Finally, the post that we have all been waiting for...well the post that I've been saying that I'll write and telling folks that I would write and finally got around to writing. Honestly, I am much more diligent with my music and my day job. Really, I am!
So I am in the final stages of reviewing a mix of the new Last Rites album. There are a couple of unknowns at the moment so I don't have all the details, but I have some that I can share.
First is the title of the new album. The album's title is Renatus. Well, not really a title as much as a name. Renatus is actually a Latin given name (you know like George or Robert) that means rebirth. The actual term for rebirth from Latin is renaissance but I thought that would be too confusing. Why would I revert to playing motets and madrigals? Or a Mass...well actually I might try my hand at writing a Mass. But not as Last Rites. Moving on!
Second is that I know that I have a solid 8 songs with an interlude in between each. I am up in the air on two tracks - one of them is actually still getting recorded and the other is having "issues". We're sending it to a psychologist. Of these 8 songs, two are complete originals (lyrics and music) and the other six are completely new music but the lyrics are psalms. Specifically Psalms 1 through 6. The two up in the air - one is an instrumental and the other is completely original, lyrics and music.
Musically, this album is more varied. Actually...well no I think that it is overall more varied (I was thinking that Divine Intimacy was pretty varied). It has its unique style and it is still metal for the most part, but I think that it has a silver-lining feel to it. Which I think is good - as a Christian project, I want to project joy which is characteristic of true disciples of Jesus Christ. I scarcely repeat a key, there is more modulation (and heck, one of them is so whacked out I have no clue what key it is until the end), varied time signatures...I sing, I growl, I dance...scratch that. I do not dance.
Now you may be thinking to yourself, "where can I get a cheeseburger?" And I will tell you - I don't know because I thought that you would have noticed something about the psalms being 1 through 6 and not a smattering of "favorites" (Like 23, 51, 55, etc.). Well, that is going to wait for another post, but I can tell you one thing. Expect more psalms in the future.
That is it for right now. I hope that everyone in the US had a great Thanksgiving and I hope everyone else in the world had a good No-thanksgiving. Advent is coming up and I will be "resharing" the Advent String Quartet.
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