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Pain Is Truth

I burn to ashes you can sift through the dust
Just to find a piece to
Betray my trust.
Itís been too long for my
My broken faith
In my minds eye I make you die until I
I see your face.

Pain is truth my flesh it bleeds
replacing you with what I need
When it's all gone what will you do?
One thread away from killing you
Words of love you spoke now you choke you're dying
How does it feel?


- Words Of Love



"I don't think Leonard can hack it anymore. I think Leonard's a Section 8". A sample from Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket leads the album off and explains the namesake. Most of the songs are set by sound bites from a variety of bleak films like The Exorcist and Taxi Driver. The music has a kind of gloomy lumbering Black Sabbath quality to it, but traces of hardcore are the dominant influence here. Singer Kasey Dorr alternates off between low end harmony, almost gothic in tone, and violent fits of screaming. The lyrics are introspective and cryptic. Chapter 11 compares the mind to a prison from which one can see the outside world but not escape ("Blood stains the bars of the cage we're pacing in"). The bass is truly ominous on this recording, slow and grooving low end which keeps the music coherent throughout, never stumbling and always on time. Tim Parent is an exceptionally good drummer. Guitarist Andreas Janik provides a heavy grooving wall of noise, but is equally adept when the music switches off to moody acoustic arangements. As a band, Section 8 closely resembles Life Of Agony on this recording but with more of an unrefined underground edge to their sound. Dorr is most impressive in his contribution of vocals and lyrics. He foregoes the typical hardcore approach of screaming and growling for a more harmonic coherent vocal. This may disapoint some, but it does work well with the music and overall mood of the album. The lyrics explore various dark corners of human conciousness. They are bleak, introspective, dark, and sometimes violent. Words Of Love is especially disturbing in its sentiment of rejection and revenge. Dorr has a gift for words and a dark honesty to his voice which is freightening when used properly. For a young band, Section 8 have commanded god-like status in the Albany, NY area. The disc suffers a bit from the fact that they are a young band. Their second album features a much tighter cleaner sound and more refined production, demonstrating what this band is really capable of. Pain Is Truth however remains the moment of truth for Section 8 and a groundbreaking album. The songs are bleak violent realism combined with escapism and brilliant imagery. When its all over, the voice of Darth Vader cues in for the last soundbite, "You don't know the power of The Dark Side". After listening to this album you will know a little better what that power is. There is true genuis at work in this band.


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Reviewed: November, 1997




9 Ways To Say I Love You



My god bring the cleansing rain
Please wash away all the blood stains
Laughing in the devilís name
I will rip my wounds
To wake my rage
I am everything but you
I am nothing but god
I am everything but you
I am nothing
God.

I am bred from suffering
And I am one with pain
Your screaming sounds like angels
Unbroken I remain.
I am bred from suffering
And I am one with pain
Your screaming sounds like Abelís
My name is Cain
No light shall shine upon this day
No smile shall crack upon this face
I wait in the gallows in the freezing rain
Forever burden this shame of Cain.


