Fictitious Obsession

by Insidious Reign

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Where the vultures gather, there is death. It does not hunt, it merely scavenges off the carrion. The ancients viewed it as the death eater, feeding off death to sustain it's own life. This is the main reason we have chosen the vulture as the central figure in our artwork. It symbolizes the nature of the ruling class. Forever lurking, waiting to feed off of our suffering and misery. The vulture is also revered in African cultures and is indigenous to South Africa.

Our society has been shaped and controlled by six systems or pillars. Each track is about the evolution and eventual misappropriation of each pillar by the ruling class. These pillars, being the monetary, educational, religious, entertainment, healthcare and military industrial complexes, have all been manipulated to produce and maintain a subservient and docile populace.

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released March 1, 2017

All music written and recorded by Insidious Reign
Intro on title track "Fictitious Obsession" composed and arranged by Francesco Ferrini
Drums recorded at B Sharp Studios
Vocals recorded at Soundhouse 29 Studios
Mixed and mastered by 16th Cellar Studio

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Insidious Reign Johannesburg, South Africa

In 2015, at the southern tip of the dark continent, a storm was brewing. The dawning of a new era and the birth of a new plague, Insidious Reign. Five individuals bound together by a mutual lust for the extreme. With their mid-2015 Live Debut as supporting act for the internationally recognized band Aborted on their tour of South Africa, serving as only a taste of this band's capabilities. ... more

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Track Name: Fictitious Obsession (feat Francesco Ferrini)
Traced back to the temples of old
The merchants traded with impermanent paper
Legitimate commerce formalised by the bold
An illusionary order had strengthened its hold

Awaken now, observe the tragedy, calamity
Man made catastrophe
The modern creation of economic digital slavery...
Do we continue cyclic consumption
Or transcend these self-imposed restraints

Condemned to submit to the subjugation
These institutions own our lives
They decide every mans worth and subject him to employment
With the greed of the corporate machine
The elite, like royalty, mitigate their ad diction to acquisition
Keep the sheep clamouring for instant gratification
There's always profits to be reaped in the sale of commodities
Presenting the incentive

Invest in war

Denouncing honour for the sake of profit
Trading life at the click of a button
A unit of labour created at debt
How have you all been so deceived into accepting these things

Awaken now, observe the tragedy, calamity
Man made catastrophe
The modern creation of economic digital slavery...
Do we continue cyclic consumption
Or transcend these self-imposed restraints

Bail out the bankers, maintain the infinite growth paradigm

In the delirium of rampant consumerism
An artificial construct, a pernicious deceit
We caused the atrophy
No thought of sustainability
We are the bane of all creation
Doomed to a life of ruin
Track Name: Death of Reason
What started out as a movement for peace
Through the ages tainted by humanity as it degenerates

Unfolding through the aeons
Through the phases of dominion

In the eternal pursuit for the essence of being
Anthropomorphising celestial bodies
Assigning deities to the inexplicable
Absolving wickedness from the realm of man to an invisible hand

Keep the masses on their knees and praying for deliverance
Subservient ideology, asinine cultivation

Belief in these absurdities
Only serve as an aid to propagate
Their inherent self-deception

Keep the masses on their knees and praying for deliverance
Subservient ideology, asinine cultivation

Slaughtered for conflicting faith
Inflict an inquisition
Conquerors on a holy mission
All for his glory, for his majesty

In the perpetual search for meaning
Prevailing dogmas are dividing commonality

Behead in the name of our lord, consumed in the great delusion
Devolve into sectarian existence
Behold, the death of reason
Track Name: The Vile Maxim
Discharged upon this world, a blank slate ready to be filled
Victims of culture, each path has been predetermined
Aberrant structures, groom these complacent loyal subjects
Taught to conform and obey

Another cog in the industrial machine
Trained for lives of subordination
A ceremonial indoctrination
The syllabus decides
Classification based on reward
Trading knowledge for a compliant drone
The broader understanding withheld

The vile maxim
Just another establishment
Manufacturing consent
Altering history to exalt the dominant

Regurgitating on command
Subjects chosen, memorised and replicated
Reluctantly selecting a vocation
Addicted to material gain

These docile automatons
Benighted to the plight of fellow creatures
Never truly reaching their potential
Dreams are merely secondary

Mass public failure by design
The collapse of civic intellect

And so they shape and limit their perspectives
You manipulate the narrative
Re-educate, the only way to escape the apathy
Or succumb to cognitive dissonance
Track Name: Perversion of the Nescient
Gathered at the coliseum, the arena of lunacy

Gazing at the gladiators as they hack at the limbs
A vassal of aristocracy
To observe this human circus, a familiar pastime

Mere slaves dying by the blade
All for the sake of keeping you entertained
No hope in their pleas for grace
Feverishly they welcome death, it elates

