Thursday, December 31, 2009

The End of Something Is Always A Start of Something New...

Kind of a cliché title this time around - I did it like that because as the first full decade of my life comes to an end today, I don't want to come out as too cryptic. Though, in a way I can't help that, because later on in this blog entry I will be revealing the first two chapters of my new book to y'all, and that's cryptic to say the least, haha.

Anyhow, first, what have I been up to? Well well, I'm really getting close to finishing off with the writing process of the EP now since I only got ONE SONG that's significantly unfinished. That song being In The Art of Dreaming, all the other 4 tracks are pretty much done, even drum-wise. Melodia is the latest one to enter this league, as I finished the drums for it on Monday evening. There's a slight problem what comes to the recording process knocking on the door though - seems like I cannot get the baritone guitar I so badly wanted anytime soon, and that slows things down. I could always record Trepidation and Xie Xie (which both need Drop B tuning, B-F#-B-E-G#-C#) on my regular electric guitar, but the quality would suck that way because the strings in that guitar aren't supposed to be tuned that low. Another option would be too buy thick strings for my current guitar, but then I'd have trouble playing songs like Melodia which is in standard (E-A-D-G-B-e) tuning. Maybe I should just consider using some less variation in the tunings from now on...

As for the Xie Xie music video, I'm quite done with the first half of it. I went out to shoot it again yesterday and if we ignore a few scenes that I might have to redo, I am quite satisfied with the results so far. Next I will start concentrating on the other half of the concept, which will be constructed out of scenes with me performing in my room. For those of you who think that this whole thing is ridiculous, I know that it sounds like that, but if there's even a tiny chance that this will be very successful, I need to grab on it. Not to mention, what do I have to lose?

Today, I plan to listen to all the music I've enjoyed during the past 364 days, maybe write a bit, and eat well. I just finished making a playlist that wraps up this year quite nicely for me - you can view it yourself here. I will listen to the playlist itself in its entirety later today. Currently I'm listening to RED's sophomore album Innocence & Instinct, which sounds really great after months and months of not listening to it. It also brings many memories to mind, like the review of the album I made back in March... See now what I'm trying to do by listening to all this music? :P On a side note, I've been into all kinds of music from the past during the past few days, actually, including Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit and obviously, P.O.D.

Ah well, I guess this is goodbye to the blogging year 2009. Having completed 90 (!) posts in total, it's been fun and fruitful. Hopefully you've enjoyed this year, my readers, and my posts have been pleasant to read. I just wish I got a comment every now and then... ;) But eh, I don't want to rant about that, or anything, for that matter. Today is for relaxation and the embracing of memories.

Before I forget, here's a download link to the 2 chapters of the book. The format is .rtf, so it should work in WordPad and Microsoft Word at least. If it doesn't work for you, let me know. And, of course, let me know how you like the story itself as well. Before you read it though, I better mention that this is still quite raw, and changes might occur, especially with the names of the characters.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/v1bvta

Alright, I'm gone. Still 12 hours until midnight (GMT+2)... But what the heck, Happy New Year everyone. :)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Confrontation

Yesterday I wasn't able to deliver a post, but here I am now with a post that most likely will be the second last one of the year (and the decade). I don't have that much new to share with you actually, since I've been faced with an emotional lock recently. It may sound strange, but it's as if I'm hugely inspired and I have all the reasons in the world to be happy, yet I'm still not feeling like it. It's not the first time that I've been stuck with this type of a situation, because it seems to occur every now and then on my holidays when I put too much pressure and expectations on myself. Yesterday was already a bit better though and I even began writing the third chapter for the new book; Friday and Saturday were the days when I really struggled. Anyhow, let's make this post filled with lyrics instead of updates. Here are the full-length ones for Xie Xie that I finished last Wednesday.

Staring at a blue gate… So argent

OPEN

I sense a flame… Growing inside

my antioxidant, my stearine of heart

Snap from the shadows picks me up

awakes my attention and lust (to…)
see what’s embedded into the skin
of purity and dirt alike (I…)
face a new silence in exchange for my search
the ground blossoms where I turn
running and reaching and not giving in
the yearn comes to me at end

Toughened image freezes the broken

my avid limbs become one with the boundaries

Paresthesia…

Fairies made of wine alight

with the echo of an intoxicated drum beat
another snap opens the brave
opens the brave for another mindframe
the air begins to shrink to thin
the view below is majestic
but until mitigation meets my heart
the fairies dissolve my shards

CONFRONT

NATURE SHALL NEVER BURN [x2]

Wicked laughter, shiny tears

cryptic magic set to appear
A finch goes rapidly across the room
assigned to transfix my soul
I’m paralyzed, I got no chance
But I compose myself composure
luring me into a dance
instead of kill the finch lets me closer

Take my glow, take all my seeds

Throw your possession, come and see
To sow a harvest, fly in me
and you’ll be free

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” [This part is from the Bible. Matthew 5; 3-10]

(Saying hello)

Capturing a deep blue breath

I fall into bed
filled with ashen roses
and walls made of ice
And I sense
sudden death
of a friend
as I whisper
gratefulness

REST

WITHIN
Sacrifice and glow

Another gate unfolds

This one is pure sheer gold
I see crowds of people, ignorant to feel
and I’m lacking what they own

This festival permeates my morality

with discomfort and impulsive qualm
I know my odor is too dark to belong (here)
but a touch makes me to hold on
Empty inside, I’m empty tonight
Chocolate kisses, lights in and out
Attractions form as I am tempted to live
moments out of stress and myself

But it all turns to wrinkly mist right beside my feet

As the verses I’ve learned appear in the eyes of the breed not meant for me

I remain as bore [x2]

I remain as higher than more

XIE [x14]
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Next I'd like to paste some text that I basically improvised on Saturday evening. No concept or theme in particular, just thoughts laid down on the table, so to speak.

Something so distressing

Stretching my hours to days
Extracting all my efforts into failure
Happiness is locked under the snow I breathe

The erupting fog sets the mood for the sky

I’m blue only where the sun is a lie
The vibration of strings stops suddenly
As an angel is drawn into a hated body

No flow, no foes

No storming from below
No gazing, misplacing
Just sadness in a stone
Let me go

A wonderland expected

Upside down, it’s red now
Red as the view around me
Scaring the motivated

A laughable choice is wisdom where I cry

Sitting still a way to be passed by
Explosions are seen everywhere but in the sky
Including my mournful, hazy mind

No flow, no foes

No storming from below
No gazing, misplacing
Just sadness in a stone [x2]

Let me go

A wonderland expected

Upside down, it’s red now
Assumption towards the desired
wish that is emptier, shall I
Pick up the remains once more
Touch the sound I so often call for
Shall I make my appearance absence
And lay low against the truth?

NO, NO, NO, FROM, NO, MISPLACING

Let me go.


I do have some minor updates to share if you're still reading. For the sake of New Years coming, I've opened a survey at the forums of the AS site. Having said that, I am currently working on a new forum site since the system Webs offers is filled with bugs and not enough features. If you're interested in helping me out with that, let me know by leaving a comment to this entry. It's also worth noting that I've been listening to another new Pelican album recently, called The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, and gotten familiar with an indie group called Silversun Pickups.

So, the first week of my holiday is now gone. Despite the lack of productiveness during the past few days, I can't be unhappy with the week overall by no means. After all, I did work a lot on the Xie Xie video and complete a lot of different things for the EP in general. Still, I hope that this week will be even better... ;) I'll see you on the last day of the decade.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

So Eager

First of all, a Blessed Christmas to everyone who's reading, and even to those who aren't. I've just eaten a very fulfilling Christmas meal with my family, and I have to say that it's been a great day overall. There are a lot of things I have to talk about concerning Tuesday and Wednesday as well, so if you're lazy, close the window now, haha.

