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A Skeleton Key in the Doors of Depression

by Youth Code / King Yosef

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Daniel Cooper
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Daniel Cooper This is the blend of hardcore and industrial I've been craving. The influences are clear but the music isn't derivative. Just bot this album but I reckon I'll be buying the rest soon.
lallig00d
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lallig00d This is a modern take on "Pretty Hate Machine"-era NIN & Front 242. Plenty of bitter lyrics over catchy as hell choruses under a thin layer of dirt. (The chorus of "Looking Down" NAILS what I'm talking about here!) Play this album as loudly as possible.
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CONFRONTATIONAL Striking a perfect balance between brutal aggression and haunting melodies, the music and lyrics - wrote, performed, sang and screamed with equal ferocity - introduce you to a world of gut-punching revelations and flashing visions of the human condition in 2021 AD.
Devastation on every single level.

Blast this VERY loud.

Fave track: BURNER
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1.
Claw / Crawl 04:04
Second chances for none -only wasted time. Time crawls forward, grief slowly draws the line.  Your warmth, my phantom limb. Life’s weight leaking in.  What waits below, i’ll find out. Words of hope, never leave my mouth. Death takes until the earth needs to eat. The balance of power, sitting just below my feet.  Claws sink in, closer to the void. We find our worth in the wounds of the dirt. Discomfort only means I can feel This reflection hides the weight of my burdens Discomfort of a truth concealed Every second this condition worsens Crossed over to a hollow hold Introspective as a means of growing Picked apart all the treasures from the shipwreck Finding solace in a lack of knowing Wrapped in silk and a gold embrace Barreled out to an absolute atrocity Navigating through this hellish landscape Just to settle in eternal mediocrity And as the flowers retreat into seed I stare jealous at decomposition Within the wilt is a chance at rebirth A new bloom in a rising sun Tangled in it, I lost my grip. I crawl back I lost myself yet I am clawing clawing I lost myself yet I am clawing back
2.
Burner 02:43
How soon comes the last time ever Beyond ineffable and nothing gets better Unbecoming just a miserable subject Apathetic as an underlying side effect Spanning time with lack of purpose I want so badly just to feel We dig we dig deeper to the core Eternal sleep has such appeal  Gods will Falling away Pain grows  It breaks a part of me  Inherit A damage Dismissed It takes that part of me Pulled back like the ash on a cigarette Burnt up and crushed down just the same Disposable and as easy forgotten I’m your relief to circumvent the pain Statements need validity, and my pain needs an identity. Hold myself up, just to make myself the enemy. These worlds hold no value, But the slope they paint is steep. Make them feel my pain, When i’m choking six feet deep. 
3.
Looking Down 03:24
Unlearning the damage I’ve knit myself within To break free of trauma Grown beneath my skin A mangled nail Lodged so deep in the wall A trap door exit From my own downfall Will I ever get to heaven? If I can only look down A calculated Armageddon Under this burdening crown Fog settles outside a weeping home, The sound of nothing is begging to atone. Time again, spent learning to make the way. The bonds i held so closely, leading me away. Inherit their pain, just to see them as weak. It’s looming over me until it’s hard to speak. Battle to the end, to never see the peak.  See the apathy grow when they struggle to their feet. Circumstance makes no amends. Just a hungry animal trying to fend.  Too stuck in the muck, to see it out Your shortest chain, snagged on doubt. Broken teeth yet I am smiling bright I can’t retreat from my endless fight
4.
Every lesion another reminder I’ll place my wishes on the luckiest scar Check my pulse cuz I have failed to feel it We’ll push to find a new metaphor Echoes in different iterations. Head against the wall without hesitation Always running from shame and this vain hatred.  Scream silent with your head underwater  Pain knocking on the doors of my eyes A wolf cry shows a path to the slaughter I’ve paved the road to my inherent demise Give it up to try it again The liquid soothe is just a means to an end We’ll stick our head in the hornets nest And contemplate which morrow manifests  Hiding from the bullets i need to gnaw. The gnashing of teeth, until the flesh runs raw. Testing fate for my delusions. This reluctant descent into seclusion. I’ve sheltered these vices, Not me but my foe. Take a final step, Facing whats below.
