Collateral Damage

by R.A. (Rude Awakening)

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The first full-length by Merrimack Valley hardcore act R.A. (Rude Awakening), 'Collateral Damage' is a pummeling debut that traces a beloved lineage of hardcore acts like No Warning and Madball, barreling through with sub-two-minute juggernauts. But it's not without its enraged analysis of man's relationship with one another, exploring the hardships of exploitation, control, misdirected belligerence and cold mistreatment.

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released 01 July 2014

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Track Name: Progression Through Aggression
THE TASTE OF SPITE THAT'S CHASED WITH GRIT. THERE'S A DEMON INSIDE THAT WILL NEVER QUIT, AND WITH THE FURY OF PASSION THAT RUNS WITH THE DEVIL. NEVER TEST ME CAUSE I'LL TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL. 1-2 FUCK YOU! DRIVEN BY ANGER BEING PUSHED TO THE EDGE. TOUGH CHOICES COME EASY WHEN YOU'RE FILLING YOUR HEAD WITH ENOUGH HATRED AND RAGE THAT'LL MAKE YOU WANT TO EXPLODE. MY MIND KEEPS TURNING BUT MY HEART REMAINS COLD.
Track Name: Burning At Both Ends
A DYING BREED THAT WON'T SUCCUMB TO DEFEAT. WORKING HOURS ON END TO BARELY MAKE ENDS MEET, BUT WITH A GLASS HALF FULL AND ROOM TO GROW. I'LL TAKE IT DAY BY DAY AND BLOW BY BLOW. AS THE CANDLE BURNS AT BOTH ENDS. THROUGH NIGHT AND DAY I BREAK MY BACK TO SURVIVE. IT'S THE DARKEST OF PATHS BUT I STAY STRONG INSIDE. THE ONLY LIFE I'LL EVER KNOW IS A CONSTANT STRUGGLE WITH LITTLE TO SHOW. BUT I'LL TAKE RESTLESS NIGHTS OVER CYNICAL DREAMS. IN A WORLD WRAPPED IN A BLANKET TEARING AT THE SEAMS. AS THE CANDLE BURNS AT BOTH ENDS. THROUGH NIGHT AND DAY I BREAK MY BACK TO SURVIVE. IT'S THE DARKEST OF PATHS BUT I STAY STRONG INSIDE. STILL GOT THE FIGHT LEFT IN ME. I WON'T STOP TIL I'M SIX FEET DEEP.
Track Name: Fence Walker
IT'S A WAR ZONE AND YOU'RE STUCK IN THE MIDDLE. YOU NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU'RE ABOUT. BY DOING NOTHING, YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING. CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE BY YOUR IGNORANCE. SEARCHING AND SEARCHING AND SEARCHING FOR APPROVAL, BUT YOU'LL NEVER FULFILL THE DESIRE FOR ACCEPTANCE. CROWD PLEASER, ATTENTION SEEKER. A FRIEND OF MY ENEMY CAN'T BE A FRIEND TO ME. FENCE WALKER. THE LINE HAS BEEN DRAWN. I'VE CHOSEN MY SIDE. AND YOU'VE CHOSEN...WALKING THE BEATEN PATH OF INDECISION, BUT YOU WON'T AMOUNT TO SHIT WITHOUT CONVICTION. A PAWN OF UNCERTAINTY THROUGH INSECURITY. YOU'ER JUST ANOTHER LOOSE END IN THIS GAME OF LIFE. FENCE WALKER. THE LINE HAS BEEN DRAWN. I'VE CHOSEN MY SIDE. AND YOU'VE CHOSEN YOURS. GUILTY THROUGH ASSOCIATION.
