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In September 2012 Goth Industrial artists, More Machine Than Man, returned with the full length album, Dark Matter. This twelve-song collection represents the most powerful and relevant songwriting of MMTM's long career. Dark Matter is a quantum leap forward in focus, production, and the possibility of wide commercial appeal.

More Machine Than Man wrote and developed Dark Matter between 2002 and 2012, in home studios, as they relocated from Boston to Louisville and then Seattle. More Machine recorded, produced and mixed the vast majority of this album themselves, but did collaborate again with En Esch (Slick Idiot, Pigface and KMFDM) and Romell Regulacion (Razed <in> Black). En Esch produced the guitar Industrial romps Deserve and Why?, as well as providing some vocal editing and processing on Nothing More and Stranger than Fiction. Romell Regulacion contributed additional keyboard performances on Stranger than Fiction.

As on earlier releases, More Machine Than Man covers a great deal of musical territory on Dark Matter. From uptempo, dance floor scorchers like Something Good, Why?, and Inside through angry, mid tempo stomps like Last Try and Break Out, to the emotional epics Nothing More, Rotten Wine, Heaven and Hell and The Darkest Days; MMTM refuses to repeat themselves while maintaining a cohesive sonic palette. The swing tinged Stitch incorporates Andrews Sisters style harmonies, exploding all attempts at categorization, while being the most appealing piece of song craft on Dark Matter.

More Machine Than Man continues to avoid the trend and cliché within the Goth Industrial genre that guarantees commercial viability, but MMTM draws more directly on the strong songwriting tradition of The Cure and Depeche Mode. The pop accessibility of MMTM songs is closely in line with crossover successes like Garbage and Nine Inch Nails. Though More Machine incorporates strong heavy metal elements, the overall effect of Dark Matter is similar to contemporaries IAMX and The Kills.

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released September 1, 2012

All songs written by MMTM. All vocals written and performed by MMTM.[1] • All instrumentals written and performed by MMTM.[2] • All songs arranged and produced by MMTM.[3] • All songs engineered and mixed by MMTM.[4] • All songs mastered by Chris Hanzsek at Hanzsek A/V • All design, photography, art direction by MMTM.

1. ˆExcept additional vocals on Why? by En Esch (Slick Idiot).
2. ˆExcept synth and drum performances on Why? by En Esch (Slick Idiot).
2. ˆExcept additional synth and drum performances on Deserve by En Esch (Slick Idiot).
2. ˆExcept additional synth performances on Stranger than Fiction by Romell Regulacion (Razed <in> Black).
3. ˆExcept arrangement and production on Why? and Deserve by En Esch(Slick Idiot).
4. ˆExcept additional vocal editing & processing on Stranger than Fiction & Nothing More by En Esch (Slick Idiot).
4. ˆExcept engineering and mixing on Why? by En Esch (Slick Idiot).

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More Machine Than Man Seattle, Washington

In 2000, More Machine Than Man exploded out of the clubs in Boston and New York, fueled by dynamic, guitar driven industrial- dance that is defined by undeniable hooks and pop sensibility. MMTM was formed in 1998 by two musicians under the pseudonyms, Tasha Katrine and Rob Zilla. The pair built a computer-based recording studio and began writing and recording original Goth-Industrial material. ... more

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Track Name: Inside
I would put it all at risk
I’d ruin everything…

I would put it all at risk
I’d ruin everything
Just to get a taste
Of what it would feel like
Tie me up I’ll sacrifice
Lock me into your device
Not a virtue but a vice
Recreate me to entice
Just to get a sense
Of what life could be like

Chorus:
To be inside
A world where I belong
Be inside deep inside
To be inside
Not consumed by what’s gone wrong
Flawless faultless just like you
To be inside
A world where I believe
Deep inside for the ride
To be inside
All my dreams can be achieved
Perfect clone I’m one of you

Could I leave my life behind
Lose my identity?
To become the very thing
That you all desire
Plastic dolly fuckable
Sold as indestructible
Cliché and unoriginal
Copy culture, spinnable
Fabricated beautiful
Taylor-made and suitable
Talent indisputable
Purchased praise and approval
Just to be a product
You must acquire