5.
Tower of cards, your honesty In what you present Resentment forged, a fallacy How quick we forget Garden of snakes lay coiled  at the base of your feet Out of your mouth emerging  Is a web of deceit All the world is all a stage A setting dressed for you The windowpane as clear as day The lie in perfect view A constant shift to stay away Controlling what you do. A straining fate, to cement in place Dying to come through. To fabricate reality With selfish intent Manipulate the scenery  Into what you invent Crocodile tears stream slowly As you conjure the myth Accepting lies whole hearted As a case of respite A veil of gray, shattering  Behind the fraud A constant front, burdening, All their applause.  Daft in depth and veracity. Hiding in sight. Panning liability, This same old plight. All the world is all a stage A setting dressed for you The windowpane as clear as day The lie in perfect view A constant shift to stay away Controlling what you do. A straining fate, to cement in place Dying to come through.
6.
Narcissism as a mode of operation To love and ruin as a dual fascination Without control you lack a sense of intent Constant creation of a truth to augment Power comes from the things that you take, A youngling, another spirit to break.  Poisoned supply, from the hand that gives. A cold shoulder, no force to forgive. Am I not worthy of love I’m not proud of my accomplishments either Does it find you after all? Is this bond instated by survivors So take this gift That you bestowed on me And hold it over my head so affectionately A simple vow to provide and protect I’ll feel the weight of it forever on my neck  This frail bond that led me astray, A beacon to home and a road to dismay. I see the strain when it’s time to connect I feel the resent with the loss of respect. Validation through pain, The act of love never without restrain.  Beg for all that you get, A life ruined, already spent.  Find comfort in the mirage, Pains color, your hidden flaws. The festering wound, and the trail of deceit. A shift of power, and the anguish at your feet. A simple vow to deter from the wreck I’ll feel the weight of shame wrapped around my neck A paper crane wish shot into the sky I dream one day to never have to live a lie The burden i never chose to be, All the weight that’s forced on me.  Regrets on the life you spent, A figure for all you resent. 
7.
Death Safe 03:49
Delicate, desolate I’m undeserving of any of it Scared of happiness We shy away Rejecting bounties as the anguish purveys No not again The truth has shackled you down Prevented you from the mend To see there’s nothing, To save what is dead. Looking through the pane, And nothing connects.  A charitable love, and a lifetime of spite. A coward in hiding, a dog without the bite. The sufferer of self, and all that it brings. The moments you wept, and the mercy it brings. Spigot of truth runs But my mouth is dry. Years of the inevitable, To see i’m cast aside. Looking through the pane, nothing can connect. It takes the final bite, the force that breaks the neck. Cold dead eyes, And everything they take. Swimming against the fire With my insides filled full of gasoline To see there’s nothing, To save what is dead. Looking through the pane, And nothing connects.  The words of yesterday, The weight of tomorrow. Forever burning paths, Hiding from sorrow. I’ve had enough this time I’ve had enough of drowning
8.
Another tide washes you clean Absolved in salt as a common routine Closer to the end than the start The years I gain make me sickly and stark The weight of time, feigning,  Growing colder and dark.  Equal to myself, with years in between. The stagnation continues splitting the seams. Unraveling and turning to a mess. Stuck between the dirt and the rest.  Caught in the shade of progress, And the changes I missed. The stairs of life and the steps I skipped. These concrete decisions for a temporary being. The weight of the world has always been my name. Doe caught in a cross hairs range Behind the hedges rests amity’s gun Shot blank in a raptured exchange We have finally found the sun Upholding everything When I am splitting up at the seems Previously riddled with emotional drought Your eyes have cancelled all considerable doubt A stray dog led to warmth The glow of trust and faith In this I’ve been disarmed In you I feel so safe And where we used to run Those doors have all been locked I’ll never sail alone This ship has finally docked

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released March 9, 2021

Mixed by: King Yosef and Youth Code
Additional Engineering: Doug McKean on " Finally Docked"
Mastered by: Arthur Rizk

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