Equinox

by Gross Misconduct

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released November 2, 2018

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Gross Misconduct Vancouver, British Columbia

Equinox is an amalgam of the frantic thrash found on the band's debut and the more progressive death metal elements of its followup. The fast parts are faster, the slow parts are moodier. Songs breathe.

Imagine Cynic with a dollop of Death, a smattering of The Crown/Mastodon/Gojira and healthy doses of 1980s Metallica and Slayer. This is where Equinox finds its home.
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Track Name: Equinox
with a hand that feeds on agony
and a throat that feeds on blood and gin
this monument stands
fortress and man
see their walls crushed into sand
let loose the hounds
send the young to war
where nightmares hunt in the light
greenest of pastures, purest of land
reduced to ashes by my command
behold the bearer of rotten fruit
mists of mournings past
i can see the fear in their eyes
the smell of the blood in the air
the mask of plenty
roots deep as misery
the well has been poisoned
the waters run dry
my eyes no longer see 
blinded from inside
now i rule over rubble
carcasses bleached by the sun
an empire collapses
now terror has begun
if you can't draw blood from stone
then what drips from my hands and 
pools around this throne? 
farmers feed their crops to flame
casting curses and stone 
at houses made of bone and blame
stay warm in the enemy’s skin
gnaw your way out from within
wash the tears away with blood
rise again from the earth
Track Name: A Place Of Bones
rumours and ghosts
of what there is no memory
blackened stone speaks of hot ash
gutted forms still standing in protest
against the passage of time
earthen scars of toil
futile efforts to survive
once regarded as a symbol of permanence
succumbs to the oxides and rain
what falls to the ground as dry deposition
combined concentrates that will not wash away
howling of winds calling out with no reply
to eroding architecture, forgotten design
a place of bones
silently desolate save for the tumbling of debris
voiceless echoes
rumours and ghosts
of what there is no memory
blackened stone speaks of hot ash
a place of bones 
Track Name: Exhaustive, Integral
with tendrils that cover
and stretch across mountains
encompassing and blacking out the wide
taking forms offered up from the submerged mind
sediment of the sky
born under one form
twisted through time
elements that consummate the whole
exhaustive, integral
endless cycle
a swan song that would signal the end
flawless elements that desiccate time
stirring in shadows
amidst crags that hide 
civilizations before ever touched by man
born under one form
twisted through time
elements that consummate the whole
exhaustive, integral
Track Name: Triserpentine
dawn brings the shadow
a new state
divided yet forever intertwined
serpent of both east and west
the three heads of abraham
proselytize, edge of the sword
propagated to capitalize
the first head will prop up the next
the third head will feed from the other
raze to the ground
the mandate, destabilize as a means to control
and enslave
iron age god of war
lower the gates
kingdom of god
your reward lay on the other side
this life is your suffering
refuse to be awakened
the truth so hard to accept
that those whose words are adored
has turned, pitting sect against sect
dawn brings the shadow
a new state 
erase all that remains to contradict
the last stone set in place will be laid down
by the very hands the architect means to oppress
Track Name: After The Vultures
straight from the lips, bleeding lies
a fabrication designed to force a compromise
the fingertips trace the sign
of the architect who claims its grand design
praise them for their ignorance
crawling back for more
and sure to reap the consequence
nameless, faceless, just silhouettes
enforcing laws designed to keep them passive and oppressed
behold a saviour upon a beast of steel and might 
raise the banner, hold it high
and demonize those who dare to defy
after the vultures there's nothing left
except the waste and bones that's tossed aside at his behest
no more brothers into confide
succumbed to an intellectual genocide
suspicious looks from side to side
on constant guard against those who deny the pride
of sharing countryman and kin
betraying both
enraptured by nothing left
a landscape raped and rendered desolate
by the power that rose to be
existing only to keep consuming everything
a construct to explain what cannot be 
conquer, divide
a scapegoat to blame
a suspension measured out just right 
will still endure a separation
Track Name: Ocean Inferno
a raging ocean has spoken 
and has called its son back
from sky to inferno
from ocean unto eternal
awash in desperation
nothing out of reach
nor freezing nor fright 
no failure shattered broken and destroyed 
no more 
offerings of the flesh
falling from the sky
and the worst has befallen us
a songbird descends from the sky
and whispers a final breath
into the continuum
questions left unanswered
mourning so bittersweet
and the sorrowful amends
stain us all
throwing stones at the eyes of a ghost
when the shapes and the scratches on the floor
cease to have meaning
then it is time
tomorrow is never promised
Track Name: The Cloak
ever breaking moment passed has happened
reaching back to show the light
that nobody wants
and nobody will ever get this time
feed them from the table of lies
prepared for such a time as this
hand over fist
absolve them of their crimes
let the air grow thick with fear
and keep the reason out of sight
illusion of choice was made for you and you have made the choice
the cloak comes off the face of pride
a righteous shame from which to hide
let the air grow thick with fear
and keep the reason out of sight
illusion of choice was made for you and you have made the choice
Track Name: Slow Burn
portraits of a scenescape
flashes of a lifetime play out in increments
that cannot be controlled
a slow burn often leaves you alone
the utmost importance diminished to a passing memory
of a time when the ties that bind are forever broken
a slow burn cannot be tamed
only managed over time
a scorched earth leaves a wreckage
without answers or rationale
the forebears who brought us light 
like us all, they too have no choice
a slow burn engulfs the flesh and the might 
that propels the spirit forward
memories fade, decisions are made
this is annihilation incarnate
tragedy grinds the soul
an embodiment of every form of frenzy
no master, nor keeper of truth is immune
falling into the cosmos
eons of whisperless cries 
no more than a weeping refrain
for the chance that was not
the intersection of malice and grief
a slow burn offers no reprieve 

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