2012 | Metal
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“The voice of rebellion calls your name. -- Servants of the truth are standing tall."
- The album, the bands eighth, hit #78 on the Billboard 200.
- This was the band's last album with founding member and guitarist Christopher Amott singer Angela Gossow.
- The album's artwork was created by Brent Elliott White, and features the band cartooned as skeletons in homage to Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People according to Gassow.
THE HOT TAKES
The kind of song you want to have handy when everything falls apart. Aggressive, punchy lyrics layered on pure metal. I must quote the great H.L. Mencken here, rather than the lyrics of the song itself: "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." Now does this mean I advocate open violence? No, absolutely not. But the baffling bizarro world we live in can certainly give us a psychological path that leads directly to Hell. We must avoid becoming that which we hate--the wanton use of violence--in order to bring about the world we seek.
I really like this song. It’s one of those that you can listen to and get your pent up aggression out. For me, listening to it is a great way to let off some pent up aggression. Here’s the thing though, the last thing I want to do is to see my compadres killed in the street. That’s what would happen if anarchists began to march under the black flag. The military, police, and probably a hefty amount of “good citizens” would mow us down. So, in my mind, the best way is easily non-violence. Hard to spread your message when you're dead and your enemy is spinning the story.
I'm not so sure I feel like agents of truth are standing tall. I thyink it's a marvel that we're standing at all. The burden is heavy and every incentive is there to give up on it and join the legions of drones. As with so many I'm pretty certain my personal politics are gonna be the antithesis of these guys and I think the tell is like Luke notes in his write-up on Hymn For The Dead by antiflag. The looseness of pointing our rage aimlessly at anything that stinks of "the system" might cause us to disrupt our best chances of survival. I had a discussion just to day about how so many of the people tha would listen to a song like this decry capitalism. Personally i define capitalism the same way most of them describe market economy but therein lies the issue. The definitions they use are often so broad as to be useless. But more than that the see capitalism as something that props up bad actors while i see it as the greatest agent of destruction for the status quo. It is the very tool that lets you deprive bad actors of the resources to continue acting badly. We're not talking about people who carry divine right and it's tough to keep an aggressive army when you can't pay them.