Act of faith

by Auto Dafe

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We rise with the initial detailed account known as 'Hate Crimes Of The New Millennium', a very tough, resistant number that grinds itself out with taut effect and continual inducement. Tepid tones begin and are slightly simmered with a sub-skank rhythm and hot roasted vocalisation. The drums pitter patter in good time as well as offering something more resonant and tribal beneath. Momentary breathers are taken as strings peel away in a single strum salute, bassism is briefly left to add its own angular touch and we persevere with the band through what is a fuckin' good opening account of slightly seared sonica that refuses to lash out unnecessarily. The production values suit the style, the blend of each player is choice and the ascension to greater levels of ill temperament are pleasing - yeah!

'Fight The Enemy' continues the flow without pointless urgency, the band have more confidence than that! Again the textures are carefully moulded into one end acoustic pseudo-abstraction with all aspects once more kept on a low flame but still capable of burning themselves into the attentive areas. Desperation is a new emotion thrown in, a call to arms it seems, this one has a greater degree of intent and is a sweet manoeuvre from the opening track. Both tracks sit cosily together, are obviously borne from the same noisy womb and have me intrigued as to how appropriately this lot would fit in on an eclectic gig to showcase varied rackets.

The third instalment is called 'I Lose My Soul', perhaps the most disjointed track and in parts stutters along and thus loses the embrace of the listener as the presumed hand in hand waltz is broken up with a stop/start motion. Cool club keyed pulses are joined by tepid guitars and cymbal insistences - we progress into a jerky patchwork verse that just isn't sewn together as neatly as could be. Eventually we hit a smoother moment where desperation is nicely played out and the band begin to thrive - emotion is there to be exploited, emboldened, bled dry. This may be not my thing entirely but there is much to acknowledge and build upon with the depth of input most notable. Not crud, not a cracker but a change in my usual fodder that I welcome. 'Your Law' adds more sonic water to the awaiting bowl of noise and we have a fuller sound, a wealthier essence with drums avoiding a clutter by oh so little and the guitars evading an overdose of corrosion by an equal measure. The song is carefully laid out before us and writhes with a black-lined life. A soft touch of sub-new romanticism seems to invade, yet more inklings towards something futuristic, lashings of independent influence - mmm - if I was judging this on the ludicrous criteria out there then I would be destined to pull out a grade of 'dud' but I have no such restrictions - this is worth my time and yours!

The heartbeat of 'God's Own Bloodbath' next and a song that provokes, throbs with ill will and fury before boiling over into a seething chorus that is pulled by the reins before all acoustica runs amok. Perspired, taut wired, well fired - the spit turns, the melodic meat is roasted and we have a song to bite into to. The lack of pace may be a mistake at this point as a rush is much needed but as a stand alone track this one works well. 'Forsaken' follows the set suit and moves up in saturation levels and has a blue light warning radiating from within. Each note is ground to dust, the band are trying darn hard to strain out harsh melodica and the atmospheric threat, underlying emergency and general balance of temperament is again satisfactory. A moment away from the madness cuts the tendons of tone in two - the snap apart - each has its own merits - we move to the final utterance - tension is still raging.

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released 26 January 2013

Written and performed by Francis Heath
Album art concept Francis Heath & Mat Horton
Photography Mat Horton

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Auto Dafe Manchester, UK

Auto Dafe has a collection of nice acoustics and blends of alternative rock giving a reggae mystic feel with a blend of beach music. Bringing you good music, & hard lyrics guaranteed to make you think. They’re music depicts Freedom, something that we all still fight for today weather we realize it or not. ... more

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Track Name: Hate crimes of the new millennium
We send such messages in planes to you
because our words you cannot hear them
bring your castles down on you
turn your democracy to dust
you sent your children here with guns
to rule over us like gods

