The Treading Behemoth

by Shagohod

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about

What eventually became the artistic endeavor which for a time consumed the majority of our creative energy and sanity had its seed planted by a half-joke/half-observation while driving around in 2013. We hadn't really played in a proper band together since we were in high school, but we thought- "Wouldn't it be cool to have a heavy metal band named 'Shagohod?'"

Within the next year, it just started to happen. The writing process was democratic but organic. Being friends who lived on opposite ends of the state, Dave would record ideas into his webcam in his basement efficiency in Deerfield, while Drew would demo ideas into Garageband in his Norwood apartment. We'd meet up on weekends to jam out ideas, flesh out arrangements and sculpt the parts.

After a long time nurturing and arranging and plotting, we finally got our act together, rehearsed our butts off and booked some studio time - and proceeded to take WAY too long because we were having WAY too much fun with all the awesome people at Northfire Recording Studio in Amherst. And after all the music was in the can, we returned to the same question that started everything, what the hell do we call ourselves?

We are Shagohod. Our record is called The Treading Behemoth. We hope you like it.

credits

released June 14, 2017

Shagohod is:
Drew Bligh - Lead and rhythm guitars, lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, mandolin, cuatro, harmonium, percussion and synth
Dave Coffey - Drums and percussion, lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, piano, harmonium, organ, electric piano, cuatro and glockenspiel

Guest musicians:
Rick King - guitar solo, Track 7
Adam Matlock - clarinet solo, Track 4
Santina King - backing vocals, Tracks 7 and 12; spoken word, Track 10
Evan Berwald, Brittnie Carrier, Brenna Harvey, Travis Moore, Mallory Wray - backing vocals, Track 7

Produced by Shagohod and Garrett Sawyer

Engineered and mixed by Garrett Sawyer
at Northfire Recording Studio in Amherst, MA
www.northfirerecording.com

Mastered by Nick Zampiello
at New Alliance East in Cambridge, MA
newallianceeast.com

Album artwork by Julianne Eleanor
instagram.com/julianneeleanor

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Shagohod Hartford, Connecticut

We're just a pair of average dudes making the kind of music that comes naturally to us- overwrought, melodramatic leitmotif concept albums about tanks and shit.

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Track Name: The Virtuous Mission
Wrap your rosary about the handle of the blade
While you piss your soul away
For honor and for pride, and all those little lies
You whisper to yourself while you lie awake

Hidden in your voice is something never really there
I have sensed your deception far too late
The burdens of your virtue, they are breaking on my back
But it claws my soul up from the grave
Track Name: Cobra Unit I: The Pain
Blood, rush to your heart
Away from your head, right from the start
Crawl, into my web
Into the dark, hold your breath
Drones cover your skin
Fill in your throat, venomous sting
Tinge, inside your spine
Bring it to me, you will be mine

I've come to shatter your will
I've come to bury your cause
I am the hand that is bathed in the blood of the righteous man
There is no escape

Hell knows no end
No sorrow or fear, only the pain
Throats that cut like butter, skin that breaks like glass
You are making me blush

I've come to shatter your will
I've come to bury your cause
I am the hand that is bathed in the blood of the righteous man
There is no escape
Track Name: The Rocket Scientist
I am a man at the end of a gun and I’m
Building the bullets, what have I become
Give me a chance to explain what I've done here and
You'll understand, there's nowhere we can run

But there's just one plan that no one is saying
Erase my brain, don't hesitate
Do not be kind
But this is my price, my penance paid
And Zero’s hands are clean today
Do not be kind

This is the end of the line for the world we know
Nuclear sunset, this what we have bought
Dealers of death hold all of the cards for now
Just look at what my careless hands have wrought

But there's still one plan that no one's saying
Erase my brain, don't hesitate
Do not be kind
There’s just one failsafe left in place
Destroy my mind don’t leave a trace
Do not be kind

Don’t tell them lies, don’t tell them the truth
Just tell them something in between
I wasn’t built to fall this far
I never meant to dig this deep
Don’t let them take me live again
I’ll never make it in the walls
Just tell my family not to wait
There were my reason, after all

But there's still one plan that no one's saying
Erase my brain, don't hesitate
Do not be kind
This is my price, my penance paid
And Zero's hands are clean today
We don't have time

