Last Rites will release the new full-length album, Divine Intimacy, on 10/11/12 which will feature over 60 minutes of sacrametal (sacred metal). This will be a free, download-only release.
Divine Intimacy is a compilation of various Last Rites tracks recorded after the I am Dismas EP. Most of these tracks were written for various compilation albums and contests with a couple of songs written just for this album. The music for the album is divided into two sections: Praise and Devotion. The Praise section consists of six hard hitting, metal-infused songs. The Devotion section consists of three tracks of introspective metal.
The tracklist for the album is as follows;
Here is a trailer video with samples from Divine Intimacy
So, what happened to the "song every week" thing. Well, it just isn't happening and it isn't due to the lack of drive. It boils down to too many projects on the dance floor - and two of them, I am sworn to secrecy. One will be out shortly, and I'll tell you when it is out, the other, I won't tell you even when it is out. But, that doesn't mean that I don't have other things that are going on that I can tell you about.
First things first. We have available for worldwide distribution - Beyond the Dice: Symphonic Soundscapes. This is a gaming soundtrack and hopefully the first in a long line of them. I developed a website specifically for Beyond the Dice, so check it out and all of the gaming goodness therein.
Secondly - The mathemusical masterpiece Fractals will be available soon. I know that there is approximately....wait...ah there it is....zero buzz on this release, so once it is available, I am going to go on the promotion trail for it. You can check out samples of the album here.
Thirdly - Last Rites is not dead. Nope - being my first serious musical project and for a cause I deeply believe in, it won't go away, at least for a while. Last Rites submitted a song for a thrash metal compilation album with Metal for a Dark World. Also in the works is a free release for 2012 including some never before released tracks - including this one:
Go on and click on it and let it roll. There is no real "video", just the picture of Jesus. As you know (or maybe not, but you will soon) I am a devout Catholic and have a particular fondness of the prayers of the church. So, I recorded a symphonic metal version of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. It is long for a song at 11 minutes, but in the middle for some devotions.
Fourthly - I am working on the second draft of my novel. Currently I am unemployed so I am trying to get an income going. One of the things that I did before I was let go was write the first draft of a novel. I let it collect dust as I wallowed in self-pity the first half of the year (and then some). Then I decided I wanted to give this a good shot - the writing thing. I am hoping to have the novel done by the end of the year. So, stay tuned for that. Real quick synopsis: two dudes dropped off in the woods in Georgia and have to hitchhike back to Los Angeles.
I think that is everything at Phrygian Phish for y'all! I am working on the shop area. Right now, everything is available at CD baby so i'll put the links up for you all so you can get some of that musical goodness.
Sorry for the lack of posts on there. I have been busily working on various things: job searching, song writing and things around here. But that does not mean that I do not have music to share. Oh, there is plenty of that.
Firstly, I have been finishing up the music for another gaming score. This is for a medieval type setting. I am almost done with it. Over the blog hiatus I have uploaded tracks in that gamescore up to SoundCloud - so be sure to check that out. I am not going to elaborate on those right now. I think that I will try to next week.
Secondly, I am working with some friends to finally get this gaming music project off the ground. I will be releasing the entire orchestral gaming score on CD for gamers everywhere. We will have some killer art for the CD as well as a new website for the gaming music. That is all I am going to share right now for that, but details will be released shortly.
OK! Now onto the REAL reason for this post: new Last Rites music. Last Rites, as you may or may not know, is my Christian metal franchise/project/band. I tend towards thrash metal of early Metallica and Megadeth. Well, the new track is not in that same vein - but I think that it is close enough for me not to make a new franchise on it. I have the song posted below if you want to listen to it as you read on.
I am going to talk on the lyrics first. The lyrics are based on what is called the "Merton Prayer". It goes as follows:
"MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."
I live close by to a Trappist monastery (Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance O.C.S.O) where I frequently go to confession and occasionally go to mass. Thomas Merton was a Cistercian and much of His writings on the spirituality of the monastic life are a part of the culture at the monastery. In particular, the "Merton Prayer" is actually cross-stitched and framed outside the retreat office where I go to confession. So I have spent a lot of time contemplating the prayer and meaning behind the prayer. I have, as you can tell, not taken the prayer verbatim to music, but adjusted it to fit the song.
Now musically, I have not gone with a "lighter" musical style. It is what I would call rock and not really metal. The one main reason why this will sound different is the use of major tonality - metal is usually minor or more dissonant. "Lead my Feet" is major (G major for anyone keeping score). The flow of the song is more or less like a soundtrack for going down the road: the main image of the song. So things usually keep moving along and around the main guitar motive.
