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“If you are looking for music that successfully combines accessibility, great musicianship and stunning vocals, look no further than Narrow-Caster, definitely one of the best releases of the first decade of the 21st century”

-Raffaella Berry, Fire Of Unknown Origin by ProgMistress

“It’s not often an album as refreshing as this comes along, and we should treasure it when it does...an album that demands repeated spins, and rewards every listen with some new revelation...Highly and unreservedly recommended! Conclusion: 9 out of 10 ”

-Ron Faulkner, The Dutch Progressive Rock Page (DPRP)

After 2 albums, 3RDegree decided to break up in January of 1997 leaving a bunch of great songs unfinished. The nagging feeling couldn't be extinguished and in December of 2005, it would be decided that the band would record these songs along with some brand new ones. Narrow-Caster was the result in late 2008.

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released December 2, 2008

Mixed by Angelo Panetta Mastered by Dennis Drake Produced by Robert James Pashman, George Dobbs & Pat Kliesch

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Formed in 1990, 3RDegree would release 2 studio albums before a '97 breakup. Their "comeback" album NARROW-CASTER dropped in '08. THE LONG DIVISION followed September 2012 gaining them many fans and a signing with 10T Records which put out '96's HUMAN INTEREST STORY remastered. Summer of 2015 saw ONES & ZEROS-their first concept album. A European tour in September would follow. ... more

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Track Name: Apophenia
Apophenia: when you see everything crystallized-when it all happens as prophesized
Play connect-the-dots with events that are blowing your mind Apophenia: there's a sound coming through on your phone-now you think that we're not all alone-Search all your life but you're never gonna find that alien probe-better watch who you're talking to
Predisposed as you are to delusions of conspiracy-Still you can't see the sky for the
trees and it's curious. Variations on the old Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy-Apophenia is
deceiving you
Apophenia: the propaganda you perceive-the inkblots of history-Add up
each event and you'll always find 23 Apophenia: there's a memory not your own
something's calling from the unknown-all these incarnations and still you have never
atoned-yes we have been here before Apophenia-what is real to you?
It comes from beyond It's here and then it's gone A sign from beyond for the chosen ones You see what you want to see and you decided you don't wanna know You can wait for the truth to reveal itself-oh but your eyes are closed.
Apophenia: human nature I suppose-and nothing we can control 20/20 hindsight-whatever to soften the blow-don't you know?
Apophenia: so you sift through the entrails or chart your astrology Apophenia: is deceiving you With a circular reasoning there is nothing left to prove You've unravelled the world now you tell me who's fooling who? There's no mysteries, just answers that are begging these questions of Apophenia Be deceived.
Track Name: It Works
It works, to keep you underground
It works, to beat you pound for pound
It works, though it hurts without a sound
It works, though it sometimes plays around
And as it works you down this feat that can astound

You don’t exist or do you now
To operate the plans of certain under hands you hoped to understand

It works, its creator must be proud
It works, but it leaves us room for doubt
It works, do you know what its about?
It works, but can it help you how
Can you become the plow that runs across the crowd

They don’t exist or do they now?
To operate the schemes as awful as it seems
to someone else’s dreams

I want to say that things are gonna change
Don’t think it won’t go away to something even worse
Track Name: Narrow-Caster
I’m the Narrow-caster-the master of my domain
I’ll decide what’s important-I can’t feel your pain
I’m the Narrow-caster-a native custom fit
And this is indeed my world and you’re just livin’ in it

The customized unique experience: I create what appeals to me

The patronized encompassing transmission: I guess it’s just “not my thing”
I’m the Narrow-caster-the master of my domain
I’ll decide what’s important-I can’t feel your pain
I’m the Narrow-caster-a focus crystal clear
And I’ve become insulated-you don’t have my ear

Did you see that thing last night? Nope. Sorry. Must have missed it.
Did you read that thing today? No. I must have shot right past it.

I’m skipping your commercials and I don’t care what you’re saying...Oh no!

I’m so sorry I have so little time. Maybe I just have to prioritize.
Or maybe you just bore me.
I’m the Narrow-caster-the master of my domain
I’ll decide what’s important-I can’t feel your pain
I’m the Narrow-caster-a native custom fit
And this is indeed my world and you’re just livin’ in it
Track Name: Live With This Forever
Action-Reaction
Direct result
Input-output
Consequence and outcome
The laws of nature with which we do not fuss
It’s in your nature to think they don’t apply to us

Cast the long shadow of doubt
And it will go around forever on the roundabout of down and out

The mad dash for the answers proved to be waste
The way we found them just wasn’t to your taste
We’ve seen the pictures-we’ve seen the tape
We saw the rage-we put you in a cage and gave you your own stage

Where’ve you been-when you were out
And you will have us all believe a pack of lies made to deceive

This ain’t something you can shower off or confess to a god to feel better about
Yourself and your place in this world
You’ve got to live with this forever

Live with this forever

Body of evidence-setting a precedent
They buy the reinvented defendant
Wearing a face full of decadence
The well informed-the ones outside the courtroom
This jury made its verdict but it will send you nowhere because

This ain’t something you can shower off-never win again-you better believe

This ain’t something you can shower off or confess to a god to feel better about
Yourself and your place in this world
You’ve got to live with this forever

Now how do you feel?
Track Name: Cautionary Tale
Here on Earth-what’s after-we wonder
Some so sure-so willing-no wonder-nothing to choose

Burning crosses-falling towers-brought to you by those who were so certain
that they’d go to heaven

Do you believe that something can unify despite the difference between our ways?
Or do you think we’re doomed to fail each time
So many wanting the end of days

Endless cycles of reprisals-we’re here to live-not to survive

Oh the ecstasy of those who push their ideologies
Our histories can serve us well-they are a cautionary tale...

