Christ of those unwilling to make their own way
A mind open to images of a divine bliss
The only way to enter is to stop living life

Enveloped by waves of violently burning hatred
Pulling from all sides nothingness beckons persistently

Giving away your love gift
To the god who speaks through man
How jaded your simple little mind has become
He who saved so many will never save again

Have you ever met your god face to face
So called miracles but how can you know
A simple explanation of your pathetic dependencies
Bow before the altar and all your sins are washed away

Just your peace of mind transforming into image
An idol for all to fear and beg for forgiveness from
But where have all your miracles gone

Without your belief you find no meaning
This shallow story written so long ago
Why can't these sheep awaken

solo: Moeller

A loose knit collection of rules and regulation
Calling for one to give ones self to a filthy fucking super- hero
Walk on water, heal leper, where has this magician gone
Understand the error presented by the tellers of folk and lore

Releasing this source of all my anger
Letting go of Sunday fucking fairy tales
The knowledge of oneself should take priority I will never bow before
your Christ of a forgotten time

solo: Dannov