I see freedom comes from the barrel of an AK47
here the empire comes from the ocean from the ocean
I’ll be free in heaven with a waist coat full of semtex in America
An F16 flew over turned our homes to rubble
never knew hate before now I know it well
oh such terror on your streets there’ll be
now we are the enemy
I see freedom comes from the barrel of an AK47
here the empire comes from the ocean from the ocean
I’ll be free in heaven with a waist coat full of semtex in America
In America they got big fucking cars
but they aint got souls or they aint got hearts
in America in America
you can buy a gun from the god damn shop
take it back home and shoot yourself
in America in America
You can say what you like
if your skin is white as your
Mexican slaves toil
day and night in America in America
Track Name: Fight the enemy
She looks good in uniform
take the Polaroid’s give them to the boys
Buy me a ticket for the Friday night show
Coming back then for an hour or so
didn’t sleep that night couldn’t shut my eyes
wanting to live I never wanna die
never wanna die never wanna die
never wanna die never I wanna die
All out of youth and energy we sent our
young to fight the enemy To fight the enemy
To fight the enemy we sent our young to fight the enemy
Like a piece of meat your property
A brand on you sold to me
could you sense the fear did you see or hear
did you look back did you look at me
in the heat of the east the sand it
gets in the heat in the heat
of the eastI never wanna die
never wanna die never wanna die
never wanna die never I wanna die
All out of youth and energy we sent our
young to fight the enemy To fight the enemy
To fight the enemy we sent our young to fight the enemy
All out of youth and energy we sent our
young to fight the enemy To fight the enemy
To fight the enemy we sent our young to die
All out of youth and energy we sent our
young to fight the enemy To fight the enemy
To fight the enemy we sent our young to fight the enemy
Track Name: I lose my soul
This thing is slowly killing me
Day by day piece by piece
This thing is killing me

Time ticks by I feel
it take more of me
How much longer will I be me?

Days go by I lose my self
I lose my soul completely
Every day I wake up tired again
I lose my soul completely

Fighting myself from sunrise
to sundown
Defined by noise
Poisoned by your voice
Fighting myself from sunrise
to sundown

Time ticks by I hear
your words more clearly
How much longer will I be me?

Days go by I lose my self
I lose my soul completely
Every day I wake up tired again
I lose my soul completely

Days go by I lose my self
I lose my soul completely
Every day I wake up tired again
I lose my soul completely
Track Name: Your Law
This is your law not mine
empty words fill empty minds
the only truth be told is one
that you can never know
let’s take back our hearts
take back our minds
this is your law not mine
I dream of freedom from this disease
I dream of freedom from tyranny
all your words empty & blind
this is your law not mine
We stand accused by men
of crimes created in there head
for thinking thoughts against the law
passion spent were dead again
conformity to absolution
absolute conformity
let’s take back our hearts
take back our minds
this is your law not mine
I dream of freedom from this disease
I dream of freedom from tyranny
all your words empty & blind
this is your law not mine
Take back our hearts take back our minds
take back our hearts take back our minds
let’s take back our hearts take back our minds
this is your law not mine
I dream of freedom from this disease
I dream of freedom from tyranny
all your words empty & blind
this is your law not mine
Track Name: God's own blood bath
Burn the worthless in their churches
make them pray to god from there
mosques are built on synagogues
policy is word of god
In the ancient land of Palestine that’s Israel to you & me
there’s a force of occupation with stars of David on their sleeve
but there aint no milk or honey for death camp refugees
just endless walls of concrete in god’s own misery
In god’s own god’s own in god’s own blood bath
there aint no god there in the holy land
Absolution from above
grown men believe this bullshit
ancient laws ancient rights
empty prayers past through time
In the ancient land of Palestine that’s Israel to you & me
there’s a force of occupation with stars of David on their sleeve
but there aint no milk or honey for death camp refugees
just endless walls of concrete in god’s own misery
In god’s own god’s own in god’s own blood bath
there aint no god there in the holy land
In gods own god’s own in god’s own blood bath
there aint no god there in the holy land
Track Name: Forsaken
Give you my poor heart
you tear it all apart
Hold me till the end
don’t leave me here again
Outrun the past
before I sink into
the deep abyss
I never wanted things
to end this way
I wanted to go all the way
You don’t know me
no not the way that I know you
you try to fake it
but you can’t fake this every day
I will not forsake you
forsake you forsake you
I will not forsake you
forsake you I will not
You look bored of me
the way you look at everybody
I see right through you
you outgrew me and let me rot
to nothing forgotten
I guess I don’t mean anything to you
I will not forsake you
forsake you forsake you
I will not forsake you
forsake you I will not
Give you my poor heart
you tear it all apart
Hold me till the end
don’t leave me here again
you tear it all apart
I will not forsake you
forsake you forsake you
I will not forsake you
forsake you I will not
I will not forsake you
forsake you forsake you
I will not forsake you
forsake you I will not