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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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Track Name: The Natural Poverty of Our Feeble and Mortal Condition
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
Track Name: The Silence of Infinitely Open Spaces
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
Track Name: Striated Rubies
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
Track Name: Frozen in Matutinal Light
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.
Track Name: The World Falls Apart Into Facts
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
Track Name: Griefdrone
It grows again
Faces in the windows
One window without light
In black park of bed
Handing back the ticket
Shadow of death
I kissed his shadow