Overhaul

by Monsterworks

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rattlhed These guys are quickly becoming one of my favorite bands of all time. I've been listening to metal for 25+ years. It's the best genre of music by far. There is nothing more exciting than discovering a new band that really clicks, and these guys did it for me. Such passion and excellent song writing. It's a raw sound that resonates. I don't know if I'll ever get sick of this album, but right now it's on constant rotation! Favorite track: Overhaul.
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"Overhaul" is themed on the changes that have to occur in human civilisation in order to be viable and sustainable for the future. It gets a bit philosophical, but primarily this is a metal album with a lot of variety. It is state of the art Monsterworks.

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released August 26, 2014

Recorded mid-2013 with Lewis Childs at Earth Terminal Studios, Hampshire, UK.

Drums: James
Guitar: Marcus
Bass: Hugo
Guitar and Vocals: Jon

Words by Jonathan Grenville Higgs
Music by Blade and Monsterworks
Originally Mixed by Lewis Childs; revisited by Jon
Mastered for digital and vinyl by James Plotkin
Cover Design and Logos by Jon for Brutal Incontinence Design

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Monsterworks London, UK

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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Track Name: Educate the Masses
I, the Everyman
Born defenceless
Trusting guiding hands

There is a fountain, from which flows:
Knowledge, usurped for deceptive goals

Educate the masses
The only sure reliance
[to] lessen isolation
Conceive freedom
In the here and now

Urge original thought

Unknown expanse, we must enter
Simple pleasures, human purpose

Hereditary power leveled while deconstructing wealth
The spirit of inquiry draws the battle lines of intellect
Banish speculation and open up your eyes
Hatred breeding scaremongers, with conviction… belie

A seed is planted, but a great disruption looms ahead
Track Name: To Do What Must Be Done
It functions by dysfunction, became a matter of belief
Debt created slaves, made legitimate the thief

Sinister concept of property
became master of all

Awakened, from heads buried in sand
Plan of action, to do what must be done

Paradigm mind shift, possessive antithesis

Who owns the sun or moon?
The title has not been laid claim to

Whether by intervention
Whether by natural force
Too much reckless consumption
It is a certainty that this empire must fall

In a finite system
We must arrive at zero growth
With a war bearing and common focus
Forge a sustainable civilisation
Track Name: Overhaul
As the façade melted
A lucid moment exposed the flaws
In a ghost of progress, the red herring of “gain”
It turned out to be a retrogression

So what we need ....is an overhaul
To rewrite what we thought we knew

The ruins of the old construct must be left behind
A complete rethink of what motivates us, as our very reality unwinds

This must occur - before a point of no return
The choice between dystopia or a promised land
Track Name: Trial of the Sentient
For its crimes
The human condition, standing trial
In geological time
The scratch so far: barely perceptible

Cutting edge of moral philosophy
Moving concept of right or wrong
One might wish for assured stability
Attend the trial of the Sentient

Will this imperfect race
Be the first to document its own ascension?

Here is the Judgement delivered:
“Flawed as you are; the human brain is still the most complex thing in the known universe,
with the potential to further evolve into an immense intelligence.”
Track Name: Penultimate
Emerge through the Great Filter
Achieve longevity escape velocity

Penultimate age
The fringe of fundamental change
Our time has always been
on the steep rise of an exponential curve

Project ahead to the future
There is no limit, but imagination itself

Considering Fermi’s Paradox
A species as unique as it would seem
The pinnacle of creation from chaos
Transitioning to universal understanding
The rhythm of existence might be the most profound thing you will ever hear
Track Name: Resolution
Eureka moment dawns
Collective conscious alive
That feeling was dulled and distracted
Unable to reach its potential
....and be free
Deliberate step to evolve
As far as the mind can see

What will be the legacy?
A dead fossilised rock floating in space
Or a vibrant enlightenment
Stretching across eternity
Until and beyond the end of time

Successive iterations
Essence of what was human
Shaped by Earth, our perception
Its cycles decide the limitless forms

The scale at which life was defined
Seemed so small, nearly invisible
Yet from humble beginnings
It could become what we called God

Having passed through the rabbit hole

Perhaps the one thing we may never understand
Is the glory of sound to move all flesh to tears

A musical analogy to the Universe
From a quantum inception to heat death

That is the true higher power
Dependable sacrament
Embodiment of …grace

From tribal genesis
Became altruistic
Like fire to the primitive
It’s magic in the sky

The last question to be answered
Will see entropy sent in reverse
But that is some way off from now
In the meantime live life well

After twilight in the garden
The empire greed built is fading away
To the observer, observe yourself
Honest assessment, through shades of grey
Ultimately find resolution

I live in the real world
Flesh and blood
Physics and chemistry
Stars and gravity
The average dreamer