dead songs for a live soul

by Sky As Skin

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9 songs recorded between 2008 and 2012

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released January 16, 2014

All songs written by Sky As Skin
Jason Mac - Guitar and Vocals
Justin Barlow - Bass and Vocals
Andrew Bush - Drums
Engineered by Joel Pack at Rigby Road Studios - www.rigbyroadstudios.com
Produced by Joel Pack and Sky As Skin
Artwork by Wynter Jones - www.wynterjonesart.com


Reviews

This excites me greatly.
As a long-standing fan of heavy/melodic bands, finding Sky As Skin as assembled and ready to rock as they are on this new album shouldn’t have been as much as a surprise as it was. According to them, this “3 piece musical catastrophe” was formed in 2006; according to me – I should’ve heard about these guys kicking ass way back then considering how good they are NOW.
I should let you in on something before we continue however, dear readers, there’s something you’ll need to know about me in order to understand this entire review…
Vancouver left a hole in me years and years and years ago now…one that has never been fully filled. There was a tremendously unnoticed band here called Sunlikestar (Anyone???) that put out a mind-blowing EP, did a bunch of local contest stuff and seemed like they were going to make it happen for themselves…and then burned out and faded away without a trace…no goodbyes. And ever since then, I’ve been looking for something that can FILL that void.
And while I might understand that comparisons and references to The Deftones, Quicksand, Tool could be made towards Sky As Skin – I feel like this is much more like where Sunlikestar might have ended up today.
And in feeling that way, Sky As Skin – I’d like to thank you personally. I can now consider the search for the sound I’m looking for officially over and hand ownership of said sound over to you.
Alright – enough madness…let’s talk about music and how incredible Dead Songs For A Live Soul is! This album is a complete mover, so full of creativity, innovation and skill that it’s impossible to ignore. Right from the moment the opening track “Satan Oscillate My Metallic Sonatas” kicks in they had me, no bullshit. This album comes out punching hard with this Deftones-meets-Failure-meets-Kyuss slow grind that has a funked-out element to it. You’ll notice skills ALL OVER the place…timing changes and tempo-switches…incredible drums, vocals, guitars…
BASS! We have literally got an incredible bass-man in this band. I don’t want to say he’s underused, understated or undervalued…but I DO want MORE of it…somehow…some way! To take anything away from a single other member of this band as well, would be a crime – they are all pulling so much weight it’s astounding – I just particularly love the tone they’ve got going in the bass and the feel from the style coming out of it!
It really doesn’t matter which track you choose – if you identify with any other bands I’ve referenced so far, you’ll find something to like here on Dead Songs For A Live Soul. Listen to “Iron Horse” and tell me that isn’t, like, EVERYTHING you want to hear! It IS SO – don’t argue! The vocals are just perfect; the drumming is stunning, challenging and inventive…and again – that BASS! LOVE THAT BASS!
But “Iron Horse” serves another purpose – it really gives you an amazing insight into the depth of talent in the songwriting of this band. The way this song builds up into the smashing ending shows every indication that Sky As Skin is taking the writing incredible seriously, and pulling it off perfectly through their dedication, hard work and talent.
“Rats Live On No Evil Star” is a perfect example of how this band won’t be tied down. In an electro-infused slow-funk, this band really shows what they’re capable of, inventing a frantic and fully-new musical landscape for you to wrap your ears around. “The Dogged Eye Of Hurricane Brutus” claims some really unique territory of its own as well with a ripping beat and almost hypnotic 60’s feel clinging to its bones.
Entertained, you will be. There is zero doubt in my mind that if you heard the opening track and liked it that you wouldn’t find endless minutes afterwards equally entertaining if not more so. For fans of our show SBS Live This Week – if you’ve seen our episodes with Vancouver band FEY – make sure you check this band out immediately, you’ll love Sky As Skin for sure.
And as for the rest of you out there that don’t go and listen to Dead Songs For A Live Soul immediately, just be comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll be filling your ear-space with something inferior until that time comes.

