Throughout 2007 and 2008 I started recording my first few albums. These included The Nightmare Battles, Embracing Fate I, II, and III, The Championship Battles, two Taking Out Anger albums called For Never, and Dark Anger, and a very personal album called +255.
I’ve wanted to record new versions of these songs forever, but the task is daunting and I’ve just never had the motivation to start. I did want to get these songs back out there though so that people could listen to them if they wanted. Unfortunately the only versions of the recordings I had were mono MP3s so the sound quality is not ideal. I tried a lot of different methods to make them sound better, but honestly nothing I was able to do made them sound better than they already were.
So I did a minor clean up and leveling of the audio, and decided to sift through them and figure out how to release them in a way that I’d be happy with today. I cut out any of the songs I just generally didn’t enjoy. Things I’ve never really went back and listened to since the songs were made, and I tried to focus only on the songs I thought people would genuinely be interested in listening to today. I ultimately reduced 8 albums down to 5, and I’m very happy to announce that all 5 albums in The Monaural Collection will be releasing this year! Starting with The Nightmare Battles on May 1st, and followed by Embracing Fate (a full vocal album!) on June 1st. Additional albums to release on the 1st of July, August, and September.
I really hope everyone enjoys these albums for what they are… Remnants of the beginning of my journey as a composer. I like to think I’ve improved a lot since then, both technically and creatively… I would like to get some new music out for everyone soon though! I miss composing so much and with the pandemic washing over the whole planet I, like many of you, seem to have a little extra time stuck in the house.
Be sure to check out the album art for the new (old) albums below!