Obliteration City

by Anthony Maragni

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released June 2, 2017

Recorded at Lantern Sound Recording Rig
All songs written and composed by Anthony Maragni
Produced and arranged by Anthony Maragni with Mark Mancini and Mick Hargreaves
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Mick Hargreaves
Photography by Shannon Stiggins

Vocals - Anthony Maragni
Piano and Keyboards - Mark Mancini
Guitar and Bass - Mick Hargreaves
Drums - Tom Curiano

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Track Name: Obliteration City
Truly this is a tyrannical venture
lurching wild into the world beguiled
The avenue of despair, commute to detours where
the thin fatigue withers worse, a slow approaching hearse

And now the next stop seems to be obliteration city
the night like a dome here in opaque obscurity
The rain slicked streets of when my smile depletes
I'm having fun at last, going unknown aghast and alone

Out and about on this maniacal junket
filleted and dissected, the ambition ejected
A crash to appall, finally once and for all
crushing the nerve to sever this ungodly endeavor

And the impact hurls me through obliteration city
a whiplash neon searing blurred entity
I'm the afterimage of a punch drunk omen
freshly executed having been refuted
Oh man

Promenade to sleeping dark I'll devise
I'm pretty sure I couldn't live otherwise
my dreams are already dead, you bonehead
Skull and cross walk breaking the curse
parallel universe of the burial ground
municipality of flesh by the pound
My shame and torsion is the game of the name
crumbling boroughs defame
misfortune can't compare to a spot in the parking lots plot

Prowling the gutters of another objective
undertones above the tall tombstones
Beyond the motorcade itinerary I've made
cemetery metropolis, and to this abyss
I'm saying salutations from obliteration city
I'll be back home within the next eternity
A wicked trip, the steering wheel I grip
into immense exhaustion no degree of caution can flee.
Track Name: Purgatory of Seconds
Fever dream confusion
come on and dunk me again into the hot delusion
Like a true believer
that host almost on my tongue the quickest pain reliever
This purgatory of seconds is unbearable
the clock is ticking away and it's terrible

You slowly billow away from me
like a single ribbon of blood in the bath water
That tunnel vision of black seemed broader
the blind lulling the mind into slaughter
This purgatory of seconds that my brain consumes
is going straight to the heart and now I'm burning fumes

One floor to one ceiling
I'm in between the walls and the paint is peeling
No door and no windows
I'm mixed up as a martyr every time the wind blows

This purgatory of seconds that I'm living for
is killing me by the hour, can I please have more?
Can I please have more?
can I please have more?
Can I please have more?
can I please have more?
Track Name: Brain Drain
I saw you in the dawn before we met
one wrung bouquet of colors cast upon my heart entangled
Pigments of sky my blank veins set
down upon morning's grave
your handshake was the flowers strangled

Brain drain, drain the brain
brain drain, drain the brain

Life in the brightest afternoon
soaks to the onyx veil my mind leaks in a slow recession
Tear through the air this mourner soon
unfurls its tarp of night right over the delayed procession

Brain drain, drain the brain
brain drain, drain the brain

There's something in the first light still undone
sanity deflect me, I've erected you
There's nothing in the last dark gasp of sun
humanity deject me, I've expected you
I've expected you, I've expected you
I've expected you, I've expected you

Knowing who wakes this murky toll
dusk is as far as we can get
my skull a sinkhole to the soul
I saw you in the dawn before we met

Brain drain, drain the brain
brain drain, drain the brain
Drain the brain, drain the brain
drain the brain, drain the brain...
Track Name: Ice Chamber
I feel like I could faint again, here in my crystal cell
spew tone supreme I seem confined to my inverted hell
No echoes to sustain me, an empty muscle bag
dispossessed and blanched
this air tight high remains a lowly drag
Ice chamber, shelter to this sallow state above
filled with the lack there of, filled with the lack there of
No, no, no, no

I feel like I could die again, here in my mica cave
just a slot of bloodshot frosty fear with two feet in the grave
These hours in restriction, behind a barricade
pent up pale and painful polar panoramic mess I've made
Ice chamber, cavern for this frigid scene between
wasted away and lean, wasted away and lean
No, no, no, no

Isolation, be here with me now in the cold space
cleaver sharp bones crack debris
Treachery and craving chokes the trace
Isolation, leave me alone now in the brisk cage
steel hook skin pulled and wan
Echelon of hunger disengage

I feel like I could live again, here in my albite crypt
one measly breath of death
bursts through from where the pang was ripped
The roots of ill compulsion, disorder forms a home
glacial grotto, awful anteroom, this cheerless catacomb
Ice chamber, alcove for this frozen light below
looking for lines to show, looking for lines to show
No, no, no, no
Track Name: Something's Been On My Mind
How long can it last
Grey brain in decay and harm, and harm
Lamenting the past
old demons have lost their charm, their charm

So tell the sun to go away today
Something's been on my mind
begs me to fall behind

I just move through the room
prematurely a hated ghost, a ghost
Who's hardwired for doom
and that's probably what kills the most, the most

So tell the clouds to come in shrouds for me
Something's been on my mind
begs me to fall behind

Heavy weather release me, where it's really coming down
barren branches have forfeit, tossed off leaves all rotting brown
Heavy weather release me, there's no letting up in sight
a murder of crows unburdened shrieking silenced by the night

Mortified to the core
silly whims that I once required, required
worse than ever before
at the heart what I am is tired, I'm tired

So tell the rain now to descend, the end
Something's been on my mind
begs me to fall behind
Behind, behind, behind...
Track Name: Blue Morning
Slate face, silent, party of one
elegy rays from the slumbering sun
Cool ground, perfect, laughing inside
beaming watercolor puddle left where I died
On this blue morning
Blue morning

