The Butcher's Arcana

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RED20 is proud to announce… THE BUTCHER’S ARCANA.

Al has returned to his industrial roots with this seven track EP, and describes it as “the closest thing to a sequel to The Red Album that nearly never happened”. Preceded by the danceable-but-furious single “Suit of Armour”, also featured here, other highlights include the menacing stomp of "Human Shield" and the triumphant thrash of "The Butcher".

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released October 20, 2014

All music and lyrics by Alastair Turl.

Red20 is:
Alastair Turl - vocals, keys, programming, sampling, guitar fx, werewolves

featuring guests...
Andrew 'Mr. Hex' Hawnt - guitar samples (2, 6)
Ben Newton - guitars (1)

Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Alastair Turl.
Mastered by Lorenz Vauck, XARC Mastering.

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© 2014 Alastair Turl.
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Industrial rock. Sounds like NIN, Ministry, Godflesh, Killing Joke. Brutal, angry, somehow catchy.

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Track Name: Americarcana
No hope in the western world
Got it all wrong trying to get heard
Never been right, but I'm still strong
Because...

I belong on the left side
Suffering in the quiet
Raise your flags, raise your voice
And sing it

Oh say can you see
We have our doubts that truth will out
In the land of the free
I guarantee your dirty secret's safe with me

No friends in the C.I.A.
Got enough here to put me away
Message is clear, I'm going down
So...

Tell me what you believe
Shrouded in mystery
Seems your creed is really just as deadly

Keep your lips sealed shut if you wanna live free
In America-ca, In America-ca-na-na-na
Run a tight ship? You're leaking like a sieve
In America-ca-ca, In America-ca-na-na-na

Don't think I've given up on you
Your poisoned love fit like a glove
But I found a cure
Hearts and minds, baby
You don't need to choose
You can change the truth in the voting booth

Say can you see
We have our doubts that truth will out
In the land of free
I guarantee your dirty secret's safe with me

Say can you see
Land of the free.

I'm just like America, we're both at number one
We love blind hysteria, this is our secret song
I'm just like America, 'cause I'm still going strong
No one's taking my violent porn away
Track Name: Bedevilled
Darkness lurks within you
Always on your cards
Predetermined by the stars
Turn the wheel of fortune
Back to the starboard side
Looks like a demon bleeding through

Found the cause of your infection deep in the brain
Nothing but maggots and sinew remain
Disagree on your deception
When truth is revealed
Hide underneath your shield

Since I hatched from my devilled egg
Got the requisite skeptic living in my head
Don't look back, I won't throw you a bone
'cause the madness is catching
And I don't know which way we are going
Since I hatched from my devilled egg
Got the requisite skeptic living in my head
So naive, never been this strong
Gonna blow your house down
And send you back where you belong

Madman in the mirror
Says he knows your name
Looks like the butcher you never became
Knows the sin of wages
Knows of bloodlust and fame
He'll drag you back for the debt of your shame

Little man behind the curtain feeding you lines
Circuit is dead, you await the reply
As things start to look uncertain you'll be upstaged
Now that the butcher's left his cage

Since I hatched from my devilled egg
Got the requisite skeptic living in my head
Don't look back, I won't throw you a bone
'cause the madness is catching
And I don't know which way we are going
Since I hatched from my devilled egg
Got the requisite skeptic living in my head
So naive, never been this strong
Gonna blow your house down
And send you back where you fucking belong
Track Name: Human Shield
Ten long years since the war began
Stand up take it like a man
Body count increasing still
Little soldier, take this pill
Hunker down, a storm is coming
Heard it on the radio
Wounded, broke, bereft of all hope
Deeper than you'll ever know

These wounds aren't who I am
Take me back where the fight began
Bitter taste, grit my teeth
Come on, man, let's show the world what we can be

Outside things are getting dangerous
Dead guy living underneath the dirt
Down time, I know my fate is sealed
Gun shy, used as a human shield

Death sentence from the puppeteer
Slowly we both disappear
Punctured lung as I'm kicked awake
Lady fortune's on the take
Almost dead but still deluded
Sense of humour, bulletproof
Powers higher up colluded
Little soldier's on to you

These wounds aren't who I am
Take me back where the fight began
Bitter taste, grit my teeth
Come on, man, let's show the world what we can be

Outside things are getting dangerous
Dead guy living underneath the dirt
Down time, I know my fate is sealed
Gun shy, used as a human shield
Track Name: Suit of Armour
No idea where you're going wrong?
I'll show you where you're going wrong
This is no revolution song
No more fight, 'cause I feel so strong

One small step and the weakness shows
Gonna light a fire, keep me on my toes
No more cracks, this is all brand new
Wrapped in plastic, tight, but I'm turning the screws...

