Down to Ash

by Robots and Monsters

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03:03
Do you always have to find the fight? Always see the World in black and white? Got some need but nowhere to go Don’t let it! Don’t let it! Watching pictures into fading blurs Stack the past into a blackened world Every word is someone saying ‘no.’ Don’t let it! Don’t let it! Burn, life down to ash Don’t become infected with your enemy Mind ripping the scars Don’t become infected with your enemy Amen. Whose man? Can the answers only lead to more? Only hearing what the others say Only hearing what the others say Blinders on so you can see the way Growing weary on this dreary day Something tells me you’ll never survive Just let it! Just let it! Early memories that you’ll never get back Thoughts erased and painted black Something tells me you’ll never survive Just let it. Just let it. Burn, life down to ash Don’t become infected with your enemy Mind ripping the scars Don’t become infected with your enemy Amen. Whose man? Can the answers only lead to more? Only hearing what the others say Only hearing what the others say
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Pedal crushed against the face of the floorboards While your khaki tank, it cuts in the scene Saw me coming as you slipped in the way Now my treads of black smoke to a screech Slap your face, I could… Twist your wreck Off this pavement, I’d Break your neck Low and slow, we ride Gravel pusher Low and slow, we ride Gravel pusher Slowly dying all these hours inside Trapped inside this cage, filling with rage Saw me coming, kicking, ripping away As my treads of black smoke to a screech Slap your face, I could… Twist your wreck Off this pavement, I’d Break your neck Low and slow, we ride Gravel pusher Low and slow, we ride Gravel pusher Slap your face, I could… Twist your wreck Off this pavement, I’d Break your neck
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01:41
Wake up and pull yourself up from your bootstraps again Now’s the time, You’re gonna turn it all around You’ve got no choice Spiraling Surely seems the way To live a life That has gone astray Stand back And watch it all crumble apart At least the pain is real Wash it down All those resentments you embrace Mean everything Spiraling Surely seems the way To live a life That has gone astray
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03:22
Running From yourself Like it’s a sport There’s no way around Sinking Is the only way you know how Just fall away, just fall away Because… There’s no sense pushing on Try as you might, with all of your might You’ll find there’s little left in your fight It’s time to make a choice… Do you care enough to try? Is there… Any sense in pushing on? There’s no sense in all of this There’s no sense in all of this There’s no sense in all of this There’s no sense in all of this There’s no sense in all of this There’s no sense in all of this There’s no sense in all of this There’s no sense There’s no sense There’s no sense in all of this There’s no sense in all of this There’s no sense in all of this There’s no sense in all of this
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My words of anger spit from my mouth, and rip a scar in you Inside this moment nothing is clear, An altered point of view I don't get it, thick headed No filter in this rage So I let it all out I had it coming to me I had a coming to me This red is all that I see I got the snap of your fist Insisting, fighting— only I'm right Your side ain't coming through I’m blinded, ignited this pyre in me, I spit the ash of you I don't get it, thick headed No filter in this rage So I let it all out I had it coming to me I had a coming to me This red is all that I see I got the snap of your fist I got the snap of your fist.
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Don’t even think it You never wanted this It’s something you’ll never miss Face it when you breathe… You can’t because you seethe No likelihood of reprieve No more master plan As if there ever was A path for you and I I really think We’re simply all alone In fact, I don’t mind You’ll never take a chance on any of this Your heart bleeds out so much you’ll never wake up Fear not, I’m watching over you Running shit the best I can Always fucking up, this job of mine Trying hard to toe the line Gather all around, don’t make a sound Just sit and watch us bleed Gather all around, your thoughts are not your own Say ‘hi’ to God for me Say ‘hi’ to God for me Say ‘hi’ to God for me Say ‘hi’ to God for me
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02:45
We stand up every day To everything you say This fight a choice I make I am a rebel You hold this light to me A blackened prophesy You gave this life to me I am a rebel It’s a trap. This road you took was black, a loaded scam To rule beside the darker hand To save a life you once had planned Burnt down in ash to half a man You bred this force in me A blackened legacy You gave this life to me I am a rebel It’s a trap. We battle on.
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Look up to the sky and tell me what you see Look up to the sky and tell me what you see The sky is turning black Shadows all around us and we’re going down Shadows all around us and we’re going down Blue eyes are turning black You’ve never, you’ve never gone away You’ve never, you’ve never gone away
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Do you always have to find the fight? Always see the World in black and white? Got some need but nowhere to go Don’t let it! Don’t let it! Watching pictures into fading blurs Stack the past into a blackened world Every word is someone saying ‘no.’ Don’t let it! Don’t let it! Burn, life down to ash Don’t become infected with your enemy Mind ripping the scars Don’t become infected with your enemy Amen. Whose man? Can the answers only lead to more? Only hearing what the others say Only hearing what the others say Blinders on so you can see the way Growing weary on this dreary day Something tells me you’ll never survive Just let it! Just let it! Early memories that you’ll never get back Thoughts erased and painted black Something tells me you’ll never survive Just let it. Just let it. Burn, life down to ash Don’t become infected with your enemy Mind ripping the scars Don’t become infected with your enemy Amen. Whose man? Can the answers only lead to more? Only hearing what the others say Only hearing what the others say

