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Book announcement

As I mentioned in a post some time ago, our upcoming album “What Remained” slowly progressed into the thematic realm of versions of pessimistic future visions and there was not a proper plan from the start. That’s still true, but I left something out.

Hear me out.

At some point, there was in fact a plan: 

On our previous album “Kilesa”, the last three songs formed a trilogy, still, to this day, one of our creations we are most proud of. During the songwriting process of the new album, the idea occurred to write a new trilogy with over-lengthy, progressive songs. At some point, there was the vision of enhancing the musical vision by an accompanying story. 

The idea came from, well, yours truly. I felt the itch to write a story to inspire the music, a way we hadn’t tried until then.

And so I did. I brought something to the page, and, being the greenhorn I was (and still am), it was… well, let’s just say it was not worth mentioning. In fact, it was nothing but a pile of first draft vomit. At least in my book. (pun intended)

However, it served its purpose, and it inspired the songwriting unexpectedly, resulting in three massive songs of which we are really, really proud of.

As we were planning the release of the album some time ago, Philip came up with the idea to make the initial story I’ve written accessible for those interested. After all, it was a part of the creation process. Well, I vehemently refused at first. But the longer I thought about it, the more the idea had something charming, something challenging.

I agreed on Philip’s idea, but only unless I would rewrite the whole damn thing to the best of my capabilities. So, I sat back in the chair and wrote, trying to keep its core idea intact.

With the certainty that there’s at least the possibility that someone would read it, I gave a little more effort this time. After finishing the new draft, I sent it to my sister Carole Winchester and my brother-in-law Stu Winchester, waiting “patiently”, biting off my fingernails. Contrary to all expectations, their feedback was quite positive. They offered me their help in regards to further edits (I can’t thank them enough for it!) and now we’re almost there, being in the final rounds of copy editing.

Copy editing? Yes! Thanks to their tireless and patient support, I took the decision to take the plunge and self-publish the story.

The book will be called “The Tides of Fate” (same as the opening song of the trilogy) and will contain somewhat +/- 20000 words and thus could be considered a novella.

It will be available on amazon in ebook format as well as there will be a printed edition.

Before I go, I have to mention my sister Carole one more time, as she is currently completing the cover artwork, but more on that in a later post.   

Until further notice

Chris

P.S. sorry for not nailing the accurate writer poses

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We’re in good company

The release of our new album “What Remained” is approaching rather fast. As we’re planning to make the release show a special event, we decided to do a thing. (There are other things, but let’s just shed some light on this particular thing for now)

As some of the new songs on the record are heavily instrumented with percussion and we don’t want to rely fully on samples in the live situation, we asked our pals from the band Pleasing -who will be the support band on that evening-  to help us out in terms of making sounds on a pretty unusual percussion kit.

First rehearsal was great. Their percussion performance adds a whole new dimension to the songs, giving them more depth and a layer of primal roughness.

If you want to attend this very unique show on June 3rd, be sure to grab your ticket here.

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06 & 07 May: A Chance For Metal Festival

Peops, we’ll finally be able to hit the stage again alongside many other awesome bands at @achanceformetalfestival. Don’t miss this amazing festival in Andernach on May 6th, we missed you!

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Video release: Posthuman

The official Posthuman video is out!

We want to give out some very special thanks to everyone who worked on this project:

Marcel Dostert from Visual Aberration for the production and direction of the video, as well as the video mapping.

The 1535 Creative Hub, where the video was filmed.

Patrick Miranda from Pleasing for his great assistance.

Elena Arens from Elena A. Photography for the pictures.

Lea Numberger-Thuy & Ralph Gengler for the construction of the machine.

The backers of our ongoing Kickstarter campaign, without whom the realisation would not have been possible!

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What remained: Doping for ears

Those who have already visited our Kickstarter project or even supported it (THANKS to you peops!) might already know this little skit.

All others can see the full video on our Kickstarter page.

Listen to the doc, What Remained is good for you!

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On the lyrical themes of the upcoming album ‘What Remained’

As you may already know, our upcoming album “What Remained” is not a concept album per se. Most songs, however, share a common theme. Our possible -or should I say- our probable bleak future.

We did not plan this theme for the entire album from the beginning. It somehow developed in that direction over time. Maybe our minds, like the minds of many, are troubled today more than ever with the outcome of our actions in a more or less distant future. Each song deals with a different perspective on the vast topic of our collective future, the ones being more vague, leaving a lot of room for interpretation, the others being more specific, their message directly palpable. 

We are aware that we won’t in any way reinvent the wheel by theming an album with dystopian and even post-apocalyptic themes. It’s merely our statement that we -as human beings- are concerned about the ongoings in a world that echoes slowly but surely in the global events, that we have to rethink our ways and if we want to stay here for longer, we have to tread new paths and search for new solutions. 

An admittedly dark-themed album like this is only the result of too much musings on such distressing topics.

Giving nothing further away for now, for those who are interested to know more about the lyrical aspect of the album, you’ll have the possibility of diving into the lyrics once the release.

Cheers,

Chris

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Add ons & shipping costs: 2nd Kickstarter update

We would like to bring a few points to your attention:

1. Add ons

We have lots of add-ons! Unfortunately, Kickstarter only shows them in the second step of the backing process. You will need to select a package first before seeing the add-ons. Don’t worry, here you can see all the add-ons that are available.

Add ons

2. shipping costs

Shipping costs could be counted twice for some items. For example, if you choose to take a package and like to add an add-on, Kickstarter will ask you to pay the shipping costs for each item separately. We will reimburse the additional shipping costs, and you only have to pay them ONCE.

3. additional questions

If you have any additional questions, feel free to use the FAQ!

FAQ
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Thank you! 1st Kickstarter Update

Thank you all for supporting our project so far! We have already hit 50% of our goal. You guys are awesome!

As a reward, we show you some insights from our recording sessions. Here you can see how we tracked the gang shouts with our patented Sound Enhancing Head Resonators, or short S.E.H.R. , that really enhance any vocal recording! At the same time, it keeps bad vibes away!

Check out our Kickstarter project, where you will find more exclusive updates in the future!

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Kickstarter campaign for ‘What Remained’ album launched

From now on you can support us by preordering our upcoming album “What Remained” via our Kickstarter campaign.

Alongside the album, you can also buy loads of merch goodies in various packages.

If you want to support us, there’s no better way to do so then by co-funding the whole project. It would mean a lot to us.

Fur further information, click here.

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What remained: release date and show

We’re stoked to finally announce that our upcoming album “What remained” will be released on June 3rd. To celebrate the release, we will play a special release show at Rockhal in Belval (L). With “What remained“ we will release our second full-length studio album.

Without being a concept album, “What remained” explores the end of humanity and takes the audience to a musical journey into the tides of fate. In a dystopic world, humanity is on the verge of extinction, machines have taken over. But is it really the machines, or rather those who control them? And is there a life outside the dystopian illusions, in solitude, amidst an exhausted, dismissive nature?

For this special release show we’ll be supported by our friends from Pleasing who will take you on a journey into the depths of human emotions and the human mind.

Do not miss this out-of-the-ordinary release show! Buy your tickets here.

Many thanks to the Rocklab and the Rockhal team for making this possible!