- Shame Of Cain



There is good reason that Section 8 have acheived god like status in the Albany underground scene in a few short years. They have one of the most original and interesting sounds ever put down on record. To classify them into a single genre would be sacrilege. Their debut Pain is Truth drew much influence from the hardcore scene but combined this influence with originality and experimentation. 9 Ways finds the band increasing their scope and experimenting unapologetically with different genres and sounds. What they have created is in fact a hybrid of hardcore and death metal combined with traces of goth, black metal and classical writing. Section 8 put out an impressive debut, but it pales in comparison to their latest work. As a band, they have matured and have driven their extremity to a whole new level which is unparalleled among their peers. Their frontman Kasey Dorr is dark, menacing and a truly scary fucking guy. The rhythm section is probably one of the best ever assembled, low end heavy grooving bass timed perfectly with Tim Parent's precision drumming. The guitar switches at will from complex acoustics to hyper agressive hardcore breaks and back again flawlessly. The songs on this disc follow a basic formula in which they start off slow and mellow with acoustic guitar or low bass. Kasey sings in harmony, building up a tension and drawing you into the music with a hypnotizing effect. Without warning, catching you completely off guard, the music then explodes into a screaming bloody fit of rage and brutal maniacal rhythms. Then they switch back again and repeat the pattern, but never predictably enough to feel at ease while listening. The sound works very well and fits the lyrics nicely. Dorr, who writes all the lyrics, must be one of the most terminally depressed people on this planet. The writing is exceptionally good, almost unparalleled in its bleakness. One gets the feeling that Dorr is excorcising his personal demons through music, in effect a catharsis of suffering, loss, and agression, coming across so honestly that it is freightening. The topics discuss loss of faith, loss of love, suicide, and revenge. The lyrics are also riddled with quasi-satanic occult references. But this is not the dumb satanism of many metal bands, this is cryptic imagery with a higher meaning. Dorr's obvious command of theological concepts and religious imagery is impressive even as he rejects those concepts and questions the validity of everything he has been taught. His understanding of religion makes his anger at God all the more convincing and real. When Dorr screams "From hell's heart I stab at thee" over and over again on God Complex he sounds like he absolutely fucking means it. Divinity Of Lonliness contains an almost two minute harmonic vocal section which is truly eerie, talking about the death of a loved one. Then, with no warning, it breaks into heavy grinding guitar and breathless violent screaming "Embrace The Nothing". This is dark and unsettling music. It is also written and played with incredible talent and originality. For a relatively young band, Section 8 have already made a name for themselves. They stand poised along the likes of Cutthroat, One King Down, and Withstand as gods of the Albany/Troy underground. I can't wait to see the next album. This is highly recommended.


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Reviewed: April, 1998




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Pain Is Truth


Chapter 11

ďI donít think Leonard can hack it anymore.
I think Leonardís a section 8Ē. Ė Full Metal Jacket


Unbound
I look away. I want to kill the day
Drink it down, donít pray
What changed to make me this way
Vice filled and still your patience is running thin
By will blood spills
Stains the bars of the cage Iím pacing in
I canít get out.
I see them playing in the garden
Iím walking in the rain
Iíll dream to kiss you in the darkness
A look of love it brought me pain
Turn around donít look at me for what you believe
You might say that the end will set me free
Vice filled and still your patience is running thin
By will blood spills
Stains the bars of the cage weíre pacing in
We canít get out.
So now youíre playing in my darkness
Iím walking in the rain
Iíll dream to kiss you in the garden
When looks of love wonít bring me pain
Pain.
Iím free yeah.



Nightfall

I cringe at love
to love is to lose
to sleep is to dream
that dream is a lie
Deceiver.
Crawls back from the light
innocence raped
a child has seen this world
a childís seen this world.
A river of blood will flow between us
never to speak
Choke on your words
Choke on your words.
Cast down from the hand that feeds me
broken chains nothing remains except
the hate that freed me
bought it all blackened soul never saved
Face me.
I reach for the lord and iím deceived
He mocks in vain.
Carry my soul away
He mocks in vain.
Crucifix she kneels
i see her god with jealousy
slits my wrists
reach for the lord as he mocks in vain
mary mother who bares the second child of
The afterbirth of satan vomit forth the bastard son
one without guidance, one who will see this world
Through my eyes.
Love. Sin is addiction for souls of destruction
my sanity melts away with pain.
The walls between my sanity melts with pain.



No One

ďI am no one. I am no one. I am no one.Ē
-The Exorcist


I am no one
I have no face
In this darkness
I am god
I am your saving grace.
Iíll speak to you in
whispers
Tell you how I feel
So cold alone
burning slow
your fears are all too real.
I have come to take you home.
Lock you away lock you away
Iíll keep you inside
For you will be safe you will be safe
Iíll keep you inside
Donít run away
You cannot die
Die.
How dare you swear to love me
No blood from a stone
Iím waiting in this darkness to save your crying soul
Broken eyes no regrets
Angel from heaven thrown
I have come to take you home
Home.



Words Of Love

ďNow I realize she was just like all the others.
Cold and distantĒ. Ė Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver


In hell I wake with hate I shake, I feel
Discipline. Destruction.
And so below this undertow Iím crushed
I drown in sorrow
I am just flesh and bone
I pace this world alone
Youíll never see
Tomorrow.
I am alive
Iím not naÔve
You can never deceive me
And now you struggle by your throat
You will never leave me.
I burn to ashes you can sift through the dust
Just to find a piece to
Betray my trust.
Itís been too long for my
My broken faith
In my minds eye I make you die until I
I see your face.
Pain is truth my flesh it bleeds
Replacing you with what I need.
When itís all gone what will you do?
One thread away from killing you
Words of love you spoke
Now you choke youíre dying
How does it feel?
Now there will be no deceptions
Your lungs collapse asphyxiation
Your dead bitch
Yes this is real.



