Monday, 25 March 2019

Ritualized is here - 2019 album release!

Greetings! It is with great joy that I can now announce that our nine-song beast of a debut album is finished and will be set loose for download in high quality formats from March 31st.

Time for your ears to get acquainted with 'Ritualized'.

The whole album is now live for streaming on our soundcloud so you can get a taste a few days before the release date.
We believe that those blessed few who choose to feast their ears will not be disappointed..

Thursday, 14 June 2018

2018 album announcement!

We're almost there.

Guitars have been thrashed, basses have been pounded, electronic things have been smashed up until they made the right noises, vocal chords have been coaxed into tuneful dirge. We are poised to unleash doom upon you all, and it will sound bloody good.

I can now announce that our debut album will feature nine songs and is entitled 'Ritualized'. 

The thing is now, we have to actually get folks to take notice so you guys get to hear our creation.
Nobody needs to hear another indie creative sob story. What we do need you to hear though, is doom metal infused with electronics.

We're barely known so we're not asking for your money upfront, we're just going to ask for something more useful to all of us - we want to know which E-zines, review sites and metal journals you'd like to see review our upcoming album. 

Drop us a quick line via social media with your favourite metal reviewers, on our facebook page, on our twitter or here will do very nicely. Thank you all, we will have something very special for you soon.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Album recording report #2

Greetings once again!

This month's breakthrough has been the finalization of vocal melodies for the song 'Ashen Heart'.

This one is a heavily gothic number, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's famous short story 'The Tell-Tale Heart'.

We now have tracks down for most of this song's vocals which has allowed us to tinker with the finer points of its composition.

We've also just had to relocate our studio but this shouldn't hold us up for too long, we plan to get the vast majority of remaining recording done mid-summer, with bass, more vocals and some guitar overdubs left to do before the final mixing, followed by the mastering. We've mixed the songs a lot as we've been going along, so the final mix shouldn't be as arduous as if we were starting from totally raw audio, as always the master might be little more demanding, but nothing we can't handle. One of the joys of being independent is that we can take our time with these things.

Our next 'big song' to tackle is 'Dark Pariah', probably the doomiest and most grandiose song on the album and certainly the one with the darkest lyrics, the vocals for this are the final step in creating a monster.

We shall bring forth samples of our diabolical efforts soon! 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Album recording report #1

Greetings! I'm happy to report that we have *almost* finished the instrument recording for the first half of our new album.

We've also got rough guitars, synths and drum programming down for almost all of the other half too, but still need to record the more polished final takes for those. Some songs are based on dormant ideas that I've had kicking around on my computer in very rough forms but a lot are also brand new, when it comes to production there are a lot of new approaches to things, and a massive boost in quality from our old material.

 Lyrically its been a fruitful time too, we've got finished lyrics for all bar two songs, and those remaining two just need a few phrasing adjustments to fit the melodies and my voice.

 I've recorded vocals for one song so far, but have had to take a break from vocal recording due to health reasons (seasonal hayfever is a nightmare for me), so for now I'm turning my efforts back to the remaining guitars, synths and drums beats.

 Hopefully once the start of spring is done I'll have stopped sneezing like crazy and got my voice back to normal, but either way there is plenty to keep us busy until then. We will bring you a teaser track from the album soon!

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.