WARNING!: THIS RAMBLES LIKE A MOTHRFUCKER!!!
Ok so with that out of the way. I'd like to state that when I say "album" I really mean a compilation of a bunch of similarly styled songs I've written over the last few years for various reasons/projects that never happened. The result is a few relatively simple songs with straightforward progressions, and a few other more unorthodox things with multiple time signatures and obligatory modern metal breakdown-ish (def not bree-bree emmure bullshit breakdowns for the most part). A bunch of sing-songy chorus type riffs and some good old fashioned METAL.
The planned finished product is gonna be 11 songs with a possible "bonus" cover tune. Right now though, I've got 7 songs complete, one 90% complete minus tweaks, one more 50% complete, and two further tracks that are just a couple riffs in a mixed bag full of ideas. I'm not sure how many of you guys have other people to collaborate with when writing your music, but 11 songs is a HUGE project and despite being 2/3 of the way there, it still feels miles away. More and more I find myself looking back through my old guitar pro files to try to find a little inspiration here and there.
Here's a preliminary tracklist (in no particular order):
Fight or Flight
Something I started doing a while ago when I first started writing for this was to just turn on my webcam and just jam for a while. I've got quite a few gigs of videos of nothing but just jammin out on random riffs and practicing. there's been more than a few time's I've grabbed a riff from those hours of cataloged footage, but it gets hard to keep track of it all. Definitely a useful tool because without it there's no way i would have remembered those sweet riffs I came up with, then forgot 3 seconds later. it really helps when I need to get inspired. All too often i'll start getting really good ideas at work or something and by the time I get home, all i wanna do is eat and go to sleep. Inspiration is something of an achilles heel for me. While I'm inspired and the creative floodgates are open, there's no stopping the ridiculous musical onslaught that is me, but when there's nothing to get going on, it seems like there's nothing in the world that's gonna make that next riff happen. Moderately infuriating, but I guess that's all part of being a musician.
At the moment I'm going back through all the gp5 files of the written/completed/mostly completed songs and re-doing all of the scores. It's mostly just editing the drums for the sake of uniformity, and changing all my 40's to 38's to that metal foundry will play nice with my snare drum. there are also a couple other tunes that need to be transposed to Drop Db, (for if I ever decide to start playing them) and also to make my life easier when I sit down to actually record, and don't end up needing to change tunings, string gauges and adjust intonation a million times.
I have a couple of the tracks already recorded (albeit VERY rough) and some of you have heard at least one track from it before. I'll be fucked if I can figure out how to embed soundclick widgets, so I'll just post links in to a few tracks for you to have a listen.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbenp_5i_Ao]Bucktooth Play-Along - [ ENGL e530 Direct + Cab Sims ] - YouTube[/VIDEO]
SoundClick artist: SevenSea - page with MP3 music downloads
SoundClick artist: SevenSea - page with MP3 music downloads
The above song, "Fight or Flight" has vocals done by me, but I'm not sure if I wanna do all the vocals for the album or not. Lemme know what you think of them, cuz if it's tolerable, it might be worth my while to just do everything. There's also links to a couple 8-bit versions of "SR-71" and "Tyrannosaurus Wreck" as well as early versions of "Lady Lumps" to have a listen to.
From the look of things I might be on track to beat Chris and Drew to the punch, but since I'm not in any kind of rush, we'll just have to see. Chris, I hope those 2-3 weeks you plan to take off will be enough. We need a clear winner here.
Also, on a another random note, I'm been mulling over whether or not I should get this printed as a hard copy, or just do an online distro thing with a "pay what you want" button. Hard copies would definitely be a small run of maybe 100-200 copies to sell for the next 20 years or whatever, I jsut want to have something I can put on my shelf a look at. My brother has a drum lesson company he's starting up and asked me to do my distro through him, and while he has good intentions, his plans never seem work out. iTunes is another option, but who knows. If you guys have had any personal experiences with distributing your albums, I'm more than open to suggestions.
Fact of the matter is I'm not doing this for the sake of more income, but I don't wanna fork out a shitload of money on printing my cd to turn around and give it away. I don't have a lot of money to throw around, and anything I do, 100% of the cost comes out of my own bank account, so I'd like to have to eat as little of the cost as possible. Breaking even is fine.
Ok this has gotten long...maybe I'll ramble some more in another post, but for now, I'm done. 'Grats if you read all of this! Leave a comment, lemme know if you like where this is headed, tips for improvement, and stuff like that. Thanks for making it to the end!
TL;DR: Just click the links and watch the video.
I like this material. Definitely worth releasing! You've got a ton of good riffs there.
--As far as the vocals go, I say go for it, but you might to see about recording them more "professionally." I think vocals are the hardest thing to record and mix well, and also the most telling when they are not. The problem is, it's hard to get good results without expensive mics and preamps. Besides my own lack of singing talent, that's one reason I like to make instrumental music.
--I understand your quandary about getting CDs pressed. I pressed up about 100 copies of my debut Council of One album, and after four years I think I still have about 75 of them left.
At this point, CDs are mostly useful for handing out as promo or for gig merch. I've sold exactly five CDs, but my digital media sales have been a little better. Also, don't count out getting plays on the various sites like Pandora and Spotify. I've actually made some money that way. Each play only pays fractions of a cent, but it adds up over time.
The good news is that pressing costs have gone way down in just the last couple years, assuming you're willing to live with CD-Rs and sleeves instead of fancy packaging. Do you have an artist you know or work with? I do my own cheezball covers using Illustrator, but then I prefer abstract covers for my fusion albums. For metal, a random bunch of squigglies probably won't cut it.
One problem with CD-Rs is that some reviewers refuse to accept CD-Rs, apparently on the theory that only people who press silvers are serious enough to warrant their attention.
Even the cost of pressing silvers has gone down, as has the minimum order size. Four years ago, you had to order at least 1,000 copies to get silvers. I've seen some companies go as low as 300 copies recently.
It must be something in the air, because I'm doing something very similar. I had a few finished metal tracks and a handful of unfinished ones laying around when I switched frmm metal to fusion in 2007. I submitted an old shred track for a compilation recently and listened to those old songs for the first time in years. I've decided to finish & revise the old stuff plus record a bunch more new metal instrumentals for a new release. Like your tracks, it would be a shame to have so much work from years past go for nothing.