Scapegoat's Doctrine [EP]

by Heart Of The Bereaved

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"But under the surface of both sky and water there is the grim business of preying. Men and birds against fish, fish against fish. The torturous process of life continuing by the painful transformation of one form or body into another. To creatures who do not anticipate and reflect imaginatively on this holocaust of eating and being eaten, this is perhaps not so terrible. But poor man! Skillful beyond all other animals, by being able to think in time, and abstractly knowing the future, he dies before he is dead."
-Alan Watts (1915-1973)

This demo is dedicated to the life of Ian McKinney (January 22, 1985-April 6, 2015).
Musical contribution differ per song; refer to each track to see their specific credits.
Recorded and engineered Spring through Winter, 2015.
Produced by Xavier "Abysmal" and Heart Of The Bereaved.


released December 31, 2015

Xavier "Abysmal" - voices, Native American flute (key of A), guitar, bass guitar, sound manipulation
Michael Frost - guitar
Matt Mendians - drums and percussion
Also featuring The Mute Ensemble for additional vocal accompaniment

Xavier "Abysmal" - recording, editing, mixing
Matt Mendians - (drums) recording, mixing
Michael Frost - additional editing and mixing

Ian A. McKinney - official artwork
Xavier "Abysmal" - sleeve design



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Cross-genre experimental music and performance art project formed in Nashville, Tennessee during 2009.

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Track Name: Depression From The Job Creators
[Part I: The Vision]
[Part II: Cultural Gas-Lighting]
Operation of inefficiency
Insalubrious hierarchy
Of rape and abuse, submission and distrust
Existential incongruity
Systematic dilapidation
Authoritarian inferiority complex
A foundation that stands as pillars of sand
The ball and chain of command
This slavish code of misplaced honor
The projection of one's personal trials
We're going through the motions of the downward spiral
Life? Survival? Immortally suicidal
[Part III: Frog In A Boiling Pot]
Imperialism is composed by many layers
Pervaded with contaminated ideals
Conveyed flavorfully, affected with zest
Depersonalization: classic hegelian dialect
Depression portrayed with enthusiasm
Poverty portrayed as wealth
The ones who are the buyers
Are also the ones who purvey it the best
Track Name: The Lion & The Serpent [live at Behemoth Grove]
-Live at Behemoth Grove-

[Part I: For The 'Greater Good']
"Always trampling each other to achieve
Your illusory completions
You will never see what is right before you
If you never stop to look..."
[Part II: Not Merely A Lie, A Mistruth]
Stop the whalers as you celebrate
The abortion of your young
And much like everyone else, you speak
With a double-edged sword as your tongue
One side resembling a lie
And the other the truth
We are aging into
The petty squabble of our youth
We eat each other alive like cannibals
No conscience, just arrogance and selfishness
Forged into our hearts
Were we doomed from the very start?
Preach the words of Jesus Christ
As you invade the middle east
Fight for your right to own a gun
Whilst you illegalize homosexuality
Elitism: in the pursuit of amelioration
Live to "cleanse" the black from the white
With all your avid fixation on dominating others
How can you honestly say that you are "pro-life"?
[Part III: The Shadows Of The Valley]
So allow me to demonstrate
This fortune of fortunes
You will proceed your evils
But with good intentions
With your maker as your scapegoat
You breed hatred in Her name
All in vain...
Is this really what we have become?
Are we all but adumbrations - cast by the sun?
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil..."
But must we fear ourselves
For have we become
What we've walked through
In this valley
That we should both allow
And demonstrate it
Whether in broad daylight
Or in dark alleys
It is unfortunate
That we have become
...What we believed we were running from:
The shadows of the valley...
[Part IV: Descent]