Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sail It To Rinse

Artist: Wicked Breath
Album: Reflections & Realizations
Release date: August 2013
Writing period: February 2010 - July 2013
Recording period: October 2011 - August 2013
Editing & mixing period: October 2011 - August 2013
Label: Sail It To Rinse
Release format: CD; digital download

1. The Black
2. Baptism of Fire
3. Drowning
4. Cyan Lie
5. Exruciated
6. Skies
7. Half-Heart
8. Allergy/Anemia
9. Awaiting the Great Depression
10. (Unholy) Months for Affection
11. Sip of October
12. Precipitation
13. Wallow in Life
14. Grain
15. Polarity
16. CATS
17. The White

Vocals (tracks 1-8 & 10-17): Joona Turunen
Guitar (tracks 1-8 & 10-17): Joona Turunen
Bass (all tracks): Joona Turunen
Drums (all tracks): Joona Turunen
Keyboards (track 12): Joona Turunen
Programming (track 17): Joona Turunen
Piano (tracks 7, 11, 16 & 17): Justine Florio
Mixing (all tracks): Joona Turunen
Artwork made by Justine Florio

It's coming...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Dreadful Hours

I have just a quick yet very important announcement to make.

Before I make my initial announcement, bare with me, I have a few words to say. In the past couple of weeks it has come clearer to me than ever how difficult my life is mentally, and how difficult it will always be. My fate is sealed, and escaping it would mean turning my back on who I am. I'm a true artist. To relieve any obnoxious vibes that come with that sentence, I specify that I probably am not very good, but I am one regardless. That's the first thing that drives me into insanity and wraps my life inside a whirlwind. Secondly, I attempt to create what is usually created by several individuals, with skills that are far less developed than those of my idols, professionals, other artists. Thirdly, I am a perfectionist and an over-thinker. And finally, though it's not the same or as radical than for most of my kind, I have made and continue to make significant sacrifices for art.

For all of this, all I seem to get is a kick in the gut. Perhaps deservingly, but that doesn't make it any less painful.

Reflections & Realizations, my vision that has so far taken over 3 years of work, was supposed to be released on the 30th of this month. There hasn't been a day ever since I made that announcement that I wouldn't have worked on the album in some way, but still it's quite obvious that there's not going to be enough time for me to keep my promise. I admit that this is partly due to some laziness and lack of motivation (editing is a bitch), but mostly it's due to other reasons which I should've measured and predicted a long time ago. It is simply vital that I do not rush on anything with this, which might sound ridiculous after 3 years, but it's just the way it is. And in my defense, this is no ordinary album. If it was just 40 minutes of simplistic alternative metal (not that there's anything at all wrong with that), I would be done already. But instead it's an 80-minutes-long, thought-out mammoth, with layering and (semi-)progressive structures.

If it wasn't for my non-military service and upcoming university studies - in other words, if it wasn't for real life - I'd have all the time I need right at my feet. Instead my final deadline must be the start of September. To achieve this goal and to preserve the possibility of having at least some sort of a release party, I have made the decision to release the first half of the album digitally some time in early August, free to hear for all who are willing. A release party should take place the same day a bit before the internet release, but this is the one thing that is not dependant on me, but also the guests. After that, I will do my best to finish the rest of the album in time. As previously notified, when the whole album is done, it will be out in both digital and physical form, for free and for a fee you decide yourself. Release dates, album cover and tracklisting will be revealed further down the road.

I appreciate the patience and thank you all for the support. I will try not to let the few of you down, but most importantly, I have to not let myself down.


PS: Track-by-track videos are still happening. The remaining three should appear one by one in a non-scheduled fashion some time during the rest of July and August.