Don’t tell them lies, don’t tell them the truth
Just tell them something in between
I wasn’t built to fall this far
I never meant to dig this deep
Don’t let them take me live again
I’ll never make it in the walls
Just tell my family not to wait
There were my reason, after all
Track Name: Cobra Unit II: The Fear
Become become become become
Sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick
Do you believe in god
Would you admit the truth
It's time we find out who you really are

Afraid
Needles down a broken spine
I am all that's left

Stay calm stay calm stay calm stay calm
Don't move don't move don't move don't move
You think you'd stand your ground
I'll let you see me close
Soon all you'll think is of yourself

Afraid
When the selfless embrace selfishness
I am all that's left

Afraid
See the truth in everything
I am all that's left
Track Name: The Turncoat
The fighter, the lover, the liar
Remind me which is my disguise
I fight in uncomfortable attire
And spend all my nights lying with and to the wrong guys
Oh this life switching sides with only seconds to spare
Well, see if I care
The truth is, I don’t care at all

But if that’s true, then why are you still alive?
A heart is just muscle, ventricles, and valves
And love is only metaphors and well intentioned lies
It’s no surprise
I’ve never fallen for anyone
And I won’t start falling now

Turncoats keep turning
Just cogs in a bloody machine
I can’t let you leave with your life
My heart captured is now feared deceased
Catch and release my affection and attention
In an onslaught of incoming fire
God damn your desire
When the mission is the only thing that matters

Most times when I smile for a target
I’d rather be breaking his nose
I’m deadly with a butterfly knife
But I more often hide it while not wearing very much clothes
No one can resist me, at least none of those left alive
A plan gone awry
I hate that you’re making this hard

I’ve never been on a date that I hadn’t been assigned
And my interest in small talk ranges from little to none
Oh oh, you seem nice, maybe a little bit slow but not unkind
You’re going in blind my love
You're too quick to trust
You boys should just stick to your guns

Turncoats keep turning
Just cogs in a bloody machine
I can’t let you leave with your life
My heart captured is now feared deceased
Catch and release, for affection is affliction
In an onslaught of incoming fire
God damn your desire
When the mission is the only thing that matters
Track Name: The Ocelot
When you’re good, you’re good
When you’re bad, you’re bad
When you’re caught in between a rock and a dangerous place
Only the strong survive
On the inside
You know the devil may care
But I don’t care much for making him wait

What makes a man into THE MAN?
Who looks a cobra in the face?
Six shots
Five fingers
Forsaken
Three days
Two targets
One me.

You’re fast, I give you that
But you’re never gonna last
Because the Ocelot will always get his prey
You’re gonna swallow some teeth
If you’re messing with me
You better not blink if you’re thinking of making my day

Only cowards dare to hide
You’ve got courage just enough to die
Six shots
Five fingers
Forsaken
Three days
Two targets
One me.

What makes a man into THE MAN?
Who looks a cobra in the face?
Six shots
Five fingers
Forsaken
Three days
Two targets
One me.

Six shots
Six shots
Six shots
Six shots
Six shots
But there’s only one me.
Track Name: Cobra Unit IV: The Fury
Sunlight bleeds through my eyelids as I sleep
And pulls my soul awake
Gravity bends my back as I search this barren world
Maybe I have been looking in all the wrong places

Race my pulse as the engines start to hum
Counting backwards while I close my eyes

I leave this world for the while, there's no escape velocity
Strong enough to pull memories from my skull and now
1,000 feet a second I will leave behind the only thing I've known
The fury of futility in knowing that the coming back has never been my strong suit

But if gravity bends the time that will mend
Am I staring into something that is real?
Or is this just the light from a star that has died?
Burn me clean
Dear mission control, I am out on my own
And I've compromised the only safe way home
For the shuttle's been breached, I am out of your reach
Burn me clean

The fires of Hell will burn me clean
Track Name: Cobra Unit V: The Sorrow
The snap of a twig as my boot falls hard
An admission of guilt
My position begs for disclosure
Is it possible for fighting to be fair

As I turn to face you for the last time
The steel embrace of sacrifice
This pound of flesh seems so insignificant
When the blood we've spilled still flows
Flows so high

I tried not to resent you
Instead I present this broken heart
I know you're not to blame
But this sorrow keeps carrying me away
Ever since the day I met you
I could tell the outcome from the start
A dead man tells no lies
I love you and this is not goodbye

Do you recall when we once were lovers and
The crimes we wrought upon this world
Foundation of pain and guilt
Does remembering the feeling do you harm?

