Monday, 10 April 2017

End of hiatus - new release on the way!

I'm very happy to announce that the hiatus has ended - Miseria Visage is back on active duty!
An entirely new concept and new material will be unveiled shortly. 

I have renewed optimism for the project and an abundance of creativity at the moment, so I'm seizing this opportunity to get as many of song ideas down while they are fresh in my mind. These pieces will end up forming the backbone of a new release, most likely through Three Rooks Music.

Right now, there are some key questions about our future presentation that we need to answer, when we figure it out, you will be the first to know!

What I can say right now though, is that the next release will have more music than ever before - it is shaping up to be an album. 
No more paltry EP offerings. The next one is big!  

You may have seen my ghostly murmurings of a Doom Metal influence finding its way into Miseria Visage's new sound. I can now confirm that this is absolutely true, but it is not the only style we have been experimenting with. Electronics will be back in a big way, this time with a more analogue feel, but at the same time we want everything to sound more atmospheric, more gothic, more metal.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Unveiling our Guise

I am proud to present to you, the first music I have been creatively involved in since Vanish into Dark - my new band Meister have just released their debut EP!

Coming to you once again through Three Rooks Records, 'Guise' is comprised of four Industrial Metal hymns for a dystopian age. As you might have picked up, I am behind the vocals and electronics in this band, but my bandmates do an admirable job in creating a powerhouse of riffs over my cold beats and synth lines. If you enjoy the music of artists such as Ministry,  Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein or The Kovenant, then I think you will find something special in 'Guise' and indeed in the sound of Meister itself.

Like so many good things in life, 'Guise' is free to stream and download, you can check it out right here -

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

New band announcement & 2016 plans!

I'm very pleased to announce that I have a new band in the form of 'Meister'!

Meister is a three-man Industrial Metal band, from the North of England. The emphasis is on stomping beats, heavy riffs and the dystopian feel of cold electronics, with melody taking a supporting role to crushing rhythms. You might recognize the occasional synth part as being similar to my work in Miseria Visage, the lyrical themes are also gothic-inspired but often a little more tongue-in-cheek than you might expect!

In Meister my duties are vocals and electronics. This is a rather different role than any of my previous projects, so its something new for me and I'm working hard to improve all the time as a musician and producer, this project gives me a chance to learn new techniques and create a different kind of music.  Whereas Miseria Visage has been a studio-only project, with Meister the possibility of live shows is a strong one - the formula of the band actually works well in a live sound situation, thanks partly to some on-stage synth wizardry and careful planning of the compositions to include keyboard parts that I can play between vocal sections.

So what is going on now? I'm working hard- regularly rehearsing with Meister, alongside recording and producing that all-important first demo EP. We hope to have our EP ready in a few months time once all the mixing and mastering is done and then spread our music to the ears of those who can help us reach a live audience. Somehow I also intend to write some new Miseria Visage material at the same time as all this! Drop by the Meister facebook page to keep up-to-date with our progress and show some much-appreciated support.

I look forward to bringing you the music of Meister soon and hope you are all well.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Hiatus announcement & future plans

Just looking back at how long ago my previous post on here was, I could almost do another year's round up since then, albeit with very little to report!

I'm pretty much calling it quits for this project. However, I'm not going to be removing the music from the face of the earth any time soon. I'm still very happy for people to discover and enjoy the music I made as Miseria Visage, it's just that I have no plans to record any new releases from now on.

The best places to find music from this project are now:
-Miseria Visage Last.FM page
-Tridroid Records
-Miseria Visage Bandcamp
-Theta on Soundcloud 

So what am I doing instead these days?
Currently, I'm writing and producing soundtracks for two different video games, both indie games.

I plan for at least one of the game soundtracks to be made into an album too, this could end up being just a bandcamp release, or a Three Rooks Records thing! I will reveal more when the time is right, but you can expect a whole load of Miseria Visage to find it's way into many of the tracks, along with some hopefully interesting new inspirations.

There is also a chance I could end up guesting or joining other bands on an ad hoc basis, but instead of making any promises right now, I'll announce anything like this as it emerges into a listenable form.

Lastly, I'd like to thank all of you who have taken an interest in my music at some point whether as fans, zine writers, labels or casual listeners, you made it a fun and worthwhile experience - no regrets! I hope we can keep in touch and I look forward to sharing my new creations with you in the future.

Best wishes and goodbye for now,

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2013 round-up, a creative journey + new release news!

A happy new year to all, and many thanks for following me this far!

This might not be the only 'so another year comes to end' type blog posts you've stumbled upon in the last 48 hours, but it might just be the most unexpectedly eventful..

As I gaze out at of my window at a rainy English mid-morning, it is easy to dismiss this event as simply a passage of time, but as years go, its been packed full of creative matter in one direction or another. Although I'm now pursuing several avenues, some outside of purely music, 'Vanish into Dark', and the 'Miseria Visage' EP have probably been my primary musical focus. At times it's been a tough grind to get things finished, to squeeze every last drop of expressive goodness out of what sometimes seemed like a barren well of musical inspiration, but once the last note is recorded, mixed, mastered, you get a wave of both relief and anti-climax. Then comes the inevitable period of dissatisfaction with your own work. I've learnt that during this time it's best to put the music to one side and look to other distractions - for me, mainly computer games and how to make them. Then, a couple of months later you tentatively take a listen to your music again, and a realization may (or may not) hit you - actually this stuff isn't half bad !

Luckily, when this happened, I had the support of a good underground metal label to help release the long-awaited 'Miseria Visage' EP on cassette! You can check out this analogue format release, right here on Tridroid Record's bandcamp page, available for the modest sum of $1.00 or more ..

Friday, 23 August 2013

Guitar solos, Goblins and Folk instruments.

Luckily I havn't been swallowed up by the Earth in an attempt to cleanse my musical filth from the face of the planet, simply put: I've had tons of distractions lately, but most of them creative in one form or another.

Just yesterday I had a binge of the black metal variety, writing almost an entire song's worth of riffs for my role as guitarist in Koboloris. This got followed up by a studio session, where the rest of the song got written and then also recorded on the spot, even swapping over to acoustic guitar for the outro.

That's right - I went acoustic, enjoy the results because it really doesn't happen very often at all!

Then, earlier in the week I'd been solidly practicing and doing some rough recording for a very different project - also requiring my dubious guitar talents. Remember many months ago I mentioned a project that had hints of Djent and Melodic Metal to it? Things are starting to get more active with that now. I've written riffs for several songs in the demo stage and quite a few guitar leads, the last song I worked on had two solos! It's really fun to work with another guitarist, setting up interesting harmonies, yet we never play exactly the same lick at the same time, just to keep things interesting.  Certainly a project that pushes my technical ability almost to breaking point.

At some point  between all of this, the Miseria Visage EP will get finished..

I suppose this could mean I'm technically a guitar player in three bands now. After a realization like that, I could really do with a fresh cup of tea and a sleep.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

A new lease of life for the song that started it all ..

The very first track that started off Miseria Visage, has been resurrected in a new evolved form, ready for the upcoming tape release! With the vocals re-recorded, new bass guitar and drum tracking and some new guitar parts, all the studio work for the new version is now complete. All that is left now is to finish mixing the final version and for the song to be mastered along with the other five tracks that make up the release. You can expect to be able to hear the new 'Offering' very soon!