Surprise! It's a Nightkin EP. A new song, "Stampede" plus covers of some classics - Metallica, Slayer and King Diamond. Check them out. Also, we've got a special show in the works celebrating the release of the Oath of Elucidation vinyl on Corpse Flower Records. Detroit on 12/3. More info on that soon. Only $2 for the Bandcamp-exclusive tunes.
And if you missed it last week, there's a new Unraveller track online!
So I've posted this already but not here. Vinyl pre-orders for Nightkin's Oath of Elucidation comes with trading cards with drawings of us as Game of Thrones characters. I don't know which character I am yet. Also, I've never read or seen Game of Thrones so I wouldn't know anything about it anyway. Probably need to get around to that. The rest of the band are big fans, of course. Pretty fun stuff.
Next week, I'll have a preview of an upcoming project here. Check back. Eat burritos.
I'm really excited to share this stuff today. The first record is We Are Finite by Dead Lights. Dead Lights is Greg Weeks' band with Brendan Roche, who also plays in Beyond the Sixth Seal. It was recorded by Jonny Fay at Backyard Studios. I got to play a solo on it too. Greg has been working on this for a while and it's great to see it finished. Introspective, melodic rock. Check it out:
Another record I'm excited to share is Battles by To The Death. I've mentioned them before; I was working on the mix a little while back. To The Death is Brendan Roche (Beyond the Sixth Seal, Dead Lights), Justin Chappell (ex-Beyond the Sixth Seal), Bill Ford (The Epidemic, Death Fart, Shit Machine) and Graham Landers (Draw Blood, Deepsend Records). Jonny Fay tracked drums, guitars and bass. I tracked the vocals, mixed and mastered this one. It's a meaty slab of death:
AND the Nightkin test presses just arrived. So we'll have a preorder for the vinyl release of Oath of Elucidation soon. Got some other exciting news in the pipeline as well. Check back!
I've been pretty buried lately but here's some exciting news: the Wear Your Wounds test pressings arrived. I recently listened to the finished record and it's intense, heavy, soft, layered, etc. Not too far off now.
I forgot to include in my update yesterday - Nightkin's 2nd full length release, Oath of Elucidation is finally queued up at the pressing plant. Corpse Flower Records will be releasing a limited run of 300 copies on 5 different colors with killer artwork by Shawn Knight. We'll have some pre-orders up soon. October is the month, provided there are no further delays.
If you haven't heard it yet, you can listen to and buy the digital version here:
It's been a few weeks and I've been working hard on mixes, songs, etc. What's been happening? Well, we've been refining the new Beyond the Sixth Seal songs and running through some of the older material. We'll most likely be playing a few shows in the not too distant future.
I've heard some of the mastered Wear Your Wounds mixes and they are excellent. Very excited to see that project come together.
More info and tunes to come.
Last week, my main hard drive died. I spent a good chunk of time reinstalling stuff and moving all my backups. Now, everything is back in place and work continues.
A little while back I had the pleasure of doing a sound design project for Sesame Street. It was a little surreal, as I watched it as a kid, of course. I put this tune together with a bunch of sounds from my bathroom and some helpful yelling from my friends' kids. I've had a lot of fun working on this project with the other Skyrmish dudes. Special thanks to Olive Bevilacqua, Viola Magro and Mila Skyrme for their great little kid vocals!
We're wrapping up the next Beyond the Sixth Seal record now. About to book studio time. Sorting through piles of riffs for everything, back on mixing Unraveller II, eating at Lynwood, etc. Riffs 'til death.
Everything seems to take longer these days. Outside of making metal records, I do a lot of freelance work. If you're curious to hear some of that, I just posted a bit of a reel on my SoundCloud. You can check that out here:
Speaking of freelance work; a short film I scored is playing at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA on Wednesday the 29th as a part of the Different Faces Different Voices Film Festival. The short is called Femina, Fuge! and it plays during screening 2. If you're interested in checking it out, you can buy tickets here: http://www.brattlefilm.org/2016/06/29/screening-ii/
Next week, I'll have a possibly weird piece of music up. Thanks for reading. I like pretzels.
Not much to report this week but next week I'll be starting a new personal challenge. A series of video/images set to music. Basically, I'll be attempting to create a piece of music or underscore for something visual. This will happen alongside my current projects, of course. Things are moving swiftly, at last. I'm not yet sure where I'll get all the visuals. Maybe I'll ask for submissions? Either way, it will be fun for me to try out some different ideas with no expectations and possibly enjoyable for others. We'll find out together. Or not.
I'll possess your corpse.
Finished To The Death last week. Stoked for those guys. Now, on to the next thing. Unraveller is nearing it's completion; Beyond the Sixth Seal is about 80% finished with a new record. We have 8 songs. A new death metal project is taking form as well. Some ugly stuff, I'm excited about it. More about that later. Got to get back to work, check out this cool synth piece from one of my favorite composers, Matt Creamer aka Norrin_Radd.
Well, I'm bouncing the final mix for To The Death right now. It's a mighty slab of foul death metal. Definitely looking forward to seeing these guys play this stuff live sometime. I didn't post anything last week because I was in the thick of it and just lost track of time. Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn't. I'm guessing you didn't. There's a lot of musicians out there who want you to pay attention to them and with so much information flying at your face all the time, it's nice to take a break. But if you're reading this, thanks for looking at my garbage! There's plenty more on the way.
