Saturday, September 24, 2011

Cauldron of Fuzz: Se7eN

Hello everyone, let me start by saying that I know it's been a while. But, with the birth of fall comes the talk of another Cauldron of Fuzz album. I skipped last year because I really wasn't feeling it and I hate to force material out there just for the sake of releasing it.

So, I guess this is me saying "I am pretty certain there will be a Cauldron of Fuzz this year". I have about 3 tracks that I am comfortable with releasing. I have to bring my bass in to get repaired (which may take a little bit) but, all in all I can finish the bass in the last week as long as the songs are written.

Right now I have

The Serpent in the Garden
30 Pieces of Silver (to Buy My Time)

I went through a fairly tough August and there is a lot of shit going on with me health wise that I am trying to deal with... so.. hopefully none of this "extra shit" will get in the way of me making a decent release for everyone. I'm looking for a 30 minute album (more or less) and I'm looking for something that will have a little bit of everything.

I might even return to doing a cover this year (SiX was the first COF that didn't have a cover on it) I was testing out different songs and did a jam of "Hole in the Sky" from Black Sabbath (Can be heard here) I don't know if I'll finish it because it is really predictable to do a Sabbath track. Even though it is one of my favorites and I think the demo/jam came out pretty decent.

Other than all of that I hope you ALL had a wonderful summer. I thank everyone who's written me about the 2 demo releases I did this year. I really enjoy them and I'm thrilled that you do as well.

I did get a question asking what happened to the "Red Earth" tracks that I stated would be on the release. For a quick (non-dramatic) answer the truth is that I just wasn't comfortable releasing something that had Josh on it in anyway. We haven't spoken in a while again and I personally think that our ups and downs have finally reached the bottom... and I'm not sure they'll be bouncing back up this time. He is a great guy, and a good friend and I wish him all the best in the world. I have nothing but love for the guy and hope he finds what he needs to be happy in life.

Back to what matters... the music.
I'll be going into "COF" mode which means tons of studio time and lots of buttons being pressed... lots of screaming being done... maybe some blood, sweat and definitely tears. But, hopefully at the end.. Se7eN will be up to SiX's standards. I really really enjoyed SiX for what it was... just this fun... short.. album that had a little bit of all different styles I play... If you enjoyed SiX you'll be in for a treat... if you didn't... might wanna wait for Lucifera.

Above all else.. enjoy the fall my friends.. and we'll all speak soon!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Music This Month

"See How the Hands Do Murder" will be up in a couple of days. It's not my next album per say but instead its a collection of demos and what-not I've had lying around for the past couple of years.

What's on the release?

Digital Devil

In 2008 I was in talks with Christian Linderson (Lord Chritus of Saint Vitus, Lord Vicar and Terra Firma) about doing a project which I codenamed "Digital Devil" I re-recorded AfterGlow (From COF2) and a Black Sabbath song called "Keep It Warm" from the Born Again album. The project never came to light due to the fact that I just had so many computer problems and lost all of the material I was writing. Chritus and I still talk back and fourth and really I hope it's something that I can get done sometime before we are both in retirement homes. But, until then I am putting these two scratch tracks (with me singing) on this release.

Red Earth

in 2009 I got together with my brother and old bandmate Josh to try recording some songs. I didn't want it to be Planet Gemini and really I wanted to give him a little more free reign to record his material. We probably jammed about 10 times and screwed around a little bit with polish but I really don't see it getting finished as Josh is very much a "free spirit" and is off on sabbatical yet again. We did about 7 songs (4 of which were pretty damn good) the production was all over the place but I managed to salvage a couple of tracks from these sessions. It's the closest I think we'd ever get to coming together and making music again. I love the guy but it really is a chapter in my life that I must put behind me because it's just not worth the head/heartache...


Doing "The Devil's Cauldron" I actually had a whole album I was calling "WarCry" it just didn't flow with what I was looking to release at the time so I figured I would take some demos from those recording sessions and throw it on there.

Vocal Tryout

I did a vocal tryout for a band that was looking for a singer. It just didn't work because I have my own style and vocals and they just didn't like it. I believe the band was called "Wrath of Ragnarok" and they just couldn't find a singer. I hope they found someone because even despite the obvious fake drums and tinny production I think they could do something pretty good if they release a little control and let a singer come in and make their stuff a little more... professional sounding. Songs about Freddy Kruger are not evil nor scary... in fact... songs about Freddy Kruger with bad lyrics just come off young, amateurish and comical. Guitar players.... please... stick to what you do best... guitar.


Who knows what will go on this thing. It's going to be a quick throw together and it is very much in the light of my old "BluePrint" albums. It should be fun for anyone who has been following the band for a while.