On Tuesday, I continued shooting the Xie Xie music video. I took about 15 minutes of raw material which should cover about 1-1½ minutes of the video after editing. Since then, I haven't been filming at all, but I might continue on Saturday or Sunday. If I'm not on the mood or the conditions are bad on those days, I probably won't film again until week 2 of 2009. A very careful estimation is that I'm now 10% done with the video, including the time I need for editing and such. Anyhow, back to Tuesday... Another big thing I did was the completition of the last guitar solo for Xie Xie, which was also the last guitar part for the entire EP that I had to write. I dare to claim that the solo itself is my best to date. It's very versatile, combining picking and chords, and effects here and there such as bending and vibratos.

Wednesday was another big day. I worked on a few new drum parts for Xie Xie in the afternoon, and while I was bored in the evening, I decided to finish off with the lyrics for the song. As a conclusion, I'm now done writing all the guitar, bass and piano tracks for the EP as well as all the lyrics. In my next post I will show you the full lyrics for Xie Xie, since right now I'm thinking that they're a bit too long for this post.

Then to Thursday, Christmas Eve, a.k.a. today. Instead of listening to Christmas carols, I've been enjoying a lot of Grey Daze. I had almost completely forgotten about how great they sound like, and the track She Shines from the 15-year old album Wake Me - which I haven't heard in many, many months - totally blew me away to the extent where I am considering the possibility of making a cover. I have already started tabbing out the song by ear since no tabs of it are available on the net.

For this Christmas, gifts have been completely secondary for me. For those who want to know, I got A LOT of socks and chocolate, and also some other, smaller things. The stereos which I got at the start of the month were the main gift anyway. Besides listening to music and tabbing I've been spending quite a lot of time with my family in general today. It's been a very special Eve and as it's not even 9 PM yet in here, I probably will still come up with something special to do. For example, it's been a while since I've written lyrics completely spontaneously without the intention to make an instrumental for them. You never know, I might just do that tonight...

I'll try to post every 3 days now, so expect a new post by Sunday. Until then, have a wonderful time, whether it be with your family, friends, or alone. :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Drought

That headline is actually pure irony if we compare it to what I've been up to lately. I've been writing, composing, filming, exploring new music and relaxed since my last post, and if the rest of this holiday is going to be anything like these 2 days have been, I just know that it'll be very, very hard to get back to school on January 7th, haha. Anyway, without any further babble, let's go...

First, Sunday. I had a walk with the purpose to plan some scenes for the Xie Xie music video and begin the actual holiday with something I love doing - having a refreshing walk while listening to great music. That leads us to another topic, actually, since the music I was listening to during yesterday's walk was rather special. You see, I did another spontaneous act and got the self-titled EP by an instrumental post-rock band called Pelican just before going out. Even though I didn't really get into the individual songs during my walk, Pelican's music is basically the only music I've been listening to since yesterday, and I now also have a full-lengtr album by them called Australasia. Both of the releases are heavy, atmospheric, gloomy and progressive, all in pretty much the same time - and I have to say that I'm quite impressed. Last thing I have to say about Sunday is that I watched Spider-Man 2 to end the day, and it was surprisingly relaxing and inspiring. You all know me - I'm not a movie freak by any means yet I'm almost inspired by every movie I watch - so it's not a wonder though.

Then, to the Xie Xie music video shoot. Today was the first day that I went out with my camera and started shooting scenes for the video. Even though I wasn't able to shoot as much as I was hoping to due to the weather and the weak batteries in the camera, I'm pleased with the output so far. Tomorrow I will continue filming some more scenes outside. Right now, I'd say that I have enough material to cover about 40 seconds of the video - but until editing, there's a lot more material than that, obviously.

After walking at least 5.5 kilometers outside to shoot the video in different locations around the city I live in (not to mention that I had to go back home early on at one point and then leave again), I worked on some new drum cuts for Melodia. All in all, the drums for the song are now a little over half-done. On top of everything, I just finished the 2nd chapter for my newest book. Though I kind of want to keep that one just to myself at the moment, I will share the current contents of it before the end of the year, as I promised last month. Knowing that the days are running out for 2009, maybe you'll be able to read the whole thing in my next post already... Either way, it's worth the wait.

Had enough? Well, you're lucky then since this paragraph is the end of my 164th post. The next time I post will most likely be on Christmas Eve. Until then, I promise to keep myself busy... And relax in between my chores.  =)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Words to Kill The Stress By

(Note to self: From now on, "soon enough" shall stand for 7 days. *sigh)

First of all, a gospel - Jesus lives and because of his birth about 2000 years ago, I'm not only here typing this post to you at this very moment but also, while doing it, spending away my first hours of a well-deserved Christmas holiday. That's right - I now have 19 days off school, which basically equals all kinds of rest, writing, playing, jamming, reading, watching, brainstorming, spending time with my family, shooting a music video, having walks outside and much more. With that said, even though I can't promise a completely stress-free holiday, I will aim towards relaxation - especially since my school report requires me to gain strength for the spring semester (no, the report is not bad on a general scale, just bad on mine). One of my many other aims is to post here more often, so keep an eye on this page... And this time, I really mean it.

During the last week or so (and my freedom today) I have already worked on several things worth of typing. First, I have almost completed the piano outro for Xie Xie - which can, due to its length, now be called a track on its own. I've entitled the song as "Notes to Kill a Man By", and anyone who's heard the MIDI should agree with me when I say that it's very close to being a perfect name for the calming, high-pitched and slow piano piece. I have also been writing some new drum patterns for Xie Xie and given it some final touches what comes to the solo guitar. All in all, it is very realistic that when this holiday ends, I will be done with the writing process for the whole EP - ignoring the little tweaks and new ideas that are bound to occur during the recording process.

Last Saturday, I did something very spontaneous influence-wise. I noticed that a friend of mine had quoted something interesting in her MSN status so I wanted to check what it was all about. As it turned out, it was a lyric by a hardcore band called Finch. Knowing that I would go outside for a walk in an hour or so, I decided to download an album called "What It Is To Burn" by the said band and listen to it as much as possible during my walk. In the end, the album turned out to be rather generic, but the positive vibe it had was refreshing to me among with a bunch of good riffs. Since that day, I've barely been listening to any Finch though. The nostalgia from last week has continued to a certain extent as I've been more and more into stuff like P.O.D. and the Deftones. Just yesterday I played Satellite by P.O.D. through my stereos - throughout - and I got a feeling out of it that I had never had before, which wasn't totally caused by the stereos themselves, but also by the way I let myself relax while listening. Another thing about P.O.D. that's been making me excited this week is the fact that they're currently working on a new album. Not too long ago, a video straight from the studio sessions was posted on YouTube and Facebook. Since I really want to take part on promoting the band this time around, prepare yourself for some heavy advertising in this blog. I'll begin by posting the already-mentioned video. Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtAqQVME4KM

Lastly, I'd like to ask everyone of you reading if you would like to see Breath of Darkness awards take place again this year. Some of you might remember the little project I had going on last year, where I posted 14 categories and about 5 nominees for each category, and then asked you to vote. In the end, I counted all of your votes together and revealed your favorites on the side of my own ones for the winner of each category. Basically, if you're intrigued and would like the awards to take place again, comment on. If you're not interested at all... Well, still, comment on. :P

I won't say anything about the time when I will make my next post, but just like I implied earlier, it should be faster than "soon enough", haha.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Numbers & Nostalgia

The title tells it all about my week really. Through learning maths I've basically gotten fed up with numbers and such, and I'm afraid that will show in the test I had yesterday. To stay positive though, nostalgia is another thing I've been having lately, which has been more or less caused by listening to the music I've grown with for quite many many years. As this music includes such bands as P.O.D., Linkin Park and the Deftones, I've been having albums like Payable On Death, Meteora and Saturday Night Wrist on slight rotation from time to time this week. AqME and Truby have also had more than a few plays lately. Overall, it's been a very fascinating 7 days since my last post.

