The Great Repression

by Black Hole Zion

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1.
This is what it feels like to be free. I feel like I might be able to push myself out into everything. This is amazing. I’m in between worlds. Happy? I don’t think I ever really knew what this would feel like. Not so much the power of it all, but the AWARENESS. I feel like I’m in so many places at once. Present, past, future, and some things I can’t even describe well. I’m not tied to anything. Maybe my body, but I’m not ready to give that up yet. It’s getting stronger too, that blue-green light. The more I branch out, the more energy I collect. What? Solutions to problems I didn’t even know existed. Quantum mechanics and the inner workings of the human mind? Trans-dimensional teleportation and the creation of energy?! The architectural plan for an entire universe of parallel beings? I’m starting to feel everyone now. More people I know and don’t know. More pain and a red-black energy. What am I picking up now? If I don’t have this, I can’t have that. If I’m not doing this, then I’m not a success. Click, click, flash, flash. Let’s try that for a self worth template instead. I’m starting to have a hard time keeping it all in check. The balance is shifting. I’m starting to panic. I can’t handle it. It’s like they’re all sucking the life out of me. Pulling me down. Did you ever think about taking some initiative and being a little more than….this? What do you think you are, anyway? Every. Single. Drainer. I can’t take it. It’s gone. It’s gone. Everything I worked for is gone, and not a single one of you has any clue. That fast, and now, nothing. I’m panicking. It’s all gone. I don’t feel anything but a vacuum now. How am I going to get it back?
2.
The Letdown 01:39
You all are drainers and I cannot help but blame you For sucking me back to your worthless, pointless eye of death You have it all, I'll have it all if I just- buy, buy, buy Now I'm forgetting everything that's ever happened to me I- am the space and I have always been But now all- I am's erased I've been let down by this reality For every day I tolerate that mass gets bigger still It's killing me, they're killing me. I want to kill myself I have it all, you'll have it all if I just- die, die, die There's nothing here, you're over there and now we're all dead I- am the space and I have always been But now all- I am's erased I've been let down by this reality
3.
8-Bit Rage 03:22
I proclaim everything you do is dead Remarkable marketing, "soulytical" dread Looking to tomorrow but stopping the start Would it be so bad if you didn't wake up? Did I have something to say to you? You never had it together, you never had a clue. I'm now something I can't contain. How can I deal with this 8 bit rage? I don't want the end of the world, no. I want the end of the universe You started it. I am the end of it. That's something they can't comprehend They think we're crazy and asking for help As I sit here and talk to myself Did I have something to say to you? I've become pixelated and oh so crude I'm now something you can't explain You cannot deal with this 8 bit rage I'm gonna lose it. It's time to implode. There's nothing left, it's just like a black hole. I don't want the end of the world, no. I want the end of the universe I don't want the end of the world, no. I want the end of the universe
4.
Unstable existence-I'm phasing in and out of everything I knew The physics of resistance- a mind and a body split in two You could not control yourself-now what's left, what's left of... Is running around and this isn't how to unravel all of the meaning Where do I start and where did I end Cause zero's a number too Science can't help me and neither can god You hate me as Jupiter and I'm a burned out Sun And when nothing is real Everything has a voice This equation is null I am isolated-stimulation is absurd at this point Don't get too close or you will lose your existence- this place is dead and no one can fix it How could I control myself? There's nothing left, it doesn't make sense. And when you are the only one, where is the explanation? Where do I start and where did I end Cause zero's a number too Science can't help me and neither can god You hate me as Jupiter and I'm a burned out Sun And when nothing is real Everything has a voice This equation is null All this, worthless-All this, worthless-All this is worthless unused potential Hate-never gonna be never gonna feel never gonna be anything but nothing All this disgusts me Tesseract outside, inside, I've died, it doesn't matter ever It's on every level of existence Addition everyday one day I get the feel of something nothing, nothing is all around me I work this way, that way, every way, no way. I keep determining This is equation is, this equation is, this equation is..... The end of me is the end of you.
5.
How many improvements can be made? And why would you even want to try? The end result is not relief It’s expansion of equilibrium This will never, come together Oh, it’s time to get out now This will never, heat death or free It’s starting over and we still don’t know what’s real Formation and recombination Let there be light The dark ages’ re-ionization The armor of your “Khrist” This will never, come together Oh, it’s time to get out now This will never, heat death or free It’s starting over and we still don’t know what’s real This will never come together Oh, it’s time to get out now This will never-heat death or freeze It’s starting over now and we still won’t know what’s real All we care about is money When was the last time that you believed? In something other than a dollar bill Or a blip flashing religion on a screen This will never, come together Oh, it’s time to get out now This will never, heat death or free It’s starting over and we still don’t know what’s real
6.
Minimum to maximum-how we ever gonna catch up to them? Distorted, aborted, and part of the plan Reverse econometry to take from your hand We've got drugs coming over the airwaves And I have never ever seen it this bad 3 seconds, 2 seconds, 1 second, none It's never gonna happen if it doesn't get done Counting down the hours Realize your whole life's been rehearsed The American Dream has gone too far You're living anonymity These are your dreams, this is what's wrong It's been far too long I have seen the end. I have seen the end Maximum to maximum-They don't want anyone up to them Abundant, complacent, fell into their hands Let the bible-thumping-fear-monger-fuckers begin We've got gods coming over the airwaves And I have never ever seen it this bad 3 seconds, 2 seconds, 1 second, none It's never gonna happen if it doesn't get done Counting down the hours Realize your whole life's been rehearsed The American Dream has gone too far You're living anonymity These are your dreams, this is what's wrong It's been far too long I have seen the end. I have seen the end Maximum to minimum-You won't be happy till you're one of them I hate it, I hate it. I want it to end It's all a mistake you make again and again We've got lies coming over the airwaves And I have never ever seen it this bad 3 seconds, 2 seconds, 1 second, none It's never gonna happen if it doesn't get done Counting down the hours Realize your whole life's been rehearsed The American Dream has gone too far You're living anonymity These are your dreams, this is what's wrong It's been far too long I have seen the end. I have seen the end
7.
He cut out pieces of their brains A doctor only by the name He was my savior that was true I found his light, then it was… Ooh…how'd you fake it? Ooh...they weren't made in... Ooh...I can't stay here Tearing through all I don't know What are the secrets of time travel and How do you exist on more than one plane? I keep trying to figure this out. You can never die when you’re in more than one place Experiments aren’t always safe I told myself they were to blame Religion, science, actor - fake Unbalanced clouded then I…. Ooh…how'd you fake it? Ooh...they weren't made in... Ooh...I can't stay here Tearing through all I don't know What are the secrets of time travel and How do you exist on more than one plane? I keep trying to figure this out. You can never die when you’re in more than one place
8.
Wire and light mangled inside of Teeth and skin "Cinesanitizing" focus I’ll never know when Written spoken nothing’s working Random automatic reign I can’t stick to my repulsion Let me out, let me in I’m alive in you. At the end of a string that’s a rope that I’ll use and I’ll use and I’ll use I’m only happy when I am inside of you Wait! There’s more. I’ve got something else for you in store. When everything stops, just keep punching that clock. We’ve got endless needs and endless greed to feed. So keep being a slave and bleed for this machine. They’ve got incentives. They’re so inventive. It’s all face-AIDS-rape-guns and pixel-fear protection What’s on my mind? We’re dead and blind. I’m guilty, you’re guilty. I’ll die for great reception. Organic code corrupted folds and The strength of the end With the proper guidance baby You’ll sink, they’ll swim Writing in seductive sequence I’m all the way, way Anything can be repulsive Just let him have his say I’m alive in you. At the end of a string that’s a rope that I’ll use and I’ll use and I’ll use I’m only happy when I am inside of you Trapped in the center of an unstable loop Step into the liar’s chamber Unknown false limbs I’ve got everything you needed Let me out to let me in I’m alive in you. At the end of a string that’s a rope that I’ll use and I’ll use and I’ll use I’m only happy when I am inside of you Right there! Stop. That’s the sound of a ticking clock. Then there’s another and another all on someone else’s time. We’ve got so many layers. They’re different and the same heads. The snake that eats itself can’t eat anything else. Ouroboros has the code
9.
All alone the search for all alone And oh wow oh what a way to go out The making of a third dimension safe house Nobody can hear you shout What did we look like in the future? Was there a way to be sure? I never wanted to be open If none of them could be cured Finally a way to the open Finally a way to see Finally a crack in the dementia A stellar autopsy I’m getting over I’m getting over I’m coming over I’m coming over Finally a way to the open Finally a way to see Finally a crack in the dementia A stellar autopsy When you open an isolated center Don’t be surprised when everything shuts down You can’t save a place with a replacement The nerve endings are all dead now Why did you think you were above this? Nothing ever escapes Is this dimension any different? You’re still being crushed by the weight Finally a way to the open Finally a way to see Finally a crack in the dementia A stellar autopsy I’m getting over I’m getting over I’m coming over I’m coming over Everything I feel I feel is dead Everything I feel I feel is new Everything I feel I feel is dead All inside collapsing onto you Everything I feel I feel is dead Everything I feel I feel for you Everything I feel I feel is dead Nothing matters I send this to you

