All Too Human

by Oskoreien

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"All Too Human" is a concept album about free will inspired by the story of Charles Whitman.


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"'All Too Human' sees Valena push himself even further than usual... he's clearly invested a great deal of time and thought into perfecting his gloomy, generously melodic take on black metal—a sound whose harmonies retain traces of the project's folk-inspired roots, whose vocals are sparse and ragged, and whose percussion percolates quietly but purposefully under the rush of riffs and blankets of distortion." - Kim Kelly, Noisey

"Returning with his second full-length, Oskoreien meditates on both Charles Whitman’s story and the philosophical and ethical impact it holds on mankind... as radiant and pristine as this music is, there is a sudden, undeniable sadness which envelops it as a whole." - Invisible Oranges

"'All Too Human' gives us unrelenting waves and layers of guitars, punctuated by and built around simple but achingly beautiful melodies... It’s an album that never lets go, and never lets you rest." - No Clean Singing

"The songs are packed with anguish and punishment, though not of the typical black metal stereotypes. There’s a true human depth to this music which is very tangible, and you walk away from this impacted, perhaps placing more thought on the evils in the world and what’s truly behind everything.." - Meat Mead Metal

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released December 2, 2016

All music & lyrics by Jay Valena (except track four by Valena/Kniss).
Performed, recorded, and mixed by Jay Valena during January/February 2015 in Chapel Hill, NC.
Produced by Jay Valena and Matthew Durkee.
Mastered by Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden Recording Studio.

© and ℗ Jay Valena

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Track Name: Moai
We stand as Moai in a field of illusion
as time erodes us and artifice crumbles,
as action ceases and our will dissolves,
as chaos engulfs us and truth is revealed.
No agency to escape that which is in motion.
An incessant march through time while rooted in perspective,
moments washing over us as waves upon a boulder.
Erosion and dissolution bring new forms to light,
each withering closer to the truth.
Track Name: Green & Maroon
My disgust and pity grow with the passing of time.
Each heartbeat a pulse of hatred.
My rage cannot be constrained within the walls of my flesh any longer.
I open myself to chaos, I submit myself to chaos.
Solipsistic nihilism envelops me, and I am no longer alive, or dead, or even human.
There is nothing to understand, there is nothing to control, there is nothing to regret, there is nothing to hope for.
There is only the chaos of submission to a thousand empty desires and the sublimation of command into a vapor lighter than air.
A thousand births, a thousand deaths, a thousand screams, one final breath.
Track Name: Ab Aeterno, Ad Infinitum
Returned to the earth, the cycle neverending.
The blood on my hands a realization of the madness.
The self I’ve come to know exists outside of my control.
Deceived by possibility, imprisoned by disorder;
an awareness of the burden that we all share comes to light.
Ab aeterno, ad infinitum.
Time presents no canvas of possibility, but reveals its masterpiece with each crude brushstroke.
Relentless in its march, we cling to delusions with a fury begot of powerlessness.
Clawing at the walls until hope becomes regret and pain becomes death.
Ab aeterno, ad infinitum.
Track Name: My Flesh Is But a Vessel
My flesh is but a vessel for the madness that commands us;
Corporeal performers in a play without morality.
I no longer question my role within the vastness;
Atavistic impulse rises to the fore.
Each act a veiled submission to
the entropy simmering beneath the surface of our perception, bringing all life to its center.
Without hesitation, and powerless to change,
I channel chaos’ will upon those who are to blame.
We are all to blame.