Chorus:
If I’m inside
A world I don’t belong
Deep inside on the ride
Will I reject
All right and make it wrong?
I’m imperfect but I’m true
Am I too proud
To give up and concede?
Deep inside safe inside
In your world
I’ll die trying to succeed
They were right I’m not like you

Break:
Inside
Deep inside
Be inside
Be inside
Deep inside
Be inside
Just to get a taste
Of what life could be like
Be inside
Deep inside

Chorus:
If I’m inside
A world I don’t belong
Deep inside, dead inside
Will I reject
All right and make it wrong?
Realized I’m not like you
Am I too blind, too blind
To see it’s what I need?
So outside out of sight
In your world
I would lose just to succeed
Never will be one of you
Just not right I’m not like you
Just not right
I’m not like
Not like you
Track Name: Break Out
Cold desperation
Kiss altercation
Threadbare and burning
Lazy, yet yearning

Bridge:
All I care to say
Groomed and then led astray
Lonely within the fray
Welcomed, I turn away

Chorus:
Dancing
Calling
Falling
Bawling
Crawling
Fawning
Yawning
Mauling
We break out tonight…

Float down above it
Hopeful it plummets
Twisted reflections
Familiar dimension

Bridge:
All I care to say
Groomed and then led astray
Lonely within the fray
Welcomed, I turn away

Chorus:
Dancing
Calling
Falling
Bawling
Crawling
Fawning
Yawning
Mauling
We break out tonight…

Break

Cold desperation
Kiss altercation
Threadbare and burning
Lazy, yet yearning

Bridge:
All I care to say
Groomed and then led astray
Lonely within the fray
Welcomed, I turn away

Chorus:
Dancing
Calling
Falling
Bawling
Crawling
Fawning
Yawning
Mauling
We break out tonight
We break out tonight
Tonight
We break out tonight
Tonight
We break out tonight
Track Name: Stitch
You got me spinning in circles
And now I've got no direction
We’re always hungry and raw
Yet so far from perfection
Perfection

Which way’s up and which way’s down
We won’t know until we’ve hit the ground
Pull out all the guns now baby
This pressure is driving me crazy

Chorus:
No center to this gravity
Don’t know what’s come over me
No quest for longevity
Just stitch the wound that sets me free
A fuse too short to get away
Gods have lost yet I still pay
No center to this gravity
Don’t know what’s come over me
No quest for longevity
Just stitch the wound that sets me free

No choice but seeing this through
We’ve been confused by distractions
Prepare yourself to be bold
Slam this machine into action

Just two steps from six feet down
No choice but to stand our ground
Pull out all the stops now baby
We go out with all guns blazing

Chorus:
No center to this gravity
Don’t know what’s come over me
No quest for longevity
Just stitch the wound that sets me free
A fuse too short to get away
Gods have lost yet I still pay
No center to this gravity
Don’t know what’s come over me
No quest for longevity
Just stitch the wound that sets me free

Break:
Got to stitch me
Just enough to keep me going
Never giving up
Got a lot of living to do
Can you fill me up?
So that I can keep it burning
Always running hot
Got a lot of killing to do
You got to stitch me up, stitch me up
Got a lot of killing to do
You got to stitch me up, stitch me up
Stitch, stitch, stitch me up

Chorus:
No center to this gravity
Don’t know what’s come over me
No quest for longevity
Just stitch the wound that sets me free
A fuse too short to get away
Gods have lost yet I still pay
No center to this gravity
Don’t know what’s come over me
No quest for longevity
Just stitch the wound that sets me free
A fuse too short to get away
Gods have lost yet I still pay
No center to this gravity
Don’t know what’s come over me
No quest for longevity
Just stitch the wound that sets me free
Track Name: Deserve (Featuring En Esch)
I’m done with your ego
I’m through with your lies
Enough of the bullshit
I’ve grown to despise
You’re nothing but weakness
There’s nothing but fear here
Your eyes are so empty
And now it’s all become so clear

