Saturday, September 18, 2010

What are the haps, sir?

Last week's Descension Rate show went pretty damn well. The big surprise? Our dumb corpse paint stayed on the entire show. We probably have decreased on-stage temperature to thank for that. There were quite a few new faces in the crowd, which is a good sign for the local metal scene. We also premiered our new song "The Glamor of the Empath," another one of our Dark Tower-influenced doodles. Jeff was disappointed, but I had tons of fun with it. And it got the biggest ovation of the night.

So what's going on with the Beardo side of things? I've been writing lyrics and laying down demo vocal tracks for the Belmont album (yeah, I think I'm going to call it that). I've been asked to include a track on an upcoming local music compilation. So I just finished editing a shorter version of "Creatures of the Bloodline" to include on that. It's weird editing a narrative-heavy song for length, but it is being listened to outside of the context of the story. I'll include more info on this compilation when I find out about it. Until then, Jeff and I have some Descension Rate writing to do, and I'll probably start working on the next Castlevania tune very soon.

Oh, and Byzantine is playing at 123 tomorrow. Hell. Yes.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

What a lovely day for metal

Descension Rate is heading back to 123 Pleasant St. in Morgantown for one of the two shows we have planned for this semester. What? We're busy dudes. We go to grad school full time and work full time. Metal can wait. Or can it?

High Stick is filling in the headlining slot, and will be there to provide all of your favorite classic thrash metal chart-toppers.

This may be the last show for Beloved Dead in Morgantown. Stan has been a good friend of mine over the past 7 years, and it will be weird not having him in town anymore. Beloved Dead has been a staple in this music scene for a while. But he's off to better things, and we all wish him luck. He still lives in the most metal place I've ever seen. And it's full of Rickenbackers of all kinds. Let the jealousy commence.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Writing "Castlevania": Episode 2

The album isn't going to be given a generic name like "Castlevania." Until the album is written, named, and all of that other junk, these little episodes will be named accordingly.

This episode has a clip from the end of the tentatively-titled-but-will-probably-stick "Medusa's Scream." The song clocks in at around 10 and a half minutes; it's quite possibly the longest song ever written about killing the floating head of Medusa with holy water.