Sunday, July 6, 2008

Here are some preview clips for the next At War With Self disc. The disc won't be released until 2009, but I'm excited to share some of the rough mixes to date for some of the songs. This disc will be a return to some fundamental ideas for me as a guitarist and songwriter. When I started recording my ideas for combining classical guitar and metal, it was at a time where synths and string programming was not an option for me to include in the compositions, without resorting to trying (very poorly) to play the violin parts I had written.

A lot has changed since then, and I'm fortunate to have had the tools available to incorporate into the writing process. This disc will not be an exception to use of these tools. It will however, be much more streamlined and focused on my original goal 15 years ago - to intertwine acoustic and heavier electric guitars together into compositions. To re-enforce that concept, I've decided to re-record a version of Reflections from the first GK disc, more similar to my original idea for the song. There will also be a performance of a Villa-Lobos etude, to make it clear how critical my influences have been on my path to this point. There are also lots of heavy rhythm guitars, arising from too many influences to mention here (the listener can draw their own conclusions on these).

I think these clips capture the essence of that spirit well. Manfred Dikkers, one of the drummers on Acts of God, is playing all the drums here, with myself covering the rest.

There are still many, many details that need to be worked out before the next release, but hopefully this will give you an idea of what's to come! Thanks for listening.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The NEW At War With Self disc, Acts of God (click here for more info - visit Sluggo's Goon Music to stream the entire disc) is available for purchase at CD Baby!

The debut At War With Self disc, Torn Between Dimensions (click here for more info and sound files) is available for purchase at The Laser's Edge!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It's been a long time since my last post - this will be short, but much more to follow in the coming weeks. The next At War With Self disc is being recorded. More details, including some preview clips, to come soon. In the meantime, check out the re-designed Sluggo's Goon Music site, where all releases, including Acts of God, can be streamed in their entirety (including an alternate version of Ursa Minor, featured on Von Garcia's I Think a Think). Much, much more info on each of the bands can be found there, please visit! And, check out Mark Sunshine's new band RiotGod on myspace.

More reviews are also posted for Acts of God. And thanks again to every one of you for listening.