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Modern death metal masters, ABYSMAL DAWN, return with a massive display of refined brutality on their fourth full-length Obsolescence. The quartet strikes the perfect balance between extreme songwriting and exceptional skill with an infectious blend of technical yet memorable riffs, throat shredding vocals, and crushing rhythms delivered with machine gun precision. With Obsolescence, ABYSMAL DAWN unleash a veritable beast of a record and the perfect example of what 21st century death metal should sound like. Features guest appearances from Christian Muenzner (ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist, Spawn of Possession) and Bobby Koelble (Death) plus devastating, otherworldly artwork by Par Olaffson (The Faceless, Spawn of Possession). CD + Digital formats include a bonus Dissection cover!

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released October 28, 2014

Relapse Records 2014
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Abysmal Dawn Los Angeles, California

Hailing from Los Angeles CA, ABYSMAL DAWN plays an aggressive mix of modern death metal. The band seamlessly blends the hooks and technicality of early 90's American death metal, with atmosphere, melody and the brutality of their contemporaries.

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Track Name: Human Obsolescence
Deterioration begins
The stage is set as we rush towards the end
You were programmed since birth
The epigenesis of a mechanized world

You live a life of regret
The harsh reality of the ends to be met
And in this lottery of birth
You were cast aside and made to serve

The experience of you life
A fading memory plagued by laws of wrong and right
But what could you have done?
The rules were already set before you had begun
It's too late to turn back now
No tears
Just lay your head in doubt
And accept now what's to come

[Lead: Elliott]

Our world of human obsolescence
Forever holds us in chains until we all turn to dust

[Solo: Elliott]

Your expiration is met
Your purpose is fulfilled; Make way for the next
You're at one with the earth
Your fragile anatomy released at last
Track Name: Perfecting Slavery
In a constant state of over-stimulation
And we're not afraid to let our bodies die
We join the world of their cruel, cold design
Pacified, digitized beings are slowly inducted

Our prison state becomes a state of mind
Ambivalent towards everything
Constantly immersed in our misinformation
The truth we seek is pulling us in every...

Minds preoccupied
The trivial diverts our lives
A cage we can't perceive
Simulating reality

Distract and sub-divide
Voluntarily dehumanized
Accruing misery
Perfecting slavery

Crave a smile of vacant contentment
And find serenity in the machine
This mechanism for greed and hate
Drives us to exceed our needs

Can't you see our ambition makes us cruel?
Can't you see our ambition makes us ugly?
Capacity for love now dissipates
Join in the procession towards our fate

Minds preoccupied
The trivial diverts our lives
A cage we can't perceive
Simulating reality

Distract and sub-divide
Voluntarily dehumanized
Accruing misery
Perfecting slavery

Our anger subsides

No truth can be seen in any direction
Misled and deceived with no resolution
We thrive in our own complacent enjoyment
Bombarded by madness you cannot evade

[Lead: Müenzner, Elliott, Nelson]

Now imminent is the enslavement of mankind
Cannot believe in anything
Technological advancement hinders with time
Rest assured our faineancy will soon bring about this
Fall into our darkest days
As we witness the joy ripped from life
Track Name: Inanimate
The desire to feel is a common mistake in life
Degenerative will; slowly beaten down with time
You will not last when only the objects survive
You are consumed within the jaws of paradise

Casting out emotion there’s no time to feel
Toothed cogged machines that churn maim and kill

You can’t stop what’s coming
You’ve known this all along
Join the martyrs that die for nothing
Or slaves that don’t live at all

You will know peace when your foolish idealism dies
The vultures feast on your ultimate sacrifice

Fastening the tourniquet around your neck
Embrace tranquility in your last act

You can’t stop what’s coming
Now face this on your own
No violent new beginning
No tyrants overthrown

You have no time to bleed for weakness must never be shown
And you must not ever be caught in an action of love
The sickening reality that nothing will ever be done
Plagues us eternally and grows now out of control

Joined in our apathy; immersed in a festering world
You were not meant to be conscious of what they have done
Earth and sky cradle the disillusioned and abandoned souls
Cowering rats that feed on the shit and piss over the earth
Track Name: Devouring the Essence of God
Falling through dimensions
Once unknown until now
Existence spread like cracks upon a wall
Expanding over ages
Their imperfections slowly grew
And crumbled in the onset of eternity, eternally

These blinding streaks of light
Could they be our souls?
What do I wish to find
In these crystals made of gold?