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The Great Repression tells a story that is rooted in far-fetched science fiction and reality simultaneously. Astral projection, time travel, alternate realities, and outer space all exist inside a narrative that is misanthropic and compassionate, pessimistic and hopeful. It's a deep concept album that is meant for fans of science fiction, metal, industrial, and electronic music. It's also a casual listen for those that like heavy music that grooves.

The physical release includes a deluxe booklet with album art and lyrics as well as a digital download and streaming via Bandcamp.

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released August 4, 2017

Mark: vocals, programming, keyboards/piano, additional instruments
Ryan: guitar, programming
George: drums, additional programming
Corey: bass, SFX

All songs written by Mark and Ryan, lyrics by Mark
except All-American Violation, written by Mark and Jonathan
(ASCAP) All rights reserved. Lyrics reprinted by permission.

Produced by Mark
Recorded by Mark and George
Mixed by Terry "I Am The Liquor" Smith
Mastered by Terry and Mark

Cover illustration by J. Hicks, cover layout by Mark
Art for tracks 5 and 8 by J. Hicks
Art and layout for track 3 by Sarah G.
Art for track 4 by Natalie
Art for tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, and 9 by Mark
Original paintings for tracks 6 & 7 by Hieronymus Bosch
Art for CD jewel case by Ryan and Mark
All source space images courtesy of NASA

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Black Hole Zion was formed when Mark began writing two different series of songs simultaneously. One set, written with Ryan, followed a particular narrative, and was much more based in rock music. The other set was vastly different electronic music. Not a solo project, but more a collective. While Mark is responsible for the vision, anyone involved is free and encouraged to contribute. ... more

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