Now, it's time for me to finish up the next Unraveller, which will be called Horror of Humanity. It's often difficult for me to finish projects like this or Stomach Earth. I just want to keep refining them, fixing them, changing them. But that is a fruitless task. It's easy to find things you want to change, especially as time passes. Your tastes might shift a bit and maybe in a month you'll prefer slightly different guitar tones or different panning. Or even different songs altogether. I often leave the studio after recording and think of something I'd like to change. For me, it's important to set a time that I'm going to be completely done and can no longer make any changes. When that day comes, it's done, regardless of how far into I am. The collection of songs ends up being kind of a snapshot of a particular time. Kind of like a time capsule. Sometimes, I listen to old records I've done and think, "why would I ever write that riff?" or something like that. I'll never write those riffs again(hopefully), so it's important that they happened when they did. So, I'm giving myself until June 20th to finish that record. This public statement holds me accountable. I'm pretty happy with the songs and if you liked the last one, I think you will be too. Oh yeah, here's a great dog picture from the internet.
Not much to report this week. I'm wrapping up the To The Death mix, recovering my hand dexterity and putting the finishing touches on the Unraveller record. More fun stuff on the way. Check out this sloppy video of me playing Floating Through the Vein. The pic is from The Thing - an awesome event put on by Thirst Boston. Bartenders from all over the city come together to make awesome cocktails. It ruled!
My hand is starting to get back to normal. I've been taking it slow but I can play a lot of the usual stuff with minimal pain.
We finish vocal tracking for the To The Death record tomorrow. If you're into Dismember, Dissection, Disfear or just really filthy death metal I think you'll like their stuff. I find myself singing Hellmouth often.
Not a lot to report until this is finished. Everyone is playing the new Doom...I haven't had a chance to play anything lately but I can't wait to check it out. Have a great week!
For the last few weeks I've been easing back into playing guitar. I smashed my index finger on my right hand on a table, causing the middle joint to bend completely the opposite way. I didn't actually break or fracture anything but my finger was an unusable breakfast sausage for a few weeks. It's only now starting to feel somewhat normal. As a lefty guitar player, it hasn't been ideal. But I'm getting back into it.
We start tracking vocals for the To The Death record this week. Jonny Fay did a great job tracking everything else. He's an incredibly thorough engineer (and person) so I'm ultra-prepared to mix this thing. I'm really looking forward to working on this record; the band did a great job with the songs. Real mean old school death metal.
Currently listening to the Streets of Rage soundtrack. Yuzo Koshiro rules!
May is getting busy. I'll be finishing up the mix for the Unraveller record and taking on another project I'm excited about; I'll be mixing the To The Death record. To The Death is the brainchild of Brendan Roche (Beyond the Sixth Seal, Deadlights), Justin Chappell (ex-Beyond the Sixth Seal), Bill Ford (The Epidemic, Death Fart, Shit Machine) and Graham Landers, the man behind Deepsend Records. I recorded their demo years ago on an 8-track but this time tracking was done by Jonny Fay. He recently moved Backyard Studios to a new location and he's getting some great sounds. I'll be tracking Graham's vocals as well.
An Unraveller preview will be up soon. I had a little detour from that while I scored a short film for Reindeer City, a new production company. More info on the piece will be announced in the coming months. If you're in the Boston area, you'll be able to attend a screening as well. I did sound design for a previous RC piece, which you can view here: ODD DUCKS
Oh yeah, that's a pic from the first Ladder Up An Ass show outside Nassau Coliseum on the 2008 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour. You thought it was over - it's not over - I came back - I brought my ladder! Still have that dragon mask. It sits on a bookshelf in our dining room.
Now playing: Blut Aus Nord - The Work Which Transforms God
Hey dudes. So the other day I realized I've been working on the next Unraveller record on and off since 2014. Weird how that happens. I had been a bit distracted with other projects and life events. Nightkin had one setback after another while trying to finish up Oath of Elucidation. Lost recordings, impromptu camping trips and other silliness but the digital version is finally out there with vinyl on the way. We're all very happy with the end result. Chris Johnson did a great job with the mix. The Red Chord played Japan and Texas. I worked on songs for a new band called Weird Strength with my good friend Chris Bevilacqua. Greg Weeks and Chris Johnson joined Weird Strength. I joined Greg's band Deadlights, on bass. Somewhere along the way, Mike Wohlberg and I started talking about the project again. His concept art for this record was accompanied by some amazing story ideas. That reignited my fervor for it and I jumped back in. So we are in the final stretch as I start mixing the record this week. We'll have an actual release date very soon. Thanks for being patient. If you are. You might not be patient, like me. Or maybe you don't care about Unraveller at all and that's ok too.
Hey everyone. I'm getting ready to play some shows in Japan with The Red Chord this weekend. Pump Up the Volume Fest at Club Citta Kawasaki on Saturday and Antiknock in Shinjuku with Infernal Revulsion, Edge of Spirit, Isolate and bilo'u on Sunday. Info here: