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Friday, 2 April 2021

The Warrior Cycle - collaborative album with Arx Atrata & Arx Silvestris

 


The Warrior Cycle is a collaborative split album between myself and the immensely talented Ben Sizer of Arx Atrata and Arx Silvestris. Fully instrumental, it tells the tragic story of The Warrior through tracks of atmospheric post black metal, interspersed with 3 ambient interludes provided by Ben's Arx Silvestris project.

This release was really interesting to work on, and once again allowed me to try out a few new techniques for recording and mixing, including some bodhran playing and a greater use of synths than previous releases.

The pay-what-you-like download at my Bandcamp page includes a full virtual inlay, intended to emulate a vinyl gatefold. This was also something new which I am planning to create for all future releases. The inlay includes the The Warrior Cycle story concept, as well as a some liner notes from each of us about how the release came together.


The record also available on all major streaming sites.


Saturday, 19 September 2020

Fulmination - extracts from ambient collaboration project

The two tracks on Fulmination represent my contribution to an upcoming collaboration project with two ambient artists: Fabio Keiner and Beyond the Below


Writing, recording and production occurred sporadically between December 2019 and May 2020, making use of significant upgrades in equipment and techniques since the recording of Foundations. These tracks were a lot of fun to work on and I learned a lot in the process.

We chose volcanos as an apt theme for the collaboration. They are interesting because they are incredibly dynamic structures: slumbering and effusing gentle smoke one moment, then deafening and explosive the next. We felt that this was the perfect analogy for a release which blends textured, synth-rich ambience with the contrast of weighty heavy metal.

The final collab is currently still to be released, so in the meantime you can check out my BWS tracks over at Bandcamp or on Spotify/Apple music etc


Friday, 26 July 2019

Foundations - debut EP

Foundations

My first release, Foundations, is out now in digital-only format as of 26th July 2019. It is available for pay-what-you-like download on Bandcamp and all major streaming platforms.



I wrote and recorded the vast majority of the music between summer 2016 and late-winter 2017. I have gone back to the recordings 2 or 3 times since, re-mixing, tweaking and obsessing over them each time until I lose interest again. This time, I've decided that the songs are at a point where I am happy enough with them that I can let them go into the wild. I have messed about with them for long enough, it's time to draw a line under them and move on to working on the next release.

As I worked on the tracks, it seemed natural to name each one after large natural features that came to mind as I listened back to them, I hope this is something that comes across for anyone else who hears the record.