New EP – Equanimity

– Tracklist –

1 – Wanderer’s Path
2 – Ark of Light
3 – Ocean of Vigor
4 – Starseeker

After many months in production, the new extended play is finally ready.

As stated in the previous post, this project took far longer than expected due to some creative and technical problems, but the result represents where this project is at as of the current year.

The word “equanimity” means balance and stability of mind, often in the face of trying circumstances or events. It is a virtue recognized and valued in many spiritual traditions, and something that I work to cultivate in my own life. Music, for me, is one of the outlets that serve to nurture this state of being.

It may seem paradoxical to name a symphonic power metal album after this. Understandably so, as the genre is not known for subtlety or reservation. Music that is meant to soothe the mind and soul is often tranquil, with little emphasis on elements that serve to distract or overtly occupy the listener’s attention.

But the question is, why can’t metal be used towards the same end goal of spiritual grounding and balance? That has been partially the objective of at least some of the songs I’ve written, though it was a more significant goal for the first two songs on this release, which ultimately served as the inspiration for the title. The last two pieces, “Ocean of Vigor” and “Starseeker” are more typical of what one might expect from this project, although they maintain the vibe of the album and contain elements that haven’t been used before on previous work.

The incredible artwork was once again created by Belén Morante Velasco (https://www.monitoillustration.com/), the artist behind the previous album, Harmony’s Bastion, with the lettering done beautifully by Dominik Schäfer (https://www.facebook.com/wappenschmied/). It captures the emotions of the album and matches the vision for the music very accurately.

The EP will be released towards the end of the month or the beginning of January 2019 if things proceed smoothly.

EP – Nearly Complete

The music for the upcoming EP is almost completely done. In fact, I’ve begun sending demos to friends and such to receive their feedback before polishing and finalizing the songs completely.
 
A few creative and technical problems along the way made these four songs take longer than they should have, but in the end, they summarize where this project is at as of 2018. There are elements from all of the previous work, and some things that haven’t appeared much before such as purely clean (no distortion) electric guitar sections. The songs are generally more dynamic overall, with calm segments contrasting with thick walls of sound to a greater extreme than before.
 
Overall, I believe this release will set the general tone for future material released under this name. This project grows with me, but of course there’s also a core vision to it that I do my best not to betray. So consider this yet another stepping stone towards the ideal.

Lead Guitars Finished

The lead guitars were just finished today for the new EP. Only the rhythm guitars and a few more keyboard parts remain, and it will be nearly ready for release. The mix is already 80% of the way there since I planned things out better than on previous albums by only recording the necessary tracks and avoiding things that don’t fit in to the soundscape.

CD Baby – FLAC Format Removed

CD Baby no longer offers FLAC files (lossless/CD master quality) for purchase or download. As such, the only option that remains to obtain lossless versions of the music (to my knowledge) is Bandcamp.
 
This is bewildering and very disappointing to me as part of my decision in using their service was dependent on the fact that they offered lossless files, which is something that other large corporate distributors do not (Amazon, Google, iTunes, etc.).
 
Many argue that you can’t hear the difference between a FLAC/CD and a high quality MP3. That’s certainly true in many cases, but that misses the point. When someone purchases music, they should be getting the best possible version of it.  Physical CDs shouldn’t be the only way to legally obtain music in its intended format.