Regress In Progress

by Norikum

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    Norikum's debut full length album, containing 9 brandnew songs.
    "Regress In Progress" brings back the Death into Melodic Death Metal!

    1. Wretched Existence
    2. Change Of Perception
    3. Trauma
    4. Courage To Kill
    5. Running In Circles
    6. EndZeitGeist
    7. Moral Placebos
    8. Zenith
    9. I, The System

    Total running time: ~55 minutes

    Recorded & mixed at Audioriotrecordings by Stefan Kaschel
    Mastered at Iguana Studios by Christoph Brandes
    Artwork by Dr.Winter, www.teratogen.at

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released June 6, 2014

Recorded and mixed at Audioriotrecordings (www.audioriot.at) by Stefan Kaschel, December 2013 - March 2014
Mastered at Iguana Studios (www.iguana-studios.de) by Christoph Brandes, March 2014
All music by Peter Mairhofer, except "Zenith" by Stefan Rosenzopf
All lyrics by Raphael Hurdax, except "Wretched Existence" by Dr.Winter & Paul Färber
All lyrics arranged by Paul Färber
Artwork by Dr.Winter (www.teratogen.at & www.facebook.com/teratogen)

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Norikum Graz, Austria

Norikum, a young Melodic Death Metal band from Graz, Austria, was founded by vocalist Paul in 2008.
Norikum stands for fast and kick-ass guitar riffs, aggressive vocals and for complex drumming; it stands for modern metal without using trendy metaltools, such as breakdowns or voice pitching!

Discography:

In Chains Of Misery (EP) [2010]
Omnivore (EP) [2012]
Regress In Progress (LP) [2014]
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Track Name: Wretched Existence
You're just a shadow of your former self, hiding behind waste

Focusing on distractions to keep you away from the truth
Your daily routine: frustration and consumption
Illusion comes in fancy packed boxes, shit made of gold
Your harmonious childhood turned into a nightmare

Sick, perverted human creation

Delusion won't affect me in this artificial world
Ruled by humanity erasing scum
They'll lure you with strident colors
Abuse you forever once you're trapped

Stench of beauty, stench of cancer
Stench of a throwaway society, choked on plastic

Piteous, the way how things devolve

Hypocritical donations to calm your mind
Miserable excuses for your senseless dissipation
The mask you're wearing is suffocating you
You're vomiting shit, collapse is near

You're just a shadow of your former self, you are the waste
Track Name: Change Of Perception
Indications are distinct
Insinuations prevail
Questions impose, yet burst on insularity
Myopic disbelief leaves no room for the intangible

Philosophies are biased
Beliefs, only an impediment
Prejudice and propaganda an efficient concealment
Forcing objective reflection into surrender

Signs will arrive that night
Come on, let's open your eyes
Leave your prison and see the impossible
Leave your mental cage and touch the infinite

Come on, let's open your eyes
Leave your prison and see the impossible

Drift through dimensions?
And defy the laws of physics?
Logic battles impression
A Moment torn out of time

Signs will find their time
New events will redefine
Despite our attention it may affect our lives
And in the end we'll sometimes realize

See the ordinary fall away
Can't find an explanation
Changes the perception
A proof for life?
Track Name: Trauma
I can't see the meaning of this life
I can't see the meaning of this war
How unreal the look in these dead eyes
To see these bodies, takes my mind
Piece by piece it goes away
I will never find all the parts again
I am empty

All I live for is miles and miles away
So how can I force myself to stay?

This is murder
Calculation
Extermination
And so we march... we march into hell

This is a trip with no way back
We've got a rope around the neck
We're ordered and moved
We're rushed to sacrifice
Handled as objects, a necessary price
Trapped by empty words we head into the dark
There's no escape
No escape

All we live for is miles and miles away
So how can we force ourselves to stay?

In my head there is an ocean
Thousands of meters deep, but without life
I wish it was a puddle
But all these sights, all these feelings
Caused the fire of life to vanish
And left an ocean of destroyed minds
Destroyed minds

A sovereign's chessman
Can't see the story's plot
A sovereign's chessman
Will give the machine blood
Track Name: Courage To Kill
A Moment
In that moment you've destroyed your life

Brave! Not a single time you swam against the tide
Your life in order, law is always on your side

The courage to kill
So you've become what you always detested
So quick to turn to scum of this society

You want to make a better world
Everyone has the potential to kill

This Moment
Affect-based action
You can't control yourself
One second full of hate, full of rage
One hit, one shot and it's too late, to rethink, to regret, to escape

These glances full of hate, they perforate you, they hunt you in your dreams
You hate yourself for this, but you still do not regret

Now you ask yourself what life is
Life with no meaning, it appears and vanishes either way

What can be its worth?
One second, one life wiped out, another one destroyed

Is this justice or a momentary view
Changed in the course of human existence?