A perfectionist, liberal masochist
Who has never been kissed, at least, not yet quite like this
Keep going deeper, still, stereo pneumatic drill
Who will pay the bill? Don't think I've reached my limit

Still gonna celebrate hard like I never saw it coming
And the damage is done but the battle isn't won
Drinking cheap champagne, don't let it be all in vain
It doesn't look so good, I know, but I'm here to tell you the truth

That this song is a big fuck you
For everything you put me through
I built this suit of armour
Now you know the truth
That this song is a big fuck you
And even when my heart turns blue
I'll wear this suit of armour
I'll wear this suit

Slip back through but I'm on the rise
No more shame 'cause it's not my size
Just one glimpse and a dirty word
There's a thesis trap underneath this skirt
Inked in blood, academic juice
Better hold on tight 'cause they're cooking my goose

Just a fantasy, your blood money keeps me alive
With these sober words, I'll sacrifice, sell you for the right price
But when the shit goes down, shackled by your chains
I'm gonna show you what trust is and just where mine was misplaced
'Cause it's hell right now but I'm not your slave
And I'm back on track for the promised land as I help them dig your grave
Just another line of code until nothing else is owed
And I'm gonna wear my best suit now you know the truth
Track Name: The Butcher
Seven years in the slaughterhouse
Lucky I don't have a soul
But what's important is the here and now
I'm taking back my self control

Seeking eternal life
The soldier trades his rifle for a knife
When the carcass wakes
The sacrifice will once more be delayed

My epitaph is changing
Never gonna live my life as two
Future's ready for the taking
By the hook you forsook
I'm the future butcher

Butcher! Butcher!

Devil sleeping in my mind
And not a single tear was shed
Beaten down by daily grind
But now the mirror's turning red

Trouble written in the genes
Little soldier binds himself with rope
Method in the madness means
The slaughter must go on just like the show

My epitaph is changing
Never gonna live my life as two
Future's ready for the taking
By the hook you forsook
I'm the future butcher

Butcher! Butcher!
Butcher!!

Butcher's arcana
Just a broken superstar
Butcher's arcana
Never thought he'd come this far
Butcher's arcana
Just a ten year waking dream
Butcher's arcana
Now I know the butcher's me
Track Name: Werewolves
Met a creepy old guy today
Kind of shifty and going grey
Gave a smile and a little wave
Turned around and went on his way

Unaware of his affliction
First up, it's the twitching
Tardive malediction
No cure or remedy for his lycanthropy
Brutal transformation
His favourite amputation
Here comes this midnight inquisition
Take him away, put an end to his hunger
Rumour going round they like 'em much younger
No need for razorblades
Gonna rip the pain away
Take him down, boy, down boy, down boy
No no no no no no
Never gonna let it stop

Come meet the master race
They've discovered your hiding place
Knock knock knock at your door
You'll be a wolf no more

Took a walk in the park last night
Saw the man again, terrified
Sleeping bag and a bottle of wine
Sent a shiver right down my spine

He says he's hungry but he won't fool me
'cause the demon's asleep, you see
In the name of the favourite son
Mass hysteria has almost won

Can't be overpopulation
No chance for salvation
He might be Croatian
Not a fan of immigration
Raise the drawbridge, shut the borders
There's no order, oh
They're never gonna let it stop

Come meet the master race
They've discovered your hiding place
With pitchforks at your door
You'll be a wolf no more

New political position
Xenophobic coalition
Poisoned bloodline opposition
For the money, for the country

Come meet the master race
They've discovered your hiding place
Lit torches at your door
You'll be a wolf no more

Come meet the master race
They've discovered your hiding place
With pitchforks at your door
You'll be a wolf no more
Track Name: Absolute Zero
Final battle
Truth be told
Secret weapon is getting old

Nothing changes this machine
Full of hatred underneath

Stuck in the bronze age
Where you belong
Deep in the ribcage
Everything is wrong

Heart won't beat
Paralysed
Womb of nothing
Fertilised
Torture doctrine, mortal sin
Victim complex wrought from within

Nothing changes this machine
Full of hatred underneath

Stuck in the bronze age
Where you belong
Deep in the ribcage
Everything is wrong

I'm the second coming
Soldier's taking aim
I'm the second coming
Better know my name

Absolute zero
Absolute zero

Tongue of venom
Heart of mould
Like a virus
Uncontrolled

Nothing changes this machine
Full of hatred underneath

Stuck in the bronze age
Where you belong
Deep in the ribcage
Everything is wrong

I'm the second coming
Soldier's taking aim
I'm the second coming
Better know my name