The unraveling of the mind
I feel my body cold
But spiritually I'm alive
consciousness sustained by thought

Seeing such perfection
Magnified a millions times
Is when the faults we cannot see are shown
Firing in and out of our futile existence
Our energy is drifting through eternity, eternally

Devour the wisdom of the ancient ones
Devour the truth you can't touch
Devour the knowledge of eternities
Devour the essence of god

[Solo: Koelble]

Now returning to these shackles
Of my helpless human form
But haunted by the visions I now know
Shed this dying matter
And join the worlds of light
Reconstituted by the elements of eternity, eternally
Track Name: One Percent Incomplete
Grant us vengeance and nullify
These acts of treason that we despise
Restore balance far and wide
Their life-stock plummets as we occupy

As I look down on the world below
The streets are filled with bankrupt souls
Bodies falling from the sky
Life-long assets liquefied

For all that you want you're nothing to give
Our reason to hate a reason to live
No longer can you be bailed out
You can't enslave us!

We free ourselves of their control
Take back the freedom that they stole
Cast aside we cast you out
You can't enslave us!

I see a perfect world on percent incomplete
And now we purge ourselves of terror
Imperialistic genocide reanimates the monetized
Join us or live this lie

As they give back to the earth they stole
They pay the interest that they owe
Retribution from on high
On their deaths we capitalize

I see a perfect world on percent incomplete
And now we purge ourselves of terror
Imperialistic genocide reanimates the monetized
Join us or live this lie

Or maybe you always land on your feet?

[Solo: Nelson, Elliott]

As I look down on the world below
The sight of murder chills my soul
Bodies piling miles high
Will our history justify?

For all that you want you're nothing to give
Our reason to hate a reason to live
No longer can you be bailed out
You can't enslave us!

Freed us of their control
Give back the freedom that they stole
Severed the hand that handed out
Now what do we do?
Track Name: Loathed In Life / Praised In Death
Their time has come...

Whores and baying jackals
Come to pay respects
Weeping as they mourn their icon
A saint only in death

Don't try to understand what's going on
Just know past events will be chanced before too long
These liars at a funeral will soon feed
On an open casket and vacant memories

Before the worms can feast
They're misremembered for what they were
The crows descend on grief
And amity that never was

So mank souls bereaved
Look how they carry on
Why do they feel the need
To praise the dead they once abhorred?

Once loathed in life
Now praised in death

I know what they all seek
A brief connection to this world
A break from apathy
To feel the semblance of a soul

You can always count on those
Ignorant to truths they know
Such polite hypocrisy
Can't you see there's something wrong?

Once loathed in life
Now praised in death
Besieged by lies
Once loathed in death
Fools acquiesce

You know you can's escape it
So you soon accept it
As they shun those who oppose them
The reality sets in
Scattering like the ashes of the wicked dead
Cowards crawl to their holes
With their spines and thoughts bereft

[Solo: Elliott]

We mute the silent screams
As our live are carried on
Disavowing sickening acts
Once the horror's laid to rest

And you dare not speak the truth
Or you will be spat upon
Rewrite their epitaphs
And preach the good of what they were
Track Name: By My Demons
The hatred within me, a gift I once revered
Grow now like a cancer on my soul
An unwelcome friend eviscerates the heart
Leaving a spirit withered and broken

I was torn apart by my demons
Now it's time for me to take control
I must rid myself of these demons
But do I want to let them go?

Reforged in fire and carved now into stone
A monument to obstacles overcome
Hurt the one you love and show you love yourself
This is all I've ever learned or known

I was torn apart by my demons
Now it's time for me to take control
I must rid myself of these demons
But do I want to let them go?