During last Sunday and Tuesday I was, like I had hoped, able to continue on State 18 so that now about 90% of it has been written. I will now show you the final lyrics for the song, but remember - in order for you to hear the finalized product, you need to be a member of the promotional team when I put out the special edition of The Art In Dreaming. The doors won't open in a while, but just a reminder... If you're not a promotional team member right now but are intrigued by this text, keep an eye on this blog, since I will let everyone know when you can enter your information for joining the promotional team again. To cut off with the talk and move on to the piece itself, here we go:

Wreaths of hair, colored black
Iris green, matching glass clean
I follow your steps with insecurity
feel your instinct spit on my skin
You send waves protruding my conscience
I surrender to total absence
I know that you are cold to me
but it takes more to kill obsession

Reject of everything but art

I’m surprised you let this desire to grow
You are a spark, you’re the wildfire glow
that can burn my insides if I get too close
Our vision is the same, we cope without charade
but is anything the same, if we both enter the game
I yearn for, lust for, fight for this, that my mind denies
and yet I hope that your reply is smile

[Chorus]:

I know I might, cross the line, but I need you for a while
think of me, as parasite, and let this silence between abide
Just so I can see, your evil beauty, until it makes me bleed

I want, to torture, myself

with your appearance, as illusion in my head
Imagine, your soul, entwined
In the dark, together into mine

[Chorus]


Now look at you and look at me

I must confess curiosity
towards your views, towards your taste
towards that heart blessed with grace

New style recognizable, eh? :P

Anyhow, then to my other projects. Even though I haven't done any progress at all on the book(s) or the songs for the EP, I have been working more on the A.06 collaboration, which is now set for a Christmas release - that is if everything goes smoothly, of course. I've also began working on the little (promotional team exclusive) DVD by filming some short clips. With only one week to go until my Christmas holiday, I've also been planning the Xie Xie music video furthermore among with possible recording sessions to be held at the beginning of my 19-days-long break.

There you go, for now. I promise to make another post soon enough, hopefully tomorrow. Until then, please, allow me to have the pleasure of reading your feedback towards the lyrics and everything else I've typed about as well, of course. :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Epilogue of the Sun

Just yesterday I got my swine flu shot, and as expected, it has made me sick. Having taken the shot to calm down my parents, all it has resulted in so far is an aching left arm and fever. Despite this and the little break in writing I intended to have, I've done A LOT during the past 24 hours or so.

Let's kick off with some plans I now have for the release of The Art In Dreaming. As usual, I will put a free download of it up on several places, however, I'm also thinking about putting out another edition. As some of you might recall, I already released a special edition of Autumn Scream just for the rare and selected on the official website, but this time around we are talking about a physical copy that would shipped to your home address with exclusive artwork and an additional disc with the Xie Xie music video, some filmed studio material and a b-side on it. This special edition will only be available for the members of the promotional team, however, there's no need to worry if you're not a member right now - I will give those who aren't currently members of the promotional team the possibility to join before the EP itself gets out. Before that, it's worth noting that I have another exclusive planned for the current team, which is actually not music-related. More on that later.

Next, let's discuss a little about that b-side I will include on the special edition of TAID. The song is currently titled State 18 and I just started working on it yesterday afternoon. It's a love song and very personal. So far I have finished about a half of the song's drums and about six eighths of the lyrics, the bass, and the guitar. It's not going to be a short song at all - even if it is more formulated than most of my efforts have been recently - and thus it's quite of an achievement that it's almost fully done already. Maybe I will finish it already tonight, who knows - the main thing is that I have major inspiration for it at the moment. Knowing me, I just might change my mind about the whole thing if I don't finish it as soon as possible anyway, haha.

For In The Art of Dreaming, I have been working on the drums a little bit this week, whereas Melodia hasn't gained anything new, against my expectations last weekend. I'm glad that I finally got around to gather some patterns for ITAoD though, since I had been equivocating some of the patterns in my head for a long time already, and now I've officially began working on all the drum tracks for the EP. Overall, I'd say that the EP is now about 80% done writing-wise.

Concerning the remix/collaboration of A.06, I have been doing some minor progress during the week. My goal is to get my own parts for the song done by Christmas, and at the moment it's likely since about a half of the actual instrumental is remixed now and there's a few days just before Christmas when I can record as much as I want concerning the vocals. Obviously, as it is a collaboration, finishing my parts doesn't necessarily mean a thing if others fail to complete theirs, but soon I will at least be done with my share of the deal, so to speak.

Then, the influences. On Wednesday, I finally got Truby's debut album Entropy thanks to a friend. Despite the album being a slight disappointment overall, I'm loving the soft and creative soundscapes that the record is filled with, and I'm sure the album will grow on me for good eventually. Another big influence this week has been 10 Years. I got their debut album Into The Half Moon a few days ago and even if it can easily be labelled as nu metal with nothing special to offer, I think it was worth getting since there are some melodic bits here and there that hint you towards the sound the band is known for today.

There you go, my first post of December. Hoping to post more soon...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

1st of The Last

I am happy to inform you that I now have 2 tracks pretty much set for the recording of The Art In Dreaming. Having worked more on the drums for Trepidation yesterday afternoon, the song is now as near completition as it can be prior to recording. 15th Pb is pretty much in the same state as well, like I've mentioned. Even though I haven't written anything new to Xie Xie during the last 28 hours, I feel like it's also worth typing that I just checked the lenght of the MIDI to see that the song has now crossed over the 10 minute mark. With everything going so smoothly, I plan to have a little break from now on until my Christmas holiday starts - with the reservation that I'd really like to develop the drums for Melodia in the next few days.

That paragraph you just read is all I have to say about my projects, unfortunately, but I do have other things to tell you about too, don't worry. Yesterday evening I spent a couple of hours arranging some of my old writings and other things that have been taking space away from my stereos. As I was reading some of my lyrics that date as far as 3 years ago, I felt very nostalgic and strangely, a bit inspirational on top of that as well. I actually kind of miss the times when I just wrote what came to mind without having a certain motive to begin with, which I often do have in mind these days when I write. Maybe I will try to take adventage of the less-calculated technic now in the future again. Later during the evening I watched some TV and tried to come up with some new musical ideas, but the riffs I came up with aren't going to take me anywhere - not because they are bad, but because I really want to compose something experimental and it's not always easy at all, as you can predict. I'm fine though - I got no rush with the new stuff. ;)

This weekend has also seized the beginning of the winter sports season 2009-2010. Finnish skiers and ski-jumpers have had pretty good success as always, but I don't want to bore you too much with the subject, so I'll just admit that yes, I've been watching. :P

One of this week's influences that I forgot to mention yesterday has been Linkin Park with their new LPU CD. For once the band included some demos from their past on it and I'm surely not the only one who's been pleased and inspired by that. I've even began remixing the extended A.06, which is a very heavy track and was previously only known as a 1 minute demo. I plan to make the remix a big collaboration with vocals and everything from various people, but you all know my plans... They come and go. Anyhow, today I've been into Riverside a lot, and just now I'm listening to a new band called Flaw. I got the album Endangered Species by the latter just half an hour ago and it seems to have a rather unique sound considering the band is quite nu metalic. For the rest of the evening, I will probably keep listening to Flaw and study for the biology test I have tomorrow.

As a conclusion, I hope you all have had a good first Advent and a wonderful November. I, for one, have enjoyed most of what this month has offered despite the overly-pressuring stress, and my birthday obviously has been playing a big part at that. It's nice to see that my posts per month aren't descending anymore either, haha. Now, for another 5-6 days, goodbye my dear readers.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Roots In Stereo

This week has been like a mini-Christmas for me. I had asked brand new stereos from my parents for Christmas so we ordered them together last Sunday, and since they already arrived yesterday, we decided it was for the best to begin using them already. All in all my family is not stuck in Christmas traditions anyway since I also gave a gift for my dad 3 weeks beforehand two years ago. Anyhow, the sound quality of the stereos is great and it's truly amazing to listen to my favorite songs again and again with a totally different sound than before. Best thing is, the stereos weren't even that expensive.

