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Shadow of Life

by Umbra Vitae

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JDMP Really impressive here. I like Mike McKenzie. His solo doom project, Stomach Earth, and The Red Chord (who will never be forgotten) have always left me itching for more music from him. So, I was delighted to see this supergroup form. And, the output is just as good as I had hoped. Favorite track: Return to Zero.
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shitarsis Absolutely love the gritty quality of the vocalist. Sounds like a low quality radio transmission and someone is very upset. Blood Blossom is my favorite track on the album. I will sometimes be doing day to day activities and in my mind go “DO NOT RESUSCITATE”. What a breakdown!

A lot of modern death metal has a frenetic and restless feel to it, which I like, but if not done right, it comes off wrong. Not the case with this band. Worth every penny I spent on the album. Favorite track: Blood Blossom.
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minusoneman2 Awesome beast of extreme metal somewhere between sophisticated Death Metal, Grind and what the hell Gojira did on Mars to Sirius. Favorite track: Mantra of Madness.
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Formless beauty Love disembodied Retreating from the battered shell Endless echoes Damaged desire Abused carry angelic afterglows Ethereal emptiness Harden to survive, evolve to avenge Harken to a time when the young stood a chance We must embrace the coming age of ethereal emptiness We must embrace the coming age of ethereal emptiness We must embrace the coming age of ethereal...emptiness
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Regressive normalcy Antiquate complexity Sentimental weaponry Repression casualties Take up your guns And aim at the sun There's nowhere to run Born to benumb Sentimental weaponry Repression casualties Take up your guns And aim at the sun There's nowhere to run Born to benumb One by one, until there is none One by one, until there is none One by one, until there is none One by one, until there is none Take up your guns And aim at the sun There's nowhere to run Born to benumb One by one, until there is none Take up your guns And aim at the sun There's nowhere to run Born to benumb
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Slaves to mortality beg and plead for mercy As the light retreats from view Slaves to mortality beg and plead for mercy As the light retreats from view Beg, beg Mantra of madness in systematic disrepair Rotting dumping ground for the convenient thoughts and prayers Groomed for the perversion and veiled to abuse My word is a weapon that is pointed right at you I don't want to live again I don't want to live again I don't want to live again I don't want to live Beg, beg Beg, beg I don't want to live Slaves to mortality beg and plead for mercy As the light retreats from view Slaves to mortality beg and plead for mercy As the light retreats from view Beg Mantra of madness in systematic disrepair Rotting dumping ground for the convenient thoughts and prayers Groomed for the perversion and veiled to abuse My word is a weapon that is pointed right at you Beg
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Fear is the fossil of primal logic The great suppressor of true progress Relics are an anchor divine Worshipped by those out of time Relics are an anchor divine Worshipped by those out of time Relics are an anchor divine Fear is the fossil Regress to feel less Regress to feel less Regress to feel less Regress to feel less Relics are an anchor divine Worshipped by those out of time Relics are an anchor divine Fear is the fossil of primal logic The great suppressor of true progress Fear is the fossil Fear is the fossil Fear is the fossil Fear is the fossil
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Repulsed by romantics that reject their passion Magnetic depression Rips apart all love Past tense indifference Is future repentance We take this for granted In the black and blue Pollute paradise Repulsed by romantics that reject their passion Magnetic depression Rips apart all love Past tense indifference Is future repentance We take this for granted In the black and blue Pollute paradise Pollute paradise Pollute paradise Pollute paradise
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Let this inferno consume all of me Fan the flames with the waves of goodbye Let me writhe in the agony That there was a way out if only I tried Let the winds then gently carry me As ash and embers so far and wide Let me drift as dis embodied smoke Into lungs of those who ran from life It starts as the spark of loss My siren's song cries out to me Love incinerates so beautifully My siren's song cries out to me The obliteration will set you free My siren's song cries out to me Love incinerates so beautifully My siren's song cries out to me The obliteration will set you free It starts as the spark of loss It starts as the spark of loss My siren's song cries out to me Love incinerates so beautifully My siren's song cries out to me The obliteration will set you free
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Return to zero Return to zero Return to zero Return to zero Bite down on the chain Bow down to no one Return to zero Return to zero Return to zero Return to zero Bite down on the chain Bow down to no one Return to zero Return to zero Bite down on the chain Bow down to no one Return to zero Return to zero Return to zero Return to zero Bite down on the chain Bow down to no one Return to zero Return to zero Return to zero Return to zero Bite down on the chain Bow down to no one Bite down on the chain Bow down to no one Bite down on the chain Bow down to no one Return to zero Return to zero Bite down on the chain Bow down to no one Destroy the ego Radiate love Carve out a purpose Where there was none Compassionately Wipe up the blood Remove resistance And exit the cage Climb to your feet Accept your rage It's time to reclaim What's rightfully yours Bite down on the chain And bow down to no one Bite down on the chain Bow down to no one Bite down on the chain Bow down to no one Bite down on the chain Bow down to no one Destroy the ego Radiate love Carve out a purpose Where there was none Compassionately Wipe up the blood Remove resistance And exit the cage Climb to your feet Accept your rage It's time to reclaim What's rightfully yours Bite down on the chain And bow down to no one Bite down on the chain Bow down to no one
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The gift of closure is a myth And distance is the cruelest curse Sifting through excuses for reasons Makes surviving so much worse Do not resuscitate I was not your choice to make Do not resuscitate I yearn for the warm embrace Do not resuscitate Battered by conditional love Do not resuscitate Let the blood freely flow from us Petals thirst for stinging rain I'm no longer your mistake Blossoms blooming from the pain I'm no longer your mistake The gift of closure is a myth And distance is the cruelest curse Sifting through excuses for reasons Makes surviving so much worse Do not resuscitate I was not your choice to make Do not resuscitate I yearn for the warm embrace Do not resuscitate Battered by conditional love Do not resuscitate Let the blood freely flow from us Petals thirst for stinging rain I'm no longer your mistake Blossoms blooming from the pain I'm no longer your mistake The gift of closure is a myth Distance is the cruelest curse Sifting through excuse for reasons Makes surviving so much worse Do not resuscitate
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We feign such fearlessness Covet symbols to worship To rid the hopelessness That feeds on each of us Under eyelids we keep Nightmares from the serene Doubt that hungers for me Is gnawing at you too As daylight starts to wane There will be no safe place In which to hide our beings The wolves have been set free There is no inner peace It was never meant to be We cannot outrun them all They grow stronger within us We cannot outrun them all They grow stronger within us We won't find peace We won't find peace We feign such fearlessness Covet symbols to worship To rid the hopelessness That feeds on each of us Under eyelids we keep Nightmares from the serene Doubt that hungers for me Is gnawing at you too As daylight starts to wane There will be no safe place In which to hide our beings The wolves have been set free There is no inner peace It was never meant to be We cannot outrun them all They grow stronger within us We cannot outrun them all They grow stronger within us We won't find peace It was never meant to be Shadows will one day come for you Shadows will one day come for you Shadows will one day come for you Shadows will one day come for you

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released May 1, 2020

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Umbra Vitae Boston, Massachusetts

"Shadow of Life" is the ten song debut album from Umbra Vitae, recorded and mixed by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios. Guitars and bass were recorded by Mike McKenzie at The Black Coast. The album was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.

Jacob Bannon: Vocals, Lyrics
Mike McKenzie: Guitars, Vocals
Sean Martin: Guitars, Vocals
Greg Weeks: Bass
Jon Rice: Drums
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