Vol. I: Enculturation

by A Constant Knowledge of Death

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This record is the culmination of over 2 years of dedicated songwriting, recording and production. Songs that each of us wrote, but never had homes for, came together to form this concept album about culture, individualism and identity.

The band started as "Exiles & Vagrants" in 2012 with Aaron and myself. We recruited two other gentlemen and wrote an EP intending to play live, but conflicts in scheduling and the departure of the other two members left us hopeless. A year went by without any activity.

Connor and I are very close friends and have collaborated in the past. I approached him about turning the band into a collective, in which each member would contribute individually written songs to be collected into volumes and released together under the same name. "Exiles & Vagrants" was shortened to "Vagrants," and then later changed to the name it is now.

The biggest issue we now faced was geography; Aaron and I live in Southern California and Connor lives in Miami, Florida for college. During the winter of 2013-2014 Connor came home for the holidays and we spent every night for several weeks recording all the guitars, bass and vocals. We planned to record one album but ended up with so much material that we split it in two. We spent the time up until now focusing on the first one.

The next year went by slowly. We recruited our mutual friend Mark Rivas to record drums for us over the summer, and after we had all those files we began production. This ended up being extremely difficult due to the time constraints of college and work, and the limitations of online communication (Miami to California), but we finally finished in January of 2015.

We outsourced mastering to Endarker Studios Sweden (another tedious task, emailing from Miami to California to Sweden) and are extremely proud of the final product. We'd like to personally thank Magnus Andersson for putting up with all our emails and messed up audio files. Thank you for being so patient.

As of now, Aaron, Mark and I are still in California and Connor is still in Florida. Our next record, Vol. II: Organic Emotions, will be released when it is done. We will be working on it during the summer months once both Connor and I have graduated. We're hoping for a winter release, but life tends to get in the way so it will come out when it comes out. At this point we cannot play live and do not plan to.

This is a personal project and any money donated goes directly into producing more music and creating physical merchandise. If you decide to donate, or just listen to the album, thank you. It means a lot to me personally and to the band. We hope you like it.

- James


released February 17, 2015

A Constant Knowledge of Death is:

James Goldmann
Aaron Gutierrez
Connor McCullough
Mark Rivas

Guitars and bass recorded in Connor's garage
Vocals recorded in James' closet
Drums recorded in Mark's bedroom

Mixed by Connor McCullough
Produced by Connor McCullough & A Constant Knowledge of Death
Mastered by Magnus Andersson at Endarker Studios Sweden

Art by Janet Kung

Generally speaking:

Tracks 1-3 written by Connor McCullough
Tracks 4 and 6 written by James Goldmann
Track 5 written by James Goldmann & Connor McCullough
Track 7 written by Aaron Gutierrez
Track 8 written by Aaron Gutierrez & Connor McCullough
All tracks co-written by A Constant Knowledge of Death

Guitars by Connor McCullough & Aaron Gutierrez
Bass by Connor McCullough & James Goldmann
Vocals & Lyrics by James Goldmann
Drums by Mark Rivas
Synths, Effects & Wubs by Connor McCullough

Some members did multiple things on different tracks. Individual writing / performing credits available on each song.



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A Constant Knowledge of Death Long Beach, California

Vol. II - Organic Emotions: September 2016

James also plays in this band: struckoutmusic.bandcamp.com

Connor also plays in this band:
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Track Name: We Are The Victims
Cause and effect
Track Name: Disfigure
Skin growing cold
Thoughts unforetold
Bloom, fate's decree
My end, I finally see

Your eyes
To blind you from this world of terror

Your death is just a moment away
You live your life in fear of future pain

Trapped in this body
Comfort becomes mute
Fear of the unknown
Track Name: Tethered To A Visceral Moment
Enter the delusion
Paths become limitless
The past becomes infinite
Future becomes obsolete

Time, a vision never spoken
Life, a dream never awoken
Pain, a mystery abandoned
Pleasure, constant taken for granted

Lay down your reality
Lay down your freedom
Track Name: Speak
Take a break from thoughtless drivel
Asinine opinions
A plague on thoughtful rhetoric

We have all succumbed
Our every word is superficial
And every judgment
Is selfish in its intent

Which is better?
Which is worse?
Which am I?

What is expected?
What is believed?
Where do I stand now?

Wipe your mind
Clear your throat
Track Name: Defining Identity
And so we're seeing now
How damaged culture is
And so we're feeling now
Our own rebirth begin
Track Name: There Is A Room Inside Of Me With Your Name Written In It
I can't even comprehend what's going through your head right now
Open up
Talk to me
Let me in

Break down the walls
Break down the walls

And I'll try and try again
Because the soul you hide is one that shine and blossom with life
But you

Keep your heart cold
Keep your heart cold

Pushing away
Pushing further away
You separate yourself
The burning of our mended bridges
Structures disintegrate

You are loved
You are understood