Inferno

Inside a mind without reason
Bringing forth a darkened season.
Watch the flames encircle me
I feel them burning through the cracks
Emptiness embraces me
I feel Iím never coming back
And I hear stone angel sing
On my knees to the pain they bring me.
And I hear a fallen angel cry
Choking back the tears in my own eyes
And I feel that Iím never ever coming back to my home
My mind is not my own
All these thoughts from memories of old
Trudging back to my bottomless soul
And an angel prays so that she may see
And I know that she yearns to be with me
Now I feel that there is no more love left for this one
I sit in silence by the hanging tree
Look inside my eyes
Tell me what you see
Emptiness and pride
Shattered pains of memory gone
When will it stop
Round and round the shuttered square I stroll
With the devilís arm in mine
No sound but the scrape of his hoofs was there
And the ring of his laughter and mine

How do you feel when you think about dying
How do you feel when you think about dying
How do you feel?
I kneel in front of a gravestone and what do I see
I can hear them laughing at me.



Chained

I smell the ashes burning
As I wait on my memories end
And thereís a tear thatís falling
Chained to my soul as it descends.
Feel the strain of tension aggression hand fed into these veins
All this time through hell and back I will remain
Every scar Iím forced to contemplate
Iím starving for the truth to wake
As I choke down lies and feed my hate.
I can love you, you dare love me how can I see
My love wonít fall, no not at all I cannot fall but Iím falling
My love goes black, how dare you ask.
I can feel you Iím falling
Down.
I smell the ashes burning
Now I wait on eternityís end
And there is a tear thatís falling
Chained to my soul as it descends
As it descends.


ďYou donít know the power of the dark sideĒ. -Darth Vader Ė The Empire Strikes Back





9 Ways To Say I Love You


Broken Glass Memories

This is where all hatred dwells
Anxiety dances with rage
Thereís no bottom to this hell
Breathe in the black
The suffocation.
Something inside of me
Broken glass memories
No sleep tonight
No bottom to this bottle
The end is here
And I wonít fight.
Blood is shed for emptiness
Goodbye to love
Iíll have to rid you of the flesh
Save you from the things Iím thinking of
Your life is a disease
Your death is the cure
When your innocence died
I couldnít endure
Lacerated wings
Screams fill the sky
Youíre in my hell
And god canít hear you cry
Your god canít hear you cry
Cry.
Deny your faith now
I told you not to run
When Iím burning angels
Break you down.
Your god canít hear you
Thereís no where you can run
So I light my candle
To see you bleed
I told you not to run
Now I burn my angel
See her bleed.
Burning myself for you
And I will kill you
Pure violation self mutilation
I must cleanse you
Burning myself from you
And now you bleed for me
Bleed.
Yes my angel
She bleeds for me
I light my candle
And lose myself on Sundays
When eyes can see thereís no light.



God Complex

Maybe today Iíll see the sun
Because it shines just like your eyes.
When the devil comes calling
At the frost of dawn
Life becomes a lie.
Reality is waking me
From this dying sleep
The dam of sorrows is breaking
And in darkness I
I cannot weep
In the darkness I
I cannot weep
The starlight shines just like your eyes
And in darkness I
I cannot weep.
Maybe today Iíll see the sun
Because it shines like your eyes
When the devil comes calling
Life becomes a lie
When the devil comes crawling
At the frost of dawn
Life becomes a lie
Lie.
Lie.
Your eyes they shined like starlight
Screams lost in the wind
Heaven sent you down as a savior
Now your pain begins.
You lied like god
You died like god
Iíll love you forever
Iíll drown in your blood
Can you see me
Destroying all that was
Can you hear me
Drowning drowning in your blood
Can you see him
Buried Buried Buried Buried
Can you see me
Destroying all that was
I can bring you down.
Yeah maybe tomorrow Iíll see the end
Because it loves me just like your heart
I will surely damn your soul
I will rip your world
Apart
Reality is waking me and in darkness I
And in darkness I
Pain and damnation are sacraments
From hells heart I stab at thee
I stab at thee
Maybe tomorrow Iíll see the sun
When life becomes a lie
Pain and damnation are sacraments
From hellís heart I stab at thee.
From hellís heart I stab at thee.
From hellís heart I stab at thee.
I am messiah
You are my sheep.



