Volition Update

Hello everyone,

So I've posted 7 of the 10 tracks from the new album in their various stages of completion. At this point, I'd say the whole album is maybe 60-65% complete. I'm still in the process of writing "Blood Blister" (track 2), "Mobilize-The Hypocrisy of Order" (track 3) and "Invention" (track 6) as well as finishing up the tracks I've posted here today. 

I'm pleased with what I have so far, but I'm a perfectionist when it comes to this stuff and, as you can probably tell, it takes me a long time to be satisfied with how a track sounds before I move on. For example, "Fragment Into Nothing" was the first track I worked on for the new album and I started that back in 2007...2007! It's radically different from what it first sounded like, but it went through 3 separate, full ite
rations before I settled on this one. 

But there's a lot to consider when making music: the instruments to be used, the arrangements, the effects, the mixing and mastering, spending time referencing how the songs sound in headphones, in the car, on a stereo and then going back and adjusting the mix accordingly, and on and on and on.

I seem to be putting out albums at a pace of every 6 years and that's way too slow. However, I'm hoping that when people listen to the first album (coming to iTunes soon), the second album ("Burn") and to this brand new one ("Volition") it will be obvious that my musical ideas, recording techniques used and the overall quality of the songs have advanced over the years in leaps and bounds. I started doing serious recording on a Tascam cassette 4-track at VA Tech in 1998 and moved through various digital recorders before finally jumping to computers. I've learned a lot in those 13 years, and I think it shows in my work.

Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for sticking with this group, putting up with the emails from all the updates to this group, being patient and checking out my songs. Even if you don't like one, two or any of the tracks, I appreciate you guys taking a listen and, where possible, providing feedback :-)

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