Kicking off Winterhewn, the Upcoming Album with two new tracks!

Here we go for full album #10!  If you saw the teaser I put out a couple months ago, you already know the name of this album and one of the songs, “Crystalline World.”  The full song follows here: Streaming|Download

The other song is called “Born of Winter.”  It is here: Streaming|Download

For those of you new to Appalachian Winter, the downloads are FREE. You may have the whole discography for free as well! Streaming is free as well, of course.

One last thing – I made a lyric video for “Crystalline World.” Please don’t expect the moon, it’s just shots from last winter from places I know. I didn’t even put my money where my mouth is on most of the scenes in that video and actually go outside because it was fucking cold as Hell. Because of that, you’ll likely see window reflections in a couple shots because I didn’t know what polarizing filters can do. Honestly, I still kinda don’t. Being a dumbass is great.

Any rate, just seven more songs to go!

Cheers,

-Danny, your humble dumbass

 

Winter Always Returns

This is the ninth full length album. Appalachian Winter reverted to being a solo project with this effort. This release also marks the ability of Wilt Hollow Workhouse Studio (this project’s home) to use MIDI replacement. This album also marks the beginning of my attention to EQ, and how to fit mixes together sonically with methods other than presence and panning.  While I’m proud of the music, the mixes sound flat to me now. I’m working hard to address that with newer efforts. It truly is a lifelong effort to become proficient with something.

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Streaming | Download

Three New Songs Now Complete the Album!

Winter Always Returns now is complete as Appalachian Winter’s ninth full album! I’ll give you folks the links immediately following before blithering on about crap that most people won’t care about:

Edit: Download links for single songs no longer exist. Those three songs are still available in the full album .zip file (link below):

Darkness – Streaming

Coldness – Streaming

Entrancement – Streaming

OR get the whole album here (songs have been revised heavily since they were first posted and these versions are final): Streaming|Download. The individual downloads are going to be nuked anyways in a few days in favor of the full-album .zip file.

The official release date for Winter Always Returns will be the 9th of April; that’s when the physical release will become available for order. I’ll be sure to inform you of pre-orders if/when they become available.

I’ve made a channel on Minds here, so if that’s a way you’d like to follow what’s happening with Appalachian Winter, you’re welcome to subscribe.

Also, I’m looking into online distros that may help me get Appalachian Winter on places like Spotify, Rhapsody (is that still around?), iTunes, Amazon, and other places that might be more accessible than these scary-looking Mediafire links. I’ll always have this stuff free on Mediafire, so this is just about making the music more available to folks who want it through other channels. Of course, I’m going to clear this idea with NGR, who remain responsible for the physical portion of these releases.

For this album, Appalachian Winter went back to being a solo project. With luck, that won’t be permanent and Randy and Mike will be able to be back in the future. And, I think that previous statement will be a perfect teaser to the fact that I have albums (yes, plural) planned beyond this. It’s wild to think about, considering there was a time when I thought I’d be lucky to make it to five releases!

You’ll hear from me again as we get closer to April 9th. Until then, enjoy the new songs. And as always, thank you for your time and for listening. Thank you to all who share this stuff, who take the time to upload these things to YouTube or wherever, and who are out there writing reviews for an audience of zero or greater; it really means a lot to me.

Cheers,

-Danny

Two More Songs Ready as Completion Nears for the New Album! Plus, Links to Other Online Presences . . .

Here’s what’s new:

“Desolation” Streaming
“Into the Abode of Wolves (2019)” Streaming

Downloads are consolidated into a .zip file for the entire album here.

Okay, “Into the Abode of Wolves” isn’t exactly new.  In fact, last month marked the song’s ELEVENTH year – about five months before Appalachian Winter was founded – making that song older than the project itself.  I figured, “Fuck it, try a new version and throw it on the album as a bonus track.”   Forgive the presumptive “2019” affixment; that’s more to keep the song square for the projected year of the album release.  Besides, 2018 really isn’t so long for the world at this point.

Desolation on the other hand?  It’s fresh – so hot off the presses in fact that my throat still aches.  Of course, if you’re listening to it as you read this, you might understand why.  Here’s a fun fact (for you, not me – it hurts if you’re me!), typical vocal layers for an AW song with these God-awful roared takes can number as few as four and as many as eight.  And it’s all done in one sitting per song.  I love the sound that results, but how I still have a speaking voice is anyone’s guess.

Facebook, being the ridiculous fools they are, seem Hell-bent of driving away users form their site so I’ll drop links to other presences that will keep you somewhat abreast of what’s going on with this project.  My Twitter account, which I recently discovered could be used for more than simply retweeting silly things I find amusing will be the most direct form. My YouTube presence will keep you informed of when a new album is done, but little else.  My YouTube channel proper is here, but it will cover projects homed at Wilt Hollow Workhouse Studio, which are many more than just Appalachian Winter, so if you’re only here for AW, your best bet’s that first link.  Also, a search for “Appalachian Winter” on YouTube, may yield more info and songs than what my channel accounts for, due to the gracious souls who have taken the time to upload my stuff to their channels.  I also have a Gab account, but haven’t used it to post as of yet.  I might well change that right now!

This post also marks that there are three songs left to go now before the album is all.  It’s possible, but not the most likely thing that I’ll have anything else ready before the new year greets us, so please allow me to wish every one of you the best this season.  It floors me that actual real people get a kick out of this stuff I do, even after all these years.  If all else fails, see you in 2019!

All my best,

-Danny

Three New Songs and the New Album in Progress . . .

Important things first – here follow the three new songs:

Endless  –  Streaming

Echoes  –  Streaming

Fierce  –  Streaming

Downloads are consolidated into a .zip file for the entire album here.

They’re not final quite yet, but they never are until the album is all. Please do forgive me that.

These are all for the new album Winter Always Returns, which is now in progress. Since I usually top these things off at nine songs total, we’re already a third of the way home. As usual, Mike O’Brien will be doing MIDI replacements for the choirs and some of the orchestration, EVENTUALLY. Fucking guy’s not known for his timeliness. The only bit of bad news is that Randy Smith won’t be joining us as well this time around. He’s currently organizing his life in a new residence, so I’ll hope he can join us for what follows this album. No lie, I miss his guitar playing already. The Epochs that Built the Mountains and From the Cosmos to the Mountains would have been very different albums without him, and not in a good way.

I expect this new album to release sometime next year, mid to late.

Until the next song (or batch),

Cheers from my beautiful mountains in Pennsylvania,

-Danny