The Waste Land

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The Waste Land is a post-apocalyptic concept album, divided in three chapters. 10 tracks. 50 minutes of brutal and melodic post-modern metal where music, images and words combine themselves to create an insane hybrid object.

Through the story of a nameless, partially amnesic and un-heroic character, told by himself, The Waste Land shows the critical crossing of the tattered world after its catastrophic ending. Guided through the devastated lands by a fragmented, hollow and formless shape (the character), we are watching the unavoidable collapse of a fallen society and the hard rebuilding of a lost humanity on a heap of broken images. On the road leading the wandering character to his possible redemption—at least to the understanding of this inexpressible and unspeakable quest—ashen landscapes, snatches of subdued memories and sickly hallucinations intermingle and break the frontiers of space, time and reason up, until he expires.

To give life to this post-modern story, in the post-apocalyptic tradition of literature, visual arts and cinema, we tried to create a special relation between music, mixing, images and words. We therefore collaborated with various artists who transposed Hord’s score and lyrics in their work: Jochem Jacobs (producer) ; Jakob Arevarn (director, designer) ; David Lundmark (photographer) ; Pär Olofsson (graphic designer) ; David Sandberg (model) ; Colin Vauthier (logo, layout).

The Waste Land is the hybrid result of this human and artistic experience.

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released 13 November 2010

HORD - THE WASTE LAND - produced by Jochem Jacobs (Textures) and HORD. Artwork by Jakob Arevarn, David Lundmark, Pär Olofsson and Colin Vauthier. Music by HORD. Lyrics and concept album by Jonathan Devaux

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hord Montpellier

Since 2002, HORD delivers a powerful groove, cyber, djent and progessive melodic metal, influenced by bands like Textures, Meshuggah, Misery Signals, Sybreed, Scar Symmetry, Soilwork and Mnemic. Two albums has been released : "Reborn From Chaos" (2006) and "The Waste Land" (2011), produced by Jochem Jacobs (Textures). ... more

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Track Name: Subdued Voices
A deathly hush reigns as I walk the streets / A total absence of outside noise pollution / Only seeming quiet places, I’m speechless / Illusory silence / My trembling voice inside echoes like a creeping sound drowned into the abyss / Fighting against my stillness to resurface

Fixed stare on darkness of a stationary world / Reduced to a silent and eerie contemplation / Nothing emerging from dust / I can’t breathe a single word / And call this bloody shambles a bloody shambles / Desolation, devastation before my very eyes / I can’t break the silence and come out of my muted shell / I’m wandering the streets like a lost soul / I’m assailed with inner noises of the ancient world / Intermingling sounds emerging in the depths of my being / Funeral laments, Nuptial songs invade me and deafen me

Millions of voices resound in my hollow body / Resonant memories of my humanity / Despairing, popular songs / Sirens hymns emerging from dark

What is that sound bursting out of myself / A life instinct taking flight high in the air / Endless moans escaping from me / Brutal and deafening like the cry of a newborn dead / But who are those hooded hordes screaming over and over inside my head / I can’t get rid of this cacophony / I’m wandering the streets like a lost soul / I’m assailed with inner noises of the ancient world / Intermingling sounds emerging in the depths of my being

Millions of voices resound in my hollow body / Resonant memories of my humanity / Despairing, popular songs / Sirens hymns emerging from dark

Voices bemoaning in my ears / I can hear all these screams in my head

Subdued voices deafening me, deafening me