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by Thieves

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Thanks to:
Christine. Jen. Kirsten. Lydia. Veronica. Butterbee. Bebe. Petey. Bruno. Cove. Life Exposed. The Ox King. Omens. Nathan Landolt. Burlington Record Plant. And most of all to Eric Lee.

Includes a digital booklet in .pdf format

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released February 27, 2017

All songs written and performed by Thieves
All songs recorded by Thieves at Hivemind Studios from May 2014 to March 2015. All songs engineered mixed and mastered by Eric Lee. This record was produced by Eric Lee and Thieves.
Album illustration, photography, design and layout by Rudolf Schultz - rudysdesign.com

Thieves is:
Adam Thorseness - drums
Greg Klemm - bass and vocals
Vincent Giuliano - guitar and vocals
Brian Watts - guitar
Rudolf Schultz - vocals

Guest appearances by:
Mike O'Neill performing vocals on Immersed. David Klingenberg performing vocals on Hindered. Nathan Landolt performing vocals on Deluded. Jim Adolphson performing vocals on Infected. Eric Lee performing vocals on Ended.

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Track Name: Immersed
Sealed beneath waves unseen
Hands of lead grasping me
Carried down into the dark
A thousand limbs pressing down
Beckoning to stay, to melt into the ground

Gone
The veil ripped asunder
The hands withdrawn

Pounding, dragging, trudging, pulling
Flowing through the veins
Dashing, coursing, rolling, reeling
Blurring through the days

Swept with the tide
Borne on their backs
Devoured, swallowed whole

Pounding, dragging, trudging, pulling
Flowing through the veins
Dashing, coursing, rolling, reeling
Blurring through the days

One with the tide
Crushed underfoot
Thrust out and left to fall

A wrenching in our bones
The cacophony shatters
The river, the gateway
The maw opens wide

Sink beneath waves unseen
Hands of lead welcome me
Carried down into the dark
A thousand limbs pressing down
Beckoning to stay, to melt into the ground
Track Name: Torn
The walls rush forward, the vice is thirsty
Tied down, strangled from the inside
Embers bursting from the marrow
The tide laps hungrily at your neck

You lay upon the rack
Your breath ripped from your chest

Shaking hands, twitching fingers
You feel the blood start to boil
Bursting the seams into ribbons
Champing gashes on the bit

You lay upon the rack
Your breath ripped from your chest

It splinters beneath your skin
Festering, feeding
You lay yourself into white
As it bursts from your pores
Track Name: Drawn
Torn into a thousand pieces
Springs and gears tear at their flesh
Chipping away, giving ground
Doors nailed shut

Every horizon lost and buried
Signing away the years
Bitter satisfaction, hollow comfort
Shackles trailing

Giving our names, tying our bonds
Cogs in the wheel, carving the soil
The telltale thorn, the golden badge
The unrelenting wrong

Thrusting our necks to this yolk
The path narrows ahead
Track Name: Rejected
Shut off and discarded
Thrown under the wheels
Painted a pariah
Branded a scapegoat
Your thread is cut
While sealed behind closed doors
Fed by tongues of liars
Eating hollow words

Crossed off, exiled, unwelcome
A marked soul, cast down, cast out

You were measured
And found wanting
Feel the heels upon on your back
Feel the blame
Nest upon your shoulders
Crushed under the weight
Of impotence

Crossed off, exiled, unwelcome
A marked soul, cast down, cast out
Eat excrement from a gilded platter
Live on your knees with your eyes to the ground
Track Name: Hindered
Beset and bogged down
Breathing dead, stale air
Dancing to the crack of the whip
Nothing moves
Nothing moves

Their nails dig deep
Giving inch after inch
Their nails dig deep
Moments melt into weeks
As the lights and the voices sink
Their nails dig deep
Plodding ahead and looking back
As the lights and the voices sink

Throw the doors wide
Lift your hands to the black above
Drink deep the swirling lights
The beast beckons
Breathe deep
The flesh beckons
Drink deep
Track Name: Deluded
Dead light flows
from the glass
Slaving at nothing

Tap and scrape
Scratch and prod
this world of false light

Taken in and held from each other
Living each moment in opulent lies
Walking with restless ghosts at our sides
Shackled to meaninglessness

Shut it off
Break their hold
Cut your ties
Sever yourself
Track Name: Smothered
A river of eyes turning in on themselves
Uncaring cattle, smashed into ranks

