After an impressive discography of e.p.'s and splits GREAT REVERSALS unleash their debut LP. Spanning 11 songs in total, "Mere Mortals" channels 90's heavyweights like TRIAL, INTEGRITY and HARVEST, while infusing occasional moments of post-rock flair. Lyrically, the record is a reflection on the often desperate and heart-breaking state of the human condition, as seen through the lenses of friends, family, and acquaintances. Recorded and mixed by Andy Nelson, and mastered by Brad Boatright, the weight of the record's subject matter is surpassed only by its crushing production, resulting in a jarring and colossal listen. Features guest vocals by Greg Bennick from Trial and Rorik Brooks from Cloud Rat.
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I could've been born from pain. I could've been conceived in hate. I could’ve been created with a craving in my veins. Consider me lucky, in a cold and callous world, consider me lucky. I could've been raised knowing nothing but war, trafficked in a world we abhor, or forced from home only to wash lifelessly ashore. For all that could've been I still sleep through days and squander nights too insecure to take the reigns or aspire to great heights. Painfully aware that everything I cling to will be torn away. One single moment, it could all end. In one single moment it will all end. All the could've beens will be no more. There will be no alternate realities to explore. I'm lucky to have known so little woe, but can't escape the shame of the world’s pain that I'm lucky enough to ignore. In one single moment it will all end.
from Mere Mortals,
released May 9, 2016
Recorded and Mixed by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording.
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.