Protest 100: Power Trip – ‘Power Trip’

Artist:          Power Trip

Song:           Power Trip

Album:        Manifest Decimation

Producer:     Arthur Rizk

Label:          Southern Lord

Year:           2013

Notes:
These are perilous times. Lines have been drawn. Even if you haven’t drawn them, others are more than willing to let you know which side you’re on, often fueled by fabricated information. Their lies, your life. Your mind, not mine.

Riley Gale, Aug. 27, 2018 (Revolver): “This band was born out of the frustration that I was dealing with going into college in a time where we were involved in two wars. I’m sitting there going, ‘I’m going to see some fucked-up shit. I’m going to see something that 9/11 will pale in comparison to.’ I don’t know if it’s World War III. I don’t know if it’s some kind of food epidemic. I have this sense of impending doom — not that the human race will be wiped out, but it’s going to completely shift the status quo. It’s gonna make me being in a band completely irrelevant. It may turn it into a fight for survival. Who knows?”

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’
The solution as Rusty saw it was for the networks to re-empower the people. A wrong had been committed, justice must be done.

Lyrics:
Buy into the bullshit with your head as the price
The system is broken what choice can you make?
Pick up a gun, or catch some fucking chains

We ride as one
We’re ruled by none
As long as I’m free I’ll live illegally
Smoke and mirrors until they catch me
We ride as one
We’re ruled by none
Their lies, your life
Your mind, not mine

Earth’s moral compass pointed south
Forever broken, the good cast out
Join or die; there is only two sides to take:
The rebel evil or the police state

We ride as one
We’re ruled by none
As long as I’m free I’ll live illegally
Smoke and mirrors until they catch me
We ride as one
We’re ruled by none
Their lies, your life
Your mind, not mine
Not mine

Perennial paranoia:
A paradox for every thought
But the endless chase is better than being left to rot
Pride and fear has brought us here
A catalyst to an endless abyss
Every toe-tag; a price tag
I pledge deviance from under the flag

Their lies, your life
Your mind, not mine

 —

‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.

Protest 100: Pro-Pain – ‘Contents Under Pressure’

Artist:          Pro-Pain

Song:           Contents Under Pressure

Album:        Contents Under Pressure

Producer:    Pro-Pain

Label:          Energy/Concrete

Year:           1996

Notes:
Formed from the remnants of Crumbsuckers, Pro-Pain made its intentions clear by titling their debut album ‘Foul Taste of Freedom.’ By the time ‘Contents Under Pressure’ was released four years later (with ‘The Truth Hurts’ in between), the needle hadn’t moved much. The central question posed by the title track remains relevant today given how en vogue it is to paint millennials as some sort of lazy, entitled, resource-draining plague on the country: Who made us this way? We didn’t create ourselves. And if we did, it’s even more on you olds.

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’ —
Doug rejoined the circle in the sand, placed his frisbee in his lap, and dumped the contents of his baggie into it.

Lyrics:
This court is in session
So stand erect
The case persecution
Of generation X

A taste of pollution
To make you choke
En masse execution
Behind the smoke

Discarded and thrown by the wayside
Endorse this punishable act
Blame us if we are what you made us
Die slowly but leave us intact

They buried the treasure
And burned the map
They cut down the trees
And drank the sap

The earth is a prison
With nowhere to go
Contents under pressure
It’s bound to blow

‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.

Protest 100: Power Trip – ‘Divine Apprehension’

P100 – Divine Apprehension

Artist:          Power Trip

Song:           Divine Apprehension

Album:        Opening Fire: 2008-14

Producer:    Arthur Rizk

Label:          Dark Operative

Year:           2018

Notes:
This song is the first track (with ‘Suffer No Fool’ and a cover of Prong’s ‘Brainwave’) on Power Trip’s self-titled 7”, released Dec. 30, 2011, through Lockin’ Out Records. It was rereleased in 2018 as part of the bands ‘Opening Fire: 2008-14’ compilation.

In 2013 vocalist Riley Gale told The Quietus that “songs like ‘Hammer of Doubt’, ‘Divine Apprehension,’ and others, often at times boil down to ‘You think you know how it is, but you really have no idea’ – plenty of songs about war and our demise at our own hands. But ultimately, I just want to write songs that make people think about something in a way they may not have thought of before.” RIP Riley.

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’  —
The entire circle would be made whole again; rival schools trying to outdo each other rather than facing a common problem together.

