Blurred: 1999​-​2004

by Uphill Battle

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California hardcore/grind quartet Uphill Battle got its start in 1999 under the name Crawlspace. A toxic fusion of harmony and dissonance, complexity and straightforwardness, tightly wound and fueled by unfathomable depths of anger, Uphill Battle pack more awesome riffs in their dense structures than most bands manage in a whole album. Blurred is a fast and furious collection of rare and never before released gems sure to evoke strong feelings of tension and dread. Marvelous artwork by Orion Landau adds additional fuel to the fire.

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released 25 October 2005
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Track Name: Means to an End
Ideals of suppression
convenient and refined
a mass of words and images which blind
unrivaled in determination to overcome
the subconscious mentality as one
seeking for truth
but failing in attempts to an underlying
and blatant series of contempt
Consumed by what's fed regulating minds
Isolated with fear from these words
well inclined
Keep in your place and reside
To the throes of complacent rule
Unfailing control of all thought
As an object to inflict upon fools
Moving along the lines
Swayed by the voices
To the end
Forging new paths for a shroud over lies
Seeking to obtain a new order maligned
Beginning of the end of all rational thought
The new way to enslave is to be taught
Forgotten past ever molding and moving
Objecting all truth denial ensuing
Collectively sit and watch the shadows
of no return to inflict and make harmony disabled
Falling down into these deep waters
Destroying the ability to perceive
Keeping within the frame
of a picture worth a thousand lies
Track Name: Common Thread
The moment between lost and free
Under a new sky we meet
Creeping down the same path
We sank into our destiny
A silent pact was forged
From the blissfully naive
Distracted from everything
Running with one foot never felt so free
But distancing ourselves can bring us to our knees
Congregation inspiration of contagious passion
The cloth that we wove has been
stretched and torn
But I still reminisce
Can we keep what we achieved
Memories of what we had
Blanketed with our egos
Track Name: Threshold
An abundance of emotion
mental disarray
On the edge of sanity
Stagnant state of living devoid of all hope
Stale surroundings suffocate
everything in my path
Of self-destruction and denial incentive falls into place
Stumbling for fresh air aspirations exceeding
As conflicting desires subconsciously float in thought
Prospects in reach but will power crushed by a force
That manifests itself through internal wounds
Painstaking repetition fuels tomorrows revolution
Desperate for change from self-satisfied mind
Revolved state of living resurrecting hope
My lungs breath again ready to repeat my path
Track Name: Wreck of Nerves
Fought so hard to gain this ground
And still have further yet to crawl
Over such barren land
Horizon slipping out of sight
I will refuse to forsake
When I am this close
I will make the sacrifice
Never straying from this course
I can't find serenity in this eternity
The nerves of my hand are exposed
Watching the blood dry so patiently
I'm left here to wait on my knees
With this burden that is consuming me
Infection setting
Suppressing pain
Part of the sacrifice
Never straying from the course
I walk with my head bowed
Tracking each step as if it were the final
Clinging so tight to this life line
The slack tied around my neck
Track Name: Interlude #4
[no lyrics]
Track Name: Writing In the Dark
I can't shut my eyes
Haven't slept in days but I don't deserve to sleep
Hard pressed
Can't comprehend
That it's all the same when I shut my eyes
Keeled over reaching out what's left of me
I'll soon be reduced to just another bloodstain
Blistering soul can't cut the line even though
I've done everything perfectly
Tied down and every time I try to stand
the knots only tighten
Every hair has been split in two
with a glass blade that's just been sharpened
I cut myself again on this splintered glass
You've never been concerned
with anything that was real
This machine is identical
just smaller and its pumping out the same shit
Polluting enough to cover my eyes
and turn my back
but I haven't walked away quite yet
Track Name: Crawl Space
Refusing to crawl out of this hole
I'll keep digging down and down
'Till I find my own way out this hole
So sick of crawling to survive
Trapped in the cages of my mind
I dropped the candle in hope that it would burn me
Clear vision that's eating me alive
This is the path I've chosen
And I'm ready to walk it to the end
Sacrifices must be made
Memories fading like the smell of rain
I still have this mirror I need to break
I need an inch so I can scratch it raw
The throbbing in my head won't stop
Sleep escapes me again
Desperation drills a new hole
The throbbing in my head won't stop
Fatigue sets in again..
Track Name: Behind the Shadow
A road that I once knew
framed in my mind
Have I forgotten the moment when I arrived here?
I saw two hills
Lying side by side
I climbed the night
Stared out across to the side
Walking back into the darkness
This fog is so thick
That I can not see a step in front of me
So I'm walking on faith
that there will be a step for me
It's starting all over
Only matter of time before all the words
get twisted around
Alone again with so much to share
