Wednesday, October 14, 2020

17 Days 'til Halloween

It's been nice to finally get the first album by my old band Darkness Brings the Cold digitally distributed. I recorded this album roughly fourteen years ago - I finished it shortly before moving to LALALand. There's more to come, as the singer/songwriter Dennis Hellmann and I recorded by ourselves before putting the band together, and then via email after I moved. The stuff before is great but a little rough around the edges at time, especially when other collaborators are involved (not the guys in the eventual band). The stuff after is great, and I have no qualms about releasing it as it stands now.

For the record, I have zero shame in liking this music so much because frankly, all I did was play the guitar, and on every album but this one, I never heard any of the songs until after they were finished and a full album. When we were working by email, sometimes that was months. There's still one we recorded ten years ago that I've never heard (massive production stall, and then some). Dennis wrote almost all the songs on bass with an Acid Pro backing track, then I came in and laid guitar. In the case of this particular album, Devil Swank, Vol. 1, former Tub Ring drummer Dave Tavares - a long-time friend well before this band - and the dearly departed Jeremy Musika helped Dennis and I re-arrange preexisting material for a four-piece band. It's nice to finally get this stuff on streaming platforms so I can seamlessly interject it into my Halloween playlist.

31 Days of Halloween:

1) Tales of Halloween: Sweet Tooth/The Wolf Man (1941)
2) From Beyond/Monsterland: Port Fourchon, Louisiana/Tales of Halloween: The Night Billy Raised Hell/Tales of Halloween: Trick
3) Mulholland Drive/Creepshow (1982): The Crate
4) Waxwork
5) Synchronic/Bad Hair
6) Dolls
7) Lovecraft Country Ep. 8/Tales of Halloween: The Weak and the Wicken/Tales of Halloween: The Grim Grinning Ghost
8) 976-Evil
9) Repo! The Genetic Opera
10) Firestarter/George A. Romero's Bruiser
11) The Haunting of Bly Manor episodes 1 & 2/Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
12) The Haunting of Bly Manor episodes 3, 4, and 5/House of 1000 Corpses
13) Masque of the Red Death/Creepshow (2019) Episode 7/Creepshow (1982)


Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
Iron Maiden - Fear of the Dark
Type O Negative - Dead Again
Type O Negative - World Coming Down
reef frequent - Geolocationism
Jucifer - War Bird


Balance can be easily upset.

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