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Torture Garden Release ‘The Great Depression’

“…this is not a music album and after five tracks I have switched off as there is no way I can sit through two hours of this” – Destructive Music

“I think this full-length represents a new (vicious) concept and a good surprise. If this is a love/hate thing, then I’m one of the lovers” –
La Nuit Americaine

Several years in the making, The Great Depression is still relentlessly ‘now’. It is soaked in the state of the society we are living in. The misery raining down from on high is drowning those below, and yet people around the world are starting to fight back with pent-up ferocity. We are entering an age of revolutions, and Torture Garden aim for their new album to reflect both the suffering of billions and the hope they create when they come together and resist!

The Great Depression is the third release from Merseyside, United Kingdom’s dark, experimental metal band Torture Garden. A double-disc album in its physical form, the album was initially released as a ‘pay what you want’ download on the 1st of July, 2013, with CD copies made available later. The album was recorded in a variety of locations, and marks a huge stylistic advance on 2011’s Dead Romantic.

This is very much a heavy metal album, but it really is heavy metal like you’ve never heard before, because it’s never been made like this before. Radical ruptures with the past are required in metal too. We could list our influences, but why try to sound like other people when you can sound like yourself? So sure, expect crushing heaviness and sick vocals, but also anticipate industrial vibes, weird samples all over the place, spoken word sections, and even a folk ballad. Extremism in all things is the only law that Torture Garden lives by. Boundaries are prisons.

Brothers Adam (lyrics/lead vocals) and Matt Ford (composition/all other instruments) have provided most of the sounds for The Great Depression, but they’ve also worked hard to source relevant material from history and all around the globe. Guest appearances by other contributors are peppered throughout the one hundred and nine minutes of this release.

Enjoy/endure…

Track listing:

  1. The Great Depression
  2. Pervert
  3. Of All Evil
  4. Testament Of The Tapeworm
  5. Mister Mammon
  6. Circuses Without Bread
  7. Hideous In Their Glory
  8. In Memory Of The Fallen
  9. Together, Reborn
  10. Defying The Laws Of Hell
  11. The Great Dictator
  12. The Clearing Of Misery
  13. Mists Of Time
     

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Torture Garden: The Clearing Of Misery

The Haymarket monument in Chicago commemorates the revolutionary martyrs

Today is May Day – i.e. International Workers’ Day – so I am previewing some appropriate lyrics for an upcoming song by my band Torture Garden, on our new album The Great Depression.

The words were inspired by a section in News From Nowhere, the novel by William Morris. He describes how, in a future communist society:

“Once a year, on May-day, we hold a solemn feast in those easterly communes of London to commemorate The Clearing of Misery, as it is called. On that day we have music and dancing, and merry games and happy feasting on the site of some of the worst of the old slums, the traditional memory of which we have kept.”

The following are my lyrics, designed for that world which must come, and indeed for this one:

Sing like a skylark
On the first of May
Let your joy echo
Through glorious glades
Reclaimed by Mab
From grimmest grey
Sing like a skylark
On the first of May

No bed of Procrustes
Is to be found
Amongst the bounty
That springs from the ground
But tears fell
Upon this spot
When people wailed
And cursed their lot

So my children
Born into bliss
Remember their pain
And honour their gift
To our joyful
Radiant lives
Hatred vanished
And love now thrives

The International
Cleansed our race
Of old division
There is no trace
Such words are shrouded
In mists of time
Empires fell and
We drank of the vine

So my children
Born into bliss
Remember their pain
And honour their gift
To our joyful
Radiant lives
Hatered was vanquished
And love now thrives

Haymarket martyrs
Before they fell
Swore no allegiance
To the laws of hell
So in our heaven
We dance and play
We welcome the glorious
Month of May

So my children
Born into bliss
Remember their pain
And honour their gift
To our joyful
Radiant lives
Hatred was banished
And love now thrives

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The Great Depression is Coming!

Many parallels can be made between now and the Great Depression of the 1930s

Well there’s something quite important about my life that most of my blog readers don’t know. To you I’m probably just this guy who writes things about politics on the internet. And yes, I am him. But I’m also a guy who writes lyrics and performs vocals in a musical project called Torture Garden, and we’re currently in the process of putting together a new album – our third, following Rotisserie Of Pain (2009) and Dead Romantic (2011). So I’m going to tell you a bit about how it’s going every once in a while, in a shameless act of self-promotion.

I started writing the lyrics for The Great Depression maybe a decade ago. The title was inspired by something Brad Pitt’s character said in Fight Club: “We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives.” At the time that really struck a chord with me, because I was struggling with my own personal depression, and was linking how I felt to wider conditions in society. But when I listened to even some of my favourite artists of the time, though many would go on about feeling sad, isolated and lonely, few would ever ask ‘why?’ So I decided to do that in a series of lyrics.

I made some progress with that. Then believe it or not, one day in the autumn of 2003 I worked out that the global economy was heading for a massive crash – which would inevitably rival the one of 1929 – and a depression similar to the one of the 1930s. So my Great Depression lyrics got a new focus. We might have been doped by consumerism in a Fight Club way right then (“working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need” as Tyler Durden had it), but a new Depression was coming, and it would be really fucking dreadful for almost everyone on the planet. But at the same time, it would provide an opportunity for the human race to break down those invisible walls of separation, and get together to tear it all apart…before rebuilding.

As I type this in March 2012, my predictions are clearly coming true. That economic crisis began in 2007, and got worse in 2008/09, before politicians started telling us that we were in a ‘recovery’. Sure, it’s a recovery for their rich mates, but the rest of us are still seeing our living conditions slashed, to pay for their insatiable appetites. So people like you and me have been drawn onto the streets in Egypt, Greece, and increasingly all over the world, to fight against this rich man’s system. This is the background of The Great Depression – an album which I believe will convey more than a little of the past, present and future – how we got here, where we are now, and possible ways of life beyond this near hell.

We’re a heavy metal band, so it’s also going to fucking rock, but I just wanted to give you an introductory flavour of what it is about thematically. In this way I’m giving you enough time to get appropriately excited!

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