PREMIERE: Scalphunter Go For The Societal Jugular On Their Ferocious Debut Album 'Lies'

28 September 2017 | 2:00 pm | Staff Writer

The album is set to be released tomorrow through Arrest Records Australia and Firestarter Music.

West Australian thrash-punk extraordinaires Scalphunter are just about to release their debut album, Lies, and is stoked to be able to give you all a sneaky first listen to the hard-hitting masterwork ahead of its landing.

While not strictly a concept album, the band say, Lies "leans heavily on an idea of a disenfranchised generation that has had enough of being lied to".

"Every aspect of modern living is born out of lies," they said in a statement. "These songs are about waking up from this life we are being drip-fed by mainstream media, the government, schools, the church. Don't believe anything you read or hear that you haven't seen with your own eyes. I believe every person knows what is right and what is wrong.

"It is time to stop talking and start doing. We are Scalphunter, and this is a war cry."

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Lies was recorded and mixed with Adam Round at Electric City Studios, with mastering by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, in Portland.

The album will be released this Friday, 29 September, through Arrest Records Australia/Firestarter Music.

Listen to the record above, and read a track-by-track rundown of its contents below.

Scalphunter — Lies


This song is about reaching out to a stranger who is being mistreated, in whatever way that may be. Its about speaking out against a society that holds poor people back, leaves stranded people behind. Its about taking someone into your heart and helping them in ways they may not be able to themselves.


This song is about first realising you are being lied to. I wrote in response to bullshit media campaigns being used to spread fear of immigrants coming to Australia. Convenient lies at convenient times to win elections.


Empty City is about summoning enough strength to rally yourself and your peers to stand up and retake the city streets. The past is the past, the future is yours to make. All that matters is what we do in the now.


A tale of a man who is so tragically plugged into technology that he can no longer stand or talk for himself. It is a reflection of the way society is headed in regards to the way we socialise and how technology has changed it.


This is a personal song of my own struggle with anxiety. ‘You better take that grin and get it on your face’ is what my mother would say to me when I was so riddled with anxiety I just couldn’t muster a smile and that there is a bright light at the end of that tunnel.


A-Bomb is about using religion as an excuse for killing. Brainwashing young people to strap bombs on themselves or kill another person and how they have become so far removed from their actions they can no longer think for themselves. It is about becoming a slave to religion.


Don’t Look Down follows two brothers' struggle to be heard after an impending technological apocalypse.


This song is about a triumph over a false society. It is so easy to be fooled by glossy campaigns and this story stands up against it. 'You swung your wooden sword and sucked the life right out of me' is saying how from a distance the sword looks strong and sharp; however, up close it is weak and wooden. Much like the promises made to us by our politicians.


This song is a war cry, about banding together and standing up for the right in this world. It is about giving yourself for a cause that you believe in.


And, finally, Keepers is the challenge of an authority that isn’t fit to be in charge. It is about realising that you are right to challenge when something doesn’t feel right. It is about realising you are ready for change and fighting for it.