Track Name: Black Widow
A DARK SOULLESS CREATURE. A MAN EATER INCAPABLE OF FEELING SORROW. MORE THAN A PRETTY FACE, SHE'LL LAY WASTE TO EVERYTHING THAT YOU HOLD DEAR. THE BLACK WIDOW TAKES NO REMORSE. SMILING AS THE POISON SEEPS INTO YOUR VEINS. SPINNING HER WEB OF LIES. LURING PREY IN TO MEET THEIR DEMISE. A PREDATOR ON THE HUNT MARKED FOR DESIRE BY THE YOUNG AND NAIVE. SEDUCTION SO SWEET. A FATAL ATTRACTION THAT'LL CRUSH AN ENTIRE FLEET. THE BLACK WIDOW TAKES NO REMORSE. SMILING AS THE POISON SEEPS INTO YOUR VEINS. SPINNING HER WEB OF LIES. LURING PREY IN TO MEET THEIR DEMISE. SHE'LL SPIT VENOM IN YOUR FUCKING FACE.
Track Name: Path Of Destruction
A DOWNWARD SPIRAL OF TWISTED FATE. LOSING ALL CONTROL AT A RAPID RATE. DRAGGING DOWN THE ONES THAT MEAN SO MUCH. ANOTHER EMPTY PROMISE THAT WILL GO UNTOUCHED. NO CHANCE TO SEE THE DEVASTATION YOU'VE CAUSED. BURIED IN YOUR OWN SICKNESS & FLAWS. HAMMERING THE NAILS INTO YOUR COFFIN. ON THE PATH OF DESTRUCTION AND THERE'S NO STOPPING. WE'VE ALL TRIED, AND WE'VE ALL LOST JUST WAITING FOR THE CALL YOU PAID THE FINAL COST. WE'VE ALL TRIED, AND WE'VE ALL FAILED TO LEAVE YOU HANGING AT THE END OF A FUCKING ROPE AND THERE'S NO COMING BACK FROM WHERE YOU'RE GOING. CONSUMED BY YOUR INNER MOST DEMONS. YOU'RE A DEAD MAN WALKING AND THERE'S NO STOPPING TIL YOU'VE TAKEN YOUR LAST BREATH.
Track Name: Collateral Damage
ALWAYS PICKING THE EASY TARGET. THE WEAK MINDS CONTINUE TO FLOCK TOGETHER. COWARDS AT HEART, YOUR TRUE COLORS SHINE THROUGH BITING OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN FUCKING CHEW. NOW THE TABLES HAVE TURNED. PREPARE FOR ALL OUT WAR. COLLATERAL DAMAGE. TIME TO EVEN UP THE SCORE. ARROGANCE SPEWS FROM THE INSECURE, BUT YOUR FLEX OF POWER FAILS TO RUN SHORT. GOT SOMETHING TO PROVE AND YOU'RE QUICK TO BLINDSIDE. A SPINELESS DISGRACE WHO'S FEARFUL OF PRIDE. NOW THE TABLES HAVE TURNED. PREPARE FOR ALL OUT WAR. COLLATERAL DAMAGE. TIME TO EVEN UP THE SCORE. TWIST THE TRUTH TO FEED YOUR SOB STORY TO THE MINDLESS SHEEP THAT SWALLOW ANYTHING. YOU BACKED A WOLF INTO A CORNER. I GOT A VIOLENT SOLUTION TO YOUR VIOLENT PROBLEM. NOW THE TABLES HAVE TURNED. PREPARE FOR ALL OU WAR. COLLATERAL DAMAGE. TIME TO EVEN UP THE SCORE.
Track Name: Dragging The Anchor
YOU CAN TRY, BUT YOU'LL NEVER BLEED A STONE. FAILED ATTEMPTS TO EVEN SCRATCH THE SURFACE. LET ALONE PENETRATE THIS CORE OF STEEL. HEARTS ON FIRE, THESE FEELINGS ARE REAL. CAUSE WE'RE...DRAGGING THE ANCHOR WITH ALL OUR MIGHT. WE'LL BREAK THE TIDE THROUGH AN ENDLESS FIGHT. THIS HARDCORE PRIDE KEEPS ME ALIVE. IT'S THE BLOOD IN MY VEINS IT'S THE REASON I'VE SURVIVED. A FOUNDATION BUILT BRICK BY BRICK. THROUGH THE PASSION OF MANY FAR AND WIDE. WE COME TOGETHER ON THIS COMMON GROUND. WITH A CERTAIN UNDERSTANDING OF WHO AND WHAT WE'RE ABOUT CAUSE WE'RE...DRAGGING THE ANCHOR WITH ALL OUR MIGHT. WE'LL BREAK THE TIDE THROUGH AN ENDLESS FIGHT. THIS HARDCORE PRIDE KEEPS ME ALIVE. IT'S THE BLOOD IN MY VEINS. IT'S THE REASON I'VE SURVIVED. IT'S THE REASON THAT I'VE SURVIVED. IT'S THE REASON THAT I'VE SURVIVED.