Chorus:
I don’t think so
No, I don’t think so
You ran and lost your nerve
You can’t have what I deserve

How could you dismiss me
After all we’ve been through
Knew you’d try to fuck me
You thought I'd just let you

Chorus:
I don’t think so
No, I don’t think so
You ran and lost your nerve
You can’t have what I deserve

You’re lost and you’re fading
With wounds that won’t heal
So low and degrading
That nothing is real
How could you dismiss me
You’re running inside now
Don’t know where you’re going
Knew you’d try to fuck me
To tired to hide now
And live the lies that you have spread

Chorus:
I don’t think so
No, I don’t think so
You ran and lost your nerve
You can’t have what I deserve
I don’t think so
No, I don’t think so
Ran away and lost your nerve
You can’t have what I deserve

Break:
You tried to hold me down
In every way
So sad to have lost a friend
On that day
I never needed you in any way
So don’t think you’re entitled to
What I've become today

How could you dismiss me
After all we’ve been through
Knew you’d try to fuck me
You thought I'd just let you

Chorus:
I don’t think so
No, I don’t think so
You ran and lost your nerve
You can’t have what I deserve
I don’t think so
No, I don’t think so
Ran away and lost your nerve
You can’t have what I deserve

Live the lies that you have spread…
Track Name: Rotten Wine
You do what you want to do
I can’t take control of you
Fill your veins with rotten wine
Could not rescue you in time

Bridge:
I can’t tell you without lying
Everything will be ok.
I can’t say it without crying
Everything will be ok.

Chorus:
I could not stop
The madness, heal your sadness
Quit defending, stop descending
I could not stop
The madness, stop the sadness
Why was my love not enough?

You did what you wanted to
I was always there for you
Poison took you in your prime
Could not cleanse yourself in time

Bridge:
I can’t tell you without lying
Everything will be ok
Couldn’t stop the body dying
Live without you everyday

Chorus:
I could not stop
The madness, heal your sadness
Quit defending, stop descending
I could not stop
The madness, stop the sadness
Why was my love not enough?

Break

Chorus:
I could not stop
The madness, heal your sadness
Quit defending, stop descending
I could not stop
The madness, stop the sadness
Why was my love not enough?
Track Name: Why? (Remastered) [Featuring En Esch]
Why can’t you take a look at yourself?
Before you try and judge someone else

Why can’t there be some understanding?
Why can’t there be some sense of hope?
Why can’t see good will between men?
Why can’t there be some joy in the end?

Why must we live so blinded by faith?
Why must we live isolated in grace?
Why must we keep this intolerant face?
Leaving it all, just laid to waste.

Chorus:
Why can’t you take a look at yourself?
Before you try and judge someone else
Why can’t you take a look at yourself?
Before you try and judge someone else

Break:
Why must I feel this cold and alone?
Why must I feel this sense of regret?
Rotting away, I dwell in my rage
Whey must I know the depth of my hate?

Chorus:
Why can’t you take a look at yourself?
Before you try and judge someone else
Why can’t you take a look at yourself?
Before you try and judge someone else

Why can’t see good will between men?
Why can’t there be some joy in the end?

Chorus:
Why can’t you take a look at yourself?
Before you try and judge someone else
Why can’t you take a look at yourself?
Before you try and judge someone else
Track Name: Stranger than Fiction (Featuring Razed In Black)
Built for more than pleasure
Programmed for perfection
Your attention to affection
Makes me love you like a god
Digital obsession
Make you my possession
I’ll devour by the hour
Until I have your love inside

Chorus:
Sometimes
Life is stranger than fiction
Sometimes
Life is stranger than fiction
Stranger than fiction

Sign-in for excitement
Pixel-perfect lover
You’ll discover many others
Choose to live inside our games
Join the online party
To be nice or naughty
Only price for your new life
Is giving up your body
Giving us your body.
We’ll slice and price your body

Chorus:
Sometimes
Life is stranger than fiction
Sometimes
Life is stranger than fiction
Life is stranger than fiction
Sometimes
Life is stranger than fiction
Sometimes
Life is stranger than fiction
Life is stranger than fiction

