Artists of War will be retiring at the end of this year. I have grown tired of numerous useless attempts at making connection through the internet. This place is simply too large and all encompassing for something truly meaningful to come out of it. It’s been an interesting experiment to be sure, and I’ve learned plenty, but the time has come to hang up the cowl. Future musical excursions will be linked to from my Twitter.
Our final document is the conclusion to our “Harbinger”-saga we began a year ago. This easily could have developed into four independent albums, but I found that to be masturbatory. Harbinger II: Acolyte’s Revenge is the result of many months reprogramming drums, remixing and remastering a set of songs which I believe will stand the test of time and do justice tot eh Artists of War discography as a fitting coda. Not only is the album a coda to the band, but ti is also a coda on a certain part of my life. In releasing this album I hope to achieve freedom from the artistic constraints of middle class servitude.
Again, the cover was illustrated by my collaborator and friend Ari Bach. I met Ari through Deviant Art in 2012 and immediately recognized the Giger and Moebius influences in his work. His style beautifully contrasts with the music here in as it conveys both a cosmic mysticism and a truly terrifying realism that to me is unmatched in the annals of Deviant Art. Here, the art is meant to convey a sense of humanity’s insignificance in a greater universe of secrets. A procession of reptilian warlords leads a funeral march into the lizard mausoleum as a titan prepares for battle in the distance. The twisting hedge mazes convey a sense of confusion and bewilderment in the face of doom. The sketch was conceived from a rough idea I had while sitting on my couch. Some layout design cues were borrowed from Chunklet designer/writer Henry Owings.
Like our recent releases, this one will be offered as a free download on Bandcamp with the option to pay if you want.
The release date is set for March 25, 2014 to coincide with the three-year anniversary of the release of our first album.
Also, the label Tricalibur will be dissolved and if you follow my personal blog at tricalibur.blogspot.com, it has moved to thothmammatus.blogspot.com