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

K I I C H I chaos – Ramen Tatsu-Ya from Lobo Sucio Creative on Vimeo.

Here is a wonderful little present my dear friends at Lobo Sucio created for me. This was shot amidst the recording of Trivium’s “VI” in Austin, Texas. 

One fateful day – I was hungry (as always) – and my new foodie soul-mates at Lobo took me to Ramen Tatsu-ya, a little oasis in Austin not unlike a mini-Japan. The folks at Tatsu-ya do a perfect bowl of Ramen and I’m proud to say I downed at least 3 bowls in that shoot alone. From my initial introduction to Tatsu-ya, I found new friends in the staff and owners alike, and found a new spot in the USA that has some of the best food I’ve come across.

Basically – you need to get to Tatsu-ya. My current favorite is the Tsukemen or “Dipping Ramen” – surprisingly – it was my first time ever trying that style at Tatsu-ya.

If you’re unfamiliar with Lobo Sucio, they are the multi-medium-extraordinaires who create some truly fantastic visual art spanning across photography, videography, and film. Lobo Sucio is doing the Trivium documentary that surrounds “VI”; both in photo and video.

Be sure to get on their site and check out some of the work they’ve done with Sorne – my new favorite Austin artist (check out the short film Lobo did for Sorne – breathtaking stuff). 

If you dig the tunes in the background of this piece – that’s ol’ Kiichi-kun on the jams.

Enjoy this little food episode my friends created for me. Thank you Lobo’s, thank you Tatsu-ya’s.