Thin the Herd, Fail to Learn

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Blind in the dark. Bring order control the flock  Lead another one, breed another one… Lies! Dominate their simple lives Lines in the sand. Gorge themselves from their hands Feed another one seed another one... Lies! Repeating all of their lines Like them! Hate them! Fight them! We’ll win! There will be no compromise!!! Filled with pride there will be no compromise! You decide on which side you’ll fall in line Filled with pride there will be no compromise World decline. Refusing to see through the lies Our world is in total decline! Take a side, repeat all the lines World decline. These are the final times Take a side, repeating all the lines When there is no compromise These lies destroy our lives These are the final times Take heed in what they say. Learn from our yesterdays It’s time to make a stand. Their world is in our hands!
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Righteousness fuels your hatred Religion frees the guilt Worship the god of certainty Tailored to fit your bank account Omnipotent is your world view Hide beyond walls of wealth Outsiders are not welcome Unless they obey your every will Brainwashed and trained to serve your every will Your greed knows no borders The wars have primed the wells Suck dry the pure resources Leave behind a rotting shell Ignore the pen of history Despite the hand it’s held The uprising is preventable As is your fucking nuclear hell Such benevolent filth! Filth!!! Such benevolent filth!
3.
Disconnected from reason Concerned just for themselves Unsympathetic position Without even a thought on how it impacts Short sighted bigotry the blindfold is tied Corrupted security blanket of lies No care for the wake behind or the created divide Enclose the circle of sympathy. No empathy for all outside Obsessed with their security Another brick in the wall Obscenity of purity Just pure contempt for all left beyond Short sighted bigotry the blindfold is tied Corrupted security blanket of lies An ignorant legacy is all the world will recall Bloated superiority will be exposed when the shadow begins to fall False sense of supremacy No! No land can be sterilized No! No words will bring compromise No! No willingness to empathize No! No way to live when you’re paralyzed
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Scorn 03:54
Lies! No innocence is dying Pride! The catalyst dividing Blind devotion to a faith that breeds such vermin Mice recoil when the sanctum has been lifted. Run! Run! Cower! Into your straw lined hole Devour! Consume is all you know Shallow! this life that you… Tie the blindfold an ignorance so inviting Die and suffer in wars that are not worth fighting Lines are drawn the spoils are divided Crimes ignored the unceasing reprisal. Why?! Thin the herd, fail to learn from our past Fail to learn, thin the herd. Wars are cast Thin the herd, fail to learn. World collapse Run! Cower! Into your straw lined hole Devour! Consume is all you know Shallow! This life that you sow Lies! No innocence is dying Pride! The catalyst dividing Blind devotion to a faith that breeds such vermin Mice recoil when the sanctum has been lifted. Run! Your blind devotion and the ignorance that binds you, manifests my scorn
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Contagion 08:57
Your fear is a fallacy! Embrace reality Oppose the governing state in power to manipulate Stand tall and wave the flag. As wars fill body bags Don’t question what’s at hand put faith in their command. No! Hatred’s a cancer! Scapegoat the answer A nationalistic pride with outrage that’s designed Metastasizing! Violent uprising Controlled by what you hear Fueled by all your fears. No! Your pride is suffocating Ignorance advocating Silence the voice of reason and stay in line! Our world disintegrating Stockpiles intimidating Free thought is the contagion threatening their power! Denial, blame and rage The cards are in play Concerned pacifists learn Patriotic loyalists turn Another hopeless victim of identitarianism Enraged lives have been trained It’s easy when the mind’s enslaved Resist the anarchy of this mentality Empathy and love the answer In a world of pain and anger. Rise! Hatred’s a cancer! Scapegoat the answer A nationalistic pride with outrage that’s designed Metastasizing! Violent uprising Controlled by what you hear Fueled by all your fears Fucking rise! It’s time to rise above all the fucking lies!!!

about

"As long as the general population is passive, apathetic,and diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome." - Noam Chomsky

