by Khantra

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This album was Khantra's first time using a professional recording studio. It was recorded in one day back in August of 2001. It was mixed in one day the following October and due to conflicting bandmate schedules, wasn't properly released until the following January. For completists sake it is presented here exactly as it was released (except in digital format).


released January 15, 2002

Recorded and Mixed by Chris Badami at Portrait Recording Studios, Lincoln Park NJ.



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Khantra is a four-person augmented hardcore band hailing from northern New Jersey. Originally formed in 1998, Khantra was well-known for a unique experimental sound not limited by typical genres and constraints. Along with this dynamic nature, the band maintained a consistent emphasis on intense live performance, layered vocal arrangements, and detailed yet powerful song structures. ... more

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Track Name: Intro/Mouthpiece
Mouthpiece is your moniker,
Your words and actions all concur.
Masks on others mask your own,
Silent killer with a family tone.
Keep production at a steady pace.
Silent killer with a family face.
(they're always keeping us in mind
and you know that you'll be waiting in line)
Your dynasty thinks that you can't see what you're doing.
(what we do, cut down again)
We're not all at your command and when we take a stand,
it's what we're doing.
(marked with a growing scar)
You've read the lines, You've read the lies.
(marked with what you are)
Don't try to mask your surprise.
Track Name: Bad Omen
nervously i
i looked at my watch
but i didn't
see what time it was
i guess i was just
lost in something that was
is it safe for me to say
this mixture
is not soluble
no solution
all is impossible
i wish i could
make it obvious
or maybe i should
just try to hide it
the things we had
they are now in the past
so i'll just leave it up to you
i tried to build an excuse
i used cardboard and hot glue
and then i fell
appart on you
but what would you think
and i hope when it's gone
i don't think that it's wrong
i just want what you think
Track Name: Cutting Corners
somehow or another
it's likely that i'll discover
why everyone's more concerned
with getting ahead and not keeping up with
all the stupid fucks that are just like them
they're cutting corners
now they're gonna fit in
i don't want to ever fit in
your conscience knows
no boundaries
this system shows
no interest in me
seeing something only halfway through
it's easier to give up than to do
where we are
when we fall
Track Name: New Song
the stars invite
special attention
these words aren't right
no sense of redemption
and when you say that these things can't get any worse
you know they can't
and even if they could
i don't think that it's understood
what's understood
what's understood
i could never stand
so fuck you and
the indifferent past
Track Name: Universal
there's a sickness in our scene
kids with corporate scams and schemes
they'll book a show every night
make promoters have to fight
all the kids do what they're told
all the kids are bought and sold
don't be told to eat a dick
let them know you're sick of it

they've got dollar signs in their eyes
these corporate kids are on the rise
Track Name: Altercation
why is everything that i do
a sentence finished before it is through
what i can't do i'm expected to
and if i could i wouldn't want to now
i can't get back to now

and when you expect me
to say that isn't fair
can't you see that
nothing was ever there
i didn't want to see
i didn't want to breathe
what you took away from me
is something that you don't deserve to see now,
i don't think that you would understand
i didn't want to know
and if you weren't allowed
i know why you did want
i didn't want to know
why can't you take it from me.

you left me upstairs without a clue
and you said that was the best you could do
and i know why you were wrong
i'm gone you're gone "why are you so?" down
who's gonna help you down
Track Name: Inevitable Necessity
things are changing less eventually
i've found
this change to be an important key
we need
to unlock what tomorrow's being kept behind
purposely avoiding what's in front of me
a choice
to remain without purpose or reason
we find
realizations not surrounded by complacency

if an x marks
where we will stand
a symmetrical defense but we're still giving in
we're disagreeing
with so many reasons
our fists in the air
how many could be sincere

before the (you) fall
take notice to
the things that are gone

if it's not certain
does it need to be
is anything the way that you think it should be
everything will
whether we try or not
i just know that
i just know that it's wrong

before the (you) fall
take notice to
the things that'll soon be gone
Track Name: Lump Sum
something's wrong
inside of me
won't play along
can't see your plea
how can this
even exist
does it really
fucking exist

41 the lump sum of 4 blind mice deaf and dumb
41 the lump sum of 4 young dumb and armed with guns
it's a wallet not a gun

what we see
something grows
laws are just
walls with doors
portraying no

depending on something that is not within
maybe we're not asking enough questions
far away, why are we so