On your t.v. screen, you see the pundits-how they intrigue you
And always they’re so firm with their diplomas, their medals-and they look so sure

Schooled in hate-hate to love-bullets fly when push comes to shove

Imagine a child’s mind filled up with poison and thoughts arcane
They tell him God believes he’s a better kind
With no restrictions on taking aim

Oh the majesty of those who push their ideologies
Our histories can serve us well-they are a cautionary tale...

When the lunatic fringe are preaching to the choir
All will fall on deaf ears like mine

Oh the ecstasy...
Track Name: The Proverbial Banana Peel
We follow the news-so much depressing stuff-still we can't get enough
The low road that we choose-we sure do get a thrill when someone's joy is killed

This guilty pleasure we feel-one we can hardly conceal-watch people slip on the proverbial banana peel

Petty grievance and pride-it settles in our guts and feeds into our lust
We suffer when you thrive-think only of our need-to watch you face defeat

This guilty pleasure we feel has never lost its appeal to watch you slip on the proverbial banana peel

We are flawed but content like this to watch you falling down or right out of your mind-nice
Track Name: Young Once
You’re way beyond your time
They laugh and think you’re high
Your softened edge is showing through the suit they’ve made you wear
You try to round out your square
It’s so hard to get somewhere
But you recollect that vibrant man
And see that you are someone who can because

You were Young Once
You were young-you were young
You were Young Once
You were Young Once
You were young-you were young once
You were Young Once-you were wonderful

Your plate is full with trash
Your decisions never rash
Your safety and security-the paramount futility
Already picked your path
And done all of your math
But you forgot to do the things you said were the things you loved to do way
back when...

You’ve been “phoning it in” far too long
Because it’s so hard to make it genuine-this reinvention

Youth and relevance are what you want
And it’s what you need
But how will you get back to that place again?
Track Name: Scenery
I'm looking for a change in scenery...ooh
It's getting to the point where I can't see...ooh

Walk on by Swallowed by the bland
It's okay That has claimed a billion voices scared as hell
You got time Swallowed by the bland
You'll be fine

Ahh...
We run away because
We change the palate constantly
From the brilliant to the grey
And find another place
to sail away..

I'm looking for a change in scenery...ooh
A place to focus all my energies...ooh

Walk on by held down by our own hands
It's okay Chained to habits unbecoming of a man
You got time A hunger curbed by our own hands
You'll be fine

Ahh...
We bail out from attempts
To change the status quo
In such a scurry don’t you know
To stay stuck right in place we
Justify away...

And sail away from all this scenery
And we get lost within machinery
Why rock the boat-you’ll make an enemy

Reach out...when there’s nothing else to hold
Drop routines and be bold
Reach in...if there’s no one there to carry you
Start by reaching one goal

Walk on by Swallowed by the clan
It's okay That surely forms to show you you’re a simple man
You’ve time A profoundly normal man
You'll be fine

Ahh...
We long to stay so warm
Underneath the blanket
That keeps us safe from harm
But gets us to no-place

And sail away from all this scenery
And fade away inside machinery
And sail away from all this scenery

Reach out when there’s no one left for you to hold
Track Name: Free For All
Sure as dreams lurking deep in every mind
There’s disease at the heart of every crime
Casualties that the papers advertise
Lotteries where no-one ever claims the prize
And a world that’s a free for all

Free-dumb and deaf and cruel and raw
Waving flags-throwing rags onto the fire
And police that act like they’re above the law
Body bags for trigger-happy hands for hire
Liberties that some would gladly do without
Who needs them anyhow?
By degrees they twist our values inside out
‘Til the world is a free for all

Free For All Free For All
See what it’s coming to
We’ve nothing more to do
Here is the give away
Who can afford to play?

At the stack venting steam of urban hell
Everybody at the bottom up for air
There’s a crack down our own liberty bell
Someone said that the crack was always there
Out of tune, out of sync and out of time
People croon at the sight of petty crimes
‘Til the world is a free for all

Righteously we cry out but who will listen
No-one seems to mind now-your neighbors are missing
Comes as no surprise now-It’s your third reich

Ooh yeah
Hey oh, time for you to pay
Do you feel afraid?
Well I feel afraid
Do you feel the free fall?
Oh no
Did we ever see –see the signs on the-on the way?
Track Name: The Last Gasp
Like the eye of a hurricane over a park
Gentle spin of a merry-go-round–it creaks in the dark
Stepping into the half-light--he’s a thief
What he’s stolen is something his neighbors would never believe

But the last gasp came when he least expected
Many years later than he contemplated

And the gorgeous and the flawed sang on...

Meet the gravediggers putting their shovels away
After burying the only community that remained,
….what remains, is the past, in their hearts, like a storm

Terminally tied to the bedpost by the wall
Sarah guesses it’s like they say –yes, you can’t …win them all
Going down for the count now, on her job
Call her wanton and sinful –but she’s just another …working slob

And the last gasp comes when she least expects it
The voice inside once more neglected

Meet the gravediggers putting their shovels away
Another whore beaten down –but the felon escapes again
…what remains, is the bruise, in her soul, like a thorn

Though I have enough time to figure it out.
Pretty sure that I’ll sit back, have a drink, nursing my doubts
Screaming through a megaphone into a pillow
And I know that it’s foolish, but I like to

Will the last gasp come when I least expect it
Another lonely voice undetected

Should the heartbreakers put their bludgeons away
I would find my -self a reason to celebrate today
…. I remain, in the face, of my fate, like a stone