“Political tensions in the world are running high, and Culled want you to know that they’re not down with it. Combining their searing take on the state of the world with a sludgy grind assault, Culled back their statements with tight songwriting and aggressive performance. On their debut album Thin the Herd, Fail to Learn, Culled wrap angular grindcore in thick sludge, spitting out blasts, mosh parts and distinctive vocals that reflect the band’s disgusted mindset.”
- Decibel Magazine
www.decibelmagazine.com/2018/09/20/track-premiere-culled-scorn/

“Sludge grind is one of those things that shouldn't really exist and yet somehow Culled make it work. They sound absolutely colossal on their new track "Contagion," a nearly nine-minute epic that manages to combine everything that makes the band great. The stop/start madness and dynamic interplay of this song speaks to the band's talent as songwriters. Meanwhile, the guitar tone alone speaks volumes to what this band has come to represent. With punk fringes on some truly punishing tracks, it's hard not to be fascinated by the morbid horror of the band. The lead single, 'Contagion,' is a mesmerizing ode. It comes from their upcoming LP, Thin The Herd, Fail To Learn, due out October 26th on Hibernation Release. It's hard to balance two genres that seem so diametrically opposed whilst simultaneously sneaking in moments of pure explorations into the sublime. Experimental, genre bending and clearly forward thinking, 'Contagion' is a triumph for a rising force.”
- Metal Injection
www.metalinjection.net/av/new-music/sludge-grind-masters-culleds-new-song-contagion-will-make-you-drag-your-knuckles

“Alberta-based grinders Culled embrace all things grimy on their debut full-length, Thin the Herd, Fail to Learn. Much like fellow Canadian forward-thinkers WAKE and Fuck the Facts, Culled embrace grindcore’s lineage while pushing beyond the genre’s typical tropes. The quartet infuse their interpretation of grindcore with jarring discordance and elements of caustic sludge; a sound that is then fully fleshed out by intricate songwriting that demands more showtime than the genre typically lends its songs. Couple these unyielding stretches of chaotic instrumentation with relevant sociopolitical lyrical themes and listeners have quite the physical and cerebral beating in store for them…
…Culled‘s Thin the Herd, Fail to Learn is an extremely solid debut recording that points to greater things in the future for these gentlemen.”
- Svbterranean
svbterranean.net/2018/10/11/review-culled-thin-the-herd-fail-to-learn/#more-33574

“Edmonton, AB grind outfit Culled push the boundaries of the genre on their debut full-length, Thin the Herd, Fail to Learn. The quartet incorporate slow, sludgy grooves and doom-laden riffs into their discordant grindcore, resulting in a contrast of sounds that is jarring yet complementary… Thin the Herd, Fail to Learn is an impressive debut that showcases a battle of conflicting sounds throughout its 25-minute runtime. What makes it work is Culled's thoughtful approach to song composition and structure, along with socio-political lyrical content to match the angst-filled emotions that their music emanates.”
- Exclaim!
exclaim.ca/music/article/culled-thin_the_herd_fail_to_learn

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released October 26, 2018

Recorded and mixed in Edmonton Alberta Canada by Drew Copland.
Additional engineering by Justin Bender at Divergent Sound.
Mastered by Scott Miller at Ancient Temple Recordings.

All quotes used in this recording written by Noam Chomsky

All songs written by Culled.
All lyrics written by Shane Hawco
Logo, artwork and layout by Shane Hawco.

Photography by Daniel Torres
© 2018 Copyright Culled. All rights reserved.

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Culled Edmonton, Alberta

Culled started in early 2017 with the intention of embracing the contrast of slow crushing sludge and doom riffs with the blistering speed and chaos of grindcore ripe with messages of peace, and love that implore the need for empathy in today's unpredictable and unstable political climate.
Mathy, cacophonous and angular, Culled sound like the pangs of the industrial complex working overtime.
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