Lyrics:

It’s a fine line between faith and ignorance
You cross that line and then you piss all over it
You sell salvation, infested with corruption and lies
Faith-healer, just a madman sickening minds
Idealism as an illness and it must be erased
When all humanity is at stake
Beyond all your greatest efforts
Modern horrors untold
Divine apprehension persists against its greatest foes
(Let’s go)

Pummel fear into the defenseless
Weaken the mind into something senseless
Say it empowers but they become more helpless
And with that power they become more reckless

You see your vision of the truth is so narrow, you’re blind
Soothsayer, just a madman spreading lies
I watch you tremble as the cracks in your foundation break
From the rot of souls’ decay

Divine apprehension resists against the greater force

Orthodox, obliterate
Evangelist, eliminate
Demagogue, I decimate     

‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.

Protest 100: Valient Thorr – ‘I Hope The Ghosts Of The Dead Haunt Yr Soul Forever’

Artist:          Valient Thorr

Song:           I Hope The Ghosts Of The Dead Haunt Yr Soul Forever

Album:        Immortalizer

Producer:    Jack Endino

Label:          Volcom Entertainment

Year:           2008

Notes:
And just like that…I’m back! Everybody ready for the final sprint to the finish line? Good. Today’s offering comes from Greenville, North Carolina’s Valient Thorr, a band that has overtly combined high-speed, party rock n’ roll with political lyrics since the first song off its debut album, ‘Showdown’ from 2005’s Total Universe Man). The track presented here addresses class warfare, the quest for oil, and native American rights all in just over three minutes. Jump in! The water’s fine!!

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’  —
“You alright there, hoss?” Cookie asked. “You look like you just saw the ghost of yo mama’s cooch.”

Lyrics
All these Caesars, slicker than the oil
they own, scheme plans for years
Crack their fingers and smile real big,
While yer family drowns in tears

Someday, when your feet are up,
you’ll soon be shouting NEVER!
I hope the ghosts of the dead come
haunt yer soul forever!

Whatcha gonna do?
Money can’t save you
AAAAAIGHHHHHH!!!!
What was that?
Gonna give yourself a heart attack!
My family! They trust you!
The ghosts of my family
Will crush you!

Skeletons in closet
Lawyer suing
Natives reservations
Casinos ruined, all nations!
They trust you!
The ghosts of all nations!
Will crush you!

Drowns in tears
Someday, when your feet are up, you’ll
soon be shouting NEVER!
I hope the ghosts of the dead come
haunt yer soul forever!

Its too late to save your skin!
Playing the role of dumb, religious men
you’ll regret all those you’ve fucked
when your demons eat you up.

(All these Caesars, slicker than oil)
Can’t get forgiveness, its too late
(All these years, still the same)
So many wishes drowned in hate
(I would make the more adequate decisions)
For all of those lives that you made rough
(To not follow in my fathers name)
instant karmas not enough.

All these Caesars, slicker than the
oil they own, scheme plans for years
Crack their fingers and smile real
big, while yer family drowns in tears.

Someday when your feet are up
You’ll soon bem shouting NEVER!
I hope the ghosts of the dead come
haunt yer soul forever!

‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.

Protest 100: Lamb of God – ‘Redneck’

P100 – Redneck

Artist:          Lamb of God

Song:           Redneck

Album:        Sacrament

Producer:    Machine

Label:          Epic/Prosthetic

Year:           2006

Notes:
Not so much a protest as a calling out of America’s small-minded to step up and get what’s coming to them. It takes a variety of balls. Then again vocalist Randy Blythe voluntarily returned to the Czech Republic to stand trial for manslaughter after a fan died as result of injuries sustained at a Lamb of God concert, so he’s not lacking.

Blythe could have hidden behind the US flag and just never gone back. But he’s an actual man, and beyond that a feeling human, so he wanted to do the right thing. After his acquittal he had this to say: “While I am relieved that my innocence was proven and apparently I shall not be going to prison, I am in no way, shape or form a happy man right now. A young man is still dead, and his family still suffers…Now I will go home and try to see what good I can make come out the destruction that occurred here – it is the only correct thing to do.” Imagine.

Lead by example. And if you can’t do that, shut up and get out of the way.

P.S. – It’s not all po-faced groaning in LoG-land. They made an entertaining video for this song you can check out at the bottom of the post! Plus, bonus-bonus, some great live action from just last year.

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’  —
Good feelings had also led to good deeds. Someone had cleaned up the pile that was once Redneck Boy. The only thing left was the burn mark on the floor.

