Narwhal

by Undersmile

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Dominic Goulding
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Dominic Goulding Undersmile show no signs of slowing down any time soon on this massive slab of punishing doom! Favorite track: Milk.
Joosep Nilk
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Joosep Nilk A morosely throbbing nautical journey into the depths of the seafloor abyss. An absolute masterpiece. Favorite track: Myra.
jamroom
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jamroom This album will drown you in its beautiful sludge. Let it take you down into the undertow and let your lungs fill for the last time... Taz and Hel's vocals are the icing on this particular cake, creating an unsettling atmosphere. A class act, for sure. Favorite track: Lockjaw.
Tom Colquhoun
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Tom Colquhoun Occult and pulverising, and utterly relentless. The disharmonious, mantrically chanted vocals are dark and compelling, and lead the listener through stark and brooding woods of minimalist guitar-drone. Favorite track: Milk.
Michael Peck
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Michael Peck Great follow up to their EP, A Sea of Dead Snakes. This moves at a snails pace and drags you down into it's bleak undercurrent. Favorite track: Mandrill.
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about

Clocking in at just under the 80-minute mark, Narwhal was produced and co-mixed by Jimmy “Evil” Hetherington and the band, and mastered by the legendary Billy Anderson.

Artwork by the one-and-only Tony Roberts whose distinctive style has adorned the work of Electric Wizard, Conan and many, many more.

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released May 28, 2012

Recorded and produced by Jimmy "Evil" Hetherington. Mixed by Jimmy "Evil" Hetherington and Undersmile. Mastered by Billy Anderson.

Taz Corona-Brown - rhythm guitar and vocals
Hel Sterne - lead/rhythm guitar and vocals
Olly Corona-Brown - bass
Tom McKibbin - drums

All songs written by Undersmile. (c) Undersmile 2012.

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Oxford, UK. Sludge, doom. Taz, Hel, Olly & Tom.

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Track Name: Lockjaw
one or many none but a few
the tricks and traps we set to drag you through
so don't look up at the window
where faces loom
so don't look up at the window
i pushed you through

night sight
day blind

all the pieces marked on the floor
with sticks and stones and bones and open sores
they told you don't go down there on your own
they told you don't go down there
all alone

night sight
day blind
tomb

with your finger write your name
with your finger feel your shame
down in the dirt with the centipede that grins
this oubliette will make your marrow thin
Track Name: Milk
i bled the sky
then i watched the ocean die
we are relics of a time when
all the stars spit tongues of fire
into the night
all you sinners all you sinners
on your backs
oh how the spines just pour
white light

where the milk flows
there wash my bones
where the milk flows
white wash my

i bled the sky
then i sucked the ocean dry
Track Name: Funayurei
fun, i, you, ray
Track Name: Berk
there's plastic wrapped around your thighs
you've wire taps instead of eyes
the serpents spit their tales of war
the tubes they feed under your door

your plastic potency
you feed between the cracks
strap all your enemies across your chest and back
you arm yourself the payload burns
from red to black
your plastic potency
you feed between the cracks

with weapons raised above her head
she comes to wake you from the dead
subcutaneous injection
public display of infection

your plastic potency
you feed between the cracks
strap all your enemies across your chest and back
you arm yourself the payload burns
from red to black
your plastic potency
you feed between the cracks
Track Name: Cortege
you tied me to the lightning tree
you kissed my lips i couldn't breathe
you touched my face you combed my hair
when thunder came you left me there

i must not walk into those waves
where shallow depths are never safe
i know those jaws they wait for me
but where they swim i cannot see
now sleep
Track Name: Myra
this is the bottom
pay no mind
eye slits hollow
gone are mine

are we forgotten
i don't care
feel us crawling
everywhere

cast asunder
as the sun goes under

we were absorbed
we were abhorred
we were exhumed
we were adored
Track Name: Mandrill
i fold myself around
sightlines
a sight betrays a sound
four times

wires cross wires
four times

sightlines
four times

i throw myself around
sightlines
a sight betrays a sound
four times
Track Name: Verdigris
just like the sound of the chainblade
as it turns around
and the buzzing humming
humming buzzing of the blade

he made us stay for the game
for just one mistake
now we'll never have another lover
but the blade

come here where we're
where we have all been waiting
under choked weeds seize
we see without the feeling
don't feel just need these
why don't you ask the others
sea green unseen
my sisters and my brothers

cast your nets
cold and wet
every eye is on the bower

no fear down here
now we are born cold embers
conjoined maligned
now we must sink or sever
taste me the sea
the nemertine surround you
face down all drown
and finally i found you
Track Name: The Unthinkable
hear her whisper
don't look into the waves
break
water wants to claim my name

sirens seaweed
her tendrils fill my throat
choke
suck out all the hope
roam alone

sharks and shipwrecks
surrendering abyss
mist
distances and
this is not salvation

claim my name
all the ocean wants to
steal my breath
all the ocean wants to

here in those waves
where all the tentacles
fill my throat
here in those waves
we're all identical
void of hope
Track Name: Qaanaaq
a hole in the ceiling of the world
they strip my brothers for meat
grease-slicked mouths
call out from the shore
annual columns of muddy light
spiders on the seabed