12 Days of Static: Harsh Times On Planet Stoked – Track 8

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HARSH TIMES ON PLANET STOKED – Track 8

The title “Harsh Times On Planet Stoked” came from Blake Meahl. He explained that songwriting was like banging his head against the wall after touring, and being home became a bummer. Typically Blake is happy hesher, but during the summer of 2014, the pressure to finish writing our record wore him down.

I took his title and his music, wrote vocal melodies and lyrics that would capture the bummer summer. I took it further and set the scene on Planet Stoked, a world where humanity lost its way with indulgence and greed. Not unlike Planet Earth. “I feel extinction and exhaust, fueling holocaust.” The song is filled with memories of how it used to be, and how it got to be so bad…with the realization that there’s no one else to blame but ourselves.

“Harsh Times” is one of my favorite songs to perform live. It’s dramatic and a vocal party, where I launch through octaves, melodic singing and fry screams. Blake’s solo is so definitive and intangibly dark. This is a song that should be watched live on stage, the band really takes it to the next level.

“I’m done with crying in my sleep, dying in my dreams.” Harsh Times have finally left Planet Stoked.

Harsh Times On Planet Stoked

Harsh times are coming to Planet Stoked
We lost our orbit when we toked the devil’s smoke

Acid is falling, raining bad trips
Melting our memories with nothing to transmit

I’m done with crying in my sleep
Dying in my dreams

Phantom limbs, solar winds
Blistering the sky
Dimensions open wide

Cosmic war, nuclear
Nothing is the same
We are the ones to blame

Doom is ruling, deadly vaccine
There is no mercy when the master’s a machine

We lost our purpose, buried in bones
Burning with the fever of the sickly throne

I feel extinction and exhaust
Fueling holocaust

Phantom limbs, solar winds
Blistering the sky
Dimensions open wide

Cosmic war, nuclear
Nothing is the same
We are the ones to blame

We used to be entwined in fate
‘Til we swallowed black clouds
And birthed out storms of hate

Harsh Times On Planet Stoked

I’m done with crying in my sleep
Dying in my dreams

Phantom limbs, solar winds
Blistering the sky
Dimensions open wide

Cosmic war, nuclear
Nothing is the same
Nothing is the same

Phantom limbs, solar winds
Blistering the sky
Dimensions open wide

Cosmic war, nuclear
Nothing is the same
We are the ones to blame

Lyrics © Jill Janus 2015

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12 Days of Static: Jill Janus takes you on a track-by-track journey through the new “Melodic Metal Masterpiece” by Huntress, out 09/25/15 on Napalm Records. Watch for posts here & join us September 10th-21st at www.HuntressKills.com