E-Crisis-1 complete and ready for download!

Here it is, finally, by first full album recorded since 2009 -

(or download the ZIP file direct from the Internet Archive by clicking HERE!)

Or download from Mediafire HERE!

Another foray into my musical roots of progressive ambient rock fusion.

The music from this recording was actually first realized way back in 1999 on cassette tape. Yes, cassette tape. Similar to my Gothambia Redux album, I decided to give some of my old music an update, so I dug out the old tape, listened to it, and began re-creating it using the newer modern studio equipment that is now in existence (better drum samples, Reaper DAW software, VSTi Synths, etc.)

I also mainly used my Schecter Omen 6 with the new GFS Mean 90 pickups. I think my rhythm guitar tones came out pretty good, and my leads sound okay, too. I did also use my other guitars for some solos and rhythm parts (my trusty old Yamaha SSJ-550 Hr with DiMarzio pickups, and my new Xaviere XV-870 Darkside w/Lil Killer rail humbuckers).

I'll be adding the album to my Discography, complete with link to it's download page at the Internet Archive as usual. Dig in, download, and crank it up!!


E-Crisis-1 Guitars almost done!

Finally managed to get most of the guitars done for this Dimaension X project - it's been sitting there waiting for me since early May, when I started my new job (so yeah, I've been a bit busy), but now it is "mostly" done. I've got one song left to do, kind of a bonus track that I already recorded and posted at Soundcloud under the name "Darkrisis-1", but without any guitars. I will add some heavy, abstract guitars to this mix, and add it to the E-Crisis-1 project.

It sounds a bit different than the other tracks on this album, but it might be a good lead into the next project, whatever it may be.

I'm really rusty as far as "lead" playing goes. I've mainly been concentrating on rhythm playing with my band, and haven't played any extended solo improvisations in a LONG TIME. Plus my left arm has a bit of tendinitis. And my left hand fingers seem to be developing some arthritis. My dad just calls these symptoms of a common condition known as "T.F.O."

Too F#%kin' Old

Yup. My dad. A sayer of truth if there ever was one.

So ... hopefully I will be posting the new album at The Internet Archive soon. I'll let y'all know when it happens. Oh, the anticipation.


2nd Gig - polar opposite, and yet not really...

2nd gig accomplished.

Same result, but different journey along the way.

Instead of opening for an alterna-pop band and a cover band, we opened for three metal-core bands. And these guys were intense. Very talented musicians, completely "damaged" vocalists, blast-beats, sweep-picking/shredding, 8-string guitars, and so on.

As They Looked To the Sky (8string guitarists, no bass needed)
Destroy the Legacy (completely whacked-out vocalist, damn!)
Amnaeon (all under 21 years old - a girl guitarist - GO JUSTINE!!)

Boy do I feel old.

But the sound was much better - I could actually hear myself without turning my up to eleven, and I think we played pretty well. Lights were cool. Awesome size stage (though the drum-riser is really un-necessary). We stayed pretty tight, a few flubs here or there, but not really noticeable to anyone but us. And the other bands were appreciative and supportive (and we did the same, staying until the end of the last bands set).

The club (Whiskey Alley, in Fitchburg MA) was pretty much empty, except for my wife, son, brother, two friends of the bassist, a few other band girlfriends, and ... well, the other bands. I'm sure the club owner was pissed, but I still had a great time. Not many metal shows in the local areas featuring bands with that kind of "intensity" and dedication.

We may have another gig on October, this time with local legends Musclecah (our drummer is their drummer - we are wicked lucky to have him.) More updates at a later date.