These glances full of hate, they perforate you, they hunt you in your dreams
You hate yourself for this, but you still do not regret

You spend years and years alone
Alone in the darkness, alone with your conscience
Now you've got the time to think
All these years, to go through this second again and again

Sleepless, restless, you come to an end
You... you would... you would do it again

Sleepless, restless, you come to an end
You... you would... you would do....you would do it again

Is this justice or a momentary view
Changed in the course of human existence?

The courage to kill
So you've become what you always detested
So quick to turn to scum of this society

Sleepless, restless

You come to an end... come to an end... to an end... an end

You would do it... do it again
Track Name: Running In Circles
The Human species
Always in conflict with itself and nature
No approval for environment
Modified and regulated
Ideologies passing
Systems come and go

Forcing people under different sovereignty
Paradigms are changing

The human species
Never learning from its history
Can't we arrange an economy
Able to feed every hungry child?
Peace and justice for everyone
Isn't possible in this system

Capitalism has failed
This is danistacracy

And the maggots, in their own filth
They watch it, tiny brains switched off
Kept calm with their porn, their food
Distraction and consumption
Mental enfeeblement through television
All needs are fulfilled
But are they happy?

Can you even remember what it was like to take responsibility?

There is no insight
Moral undefined
Human mind is closed
Forgot what it may change
Think

Left, right, left, right... or it's mainstream
Either way, you get categorised

Nothing's done to prevent that shit
To use it as a weapon
Indoctrination turns one group on another
Pits them against each other
Track Name: EndZeitGeist
There is no feeling for this magic world
No time is left for the moments
No place for any thing not valuable to this system

A day, determined by the duties
Duties that make this system run
To ensure economic growth
Faster, people running, surrounded by concrete
No time left for emotions

The beauty of the moment, ignored
How could it be?
No space to be who you want to be
In this developed world
Technical advance, social injustice growing
Medical progress, social disease is spreading
Freedom in this global world?

Every step controlled, dissected!
Conformity
Loss of identity

I recognize
How democracy is ruining this world

I am looking in the mirror
But what I see, it isn't me
Maybe it's you
Hiding behind every corner
Sitting on every tree
Looking at me, from every side

I taste you every time I eat
I see you every time I open my eyes
I recognize you in every living object
You're everywhere and nowhere

I see... I see all these bricks
That compose our world
They represent everything

I see all these bricks
That compose our world
They represent everything
How can they be overlooked?

I see all these bricks
That compose our world
They represent everything
How can they be overlooked?
How can you be overlooked?
I am you

I taste you
I see you
I recognize you
You're everywhere and nowhere
(fuck)
Track Name: Moral Placebos
Propaganda, disguised as enlightenment
Obscure anger creates a wall of prejudice
Every moment sprinkled by media, new products
Forcing to consume

Problems blanked out, till they catch up again

Your brain filled with sciolism
Television, distraction
Overwhelming you with pettiness
Every step you make is pointless
Fashionable behaviour and superficiality
Real information replaced by news of high society

Apotheosis of shallow celebrities
Artificial characters as model for the people

Moral placebos to placate the crowd
We're always on the good side

Life, status and justice, defined by money

Slavery entirely organised by economy, no need to kill
Oppression with the precision of mathematics
Resources, paid with blood, thrown away

You admire this sword?
Do you see the blood on it?
How can you not care in which direction this system leads us?
How can you live at that standard when another one pays for it?

How can you not care?
How can you live?

Maybe, just maybe... Maybe you're not ready to give it up
Maybe, just maybe... Maybe you've accepted that exploitation is a human trait

How can you not care in which direction this system leads us?
How can you live at that standard when another one pays for it?
We are insincere
Track Name: Zenith
[instrumental]
Track Name: I, the System
Overdue revolution
Recurring resignation
The downsides of this system appear
Nature craves time out
Cries for help they get loud
Society's on its tipping point

A language no one's able to understand
The suggestive ideas lost their appeal
Myopic desire for authority came to stay
So ask yourself for which machinery we have to pay?

Reckless exploitation
Inconsiderate dissipation
Human arrogance leads to eclectic conflict
Disposable society
Overwrought consumption
People's ignorance forces problems to grow

If there were bigger problems
Would we need better weapons?
The entrenched right seems to be everywhere
But the hand to hold on to isn't there
The appearance that truth is lies
Can't we finally use at least part of our mind?

Inevitable, brutal riots will force this system to take its leave
The beginning of this conflagration will put an end to this deceit

We are controlled with true lies
We are rushed with our own knives

We are bars of our mental cage
We are rodents on a stage
Though we're creators we're also products, the system needs us

Disposable society
Overwrought consumption
People's ignorance forces problems to grow

We are not the ones, keeping you quiet
We are not the ones, keeping them safe
We are not the ones, keeping you quiet
We are not the ones, keeping them safe