Other than having a ton of people come over today to grill out with a water slide and trampoline for the kids on Labor Day, this weekend the wife and I got a lot done around the new house. We hung a lot of pictures and cleaned the place up. With that, I finally got some of my old band shirts from back in my tour days framed and hung up in the studio space as well. Not only that, but I gave my 8-string guitar and my bass the golden treatment with a cleanup and new strings. I recorded a little something with them last night just for fun, and they literally feel and sound like I just bought them.
Now that the album is on the table, what next? With the album complete it’s time for the real work to begin. Although I have heard from a few labels positively, and a few labels negatively, the goal is to still work toward finding representation for not only this album, but for future releases as well. Alongside doing this, in the coming months Russell and I will be hitting the promotion front for the new release pretty hard. I will be getting some posters and flyers printed. We will be posting those all over town in our own region (obviously). But, we will take it a step further than that by reaching out to some of the contacts I still have from my once long time ago touring days in an effort to spread the flyers and posters into other States.
While we are doing this we will continue to send the album out to labels hoping that someone will take an interest in our studio project. I will also be hitting promotion pretty hard by getting flyers into the hands of bands out there that I know who are still touring regularly.
So, just because we posted the album doesn’t mean that the work is done. Not hardly. We have a lot to do. And we’re working on it.
Once the flyers and posters are made and printed, I will be sure to post about it so that you can get a look at how they turned out.
As for the studio, doing this large of a project less than a year into owning the studio equipment has been a real eye opener for me as a newbie behind the helm of a music producer.
Although I have learned a lot, I will be the first to admit I still have a lot to learn. I’ve already dreaming up ideas for the next project that Russell and I start on in the future. I am already thinking of easier ways to do things. Faster ways to set things up. How to pre-stage better so that my mastering stage is easier. The list goes on and on…
But, that’s the fun of it. Not only jamming out, writing music, recording and releasing… but the learning and growing part too. There is only one direction to go from here with the quality of what I produce… and that’s up.
This new album has been a blast to work on. And, if you haven’t downloaded your copy for free yet, be sure to do so.
Since the album is now officially on the table as a FREE DOWNLOAD on bandcamp, I thought I would post the lyrics here for those of you that care to give them a look see. The lyrics were a collaborative effort between me and the vocalist, Russell.
Track 1: Always Been About Us All
I was the one who spit in his face. Gave him the sinner’s place.
I was the one who put him on the cross. I was the one drenched in the law.
I was the one who put him on a tree. I was the one at fault. But it was never about me.
I was the one he taught the way. I was the one he came to save. It was never about me.
I was the one he told to die. I was the one he brought new life.
Track 2: Blood Stricken Hands
Jesus Christ, slain from foundation. We are here Lord, waiting translation. By His great glory, we rejoice. Pray you hear His voice. Prove all things. Hold to which is good. Blessed are the undefiled. Walk in the law. His testament. His glory. I shall not die, but live. The God of the living. The resurrection.
He who justifies the wicked and condemns the just, will taste the wrath reserved for the harlot of lust.
By the grace of God’s son with blood stricken hands, the sacrifice was made. And my debt has been paid. And sealed by the blood of the Lamb. It is because of Him, we stand.
By His glory, we rejoice. Pray you can hear his voice.
Track 3: We Wept for Zion
Manifest in me, oh God a light unto this dying earth. Let me show them what you’re worth. If I honor myself, I honor nothing. I lift my hands unto the second coming. The firmament shows thy handiwork.
Creator of all earth and sky, and day and night. Cherubim and Seraphim were made to worship Him.
The rivers of Babylon. We sat down. We wept for Zion.
I cry, make haste. The glory of the kingdom, a high tower. Fortress so brilliant, it blossoms like a flower. Kill the deceiver. Rebuke the accuser. The bottomless pit will be his future.
Hallelujah. We praise you. You are King. My Lord, my God.
Descendants of Abraham, cry out the call.
Track 4: Rage and Regret
Careful, a man is held by injustice. Unravel his cords and all you see it wickedness. Count elections bought by the rich and I see no freedom. Only debt. Fear looks upon the weak. It’s so deprecating. I look for life. But I’m suffocating.
