Live In Power

by Brain Slug

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New York's sleeping giants, Brain Slug, return with their long-awaited full length record, "Live In Power". Eschewing all trends, this record draws inspiration from every corner and every era of hardcore in the greatest city in the world. From A7 to ABC No Rio, CBGB's to Coney Island High, this is no-frills hardcore punk for purists who need substance over style without sacrificing the abrasion. Think Citizen's Arrest trying to rewrite Set It Off. Live In Power or die like a fool...

LP available soon from Just A Audial, distributed by Material World/Katorga Works in the US and Hardware Records in Europe.

West Coast tour in the works:


released October 3, 2016

Recorded Summer 2015 in the Gravel Pit, mixed Fall ‘15/Winter ’16 by Darren Nanos. Mastered by Don Fury.



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Brain Slug New York, New York


11/11 w/Pure Disgust, Wound Man, Outskirts, Hotheads at Alphaville in Brooklyn

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Track Name: Feeding Chain
Give in to violence eternal
Again and again and again
Teeth rip flesh; life is defiled
Under The guise of a civilized trial
Arrogant animals
yearn to be immortal
Their only reward
is a return to the circle
From the womb to the tomb
All that we do
Is covet each other
and live to consume
You’re not free; you’re just meat
A link on this feeding chain
This internal conflict
Externalized as a war
On parade as a savior
Just another whore
Lust distorts reality
and these demons
continue to feed
A pox on the lot
who can’t figure out
how live without need
You’re not free; you’re just meat
A link on this feeding chain
Knowledge is the power
to see through these lies
Without that; life is
only death in disguise
Where you can pray to your ego
or bow to your fear
But there’s still
nothing sacred here
Bound to your fear
Track Name: Year Of The Rat
Unwed mother kills her unborn son
Her life undone by a rape
Undocumented’s house burns to the ground
An all too common fate
Year of the rat in a trap pigs will have their say
Young man wandering the streets at night
His loneliness finds a cure
Hand over mouth; the gasoline stench seeps from every pore
Year of the rat in a trap pigs will have their say
But If it was up to me
You'd all be hung
For the suffering you never see
Track Name: Merciless
I won’t be a slave to the basest of my instincts
No pawn in sex-power charades
We’re more than just a pretty face
Fuck their judgment
Fuck their lies
And how? How will you live?
When her novelty
has lost your interest
When time after time after time
You reduce her to your desire’s designs?
Fuck your judgment
Fuck your lies
Bodies are just prisons
For our hearts, for our minds
Weapons and walls
In our merciless little lives
I’ll never learn
Fuck this world
Track Name: Live In Power
No one here is getting out alive
And all you’ll take to your grave is your pride
It’s dog eat dog and someone’s gotta bleed
Get up and fight for your sawed off dreams
Never back down
Never give in
Right or wrong; it’s all in their heads
So bite off the hand you’re being fed
If you wanna be free, there’s only one rule
Gotta live in power or you’ll die like a fool
Never let them judge you or be the butt of their joke
Cuz we’re all the same at the end of a rope
Live in fucking power
And never relent
Track Name: Fuck That Noise
Survival; you’re only choice
There’s no escape; you must destroy
Ripping, tearing...
Life is nothing but a...
Kicking, screaming...
Fight to survive!
Fear is the mind killer making you choke
Cut all your losses; go for the throat
Behind the bars of what they want you to be
A prisoner of anxiety
What is the value of life on your knees?
Pressed to perform
Pressured to please
Fuck all that noise; break free!
Track Name: Death Is My Master
I was born to bare my teeth against this world of lies
Not to follow or be redeemed by any of their kind
Death... is...
Glimpsing the sun has only ever blinded me with doom
So I’ll stare into the abyss; darkness hides the truth
Death... is... my...
My hand is forced by a natural law
Everything breathing must one day fall
For dwelling too long in the realms of man
In denial of inevitable ends
Change and decay are the only mandate
I only respect what’s permanent
Death is my master, the voice in my head
I only respect what’s permanent
Death... is... my... master
Track Name: Hunger Pains
After my heart, after my flesh
After bad blood there’s nothing left
But Hunger pains dirty names
And polluted veins
Eating me... eating me... eating me alive
