Down to Ash

by Robots and Monsters

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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.

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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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Track Name: Down to Ash
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
Track Name: Gravel Pusher
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
Track Name: Spiraling
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
Track Name: All of This
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
Track Name: I Had it Coming
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.
Track Name: Say Hi to God for Me
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
Track Name: Rebel
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.
Track Name: Blue Eyes Black
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
Track Name: Down to Ash (Single)
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