Jer @ SBS
www.sleepingbagstudios.ca

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Track Name: satan oscillate my metallic sonatas
This is my last train
My last gleaming century
My thumbs up to the sun
As I bare face to the number

My shadow
To the wall to the wall
My shadow’s dying
At that wall, at that wall
My shadow, my shadow
Green needles, green needles
On that wall, on that wall, on that wall

This is my last train
My last gleaming century
I blink the white to red
The red to the sun
The red to the sun

My shadow
To the wall to the wall
My shadow’s dying
At that wall, at that wall
My shadow, my shadow
Green needles, green needles
On that wall, on that wall, on that wall

My soul consumes my flesh
My flesh consumes the sun
My flesh consumes the sun
My soul is moon walking around with its head on fire

Burning birds all painted red
A sea of light inside my head
My soul consumes my flesh
My flesh consumes the sun
Butchered brides all gathered around
We’ll burn that fucker down
My soul consumes my flesh
My flesh consumes the sun
Drowning god is breathing light
Facing flames for seventh sight
My soul consumes my flesh
My flesh consumes the sun
Now we slow dance in flame
Now the devil knows our name
My soul consumes my flesh
My flesh consumes the sun

While Sabbath’s facing the new last day
While Sabbath’s facing the new last day
I am a hammer I am hell
I am a hammer I am hell
And I remember God is an elephant with no love of man
Track Name: once was winter
I was baptized in dirty water
Fish swarmed around the face of my father
77 times I’ve been the bled bull
77 times I’ve been the matador

Once was winter
Once was water
Once was holy
Once was hollow

I am swimming in a sea of glass
I am swimming in a sea of glass

The wings on my heart are 7 feet wide
The blood in my brain is 1000 feet deep

All nine names for spring in reverse
Breathe like my dark light they all mean home
77 souls sing the sun in to the sea
77 souls set that fiery fucker free

Once was winter
Once was water
Once was holy
Once was hollow

I am swimming in a sea of glass
I am swimming in a sea of glass

77 seizures before I hit the floor
77 fingers all nailed to my door
77 devil 66 horse
77 lepers all suckling from the source

The wings on my heart are 7 feet wide
The blood in my brain is 1000 feet deep

I am swimming in a sea of glass
I am swimming in a sea of glass

Twin leper kings and butterfly wings
I’ve been the matador
I’ve been the bull
Twin leper kings and butterfly wings
White horse no horse my dead horse sings
Track Name: iron horse
oooooooo
Stay by me
Stay by me in the burning rain
oooooooo
Make me free
Bleed with me
Burn with me again

I’m buried in my blood again
I freeze and burn and rise again
My iron horse it sings like snow
My sky my soul
My heart is pumping dry and I
I freeze beneath a burning sky
The devil and the deep blue sea
My sky my soul

And I’m alive so I fear no life
And I’m dead so I fear no death
And I’m free so I fear wing
And I’m damned so I fear no hell

I sing my blood of horse and fire
I wrap my heart around the white hot wire
The devil and the deep blue sea
My sky my soul
Burning moon of popping trees
The sky is gone and she’s on bloody knees
My heart
My hands
My friend my soul

oooooooo
Stay by me
Stay by me in the burning rain
oooooooo
Make me free
Bleed with me
Burn with me again

And I’m alive so I fear no life
And I’m dead so I fear no death
Oh lord the sky become my soul
And I’m free so I fear knowing
And I’m dead so I fear no hell
Oh lord I’ve got a lung full of snow
And I’m burning so I fear no pain
And I’m skinned so I fear no pain
Oh lord the sky become my soul
And I’m alive so I fear no life
And I’m alive so I fear no life
And I’m alive so I fear no life
And I’m alive so I fear no life
Track Name: rats live on no evil star
I was born for water
I was born for sky
I was born to snuff the sun
Eye for burning eye

Victory in heaven
Victory at sea
I drink from the abyss
The abyss drink from me

And it dies like a language
Like a horse on fire
Like a dead man walking
moon walking to the pyre

My skin becomes sky
Butterflies become my eyes
My soul becomes sun
And we are one
We are one
We are one
We are one

My horses fall named god and fire
I gave my soul to sear
I face the mother fucking fear of death
I feel the mother fucking death of fear

Victory in heaven
Victory at sea
I drink from the abyss
The abyss drink from me

And it dies like a language
Like a horse on fire
Like a dead man walking
moon Walking to the pyre

My skin becomes sky
Butterflies become my eyes
My soul becomes sun
And we are one
We are one
We are one
We are one
And I’m coming home
Skinned alive with my head on fire
And I’m coming home
Skinned alive with my head on fire

