New Track Actually Finished

Holy bloody hell, I’ve only gone and finished the bugger.

That’s right: Hessian, the first track from what will, at this pace, be next year’s EP, has been finished off today. Let me sleep on it and hear it back, so I can make any tweaks if I need to, and then I’ll post the single mix right here for you all to enjoy.

Takk

Scarecrow

Hessian

The first track of the next EP has had all its guitar parts written and arranged. Now, I have to go back and do each of the guitars (3) in one take each. Else I feel like it’s cheating. Then figure out the drums, write a bassline, and go wholly overboard with the MIDI instruments, because I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with Symphonic Black. The vocals, on a positive note, are happily writing themselves.

I’ll post it when I’ve got a single mix. The mix will inevitably change for the EP.

Here it goes again…

Takk

Scarecrow

WrappedinaSheet.co.uk

Alright, alright. The plan was for me to not shell out any cash on this project. Unfortunately, the .co.cc extension is no longer being listed by Google due to its associations with malware (thanks to W Scott for the heads up on that one – my day job is getting stuff to rank for Google, and I had no idea) but fortunately, the cash I’ve been generously given for downloads just about covered two years’ worth of .co.uk registration. So, WrappedinaSheet.co.uk now exists!

I’ve been moving house, so making music hasn’t been happening these last few days, and I don’t think will be for a while. Still, the album’s only seven weeks old. Give me a bloody chance, will you?

Takk

Scarecrow

Something Stirs…

Work has begun on the next release.

If you’ve liked Wrapped in a Sheet on Facebook, you may have heard the instrumental track, Malady in Red (Revisiting an Old Memory), a piano-and-strings version of a song I wrote with a friend many years ago (six). That’ll be the lulling calm in the next EP. The rest of it won’t be quite so soothing.

The current song that I’m working on is slower than anything on Vultures, sadder, and much heavier. Following the advice of the United Kingdom Extreme Metal blog, I’ve started to rework the way I program drums, to get a clearer, wider, bigger sound, and one closer to a skilled drummer playing live drums. So far it’s working nicely, thank you. I won’t give you its working title until it changes. Sounds to me a little like Xasthur.

It’ll take months, but I’m excited to hear what the next Wrapped release might sound like.

Takk

Scarecrow

Review of “Vultures” on RedBeard’s Ship o’ Metal!

Black Beard, a noble and savage member of the Ship o’ Metal‘s crew, has reviewed the album.

Click here to jump aboard the ship and have a read. Oh, and if you don’t listen to the radio show every Tuesday at 7pm GMT – you should. Interviews and unsigned artists abound; get on it.

Keep it heavy as the Titanic’s anchor,

Scarecrow

…Like Whispered Rumours

The response to Vultures has been really, really encouraging, so I’d like to give everyone who’s downloaded, pirated, listened to or read about the album a massive thumb up (depending on marital status). I’m not sure who put the torrent up, but I’m seeding it so that hopefully you can get better speeds.

Very humble thanks must also go to the generous people who’ve shelled a bit of cash over for the music; this month has been tighter than a camel’s ass in a sandstorm, and you’ve helped me not go dry. Thank you!

All in all, I’m feeling very positive about Wrapped in a Sheet. I thought after the exhausting effort of Vultures that I was going to leave it a couple of months before picking up the guitar again, but the temptation overtook last night and I started riffing. Can’t say that I’ve got overmuch right now, but the first riff is the hardest to write, and I’ll be back on it later this evening. I fancy another EP, prolly a 6-track one. I won’t give myself a deadline this time; I told you I’d deliver the album in March and it didn’t get out until the third week of May.

Keep checking back. When I’ve got the first track done, I’ll post it here so you can see which direction it’s going. I’ve been listening recently to a lot of Symphonic Black Metal, so I imagine the keys will be stepping forward more often than they did on Vultures.

Takk

Scarecrow

Pirates are Waiting

The new album “Vultures” has only been released for eleven hours – and already you can find it on three separate pirate websites.

Which I think is kind of cool. At least it means someone’s paying attention.

If you fancy getting the RAR off of a pirate website, that’s fine with me, you officially have my permission. That said, if you download it from BandCamp, then I can see how many people have.

Google “Wrapped in a Sheet” to see how many pirate sites there are though. Their SEO is very impressive, they’re almost beating my rankings.

Takk

Scarecrow