Metal guitarist Brett Miller and scifi concept artist Marcelo Orsi Blanco to launch Kickstarter campaign for Miller's 5th record a H.P. Lovecraftthemed Music and Art Collaboration
Guitarist / composer Brett Miller and artist Marcelo Orsi Blanco have released of three demos from their upcoming Kickstarter campaign, Oath of Dagon. Reflecting the two artists' lifelong obsession with the work of weird fiction author H.P. Lovecraft, the project is a fulllength instrumental guitar record with accompanying works of art.
"Musically, I've been inspired by Lovecraft ever since I was 12 at Berklee College of Music I even wrote a piece for string quartet called 'The Tomes of H.P. Lovecraft' so it's a lot of fun to finally go 'all in' and make an entire record based on his work", says guitarist Brett Miller. "And collaborating with Marcelo who's contributing the best Lovecraftinspired artwork I've ever seen has made it even more fun and exciting!"
And what about those three songs available right away?
"We've got three demos available right now for people to listen to and download for free: 'R'lyeh', 'Old Zadok Allen', and 'Dunwich Horror'. I've gotten some great feedback so far about them, both from fans of prog metal, and fans of Lovecraft and a lot of people fall into both categories, by the way. We've also got a really cool 'Esoteric Order of Dagon' membership certificate designed by Marcelo, that people can print out and personalize...and don't worry, we won't even make you take the Third Oath!"
While details about the full project are being kept secret until the Kickstarter campaign is officially launched, members of the Esoteric Order of Dagon will receive goodies and updates leading up to the launch, reserved only for initiates of the Order. Metal and Lovecraft fans can check out the songs and become cult members by visiting BrettMillerMusic.net
About the Artists
Brett Miller is a guitarist who has four solo records under his belt ("Constant", "Druid Green", "Metal", "Beast Sides"), and is also a composer of original soundtracks in the video game industry. In addition, he is the author of several guitar instructional books and audio courses, and is an indemand guitar coach.
Marcelo Orsi Blanco is a concept artist and game designer, whose artistic talents can be seen everywhere from scifi book covers, to tabletop RPGs, to websites. He's currently in development of a platformer style video game based on Lovecraft's "The Mound". See more of his artwork at his site CrawlersDen.com
Q:WHEN IS THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN LAUNCHING?
A:We'll be hitting the "Go!" button in the middle of August; we chose that date because the NecronomiCon convention in Providence, RI will be going on at the end of that month so it just makes everything more fun and Lovecraftian.
Q:SINCE YOU GUYS ARE IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, HOW DO YOU COLLABORATE?
A: Email, Skype, Trello, and Google apps our communications technology isn't quite as advanced as that of the MiGo, but it's getting there. Although, it would be nice to have those talking brain canisters if Marcelo didn't speak English as well as Spanish we'd be screwed, because I'm your typical American that can only speak one language.
Q: WHAT WILL THE FINISHED PRODUCT ACTUALLY BE?
A:Mum's the word until we launch the campaign, but we cansay that it will be a metal record and artwork; however it will be released in a more unique format than your traditional CD or vinyl. Esoteric Order of Dagon members will be the first to hear dark hints and whisperings about it though.
Q: LOVECRAFT AND PROGRESSIVE METAL WHAT'S THE CONNECTION?
A:Lovecraft has always dealt with darker, fringe types of themes forbidden books and rites, interdimensional interlopers, etc. and metal has always been a darker, fringe style of music. Prog metal is a style particularly suited for Lovecraftian influence, because while remaining dark and fringe, it also contains a healthy amount of erudition, craftsmanship, and vocabulary more so than most other types of metal.