Turning their eyes and avoiding my gaze
Trample each other, smother yourselves

Fighting tooth and nail for inches of filth
Rushing to bury yourselves in the dirt

The doors are closing
Track Name: Confined
Turning gears
Grasping hands
Swaths carved upon the blackened rock
Footfalls as scars

Fetid
Wasted eyes
Soiled rags
Stooped spines

The throng presses inward
Arms crushed to my sides
Their breath upon my face
Their eyes rake mine

Fetid
Wasted eyes

Trailing through filth and dust
Sparks leap from below
The roar engulfs us all

Decaying flesh
Decaying vessels
Left forgotten underground

The doors are closing
Track Name: Borne
We are the blood upon the air
We are the blood under the ground

The way is flooded by a writhing mass
Bones grinding themselves into dust

We are the blood under the ground
We are the blood upon the air

Churning through these limbs that never rest
Bodies adrift in the bowels of this machine

We are the blood

Sink from the sky
Break from the earth
Seeking home
Track Name: Severed
Walk in the jaws of the beast
You hear the baying of the dogs
Footsteps fall on empty streets
You see branches tearing the sky
Sirens call out from the dark
You feel twisting of the trees
Death dances the boulevards
Shards of glass litter ground

Crags and snarls span veins of stone
Bars of steel padlock these homes
Iron teeth bursting from the ground
Eyes press in from all around
Ivory tracks looming overhead
Past the stones where the children tread
Desperate hands shrouded by the dark
Every wall bearing their mark

This is what separates
This is what isolates
Track Name: Claimed
When at last our dance is done
He welcomes all, old and young
To lay with him in darkened earth
Embrace of ash, in arms of dirt

Through blood and bone he makes his way
The darkest step, a waltz of decay
Track Name: Withered
Let these days bore through my bones
Let these teeth be ground down to dust
May my eyes fade into pools of white waste
May my ears shrivel and deafen

The edifice will give way to rubble
Every mark will wipe from this stone
All the roads twisting and blackened
This vessel will run over the ground

Let these days bore through my bones
Let these teeth be ground down to dust
May my eyes fade into pools of white waste
May my ears shrivel and deafen

This place will tear me asunder
These weeks will feed me to worms
Garb me in linens, torch me to cinders
I will be devoured in the dirt

I am but flotsam and fodder
I am strewn in the loam underfoot
Spattered on the stones, fattening the roots
The imminent and the looming
Track Name: Debased
Given to weakness
Languishing in scum
Desperation frosts
Over the eyes

Sink into this filth
Vomit your excess
Purge and reject
your own failure

This is an every day failure
The eyes that you live within
This is the page pinned in the book
A life of defeat

You are the leech
you are the host
Sucking yourself down
to the marrow

Abject and befouled
Spoiling yourself
A breathing cesspool
Begging at the feet of whores

This is an every day failure
The eyes that you live within
This is the page pinned in the book
A life of defeat
Track Name: Infected
Crawling carrion over every inch
Belching our excess into the sky
We raise these tombs into the clouds
Breeding monsters to fear

Moulding our misery
Sowing our sorrow
Puppeting heroes
For us to exalt

Man foisting his artifice on itself
It bows under its own weight;
Threatening to collapse
Tunnels of offal carved underneath

We forge blades to cut deep
We run rampant through these wounds
We light the ground ablaze
We smother our own

I am the child of ruin
I stand wreathed in disease
Donning my crown of sewage
I am filth in a world of debris
Track Name: Numbed
A slow, steady chill
Fills the ribs

The cold shambles over your veins
Give yourself to the glow
As the light shuts out of the world
Let it all fall into the dust

Feel the apathy curl in your chest
Hunting endlessly for release
Stumbling with the weight of each gaze

Unfeeling
Unwanting
Disowning everything
Done
Track Name: Ended
Forging this chain about our necks
We fetter ourselves

Run while you can, make your escape
You'll lay bound and quartered at their feet
Your hear their teeth champing at the bit
The writing on the wall in blazing black

Gaze upon the face of tomorrow
The mortar and bricks climbing around his neck

This living omen, a breathing martyr
Dead eyes hazing within his pallid face
The old man sealed within the walls
Shackled to his chair

Go where you will, do what you may

Look not for answers, they fall all around you
Upon the backs of old, and from the mouths of babes
Our fate is one in the same
We’re trapped like rats