My destiny is eternity. Your sanctity changes everything. And it’s taking over me.
Tears of rage and regret fill my eyes. But, never once did defeat enter my mind.
Never. My destiny is eternity.
Track 5: Feast Upon the Grey
Who am I to say the stars that guide the day were made to burn this way? What am I to do? I just need to trust in you. Why do I still try to run away and hide?
Bring me home to where You are.
These bones have all but died. His fury will feast upon the grey.
Bury your idols in the flame. Carry your trials to the grave.
Track 6: Melchizedek, King of Salem
Restoration. My heart’s meditation, remove all of modification. 24 elders, 10,000 crowns. 144,000 will be found. Sing a new song.
7 bowls of wrath as the dragon makes its final grasp. A house divided cannot stand. Lead us into the promised land. Blow the trumpet until it falls. Every stone in that crumbling wall. Beguiled by the serpent. Trodden by feet. The vail was torn and through the glass we can see darkly.
Melchizedek, king of Peace.
Track 7: Onward We March
No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper. And every tongue that accuses you, in judgment You will condemn. Mountains shall fall among the trees. Stones will cry out Your praise.
Onward we march. Light unto the dark. Bringing peace and salvation.
Fear not those who can kill flesh. Their only reward is death. My God has my soul to keep. The willing and gnashing of teeth. He comes in the night like a thief. Don’t hold your breath. The wage of sin is death. Let not your heart be filled with filth.
The gift of God through Christ is eternal life. Go therefore and live.
Track 8: Last Rights
End of the earth will pay Glory to the one true God. Jesus Christ and his fiery rod. Blessed by His blood, redeemed by His grace. I long to see Your face. Raise the dead. Jesus Christ, the King of second chances. Know what your stance is. Time is running short to stand before the court. The Judge of all kings. The Judge who knows all things.
Find repentance before your final sentence.
Burned at the stake or hung to die. Spread the light. Fight the fight. A martyr’s last right. Open your eyes.
Track 9: Death Man in my Path
When He whispers the changes that bind nations shall fall. When He speaks every wave in the ocean shall halt. When He breaths every demon in hell will tremble. When he breaths every mountain will crumble.
Under his feet, vengeance He will bring. Because above Him there is nothing. At the cross my flaws I shall bury. Because, under His grace I escape His fury.
I will sing a song of hope. I will walk this narrow road.
Shadowed by the mountain of His might, I will drink from the fountain of light. No longer will I starve and parish. For that new life he will feed and cherish. Moving on, I leave a dead my man in my path.
I am free. I am free from wrath.
Oh, but when He loves it melts my heart of stone. Oh, but when He heals I find life in Him alone. When He died my heart was filled with sorrow. Because He lives I can face tomorrow.
Track 10: Fragments of War
As long as there is breath in my longs, there is still a war to be won.
Stagnant blood in my heart is but a fragment that pulls us apart. The words of my empty love build the message that You’re not enough.
No more second thoughts. No more hesitation. I pray you cleans me from desecration. Take my flaws. Take my gold. Take everything. Bring me joy. Bring me peace. Give me more than survival.
I want revival.
Well, it’s been in the works for a while now. But, the new full length album that Russell and I have been working on is here. It is FREE-50-FREE over on bandcamp. Be Sure to download your copy.
Now that the upcoming album has been completed for a little more than three weeks, I haven’t taken a listen to it in a long while. With a fresh set of ears finally coming back to it, I have decided that I have made a “beginners” mixing mistake. I’ve mixed in way too much bottom end with the bass and the kick drum.
With that on the table, once my AC gets fixed, I am going to spend a few weeks doing a new mix down of the project before it gets released. I was happy with the project before, but now that I’ve stepped away from it and have come back… taking my time, I think I’ll be much happier with the entire thing since I’m taking it slow by not getting into a hurry to release it.
Lastly, since I will be taking a little longer to release the album I thought I would go ahead and show off the upcoming album artwork. The concept was something that Russell wanted to do. His sketch didn’t look quite like this… but it was his sketch that made me decide to go with this design mock-up.