The writing process of The Art In Dreaming has been going forward a bit this week too, as always. Trepidation and 15th Pb are almost done now, with six eighths (6/8) of the first's and seven eights (7/8) of the latter's drums completed. I've also been improving the little harmonies in Melodia this week and started on the grand finale for Xie Xie - in other words, the last riffs for rhythm guitar have been written and I've also started working on the piano outro.

I have more than one test to study for during the next few days, but on the other hand, school is inspiring me more than ever at the moment. Biology has been surprisingly inspirational on this course (and it's sad that the test I'm studying for this weekend will be the one that ends the final course of secondary school biology) and just yesterday a very melodic and picking-filled riff came to my head during Religion class. Later on, as I went home, I played that melody by ear on guitar, and earlier today I converted it to piano (and yes, it will be used for Xie Xie). Despite all of this inspiration, I'm still very excited towards Christmas, and one of the main reasons for that is obviously the 2½ weeks long holiday coming with it that I know I have earned.

Lastly, I've been influenced a lot by Static-X this week, and I even looked up a very rare DVD of them called Where The Hell Are We And What Day Is It... This Is Static-X earlier this week. Surprisingly, it had Wuv and Sonny from P.O.D. featured in it (only for a few seconds, but worth the mention). Concerning other influences, I've been playing all kinds of music through my stereos yesterday and today really, so it's maybe for the best that I won't start mentioning all of the artists I listen to, haha. Let's just see if I'm influenced by something in particular during tonight and tomorrow.

And no, that final sentence was not a promise of another post coming. =P

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Horizons

During the past 24 hours I have been listening to some more Parkway Drive as well as some Static-X and KoRn. All in all, I haven't been listening to that much music during this weekend though, or lately in general, for some reason. Nevertheless, tonight I'm hoping to change that, so keep an eye on my last.fm page (http://www.last.fm/user/WickedBreath)...

My new book is about 1100 words long now, with one chapter fully finished. I still want to keep the content as a secret of some sort and not share it here, but I promise that at some point later this year I will make a post with a chapter or two (depending on how much I've been able to continue with it). It's definitely one of, if not the most interesting story of mine personally, and I hope that once I'll show it to you all, you'll think the same.

Besides writing a rough 500 words more to the book yesterday, I also worked a bit more on the Save a Prayer cover me and Shades of The Atmosphere are collaborating on. Having added some piano to it, the whole thing includes 4 instruments now (without the drums) and it definitely has a twist to it that makes it sound like ours and in the same time, a little different from the original. It might take a while before you will be able to hear the final recording, but it should be good enough for the wait.

With 4 weeks to go until my Christmas holiday, I'm going to be struggling with some tests and such next week and the week after that, but it's all cool. I just know that this Christmas will be amazing with, possibly, a new baritone guitar (which I will most likely buy myself, by the way), the Xie Xie music video shoot and a wonderful Christmas spirit, hopefully. If nothing else, I can at least rest, since the holiday is going to be almost 3 weeks long. My official goal for the holiday is to finish off with the writing process of The Art In Dreaming, so I can start the recording sessions in January.

Alright, you got your Sunday post and I got a clean conscience. See you until next weekend. :)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Siren's Song

Having discovered one new band and come up with a plenty of new material, I've gone through the aftermath of my birthday this week. Concerning The Art in Dreaming, I've been working a lot on the drums again, and done some vocal sessions for practice lately. It's all sounding pretty good so far, but I'm careful not to think of it as too good yet when it's all just in my head as of now. To clear things up a little for you, here's once again a list of all the tracks to be on the EP and some notes on how they are doing right now.

01. 15th Pb
The opener of the whole EP will begin with some vocals backed by natural harmonics on guitar. The song's overall lenght will be a bit under 6 minutes, showcasing a prominent progressive touch and the heavier side of the EP. Writing-wise, the drums are about 80% ready to date, with everything else being pretty much done and settled for the recording phase.

02. Xie Xie
The song that I am most excited about. Xie Xie won't only be the longest Wicked Breath track to date, but it will also work as the basis for the first-ever music video by me and obviously, it'll also be put out as the one & only single from The Art In Dreaming. What comes to the concept of the entire EP, Xie Xie plays a really big part lyrically and isntrumentally. Right now, the guitars and the bass are about 80% done, lyrics about 70 % done, drums about 50 % done and piano about 30% done. The outro for the song will be a short piano piece that I have yet to begin working on.

03. Trepidation
The most simplistic, and perhaps the most emotional song vocally on the upcoming release is called Trepidation. While serving as a bridge between the defining heaviness and softness on both ends of the EP, the song has groove as well as melody in it. Clocking just over 5 minutes, the song refuses to be unprogressive just like everything else on the tracklist and thus it fits well to its position. While the drums are still unfinished being about 50% done, everything else for this song is completed writing-wise.

04. Melodia
The first fully instrumental song I've done since Soar. Melodia is surprisingly soft, natural and stripped down, relying on bass, drums and one guitar for the most part. Some short guitar solos are hearable in a few points, but other than that, this song is basically a more progressive and enhanced version of Strayed from Glimpse At My Horizon (without the vocals), mostly consisting of traditional chords and just one or two powerchords. Drums (30% done) are the only thing missing from this one as well.

05. In The Art of Dreaming
This piano-driven tune ends the EP. With a few surprises on the way for this one, I can't reveal too much. What I can reveal is that the lenght will be around 6 minutes and that I'm done writing everything besides the drums for this one. All in all, this song includes pure emotion expressed by bright piano, soft bass, calm vocals and clean guitar. Nothing more, and nothing less.

As a side note, I was a little sick on Monday, so I stayed home allowing me to work some more on Xie Xie. This week I've already had several ideas for my next project, too. Even though most of the ideas are thematical, I got a bunch of riffs and such on my mind that won't be heard on TAID. Despite these ideas, I still got no idea what my next project will be like, but I actually consider that a good thing - for once it might be good to just play and write without a certain goal in mind. I still got a lot to do with this current project anyway, so there's no need to rush with things.

Now onto the new band I've discovered this week. The band is an Australian metalcore/deathcore monster called Parkway Drive. A friend of mine recommended them to me and so I checked out their album Horizons just yesterday, and it does sound rather impressive so far. I've been pretty hesitant towards metalcore lately since judging by what I had heard until this week, I felt like the genre didn't have enough fresh things to offer. Even if Parkway Drive isn't mindblowing either, they're a step into the better direction, it seems. On top of listening to Horizons, I've also been into some old bands like Demon Hunter and Pillar - not to mention Riverside frontman Mariusz Duda's solo project Lunatic Soul, which I listened to for the first time in the summer and just now have begun appreciating.

I swear that I'll make another post tomorrow. I have a feeling that I might not do much today, but you never know - besides, I really have to reach my 2-posts-per-weekend-pace again, haha.

"I thought you wouldn’t come/I have been waiting for you...

In the back of beyond."

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Deep Blue Breath

Music that's once been new, but has since been forgotten about, has been the theme for the music I've been into this week. ZAO's Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest, Killswitch Engage's The End of Heartache and Kinetik Control's Lack of Divine Inspiration are just some of the records that I hadn't listened to in a while until this week. Especially ZAO has encouraged me to look for meanings and some new parts that I've written for Xie Xie are even strongly influenced by WBaFBR. Speaking of which, Xie Xie is now 7 minutes and 59 seconds long and it's currently in a state where I've started writing the very last build-up for the song. Not knowing where it'll go, I have to say that there's still a chance the track will clock over 10 minutes though. 15th Pb, on the other hand, has gained more drumming and thus it's only lacking less than 2 minutes more of it for it to be fully finished. In contrast to all of this, I've had some pretty positive feedback concerning the exclusives on the site (http://autumnscream.webs.com), which is always good even if I did post samples before AS too and still the EP itself didn't come out too great.