Track Name: Hypocrisy Among Us
THE GUILTY POINT THE FINGER, TAKING THE ATTENTION AWAY FROM THEMSELVES. MISDIRECTION WITH A HIDDEN AGENDA, TO PLACE THE BLAME ON ANYONE ELSE. SO QUICK TO CAST OUT YOUR OWN. DECEIVERS THROW THE FIRST STONE. HYPOCRISY AMONG US. THERE'S NO REDEMPTION FROM YOUR BLIND JUSTICE. CONTRADICTION RUNNING RAMPANT PARASITES FEEDING ON SHIT. JOINING A RAT PACK WITHOUT A CLUE. THINK FOR YOURSELF AND DON'T FOLLOW SUIT. SO QUICK TO CAST OUT YOUR OWN. DECEIVERS THROW THE FIRST STONE. HYPOCRISY AMONG US. THERE'S NO REDEMPTION FROM YOUR BLIND JUSTICE. I KNOW WHO YOU ARE...AND I KNOW WHAT YOU'VE DONE...TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF. BEFORE YOU CASE TO RIP APART. ANYONE ELSE EXPOSED.
Track Name: Higher Power
CRUCIFIED BY JUDGEMENT FROM A KING OF THE BLIND. TORN LIMB FROM LIMB AS YOU SIT BACK AND GRIN. ONLY A FOOL WOULD THINK THIS SLUG'S WORTH THE SALT. TAKING THE INNOCENT FOR A DEBUT UNKNOWN. YOUR ROSE COLORED GLASSES MUST BE COATED WITH SHIT. CONDEMN ME, FUCK YOU! FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE THE DAMAGE YOU DO. I'LL TAKE DAMNATION ANYDAY OVER YOU. AND YOU'VE ALREADY BAITED THE HOOK. THEY ONLY SEE WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO SEE. MANIPULATION TO THE HIGHEST DEGREE. TRUTH BE TOLD YOU SEEK CONTROL. THE POWERS THAT BE COULD NEVER SAVE YOUR SOUL. IT'S BECOME QUITE CLEAR. YOU'RE NOT A HIGHER POWER.
Track Name: Against The Grain
MAKE WAVES, RATTLE THE CAGE OF WHAT'S EXPECTED. DON'T NEED ACCEPTANCE FROM A COMMON PLACE THAT SHUNS DIFFERENCE, TO TRY TO KEEP COMPLAISANCE. JUST ANOTHER NUMBER WITHOUT A VOICE. A PLOY TO SILENCE THE NOISE. CONDITIONED THROUGH SUPPRESSION TO BE THE SAME. WELL MY KIND GOES AGAINST THE GRAIN. TRY TO TELL ME TO SLOW MY ROLL, YOU GOT ANOTHER THING COMING TO THINK YOU HAVE CONTROL. THE REBELLIOUS REFUSE ALL COMPLIANCE TO UPHOLD YOUR SET OF VIEWS. WE'RE NOT LIKE YOU! ROCK THE BOAT, BREAK THE SEAL, TIP THE SCALE OFF ITS EVEN KIEL. FIGHT A CROOKED VISION THAT'S COLORBLIND AND SEEKS TO IMPRISON. JUST ANOTHER NUMBER WITHOUT A VOICE, A PLOY TO SILENCE THE NOISE. CONDITIONED THROUGH SUPPRESSION TO BE THE SAME. BUT WE'LL DEFY EVERYTHING. CONFORM TO NOTHING. WE'RE THE ANOMALY. BREAK OUT! MY KIND GOES AGAINST THE GRAIN.