In Two (A)

by PECULATE

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sigmature ジャズテイストを色濃く取り入れたアヴァンギャルドメタル。ジャズ色の強い静謐パートの美しさが素晴らしいので、却ってヘヴィパートが際立ってよりヘヴィに聴こえる。攻撃的なサウンドではあるが、意外とリフもメロディには気を遣っているのが分かるので聴き込み甲斐のあるアルバムである。 Favorite track: Procrustean Metrics.
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Nicolas RESSOT Alternance de djent qui arrache et de passages atmo aux voix cyniciennes, In two (A) est une grande réussite car Peculate garde ce qui fait son originalité tout en se projetant vers quelque chose de plus ambitieux. Favorite track: Extra Varnish Please.
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Can This Even Be Called Music? Reminiscent at times of Frank Zappa, the album stirs together multiple vocal harmonies with contrapuntal staccato riffs and wonderful strings and piano parts. It’s an album about binaries, and with a traditional Peculate style, those are decried because they serve the power in place. Favorite track: Forked Tongues.
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Divide the world in two. It’s much easier to digest that way. Swallow it whole; don’t chew— or you better spit it out. The world is not for beholding; it is for dissect— for projecting. Projecting ideology, projecting illusion. The world is not for beholding;1 it is for molding, and upholding. Molding reality, as we see fit; upholding exclusion, making it, the world, the realm of and for the privileged and the privileged alone. Who are you to see the world in your own way? Why don’t you just conform? It’s easier that way. Listen up: Disguise ideology as convenience. It’s much easier that way. Listen up: We’re sharing the Truth with you. Disguise ideology as convenience. Disguise ideology as truth. You’ll get ‘em every time. Dress ideology in sheep’s wool. Make sure “Reality” aligns with the ideology of the privileged and the powerful.
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Disguise the binary as truth. Truth never tasted so good. Truth never tasted so damn good. Between you and me, I could get used to this. Disguise the binary as truth. Indisputable, irrefutable… Disguise ideology as truth. Uncontestable, unshakable Truth. Divide the world in two. Who are you to see the world in your own way? Who the hell are you? The world’s in two. Disguise the binary as truth. Just taste it.
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A or B? Answer the question. Which side do you pick? Black or white? Choose one. Day or night? Just don’t pick the wrong one. Taste the binary sifting through your veins. Forget about “uniqueness” or “identity”; the binary is all that remains. Just taste it. Swallow it whole. Learn to love the binary, just as you love yourself. Find yourself inside the Binary. Define yourself in opposition to the Other. You aren’t who you are. You are a mere reflection of the color and number you choose— or that were chosen for you. Give yourself to the binary. Let it show you the truth. Truth never tasted so good. Truth never tasted so damn good.
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Get over it. We define who you are. From the day you are born. We call the shots. We classify. We, not you, decide how you will identify for your entire life. We classify. We put you neatly in a box— Our box. We classify. We, not you, decide what you will be like. We put you neatly in our box, and if anything is sticking out we cut it off. Get over it. We define who you are. With our neatly defined criteria. And we never make a mistake. You better behave. Get ready to rehearse. You’ll perform the identity we gave you. If you disobey, you’ll just prove you’re perverse, and only make matters worse. Embrace the binary. Be who we tell you you were meant to be, “naturally.” Conform to the binary. And you’ll be free.
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We construct the "natural." As we see fit. And you either conform to or diverge from it. And if you choose the latter— and it is always a choice, for we force our procrustean standards, and cut off the feet of anyone who doesn’t fit in our neat little binary box. And if you choose to diverge from the Truth from the way of the world, as we say it exists, know that if you disobey, you’ll just prove you’re perverse, and only make matters worse. So conform. And we assure you, you’ll be free. Conform to the Truth. Conform to the binary. Conform. The world is black or white. Conform. We construct the natural. As we see fit. And you either conform to or diverge from it.
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Pick your poise. Pick your poison. Make your choice. Don’t pick the wrong one. Or else. Vial A or vial B? The poison you choose (or is chosen for you) dictates your voice. Vial A or vial B? We know you’re thirsty. And you don’t have another choice. We’ve ensured that. We construct the options from which you think you choose. We brew the very concoctions from which you drink. Bad news: Any way you take it you lose. We’re the Arbiters of Identity. Arbiters of Meaning. Arbiters of Reality. We choose the choice you think you have. And your choice dictates your voice. Pick your poison. Vial A or B? The world we halve. We determine the options. We brew the very concoctions from which you drink. So, you, unite with your opposition. Combine the flavor. And savor it. It doesn’t matter that it is not true. We choose the flavor for you. It doesn’t matter that it doesn’t suit you. We construct the binary in our favor.
7.
Who are we? We’re the status quo. Who are we? We’re years and years of tradition codified. Codify. Stratify. Let go of “self” and “volition.” The Truth is not your decision. Who are we? We’re the status quo. Who are we? We’re years and years of oppression ossified. Ossify. Stratify. Obey the bi- nary. Stultify. Stratify. Do whatever you can to help us reify the reality we like. Exclude the Other. Inside the binary you’ll uncover Truth. Exclude the Other. Inside the binary you’ll discover what we tell you to.
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We brew the concoctions. So pick your poison. Toe the line we draw for you. Pick one. They’re both lethal. The only difference is the taste. So pick your poison. And enjoy the wait between, and the haste you take, you make, for yourself, behind the scenes. Pick your party. The catch is they’re both the same. But pick your party. Just play the game. The illusion of choice. The illusion of voice. Pick your faction, of the same basic party. A or B? Pick your party. The catch is they’re both the same. But pick your party. Just play the game. The illusion of choice. The illusion of voice. We choose the choice you think you have. And your choice dictates your voice “Express yourself” with the choice we voiced and the voice we chose for you.
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Who are we? We’re the status quo. Who are we? We’re the System, the line everyone must toe. The dictum that divides the world in two. The “wisdom” that dissects and destroys truth in the service of power. We are not some conspiracy; we are not some cabal. We are the structure, years and years of tradition codified. We are the structure, years and years of oppression ossified. We are the structure. The System that values some bodies over others. The System that values some beliefs over others. The System that values some beings over others. We are the very ideology we uphold, reified, in the service of power. In the service of power. We are the binary. It is our hour.
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“Please relax. Would you just relax? Learn to relax. Learn to acquiesce. Learn to express yourself with the binary. Express yourself in the binary.” “Please relax. Would you just relax? Learn to relax. Learn to acquiesce. Learn to be yourself with the binary. Be yourself in the binary. Be the binary. “ This is what we’re told. “You better behave. Get ready to rehearse. You’ll perform the gender chosen for you. You’ll perform the sex chosen for you. You’ll perform the sexuality chosen for you. The System’s infallible. How could it make a wrong move?” That’s what we’re told. “The world’s in two.” Or so we’re told. “How do we know? ‘Cus they said so. ‘Cus the System said so.” Fuck that. We need the binary just like a hole in the head. Dismantle the System along with its Procrustean standards. Smash the kyriarchy and its favorite tool, the binary. Deconstruct the binary. Be who you want to be. Only then can we really be free. Destroy the fucking binary. So we can be who we are.

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In Two (A) is the first part in a two-part progressive metal concept album. In Two deconstructs the inherent problematic and fundamentally unnatural nature of binaries, exploring how they are hegemonic constructs used to serve power.

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released March 21, 2014

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Progressive math metal meets jazz-infused avant-garde madness || Metal in Opposition (PECULATE is the solo project of composer and musician Ben Norton.)

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