but no one to share it with
so I question myself
Track Name: Faded Red
Such a friendly trend that's left making it seem
so insincere for the rest of us
Living is to create death
and I realize that all our hands are stained red
The stain will never fully go away
but it shall fade
There's no need for sacrifice
Giving into your temptations
Digging a hole for another corpse,
afraid to see what you're creating
The cause and effect is so obvious
that it's hard to believe what you're choice could be
Can you feel the emptiness surrounding us?
I can feel the emptiness surrounding us
But I never let it swallow me.
Track Name: Writing In the Dark
I can't shut my eyes
Haven't slept in days but I don't deserve to sleep
Hard pressed
Can't comprehend
That it's all the same when I shut my eyes
Keeled over reaching out what's left of me
I'll soon be reduced to just another bloodstain
Blistering soul can't cut the line even though
I've done everything perfectly
Tied down and every time I try to stand
the knots only tighten
Every hair has been split in two
with a glass blade that's just been sharpened
I cut myself again on this splintered glass
You've never been concerned
with anything that was real
This machine is identical
just smaller and its pumping out the same shit
Polluting enough to cover my eyes
and turn my back
but I haven't walked away quite yet
Track Name: Ripped Off Face
A familiar backdrop falls
Over your blinded eyes
Like a wrecking ball
The repetition increases
While our life moves on
You march on
Synchronized with the machine
That uses you like fuel
To move closer and closer
We're caught like a lobster
No way out now but back
The bait has been taken
Our fate is chosen
My face is ripped off, we've already lost
So salute the new god of greed
Father's blood running down your face
means nothing to you
Now we are farther apart
than we've ever been
I hold your heart in my hand as you burn me
I hold your heart in my hand
as I sink in your waste
Down to your heavenly hell, now you own me
Drown in your heavenly hell
Sinking dead weight
Afraid to see what's happening
right in front of your face
It's already hit home
It's already too late,
embrace the demons with a new faith
The choices are already pre-chosen,
now play out the rule of your lust
Desires
Walk with the rest
I found my RIPPED OFF FACE under your blind eyes
As darkness carry on over your blind eyes
Track Name: Crawl Space
Refusing to crawl out of this hole
I'll keep digging down and down
'Till I find my own way out this hole
So sick of crawling to survive
Trapped in the cages of my mind
I dropped the candle in hope that it would burn me
Clear vision that's eating me alive
This is the path I've chosen
And I'm ready to walk it to the end
Sacrifices must be made
Memories fading like the smell of rain
I still have this mirror I need to break
I need an inch so I can scratch it raw
The throbbing in my head won't stop
Sleep escapes me again
Desperation drills a new hole
The throbbing in my head won't stop
Fatigue sets in again..
Track Name: Caught In the Cross Fire
Disoriented like trying to paint
a portrait without a mirror
Humbled down to your knees
Taking more than you need
Your blood runs green
Hunger calls
Feeding off me again
Throwing around fire like words of the poem
you wrote for yourself
Which I still haven't read
I don't want to see anymore
so please poke out my eyes
Innocence strip-minded
as a head turned the other way
Track Name: Memory
It was so beautiful
Seeing through such innocent eyes
It was us against them
The pain was so alive
Somewhere along the way I woke up
in a puddle of blood
Not being able to draw a straight line
between these two points
Biting into my arm
Drinking blood of another kind
To keep myself alive
Clipped wings can only take me so far
Now that I'm mortal
What have I become
Another memory left behind
I let my shadow corner me
Grasping for a breath of sweet air
Like a fish out of water
A million miles for the sea
It seemed so important at the time
But the ice melted when the heat turned on
Another memory left behind
Track Name: Old
Responsibility sets in like the jaws of a snare
Digging deep into my flesh
Wrapped around my bones
Serving as a ball and chain forever
I'm so far-flung but still have the will to move on
Passing all the things you gave up and left behind
The shoe still fits but the laces are broken
And the sole is getting thin
from stepping twice as fast
But I'm still in the same place I was before I entered
This garden of grace last one to get off
this bus to nowhere
I've never felt so cold,
the frost bite has killed part of me
Slowly shaving the skin off my back
With a dull razor called desire
Waiting for freedom
The weight of freedom drops in
Track Name: Blurred
We know nothing but what we choose to believe
I'm walking on broken glass just once 'til the end
Stabbing blindly into the grayness
from worlds of make believe
Fearing what can't be proven
Knowing who are the chosen
Borders are blurred,
the land marks are gone
I'm walking on faith that leads me nowhere
So give me a romantic kiss goodbye
Because you both disgust me
with your opposite ways of working the same
to pass on the blame to your reflection
The ground that was so solid beneath my feet gives way
The rocks shall turn to sand right before our eyes
No compromise
No room for interpretation
Black or white, what makes you so right?
Shut your eyes and you'll burst into flames