||An anthem is a song that gets bigger the more people sing it.|
||But the opposite thing, a song that sounds like it maybe couldn't even be sung a second time, is no less heroic.|
||We can dance to even the quiet heartbeats.|
||The Great Unknown
||We can dance to ourselves, undetectably, as we walk.|
||Enemy of Reality
||Or we can gallop in on fire-breathing steeds.|
||"Wahn schmiedet Sarg"
||Sometimes art is just the painstaking durable recreation of momentary aghast pain,|
||or a cryptic organization of confusions.|
||Last Leaf Down
||Sometimes it's a way of formalizing diffidence,|
||"Mästarens resa i mörkret"
||sometimes a way to abrade obsidian until it can absorb shed blood,|
||"Life of Demon"
||Kärgeräs - Return from Oblivion
||sometimes a way to excavate dark resonant chambers under tormented hills.|
||Still, almost everything also has a classic form|
||"Hands of Time"
||not designed to appeal to anybody but people who already know they love this.|
||"My Dragons Will Decimate"
||Do you already love Swedish j-metal?|
||"At The End Of The Universe"
||The Guardians Of Time
||What do you think you would mean if you said "no"?|
||"Hino da Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras"
||You don't have to hate anything else to love Germanic folk-metal from Brazil.|
||Icon For Hire
||"Supposed to Be"
||You Can't Kill Us
||As a kid, I would flip albums over to see if the credits said whether there were synthesizers or not,|
||The Gospel Youth
||"Pills, Promises & Pure Regret"
||not because I ever had anything against guitars, but because unpredictable technology always seemed like a portal to unknown realms,|
||Unicorns Killed My Girlfriend
||"Never Let Go"
||and I wanted to know how people would choose to set their own voluntary boundaries.|
||Devices are levers, like any other machine, and you chose what you use each power to move,|
||"I Didn't Leave the Pop Punk Life, the Pop Punk Life Left Me"
||The X and the O EP
||and when the lever's best use is to bash open an old broken thing to see what it has inside.|
||Body Drive EP
||And this is more true, even if it seems less, of any attempt at even rudimentarily autonomous technology.|
||Black Sun Empire
||Or, at least, I think I've thought this more or less since I first saw a spirograph.|
||The artistic act is setting something in motion.|
||The difference between setting it in motion uphill or downhill, and thus whether there's any sense in which it keeps going without your constant effort, is a question of form.|
||And the question of whether you can tell the difference, from your angle of view, is of course also separate.|
||Bright Light Bright Light
||"Time After Time"
||If you're lost, and you look, who is waiting to be found?|
||And who is not waiting for anything?|
||And who just wants to dance?|
||"You Want More"
||The planet is always spinning. Usually you don't notice, but that doesn't make it spin any slower.|
||The dizzy feeling when you notice is terrifying, but in the way that terror is the opposite of death.|
||"Echoes of the Past"
||The essences of this ride are the constant subjective inevitability of being flung out into space,|
||and our collections of the books of spells that we ardently believe are the magic that holds us to the ground.|
||"The Light Came Down"
||The Light Came Down
||And who knows, it's not like we have ever lived here without them.|
||And if other people seem to have different books, maybe they're just loose translations.|
||Look back, after you've been flung off, and it's all pretty clearly one single tiny ball of grinding rock|
||In His Infernal Majesty's Service
||in a one-sided war with its own surface.|
||"New Elysium - Celldweller VIP"
||New Elysium (Celldweller VIP)
||Which, if nothing else, is pretty to watch flare across the nightside.|
||"Red Dead Resentment"
||Red Dead Resentment +1
||Some things are serious, some trivial.|
||"Run and Reload"
||From space, they're all just flickering lights.|
||"Ek kan Nie Wag"
||One creature's endangered home planet is another creature's disco ball,|
||"Only To Borrow"
||Only To Borrow
||so mistaking ourselves as special is not just a survival instinct, it's how we lasted even this long.|
||All of these layers are frivolous and shiny and heartbreakingly thin.|
||As we are too underneath.|
||Farväl till ungdomen
||And yet we find reasons to mark the rotations during which we still cling here.|
||"Ljudlöst och salt"
||The opposites of relentless entropy are sentimental melancholy|
||"Belong to You"
||Belong to You +2
||and defiant solipsism|
||and ominous anticipation of anything other than decay.|
||Brute Force: Overclock
||We claim this disintegration as destruction,|
||Dragons of the North XX
||and these irresistible monsters as agents of our wills|
||and auteurs of our wardrobes.|
||"Bless My Soul"
||All I Know
||All accents are human accents.|
||Straight Outta Croydon EP
||Boundaries clearly visible in daylight|
||come alive and tangle with shadows|
||"Heat Fm 96.6"
||and become other ways to traverse open spaces|
||VIXX 2016 CONCEPTION KER Special Package
||and end up on some other spaces' other sides;|
||"Stuck On You"
||become alchemy for extracting one metabolism's nutrients from another metabolism's candy shell;|
||The Realm of Wonders
||resolve into definitive translucence|
||and helpless certainty.|
||"Wrote My Way Out"
||The difference between immitation and innovation is just order.|
||The difference between foreground and background is just order.|
||No! Not the Bees!
||The difference between decadence and revolution is just order.|
||We are all international whether we sing so or not.|
||"Felkel A Város"
||All our idioms are tactics for hiding this temporarily from ourselves.|
||There's no way to explain your own issues to somebody else without them sounding at least halfway ridiculous.|
||Chiptunes on Steroids
||There's a very simple reason for this effect: we are ridiculous by mere conception.|
||"Honeymoon (feat. Zagami Jericho)"
||We hold this truth to be self-evident, and then we play a game in which we pretend to forget.|
||But everything else remembers.|
||Barro y Fauna
||We pretend not to be quietly equal, like we are each of us louder than everybody else.|
||"Society" is our system for taking concurrent turns at this.|
||The A.M. Experiment
||"Empty House Filled with Memories Haunting Me, Pt. 2"
||Serenity is realizing that the resulting cacophony isn't obscuring beauty, it's illuminating it,|
||"Is the Answer Far from God?"
||and that writing abstruse commentary in the margins channels the same impulses as holding torches to the pages in order to read them in better light.|
||Music For Cats
||"Black Cat Friday"
||Who you say you're singing for is part of your song.|
||But when you sing it, you let it go.|
||What you put together, be assured someone else will earnestly disassemble.|
||FELIN - EP
||Progress isn't linear. Progress isn't even measured in the same dimensions that describe the actions.|
||You can revoke a law, but you can't get back history the way it was before you lost.|
||You can walk away, but you can't unfall out of any of the loves that made you.|