Lyrics
So goddamn easy to write this
You make it spill on the page
So drunk on yourself, self-righteous
A laughing stock of your own fucking stage

Oh but I ain’t one to call names
Or throw stones in a house of glass
You try me

This is a motherfuckin’ invitation
The only one you could ever need
This is a motherfuckin’ invitation
You try me

Just one time you got a reason
Heard you had nothing to lose
A blind preacher for the pin-eyed congregation
It must be easy to lose

Oh but I ain’t one to call names
Or throw stones in a house of glass
You try me

This is a motherfuckin’ invitation
The only one you could ever need
This a motherfuckin’ invitation
You try me

You can tell the same lie a thousand times
But it never gets any more true
So close your eyes once more and once more believe
That they all still believe in you

Just one time
This is a motherfuckin’ imitation
The only one you could ever need
This a motherfuckin’ invitation
Just one time

This is a motherfuckin’ invitation
Ya’ try me

Just one time (ya’ try me)
Just one time (ya’ try me)
Ya’ try me

‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.

Protest 100: Power Trip – ‘Manifest Decimation’

Artist:          Power Trip

Song:           Manifest Decimation

Album:        Manifest Decimation

Producer:    Arthur Rizk

Label:          Southern Lord

Year:           2013

Notes:
Check the time stamp on this one. Yes, things are worse now. But the oppressor has always been active. The shepherd can be the wolf. Vigilance is a full-time job. Nothing changes without it. Look away and the game is reset.

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’  —
More troubling than their transparency is that they include simple gestures and turns of phrase most use naturally and unconsciously, but which he contemplates as if they were some secret code of behavioral control that he alone has tapped into.

Lyrics
Under the boot of great oppression we slither and crawl.
On the path for annihilation but in the name of god?
Manifest Decimation, we stumble and fall.
Manifest Decimation, to suppress us all.

Under the boot of great oppression, a dark figure conquers us.
Manifest Decimation, when all hope is crushed.

Crushed.

‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.

Protest 100: Nailbomb – ‘Sum of Your Achievements’

Artist:          Nailbomb

Song:           Sum of Your Achievements

Album:        Point Blank

Producer:    Alex Newport, Max Cavalera

Label:          Roadrunner

Year:           1994

Notes:
You are what you do; as a person and as a society. Science is value neutral. Until you do something with it.

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’  —
To which the beast replied, with its typical cunning, ‘no money shall be thine. Your path is paved with riches beyond wealth.’

Lyrics
Children burning, crawling, dying
Knowledge and science used like toys
Splitting neutrons we made us a bomb
No advances, just death of man

Sum of your achievements
Sum of your achievements
Sum of your achievements
You call this something to be proud of?

Achieve destruction, obliteration
How the west has won
Going further back to discover new arms
Science is working to destroy us all

Sum of your achievements
Sum of your achievements
Sum of your achievements
You call this something to be proud of?

Sum of your achievements
(Nagasaki)
Sum of your achievements
(Hiroshima)
Sum of your achievements
(All of us…)
Sum of your achievement

‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.

Protest 100: Heathen Beast – ‘F**k Your Police Brutality’

https://heathenbeast.bandcamp.com/track/fuck-your-police-brutality

Artist:          Heathen Beast

Song:           Fuck Your Police Brutality

Album:        The Revolution Will Not Be Televised But It Will Be Heard

Producer:    Heathen Beast

Label:          self (Bandcamp)

Year:           2020

Notes:
We’re not alone in facing the challenges of the day. Heathen Beast hails from India. Every song title on their new album begins with the word ‘Fuck’ and then offers a new target for their derision. The BJP, self-proclaimed godmen, and Whatsapp University are just some of the subjects aside from excessive police force. As one local put it on Reddit: “I am an Indian and I can vouch for every single fucking kind of governmental brutality that’s been mentioned in this album. This album aptly describes the kind of massive fuck up the current Indian society is. Hatred, dirty religious radicalism, paranoia, disgusting thought processes of the majority, etc., are rampant in the country thanks to the current government. And it doesn’t seem to be subsiding soon.”

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’  —
“You know where the fuck Sarge is? Do you?!? Fucker is dead. Fucker is D-E-A-D.”

Lyrics
Shoot to kill, only Muslims
Shoot to hurt, only students, Direct orders.
Shoot to kill, disperse protesters
Shoot to kill, Who controls the police? Home minister.

To control a crowd you lathi charge you hit on the legs
The police chooses brutality smashing students on the head
Entering the library and shooting tear gas shells
Police breaking the CCTV makes it clear who is innocent.

Who will save us from those meant to protect us?
Where is the honour of the uniform and the oath you took?

Shooting, hurting, bleeding, killing
Unchecked police brutality
Tear gas, lathi charging, stone pelting
Fucking Delhi Police!
Violence, disorder, when the police
Under the rule of the BJP
Hindu terrorists hand in glove
No police accountability

When the police is pelting stones who will stop the riots
When Hindu terrorists burn Muslim homes, they don’t bat an eyelid
Gujarat model, police watch while rioters run free
When no one’s watching the police try to break the CCTV

We’ve seen the videos, we’ve seen through the lies
All our news sources are fucking verified.
Not the saffron manufacturing fake news
Every day trying to portray the victims are Hindus

Let’s be clear the agenda from day 1
Dissent will not be tolerated, beware

It’s such a shame all the lives that are lost
But you created a hatred, a fire you cannot stop
People injured, people died, policemen too
All on the behest of powerful men, who don’t give two hoots.

