Already Dead

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This song started out using demonic possession as a metaphor for depression/anxiety, but the more we play it the more I realize this sounds more like the POV of a demon who has possessed someone with depression and realizing how much worse it is than hell and by the end of the song begs to be sent back.


Carve my bones into a crucifix
Offer up these nail scarred hands
Only tongue i speak is blasphemy
Maybe now they’ll understand

You can’t kill what is already dead
You can’t kill what is already dead

Prepared for the deepening silence
Words rotting on my tongue
Fading fast in the darkness visible
Only doing what must be done

I can’t see
Can’t hear
Can’t touch
An apparition
A memory of

From my place at the bottom
Looking up at the sky
Into the gathering darkness
It gets harder to try

As for these slings and arrows
And your well tempered blades
You’ll find nothing but shame here
And the mouth of a grave

You can’t kill what is already dead
You can’t kill what is already dead

Cast me out
Cast me out


from DEMO 2017, released March 11, 2017



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Empty Ritual Asheville, North Carolina


Demo cassette available 3/24/17 from Bitter Melody Records.

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