Dark. Very dark, brooding, slow-burning, bleak, apocalyptic punk. Elements of Tragedy and Amebix combine with melodic (but dark) guitar lines, basslines, and drum parts that really keep things interesting. Well thought out and thoroughly dark lyrics cover all of your dystopian bases, from societal thought control through the media (“A Walking Dream”) to the destruction of earth (“The Portal”). The only sliver of light contained on this black disc is the hope of finding an escape from all the shit that these worldly forces shovel onto you—and fittingly—it’s the title track. This one takes a couple listens for the quality of the songs to shine through, but it’s worth it. Did I mention how dark it is?
–Chad Williams (Skuld / Aborted Society)