Archfiend

by Eksi Ekso

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"I was born with the Evil One standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered into the world, and he has been with me since"
- Herman Webster Mudgett

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released May 7, 2013

Eksi Ekso is Tom Korkidis, Alex Mihm, Sean Will and Jacob Cole.

All songs written, arranged, and played by Tom Korkidis, Alex Mihm and Sean Will.
Lyrics by Tom Korkidis.

Produced by Scott Solter.

Recorded and engineered by Scott Solter at Baucom Road (Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2011, Nov. 20-26, 2011).

Additional tracking - vocals, baritone saxophone, trumpet and flugelhorn tracked at Key West, NY by Scott Solter (Dec 18-21, 2011).

Mixed by Scott Solter at Baucom Road (March 2012).

Mastered by Dave McNair at Sterling Sound NYC.

Album artwork concept by Tom Kershaw and Tom Korkidis.
Design and layout by Tom Kershaw.

Beneath These Pants is a Loin Cloth (ASCAP), Fukstronaut Music (ASCAP), Retroversal Music (ASCAP)

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Track Name: Pet Monster
red dress, handsome blond
a matching blindfold suits this one
there’s a stairwell to the forest of rooms

some will show their lace and perfumed struts
masking poisoned cedar halls
it’s a crooked manor, this fortress of rooms

waltz with your pet monster
coddle the pet monster

a painfully average princess comes along
all the money from this love
enough to bed her in a forest of rooms

just by barely brushing against her hips
the bluer blood pumps up from her breasts
as she floats up to the fortress of rooms

waltz with your pet monster
coddle the pet monster

another door locks behind them as the comforts dissolve
last falling garment and an eye past a hole that catches it all

all the naked handsome dolls
left their cherry breaths in the vaults
there’s a straight shot down from the corner rooms

dump the truth down the chutes
as lost/good as trophy horses in the woods
Track Name: Glass Damsels
the damned on a train
writhing like the hogs in the sky
sweet morsels in freight
they all queue to the front
and deliver, they delivered
of all the precious little dames to consider
collect and embrace them
or deface them
it doesn’t matter either way they’ll be tasted

they line up, down
ready in rows
with no hint of the slaughter
they are coming to me/be

yellow nights and capers
go as long as needed
these lasses won’t escape this
the horror of now

I want to feel it
without a role
without a limit
the quiet drowns
as we’re all in

I’m all in
Track Name: The Ragtag Brigade
young girls tied you up
dragged you by your sleeves
through a city of mud
hog-tied to a post
enthroned by disillusion
there’s nothing to muster up
so settle debts in front of the one

and see it clear
on all sides uniformed traitors
ragtag brigades, unknowing fratricides
dangling feet,
a breath through a hood mask
bubbling, the blood
embrace the con of each other’s sins

troubadours, sit by the property line
lifting torches, placards
drafting up a resignation
artillery, useless when knives open sides
by the embankment the smell of charges all being set

everyone, cursed
when they cut the body down
when they cut your body down
all of them cursed
Track Name: Gold Cures
bottle it up, that’s what they want
a little elixir to kick in like punch
still have the burn to suck the taste from if I itch

finish it off, thumb through the stock
a colored affliction, some things you want
an aisle of serum shimmering as if we had the fortune to lose

something else to end us
you’ll lose
something else will end us
we’ll end us

without this new gold cure
I’ll find myself as two
one version overcomes with time
the other dies in the duel
Track Name: Blood Rivals
summon the devil, then
draft up an invitation
dress up the castle
as it will come to be their last sight

dance in the foyer, moves
dust from incineration
etched in the moldings
as ivy grows along it all night

some day, some dunce
will have his reading
await that rival
blood rivals of fiends are gutted/toppled

if you’re the devil, then
your guests are party favors
view from the rooftop
as everything falls fast from that height

in every floor board
mason sweat, indignation
the horde gets a castle
and it will prove to fill their last sight

some day, some dunce,
will have his reading
await that rival
blood rivals of fiends are gutted/toppled
Track Name: Trophy Horse
night magician
in his overcoat there’s a wand
made of steel plate
all the things its carried out
in his name, is his name what he says
and did it come to claim you

gutter doll face
just a harlot are you
guess we’ll see then
what kind of things you’ll carry out
in his name, is his name what he said
and did it come to claim or deliver you

one by one
county girls will disappear
by a large rate
but everyone will carry on
in his name, is his name what he said
and did it come to claim you

little angel
not a harlot are you
guess we’ll see then
what kind of things you’ll carry out
in his name, is his name what he said
and did it come to claim or deliver you

out of thousands of girls
it happened to her
not some trophy whore

slain, your daughters
come to claim their remains
but none remain
no remains
no remains
Track Name: Hover and Linger
under this night harpies circle
swaths of red are dripping from their feathers

formed in your youth, call it insatiable
sponsored by one because
there in your youth, all but inevitable
born alongside

the seer, ghost and savior
even without hunger, they’ll skin her
as blessed dead assailants
equally they hover and linger

over this earth, onlookers tremble
last rights murmured, smirk, trapdoor, recoil

equally they’ll hover and linger
over you
Track Name: Writhe
no taste for harlots/cherubs
I preferred
anonymous clerk girls
not one spared

lusterless black/red locks
I preferred
gold toppled fair girls
surnames tied to fortunes

they came in droves
each with a space
in line for fraud
first to be slain,
mimicked, replaced
mimicked, replaced

we all can’t wait
to mimic and replace

I’d love her to run but she wouldn’t dare
instead she just writhed, cold fucking vixen
Track Name: All Hail the Alchemist
bluer snow
piled in the alley
derelict remains

earthly weight
displaced, sauntering
in the night parade

the future looms
the future that looms
can’t halt the world

the year, the day, all time undone
barreling promise, succeeds and comes
one whirring sound, last breath of scents
fall soft/off in deep sedation

all hail the alchemist
make us numb
when we want
take us up on the hopes
we’ll expire in your rooms

the earth will trudge
along without you
indifferent to the slain

heavenly waste
anchors the hauling being
with their day tirades
Track Name: Heiresses
what a state for a swindle
boarder dust and the scent of mules
seek grounds for the castle
rebuild with the means of these two

so lewd, and they’re sisters
so lewd but they’ll swoon and erode

all in all, it’s just gristle
unhinged with the means of these beauts

damned little heiress
everything that is wrongfully yours
cursed little heiresses
all you possess, you’ll be rightfully conned

what a runt of a stallion
of all creatures to mount on to
no gold in its future
cast bets with the means of these two

poor gullible sisters
they’re looking to swoon and erode

it’s just bone, it’s just gristle
unhinged with the means of these beauts

to think
of all cons
they’d get wise
to this