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Every day, the news would echo reality with stories of police brutality, civil violence, poverty, the opioid crisis, global warming, etc., all of which seemed motivated by racism, xenophobia, capitalism, and the all-encompassing inheritance of western progress. Even with constant coverage of the coup happening in America, people’s inability to act, or overthrow the bastards, has become not just a criticism of Americans but also a reflection of the world we live in today. Even with information in the palm of our hands, uncertainty permeates all human progress through division and confusion. Since the end of the 20th century, isolation has only increased as the tech market soars. The attitude of indifference or plain selfishness is just an elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge. How many people have to die before it’s a problem? We have convenient ways to avoid those kinds of thoughts with blindfolds. Ignorance nowadays is not a product of not knowing; it is often voluntary, even for those who claim to know what’s happening.

This LIE is the main ingredient of so-called progress. If you remove it, people will realize they’re animals fighting for scraps in the mud. Remove the LIE, and you have a meaningless country, society, war, existence, etc.

The lyrics and sounds of this album are an investigation of this. The truth of the LIE not simply to judge or waste time preaching what’s wrong because everyone already knows what’s wrong. The album isn’t a pamphlet or declaration of evil on the part of western superpowers. It’s a bird’s eye view of what we look like on Earth, destroying each other over imaginary differences - be it language, ideology or personal preference. Everyone is in the same sinking boat. Indicting anyone other than ourselves, the collective us, is foolish.

But something must be done with the anxiety beyond marching against the tide of evil and fascism, beyond organizing. This album is a way to bundle that anxiety and shoot it at the sun, so to speak.

After years of sending bits back and forth and writing some 20 odd songs, the best were put together to create a maelstrom of dissonance. When compared with the group's first album, you immediately realize that the band has no time for repetition. Combining industrial rock, progressive synth elements, and minimal chromatic structures, they take the language of the first wave of American and European hardcore to an unpredictable new place.

It’s the year 2023; people are starting to recognize the patterns, but they still feel hopeless. Through the smoke, the barricades go up, and new wars and old wars collide. Those who refuse the LIE are the only ones who truly live.