I am I am I am as one dead
I am I am I am as one dead
I am I am I am as one dead
I am I am I am as one dead
I am I am I am as one dead
I am I am I am as one dead
Track Name: sing no songs for spider
One wolf I feed the hell in my heart
One wolf I feed the sun and the stars
One wolf I feed my soul and my skin
One wolf I feed my blood and my sin

I sell my soul and sing the flood
Still the devil breathes my blood
Still the devil breathes my blood in heaven

Say goodbye my burning one
Say goodbye to the fucking sun
Say goodbye to the fucking sun in heaven

Am I the stone or am I the burning one
I sell my soul and sing the flood
Still the devil breathes my blood
Still the devil breathes

One wolf I feed the hell in my heart
One wolf I feed the sun and the stars
One wolf I feed my soul and my skin
One wolf I feed my blood and my sin

Crippled king
Burning stone
Seven souls all carved from bone
Seven souls all carved from bone in heaven

Spider steals my leg away
The devil saw me born today
The devil saw me born today in heaven

Am I the stone or am I the burning one
I sell my soul and sing the flood
Still the devil breathes my blood
Still the devil breathes

Am I so nervous
Am I so righteous
Am I so bold
So full of sin

Am I the stone or the burning one
And if this is winning then I have won

And I am so nervous
And I am so righteous
And I am so bold
So full of sin

And if this is winning then I have won
And if this is winning then I have won
But this is losing and I have lost
I have lost
I have lost
I have lost
Track Name: the dogged eye of hurricane brutus
Heaven won’t hide me
And earth cannot end me
And hell cannot hold me
And dog eye won’t dig me

We moonwalk on water while you’re drowning in fire
We moonwalk on water while you’re drowning in fire

Weep me holy blasphemy
And sing my soul right out of me
And nail me to a burning tree
And make my blood in to a sea
777
I’ve got a lung full of snow

I fooled them all with my blood painted red
I fooled them all
I fooled them all with my blood painted red
I fooled them all

Heaven won’t hide me
And earth cannot end me
And hell cannot hold me
And dog eye won’t dig me

We moonwalk on water while you’re drowning in fire
We moonwalk on water while you’re drowning in fire

You wanted victory
Over a burning sea
One more such victory
And we all shall cease to be
777
I’ve got a lung full of snow

I fooled them all with my blood painted red
I fooled them all
I fooled them all
I fooled them all with my blood painted red

We fall forever
We fall forever
We fall forever
We fall forever

I’ll be the ceaseless snow
Singing us to sweet oblivion
Singing us to sweet oblivion
Singing us to sweet oblivion

I healed the horse that killed the sea
That hacked my burning heart from me
I love the storm I love the sea
I love the god who butchered me
One lung of gold one lung of snow
God closes his eyes wherever I go
You and me and the demon make 3
So shake your ass through the burning trees

I am the son of the boiling sea
The burning world it falls from me
The snake is eating his tail again
A box of blood inside my brain
One lung of gold one lung of snow
God closes his eyes wherever I go
You and me and the demon make 3
So shake your ass through the burning trees
Track Name: this ain't my first radio
oooooo
I steal my soul from the thief
I peel my flesh to find the god beneath
oooooo
I steal my soul from the thief
I moonwalk to hell
I dig my grave with my teeth

I pour the god into god
I drink the heat out of hell
I carve my soul out of sky
I put my blood on the scale

The burning ghost from the frozen mind
The burning ghost from the frozen mind
(I dig my grave with my teeth)
Have I starved enough my lord
Have I starved enough my lord

Wolf eat the sun and I'll resurrect you baby
Wolf eat the sun and I'll vivisect you baby
The burning ghost from the frozen mind
The burning ghost from the frozen mind

oooooo
I steal my soul from the thief
I peel my flesh to find the god beneath
oooooo
I steal my soul from the thief
I moonwalk to hell
I dig my grave with my teeth
I piss the soul out of sun
I sing my heart into hell
I carve my skin out of sin
I hang my flesh on the nail

The burning ghost from the frozen mind
The burning ghost from the frozen mind
(I dig my grave with my teeth)
Have I starved enough my lord
Have I starved enough my lord