Anesthetics

Patient: Iím pretty careful about not getting caught now.
Psychiatrist: uh huh
Patient: Iíve learned a lot of things. Good things
Patient: pins and needles.
Psychiatrist: needles?
Patient: thatís what they call that thing with the needles.
Psychiatrist: what kind of needles?
Patient: it makes it pretty easy. Iíve learned how to be careful.
Psychiatrist: uh huh
Patient: people are the hardest things
Psychiatrist: (laughs) I understand.
Patient: when I see people together they donít talk.
Psychiatrist: really
Patient: they donít say what they mean
Psychiatrist: right
Patient: then theyÖthey have the otherÖsexy stuff
Psychiatrist: (laughs)
Patient: And I want it.
Patient: (unintelligible)
Patient: maybe someday Iíll get to do it with someone.
Patient: with a lady, without the blood.
Patient: Just do it with someone. Together.
Psychiatrist: (laughs)


Sky Is Falling

I can hear them calling
Forever calling
This demon calls me
No.
Iím drowning in your eyes
Drowning in your lies
All of this was your design
I can feel it building
The pressure building
The screaming in my head.
I know this time is coming
And thereís no stopping
The sky is falling
The sky is falling.
All the things that I see
Troubled waters drowning me
Who left the scars on your body?
I hold my head up just to breathe
And now the sky is falling sown on me.
Iím trying very hard now
Not to let my love fade away
But now this time is coming
The demons calling
The screaming in my head
In my head.
Sheís lying peaceful
She looks so placid
Iím going to drown
Going to drown.
Now the sky is falling
The demons calling
I try to stop myself from hurting you
But this is all I know.
No.
Right through the suffering madness
I tried to leave behind
Youíll never. Youíll never
Stop the pain.
I look at myself
I canít believe in you
Believe me
Will you love the scars I leave
Will you love the scars I leave
Will you love the scars I leave
Will you love the fucking scars I leave
Now life has gone. Life is gone
Life is gone.



Torn

Twisted and torn
I rip at my face
Why was I born?
Scarred and broken
My words unspoken
The truth was never shown to me.
Nazarene
Burning faith
This human race
Who stands above me?
Piercing his side
Have you no pride
Gonna take you with me.
Show me peace, I will decide
Promise me your love, or your life
A light that never reached my eyes
You will bleed for these lies (demise)
Shallow words. Hollow is your name.
I offered my soul
In return this pain
Tell me were you born again
And where is your god
Has he forsaken me
Drive the nails deeper this time
Show me peace I will decide
Promise your love, or your life
A light that never reached my eyes
You will bleed for these lies. (demise)
When earth is crushed and god is dead
How much truth can you take.
Wrists tied. Crucified.
Drive the nails deeper this time.
Prayers done. Carrion.
Father in heaven I was never your son
Rosaries fall to rot
A mother holds her dying son
And I look to the sky and find out
I am the only one.
Twisted and torn
I rip at my face
With a crown of thorns
Scarred and broken
My words unspoken
The truth was never shown to me
Nazarene
Burning faith
The human race
Who stands above me?
Piercing his side
Have you no pride
Gonna take you with me.



Divinity Of Loneliness

Days pass like memories
Nights are as long as years
How dare you leave me alone here
Shedding blood in place of tears.
I have become all of my nightmares
I will become your fears
How dare you leave me alone here
How dare you leave me alone.
When darkness settles in my head
Shudder in dismay
Desecrated soul that screams and writhes
At the horrors of a dying day.
The flesh the perfect medium for steel
Eyes gleam and turn to stone
I carve all impurities from you
I face this pain alone.
Darkness settles in my head
Eyes gleam and turn to stone
Better to be dead than to dread
The horrors that rise with the sun
Rise with the sun.
I saw you once in a dream
Where devils pound nails and angels scream
Canít look in your eyes anymore
Now I curse the sky that I adored.
You couldnít take this pain anymore
Youíve waited a long time to be with god
You couldnít take this life anymore
You just closed your eyes and left with god
You couldnít take this pain anymore
Forever is a long time to play with god
I canít take this pain anymore
Iíll just close my eyes and be with god
Just close my eyes and be with god
Can you take this pain anymore
You just closed your eyes and left with god
Can you take this life anymore
Just closed your eyes and left with god.
NO.
The ecstasy of emptiness
The purity of suffering
Divinity of loneliness
Embrace The Nothing.
Embrace The Nothing.
Embrace The Nothing.



