FSR17 - Becoming Madness

by Manipulate

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The inevitable sound clash of American Hardcore and Metal has matured tremendously since outfits such as Corrosion of Conformity and D.R.I. made speed the ultimate goal during the early to mid-1980s. For New York City’s MANIPULATE, it is not only the stylistic traits of both genres worth blending, but upholding the best aspects of each culture as well.

From the Metal side of the equation, the band offers up dark, crunchy, menacing riffs coupled with a complete lack of regard for anyone's hurt feelings. From Hardcore; no-holds-barred energy and intensity with a critical socio-political point-of-view only the naive would disregard.

MANIPULATE’s aptly titled Becoming Madness presents an explicit look at the human condition divided into equal parts anger, cynicism and concern; yet labeling MANIPULATE as "Positive Hardcore" would be grossly inappropriate.

There is very little positivity to be found when those around you are dying as a result of their own actions. Nor is there an ounce of honor amongst those who choose to waste their own time on earth, as well as the time of others. Equally disenchanting are the ones whose disregard for friends and family overpowers that of love and loyalty.

MANIPULATE delivers a pummeling soundscape of furious and precise metallic hardcore outbursts sonically equal to its scathing lyrical observations. Forget trying to figure out how to label it. That's old news. MANIPULATE will carry the torch from here.


released February 12, 2016

Recorded by Jeff STRESS Davis at Chopshop Studios
Vocals Recorded by John Grant at Madhouse NYC
Mixed by Taylor Young at The Pit Studios
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege

Pre-Production by Anthony Corallo at Chronic Death Recording, John Grant at Madhouse NYC, & Mike Torrado
Design by Branca Studio & Manipulate
All music written by Manipulate
Lyrics written by Ivan Murillo & Ricky Singh
Additional contribution on "Manipulate" by Corey Williams


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Track Name: Becoming Madness
Track Name: Beaten Path
I wake up everyday
Trying to find my place
In a world fucked up
Out of time and out of luck

I'm looking for a better way
Just trying to get ahead
Going nowhere fast
Once again I walk this beaten path

Don't say it all came easy to me
I watch the world crack and crumble right in my hands
I leave my enemies in the past
So step aside while I walk this beaten path

Never giving in
Track Name: Sin Upon Sin
Devil in disguise

I won't be a slave

How does it feel to be rejected?
How does it feel to be on the other side?
You tried your best to stay afloat
But now your sinking like a stone

Dominated you
Took up space inside your head
You want the truth
You will confront your own deceit

How does it feel to be the victim?
The evil that men do
I've sinned
And so have you
Track Name: Slip Away
Rotting and left to waste
I see the fear across your face
A sad image that I can't erase
An early grave and my heart breaks

Trapped in your hell
A slave to yourself
Your fate is grey
And now, now I watch you slip away

What can I say?
I reached out my hand
But i'm pulling it back
I wait for the day you come clean
Or you just

Slip Away
Fuck You

A quick fix, a lost cause
My fear of losing you is gone
Don't give a fuck
The line is drawn
I've moved on
Track Name: Time Marches On
Time's not on my side
I gotta face the truth
Learned from the past
But where does that leave you

Mistakes and regret
Searching for an answer
Or just trying to forget

The past
The present
And the future
Where does that leave you?

Time marches on
Are you ready or not?
Walk ahead
Or remain to rot
Wasted days
Staring at the clock
Slowing down
But the world won't stop

Time has passed you by
The ignorance of youth
No lessons learned
Never seeing the proof

Are you ready or not?
Track Name: Manipulate
Your world view is upside down
Victim of your own delusions
No fear of who you cross
Burn a bridge, it's no loss

You've lost control
With no remorse
look to me like I care
But I never gave a fuck

You want a life of misery
Manipulate and played a fool
It ain't hard to see
Damage done but it's not enough
I take a look at all the pain you've
Cause in disgust

I call it a sickness
Destroying lives in your fucking path
Gained nothing, think your something
We won't accept your so-called truth

You lost control
Betrayed trust
Couldn't live the life you were dealt
Look to me like I care
But I never gave a fuck


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