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Rated V


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Bad Clown 09:15
see my false smile fed the fool's disguise live laugh love my laughter is a lie so far gone bye bye bye gone is my tether my mind is a feather soaked in bile bitter sad clown answer me never ignoring my letters why you make me suffer bad clown it will be better when we're together I'll make you love me, forever sad clown a night to remember you're bloodied and severed nothing else ever mattered bad clown the stars above I've found my soul as is above so lies below no one to question why I've forgotten my lines live laugh love don't care to even hide the body parts from eye
Werewolf 06:24
what a price to pay for a gentlemanly temper guilded in crimson sin and mournful christian whispers a beastly form within released as night begins copper turns to gold we sell our gold for silver an alchemy so old that only time remembers a thorn in your side where darkness can hide on misty moors you died reborn a lamb to slaughter with the moon as your guide the devil's new sire even a man who's pure at heart becomes a wolf so dire
Vampyre 07:02
a tomb of dust my heart beats not no love, no trust just blood and rot why do I still abide this hell say your last goodbyes welcome to the night I rust for eons blood of millions villains and innocents drained until every drop is spent dregs to debutantes til I get what I want awake until dawn none can resist, eternally blissed suffered too long, awake until dawn a wayward lust, I'm overcome your soft skin pure and untouched in a quick release in a crimson rush for the peace I seek in a ruby gush
hide away from prying eyes you're made of things that have died endless time what lies behind a strength that binds you and I you're stitched and sewn only from the best knives and swords hold no test gods and rats and all the serpents black greyhounds as your pets spit upon, cast down eyes salvaged from the street stitched and sewn, vilified cast in pitch and heat lightning struck thunder clapped then my heart it beat here I lie breathing still cut me piece by piece who made you summoned from a tomb from what realm where ghostly voices bloom immortal creature in the flesh your grey eyes electric like the moon how can you know your own flesh and bone everything you are strange and unknown how can you ever know cursed and damned condemned as a beast upon the sheep you will feast axes fly all through the night and you survive like the plague doomed to roam the bleak earth alone a creature of stolen bone but true of heart and equal measure no wretch or saint can escape breathing still, clever girl cut me piece by piece
innocent infection, undead infestation ruinous contempt, conflagration burn it down, avoid temptation murderous hordes, hell's damnation what lives have been stolen what hands have been tied and bound a bloodline so rotten to serve your eternal crown hunt, kill, shoot you're gonna die, your ashes fly I'll make you mine I'll take you down and burn you out you won't be found feign affection to lure a fiends attraction undead infection, grim possession a sanguine possession your final descension abstraction from all virtue against god's intention years of suffering ensue hunt, kill, shoot I'll take you down, I'll wear you out I'll leave you bound you're going to die, I'll make you cry you'll burn inside
Witch Lich 07:35
semetipsos pescentes me mea sunt animabus vestris quae est donum quod est divinum divinity in it's simplicity necromany thaumaturgy sit a spell with me a thing I will teach of thee if I find thou worthy the art of eternity can't feel a thing trapped in the wheel of fate in the netherworld
Phantoms 04:46
Summoner 07:23
Clown 06:43
13th Hour 08:19
Abyss 08:49


Rated V is the Halloween concept album from Detroit deathgaze duo VAZUM, inspired by ghoulish characters and classic horror tales. Conjured from the minds of Emily Sturm and Zach Pliska, the pair wrote and recorded the album in their home studio during the Summer of 2020. Rated V features 6 doomgaze rock songs and 6 dark ambient instrumental tracks to accompany your Halloween rituals. Limited edition CD’s are available as a 2 disc set, featuring stereoscopic 3D artwork created by Emily Sturm and accompanying handmade 3D Bat glasses.


released October 1, 2020

all songs written, produced & performed by Zach Pliska & Emily Sturm
recorded & mixed by Zach Pliska
mastered by Carl Saff
artwork by Emily Sturm


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VAZUM Detroit, Michigan

VAZUM is a deathgaze duo from Detroit, MI. Comprised of Zach Pliska (vocals/guitar/drums) and Emily Sturm (vocals/bass) VAZUM create a haunting and original sound combining elements of deathrock, post-punk and shoegaze. Since forming in 2017, VAZUM have released a steady stream of and music and videos which the duo produce from their own Light Echo Studios. ... more


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