Philosophers haven't seen what I've seen
They don't know what I know
Precognitive dissonance
Transitions bathed in silence and sorrow
To the other side

No I tried not to resent you
Instead I present this broken heart
I know you're not to blame
But this sorrow keeps carrying me away
Ever since the day I met you
I could tell the outcome from the start
A dead man tells no lies
I love you and this is not goodbye


S-O-R
Sorry that I couldn't find a way
To avoid this fate
Your gun against my head
Our child alone
R-O-W
You know of the price I need to pay
Take this tear of red
My solemn recompense and go back home


The spirit of the warrior will always be with you
Track Name: The Treading Behemoth
Let’s start with what we know.
We know this mission has gone to shit
And we’re still fighting for control!
Tuck tail, engine runnin’
Better gun it and go
You know we’ve come too far
To leave this place with empty hands
Don’t hesitate

Calling all combat personnel
Die for something bigger than yourself
Forfeit all thoughts of God
For the Shagohod

Five fuckers down, one left to go!
I’m gonna give my life
Tell me what for, oh!
Switch left, switch right, pull the trigger and blow
This bridge right straight to hell
Destroy the Shagohod

Rockets fly but don’t affect
These metal gears still spinning faster
They swiftly navigate disaster
I don’t mean no harm nor disrespect
But if you ease the gas, we’re gonna go down hard

Calling all combat personnel
Die for something bigger than yourself
Forfeit all thoughts of God
For the Shagohod

Five fuckers down, one left to go!
I’m gonna give my life
Tell me what for, oh!
Switch left, switch right, pull the trigger and blow
This bridge right straight to hell
Destroy the Shagohod


Five fuckers down, one left to go!
I’m gonna give my life
Tell me what for, oh!
Switch left, switch right, pull the trigger and blow
What’s left of him straight to hell
Destroy the Shagohod
Track Name: Cobra Unit Requiem: The Joy: The Boss
I've been walking like a soldier by the shine on my boots
Kicking the pricks in the crossfire
I've seen the things only blind hands could wrought
Caught in the static and the mire
But something inside me lit like a charge
And I stared into death's grinning face
I thrust my hand into flesh-eating flame
The rest just fell in place

I've been screaming like a child in unending night
But I can't hear myself o'er the din
Been praying for the angels in this no fly zone
Still hear their skeletal wings
A life for a life, a father for son
Always seemed to me an even trade
I put myself on the other side of minus
The rest just fell in place

Just give me this one last chance to explain
I never wanted this any other way
Hooded like hangmen, the gallows are slick with
Blood from a traitor's son
And you ain't the only one

Is it all you can do just to squeeze your eyes shut
As I stand here right in front of you
You can cover your ears for forever if you wanted
But it don’t mean a thing, what we do
Because it's all I can do just to keep from my dreams
The sorrow I cannot replace
The things that we leave to chance and to fate
The rest just fall in place

Just give me this one last chance to explain
I never wanted this any other way
Hooded like hangmen, the gallows are slick with
Blood from a traitor's son
And you ain't the only one

Meet me where the poppies fall like snow
Sky is falling down upon our heads
Serpentine you slip away from me
Pull the trigger put me in my place
Track Name: Naked
Take your hands off of me
Only thing I need, swallowed in the sea
She never made it home
Soldier’s only road leaves the joy alone
I finally understand
She’s gambled all and lost, according to the plan
But she never knew the things
I hid behind my teeth
Maybe it was for the best

But oh, it feels like we’ve been living in the heart of a star
Lost by the light of day
And oh, without you it feels like I’m just a dead man walking
The dead man walks away

Keep your pity to yourself
Never needed it before, has anything changed now?
Will she still visit me in sleep?
Steal my holding breath, sanity to keep
I finally understand
You’ve gambled all and won, according to the plan
But all, all I know is war
Battle comes undone, I pray that it has just begun

But oh, it feels like we’ve been living in the heart of a star
Crushed by the light of day
And oh, without you it feels like I’m a dead man walking
The dead will have their day

How could you just walk away from me?
Turn your tail and lay me down to sleep
How could you just walk away from me?