[Solo: Elliott]

Addicted to the cycle of this tumultuous life
Inspiring abundant tortured art
You know it's darkest right before the dawn
So bathe in eclipse and rope to be reborn

I was torn apart by my demons
Now it's time for me to take control
I must rid myself of these demons
But do I want to let them go?
Track Name: Laborem Morte Liberat Te
Dear friends
where have you
gone?
The silence
is very deafening
moments frozen in time
greet me
in blackest infinity
this burden has weighed a ton.
Embrace me
should I let go
crawling as we did at birth
bludgeoned by this mortal coil
one day closer
to our final breaths
and just when you have nothing left
they'll take that too.
Father I am your son
mother I am your everything
these veins run with your blood
I beg you don't leave me now

Crawling as we did at birth
bludgeoned by this mortal coil
one day closer to our final breaths
and just when you have nothing left
they'll take that too

If we endure the pain
brought by this barrage of torment
we'll see the things we love wither and die
vermin run in place
on a path unwinding
in a circle, a circle of lies
Coping with these stages of mortality
accepting the impermanence of being
stability, prosperity, longevity
futile notions and expenditures of time

Laborem Morte liberat te
We toil until our deaths
laborem morte liberat te
until freedom comes at last
this too shall pass in time
ride the winds into obscurity
hold fast to the things you love
they disappear once you turn around
things change until you don't belong
and it's true you can never go home

Crawling as we did at birth
bludgeoned by this mortal coil
one day closer to our final breaths
and just when you have nothing left
they'll take that too...
Track Name: The Inevitable Return To Darkness
A meteor rips clear across our skies
Bringing forth the death of all life
This distant traveler meets its journeys end
Bringing judgement as it swiftly descends

Wandering through these clouds made of ash
Struggling to maintain control
Mental capacities under collapse
Witnessing the final days of man

For all these years we reigned supreme
Returning now to celestial debris
The food chain collapses under vast scorched skies
This climate shift condemns us to die

Foraging through remnants of mankind
Scavenge the relics of our time
Retracing the footsteps of our past
Trying to salvage what is left

Balance is stricken from our mother Earth
Violence conceived our universe
So it will end as it began
Ready now for a second chance

This loneliness brought on by isolation
Maddens you to the point of craving death
Traumatized with no apparent destination
You soon pursue the only option you see left
The pain of life exceeding fear of death

Heading for this glowing luminescence
Its gravity accretes a mass of churning souls
This single point is the origin of creation
It’s where it all began and where we shall return

Awakening as an enlightened apparition
Conscious of the truth once obscured from our view
Drifting from sordid realms of the living
Aware of the purpose you subconsciously knew

We’re all a disease
In an omnipresent being
A cancer inside of a god
Its defenses striking at us

Know that everything must serve a purpose even if that means to consume and destroy
And you’re a part of this infection; an agent of chaos on a quest to restore the darkness…
Track Name: Night's Blood (Dissection Cover) (Bonus Track)
Night haunts and evil lurks in every corner
Like plague it's spreading - I behold
Loneliness, yet with you autumn night as guest
But can you hear my cries?
Permeate me, oh night, as with the forest you did
for heart is cold, cold as ice

I drown in the color of your eye
for a black heart will only find beauty in darkness
I breathe it's eternity to absorb the sky
where the shadows of death may lie

Feel the call - Nocturnal desire
Sorrow's breath - Enchanting cries
Night's blood - Taste damnation's wine
Feel the pain - Nocturnal desire
The devil's path of dark delight
Night's blood - Pure damnation's wine

Eyes are glowing, burn as hell's fire
Mark thy wisdom in my mind

Those who never was born
but whose darkness eternally
devastated the goodness built up through millenniums
No time passed, our victory is eternal
Our scorn, our silence...
A heart dies drowning in the night's blood
Everlasting malice for the wicked soul
Can't resist the night's sweet blood

Loneliness in the embrace of you autumn night
The night that froze my cries
Deep into the woods glows a fading light
I sold my soul, cold as ice

I drown in the color of your eye
for a black heart will only find beauty in darkness
I breathe it's eternity to absorb the sky
where the shadows of death may lie

Feel the call - Nocturnal desire
Sorrow's breath - Enchanting cries
Night's blood - Taste damnation's wine
Feel the pain - Nocturnal desire
The devil's path of dark delight
Night's blood - Pure damnation's wine