Monday, December 18, 2006

All Sorts of Good News!!!!!

I got engaged this weekend! I proposed to Sasha at her work on Saturday night and she said YES!!!!!! We are both very happy and very much in love. Both of our families know about the engagement and are also happy for us. It got it as sort of an early Christmas gift though I have wanted to propose to her for a couple of months now. I am very excited to spend the rest of my life with her. She is the love of my life. We plan on getting married sometime in early 2008 after she finishes college and are both settled in our respective careers. I never thought that this would ever happen to me. It is the greatest feeling in the world.

I jammed with TJ on Friday and it went very well. He is exactly what I am looking for in a guitarist. He has keen sensitivity for rhythm, time, melody, and style. We jammed for about an hour and it seemed to click. I gave him the tabs to some of my songs and taught him a few of the riffs. We also wrote three new riffs in our free form jam session. He and I read each other quite well and it seems that we both have the same musical vision. We will start rehearsing twice a week as soon as the new year rolls around. In the next couple of weeks he is going to learn the songs I already have written, and we are both going to write some more riffs. Then when we start rehearsing we will arrange our riffs and ideas into songs. In the mean time we will be actively searching for a bassist and vocalist as well as deciding on a band name. Right now we have two names in mind and they are "Gallows End" and "Demon's Gate." Hopefully we can decide upon a name in the next week or so. I plan on staying in touch with TJ through e-mail while I am in Racine Wisconsin visiting my fiance's family. I am leaving tomorrow morning and I won't be returning until December 29 or 30.

The semester is now officially done for me and I can look forward to a month's worth of vacation in which I can spend more time with Sasha, focus on writing music, and finish constructing the band. All of my finals went very well and I expect to receive all A's in my course work, though I may end up with a B+ in Woodwind Methods. I will not know what my grades are until early January. Until then, I am going to kick back and enjoy some well deserved vacation time without worrying about scholastic issues. I will continue posting updates with each new development that happens with the band.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A GREAT NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

More Updates

I have officially severed my musical work with Aaron. That means that the projects that we were working on are now void. There will be no Enshrined reunion and there certainly will be no further work with The Light's Demise. Aaron and I have decided that we are too different musically and I do not wish to be in a band with him because he will not allow for other members creative input. We are still friends and will remain in touch with each other, but future musical projects involving he and I are probably not likely. Despite all this bad news I am quite relieved. This has opened up the possibility of getting my own doom metal project started.

Tomorrow night I will be jamming with a friend of mine named TJ who is a guitarist. He is extremely interested in joining the doom metal band with me. He is big into droning, funeral, and sludge doom. I will probably show him some of my riffs, see what he has written, and test his technical capacities as well as musical knowledge. I hope that this audition goes well and he can offer what I am looking for musically. I have decided to abandon my search for a drummer as I will be taking over that position myself. So, if all goes well I will be drumming for the band and TJ will be playing guitar. The next step would be to find a bassist and vocalist.

Things seem like they just may come together for this band. It will be nice to finally be in a band were I actually have some input in the compositional process, unlike Enshrined. I was thinking of a name for the group and Dark Prophecy seems to have a nice ring to it. At least it is sort of a doomy name. I will post an update either tomorrow night or Saturday morning to let you all know how the audition turns out. There is still hope for me yet.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Pictures of My Favorite Bands

Black Sabbath
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Pentagram
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Saint Vitus
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Candlemass
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Rush
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Jethro Tull
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Uriah Heep
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Yes
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Sunn O)))
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Deep Purple
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Slayer
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Pantera
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Trouble
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Pagan Altar
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Judas Priest
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Iron Maiden
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Dimmu Borgir
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Immortal
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Cannibal Corpse
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Morbid Angel
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Nile
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Borknagar
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diSEMBOWELMENT
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Cathedral
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And last but not least:

Anal Cunt- My favorite joke band!!
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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Movie for Music in the Web

This is a movie I had to do for an in class assignment for my Music in the Web class.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Epic Doom Metal Podcast

This is a podcast I did on Epic Doom Metal featuring the music of Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus. In this podcast I do an in depth discussion of the influence Candlemass had on the doom metal genre. I hope you dig it.


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