“The Global Elite,” the debut album from Minneapolis industrial metal war machine Skrog, is now streaming over at bandcamp in its entirety or below in the widget. Skrog is the work of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/composer Jay Reiter and “The Global Elite” is an explosive, damning account of the current state of American politics and policies. Reiter went into a track-by-track dissertation of the album had this to say about the themes explored on “The Global Elite”:
Skrog’s ‘The Global Elite’ is the perfect summarization of 2012. It reflects on a lot of the political turmoil across the globe. It speaks out to the ‘99%.’ It reflects on the ‘Occupy’ movement. It speaks out against terrorism. And best of all, it speaks to people around the world. Although the album focuses quite a bit on America and its global policies, a lot of issues The Global Elite addresses affect everyone. No matter who you are or where you come from, Skrog’s ‘The Global Elite’ will move and affect you.
The album starts out with ‘The Revelation’, a song which draws parallels between the current global state of affairs and the last book of the Bible. The second track, ‘MK-Ultra,’ is a song about the declassified CIA operation that involved dosing unaware U.S. citizens with illegal mind altering drugs. Military Industrial Complex uses samples from Eisenhower’s farewell address and JFK’s ‘Monolithic’ speech to paint a grim picture of an unheeded warning against current military expansion.
The fourth track, ‘Submit,’ is a fast paced declaration of resistance against the Global Elite.’ End of the World (As You Know It),’ the album’s fifth track, is a prediction of the end of peace in America and the start of global nuclear war. The album takes a turn at the sixth track into political doom and gloom; ‘Dark Metamorphosis’ poses a more surreal apocalypse – the rise of the undead. ‘The Hunter’ and ‘The Hunted’ comprise a two-part concept; the former an instrumental that takes the listener through a soundscape of the synthetic and the acoustic, the latter being a fast paced thrash song about the lives of the elite through their own eyes.
Skrog recently released a video for “My Dark Metamorphosis,” which can be viewed after the jump. That track was recently on the short zombie film “Arise.”
The Global Elite by Skrog