Joining the Raven Faith Records Family

downloadWithout getting into too many of the details, I just wanted to do a minor nod toward the coming future for A Martyrs Oath. I have recently locked in a 3 song EP release with a Christian indie label. The EP will be dropping very soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of the existing artists over at Raven Faith Records. I am really excited about the upcoming release.

Let’s face it… I can’t scream

Okay guys, I have come to a very important conclusion. I am not a hardcore-deathcore vocalist. I have tried. I have spent weeks watching tutorials on false chord and the fry scream. With that, hours have gone into practice. After finally getting to a point where I felt like I was doing good and getting the sound that I wanted it was time to do some recording. It just didn’t work. When listening to myself in real time I was becoming happy with the tones I was getting.

But, when it came time to play back what I was hearing, no amount of compression, EQ, and delay could fix what I was hearing. No matter how hard I try, I just end up sounding like Mocho Man Randy Savage. It’s pretty bad.

Because of this, I have come up with a solution. Rather than putting together a three song EP, I have updated my current demo to something of higher quality. I am currently mastering that right now. After I update that, I am going to spend the coming months writing songs and just taking it easy.

This summer my family is moving.

After the move, once the studio is back up and running, I plan to reach out to local friends in the Christian hardcore scene to see if they want to collaborate with me.

Shutting down my Social Media Accounts

Well, in the view of what my current goal is with the EP I’m working on, I did something drastically in the wrong direction promotionally speaking. And, to be honest… I don’t care. I’m better off for it anyhow. My goal for the EP might not be better off for it, but I am. And that’s what matters.

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To those of you that have kept up with me through my other various endeavors will know that I am not much on social media. After I quit touring full time, the novelty of social media for me lost its flair. And with that, I have started and stopped different accounts a few times. So, this is nothing new. If you look around on the site, you will see that the one social media account that I do still have is Youtube. Right now there isn’t anything on it (accept a few old songs). But, in the near future I have some ideas that will cause that platform to come in handy.

As for things like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the like… I realize that those platforms are good for getting the word out about my current projects.

But… at what cost?

Don’t get me wrong. I am having a great time putting together this EP and would love to see it have success by reaching people that would enjoy it. But, at the end of the day the only reason why I find myself on these social platforms is self-serving. And that’s not what Christ was about. Most people will assume that Satanism is the worship of Satan. But this is far from the truth. It is actually the agnostic worship of self. I must decrease that Christ might increase in me. It is pride that comes before the fall. This has always been true, therefore it will always be true.

When I get on these accounts, all I see are people boasting self. And upon reflection, how am I any different?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no more a sinner or saint for choosing to step away from or keep social media active in my daily life. I just personally can’t do it. I’ve got better things to do with my free time than work out my thumb while eyeing the benumbed social habits of our fallen society one finger swipe at a time.

Vocal preparation for the EP

Well, I finally have started messing with vocals and off the front have decided that having a background in indie-folk vocally has given me zero readiness for preparation in the deathcore guttural vocal genre that I am currently working on. With that, I have decided to take a step back and spend the next few weeks or even months listening to coaching techniques and suggestions.

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I’ve got about 5 month before the big family move from central Texas to the east side. With that, my goal is to spend about two months working on vocal techniques. This will give me a few months to lay the tracks and get in there to mix and master the EP before we move.

Writing Vocals for the first time in 7 Years

Well, now that the rhythm section for all three songs in my upcoming EP are finished, all I have left to record is vocals and lead guitar. After that comes the hard part; mixing and mastering. With that, I have finally begun to sit down and write lyrics for the first time in 7 years. It’s crazy to think that the last album I released was such a long time ago.

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For this three song EP I have decided to do something similar to what I did with the last record, Mother of Harlots. With that record I pulled my lyrical inspiration from the book of Revelations. This time around, I have decided to pull my lyrical inspiration from the Psalms.

With the Psalms you can go anywhere. You can pluck from the verses that speak of God’s love and mercy. Or you can go the other way and pluck from the verses that focus on the wrath of God upon the unrepentant wickedness in the world. So far I have most of the lyrics put together for two of the songs. I am hoping to being testing out my new Shure Mic this next week.

If I can manage to keep the pace that I have had so far, I am hoping to have the EP ready for the mixing phase by the end of February at the very latest (and that is being generous on time). I will more than likely be ready for the mixing phase closer to the end of January if I keep working at it like I have been.