The only true ways of celebration I've been able to have for my birthday so far have been a 50-minute playlist that I listened to earlier today and plenty of delicacies that I've eaten. It's all good though - somehow I saw the lack of having ways and motivation to celebrate coming anyway. I'm just not able to spend even a day without doing something productive or worrying about something else. It feels good to be 15 though, trust me.

Today on its own has been wild. I've started my second "serious" book, which uses the previous idea I had for a short story. I won't share you too much about the plot now but you'll hear from it soon enough. I've also been working on Xie Xie's lyrics and its instrumental, as well as throwing around ideas for the music video, which for the record I will be making and releasing no matter how bad it'll be. That is if I ever finish it... Time is limited these days and so is my equipment.

Lastly, some major Webs stuff. I have desperately created some new topics for the forums of the site, so please, at least give them a look. There are also still a few guys from the promotional team who haven't checked out the exclusives, at least not to my knowledge, and I'm telling you, the promotional team isn't just so you can feel special, you actually need to be special for it. Meaning, if you can't bother downloading a tiny package, giving it about 25 minutes of your life and another 5 minutes or so for giving feedback, you're out, and someone else is in. I'm not blaming everyone of the 7 here, because some have actually checked the package and given me feedback like I said, and some people who haven't I know are busy, but still, I'm left with 2 people who I haven't heard a word from yet and am expecting one very soon. Before I rant too much, I would like to mention that Shades of the Atmosphere now has his own site over at Webs too. Check it out at http://shadesoftheatmosphere.webs.com.

That's it, my second post as a 15 year old teenager. Hopefully you enjoyed it. I'll keep you updated...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

We've Got This Far...

As it's been a little over an hour since I turned 15, it's needless to start describing how I feel at the moment. I'll just cut down to the chase here... :P

For today, I got two suprises, as promised. The first one is a promotional team exclusive, that you can only access by being a moderator on the official site's forums. Having advertised the possibility of becoming one for almost a week, the door is closed now so to speak, but only for a while. Anyhow, those that do have the right to access the Fanbase and Promos categories on the forums, use your priviledges wisely. I most definitely want to hear all of your opinions concerning the little package I have for the selected 7 members of the team. To clarify, here's a link for the forums, once again.

http://autumnscream.webs.com/apps/forums/

Then onto the second surprise. As I've mentioned before, I'm an active member on several different forums. One of these is called Quills, where I've been a member on for about 8 months now. On the said forums I've had the pleasure of discovering a very young and talented writer, Jessie Todd, and we've been working on a little project together for sometime now. The project is a written interview with the aim to give her experience and me something to further give out to you, the readers, and also something I can use for promotion. The interview is actually split in two, with the first half being about Wicked Breath in general and the second half being mainly about me. Without any further babble, here you go:
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You've been influenced by a lot of other bands, right? Can you list some of them and tell me why you find them so inspiring, what effects they might have had on Wicked Breath's sound?
- We have to start with the fact that music is by no means the only thing that influences me. I’m also influenced by literature, television, school (believe it or not), other people… Everything around me can be innovative and music is really just a part of what inspires and influences me. Anyhow, if we do get into the music… There’s definitely more than a lot of it that I’m not a stranger to. I listen to rock music daily, ranging from the poetic and progressive passages of Tool, the Deftones, HURT and Opeth to more straight up metal like KoRn, Soulfly, 5 Finger Death Punch and so on. Then there’s also, of course, Christian stuff like P.O.D., Project 86, Demon Hunter, early Killswitch Engage, some RED… Not to forget melodic post-rock and soft rock in general like God Is an Astronaut, dredg, If These Trees Could Talk, Junkie XL and you know, the list just goes on and on, haha. To sum it up, I guess most of the stuff I listen to is somehow crossover and thus rather diverse, even if it all can be put under the term rock. Bands such as P.O.D. and HURT especially stand out for me, because there’s a true story behind them and their music every single time. The kind of ‘surviving through struggles’ that they’ve had is definitely something that would make me appreciate any true musician/band in a way that the music alone is unable to offer. All in all, I think that all those elements I just mentioned are in one way or another hearable with everything that Wicked Breath is and will be in the future. And, I’m constantly seeking for fresh and new things - and that statement, again, doesn’t just apply with music but basically everything in my life.

What genre would you consider Wicked Breath to be, or is it still evolving too much to decide? Does it 'fit' with your bigger inspirations?
- I’d actually prefer if my music wasn’t labeled too much because of the diversity and the fact that like you hinted, there’s still a lot of growing I have to go through with everything. At best, my music can include total headbanger-riffs á la Drop D, C or B tuning, heavy and self-reliant bass lines, some beautifully melodic guitar-picking with laid back drumming as well as rapping vs. screaming vs. singing – all in one song – but there’s so much more I can still mix to it by learning and experimenting (not to mention making it more flowing), so I wouldn’t say that I’m alternative rock or progressive rock or anything of the like, because it’s simply too strict. Don’t get me wrong – I actually like classifying the music I listen to on my own (even if I shouldn’t) but when you look at it from the perspective where you’re the artist yourself it’s hard to find a certain style or term that would describe what you do perfectly. Having genres makes it easier for you to find a band that you’ll most likely want to listen to when you’re looking for something new, but to me all music is a reflection of its maker and because of that, labeling music is kind of like labeling the musicians who’ve done it based on their age, race, education etc.

As for your other question, I guess whatever classification I’d be given would fit with my musical inspirations, but a total mix is what I am and want to be.

As you're currently a one-man-band, would you ever be happy letting other musicians take over some aspects of the creative process, or would you rather keep it 'pure'?
-I already have let other people into the writing and the recording process of my songs through various collaborations. So far, those all have pretty much just been e-collabs though. I think that there are simply too many reasons for why I shouldn’t work in a group full-time in contrast to why I should, some of the most outshining ones being my stubborn character, my clear vision what comes to doing music and the way of doing it and the fact that in a band, I most likely could never be taken as seriously than as a solo musician. I’m a difficult person and an artist so big by heart that I’d begin to sound like a cliché if I kept listing things about myself here, but those are the roots God has given me and my mission is to make sure those roots grow a plant that blossoms – if not now, then at least eventually. Anyhow, before I get too religious here, the conclusion is that I am open to working with other people, more and more each day actually, but I don’t think I will ever be able to go as far as playing in a band where my opinions, my writings and my efforts are constantly only a fraction of the whole.

How available is your music? (Do you have a blog, advertise on other sites etc.?) Is it free? (When will you feel comfortable charging for it online?)
– My music is available from many different sources. Even though at the moment none of my previous releases are online, I post updates of my work frequently on a number of sites. Many of these are forums I’m an active member on, including The Linkin Park Projekt and The Southtown. I also have my own site and an official blog which I use to post updates concerning both, my music and my other life as well. All my music is currently free - I feel comfortable charging for it when I put out my first full album, and when that day comes, I want my music and myself to be fully prepared.

Do you have any short-term goals right now?
-I am looking forward to finishing my third EP and putting it out sometime early next year. If we ignore the aim to develop and experiment as much as possible (and do that every single moment possible), finishing off with my current project is the only short-term goal I have at the moment.

So can you see yourself someday making it big? What are some of the steps along the way, or have you made any plans yet?

