Gloom Forever — American Nightmare

American Nightmare released their first album in 15 years and I am currently listening to it on repeat. I fell in love the first time I heard American Nightmare in 2001. Wesley Eisold is a brilliant lyricist and poet, able to capture despair beautifully and succinctly. Listen on Spotify or buy it from Deathwish Inc.

American Nightmare played viciously fast, stripped back traditional hardcore, that featured the elements of the genre that were instrumental in creating the sense of belonging so important to the scene: gang vocals, breakdowns, singalongs, and call and response parts. But Wesley’s stroke of genius was to dispense entirely with the thematic tropes that plagued the genre, to sing about his own fucked up, personal shit with a poetic wit and nuance inspired by the likes of Morrissey, Ian Curtis and Jarvis Cocker.

Kerrang!

“Gloom Forever” by American Nightmare

Lyrics

All the money in the world

Can’t buy a new one

So we hang around the sun

In the corners of hell

The way flies fly

Just to find the window closed

All we feel is pane

Oh gloom I see no future

That’s why I loved you with the lights on

Oh gloom I see no past

That’s why I’m standing here in front of you

From the womb to the tomb

We’ve walked with disaster

Forging new ways to fade away

To fade away faster

Oh gloom I see no future

That’s why I loved you with the lights on

Oh gloom I see no past

That’s why I’m standing here in front of you

And on the days I want to disappear

I stay here for you

I know

I know

There is no turning back

But when you’re standing in the fire

All you see is black

True love in the burning world

True heart in the crooked world

I saw your name engraved with paint

Across these city walls

True love in the burning world

True heart in the crooked world

I saw your name engraved with pain

Across your city walls

Oh gloom

Life’s so easy for the insincere

But I’ll stay here for you

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