about

The songs on Down to Ash, the debut album from Robots and Monsters, represent the rebirth of a creative collaboration between three longtime friends— Bill Bergmann (bass/backing vocals) and brothers Derek Gadino (Guitar/backing vocals) and Dylan Gadino (vocals/drums). The trio, raised on the same street in a one-square-mile town in New Jersey, 10 minutes outside Manhattan, began playing music together while in grade school. Heavily influenced by thrash bands like Anthrax, Slayer, Sepultura and Metallica, they formed Ambush with another friend. Eventually Bergmann would spend years playing with Candypants and touring with Mucky Pup; Dylan played with indie rockers Joanie Loves Trotsky and melodic punk band Words Away. During many summers, Bergmann and the Gadinos would record as The Llama Project, a jokey metal project with demo titles like The Lavender Pelvic Retractor Farm and The Things You See When You Don’t Have a Gorilla.

Though the trio remained close friends, the release of Down to Ash comes 15 years after Bergmann and the Gadino brothers last formally played together. Feeling creatively dead inside, they started writing songs in the fall of 2013; the intent was to crank out some more Llama Project tunes. But the songs sounded more serious, heavy and intense. Hence, they scrapped the Llama Project moniker and became Robots and Monsters. The name is a tongue-in-cheek commentary about the crop of contemporary metal bands who tune down to “Z,” lay down inhuman-sounding vocals and seem to think there’s nothing better than Pro Tools-generated machine gun double bass. In short, it’s like the soul has been sucked out of so much metal that these bands sound like robots and monsters.

Song Notes -- The title track “Down to Ash,” a hardcore-flavored song about reconciling a painful past with the present, is anchored by an anthemic chorus that begs for inspired sing-alongs. “Gravel Pusher,” a speedy romp from start to finish, contradicts its lyrics about the frustration of moving slow or not at all. Clocking in at under two minutes, “Spiraling” is a straight-up, fury-filled hardcore tune about the never-ending attempts at turning one’s life around. It was the first song written for the album. And it’s the perfect lead-in to the moody “All of This,” which asks, “Is there any sense in pushing on?” and basks in the concept of just giving up on everything. “I Had it Coming,” a chunky slab with stop-and-go riffs and single-note goodness, invokes those frustrating moments when you can’t get someone to see your point of view. “Say ‘Hi’ to God for Me” is a commentary on absolute reliance on organized religion. “Rebel” could be about a young man named Luke. Or it could be about you. Are you a rebel? And finally, the sludgy. slightly insane “Blue Eyes Black” offers listeners a nice little apocalyptic sendoff.

credits

released July 15, 2014

All songs copyright 2014 Robots and Monsters

All songs written, arranged and performed by Dylan Gadino, Bill Bergmann and Derek Gadino

Recorded in May 2014 Portrait Recording Studio Pompton Plains, NJ
Engineered by John Ferrara and Mixed by Chris Badami

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Metal/Hardcore/Sludge/Rock from NJ featuring former members of Mucky Pup. Album 'Down To Ash' on iTunes. Was a "Pick of the Week" on That Metal Show.
Formed in the fall of 2013, their sound is
steeped in hardcore/metal aesthetic their songs are filtered through accessible arrangements, emotive reflections addressing the frustrations of life and feelings of total despondency.
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