Well, 2018 has ended. So it’s time to sum up our achievements of 2018! We set a few goals for 2018 and some are achieved, some not. We didn’t manage to release a second full length album. In hindsight, it just wasn’t possible due to unforeseen circumstances. Some personal, some band related.
But, we have played our first live shows in November, including the Dutch Doom Days festival, appeared on a couple of sampler CD’s, released ‘The Nihilist’ EP, found a new guitarist, invested in some new merch: cassettes, t-shirts, patches.
And we have met many nice people and bands along the way!
We also want to take this opportunity to thank a few people for their very much appreciated support in 2018: Danny Gielen for all his AV work, Pim Blankenstein (Dutch Doom Days), Marcel Hubregtse (Lords Of Metal).
We also salute: Noortje, Tinka, Aileen, Dieke, Arie Bender, Bart Alfvoet, Kristofor Allred, Petra Guijt, Freek Philippi, Tom & Sven & SvartHart, Rome in Monochrome, and of course all the people that helped us by purchasing a cd, cassette, patch or t-shirt, and all our followers on Spotify, YouTube, and/or Facebook.
(by the way: playing live might seem like something minor, but considering we don’t live close to eachother and therefore don’t practice regularly, as well as the fact that some of us never played live before, this actually is quite an achievement!)
Anyway, what are we looking at for 2019?
Obviously, having a band isn’t just playing, composing and/or recording. There are many more things involved, like promotions/marketing stuff, budget planning, productional crap, planning timewise, bookings stuff for gigs, AV and visual design stuff, etcetera, etcetera. We sure have goals set for these kind of things, but we won’t bother you with that…
What is interesting then?….well (and not to make any promises here):
1: We aim to record a new full length album, but also to release a few ‘digital singles’, some available to followers only. We have plenty of new material (over 60 minutes), but we’re not yet sure what to include on the album since the album still needs to get a good complete picture/soundscape/musical odyssey, instead of just ‘a collection of songs’. River Of Souls’ listeners know we handle many styles of metal, but we have to get the right balance of various parts to get the right vibe and flow. This means some tracks will be omitted even though the tracks are up-to-par. These are the ones that will be released seperately. The same happened to ‘The Nihilist’ and ‘Requiem in Am’, which were originally recorded for “The Well Of Urd”, and ended up re-recorded on ‘The Nihilist’ EP together with the newer track ‘Unmanifest’.
2: Play more gigs.
3: Finetune our live sound and stage appearance (we’ll probably be looking for a few crew members)
But as said, no promises here! We’ll see how everything turns out
For now, we wish you all a great and fantastic 2019 !!