Wow… is this really happening? Am I dreaming? This album is FINALLY released? Believe me, I’m just as shocked as you are.
But even though it feels like a dream, there’s really no going back now is there?
This album has been in the making for about 6 years now (yes, I started it even while I was finishing up my first album “Assault on Your Reckoning”). A lot of the lyrics were compiled over many years and it took me awhile to try to sort it all out to make some sense of it all. Some stuff from my old Platinum Dragon17 days, some stuff from my old DoublEdged days, and of course new material based on life experiences and the ups and downs that took place. It’s been a hell of a roller coaster ride which would really explain why this album was the longest album I’ve ever spent any time on. I think it’s fair to say that I’m extremely happy to have this weight lifted off my shoulders!
Now for those of you who were strapped in to this ride from the get-go, I salute you! And for those of you who just recently joined me on this unforgiving journey, welcome and please keep your hands and legs inside the vehicle at all times… I can’t promise you that it’s always going to be a smooth ride, but I can tell you that it’ll be interesting. Thank you all so very much for being a part of this with me and really being more than just fans to me. I seriously cannot even begin to express how grateful I am to have made such awesome friends along the way and without sounding all sappy, I really do cherish you all! Group hug!!!
It really did feel like this ride would never end… but really, has it ended? This is only the beginning for me and I’m already working on some new material for the next album as well as some other side projects I can’t wait to share with you when I can.
And now, without further a due… Allow me to make it all official.
Breathing The Machine is officially released, and is ready to attack your ear holes!
I’ve gone in and made a 9 minute preview of all the tracks off “Breathing The Machine” so you can get a quick fix before the album drops on September 17, 2013 (never thought you’d see a release date, huh?)
You can pre-order your copy of “Breathing The Machine” at the following links:
Alright, I’ve decided that the pre orders will go live at midnight tonight (EST)! When you pre order you will get an immediate download of “Annihilation: Start”. There will be the options of a digital album, physical album with digital download, and a Deluxe Edition that features the full album and the instrumentals. For every person that purchases the Deluxe Edition with physical album I will sign it for you when the physical cds arrive. The first 10 people to purchase the standard edition of the album will also have it signed.
Stay tuned later tonight for all the madness!
And thank you all for being so awesome and a part of this experience with me!
Here it is everyone… the cover of “Breathing The Machine”
The album artwork is done by Ewart Cameron (http://EKComics.com/), the same mastermind behind the “Breathing The Machine – EP”
And as promised, here’s the final track list for the album!
1. Theme For The Assimilated
3. Breathing The Machine
4. Beyond The Light
6. (Sanity) Through The Eyes Of The Insane
7. Annihilation: Start
9. Digital Embrace
10. Mechanical Holocaust
11. Black Widow
13. Hello Father
14. Slay To Survive
15. Requiem For The Assimilated
It took a lot of courage to go in and cover this tune, but I finally did it… and I’m happy to say that I’m proud of it! It’s a FREE download so why don’t you go and grab yourself a copy of it and jam it right into your ear holes?!
And here’s some album news……..
It’s done… ‘Breathing the Machine’ is finished… ready to be put to CDs and start delivering it to YOU! I will be revealing the album artwork sometime this week on my Facebook Page as well as the full tracklist, and then updating it here later.
I’m just a little excited…… and relieved (but mostly excited)!
If you’ve been following me on Facebook and Twitter you would have seen that I was looking at YOU to be a part of “Slay to Survive”…. AND NOW YOU CAN! All the instructions are included in this Zip file (see below) on how you can be a part of the upcoming album “Breathing the Machine”.
Get your lungs ready and start chanting!!!!
SEND ONLY THE VOX TRACK WITHOUT THE BACKGROUND MUSIC!
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR VOX TRACK IS JULY 26, 2013
TODAY “Slay to Survive” will be built from scratch and brought back to life with the help from a few of my old bandmates of DoublEdged. I hope to get a camera up and running so you can get a glimpse of what we’re working on and the shenanigans that would most definitely take place today.
If all goes as planned, I’ll start a broadcast around 1pm (EST) and have it go for as long as I see fit.
Are you ready? Cause I am!
P.S. Since Facebook has gone in and made it even more difficult for musicians to interact with their fans, here’s how you can get all the Bullet of Reason news!
It’s coming together very nicely and it’s almost done. Those are words I didn’t think I’d be saying anytime soon…. but it’s true. “Perfect Poison” has been cut from the album, but will not be forgotten. This will give the album a few extra minutes to play around with. “Stand Together” just needs some verse vocals set in place and then I can call it “pretty-much-complete”. Which leads me to some big news about “Slay to Survive”. I’m in the process of rebuilding this track from the ground up, starting it from scratch. But this time with a little bit of help…
As some of you may already know, “Slay to Survive” was originally a track from my old band DoublEdged. It was a huge tune (at least to us) and was possibly our favourite track. So my plan is to gather a few of my old band-mates together to bring this track back to life and essentially build a full length song full of pure rock and metal madness with the essential Bullet of Reason style electronics…
… But that’s not all that’ll be done with this track. I’ll also be looking at YOU for some help.
So here’s the deal… “Breathing the Machine” is coming closer to completion and I’ve been tossing around a few ideas on how I want to release it… and I think I’ve figured it out:
I will release the full album in what I like to call “Story Mode” through a CD release. This “mode” or version will have crossfades and give you the experience I originally planned for this album.
I’m also going to be releasing it as a Digital Download. This version will be released as “Shuffle Friendly”, meaning it will have the same tracklist as the CD release but will not have it fading into one another… that way if you want to pick and choose the tracks you want to play you won’t have the previous track possibly bleeding into the start of the next track.
I’ve also been tossing around the idea of releasing “Breathing the Machine” in a Deluxe Edition exclusively sold through my website (once I figure out how I’ll actually do it). This edition will essentially be a bundle package of the full album on CD in “Story Mode”, the digital version in “Shuffle Friendly”, as well as the entire album as Instrumentals (digital download only). I will also personally sign each Deluxe Edition package and personally mail it out to you myself while you get to enjoy the digital version as you wait for the physical album in the mail. I still need to figure out how to do this method, but I swear I’ll figure it out!
Here’s where you come in. As we are now living in the digital age of downloads and CDs seem to be fading away into oblivion (which saddens me greatly), should I even consider releasing this album as a physical release or just as a download only album? Who here would actually be interested in having a physical copy of the album in their hands so they can listen to it the “old fashioned way”? I’m really only asking this because I want to do my best to invest however much I need to invest on the priorities. I don’t want to print 100 or more CDs and have them just sit in a box waiting to become a coaster at my family events or whatever…….. though they may make fun and deadly frisbees. The life of an independent artist!
So what say you? How do you feel about all this? I really do value your opinion and would love to hear back from you!
Oh and on a side note… if all goes as planned… this album will be release in the early weeks of summer…… just saying. And I’m really excited! It’s about damn time!