A Thinking Man is Never a Slave

I thought today I would do something different and give praise to a deathcore song that’s been stuck in my mind for a while now. “The Box” by The Last Ten Seconds of Life truly stands out to me as a timeless deathcore anthem; something makes me deem this as a rebel’s pledge of allegiance to their own willpower; assertion that there is more to life than what is expected of you.

The name “The Last Ten Seconds of Life” actually originates from lyrics of a song from the pretentious post punk 80s band, The Smiths; from their song: “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before”. And you know what, I don’t feel so guilty about wearing my Smiths shirt around metalheads anymore. Perhaps they were more influential than I thought…

Anyway, in 2010 this band formed in Mansfield, Pennsylvania where the original lineup boasted what I believed to be one of the most demonic sounding vocalists of the genre- Storm Strope. Strope unfortunately somewhat silently made his disappearance from the band in October 2015, to which vocalist John Robert Centorinno succeded him (Centorinno was the frontman for band My Bitter End).

During Strope’s stay with The Last Ten Seconds of Life, I’d have to say that LP Soulless Hymns is my favorite from the band so far; “The Box”-part of this album- is simply just a poetic in terms of how well it’s interwoven among the varying drumming rhythms throughout the song. There isn’t a generic breakdown, or over-saturated djenty-ness to this track- rather, it carefully balances heavy power with silence, and the band understood the need to push and pull with how many lyrics are used. Nothing is spat out all at once (although that can be really cool to hear screams like that in metal), because the song was constructed to be catchy and almost singable- if only more people knew how to growl.

In this sense I think “The Box” grasps something that most deathcore songs can’t seem to completely get…What I seem to get from this is emotional, and thinking clarity, rather than chaos. I think it’s beautiful when this intellect is cleverly harnessed, and the words can actually be understood.

The box…really what is the box? I love that it’s something that is different for everyone, but refers to a state of complacency. There are no complicated stories of oppression or preaching- it’s just the box. Let it mean whatever you want, isn’t that what art is about?

Remember to give a listen to the band’s newest album Machina Non Grata, which came out January of this year; and consider heading to one of their shows! Click below

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Think outside the box
Then burn it and smile while the wind blows the ashes off
Towards the ideas that have been locked away
They’ve been waiting to come out and play your whole life

That’s all she wrote
There’s no turning back now
A thinking man is never a slave
Fire and brimstone will be held over your head
Refuse to fall to your knees like the rest

Your eyes start to shine!
I know you feel it now!
Everything changes when the shackles break
Tell the others
Pass it on
Lead the way
Don’t let them kill the world with the threat of a shallow grave

Turn this world
Upside down

A thinking man is never a slave

Don’t let them kill the world with the threat of a shallow grave
A thinking man is never a slave

Fire and brimstone will be held over your head
Refuse to fall to your knees like the rest

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