Break:
Science and machines
Make the flesh complete
Exploring the obscene
Humanity obsolete

Chorus:
Sometimes
Life is stranger than fiction
Sometimes
Life is stranger than fiction
Life is stranger than fiction
Sometimes
Life is stranger than fiction
Sometimes
Life is stranger than fiction
Life is stranger than fiction

Stranger than fiction
Life is stranger than fiction
Stranger than fiction
Track Name: Nothing More
Lost within this strange device
War machines that scan for life
I move upon this dark terrain
Searching for warmth in vain

Chorus:
There’s nothing more that I can do
Than search this ruined earth for you

Desperation all around
Thick dust fills the darkened sky
Fleeing from unstable ground
Faces blur when they pass by

Chorus:
There’s nothing more that I can do
Than search this ruined earth for you
There’s nothing more that I can do
There’s no life worth searching for
Without you there is nothing more
Than search this ruined earth for you

Break:
You left before I could say I love you
Can’t live without you in my life
Nothing more that I want than to hold you
I’ll find you and we’ll be all right

Lost within this strange device
War machines that scan for life
I move upon this dark terrain
Searching for warmth in vain

Chorus:
There’s nothing more that I can do
Than search this ruined earth for you
There’s nothing more that I can do
There’s no life worth searching for
Without you there is nothing more
Than search this ruined earth for you
There’s no life worth searching for
Without you there is nothing more
(Without you, without you, without you)
There’s nothing more that I can do
There’s no life worth searching for
(There’s nothing more, there’s nothing more)
Without you there is nothing more
Than search this ruined earth for you
There’s no life worth searching for
Without you there is nothing more
Track Name: Something Good
I can feel it all around me
I’m shaking, I’m exposed, no dignity
I don’t x-ray vision to see the possibilities
I don’t need the television to tell me what I need

Bridge:
I just need to feel something good
I just need to feel something good

Chorus:
Because there may not be a tomorrow
We’ve got to live our dreams today
No there may not be a tomorrow
We’ve got to live our dreams today
Because there may not be a tomorrow
We’ve got to live our dreams today
No there may not be a tomorrow
Tomorrow, tomorrow

I can taste it just out of reach
I’m longing, I’m burning, lost in my need
I don’t need your derision to feed the rage inside of me
And I don’t need your revelation to tell me what I see

Bridge:
I just need to feel something good
I just need to feel something good

Chorus:
Because there may not be a tomorrow
We’ve got to live our dreams today
No there may not be a tomorrow
We’ve got to live our dreams today
Because there may not be a tomorrow
We’ve got to live our dreams today
No there may not be a tomorrow
Tomorrow, tomorrow

Break:
Lost in a chaotic state
Terrorists are at the gate
Not much left to contemplate
We must survive assimilate…
But I’m going to stay inside
Won’t live my life afraid to fly
Or underneath the camera’s eye
There is no freedom otherwise
So free from my troubled mind
Hold me till my soul unwinds
Leave the hate that makes us blind
Seize the pleasures we can find
Seize the pleasures we can find

Chorus:
Because there may not be a tomorrow
We’ve got to live our dreams today
No there may not be a tomorrow
We’ve got to live our dreams today
Because there may not be a tomorrow
We’ve got to live our dreams today
No there may not be a tomorrow
Tomorrow, tomorrow

I can feel it all around me
I’m shaking, I’m exposed, no dignity
I don’t x-ray vision to see the possibilities
I don’t need the television to tell me what I need

Bridge:
I just need to feel something good
I just need to feel something good

Chorus:
Because there may not be a tomorrow
We’ve got to live our dreams today
No there may not be a tomorrow
We’ve got to live our dreams today
Because there may not be a tomorrow
We’ve got to live our dreams today
No there may not be a tomorrow
Tomorrow, tomorrow
Because there may not be a tomorrow
We’ve got to live our dreams today
No there may not be a tomorrow
Tomorrow, tomorrow
Track Name: Heaven and Hell
Wading through this darkness
Swimming in my fear
Tripping over progress
The promise I won’t hear

