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Earth (24 bit FDR)

by Monsterworks

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    2019 HD FDR Remaster digital only release includes two bonus tracks in the download (not streaming in public view): Vaporized and Trick of the Light. These were found on the original CD which is sadly sold out.
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The first truth to understand is the vast tract of time Shaping the way of all things, silent and vigilant Inevitable consequence of those laws, physics is relentless From supernova; elements born: a star, to metal, to man; all one Proto-planets condense around an infant Sun Fusion ignites its core, as a beating heart to burn This world was once a fluid haze of light, Till toward the centre set the starry tides, ….From Dust and Gravity (An ode) To the weak force: present the strongest case Without which this rock would be directionless in space Molten sea before liquid water reigned Devoid of organic life; but living all the same Barren cradle, waiting in the underworld Hardening resolve, but never set in stone With her orbit in place, determined road Lucky third world in the Goldilocks zone "This world was once a fluid haze of light, Till toward the centre set the starry tides, And eddied into suns, that wheeling cast The planets." -- Tennyson, "The Princess” ....From Dust and Gravity No occasion for a deus ex machina Simple words; the language of nature
Distant duelling giants reach resonance Looming collisions set on course Theorised planet, fifth in the sequence Scattering comets, spirals to the Sun Cosmic silver bullets Late heavy bombardment A hundred million years of hell on Earth Kinetic pure energy transposed to heat Afflicts on a scale never since seen Gateway between natural war and peace Sterilised to wipe the slate clean Lunar cataclysm that scarred her face Apollo found the traces of evidence That might point to Panspermian genesis The veil between Hadean and Archean Epochs defined, destined to survive
Boundless source to fuel the change Thunder, lightning, rain Against a backdrop of extremes Evolution crucible Earth-engine finds its stride Despite thousand foot tides Time, the enabler of conditions For abiogenesis Chemical reactions to produce more complex molecules Simple organic compounds: nucleobase, amino groups Oceans command, a primitive world Black smokers or thermal vents Establish weather in the skies On the crust, clash tectonic plates Carve the face of mountains with movement of glaciers The highest peak dives deepest, but one day returns again It is believed, of the multiplicity of protocells Only one line survived – the last universal ancestor “Therefore, should infer from analogy that probably, all organic beings Which ever lived on this Earth have descended from some primordial form Into which life first breathed.... (the) great first cause of animality Delivering down those improvements by generation to posterity.” - Erasmus Darwin The last universal common ancestor Progenerator of the immortal gene At the deepest root of the tree of life, neither true animal or plant Alive in its purest form; something new, unique, in a vast Universe
Oxygenation 04:36
The strata laid down in extensive shallow seas Leaves a record of continental growth The experiment gains momentum for nature While mountains are built on a macroscopic scale Down in the depths cyanobacteria....evolved Unoxidised sulphur and iron When saturated, a new scope unfolds Oxygen will rise in the atmosphere Cycle begins with photosynthesis A great event or crisis for some It will bring death to the anaerobic Sexual age of reproduction Sharing genes to speed advance A shining snowball, floating in space Waiting to find the perfect equilibrium Complex beings start to move The trilobites arise
Still it is time that comprised the vital piece That sets the stage for the players to animate To what end could they know to act No sign of a guide....or a hand To disprove and to undo a point of fact Evidence suggests explosion of life From initial footprints onto land Treading steps steeped in the basest microbial crud Naked hills surround a barren shore Invasion comes, like never before: first rulers of the Earth Think - of the loneliness and the silence, found....by those trailblazing few Pioneers in a new.....frontier, colonising emptiness Potential patiently waits, in the dark Rapid emergence in the grand scheme The greening of the planet to a familiar state Coasting, inexorable, powered by fate Ancient forests born in Devonian soil For the first time, defined, this mortal coil In spineless mode, courage grew a backbone Yet in the end all clades will fade and turn to dust and then (they will) be gone The rise and fall of all species Follow the natural order’s consequence All fates lead to fossilised rock Eternal war for balance In a battle toward symbiosis So much progress gained But the lurking threat ever present A slow chokehold building The Permian-Triassic wall
Born of The Great Dying That cleared the way for a fertile world and the most impressive masters yet An increase in predation pressure lead to a Mesozoic marine revolution, in the Panthalassic ocean depths Prosauropod, walking the land Pliosaur, swimming the seas Wing-ed beasts glide through the air Fireball growing on the....horizon Oblivious until it set the night aflame The miraculous age of leviathan kin Bookended by extinction events
Aeon of Man 04:11
Earth 09:30
We have come so far, why not a little farther? Gaiascope dreaming, oasis in the void Grandeur sacred, sufficient on its own Maternal vale, no need for revelation Consider this, the probability The uniqueness, how precious? We were blessed with an age of calm for man to evolve and grip a firm handhold What we see, a perfect circle In overview, most striking Blue marble parallel Delicate yet robust to support the most beautiful....accident! We have come so far, why not a little farther? Is that the least we deserve? It was not faith that built the stars It was not faith that forged the Earth It was the laws of the Universe Alone in the cold emptiness Keeping us warm in the darkness Embrace life with open eyes To see that narrow arc of light Showing our Earth, clearly fragile Empires will fall, one and all Returned....home From fire and air to Earth A small ball of rock and iron It is ours for care or destruction until its demise The afternoon in the garden where I would contemplate such things To the evening that became the dawn and made a new day (for) There may be only one


Recorded and mixed mid-2011 at Earth Terminal Studios, ‘Earth’ is an album themed around the life-cycle of our home planet; beginning with its origin “From Dust and Gravity” where a clumping together of rock and minerals left over from a supernova explosion formed a globe orbiting an infant star. Each track progresses chronologically, from an early period called the “Late Heavy Bombardment” which is thought to have delivered water and seeded chemical elements that developed into life and what was to be our “Last Universal Ancestor”. Then we move onto a time where cyanobacteria started to photosynthesize and a process of “Oxygenation” paved the way for more complex animals to evolve, “Powered by Fate” as it were. Explosions of life, even when resulting in huge animals like dinosaurs, were often “Bookended by Extinction” events that wiped the slate almost entirely clean until our chance came in the present “Aeon of Man”.

Take from it philosophically what you will, Monsterworks primarily aims to produce metal which blurs the boundaries between preposterousness and the familiar while hopefully initiating a little independent thought along the way.

New 2019 release includes two bonus tracks in the download (not streaming in public view): Vaporized and Trick of the Light.

Promo video for Late Heavy Bombardment: youtu.be/TqUqdQ_Bw-M

Promo video for Earth: youtu.be/yT_Pr540nnY


released August 20, 2013

Music by Blade & Monsterworks; Lyrics by Jonathan Grenville Higgs for Eat Lead and Die Music, © 2013

Recorded and Mixed by Lewis Childs at Earth Terminal Studios, Hampshire, UK, 2011.

HD FDR Remaster by Blade at The Chaos Lounge March 2019


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MONSTERWORKS : has unashamedly stolen from a ludicrous number of metal sub-genres to create a truly unique beast. Be it thrash, death, old-school, prog or black metal, there is something for everyone. Expect wailing guitars, wailing screams and a pounding rhythm section, delivered by a four-man war of sound. Surely they can’t be serious? ... more

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