There are allot of guitars on this demo. I haven’t worked on the drums much yet but the guitar and bass are done. I’ve been trying to add some solos but nothing seems to be fitting the way I’d like.
I’ve gotten all the ballads out of my system for now and have been working on some heavier songs. The drums need some work on this demo but the rhythm guitars and bass are done.
This demo came about after being inundated with advertisements for “Djent” music and amp plugins being pushed down my throat on YouTube and Facebook. Regardless, I do like how this song has come out so far.
Demo for a song I’ve been working on called ARK.
I drew inspiration for this song from the early to mid 90s metal I grew up playing. Testament is the first band that comes to mind. This is my favorite song within the new demos.
I’ve got the song structure worked out on this one, just need to add the extras to it. This one features piano and a string section which I think give some nice atmosphere. “Interstellar” is the current working title of this demo and is subject to change.
This demo is has the whole song structure laid out but no leads. I’m not entirely sure where to go with from here.
I’d really like to work on this song some more. All of my songs have always been instrumentals but I’d really like to get a vocalist to work on this with me. I could instead record the vocal melody lines with guitar but I don’t think it would have the same impact. Who knows. Maybe.
9th grade shop class is where I first heard Type O Negative. There was a TV in class that we watched MTV on when we weren’t building bongs, pipes or smoking by the dumpster. When the video for Type O Negative’s “Christian Woman” came on TV I was blown away. I had never heard a song quite like that or even a style of music such as that.
I was in my first band where I played guitar and my best friend who played bass in the band was also in the class, witnessing this amazing, dark, down-tuned band come into our lives. After class, we had to immediately find our drummer in the halls and tell him about what we had just witnessed. We all went out and bought the cassette and spent the next few evenings and nights at home working on learning the song. By band practice that weekend we were ready. We plugged the Christmas lights up that were attached to the drum-set, warmed up the lava lamp, flipped on the black-light and then flipped off the room lights. We set off practicing “Christian Woman” several times in our darkened rehearsal room (the drummer’s bedroom). I was forever changed from that point on and my tastes in music were more-or-less cemented to a view that I continue to envision even today.
While this first album of theirs, Bloody Kisses, was a fantastic album I feel that the later album, October Rust, was their best. October Rust fits a handful of albums that I prefer to listen to from beginning-to-end rather than just a few songs at a time. Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and Tool’s “Ænima” are the only other albums that I can listen to in the same way. This album was a masterpiece from middle to end. I’ve always enjoyed that Type O Negative songs were slow, heavy pop songs at heart most of the time. Goth Metal was always the genre they were labelled with but I believe they created their own genre and I have not heard any band since them that fits with what they did.
There’s so much more that could have come from this band but right before Peter Steele was set to write and record new material he passed away at just 48 years old. It’s sad to think of all the music that was in his head but we will never hear. His personality was so that he never really took what he was doing that serious and we are lucky to have heard the music he ended up creating at all because he was actually just a normal guy who enjoyed his job with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.
If you are a fan of Type O Negative and would like to read more about who Peter Steele was as a person you should check out this article written by his cousin James Toth.
I’ve been working slow and steady on material for album of original material. My hope is that I can get an album out at towards the end of spring next year. My writing and recording happens at the same time for the most part. I’ll usually write my main idea for a song before recording anything but once I’ve gotten it recorded I immediately start building the song structure. I do it this way so that the song is recorded as soon as the writing is finished. Doing it this way allows me to start the mixing stage of the song as soon as it’s written. So far everything is going smoothly and I have about 3 songs almost ready for mixing but I’ll likely wait until I’ve got about 10 songs before I move on to the mixing stage.