Absence of Grace

by Useless

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The black metal abomination known as USELESS have unveiled their debut LP. "Absence of Grace" is a disgusting and oppressive slab of sick old-school black metal and bridges the gap between Norwegian black metal and the US black metal scene. It is slow and hypnotic, yet cold and depressive at the same time. The sound is best described as old Burzum meets Xasthur and "Demise" era Nachtmystium.

Towards the gallows, into the ultimate nightmare.

Cover photo by Ihasan with design and colours originated by Mentalporn.

"this is an album designed for the indoctrinated only; newcomers beware! Useless are all about the overall atmosphere and that atmosphere is akin to a slow walk to the gallows; wretched, forlorn and consigned to the inevitable death that awaits."
WORSHIP METAL 8/10

"Absence of Grace is a compelling five-track release utterly absorbed with frostbitten black metal grooves that work their way into your consciousness so effortlessly you suspect someone’s turning a Phillips screwdriver. The black metal narcissism simply oozes from its very pores, a totally vacant feeling creating an uncompromising atmosphere of despair, indeed utter Uselessness."
MIDLANDS ROCKS 8/10

"Useless are magical to me since they so clearly understand the fundamental concepts of what black metal should be and their execution is so tight. "
METAL INJECTION 7/10

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released September 2, 2016

Recorded by
M (guitars)
Z (drums, bass)
J (vocals)

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Track Name: The Black Wolf
I am the one that drags you down
Self-pity and weakness I am
Hatred, darkness and despair I bring
On treason and murder I feed
Follow me into the black
And we shall be one
Track Name: Drown Your Hopes
I have come to the seashore
On that darkes of nights
To gaze at the eternal dance of waves
And harken to the howling songs
Of northern winds

I sought no consolation
For there is none
I did not Look for mirth
Cause if is all fake

I peeked at the pathetic human herds
Unaware of their own dire fate
Like sheep led to slaughter

I watched the stars
The grains of cosmic sand
I saw them fade to black

Thus I decided to drown all hope
I descended into the wet, freezing void
And we have become one

All there is
An abyss
As above, so below
Track Name: When Demons Awake
The day is long gone
And light is no more
Seize your useless efforts
No difference will they make

There is no hope for you
When demons awake

In absence of grace
The choking sand of times
Fills your mouth and eyes
At remorseless pace

And as you grasp for air
In the bottom of the well
You painfully realize
That life equals hell
Track Name: Anaesthesia Dolorosa
An ancient malady
Older than the pyramids
Suppresed for millenia
Clotted in the heart

An endless torment
Beyond all imagination
Torture of the mind
Of the body and soul

Anaesthesia dolorosa
A pain without an end
Anaesthesia dolorosa
A prayer for death

A paralyzing fear
Of horror yet to come
An agonizing awareness
Of the useless existence

An unbearable anguish
Inner hunger and thirst
The ultimate nightmare
Of the human scum
Track Name: The Ultimate Nightmare
Wake up, open your eyes
I'm back
The horror of your childhood

Do you remember me?
I've been here all along

Do you know my name?
Oh, I have many
Hopeless
Helpless
Heartless

Are you crying?
Let me wipe away your tears
And turn them into ice

Do you recall my name now?
Oh, I have many
Solitude
Submission
Suicide

Come, Come take my hand
Feel the freeze
Embrace the cold

And scream my name
Oh, I have many
Despair
Depression
Death