Stone heart, muted, making my way
epitaph poem of the beautiful day
Clean air, glowing, forget-me-nots
blushes in their bloom for when my body rots
On this blue morning
Blue morning

I'm slinking into a brand new hue
of translucence every time I sleep again
Midnight, royal, teal, cerulean
I'm fading out of an age old cold threshold
the moment that I wake and know
Robin egg, aqua, navy, indigo

Shale feet, quiet, leading me through
Eulogy rising in the miles of dew
bright sky, lovely, up from the bed
Glad to be alive but I feel like I'm dead
On this blue morning
On this blue morning
On this blue morning
Blue morning.
Track Name: Damnation's Bell
What more can you want? How far can I strive?
percussive punishing taunt, as long as I've been alive
Damnation's bell, I was bound to the thing
hear it ring, hear it ring, hear it ring
hear it ring, hear it ring

I'm a little freaked out, a voodoo dolly of sin
from in your spotlight of doubt, watch me removing the pin
Damnation's bell, I was bound to the thing
hear it ring, hear it ring, hear it ring
hear it ring, hear it ring

All my regrets burning harder and faster
don't hold a candle to my latest disaster
I've really done it this time, just listen to the charred chime
My head too tightly screwed on to spin
but when I hear the hollow clang begin
No way to bite that condemning tongue
reeling around resoundingly rung

Nothing is ever enough, enough is nothing to me
the instrument doesn't bluff, so here it comes honestly
Damnation's bell, I was bound to the thing
hear it ring, hear it ring, hear it ring
hear it ring, hear it ring

Nothing is ever enough, enough is nothing to me
the instrument doesn't bluff, so here it comes honestly
Damnation's bell, I was bound to the thing
ding-ding-dong-ding-ding-d-ding
ding-d-ding-ding-d-ding.
Track Name: It Dies Tonight
It dies tonight, skyscrapers slowly surrounding me
There's positively nothing to be
beneath the mirror ball of the moon
well it dies tonight
square and silent windows of yellow and white
Against a black leather eventide
my geometric jungle on the seedy side where it dies tonight

It surely dies tonight, zero born into the abiding light
snuffed a hundred percent out of sight, it surely dies tonight

It dies tonight, strobe alarm screaming in a screeching halt
I'm at the centre of a five sensory assault with one idea
and it dies tonight, shattering completely from a dreamy height
cold curb mathematics town
the last thing I see are buildings looking down
where it dies tonight

It finally dies tonight, fire from the mire never to ignite
even the rats turn away in spite, it finally dies tonight

It finally dies tonight, fire from the mire never to ignite
even the rats turn away in spite, it finally dies tonight

It finally dies tonight, it finally dies tonight
it finally dies tonight, it finally dies tonight
It finally dies tonight, it finally dies tonight.
Track Name: Fever Pitch
Clapped between two jaws of lightning
the rumble wasteland where I dwell
Everything's so calm and frightening
upon our daft log raft through hell
Love's a frequency astride me
a marsh of harsh rings sing my hull
And even from this height it might be
a drowning drought left dryly dull

So fever pitch, hold on my heart
apparatus of this one way thrill ride
I'm pleading please squeeze me to death
I need your breath to kill me slow from inside
Fever pitch, my heart let go
cracked device defected full of thunder
As I devote my throat to you
I'm turning blue and suffocate asunder

Dodge debris sprayed sparks rebounding
I'm dragged along in sludge and sky
Toxic clouds, my head is pounding
the rusty silver frame of why
Burned embankment doles indifference
infirmary of filth and foam
That hasn't been so neighborly since
all the smoke came crashing home

So fever pitch set free my heart
with magnetism or a song's diffraction
Hit like a snare drum spikes the strike
voltaic clamping to the tune's attraction
Fever pitch my heart in chains
link by link I think the throb is hopeless
Collision course your field of force
phenomena from high above the abscess

The fire's never going out
I rest assured in shadow's doubt
the water isn't far at all
you nearly capsized my close call
The air is nowhere to be found
we overheard from underground
the earth is taking us away
tomorrow sailed off yesterday

Journey's end tread warmer towards me
I may be fine, I may be fried
All the world's so damp and lively
we couldn't get wet if we tried
Hate's a harbored incubation
a short kinetic show gone wrong
Now at its peak bleak irritation
Rock me right and shock me long

So fever pitch, avoid my heart
a flat refusal of a beat out life line
just smack my tense back past the sense
electrostatic needle chills fill my spine
Fever pitch, my heart devoid
flume a nation, chew me to the blood burst
So serene Hades careen
I'll feel it last if I'm not numb from you first.
Track Name: Lost Faith
I lie at rest when disregarded
to you I'm tethered and I'm chained
I try my best to be lighthearted
for you I'm weathered and I'm drained

With every little thing you're testing my patience
and it's not a game anymore
Lost faith would break most hearts
still we remain just like before, just like before
Just like before, I'm on the road to nowhere
leading from and to your door
Lost faith would break most hearts
still we remain just like before, just like before

I'll pry about the clear conclusion
to you I'm wired and I'm tied
I'll die inside with no confusion
from you I'm tired and I'm snide

With every little thing you're testing my patience
and it's not a game anymore
Lost faith would break most hearts
still we remain just like before, just like before
Just like before, I'm on the road to nowhere
leading from and to your door
Lost faith would break most hearts
still we remain just like before, just like before

Is our suspended disbelief a driving possibility?
Crossed wraith, crossed wraith, crossed wraith
Is this dissension into grief another stalled futility?
Lost faith, lost faith, lost faith

With every little thing you're testing my patience
and it's not a game anymore
Lost faith would break most hearts
still we remain just like before, just like before
Just like before, I'm on the road to nowhere
leading from and to your door
Lost faith would break most hearts
still we remain just like before, just like before.