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This is Not an Exit

by VERIN

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Striking hard with a maelstrom of cacophonous beats and cavorting, twisted electronics, the debut album from Chris Shortt's Verin, This Is Not An Exit, instantly becomes essential industrial listening. There's an air of prevailing energetic darkness here, a threatening tension that builds the start of the album with opening tracks "Passage" and "Process", before all hell breaks loose on "Human Nature".

Expect the unexpected throughout this entire album. It's a theatrical approach - not unfamiliar to one of Verin's prime influences, Skinny Puppy. However, Verin's modern take on old-school electro-industrial seeks out new ground, incorporating heaviness from additional sources - the album is littered with chugging guitar chords, reminiscent of Meshuggah's 8-stringed ferocity, syncopated with the twisted electronics, adding texture and depth, yet never becoming industrial rock.

Featuring guest vocals from Brant Showers (∆AIMON) and Kalle Lindberg (Cardinal Noire, Protectorate), the stature of these artists is indicative of Verin's calibre. Unafraid to take risks and avoiding trends, Verin treads its own ground. Experimental yet thoroughly accessible, the complex programming on This Is Not An Exit conveys an artist unleashed and determined to show the world that his art is a tool for industrial audio mayhem.

credits

released December 7, 2016

Mixed by Brant Showers
Mastered by Brant Showers
Artwork by Alexia de Zaltza
All music written & recorded by VERIN
All lyrics & vox written and recorded by VERIN
except for "Process" / Brant Showers & "Possession" / Kalle Lindberg

Thanks to :
Syco Trauma for believing in my sound and his undying support / Veronica Shortt for her love and support / My 3 loving kids / Brant Showers for his help making this album a reality / Alexia de Zaltza for the amazing artwork/ Arco Trauma / Martin Delisle / Lukasz Grochocki / K. Novak / Audiotrauma Family / Omar González Salcedo / all the DJs & friends for their support

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VERIN Pipe Creek, Texas

Solo project from Chris Shortt
(Dead Frail Honesty / Tears of Nature / Digital Recovery)

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Track Name: Process (feat. Brant Showers)
there must have been more
a light
a dream
there must have been more to me
there must have been more to me

with an empty heart
I felt
I’ve seen
with nothing more to dream

with a weightless self
with a weightless self
with a weightless self
with a weightless self
and for what

with a weightless self
denied
defeat
with nothing more to dream
there must have been more to me

with a weightless self
there must have been more to me
with a weightless self
there must have been more to me
with a weightless self
and for what
Track Name: Possession (feat. Kalle Lindberg)
It takes fire to rid the steeple
takes fire to assart the field in which to sow
depleting into to nothing
desolate for decades to come

possession dictates destroy to create
distoring malice into virtue
sinners into saints

rotted, livid desolate and covering

(possesion)
total state imperative
keep em covering

it takes fire to rid the steeple
lacerations dictate the kind of order we create
destructive intake
cover it
affliction

incapacitating state affecting
keep em covering

possesion, vile infection
outdo the competition

lacerating with a flick of a switch
abilities paralyzed
covered in waste, deserving nothing
possesion devours