more from
Anima Recordings


by Rattling Cage

supported by
Jeff Bruck
Jeff Bruck thumbnail
Jeff Bruck WTF is this? Black hardcore, grunge hardcore? Awesome!!!! Favorite track: Drown Me In You.
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

      name your price


  • Cassette + Digital Album

    High-bias cassette tape, edition of 50 on smokey grey clear tapes.
    Audio repeats on both sides.
    Full color print includes lyrics and additional artwork.

    Includes unlimited streaming of PURGE via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    edition of 50 

      $6 USD or more 




Rattling Cage's "Purge" is a heavy, gritty, vicious collection of songs that exist on the last thread holding a person together and the desperation, anger, hopelessness, and helplessness of truly being at the end of your rope. These are songs written seconds before that final straw is placed on your back, breaking you, and recorded moments after the powder keg's fuse has been lit. If you like your hardcore filled with genuine, unhinged, raw emotion, don't sleep on this.


released October 30, 2016

Engineered and Recorded by Zachary Van Why at The Middle Room in East Stroudsburg, PA
Mixed by David S. Fylstra at Candlewolfe Sound in Portland, OR
Mastered by Zach Weeks in Salem, MA
Art, Photography and Layout by Dylan Garrett Smith

Rattling Cage on this recording is:
Joe Vena - Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Zachary Van Why - Drums

All lyrics by J. Vena
All music by J. Vena and Z. Van Why

Special thanks to:
Robby Vena - Tone Consultant, Background Vocals on "Circumstance Defines Being"




all rights reserved


Rattling Cage Pennsylvania

contact / help

Contact Rattling Cage

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Track Name: Circumstance Defines Being
i don’t want it, i don’t need it, give it to me
hemorrhage desire for the unattainable
everything in front of me, all that i fucking see
is a mirror image of an inhibition

abused bell of empathy
rings hollow
fewer lines of bullshit i
can swallow

sickened by reality
got no love in me
bled dry by humanity
the rope swings

circumstance defines being
branches grow fruitless
god is a refugee
she lives within me

spirit imprisonment
self-imposed (choked down the key)
sewer drain birthed me into
my death throes

sickened by reality
got no love in me
surrendered humanity
the rope stills
Track Name: Stave
confusing ego death with real death
you mean nothing to me
now come and read
this fiction i weave
can’t let you see the real me
swap masks eternally
lie through my teeth
bite the cord and run free

it feeds, it thrives
then kicks its way inside and
chokes ‘till my lips go blue

cover up, suck it up
before i show you what it
takes to kill the time in hell

a dissociative tendency
stranger to myself
peel back the skin
mannequin stand-in
time to kill this sinking feeling
crack open my chest
but nothing’s there
just fucking stale air

living feels like a disease
and there ain’t no antidote
i staved it off today
i made it through today

there’s only one door out
and it's fucking nailed shut
but i staved it in today
i got away today
Track Name: Drown Me In You
fuck it

i can’t follow through
keep finding reasons
drown me in you
i have nothing left, survive me

i am floating face down
the reeds part for me
beg this of you
i am nothing now, surpass me

i'll kneel at your feet
it’s what i owe you
free me from you
balance on the knife to hoist you

up, can’t make this bed
you used to sleep here too
douse it in you
kiss the match and light my way

you knew it like a friend
i’ve always been afraid

i can’t follow through
there’s one last reason
drown me in you
i have nothing left

snuff my fire and
drown me in you
empty bastard un-
load into me
atop your altar i
receive mercy

finally free