- I have, as you can predict, dreamt about being in front of a big live audience and achieving a large listener base time and time again, but in order for that to become reality there’s almost an impossible number of steps that I have to take and pieces I have to help fit. I don’t have much if any major plans right now, but I do realize the number of musicians who are a dozen times better than me in every aspect and still can’t make a living out of their music – and that’s the very first step you have to take you know, face the facts the way they are. Anyhow, I really don’t want to start discussing about the state of the music business today, so I’ll just go with what I think are the most important steps I have to complete in order to get forward. First, above everything, is gathering as much experience as possible through practice, advice from others, perhaps some further education in music theory, live performances and so forth. Second step is releasing that full album I mentioned a few questions back and make it so that it’s sellable, representative, and all in all a pleasant package that has been produced with heart and true-self. Third major step is to get recognized. Right now I’d say that last phase is still years and years away - and even if it does happen eventually, we still have to remember that more artists get dropped from labels than actually renew their contracts for several successful years and releases to come. So, it’s going to be a bumpy ride ahead but with my passionate heart as my throttle and my faith in me and my beliefs as my seat belt, I’m sure everything will turn out well one way or another.

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For the record, how old are you? And how long have you been practicing music? (Have you always wanted to be a musician?)

- I’m 14 while writing this, but I’ll be 15 when this is out. The way music appeared to my life happened very early on. I remember singing gibberish when I was little since I didn’t know anything about English yet - I had just heard a lot of music being sung in that (back then) strange language and I happened to like it. As I already dreamt about doing my vocals in front of many people when I was like 5 or something, I guess somehow that fire inside for music has always been there in me. My first serious touch to guitar didn’t happen until when I was 12, but from that moment forwards I’ve gradually been learning more and more and have grown out of the radio tunes that I basically started with when I was little. Bass and drums have gotten into the mix and I’ve also had some obstacles and hard times on my way already, but if anything, those have fulfilled my experience in enjoying music. The most important thing is, after all, that the passion and the experiences keep on growing no matter what.

Have your family and friends been supportive of your dream? Or would they rather you have a more 'practical' aspiration?
- It depends on how you see the whole term ‘friends’. The people I hang out with at school, for example, are nice but most of them don’t really fit to that classification of a friend and they never take music in general as seriously I do, let alone my music. Then there are the people I talk to in the internet – people from all over the world who are able to share so much more with me and vice versa than most of the people close to me in my real life can. It might sound pathetic and make me sound like an isolated person but the fact is that my most loyal and supportive friends are the ones I can talk to while on my laptop. As for my family then… I think that in a way they would like to see me choose a more balanced profession, but it’s in no way decided that I will still be a musician when I’m an adult (and strictly a musician only), anyway. Overall, my family has always been supportive. My dad was a guitarist when he was young so he understands a lot of where I come from with my artistic character and all, I think.

You're a one-man band -- which skills do you think shine most, and which ones still need work? (Any professional training?) Which ones can you already tell have improved dramatically?
- I’ve been playing guitar longer than any other instrument, and that naturally shows. When I compose, about 90 % of the time my ideas start developing from a guitar riff of some sort, and thus guitar is the most dominating single element in all that I do. Bass is another instrument I’m pretty good with – having played guitar first for a year or so really paid off what comes to picking up the bass. I try my best to keep the two separate though, and while I learn more about both of them constantly, it’d be impossible to choose between them as of now. Drums, mixing and vocals I still have to work with, a lot – but I keep improving with those in a steady pace as with all the other areas. The skill that’s undoubtedly my trademark and strength is the lyrics, which are honestly in a whole other league than my instrumental efforts are. I just hope that someday the two levels will unite. The most dramatic improvement so far was the way I was able to pick up the overall essence of the music from my debut to my sophomore EP, and the fact that I could pretty much say the same about this upcoming EP while compared to the previous one says it all about my development really.

I am an autodidact and will always be, so no professional or even semi-professional training. I have a unique way of practicing my skills anyway – some people learn how to play covers or do certain exercises for hours and hours, while I use all my energy in composing.

Are there any specific musicians that have inspired you personally to work harder?
- Oh my, who should I begin with? Let me see… Sonny Sandoval from P.O.D. is definitely someone I look up to a lot, along with the whole band really. J. Loren Wince from HURT, Brian “Head” Welch who was previously of KoRn and now a solo musician, Klayton a.k.a. Celldweller, anyone who’s ever been involved with the Deftones, Wil Martin from Earshot, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit and Black Light Burns, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth, Andrew Schwab and the whole crew behind Project 86… Man, there’s too many to name. I’m one of the people who can very often relate to a person while reading one’s biography and sense the author’s every bit of emotion behind the music very easily, and those are just some of the names whose hard work I’ve admired and been inspired by on my so far journey. Some are self-taught, some are ones that have started with less talent than others and still remain like that while still producing mind-blowing music, some have incredible passion for what they do. It’s needless to say that I want to be everything above and beyond that too.

Have there been any non-musical inspirations? (Like books, people, certain philosophies?)
- There have, though it’s hard to name them all. The books I usually read are very dark and obviously they have had a certain influence on my texts too – as for people, like I said before, everyone around me can have an impact on me without me even acknowledging it myself. The philosophy that often keeps me going is to always try your best, since eventually, you’ll be rewarded that way. I really like thinking about stuff myself - especially deep stuff – and thus even my own everyday thoughts can somehow be influenced by some old philosophies that I haven’t necessarily even heard of. The influences that I do acknowledge form quite a bunch already though, to sum it up.

And out of random curiosity, are there any musicians that you really can't stand? Why?
- I don’t want to start naming, but I dislike every single musician who doesn’t make music with a heart and does songs directly for radio, MTV and all of the sorts.

All right. How about it, any closing thoughts?
- I’m just glad that I had the opportunity to do one of these again. I really like interviews unlike many other artists - mainly because they really give you a chance to let out all your motives and such. For a first interview, you did a pretty good job too Jess, so props for that. Thanks to everyone who’s been reading this and I hope that you will keep an eye on me and my work y’all. ;)

Jon2’s out.

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If you want, you can also view the interview(s) on the official site. Now, I'm off to celebrate, so we'll see you this weekend - and hopefully, I'll have some comments to read by then, hint hint ;)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Chauffeur

Guys and girls, do I have a story for you or what. Yesterday afternoon, after having that walk I mentioned in my last post, I was spending my Saturday night feeling rather bored. Half-accidentally I stumbled across some old Windows Media Player playlists and decided to play one. It just happened to be that one of the songs on the playlist that had begun playing was Save a Prayer by Duran Duran. For those of you who don't know, Duran Duran is an English New Wave/synthpop/poprock band that was huge in the 80's, especially in Europe. The reason I had Save a Prayer (and three other songs from the band) on my computer was a minor listening phase that I had around the year 2006, when obviously I was still a stranger to many other bands and genres. Anyhow, I got fascinated by the song and decided to look up some more info on the band - and before I knew, I was downloading their second studio album from 1982, entitled Rio. By the time the download finished, I had gotten to the point where I just had to start planning a cover of Save a Prayer, and while I haven't been listening to the album these past 24 hours, I've been working on that said cover. Shades of the Atmosphere is going to collaborate with me on the cover, and I have very big expectations for it currently. I usually don't post links to anything but my own music on this blog, but I think it's time for an exception. Just listen to the bass everyone... You must hear this.

Duran Duran - Save a Prayer


Since Duran Duran really is the only major thing I have to share with you about this weekend, I'll write about a serious topic for a change. Even though I hate hearing about it myself, I'm going to write about H1N1/09, the virus previously known as Swine Flu.