Track Name: Iron Arms
It's chilled me down to the bone
This void is my only home
Skin like a vice grips my bruise
Building a wall around you
All my life - I've never had no one
All my life - I'll never need no one
Fear's leash compels
wretched hordes
With such an empty reward;
A saccharine kiss between the bars
Or the cold comfort of iron arms
Isolation, separation has been
My salvation
Unbending determination
Strengthened by my detestation
I’ll proudly wear my own shackles
Before theirs
Don't place your faith in their bones
Don't place your faith in their souls
You've got the strength in your own
You'll find the strength on your own
Track Name: Last Man On Earth
Sometimes it feels so futile
Swimming against the tide
Sometimes I can’t stand living
Caught in your web of lies
Last... man... on... earth
There are no slogans left to stand for
There are no heroes left to hoist
I’m screaming to hear some rejoinder
Not the echoes of my own voice
Last... man... on... earth
It’s a bright future
I’m fighting for
Not the blind dead
Outside my door
Track Name: Crush Life
Ain’t no one that ever loved a bastard like me
I’m the son of one mistake and animosity
Salt of the earth and I know my place
Spittin’ deadly venom in your spurious face
That’s right
I got a furious life...
Cycle as vicious as a circular saw
Pumping blood of older gods from my core to my claws
An open hearted animal; in battle I’m blessed
Martyrs die well, but a soldier dies best
It’s my rite
I gotta put up a fight
Born from a violent end; live like a leviathan
Be the change I wish to see within the hell I dwell in
Where there’s no solace in the arms of someone else
Cuz the only peace I’ll find is the one within myself
One within myself
Fuck being loved; I’ll take hate and respect
Cuz it’s all I ever had and it’s all I’ve ever get
Track Name: Mortar & Brick
Violent city in a violent world
Where no one gets what they deserve
You take an inch and they dock you a mile
All the while with a nylon smile
Mortar and brick, mortar and brick
This fucking city is making me sick
Mortar and brick, mortar and brick
Civilization is making me sick
Build another idol
To the madness within man
Over-thinking apes
Victims of their own scam
Track Name: Checkmate
Waiting on your deathbed
Thoughts of agony rotting your head
No time left to pretend
Crowns can save you from the end
Checkmate; twisting the genes of the lambs
Checkmate; scorching this bountiful land
Rotting away, rotting away...
Time that you paid for the cancer you laid
A wannabe king, dies like a pawn
For pissing in the life stream
for far too long
Track Name: Winter In America
Concrete hell, hatred swells
Cities breathe with barren cells
They won't pay, so we pray are Molotovs the only way?
Crooked... blue... lines...
Trouble... in... mind...
No more lies / more lost lives
Covered up, beaten down
They sing these hymns in every town
Marginalized, militarized
This cycle devalues lives
Sirens wail, systems fail
No justice, just black mail
For the poor and minorities
Hopes erode between kerosene dreams
It's winter in America
We're still the world's anathema
For what the badge would do
Abuse from me to you
Track Name: Erase Me
Every man of woman born is born into a cell
From the cradle to the grave you’re parallel to hell
But the pains of the physical in prisons of time
Are never any match for the steel trap mind
Screaming for change, not the soul-death of fame
I couldn’t give a rotten fuck if you remember my name
Cuz a big sack of meat full of want is a curse
What does it matter when you’re dead in the dirt?
In the dirt... what's it worth?
So I search... for a way to be free
My life, my way; for me
One life, one love; not me
Life is illusion; death is a dream
I’ll never sleep ‘til the ages erase me
It’s a fixed race, but still I remain
Self-lord and master; one vein in the frame
Track Name: Time Has Come / Written In Blood
The sick still suffer
The dead are still cold
They can never stomp out what’s written in stone
Always an eye on who’s tying the noose
Some day soon it’ll be me and you
Time has come - none will survive
What’s real power when we all die?
Push comes to shove
Gotta save what you love
Time can never wash out what’s written in blood
From the streets of Caracas to the shores of Kiev
Fuck the rest to a horrid death
Time has come - none will survive
What’s real power when we all die?
We all die
Every stone’s ripple comes back as a wave
Echoing actions beyond the grave
Time has come - carry the weight
None will survive - write your fate
Because the final judgement
Takes place every day