by Molt

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Molt's debut album is a concept album about arthropods, moving from the most base to the most abstract.


released January 12, 2013

All music written and performed by:
Julian Squires (bass, drums, vocals)
Kyla Squires (guitar, vocals)
with additional vocals by Christmas Woods (1,2,4) and Bruno Maniaci (1,3)
recorded 2011-2012 in Montreal
mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, the Thousand Caves
band photos by Christopher Hodgkins
cover painting by Kyla Squires
booklet layout, other photos by Julian Squires

Complete score available from Hvergelmir Records



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Track Name: I Have No Mouth, and I Must Breed
i) a Round Unwound

Scorched by summer's salient flame, my brethren and I awaken
First the shell, and then the host; instinct to devour consumes all
On willow, linden, and birch; elderbery, elm, and maple
Every cell, a famine grows, manifesting my conatus
One part one, voracious swarm; crawling now while time crawls with me

ii)World Eater

I expand to fit this skin
Gorge myself to fill one more
Each new skin a bolder colour brings
Territory becomes more precious with each change
Our enemies graze on our numbers
The elements prey on our size
The swarm depletes with the foliage
Edacious glutton I survive
Dissociation with each feast grows until
having reached expansion's limit
There am I alone

iii) Enter the Pupae

A season dormant
Encased to escape Winter's bite
Flesh gives way to new flesh
Time stands frozen

iv) ...and there a Great Change occured

(Solo: JS)

v) A Moth is Born

I emerge from my carnal forge
Lux facta est!
And so I am reborn
Purpose function form
All I've known has changed
Perspective dawns anew

I'm granted wings!
So is time
So is time

vi) a Hunger of a Different Sort

(Solo: KS)

vii) Fly by Night

viii) A Romantic Duet

Senses quicken to the pace of the wind-born pheremone
Track it seven miles to its female form
To a current of air I entrust my scent
In the moss I lay awaiting my destiny

One night and one day do I stay when I find her
Propagating proof of me
By moonlight I glimpse his fine wing
With no mouth but the one whence my legacy shall come
I accept him

On the wing with the dawn for the lure feminin
Just a fortnight to spread my seed where I may
Need unquenched he flies with the sun
I am left there to lay my eggs where I may

ix) Ertrinken, versinken; unbewußt, höchste Lust!
Track Name: All Ants Are Little Ants, Really
i & ii) Invasion and Recollection

through the walls of her royal chambers
releasing their poisons and fumes
the chemicals cleared from the air to reveal
the dismembered remains of her guards

on her hindest of quarters she rises
her belly massive with young
her antennae swirl searching for signs of the
help that she knows cannot come

seems like only yesterday
exhilaration first flight
breeding feeding slaving stealing
her colony thrived
seems like so long ago
watching the old tree drown
narrow escape a handful of workers
honey cattle too few

relief five years old floods her senses
her and her workers start their
new home in the western fork
of the Cecropia tree

iii) a Fall from Grace

one by one, others arrived
farmers who couldn't work side by side
through bloodshed, torture, and genocide
came the elimination of tribe by tribe
she who staked the first claim
second last to survive
how can this be?,
thought the Aztec Queen

iv) Creation Myth

(Solo: KS)

v) ...Since Time Began

one lone worker in thousands
takes one erroneous step
leaftop to leaftop she tumbles until
she's surrounded by enemy ants!
she sends up a pheromone warning
her last words igniting a war
hatred cultivated for decades
her comrades respond to her call
the tools of their trade are now weapons
the final battle is on
for control of territory and resources
for which generations have killed
Since Time Began

vii) Thus Spake the Cecropia

my seed lay
dormant in the ground
til the burning came
awakened my hunger
lust for the sun
whose stroke sustains me
master sun whose touch
fulfills all desire
lust for the sun
to meet his ray open lips
I sacrifice my defenses
sacrifice for oblivion
brings me strength
parasite bond
Hark! In my hollow the
trumpet proclaims life
(portents doom)
(promises victory)

vi) the End of the Beginning

(Solo: JS)

viii) the Beginning of the End

ix) inside and Out

Inside her inner sanctum
dwarfing the enemy workers
turned soldiers
the Aztec Queen regally stares down
her Doom
out on the field, the battle is raging
soon confusion shall rule as ten thousand ants
know to mourn for their Queen

x) Confusion Reigns

xi) Requiem for a Queen

xii) Victory March of the Eastern Fork

One super organism One young Queen
Dominion in symbiosis
in the Cecropia Tree
Track Name: The Roach's Lament
My mother
told me to be careful
to mind where I'm treading
when I leave the nest

You'd be wise
to watch where you're going
the route you are keeping
could shorten your life

But young roaches
are often unheeding
they think they're immortal
a reckless belief

Because you never know
what may be lurking
at night in the kitchen
awaiting a meal

Now lately
the way to the pantry
had strangely been clearer
than ever before

I let my mind wander
forgot mother's cautions
fell into routine

and I did not see
eight furry legs
hiding under the counter
until I saw mysef reflected
nine times over
in her ugly eyes

her mandibles
clicking excitedly
I heard her tummy
growling as she gazed

She had me
I could do nothing
nor could my brethren
who saw it transpire

I thought fondly
of moonlight and bread crumbs
and all of those good things
I would never more see

(Solo: JS)

when a shadow
fell over the kitchen
a human had entered
I thought myself saved

but damn humans
think I am more filthy
than their guns and oppression
they side with the Huntsman
and leave me to die

my species
has been here far longer
and we will outlast them
we will live through all their nuclear war

(Solo: KS)

but I, I shall not see that day
or any other; or any other
Alas, the only thing I'll see
is the lair of the Huntsman
and my poor old mother will know
it's the last thing I saw
before I died

(Cadenza: KS)
Track Name: Nothing Beside Remains
time shall yield

drinking the fog
on the Skeleton Coast
relentlessly spawning

my mouth is the mouth of a thousand young
my seed is the salt on the future's tongue
our graves are the cradles of the gods unsung
our age is the age of gotterdammerung

drowning you invoke
ghosts of smoke

Eadem manet natura sorte mutata
Et carnem caro factum est

time shall steal

cross crimson grist
by first light's mist
we toil

this desert is the dust
of weathered stones and rust

climbing a strange spire
going forward doesn't
take one higher

we'll lay our eggs in your tomb
and what's left we'll consume

the horizon's dark shawl
the air's leaden mass
the eager, anticipatory dryness

the storm sails in
on a black iron hull
glistening grains in its wake

fording the flood
on the backs of our brood
molting and changing

you will be forgotten
we were never known

(Solo: KS)

(Solo: JS)

respice humilitatem nostram