"This Spiteful Snake" as written by and Fredrik/kidman Thordendal....
Reality, this spiteful snake,
Rearing its ugly head
Venom dripping from its grin
As it tosses yet another obstacle in our way

If given a thousand years to collect,
To process, to portray
We could never encompass the voracity
Of one single day

Trapping us in its winding,
It's closing malignant cycles
A tightening coil to bind us,
Hold us tight in unforgiving embrace

Its all-engulfing jaws, infinite, boundless
Biting down on the dying flesh of hope
Its fiery breath leveling, dismantling,
Flattening, tearing down the structure of our dreams

Overcome, defeated
Terrified, shivering, mute
Reality is terror, this truth is absolute

Reality, this spiteful snake
Shedding its smothering veil
A shroud to asphyxiate,
Exterminate, eradicate


Lyrics submitted by nufy8

"This Spiteful Snake" as written by Jens Kidman Fredrik Thordendal

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    General CommentI guess the simplistic explanation would be "life's a bitch," but Haake reminds us that it's much, much worse. Reality is a merciless monstrosity whose grip is inescapable. We are impotent subjects of Its callousness. Talk about grim.

    It's a good thing Meshuggah's music is so cathartic, or else this would be kind of depressing.
    nufy8on March 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its a bit more than that, because they say:
    If given a thousand years to collect
    To process, to portray
    We could never encompass the voracity
    Of one single day

    So, seen its Meshuggah, I think its a bit more than the human way of lifes a bitch (even though its worse like u said)
    Thundermaneon April 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree. I'd also like to add that in this song reality isn't just an external agent of evil that kills everything - it IS the death of everything. It doesn't need any leverage to accomplish that goal, since everybody and everything is already abolished in the transcendental laws that govern reality. So the source of everything is a nothingess or a void that makes all hope causally vain. This song is a grim reminder of the things we try to actively forget as much as possible, for quite obvious psychological reasons.
    marathon_81on June 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the drones occasional glimpses at what he saw in Combustion, but his rewired mind is programmed to be repulsed by them. Like every other song, it weaves into social, philosophical or psychological critisicm, as stated above.
    GinkoSanon January 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSamsara ('its closing malignant cycles') immediately comes to mind.
    emberobinon February 14, 2014   Link

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