I was recently asked to ghost-write a song for a contemporary band. The song ended up not being used, so I decided you guys may enjoy it. Here it is, “The Wretchedness Inside.”

 

music, lyrics, engineering, production, mixing, and mastering by Matthew Kiichi Heafy

(downloadable link; click on the title below)

 

The Wretchedness Inside

 

You think you’ve won but you don’t stand a chance

Determination is a flame that lives right inside of my bones

You think you buried me but I’ve come back from the dead

You better aim for my head

 

Submerged in dirt: it was never enough

This weightless earth never could hold me down

I’ve had my eyes on my target since birth

Those who oppose? I dismember my rivals

 

I must emancipate my pain

To ensure an unrivaled reign

 

I’m tearing at the seams

I’ve fallen to my knees

I’m begging for the

Strength to kill the wretchedness inside

 

The wretchedness inside

 

My nemesis is one inherent in me

My devastation is the bane of existence and I just can’t kill this beast

Without the fight of a lifetime

For it’s the struggle in me

 

Submerged in dirt: it was never enough

This weightless earth never could hold me down

I’ve had my eyes on my target since birth

Those who oppose? I dismember my rivals

 

I must emancipate my pain

To ensure an unrivaled reign

 

I’m tearing at the seams

I’ve fallen to my knees

I’m begging for the

Strength to kill the wretchedness inside

 

I’m tearing at the seams

I’ve fallen to my knees

I’m begging for the

Strength to kill the wretchedness inside

 

This blood I bleed, I bleed only for me

This blood I bleed, I bleed only for me

 

Solo

 

This blood I bleed, I bleed only for me

 

I’m tearing at the seams

I’ve fallen to my knees

 

I’m tearing at the seams

I’ve fallen to my knees

I’m begging for the

Strength to kill the wretchedness inside

 

I’m tearing at the seams

I’ve fallen to my knees

I’m begging for the

Strength to kill the wretchedness inside

 

The wretchedness inside

 

This blood I bleed, I bleed only for me

This blood I bleed, I bleed only for me

 

The wretchedness inside

Dawn Of A Golden Age (click to download)

This track was written and produced by myself; it features Dani Filth (Cradle Of Filth) on lead vocals, Mike Smith (Suffocation) on drums, Sean Malone (Cynic) on bass, Justin (3 Inches Of Blood) on guitar, me on guitars, Jason Suecof on piano.

I’m not sure who missed this album or this track (or the other 4 tracks I appeared on (3 I wrote, 1 I sang on that Dino (FF) wrote)), but this is certainly one of my favorites from the whole session. Black Metal has always held a very special place in my heart – and it was a terrific experience to be able to create my interpretation of the genre with some of the best musicians from the Extreme-music field.

Enjoy.