THE BURDEN

by HARSH R

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1.
THERE IS NO TIME FOR REMORSE NO TIME TO REPENT THERE IS NO TIME FOR RESTRAINT NO TIME TO REFLECT THERE IS NO TIME TO DECEIVE TO HIDE OUR INTENT THERE IS NO TIME TO WASTE TIME NO TIME TO RELENT THERE IS NO TIME THERE IS NOTHING LEFT
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I AM THE MONUMENT I AM THE SHINING LIGHT I STAND ALONE I STAND FOREVER I AM THE MONUMENT I AM THE GUIDING LIGHT I STAND AS THE ARCHETYPE I STAND FOR PERFECTION I CARRY THE BURDEN I SHOULDER THE WEIGHT I CARRY THE BURDEN MY PLEASURE IS PAIN WE ARE THE MONUMENT WE ARE THE SHINING LIGHT WE STAND TOGETHER WE STAND FOREVER WE ARE THE MONUMENT WE ARE THE GUIDING LIGHT WE DEMAND AN AUDIENCE WE DEMAND PERFECTION WE CARRY THE BURDEN WE WILL SHARE THE WEIGHT WE CARRY THE BURDEN OUR PLEASURE IS PAIN
3.
Your Body 02:30
DO YOU KNOW YOUR BODY DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE IT DO YOU KNOW HOW TO ABUSE IT DO YOU KNOW HOW TO AMUSE IT DO YOU KNOW HOW TO CONFUSE IT
4.
The Shroud 02:08
IT ADORNS HER A DARKENED CLOUD COVERS AND CONCEALS HER SHAPE IT ADORES HER IT GIVES SO MUCH MORE THAN IT WILL TAKE SHE IS BLESSED / OH SO BLESSED OH TO WHO DO I OWE THE HONOR? SHE'S OBSESSED / SO POSSESSED WITH HOW GOOD IT LOOKS UPON HER SHE WEARS THE SHROUD SHE WEARS IT WELL IT WEARS HER DOWN SHE WEARS THE SHROUD IT CONSUMES HER HOLLOW INSIDE, JUST THE SPECTRE REMAINS IT ENTOMBS HER SWALLOWED IN THE MAW OF ITS BLEAK EMBRACE SHE IS BLESSED / OH SO BLESSED OH TO WHO DO I OWE THE HONOR? SHE'S POSSESSED / SO OBSESSED WITH HOW GOOD IT LOOKS UPON HER SHE WEARS THE SHROUD
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THE PAST IS A PRISON NOSTALGIA, THE GRAVE THE PAST IS A POISON WE'RE ALREADY DEAD WE LOOK FORWARD TO LIFE THEY LOOK BACKWARD TOWARD DEATH THE PAST IS A PRISON YOUR MIND IN A VICE THE PAST IS PURE POISON ALL THINGS MUST DIE WE LOOK FORWARD TO LIFE THEY LOOK BACKWARD TOWARD DEATH

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REMIX KITS: cultofdog.com/the-burden/remix/

DIGITAL ZINE: cultofdog.com/the-burden/

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SELECT REVIEWS:

After four cassettes, Olympia’s Harsh R takes it to vinyl with this succinct and aggressive five-track EP. The Burden is an industrial EBM record, for sure, but rather than stretch things out into lengthy dance mixes, these five tracks are in and out quickly, none over three minutes. The music hits hard, focusing on aggression over any sense of melody, with shouted vocals to drive the point home… straightforwardness wielded with conscious intent, as I can’t think of many other EBM acts who cut their tracks this short. These tunes would fit alongside Klinik, A Split – Second and Mike Berdan’s Canal Street Electronics project, and while no guitars are found on this recording, it carries enough of a metallic swagger that your Korn-obsessed cousins wouldn’t commandeer the aux cable if you blasted “The Shroud” at a family gathering (or, in a tent at The Gathering).
Yellow Green Red (www.yellowgreenred.com?p=12477)

The most striking thing about Avi Roig’s new release as Harsh R is exactly how much growth the industrialized synthpunk project shows in five tracks that clock in at a little under twelve minutes. Roig’s material has always shown his penchant for scathing electronics and crunchy percussion, but where The Burden shines is in how it combines those now familiar sounds with expanded melodies, arrangements and dynamics... Packed with an LP’s worth of sweat and cathartic screaming release, The Burden is a substantial outing. It has a DIY personality that extends beyond its deliberately stripped down production and mix to the actual presentation.
I Die: You Die (www.idieyoudie.com/2020/03/04/harsh-r-the-burden/)

credits

released March 3, 2020

WORDS + MUSIC by HARSH R
ADDITIONAL VOCALS + HEAVY BREATHING by WILLOW STOCKWELL
MIXED by SCOTT EVANS at ANTISLEEP in OAKLAND, CA
MASTERED by BRAD BOATRIGHT at AUDIOSIEGE in PORTLAND, OR
PHOTOS by DAVID HOEKJE
THANK YOU.

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HARSH R Olympia, Washington

This is punk/industrial noise.
All income to be donated to local organizations in need.

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