As you may be able to tell, I haven't posted a new entry in several months. Well, what can I say? I've been busy! A few more music endeavors are underway.
I've been friends with John Ryan from Astral Throne for a few years now. I've always had strong admiration and respect for his music. If you aren't familiar, Astral Throne is John's metal solo project which is of a very similar dystopian, dark, atmospheric vein as Algarothsyum's music is. Naturally, we have a lot in common. Fast forward a few years, he felt that his drum programming wasn't really up to snuff to what he wants it to be, so he asked me to join the project. Of course, I obliged. So now, I'm officially a member of Astral Throne, taking over the drums and percussion duties. So far, our collaborating sounds very promising! We both maintain pretty busy lives, so our material doesn't exactly get written and finished quickly. But what we have worked on so far is pretty awesome, to say the least. There are no dates or any news pertaining to a release of recorded material yet, but give it time. We do have some material underway. More details pertaining to the project's origins, ideals and concepts will also be revealed over time.
In other news, I'm in the midst of writing the next Algarothsyum album. The tracks are very well advanced in the songwriting stage. In the next month, I'll be moving into a much larger house, and I will finally have my full recording rig setup and ready to roll. As soon as I'm done moving, recording of the next album will start. I have no official release dates yet, but I'm shooting for January 2013. The reason why I'm going for a release date that soon, is because there is a possibility I may be deploying overseas early next year. I want to have another solid album/EP released before I go. Depending on the recording progress and the time crunch, the next album may be an EP, but I'm shooting for a full length. All it takes is some dedication. So be sure to check back often on the Algarothsyum Facebook page (link below) for the new album updates! I won't reveal too much yet, but I will say that the new material is heavier, faster, darker, more atmospheric and a bit more technical. Fans of the first album will surely enjoy the next one.
And in other other news, depending on my iffy deployment, I plan on signing up for online courses with Berklee College of Music in January. I've done a lot of research for online music courses, and Berklee looks like the way to go. Berklee is the most prestigious music college there is, and I can't wait to dig into their coursework. I plan on taking the Master's in Guitar and Production.
To sum it up - I've been preparing to move to another house, writing new material for the next Alg album, Apokalypsos and Astral Throne. And hopefully, soon enough, I'll be enrolled in Berklee's online classes. This is the first time I've been involved in multiple projects in a few years. It's a busy workload, but I love it.
Music is my passion! It can only get better from here.
Here are the links to my current involvements:
Astral Throne on Facebook
Algarothsyum on Facebook