Sixth Mass​-​Extinction Skulduggery I




New York hostile alchemist GRIDFAILURE will launch the extensive Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery concept album series in February -- the month GRIDFAILURE marks its third year of inception – by releasing the first of five albums, all of which are in their final stages.

GRIDFAILURE’s concept sequence, Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery, is a series of albums which predict a grim, rapidly-approaching reality. The series’ five titles culminate tales of nature’s decimating wrath in response to humanity’s provocation, and the effects on our civilization. The series will include Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I, II, and III, and will culminate with the two massive albums Teeth Collection and Drought Stick, which document random stories from the final days of the human species.

As resources are depleted, so are morals, and as monolithic storms ravage the planet, neighbors turn on one another, and once war and uprising decimate the population, survivors are left to slaughter for survival in a diseased and polluted wasteland aftermath. Sources of uncontaminated energy, food, and water are scarce on the grim sphere, and the species’ reliance on technology has left most humans helpless to do anything but wait to be pillaged and consumed by marauding outlander factions or simply perish in the unforgiving climate. Themes of cannibalism, disease, delirium, revenge, scourge, warfare, and general underhandedness are written from haphazard points of view within the withering human race in the multi-release series, which infuse heavy elements of tribal/and percussion with post-industrial and mechanical beats resembling a biomechanical hybrid, deploying a communal aura of woe and rage.

Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I delivers over fifty-two minutes of GRIDFAILURE’s paranoia-induced powerdementia. The album was entirely conceived, written, executed, recorded, mixed, and completed with hand drawn art by GRIDFAILURE’s architect David Brenner who plays vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, electric, analog, and acoustic drums, keys, synth, harmonica, violin, theremin, field recordings, and more. Many elements of the record were written in times of blackout - including lyrics and themes written during a long blackout during Superstorm Sandy before GRIDFAILURE’s inception – and elements recorded during open air sessions during extreme storms including outdoors, and more, helping embody the outfit’s moniker itself.

Additionally, the series embodies a wide range of contributions from fellow henchpersons who help sculpt the auditory terror into curious new dimensions, including bass from Greg Meisenberg (A Fucking Elephant, Maid Myriad, Tombs-live), vocals from Joy Von Spain (Eye Of Nix, To End It All), accordion from Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe, Gridfailure-live), guitar from Pete Tsakiris, ukulele from Christopher Henry (Humans Etcetera, Fuck Your Birthday), and drums from BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot). The album was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering (Buzzov*en, Kool Keith, Dwarves, Krieg, AxCx.).


released February 15, 2019

Catalog ID: NEF-50-1

Conceived, executed, engineered, and mixed by Dave Brenner
Mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter

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Track Name: Sandy
Warnings go out early but it’s already too late
Winds of tormented fury congregate
Much will be lost in this culmination
The perfect storm rushes in on a warpath
In this life-altering occasion

Churning tides. Burning inside.
Samhain approaching
As the moon goes wide, rises the tide
And the scope of this beast is upon us

It hits like something never thought possible
The unstoppable force of this storm now visible

Our predictions were not accurate
The power was unfathomable
The face of our existence
Bearing damage not repairable

It built up over an expanse
Not caused by a lone element
It hit with a severity now apparent

It consumed us all, broke down all walls
And totally washed away
All that was cherished before that fateful day
When the storm of a lifetime turned into
The most brutal storm we’ve ever seen
But only for now
Track Name: Dysmorphia For One’s Neighbor
Immersive turbulence
Traumatized somnambulance
Remaining nuisance
Boils seething intolerance
Antagonization stance
Entranced in repugnance
Perpetuating the ignorance
Fixation on your residence
Meditation on the happenstance
Welcoming bloodsoaked vengeance
Track Name: Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I: Survivor’s Remorse
Within this smoldering aftermath
Vengeance: my chosen solution
Forging a gorestrewn path
Gratification through retribution

No deviation from this course
A rush of pain fuels my stride
No rest. Not a hint of remorse
Every one of you will soon have died

Sanguine is the savagery
Tear you apart where you stand
Sacrilege to your sanctuary
Incinerate all your lands

Predictions: inaccurate
Your fortifications crumble fast
As I alone infiltrate
And make you part of my past
Track Name: Directly In Its Path
We’re directly in its path
No matter where you go
You’ll be in its aftermath
We’ll all be incinerated in its wrath
In its trajectory we reside
Your feeble attempts to hide
Will be remembered by none
As we all shall burn alive
When these worlds collide
Earthmoving catastrophe
Decimating everything as far as all eyes can see
Rising infernos, lahars across eternity
I pray to false heavens, last minute investment in my salvation
Please let me vaporize instantly
Avoid a lifetime of wondering, why not me?
Track Name: Exsanguination Of The Utopians
The storm of all times for which we were not prepared
Now in disrepair: our utopia
The damage unimaginable. The results incomprehensible
Dysmorphia for ones neighbors
Our utopia: strangled
A reality never envisioned
We no longer endure. Thrive nevermore
Breach the walls. Society falls
Resent growing stronger
Can stand you no longer
Never will you thrive again
Exsanguination of the utopians

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