PREDATOR

by Predator/Prey

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Predator is the first concept album in a double-album written about North American wild animals. This album explores the living experience through the perspectives of different predatory species.

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released February 7, 2014

Produced by .................... PREDATOR/PREY
Recorded by .................... PREDATOR/PREY
Instruments/Vox .................ADAM PHIPPS
Instruments/Vox ................ DAK DeKERCKHOVE
Vox ............................ CARE PHIPPS
Drums .......................... SCOTT EVERINGHAM
Trumpet ........................ BRIAN MOYER
Mixed by........................ MATHIEU PARISIEN
Mastered by...................GREYMARKET MASTERING


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Predator/Prey Toronto, Ontario

Predator/Prey is a concept double-album about the living experience. Each song is written from the perspective of a different North American wild animal.

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Track Name: Unkindness of Ravens
Alone in the empty, open
Searching for others, under the cover
Tracks of the hungry, stretch out
We watch them cross, one another

Scavenge the forest, for food
Dark in the bright sky, red in the snow
Coaxing the hunters, to their prey
Taking the scraps, as tax for our role

And oh this is not to be moralized
And oh this is not to be canonized
And if this is just our mean little lives
We live them out like everybody else

Sometimes your pecking, on bones
So when you can, eat the heart first
Days when the hunger, has flown
Perch in the silence, speaking in verse

And oh this is not to be moralized
And oh this is not to be canonized
And if this is just our mean little lives
We live them out, in and of themselves
Track Name: Sounder of Boar
I just want to lie down
I ache under these pounds
Stys that keep my sides bound
Cries from all around
I just wanna lie down
I just wanna lie down

Rush the bush and take this field
Crashing through the day and night
Wrecking all thats in my path
See them run_ning from my eyes
Bust the gate, tear out the fence
Stamp and crush your kids and crops
Kill the dogs who bay like ghosts
For the men who eat our flesh

Born, in houses of stone
Torn, from mother than grown
Shorn, the tusk I should own
Mourn, the mind I’ve not known
Bite the post to hang on
Grind my teeth ‘til they’re gone

Squeals that peirce and fill the sky
Sharpened tusks and steel wool hair
If I stripped you of your tools
You would bow before my eyes
I am both a beast and stock
Understanding humankind
They live such short_sighted lives
I a slave, my son is wild
Looking in on hallowed ground
Rip ing out the foreign soil
I eat all that I see fit
Slash a leg as I scream by
Heating up to fevered pitch
Drowning out my softer side
Roaring loud the wildest cry
Let my spirit break this mold

I was bred for this chore
I am dead on this floor
I should be so much more
I have wild in my core

Rush to take and crash to wreck
Bust to tear and stamp to crush
Squeal to peirce the air with sound
Sharpened tusks and steel wool hair
I am rage and power grown
Braver now and free to roam
I don't want to leave this home
Sooner die than be dethrowned
Track Name: Knot of Snakes
I want us touching
Light but firm no rushing
Glide on your essence
Slide on my presence

I’m on the outside pushing in
I’m slipping through, I’m touching skin
I taste your breath, I feel your heat
Our bodies stretched and bent
They’re pulling hard to push me off
I’m fighting back its not enough
Sweeping me back to where i’ve been
I’m on the outside pushing in

I won’t stop trying
To feel you sighing
Pull back don’t smother
They’ll push let them push us into each other

I’m on the outside pushing in
I’m slipping through, I’m touching skin
I taste your breath, I feel your heat
Our bodies stretched and bent
They’re pulling hard to push me off
I’m fighting back its not enough
Sweeping me back to where i’ve been
I’m on the outside pushing in
Track Name: Skulk of Foxes
Let me find a place to hide
A place where stillness
has once again returned
A place, you said, we’d never die
You left to search the night

As you assassinate through blood and bone
The blazing chandeliers of steel and stone
Enunciate your shape and lead you home
to me
Take me to the other side

A razing clips the forest’s knee
Their occupation,
the seizing of our hollows
tears there fragile hearts from me
Too nearly new to see

Sulphur cracks the air and scalds my nose
The iron smoke it soaks my eyelids closed
Sometimes we’re all by ourselves, but I’m all alone
Take me to the other side

A stillness black as deepest sea
No tiny secrets reveal themselves
to say your swiftly coming back to me
To set our family free

A flashing of the earth, a shaking sky
is torn apart before my blinded eye
The empty lake of mud exposed in fractured time to me
Take me to the other side
Track Name: Rout of Wolves
Oh no daddy we’ll start an army
Oh no daddy and we’ll pick up the pieces
In the morning we’ll be warring
In the evening we’ll be picking up pieces

Oh no daddy you were mighty
Oh my daddy now you’re falling to pieces
Your old fingers are oh so brittle
They can’t gather or pick up the pieces

Daddy you taught me so much
Sun rises like it always does

Oh my daddy, oh they’re gathering
Oh my daddy they’re uniting the pieces
And they bare down on well our homestead
You must greet them and tear them to pieces

Daddy you taught me so much
Son rises like it always does

And When we meet them at the gates
I’ll be behind you my jaws in wait
And when we see the whites of their eyes
I’ll raise my claws quench their cries
‘Cause when they see you Dad dead at my feet
Oh they will beat hasty retreat
Because they’ll see you Dad there in my eyes
A monster born revitalized

Daddy you taught me so much
Son rises like it always does

Oh my brother we’ll start an army
Oh my brother and we’ll pick up the pieces
In the morning we’ll be warring
In the evening we’ll be picking up pieces
Track Name: Priory of Panther
William I am your horn;
The truth I love, a lie I scorn.
Fill me with, best of powder,
Ile make your rifle crack the lowder.

In valleys of fir
the powers that were
encircled by a great invasion
The Panther arose
the first time to find
the predators under predation

I see you wolf
badger and bear
I see our paths intertwining
Like roots of the forest
exposed to the sun
I see the best of you dying

The forest can teach us protection
The hunted can teach us to kill
Let's be like the porcupine's mantle
Together we'll each wield a quill

Prepare a death song for the great divide, alone
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home

The forests can teach us protection
The hunted can teach us to kill
Let's be like the porcupine's mantle
Together we'll each wield a quill

It’s never fair but maybe one day
we’ll be happy right there