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Mistakes

by Alchemy

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1.
Wreckage 05:48
How does it feel to fuck up again and again? How does it feel to live on knowing you'll mess up again? With every year that goes on it's the same again Another year spent accumulating shame and regret Fashion a rope for the things I've done Put a bullet in my brain for things that can't be undone The wreckage is all too clear My wreckage is much too much to bear Put on a mask to subdue the strain Let the world see a smile that can mask the pain that you feel The wreckage is always there The wreckage will follow you everywhere How can you live with yourself Knowing where you've been How can you live with yourself Knowing you'll fuck up again
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Sense overload Bloodlust rising I feel a hunger Rise from the deep A virus spreading Systems at peak I feel a hunger I need to feed These images of idiocy Flood from the screen You fucking drones Willful stupidity Mental rigidity I need to pick the meat from your bones Everything is better when you're eating people's flesh Tearing into adults and kids in their Sunday best No one bats an eyelid as we're eating people's flesh Everything seems hyper-real Now put me to the test I feel the hate It boils within I feel the need to lash out again Everyone needs a good wake-up call Everyone needs a kick to the face How can you live with banality? How can you not give a shit? Willful stupidity It needs to end right now I need to fucking kill someone now Joey, Ross, and Monica are eating Phoebe's flesh Sitcom audience members explode in violence Network executives masturbate themselves to death Everything's now hyper-real Now put me to the test
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F.O.A.D. 05:42
An exercise in futility An eternity in despair All for the glory of yourself What you perceive is there I never thought you'd sink this low I thought you would get real I guess my disappointment Is all I can feel I can't watch this anymore I can't be part of this no more I never thought you'd sink this low I thought you would get real somehow Just fuck off and die You don't deserve happiness You don't deserve any of this
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Ellipses 04:36
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I have no soul to call my own You know I only have what I can steal From my peers Sometimes I wish I had my own identity Something that resembles humanity I am so scared Help me find myself Before I kill again I have no reason to move on I know I have a heart that bleeds only Poison lies Sometimes i think it would be best for me To save myself from your indignities I am so scared I am so scared I might kill again I am so scared I have no soul of my own Redefine me Imprison me Incapacitate me Purify me

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I wanted to venture into more industrial/electronic territory with this one. I wanted something gritty and drenched in distortion, but melodic, inspired by late-90's electronic rock bands like Orgy, Deadsy, and the like. (It ended up sounding nothing like these bands, though.)*

I also wanted to get away from using pre-made loops and beats, like I had done on my previous albums, and instead make my own from scratch.

And, lastly, because I now have a keyboard to actually play on, I wanted a more "performance-y" album where you can actually hear a person playing the music, instead of everything being meticulously step-entered.

If anything, the record is aptly titled because it made me realize I'm probably a better rock musician than an industrial musician. Most of the electronic effects you hear, I created from scratch in Reason, but they amount to little more than taking a standard saw-waveform, yanking on the filters a bit, and then soaking it in distortion.

Not relying on pre-made beats, however, enabled me to get far more weird and creative with the rhythm. There are a lot of off-beat rhythms and odd time signatures on this album, which I'm happy with.

* (There's also a lot of inspiration from Epochate's "Chronicles of a Dying Era," which I'll admit I have listened to incessantly. epochate.bandcamp.com/album/chronicles-of-a-dying-era )

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released July 3, 2017

All sounds on this album were written, performed, programmed, produced, mixed, mastered, lovingly cared for, brutally eviscerated with a pair of hedge trimmers, then solemnly stitched back together again and paraded around town as if nothing happened by Alchemy.

Cover photo by Mette Florentin; art design (if you wanna call it that) by Alchemy.

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Alchemy Roskilde

A disparate output of everything from industrial punk to 90's-inspired electronica defines Alchemy, the musical alter-ego of Troels Pleimert.

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