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Chopping Block

by Civilized

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Transparent 00:29
face fun of flies mouth full of dust not one i can trust kissing ass with a shit eating grin you’re transparent i can see it hollow empty being kissing ass with a shit eating grin choke on the filth you spew mind full of lies you’re not one i can trust
All the Same 01:04
days blur, wearing thin collapsing in on me endless cycle, no ascension death can’t set me free life cannot yield nothing else too much a coward to end it myself
same mind, different face bleak environment laid to waste a blistering wind drowns out the weak mindless vacuum there’s no escape the walls are caving in forced to live among the weak the walls are caving in pain is only a game crude illusion slaughtered with the flock nails bent back from crawling out empty plains, burning fields the grass is dead on the other side voices blur in a sea of shit
all the days of fighting my grip is slipping no guiding light there’s no better way the tide is turning come out swinging one thing is certain this is gonna end can’t get out all the days of fighting my grip is slipping no guiding light there’s no better way wipe that smile right off your face one thing is certain this is gonna end
Burning Cold 01:29
crutch of nostalgia cannot hold the crushing weight of growing old there’s no flame left inside burning cold just let it die give up the charade fooled your peers this lust for youth so insincere there’s no flame left inside burning cold just let it die
a projection of envy grasping at the strings no satisfaction hollow facsimile copies of copies void of self reflecting back someone else keep up the front assimilate hide behind a mirror emulate copies of copies void of self reflecting back someone else reality mirror the void stares right back
Guillotine 01:38
hanging on by tooth and nail match is set, destined to fail thin the herd a sacrifice to quench this thirst i’ll be the one to draw blood first thin the herd you’re gonna fucking pay sick and complacent masking over your fear the guillotine’s grinning your end is near a sneering distain for this stagnant being i’ve lost all pity for the weak
Stagnate 00:54
stick your neck on the chopping block no connection lost transmission there’s no point its all in vain pooling blood makes no difference try to survive and fan the flames stagnant let the blood speak put you out of your misery agony misery knows no bounds
Civilized 00:54
tie the noose, around your neck controlled until your final breath the veil’s been pulled over your eyes no relief, no escape simulated reality you’re not out of step you fell right in line like all the rest you’re civilized i won’t die on my knees i won’t die for your greed never let them take you out i won’t ever fucking be afraid that’s the difference between you and me
The Truth 01:20
armed to the teeth with no solution pull the trigger end it all you fucking coward stepping over hallow bones a welcome sign we’re alone conditioned to the taste of lead look back at it all weed out the meek the comfort of a gun in your mouth won’t save you from what we’ve done no memory of before no vision of after existence is now what happens next? nothing left to lose but to choose between the noose and the truth
Consequence 01:56
seize your throat breath caught up in smoke don’t look for forgiveness i’ll laugh last when you choke what did you expect you ate your words swallowed the poison followed the herd shallow solution fill the void consequence truth consumes when you’re dead inside downward spiral you should have known now drag yourself out on your own on the cusp of failure where you keeled over i won’t fucking break looking for salvation through self-negation how much more can you take?
Parasite 01:25
a clear mind is everything exorcise, clean sweep shut the scumbags out shut it down focused energy, focused goals stand firm on my own kill them off with my dying breath extinguish until nothing’s left their plague consumes recoil, attack tearing efforts down for what they fucking lack stand firm in silence actions over words roam a land of failures expecting no returns nothing worthwhile comes easy fight for every breath nothing worthwhile comes easy actions over words
empty words masked by crooked smiles the truth is stained by the taste of bile your facade is crumbling brick by brick you’re one of them, you’re full of shit break turning my back dripping in blood revenge tastes so sweet now that i’m seeing clear look inside now i can fucking see look inside now i can fucking see i’ve been double crossed


Despite their geographic isolation, Denver's CIVILIZED have emerged as elites in the hardcore underground. Building upon their stellar Dust and Blood EP, they unveil 13 new songs with a mastery that surpasses their influences. This is how eternal US Hardcore is made: raise the standard with scrutiny and persistence, smash all that is mediocre with brute force and aspire toward truth by eliminating all that is not real. Through these aims, CIVILIZED unveils a classic. Chopping Block is a tour de force of modern hardcore—a barrage of hooks and jaw-dropping shifts delivered in a burst of youthful fury. Zach Reini's vocals astound as he leads the way in a sequence of perfectly executed compositions that balance time-honored motifs with dizzying variety. Engineered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios, with an unforgettable cover shot by acclaimed photographer Daniel Shea, CIVILIZED has laid your neck on the line.


released March 31, 2017

Geoff D.- Guitar
John Menchaca- Bass
Zach Reini- Vocals
James Trejo- Drums

Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios
Photo by Daniel Shea

Special thanks to Mike Medina

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