(Ae) Maeth

by Reduction Plan

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1.
Deep inside, you crawl, and hide
2.
Meridian 04:23
See the child, out there beyond the storm He waits and learns, but he wont ever come home Underneath the darkness he will move away from you, sinking deeper darker still, a crumbling pillar of youth Howling his sins into the dark, the dark The veil will lower over your eyes And all you will see is those dark and stormy skies And me, howling into the dark The child stares right through, unmoved by the rain He will leave you here with sorrow and pain See the child
3.
The River 04:40
Drunk on anger, drunk on pain Lash out now my son and face your shame The way it feels to breathe in time Searching for something that was never mine But the river it will never move Frozen in place, only for you Frozen in place, only for you Racing towards, the guiding light Those hounds will hunt you for the rest of your life A never ending sacrifice Searching for a quiet hill, to die But the river it will never move Frozen in place, only for you Frozen in place, only for you And in your eyes I see a fire that melts into mine And in your eyes I see a fire that melts into mine Don’t
4.
Preservation 04:19
Don’t you try to change my mind, I am a wall Don’t you try to change my mind, I will not move at all What you see is all that you’ve become to me What you see now is the darkest part of me It hurts to hear, it hurts to say an image I could never change Now memories they only fade away I could never change your mind A shocking reminder of the ways we die It hurts to hear, it hurts to say An image I could never change Now memories they will not stay They’ll only fade away
5.
Deliver 03:55
A loose end in time, no future waits for me A loose end in time is what she said No future waits for me, waits for me Fall to my knees, I beg deliver me deliver me I’m on borrowed time I will not wait But still I see nothing A loose end in time is what she said to me No future waits for you waits for me Fall to my knees, I beg deliver me deliver me
6.
Everything 05:21
Give me something I can feel a fading voice, words you won't hear, they echo softly as you turn away A crowded hall I see your face, a distant thought I must escape, my mind has drifted far from what you knew You ran away to somewhere new, thought they had forgotten you, but its what you wanted was it, everything you wanted You found yourself surrounded by, those empty faces, all a lie, but it's what you wanted was it, everything you wanted Pull me in and tear me up, I will not last here without love You ran away to somewhere new, thought they had forgotten you, but its what you wanted was it, everything you wanted You found yourself surrounded by, those empty faces, all a lie, but it's what you wanted was it, everything you wanted Everything, everything, everything
7.
Sinking 05:55
8.
Repent 04:08
Gaze into this hell, with eyes like knives you’ve learned so well To only show a glimmer of yourself you’re hiding underneath And now the cold December wind, it pierces like a blade against your skin And every pain you’ve ever felt within flows free Repent you child Freed from the light But nothing inside can save it from you And in the dark you’ll find Your ever-changing mind But nothing inside can save it from you Gaze into this hell, with eyes like knives you’ve learned so well To only show a glimmer of yourself you’re hiding underneath And now the cold December wind, it pierces like a blade against your skin And every pain you’ve ever felt within flows free
9.
Never gonna give It's never gonna give but I tried, I tried Searching through the dark The echoes of your heart but I tried, I tried Here we start In the hope Of that empty day When the light hits Then slowly Fades away Oh and you You're coming through In that blurry type of way I tried I tried I tried An empty shell, made of glass Waiting for the chance to crack And you push me back Shattered pieces falling down A piece of me I hit the ground And it's fading now And it’s fading now And you’re fading now

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Reduction Plan's music comes from within solitude's frigid embrace. Pulling from 80s goth, industrial, dream-pop, as well as cacophonous no-wave, Reduction Plan uses both noise and space to illustrate the power of silence. Synth swells, hypnotic guitars, pulsing drum machines, and haunting murmurs form the foundation of the project’s sound.

What originally started as an exercise in sonic experimentation for lead vocalist, founder and project mastermind Daniel Manning has since flourished into a fully functioning three-piece band. Reduction Plan’s third full-length ‘Somewhere’ saw Manning further refining his experiments into a singular vision - an icy call from the abyss, searching for a place to belong, all the while surrounded by chorus-laiden guitars and a thick layer of reverb.

If ‘Somewhere’ was a record born in the cold and the dark, Reduction Plan’s latest ‘(Ae) Maeth’ was molded in chaos and fire. The title draws inspiration from the folktale of the Golem, a creature molded from clay and animated to life through the inscription of “æmaeth”, or “truth,” on its head, only to have that same life snuffed out by erasing the first two letters to form the word “maeth”, or “death.” ‘(Ae) Maeth’ is a search for truth in death, a hunt for meaning in the face of vast oblivion. It is a record driven by loss, anxiety, fear, chaos, and a search for purpose.

The record finds Manning expanding Reduction Plan’s sound into heavier, more distorted territory. Album opener “An Act of Self-Immolation” leads with an ominous synth hum, followed swiftly by an explosive wash of distorted guitars. Second track “Meridian” is an eerie, bass-driven dirge inspired by the turmoil and brutality of Cormac McCarthy’s seminal novel ‘Blood Meridian.’ It isn’t all doom and gloom throughout the opening moments, however, as “The River” opens with a soaring saxophone solo, bouncing drum machine groove, and shimmering, chorus-heavy guitars.

(Ae) Maeth marks the first time Manning has enlisted outside help in the early stages of creation - starting with producer and engineer Kevin McMahon (Swans, The Walkmen, Pile), who helped shape Manning’s home recordings into dynamic, finely-tuned compositions. There are a notable number of collaborations across the record’s 9 tracks as well - with band member Luis Durango lending guitar squalls and feedback to the album opener, and Jack Tomascak adding essential saxophone bursts to “The River”. Manning is not the only voice heard on the record either, a first for the project, as album closer and title track “(Ae) Maeth” features haunting vocal contributions from Jae Matthews of Boy Harsher.

‘(Ae) Maeth’ represents a massive leap forward for Reduction Plan - in concept, composition, and production. With each song, Manning pulls his industrial-goth brainchild out of the hazy fog of previous releases and breathes new life into it - reborn in the fire.

Redscroll Records
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Dune Altar
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released September 20, 2019

Recorded between Connecticut, Queens, and Marcata Recording in New Paltz, NY
Produced by Daniel Manning and Kevin McMahon
Mixed and Mastered by Kevin McMahon
All songs written and performed by Daniel Manning
Additional guitars on ‘An Act Of…”: Luis Durango
Saxophone on ‘The River’: Jack Tomascak
Additional vocals on ‘(Ae) Maeth’: Jae Matthews
Layout and design: Alan Richard Huck

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Reduction Plan's music comes from within solitude's frigid embrace. Pulling from 80s goth, industrial, dream-pop, as well as cacophonous no-wave, Reduction Plan uses both noise and space to illustrate the power of silence. Synth swells, hypnotic guitars, pulsing drum machines, and haunting murmurs form the foundation of the project’s sound. ... more

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