by Jute Gyte

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The past is dead A corpse cannibalized by the present To be regurgitated in fear and greed In endless justification and apologetics Human agency and its offshoots The years grind jumbled and broken Regret, nostalgia, grief-at-nothing Grief and sleep, combined, enchaining Care itself, in its very essence, Is permeated with nullity through and through
As autumn deepens and darkens I feel the pain of falling leaves And the silence of short days The deep oblivion of earth’s lapse and renewal The silence of infinitely open spaces The wandering through endless nothingness Careless years Precious days Oh, for any patent from oblivion In preservations below the moon
The spiders dead in their webs The birds fallen from the sky the monstrous putrescence, physical and moral, of everything in sight Silver strips of bone golden adipose tissue Striated rubies of muscle now obsolete The indignant refusal to countenance That which is guaranteed but now, upon receipt, cannot be believed
Senescence 04:29
Defeated by our own feebleness Service and reward Granting and forbidding Frozen in matutinal light When cold clear morning threatens An ape in the graveyard Free in the tearing wind Without Eden’s lurid walls.
The precincts of the city have rotted The work of giants is rotting away No coiled gold Nor splendors of the earth No ravening grey wolf No sad-faced man tasked with burial One easily divorces what was never united Body from body Particle from particle The world falls apart into facts Time fades away Grown dark under the helm of night As if it had never been
Griefdrone 09:49
It grows again Faces in the windows One window without light Weeping Alone In black park of bed Handing back the ticket Shadow of death I kissed his shadow


I think Senescence is better than any of my earlier black metal albums, consolidating and refining the different elements I'd been developing to this point. Around half of the songs use a Bartokian arch form (ex. ABCDCBA). The title track is played on ukulele, an instrument also used in the final track.

The final track, “Griefdrone”, has a complex structure that might not be immediately apparent. The song begins in 5/4, changes to 6/4 at 1:08, then changes to 7/4 at 1:49, with the opening ukulele part adapted to the varying meters. This process repeats beginning at 2:37 with added guitars and vocals. From 5:15 to 6:06 there is an interlude built on 15-beat phrases. At 6:06, the material from 2:37 returns, but this time the instruments no longer play the differently-metered sections in the same order. The distorted guitars proceed from 6/4 to 7/4 to 5/4; the drums from 7/4 to 5/4 to 6/4; the ukulele, synth, and bass retain the progression from 5/4 to 6/4 to 7/4. This creates a complex rhythmic decoherence – parts do not share meters, nor do they transition from one meter to another in unison. After an analog/digital noise crescendo the 15-beat interlude material returns and ends the album.


released October 1, 2012

All music, lyrics and design by Adam Kalmbach
Created August 2010 - May 2011
Thanks to Robinson, Lawrence, Nin, Cowen


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