New developments, new ideas, everything new in the world of VHOD. Sometimes just mindless babble...I'll call this an 'outlet'.
During the month of October I managed to write and record the second part of the 'Extinctus' series of singles (the first being 2017's 'Subterria') and it will be released November 2, 2018. It is nearly 29 minutes long.
I originally had intended to record and release it immediately after part 1 in late 2017 but a deep decline of inspiration lead me on a less majestic path. I am glad, however, that things happen as they do in these cases. I am extremely pleased with this work in composition, execution and production. I'd say it's my best work to date, in fact, and I certainly consider this a refueling of inspiration for many projects to come.
This piece, especially the last solo at 23:23, is dedicated to my late sister, Jessica Colleen Shaver, who passed earlier this year from a lengthy but admirably fought battle with Huntington's Disease. Yesterday would have been her 40th birthday. RIP Teshie :(
I recently stated that VHOD would probably not be doing 'full length' albums any longer and instead be releasing singles as they become completed. Not true, kind of, I mean about albums.
I still have a concept to realize which I've called 'Riff Tapes'. In essence this would be a collection of single riffs or some short progressions of riffs all neatly and soundly organized on to a full-length album. Truth is, I've got squillions of riffs recorded on various mediums and this concept would probably yield 2 to 3 volumes at least.
This may not appeal to many...having bits and pieces of riffs without any structure or emotional groove. I would, however, try to arrange them in a fashion which would make some kind of sense. Who knows? This is a ways off at this point but it will happen sooner or later.
In the meantime, VHOD will continue to release singles over the next few months and to get at least a bit of singing in before the end of the year, TRANSIR will be releasing the follow up/sister single to 2017's 'Subterria' called 'Sunderia'.
Just out are 2 new singles, Skies Of Old and Raash. Skies was written and tracked just before I began work on 2016's 'Ouija Board Wormhole'. I shelved it because I didn't know what to do with it vocally and I wanted to re-track the drums and do a guitar solo or two. I stumbled on it in my archives and decided just to give it a quick remix and let it rip. No vocals necessary, the drums aren't that terrible and I've got plenty of other guitar solos to choose from if you want to hear one:)
Raash was an experiment I played with right after tracking the 2016 album mentioned above. I don't even know what you would call it. I was thinking about doing something Industrial or techno-ish and this was my practice at putting together some type of rhythmic beat to layer over. Same as above...just a brief remix and off to cyberwaste.
Okay, having now adopted this new 'Fringe Metal' instrumental thing, I am pleased to announce the release of the first 2 works in this new 'era'.
Fumarole, which was actually written and recorded back in late June 2018 and which has a very thick and heavy sound, and The Worm That Wore Red, a brand new opus which was written and recorded in September 2018 and which begins with a Black Metal blast and morphs into a Garage Rock/Prog Core sounding thing.
Clearly, I adore Metal, and it will always be my wheelhouse. However, opening up the VHOD (Doors) of perception and expanding in so doing, I now find a long unknown home for some old material, old ideas and a muthafuckin' space-lord-load of new ones.
Having awoken sometime in August from a troubled sleep, mixed with many a duration of near waking and lucid dreams, I am changed.
I cannot fully explain it, most may not understand it if I could. The dreams comprised of bizarre tribulations and unanswerable riddles. I was visited in some form by every spirit of the dead I once knew, and each was just as strange as they were familiar. Emotion did not exist here, not even fear. A numbness encircled this dreamscape like the ice upon a frozen lake in the most bitter of winters.
So many paradoxical and contradictory colors and textures shaded these dreams and yet upon waking only a singular thought, in fact a word, remained emblazoned in my mind....
I am changed. I am the same human being but I am changed. I watched the dust and sands blow by on this plain in the desert of my life but each time I looked to the ground it appeared the same - always the same.
This was nothing new. But it would never be again.
Musically, I knew it was time to bury some metaphorical-corpses. Everything I once knew has changed. Being inspired I tried to write some new music...playing empty chords and toiling over progressions which have been done to death. Ugh. Everything in this world is vomit. Albeit of varying shades and textures, it is all vomit.
PATHOGENESIS is the new album I am currently working on. Due date? I'm not sure. PATHOGENESIS is the culmination of these developments. I trust it will be an alienation to most. This may be career suicide but it feels more like career rebirth. Some may understand, my apologies if you don't.
In my reference to vomit? The thing about vomiting is that one can watch it happening and hear it happening and most are no worse for the wear...in fact, some with darker senses of humor may even get a weird thrill or sense of entertainment from witnessing the act. I am no different. But the act of vomiting is one I truly despise and one I will surely try my hardest never to do again...metaphorically speaking.