The job of the police is to protect the people
Not be slaves to political goons
No one should have to die for this
While politicians sit safe in their cocoons.

Even during the riots only the innocent suffer
Let the politicians come enact the hate they monger
Let’s give them weapons and send them to war
Why should anyone lose their lives, when the politicians have no balls

‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.

Protest 100: Machine Head – ‘A Thousand Lies’

Artist:          Machine Head

Song:           A Thousand Lies

Album:        Burn My Eyes

Producer:    Colin Richardson

Label:          Roadrunner

Year:           1994

Notes:
Machine Head was political way before current events and ‘Stop The Bleeding.’ The band came out of the box swinging, with this track featuring on its 1994 debut. Robb Flynn told Kerrang! about it in an interview last year marking ‘Burn My Eyes’ 25th anniversary: ““We’d just gotten into the first Iraq war, so Bush senior was president, and that song was a really strong anti-war, anti-racism statement. We were listening to a lot of punk rock at the time, and we were practicing in a shared space with five punk bands, so it was very political and that was really seeping into what we were doing, for sure.”

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’  —
Johnson was startled out of his contemplations by what sounded like a thousand roman candles going off at once.

Lyrics
What is a man that stays true to the game
But has to cheat a little to get by
Well that’s a person that I know too well
Don’t want to know but I don’t have to ask why
Everyone like a loaded gun
You want some shit I’ll fuckin’ pound you, son
Don’t need a reason, pain I’m feelin’
I gotta vent or else I blow inside

Introspection, termination
Can’t tell right from wrong
Fed up with this whole system
It’s gone on far too long

You tell a thousand lies been told a thousand times
Your words we hear but we cannot sympathize
Thousand lies been told a thousand times
Hard as nails the power to survive

What’s a man that stays true to the game
But can’t believe some of the things he sees
Anger’s a gift and I won’t be kept down
In poverty there is no democracy
Used needle and a crack vile
A broken bottle and a bullet shell
This urban life is so volatile
An inner city or a concrete hell

Introspection, termination
Can’t tell right from wrong
Fed up with this whole system
It’s gone on far too long

You tell a thousand lies been told a thousand times
Your words we hear but we cannot sympathize
Thousand lies been told a thousand times
Hard as nails the power to survive

So pick it up, pick it up, pick it up, get up

What is a man don’t stay true to the game
Don’t care for no one, only cares for his greed
He’s playin’ God killin’ thousands of people
‘Cause the power is the fix that he needs
Racist goal of the white devil
I watched our soul burnin’ over oil
A politician got no feelin’
It makes my motherfuckin’ cold blood boil

Introspection, termination
Can’t tell right from wrong
Fed up with this whole system
It’s gone on far too long

You tell a thousand lies been told a thousand times
Your words we hear but we cannot sympathize
Thousand lies been told a thousand times
Hard as nails the power to survive

Slow
Slow
Slow

‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.

Protest 100: Killswitch Engage – ‘Numbered Days’

Artist:          Killswitch Engage

Song:           Numbered Days

Album:        Alive and Just Breathing

Producer:    Adam Dutkiewicz

Label:          Roadrunner

Year:           2002

Notes:
If a structure gets too top-heavy it falls. When the fall occurs the light, shelter, whatever else it provided disappears. But this is only temporary. New life rises from the dust. This is the same whether you’re talking about a barn, distant cosmic objects, or the body politic. But in two of these three cases, the fall can be averted. Steps can be taken. Existence rolls on either way. So let’s pick the path that keeps us here with it.

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’  —
Their austere-yet-comfortable nature stemmed from a compromise between prison hawks who had pushed for stiffer sentencing and other citizens whose primary concern was still the weal of those being detained.

Lyrics
The Time Approaches
Fall!

This is the voice of the Voiceless
We have learned about making choices
Not of persecution or dilution
We have severed the solution
To build our foundation on natural elements to preserve life
We will rise and battle on

Chanting inspiration for the righteous
Dislocation from the social order
Kingdoms will rise to power
But kingdoms fall to dust
To ashes of the dead
Will be a sign
The time approaches

Arms raised (raised)
Eyes gazed (gazed)
Tongues of fire whisper
This life (life)
Will soon (soon)
Slip away!

Babylon you will fall
Your days are numbered
Who will hear your cries as you fall

‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.