Let's begin with the reason for why I'm tired of hearing about the whole thing. The virus is really just harmless to those who are outside the risk group, which includes pregnant women, children under the age of 3 and some long-term-diseased people (that's the best way I can put it) like asthmatics. The worst thing that can come by the flu if you're a perfectly healthy young adult or an elder adult without having pregnancy is some fever, slime and snot, and ache to all the places you can imagine - a.k.a. a normal flu. Sure, there's a tiny possibility that you can die if you get the flu, but people can die to gunshots way more easily and yet you can go and buy yourself a gun after just a few months of waiting. So why do we see people lining for a vaccination for hours and hours, parents desperately trying to keep their children inside 4 walls and people feeling afraid to travel to another locality for Father's day because there might be a risk for getting H1N1/09? The reason is pretty simple. People aren't stupid (at least not all people are) but a worldwide shock spreads very fast and is hard to avoid in the world we live today. Let's imagine a woman who panics because of the disease. She tells her 3 friends about it. One is instantly shocked as well, one doesn't care for the situation at all, and one says that it'll be alright, but eventually gets pulled in. Now, 3 out of 4 are concerned of the situation. Let's just imagine furthermore that this happens all over the globe, with both sexes. That would mean that 75% of the entire human population would shock because of the flu, and you know what, I'm not even going to start counting how much that is. Until the end of this discussion, let's take in the religious point of view. I'm sure some people are asking why God is doing this even at this very second I'm typing this and a bit later when you're reading. Fact is that swine flu is by no means God's punishment and if as a believer you think it is, I dare to say that you have no idea how naive you are. Not only did the disease start from pigs, which are animals controlled and being taken care of by humans, but it also has spread because of people travelling from continent to continent, country to country. As with most of, if not all catastrophes, people are the one to blame in this one, but through God we can survive - that is if we even need that. There are certain groups, like I mentioned, that need that, but most don't.

I'll leave you with that. See ya next Thursday. ;)

And the sun drips down bedding heavy behind
The front of your dress all shadowy lined
And the droning engine throbs in time
with your beating heart...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

3'38

After another week-long break here I am once again. Lately, besides studying for 3 heavy tests, I've been working a lot on drum tracks again - only In The Art of Dreaming is missing one right now. For Xie Xie, Melodia and Trepidation I have ideas that cover about one quarter of each song, and 15th Pb's drums are half-way finished. Believe it or not, this week I've also seriously started considering the possibility of making a music video for one of the songs on the upcoming EP. The most preferred option at the moment is Xie Xie, but we'll see since everything is far from over yet. Nevertheless, there's going to be some serious promotion of Wicked Breath coming on the way with this third EP.

Speaking of promotion... Remember how already before this week I've been talking about a surprise or two that I would be revealing on my birthday? Well, it's time to have a little peek on one of the two surprises. The official Wicked Breath site that I renewed a few weeks back hasn't been all that active (not that it should necessarily at this point), but I got something that I'm hoping will get things going. The thing is, there's now a new section on the site called "Promotional Team Sign-Up" and I urge everyone who is willing to go there and let me know that you want to take part on promoting Wicked Breath and the site. The way you do it is that you simply insert your e-mail address into the field that is seen on the page and click on the submit button right below it. After that you will be promoted from member to moderator on the forums and you'll also get special access to the Promos section of the site (which has now been moved to the forums instead of it being a separate page) and the Fanbase category. It's worth to mention that you're not able to get anything out of my first surprise next Thursday if you don't have access to the previously mentioned partions of the website. If, for some reason, you can't fill in your e-mail on the Promotional Team Sign-Up page, let me know of your situation by making a comment on this post or something.

Now that we got those important issues out of the way, let's move on to what I plan on doing this weekend. 36 Crazyfists will definitely remain on my player but besides that, AqME is making a slight return at the moment. I'm also interested in picking up some other new band for a change. After finishing the Mats Wahl novel I was reading last weekend (which turned out to be fantastic, only lacking in lenght), I've kept my interest in reading and I might just start another book today or tomorrow. Working on lyrics and the music for Xie Xie and the drums for all the tracks to be on The Art In Dreaming is a possibility too, not to forget my own book. It's all still very open even if it is almost 4 PM Saturday afternoon in here.

I'm off for a walk. I'll post tomorrow, or if not, then on my birthday at least. :)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Rest Inside The Flames

Long time no see, haha. I'll begin straight on. Last Saturday, I went to my grandmother's funeral, which was also the first funeral I had ever been to. Even though me and my family are Lutherans, my grandmother was an Orthodox, so the funeral was kept in a slightly different form than a Lutheran funeral would've been. It was beautiful though, and I feel like it gave us all peace and comfort. She's in a better place now, that's for sure, and now that the most necessary things after her death are done and over with, everyone can sigh for relief.

Then, on with the projects. Just about an hour ago I finally finished the lyrics for In The Art of Dreaming, which is going to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G (I know what you think, but trust me, it really does seem fantastic in my criteria and I also have a few surprises on the way, wink wink). I've also been making progress on Xie Xie this week (lyrically that is, not so much musically) and out of surprise, I've found inspiration to write a completely new song that won't be included on the upcoming EP at all. The working title for the song is currently Beautiful & Penniless and I have a lot of ideas for it (lyrical and musical), but no clear basis yet.

HURT has been kind of left behind now in my musical influences, and this week I've been more into AqME and 36 Crazyfists. AqME's second album, Polaroïds & Pornographie found its way to my computer earlier this week and just this morning I got 36 Crazyfists' third album, Rest Inside The Flames. While the latter sounds like some of the best metalcore I've ever heard so far - slowly making me an even bigger 36CF fan than I was before - Polaroïds & Pornographie is not as strong as AqME's debut was and thus I'm a little bit disappointed. Still, I've been and will be filled with wonderful music, once again.

During this busy weekend I still plan to continue with the development of Xie Xie, read to some tests I have coming up at school as well as a very fascinating detective story by Mats Wahl that I started reading yesterday, follow the last race weekend of the Formula 1 season, work on a collaboration, listen to a lot of great music and much more. While today is the last day of October, it's time to say hello for November, and soon enough, also my 15th birthday. Speaking of which, I have a little surprise for you on that date (12th of November)... But I won't reveal more of that yet. ;)

One last thing - looks like my posts per month are going down pretty gradually. July - 9, August - 8, September - 7, and most likely, October is left with 6. Ah well, no can do... It's the context that counts anyway. See you later :)

"The air cuts like glass and you taste like winter
And how long will you last - forever..."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Eyesore

A half of my holiday week is now gone, so what's new? Well, I got plenty of good news. First, I've been working on Xie Xie almost every day, and while it's still not even near to completion, it's certainly going to be a monster once it does get finished. It's already equally long with Lightless, and let us not forget that the latter was the second longest track on Autumn Scream. I've also written a few hundred new words to the book, began writing the lyrics for Xie Xie and started reading a fantasy book called Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. So, it has definitely been a fruitful and relaxing holiday so far, but unfortunately, it's been passing me with terrible speed...

The Autumn Scream site has now also been revised completely. As we speak, the site is no longer dedicated to my previous EP - it has become Wicked Breath's official website and thus it now serves The Art In Dreaming EP (yes, I have finally decided to settle for that title). With some promo material and more updates coming on the way, I feel like I should almost demand all my readers to go check the site out once again at http://autumnscream.webs.com (and join up if you haven't yet here.) As you can see, I chose not to change the site name, since Autumn Scream is rather memorable and it would've cost me money to change the address. Anyhow, please do post around the forums a bit as well - I got a few new categories going on now and they're just waiting for you to hit the "new topic" and "post reply" buttons you know...

Third paragraph. As usual, I'll be telling about my recent listening preferences. I was just out having a fresh breather, and while walking around I was listening to a new band called Janus and their album Red Right Return. All I'm going to say is that I had a great time, and while the band is too often kind of stuck in the boundaries RED and 30 Seconds To Mars have set these past few years, they're worth the listen (and definitely need to get signed, haha). While HURT has remained, Sepultura and Earshot have also stopped by my ears these past few days. I also joined up Earshot's official message boards yesterday after hearing their new single, The Ugly Truth.