Winter

I stand here looking at the faces with forgotten names
Oh canít you see that I am fading.
I tried to love you but you only have yourselves to blame
I am so tired of this masquerade.
Theyíre all around me paranoia starts this strain again
Am I insane? Why am I laughing.
Feel like exploding, holding back with all my discipline
Donít ask me why, Iíll tell you nothing.
Iím walking in my frozen mind
Growing colder by the step
Iím talking to myself again
Have I finally reached the edge.
I wipe away these icy tears
You know Iíve done my part
Subzero winds they numb my fears
In this winter of my heart.
Please help me god Iím freezing
I know it numbs my pain
From the bottom of hell sheís crawling
Can you feel her?
I know the fear of bleeding
I know that pleasure is pain
From the bottom of hell sheís crawling
Can you feel her?
Lay down with a whore called darkness
I know she calls your name
She calls my name.
Lay down with a whore called darkness
She calls your name.
I lock my doors up and prepare myself for lonely days
I donít want to love or see the dawn
A storm is coming
And its going to blow you all away
Why am I laughing
Now that all is gone?
I bid you all
A cold goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.



Shame Of Cain

Iíve seen the end of what weíve prayed for
And it was brought by a lack of faith
And now whoís hiding in the darkness
So full of bitterness and hate
Hate.
Hate.

My god bring the cleansing rain
Please wash away all the blood stains
Laughing in the devilís name
I will rip my wounds
To wake my rage
Rage.
Ascend my demons of pride
Can you let me know
Does this make sense?
Descend my angels of mercy
So I can tear your, tear your
Innocence.
My god bring the cleansing rain
Please wash away all the blood stains
Laughing in the devilís name
I will rip my wounds
To wake my rage
I am everything but you
I am nothing but god
I am everything but you
I am nothing
God.
So lost without you
And I feel this emptiness
And I pray someone will
Fill your wedding dress
What have I done. What have I done.
What have I done?
I am bred from suffering
And I am one with pain
Your screaming sounds like angels
Unbroken I remain.
I am bred from suffering
And I am one with pain
Your screaming sounds like Abelís
My name is Cain
My name is Cain.
No light shall shine upon this day
No smile shall crack upon this face
I wait in the gallows in the freezing rain
Forever burden this shame of Cain.



De Omega (The End)

I see you waiting for a smile to
Let you know youíre in
Are you waiting for another angel
To cleanse you from your sin
Try and deny your selfless crimes
Now the dark is killing you
And itís taking its time
Now the dark is killing you
And itís taking its time
Close your eyes
No donít fight
This time I wonít save you.

Call to your holy father
Hold hands with the man who walks on water
Call to your bloodstained idols.
Scream their divine names
Can you see the dark clouds coming?
Iíll watch you all go down in flames.
Youíll burn. Yeah youíll burn.
Can you see the dark clouds coming?
Do you know the end by name?
Youíll burn in a lake of fire for what youíve done
Did you see the world start burning?
Did you know the end by name?
Youíll burn in a lake of fire
The end is birthing my son.
Youíll burn. Yeah youíll burn.
Can you see the end of everything
We can watch it burn
Wipe my tears away when fire dies
Weíll burn. Yeah weíll burn.
I see you waiting for a smile to
Let you know youíre in
Are you waiting for another angel
To cleanse you from your sin
Try and deny your selfless crimes
Now the dark is killing you
And itís taking its time
Now the dark is killing you
And itís taking its time.
Can you see the dark clouds coming?
Look at you burn.
Do you know the end by name?
Look at you burn.
Youíll burn in a lake of fire
We can watch it go down in flames
Look At You Burn.