Waiting in the darkness
For the other shoe to fall
If I wait another day i’ll
Have nothing at all

Bridge:
If I wait another day
Another day, another day

Signal in the distance
Meaning never clear
Only for an instant
Then hope disappears

Searching in the darkness
For the truth, for something real
Alone I face another day
There’s nothing left to feel

Bridge:
Alone I face another day
Another day, another day

Chorus:
I can’t make my way to heaven
But I can slide right into hell
I can’t make my way to heaven
But I can slide right into hell
With you

Break:
I can’t make my way
Slide right into hell
I can’t make my way
Slide right into hell

Chorus:
I can’t make my way to heaven
But I can slide right into hell
I can’t make my way to heaven
But I can slide right into hell
With you

Wading through this darkness
Swimming in my fear
Tripping over progress
The promise I won’t hear

Waiting in the darkness
For the other shoe to fall
If I wait another day i’ll
Have nothing at all

Bridge:
If I wait another day
Another day, another day

Chorus:
I can’t make my way to heaven
But I can slide right into hell
I can’t make my way to heaven
But I can slide right into hell
With you

I can’t make my way to heaven
I going to side right into hell
(Waiting in the darkness)
With you
I’m going to slide
(If I wait another day)
With you
(Another day)
Slide right into hell
With you
(If I wait another day)
Slide right into hell
With you
(Another day, another day)
Track Name: Last Try
Everything I have, it just slips away
And I don’t know why you stay
In this life I've built, I have watched decay
And there’s nothing left to say
I crawl on hand and knee
The gods are mocking me
I scream and I plead
They won’t take you from me

Bridge:
Everything I have, it just slips away
And I don’t know why you stay

Chorus:
We wasted everything
Now you say let it go
I just can’t walk away
And let it die, let it die
Without one more try
I need one more try

Life tick, ticks away, closer every day
To the price I have to pay
Struggle endlessly, still you carry me
I would die to set you free

Bridge:
I’m on my hands and knees
They won’t stop taking from me
I plead and I scream
But no one listens to me

Chorus:
They’ve taken everything
Now they say let it go
That I should walk away
And let it die, let it die
Without one last try

Break:
I’ll face the curse
I’ll face the pain
But what will we gain?
Now we’re nearing the end
And I hunger still
Cannot crush my will
Choke down their bitter pill
I’ll know victory
When they think they see
There’s nothing left of me

Chorus:
We wasted everything
Now you say let it go
I just can’t walk away
And let it die, let it die
Without one more try
(And I don’t know)
They’ve taken everything
(And I don’t know why you stay)
Now they say let it go
(And I don’t know)
That I should walk away
(Let it die, let it die)
And let it die, let it die
Without one last try
(And I don’t know why you stay…)
I need one last try
(Let it die, let it die)
I need one more try
(And I don’t know why you stay…)
Give me one last try
(Let it die, let it die)
Before I let it die
Track Name: The Darkest Days
I see the lies behind your smile
And i’m taking it personally
You knew you’d have it all the while
Now i’m taking you on personally

You resent the way I live my life
You don’t want us to pursue our dreams
Your delusion of what freedom means
Is to dispense us as you please
For your personal needs

Bridge:
Maybe its time for me to leave?
Or is it time for you to flee?
There are others like me
To take you on personally

Chorus:
These are our darkest days
The darkest days of my generation
These are our darkest days
The darkest days of my generation

I know the path ahead is long
And we’re facing it with nothing to lose
It feels like all our hope is gone
Now victory’s all we can choose

With destruction as your legacy
You are fading from our memory
As we struggle to preserve the dream
We remember what it means
To live without your disease

Break:
Maybe its time for me to lead?
And its time for you to see
There are other like me
Who will take you on personally

Chorus:
These are our darkest days
The darkest days of my generation
These are our darkest days
The darkest days of my generation
These are our darkest days
The darkest days of my generation
These are our darkest days
The darkest days of my generation