I am actually quite happy to also showcase my jaw-harp abilities. I have been waiting for just the right time to showcase - and that time is now. I think it adds a little more of a "rural" flavor to the song. I think of hanging out in the back of a pick-up truck driving down the road somewhere out in the country. You may or may not get the same feeling...
Well, I hope that you enjoy! Oh, and just in case you think that Last Rites is going to be going soft from here on - THINK AGAIN! I have a brutal thrash metal song just waiting to be unleashed. It will be based on the trials of Job. Not job but Job. There is a difference.
Happy rest of the March! God bless!
OK, with the announcement of Via Crucis, I also have new music that I can share with you all. This week's song is called "Simon". This song is all about the story of Simon, a man who was a part of the crowd that watched Jesus carry His cross to His ignominious death on the cross. Based on scripture, we see that Simon was visiting Jerusalem at the time and that he has his sons with him.
During the carrying of the cross, the crowd feared that Jesus would die before he was nailed to the cross. So, the soldiers who escorted Jesus picked someone from the crowd to come and carry the cross with Jesus. And it was just at that point where Simon shows up in the crowd. A soldier forces Simon to carry the cross all the way to Calvary.
Now, a couple of subtle parts to the story that I found interesting when I was researching this song: Simon did not reject or fight against the call to carry the cross. Now, we can not say for certain that he did not have feelings that he did not want to, but he accepted this journey with Jesus even though he did not know what it meant. It is a longer song and features some of the quintessential Last Rites musical features: long, progressive and "smooth". I am not one for really eratic changes in key and time.
As far as the writing of this song - I wrote and recorded this thing in a week. While getting everyone situated with this project, one of the bands wouldn't be able to do this station. So I jumped in and took it on. I am glad that I did - it was a fun little song to do. Anyway, so please enjoy the song.
OK, I have been working on this project before Phrygian Phish came about. This is very unique project - and maybe the only project like this that has been attempted. This is a collaborative-compilation-concept album. The album's concept is the passion and death of Jesus Christ with a different band taking up different aspects of this journey. So here is the official announcement:
CATHOLIC METAL TO RELEASE METAL MUSICAL DEVOTION OF THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
VIA CRUCIS provides a metal journey through the devotion of the Stations of the Cross. Available world-wide on Ash Wednesday.
Catholic Metal in conjunction with Phrygian Phish Musical Productions is proud to announce the release of a unique musical journey of the Stations of the Cross on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2012. The album, Via Crucis, consists of fourteen songs in varying styles for the fourteen Stations of the Cross. Eight Catholic bands/artists from around the United States, Canada, and Poland participated in the recording of this album.
Over the course of the album, the listener will hear the great devotion of each of the musicians as they present this unique musical setting for the Stations of the Cross devotion. The flow of the album emulates the traditional Catholic devotion; each station is presented with an original song to reflect on the Station and end with a stanza of the Stabat Mater hymn. The variety of music on the album ranges from Katholicus’ stirring “Veronica” to Malchus’ tour-de-force “Stripped of the World”, to Theandric’s acoustic song “XIV”. Other bands that contributed to the album are pioneering Catholic hard rock/metal band Seven Sorrows, Latin prayer metal band Cradle Catholic, young Canadian industrial metal band Divine Blood, and the progressive thrash metal band Last Rites. One of the songs presented is a collaboration between Dave Flitton (Writ in Water Sound Creations and Critical Mass) and Sean Bailey (Last Rites and Phrygian Phish). The following is the track listing of the album:
I: Condemned to Death - Katholicus
II: Statio II - Cradle Catholic
III: The First Fall - Last Rites
IV: Fourth Sword - Seven Sorrows
V: Simon - Last Rites
VI: Veronica - Katholicus
VII: The Second Fall - Last Rites
VIII: Save your tears - Sean Bailey and Dave Flitton
IX: The Third Fall - Last Rites
X: Stripped of the World - Malchus
XI: The Wood of the Cross - Divine Blood
XII: Statio XII - Cradle Catholic
XIII: Taken Down - Seven Sorrows
XIV: XIV - Theandric
“Our focus of this album is not to bring metal to the Catholic Church”, Sean states, “but to rather take this traditional devotion of our Lord’s Passion and death to the metal world.”
Album concept and management by Sean Bailey. All music mastered by Dave Flitton. All art for the album by Frank Flitton (Flitton Design and Divine Blood).
Catholic Metal was founded by Dave Flitton and is an online community of Catholics who either make metal music or are fans of metal music. On May 1, 2011, Catholic Metal released a compilation album of Catholic Metal songs entitled, Praising Him Loudly: Volume 1. That compilation is available streaming and as a free download at Catholicmetal.com.
Phrygian Phish Musical Productions is a music production enterprise for Sean Bailey’s creative projects. Phrygian Phish offers music composition services for various multi-media projects including films and games.
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