I'll leave you with that. Let's hope the rest of the week goes well and I'll get more and more stuff done. Until the weekend (when I will most likely post again);

Lights out! Wake up! Stay calm... Decide!
Reach up! Stand, or be an eyesore...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

150th Breath of Darkness

(150th post, yeah!) My holiday week has now officially began and the way it has began has been great. On Friday, I jammed a little more on drums and came up with a very soft comp that I'll use for the outro of 15th Pb (actually, I had had that comp in my mind for quite a while already, just hadn't tried it on drums before). I've also continued on Xie Xie's guitar and bass parts (the whole song is about half-done now, crossing the 3 minute mark) and the lyrics for In The Art of Dreaming. During the following week I'm hoping to finish all the lyrics for the EP except for Xie Xie and develop some, if not all of the drum tracks a little bit. I'm about 55% done with the EP now, if I divide the process so that drums, guitars, bass, lyrics, additional instruments and recording/mixing are all equal.

Writing-wise I haven't done anything new lately (except for the lyrics) but during next week I am planning on finishing the chapter for the book I started a while ago and possibly, at last, begin writing the short story I've had in mind for about a month now. Now would be a good time to share the concept for the latter by the way, wouldn't it? It's basically about a young man who decides to move away from his home in Europe (I haven't decided which country shall be his origin yet) to the other side of the world, USA. I won't make him a musician but definitely some sort of an artist since I'm both, familiar with that subject and able to write about it in a fascianting way. The story might evolve into a book if I really get into it, and I already have a lot of ideas for the possible happenings so it will most likely at least become longer than the short stories I've released previously this year (which we're both right about 4500 words).

My HURT research has remained strong. Last night I downloaded their self-titled and now I have 4 of their 5 albums in total. Besides the Re-Consumation, I'm also still missing the Blackmarket EP. Going through their lyrics and melodies has made my interest and fanatism grow even more, and HURT has now definitely established itself a spot in my favorite bands list. As I'm still working on a plenty of material for The Art In Dreaming/The Art of Dreaming EP, I'm very open for HURT's influence on me and maybe, instead of being overly Opeth-influenced, Xie Xie (for example) might sound more like HURT in the end. Main thing is, HURT is very underrated and I'm glad I've finally opened my eyes for the beauty in their music.

Earlier this morning, I took an old bass-only demo I had and continued it with a few riffs just for fun. My intention was to make it an interlude type of thing that would work well as an intro for a live show, for example. Anyhow, I think I did an okay job with it. Here's the MIDI if you want to take a listen: http://www.sendspace.com/file/uaqo0f Note that this is by no means a preview of any of the tracks for the EP, just something short and mediocre I've done partly ages ago, partly just recently. Feedback would be much appreciated as always though. :)

I'll post later during next week, possibly on Tuesday or Wednesday. Let's hope that this holiday will help me be very productive and in the same time, have some time to relax.

Somebody take me,
away from the darkness,
somebody take this from me.
If anyone's out there
If anyone hears me?
Somebody take this from me...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Light & Sincerity

Thursday already huh? It seems that the first half of my week has literally flown out the window. One reason for that probably is my job rehearsal, which really hasn't been all that bad. I only got one day left of playing board games and such with little kids (I 'work' at a nursery school) and it's been alright so far, if not even rewarding (there's a certain type of sincere warmness around when you work around children, you know? That inspires me). Somehow I've managed to stay busy while at home as well - I've done significant progress on the drums for 15th Pb and continued with the writing of the guitar and bass parts for Xie Xie. I've also joined an online racing game recently which has taken small bits of my time here and there. After tomorrow, though, I'll be completely free for the following 9 days and we all should acknowledge the meaning of that when it comes down to my projects...

The music I've been hearing has been mostly random this week. I got to admit that while making some addings to my P.O.D. library (with the help of another P.O.D. collector), I've been having yet another P.O.D. listening phase though. HURT is another single band I've been listening to a lot, and their latest album Goodbye to the Machine - which, to be honest, I didn't really give much of a listen back in July - was at the top of my list especially during Sunday and Monday. It has taken surprisingly long for me to discover full potential in the extremely original and spectacular combination of not-so-ordinary hard rock and dark-ish, story-telling lyrics that the group led by J. Loren Wince captures, but it's been worth it. I should go back and listen to them again now, since I didn't even come close to finishing all of the album properly earlier this week...

Just wanted to do a quickie, so this is about all I have to say. I'll post again tomorrow or on Saturday. Until then...

Men of destruction reap iniquity/When heroes of courage die with dignity/How many weapons did I help create?/How many lives will I devestate?/My darling...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Stone

I know I haven't been posting since last Saturday, but I promise that you should be able to see a bunch of updates from now on. You see, as of yesterday, I'm off school for two weeks. That's because next week my class has a job rehearsal and the week after that we have an autumn holiday. The job rehearsal thing will cause minor stress of course, but I think that if anything, these two weeks will be relaxing and inspirational. Anyhow, let's get to what I've been doing this week...

All the songs for The Art In Dreaming/The Art of Dreaming EP are now in process. The latest track I've began working on, currently titled Xie Xie (I'll explain that later), is very Opeth-influenced and so far it consists of a few riffs on guitar and bass in Drop B tuning. It's very promising, and that's because 1) it's in a whole other tuning than anything I've done before, if the random riffs I've been coming up with lately are ignored and 2) it uses untraditional chords like F#sus2 and Dadd11+ that are very prominent in Opeth's music but not mine, or anyone else's really, for that matter. Concept-wise, the song will include a lot of the story and its twists and turns since the lyrics I've been writing so far for the EP have been pretty restrained. Who knows, the song might already be finished after the next two weeks or so...

For Melodia, I've been trying out different drum patterns this week, which has resulted in a few not too complex ones that seem to fit well. Last Sunday I also revised some of the lyrics and the guitar & bass outro for Trepidation. Having written a few new lines to In The Art of Dreaming as well, I've been working on all the songs for the EP during the last 7 days except for 15 Miles. Oh, wait... I've been working on that one too, kind of at least, since I decided to rename it to 15th Pb the other day. Weird huh? Well, to explain it shortly, the number comes from the theory I have about my own life and aging in itself, which is that one's life is at its peak at the age of 30, or just before that (I'm 14 now, turning 15 soon. 15 + 15 = 30. Got it?) The 'Pb' part is simply the chemical abbreviation for lead, and as the protagonist in the story of the EP is predictably an artist, the lead leads us (pun intended) to writing and such.

I've also been active on my secondary area, writing. Yesterday evening I started a new chapter for my book - which I'm thinking of just uniting to the previous one though, since my chapters tend to be pretty short no matter the context. Anyhow, I probably will at least try to develop that chapter later today. I haven't been this excited over a book chapter in a while, so expect it to be good. I still have that idea for a new short story I've been telling you about too, I just haven't started on it yet. I want to be patient with that one.

You probably know what's coming next, don't you? That's right, what's been influencing me this week. Well, I've been listening to a lot of Dead By Sunrise (I got their album Out of Ashes last week after it had leaked, sorry that I forgot to mention that in my last post) plus Opeth and Tool. From Tool, I've particularly been listening to the album Lateralus. A new band I just checked today, called ASHES dIVIDE, has been on my playlist as well. So far, I'm not totally convinced though, so I'm thinking of moving into A Perfect Circle - a mix between Tool and ASHES dIVIDE. I've been meaning to check them out for a while now, anyway. Reading has been taking some of my time too this week, and during today and tomorrow I'm about to finish the book I started about a week ago, which is about a girl whose little brother disappears one night and ends up missing for months.

Everything I feel like typing is pretty much there. I promise that I will post again as soon as I can and I have something to post about. If you haven't noticed yet, I've added a counter to the right of the page now, and to my surprise, it has counted up pretty quickly. While I'm away, keep on getting it up, will you all? :P