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Martiria is an epic/doom metal rock band formed back in the '80s and re-founded (after a long pause) in 2002. Seven album published (last one R-Evolution, with ex Black Sabbath Vinny Appice - 2014).

The band was formed back in the '80s. At the beginning the band was very much oriented towards Doom/Metal sounds such as: early Candlemass and Black Sabbath. After releasing just a few demos and featuring various musicians, in 1998 the members of the group decide to take a break for a while in order to experience different projects. (continue)

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Steam Power
(Menarini - Capelli)
from the album R-EVOLUTION (2014)

The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to some time between 1820 and 1840. This transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, improved efficiency of water power, the increasing use of steam power and the development of machine tools. It also included the change from wood and other bio-fuels to coal. (…) (Source Wikipedia)

(when) Father died,
chocked in his own blood.
None spoke. I held his hand.
Boss came, barely looked:
"Now shut up'n'stand!"
"Back to work", he said,
"Engines never stop!"

I was seven,
I was ready for
worker's heaven!

Mother doesn't speak,
just rises empty eyes,
Keeps counting stars
across the night,
since the day someone told her
they belong to the children
she's left behind.

I wonder if they cough
above the sky.
If this cloud of coal
can fly so high.

Don't ask me about politics,
I find hard to be critic.
No it's not some kind of wisdom,
I just picked the way of freedom.

Rods, shafts and wheels,
whistling white steam.
Burns down the throats,
breathless runs across the roads.

If you call this evolution,
still it misses a conclusion!
But time will pass and I will grow,
sure I'm not meant to forget, oh no!

You made me pitiless,
you thought me hate,
I raise my fist, red in the night.
Scythe and hammer,
more than you can chew,
Open the doors,
let us pass through.

Come to me, come alone,
come and we will see
who'll stand and who'll be prone,
who can grip the whip.

I'm a drunk musician,
playing on the road,
just the last minstrel of despair,
sailing along the river of farewell.
Black water that leads but to hell...

(Menarini - Capelli 2014)




Child labour 1800
Employers could pay a child less than an adult even though their productivity was comparable, (...) this made child labour the labour of choice for manufacturing.

The Industrial Revolution led to a population increase, but the chances of surviving childhood did not improve throughout the Industrial Revolution (although infant mortality rates were reduced markedly). There was still limited opportunity for education, and children were expected to work. Employers could pay a child less than an adult even though their productivity was comparable; there was no need for strength to operate an industrial machine, and since the industrial system was completely new there were no experienced adult labourers. This made child labour the labour of choice for manufacturing in the early phases of the Industrial Revolution between the 18th and 19th centuries. In England and Scotland in 1788, two-thirds of the workers in 143 water-powered cotton mills were described as children. (…)
Beatings and long hours were common, with some child coal miners and hurriers working from 4 am until 5 pm. Conditions were dangerous, with some children killed when they dozed off and fell into the path of the carts, while others died from gas explosions. Many children developed lung cancer and other diseases and died before the age of 25. Workhouses would sell orphans and abandoned children as "pauper apprentices", working without wages for board and lodging. Those who ran away would be whipped and returned to their masters, with some masters shackling them to prevent escape. Children employed as mule scavenger by cotton mills would crawl under machinery to pick up cotton, working 14 hours a day, six days a week. Some lost hands or limbs, others were crushed under the machines, and some were decapitated. Young girls worked at match factories, where phosphorus fumes would cause many to develop phossy jaw. Children employed at glassworks were regularly burned and blinded, and those working at potteries were vulnerable to poisonous clay dust. (…) (Source Wikipedia)

Child labour victorian age


Above, Young workers in a victorian textile factory.
On the right: Addie Card, 12 years old,
North Pownal, Vermont, August 1910.
Photo by Lewis Hine (1874-1940).
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Addie Card 1910

[When a society forgets where it comes from, it goes necessarily back to the starting point. But to remember is painful and wearing and people just want to forget, forget and rest; close their eyes as if they had the right to do so. That's why we can't get tired to remind them of their past pain and to do it over and over. Till they leave us the voice to speak, and after that point, again.] MRC

Philippinas, nowadays.




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