Wolf eat the sun and I'll resurrect you baby
Wolf eat the sun and I'll vivisect you baby
The burning ghost from the frozen mind
The burning ghost from the frozen mind

CHORUS
Wolf eat the sun and I'll resurrect you baby
Wolf eat the sun and I'll vivisect you baby
The burning ghost from the frozen mind
The burning ghost from the frozen mind
(I dig my grave with my teeth)



Father son and the holy spirit
Father son and the holy spirit
I soul kiss the fire because I no longer fear it
I soul kiss the fire because I no longer fear it

Wolf eat the sun and I'll resurrect you baby
Wolf eat the sun and I'll vivisect you

My heart
My hands
My soul
My skin
My blood
My balls
My hell
My home

Wolf eat the sun and I'll resurrect you baby
Wolf eat the sun and I'll vivisect you

My heart
My hands
My soul
My skin
My blood
My balls
My hell
My home
Track Name: drone shine
Ran to the river
Said sister please end me
Ran to the sea
Ran to the sea
Please burn me
Please burn me
She gone now and it’s all over
The devil’s in heaven and my blood made of clover
She gone now and it’s all over
The kids are in hell and my blood made of clover
She gone now and it’s all over
The soul has been sold
The soul has been sold
She gone now and it’s all over
God is on fire
God is on fire

The shines on ya
Shake your
Shake your shines down
The shines on ya
Shake your
Shake your shines down
The shines on ya
Shake your
Shake your shines down
The shines on ya
Shake your
Shake your shines down

Ran to the devil said brother please save me
Ran to the ice
Ran to the ice
Please burn me
Please burn me
She gone now and it’s all over
The devil’s in heaven and my blood made of clover
She gone now and it’s all over
The kids are in hell and my blood made of clover
She gone now and it’s all over
The soul has been sold
The soul has been sold
She gone now and it’s all over
God is on fire
God is on fire

The shines on ya
Shake your
Shake your shines down
The shines on ya
Shake your
Shake your shines down
The shines on ya
Shake your
Shake your shines down
The shines on ya
Shake your
Shake your shines down

Rich man poor man beggar man thief
Her hair is on fire and she’s dancing for me

Oh sister take this stone from me
It’s my savage burden
Leads me to the sea
Oh sister drop your fire on me
And I’ll burn
As you drop me in the sea

My child born for water
My child descending ladders
You have added to my heart
You have added to our hearts
I’m a broken American slave
And I’m a broken American devil
You have your numbers
You have your numbers
But I have my soul
I have my soul
Track Name: calcutta
I was born and I was blinded
I was baptized and I was broken
I was buried baby
I was buried baby
I’ve got a river for a soul
And blood made out of snow
You and me baby
Inside the machine
You and me sugar
Inside the machine

I’ve got my soul in the sea and it cannot rust
I’ve got birds in my veins they pound my blood to dust
I’ve got my eyes in the fire and they cannot burn
Now the devil’s weeping for I do not return
My dog eyed soul
My dog eyed soul
My dog eyed soul

I was born and I was blinded
I was baptized and I was broken
I was buried baby
I was buried baby
I’ve got a river for a soul
And blood made out of snow
You and me baby
Inside the machine
You and me sugar
Inside the machine

Can you hear me lord
Can you hear me lord
Can you hear me lord
Lord lord can you hear me

I’ve got a superhuman tomb
I’ve got a furnace for swan
I’ve got a shiv made of mercy
I’ve got a shiv for the sun
My hair is dripping fire
And my blood is made of wire
I’ve got a river for a soul
And my eyes are built from snow


My dog eyed soul
My dog eyed soul
My dog eyed soul

You are nailed to me
Inside
Inside this machine
My dog eyed soul
My dog eyed soul

You and me baby
Inside the machine
You and me baby
Inside the machine
You and me sugar
Inside the machine
You and me sugar
Inside the machine

I’ve got a dead dead heart
I call it holy holy
dead dead heart
I call it holy holy
dead dead heart
I call it holy holy
Holy ghost
Holy ghost

You be the drowning god
And I’ll be the lazarus dog
We’ll burn the books
We’ll burn men until
Ones and zeros fill our eyes
My butterfly
My dead machine
My white hot soul
My god in reverse
I became this thing
Whose soul evaporates stone