Enter the chariots, just another distraction

Every event created to divert the minds of men with the games we play
These principles permeate, seeping within the assemblage

The bloodlust is evident
And it’s ingrained in our nature
For we are born of this malevolence
The deprivation of nurture

Since the advent of the printing press
The masquerade took another form
Exploiting this inherent weakness
Entwining propaganda, the fear mongers promote a new agenda
Proliferating faith

Appropriated by a myriad empires
Bastardised by ill intent
Disseminated to the sycophant audience
The choruses of agony
The scripture is designed to bring forth hate

Commandeering our recreation, to facilitate their deeds
Spoken word, apprehended
With the aid of technological progression
The transmission of radio waves

This beast took flight
Polluting your consciousness
Sowing the divide
Engulfed in the artifice

Behold the television
Disengage and unwind
All of the wasted time
Enthralled by a fictional emotive sequence
Unequipped for the struggles of the daily grind
Over encumbered by reality

This tube is the gospel, the ultimate revelation

Bypassing logic, circumventing our reasoning
Programmed to pursue want as need

Altering brain waves for hypnosis of the hive mind

Oh what stain of an existence
A life spent living in a prison
Constant spectators accepting the tide of impressions
A wretched state of self destruction

An attention deficit

Attention deficit

Preoccupation with this virtual interest, a nonexistence
A hollow truth, simulated subsistence
We're digging our own graves
The timeless art, perversion of the nescient.
Track Name: Chemical Straitjacket
Oh lord Asclepius, the bearer of the serpent
Our surgeons long for thee
Erudition lost to time
Great skills of the physician are now immutably forgotten

Devoured by superstition
Psychosis confused for demonic
Science expelled
A mistaken curse upon your flesh
They leave the maggots to feast

Regress to savagery

Introduce a new incentive
Healthcare a mere by-product
Crude methods of medicine
Subjected to barbarity to discover the cause of all our afflictions

Research sponsored and absorbed by industry
To induce a lifetime of disease
The helpless patients just kept alive by a thread
Over medicate them, create a childlike dependence

Generate diagnosis, to big pharma’s delight
Sowing sickness, to reap the returns

Treatment has been formulated to trigger a casual nexus
Entrapped within a chemical straitjacket
Left to wade through the blank crevasses of a mind, now contaminated
Waiting for a saint to promise the panacea

This is an assault on the mind an attack on your body, a broken oath
Depersonalised condition
Designed to profit from blight

Oh lord Asclepius, the bearer of the serpent
Our surgeons long for thee
Erudition lost to time
Great skills of the physician are now immutably forgotten

They could not put a patent upon nature
They engineered it and took over the biosphere

With every bite
You're steadily approaching death
Noxious concoctions leading to a sense of emptiness
Consciousness bombarded by intoxicants
Genetics modified, perturbing this mortal coil

With open arms, we welcome the approaching abyss
Track Name: War Prestige
Malice, a characteristic
Encoded in our genes
All of this hate and aggression needs directing
Throughout the annals of our history, we've glorified conflict

Settlements form in defence
Safety from the bandits
With the ever-bigger threat
Fortifications constructed
Agriculture thrives
Nourishing the soldiers
Populations explode
Resources depleted

Neighbouring towns exposed
Violently invaded
Surpluses stockpiled
Populace deleted

And so they strive for conquest with their empires
The infamy of war prestige

The mythic tales of the monarchies forged in battle
Dynastic rule claimed sovereignty

Dominion gained by expansion
Discord ensues

From chiefdoms to kingdoms
We've pillaged and plundered
Punished the enemies
Pre-empt the aggressors

Inclined to obtain any asset beneficial to the state
Evolving the weaponry of infantry
Resulting in fire
The shield and blade yield to gunpowder

The introduction of the iron canon unleashed horrors unimaginable
Redrawing borders
Forcing nobility into nation states

And so they strive for conquest with their empires
The infamy of war prestige

The mythic tales of the monarchies forged in battle
Dynastic rule claimed sovereignty

With colonisation
Artillery brokered modernisation

The mercenary
Marching to combat wilfully

The craft of metallurgy
Recreated at an industrial scale
Create a coalition and wealth will accumulate
Rebuild what you have destroyed, strife is lucrative

Remove all signs of dissidence, install their constituents
Riches are ripped from the land. Gold, oil and iron ore

For centuries incursions orchestrated, fooled by the common foe
Brothers in arms, bound together
Unaware of the causality, as they unleash an epoch of nuclear winter

Famine befalls as life fades to ash
The aftermath of blotting out the sun
Smoke rises from our burning cities
Fallout envelops the stratosphere
Spreading the darkness of night
Mass extinction at our own hands
Total annihilation until the light returns
To a barren earth devoid of life