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    Available in limited quantities, Echelon is the debut album by Melbourne band Ordnance. Full lyrics and album credits included in an 8 page booklet, the layout and artwork of this gatefold digipak edition were completed by local artist Nightside.

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An alternate history to the weapons development projects that occurred in Nevada in 1953 - specifically Operation Upshot–Knothole that saw the testing of a long range artillery gun capable of delivering small yield nuclear shells.


An unexpected spike, a yawning gravity well.
A symptom of the gate.

It's why we had got involved in Weapons R&D.
We built, tested and then unleashed that early death on foreign soil. Gave that soil half-life.
In time it became business like before.
But we were clinical, professional.
And I had extra avenues of thought.
Allow me to elaborate.

I feel I've sensed, I’ve seen another world, another realm.
Shifting and peaking from within quantum horizons.
Facets that dance beyond my grasp.
But how to impress, how to coo to it, coax it.
A zone unseen but perceived.
This is why I had got involved in weapons R&D.
A means to cleave the sky through to the endless.

My theory states an entity dwells there.
Might this shadow be worn if it be won?
Might the shadow be worn if it be won?
Sink, sink myself in!
Forge myself to it.

I've many connections maintained through the years.
Exploiting such fortunes for gain.
Those peers I have heard claim "She's deeply disturbed"
Just vanish covertly.

It broods on it's mounts at my whim.
An engineering feat that would make M.C. Escher proud.
A modified howitzer 15 kilotons of hell.
Those nightmare shells I've imbued with black project artifacts
Now it waits...

Can I prevail I've tried to ascertain (doubt).
Lethal doses through subjects detained.
Strange behaviours construed.
Pitiful, they plead but this is science after all.

How will I know? Can I forge myself to the one?
Then I remembered my son.

A mistake that needy offspring I'd abandoned.
For true results I'll need my own DNA.
Colleagues find, procure and bind him outside zero-range.
Much closer than the mobs of human litmus I've enchained.

I'm on the brink.
Crews on standby we are go.
Thunder in the clear blue, new false dawn.
The skyhammer speaks.

Pressure cooks the space between molecules.
Mysteries in the shell they fire, push through.
A cold air that smells uncharted swims through me and I know.
It's come as called to claim it's vulnerable meat.
I run, the land a blur with headlong flight.
The valley's changed all life grey, hideous and meek,
I finally reach him.

The anomaly encased inside.
The tender flesh from which I wrench my first bite.


from Echelon, released January 23, 2016
Music: Michael Coffey
Lyrics: Justin Daley
Engineered and recorded by Jesse Oberin
Mixed and mastered by Adam Calaitzis at Toyland Studios, Melbourne



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Ordnance Melbourne, Australia

Formed in 2011, Ordnance is a metal band from Melbourne. Our first EP "Blight" released in 2012 is available here.

We finally released our debut album "Echelon" in January 2016 after 2 years of recording and trying in vain to find a drummer. We hope to remedy that situation soon so that we might continue to play live and write. Work has already begun on our 2nd album.
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