Today marks the release of The Lake and the Mountain. Please remember that this is the non-metal album; the metal one – From the Cosmos to the Mountains – follows in exactly one month’s time.
If you’re interested in physical copies, you may find them here. Their cost without shipping is $9.00.
Speaking of which, shipping is a pain (it always has been) but prices for some areas have gone up. Shipping in the United States is $3.00, but to Canada the price is now $5.00 and to Europe it’s now $13.00, and that’s using the US post, our cheapest option. We (Appalachian Winter and Nine Gates Records) hate to see these prices go up in such a manner, but it’s also imperative that the Label not operate at loss of money, either. The price increase is not retroactive to releases before this one, so you’ll still only pay the previous shipping price for not just my older releases, but anything else you might want from Nine Gates at least.
If you’re interested in the physical release (and if you’re not, the downloads are always free), if you bundle your order with something else from NGR, the shipping will be cheaper than ordering two things singly. I believe the number to Europe was after the first $13.00, additional bundled CDs would only be $4.00. Likewise with the US and Canada, except at smaller prices (the US would see an additional $1.00 per additional CD). If you’re in Europe and you want both The Lake and the Mountain and next month’s release of From the Cosmos to the Mountains, it may be more financially prudent to wait for 09 November (when that CD also releases) to place your order for both, as that would cost $17.00 (plus $18.00 for both CDs – a grand total of $35.00) shipping where separately it would be $26.00 for shipping alone, and $44.00 including the price of the CDs themselves.
Shipping may be slightly delayed due to the US holiday of Columbus day also falling on this date.
Apologies for all this technical crap, and for the shipping increases.
The Lake and the Mountain will be officially released as a four-panel digipack on 09 October of this year. From the Cosmos to the Mountains will be a month later on 09 November, as a four-panel digipack that will include a twelve-page booklet.
The final three songs for From the Cosmos to the Mountains are:
“The Age of Worlds Coming Forth”
“So Are Wrought Our Sun and Our Earth”
“Let the Mountains Rise upon the Land”
All individual links have been replaced with the full album .zip file here.
Even though all the songs are accounted for, I can’t call this album as complete just yet. “The Age of Worlds Coming Forth” has not yet received Randy’s guitars yet, and all nine songs await Mike’s additional Midi Choirs, which I understand he’s going to give to me all at once. Plus, I have some small but tedious mixing/mastering issues to address for all songs. Since the whole album is going to be continuous with the songs flowing into each other, the final result will be a bit different from what you hear on Bandcamp right now. Right now, the tracks for From the Cosmos to the Mountains exist as individual downloads, but once the album is actually finalized, I’ll make it a single .zip file like all the others.
My apologies for the radio silence. I know it looked like I said “Hey, one of the albums is done,” and then disappeared back into whatever the fuck mysterious ether I come from, but there were a lot of behind-the-scenes odds and ends going on for the three songs above, most of which was tedious and not worth the written word to document.
I’ll be good enough to let you know when the nine songs are final, with download links and all.
The Lake and the Mountain: A Memoir has just been completed! I expected it to be done at about the same time as From the Cosmos to the Mountains, so this is a bit unexpected. Still, my last proper album was done way back in 2014 with The Epochs that Built the Mountains, so it’s a great feeling nonetheless.
The three songs that are new are:
Mount Katahdin, Lake Chesuncook, and The Storm’s Brilliant Rainbow.
Those links are to stream the songs individually. The whole album can be streamed here.
Sorry, there are no separate downloads for the album anymore. The entire album, however, can be downloaded here.
This album is planned to be released in physical form by Nine Gates Records. As those plans become final, I’ll be sure to let you know what’s happening there.
This marks seven full albums under the Appalachian Winter name.
Three more songs remain for From the Cosmos to the Mountains. I’m still confident that album will be done before year’s end.
Allow me to begin with the new music!
The first song (metal) is called “Stars, Make Creation Shine Again.”
The second (non-metal) is called “Perfect Blue Sky.”
All files have been collected in a full album .zip file for download here.
That makes three songs to go for each album. We’re getting close!
Apologies for the long wait, and for the fewness of new songs. I don’t think I’m capable of any more five song announcements! With a little luck, the next batch won’t be so distant from now in time, but no promises can be made. I still expect both albums to be done by this year’s end.
All my best,
Aquí está la actualización el post anterior en Español. Disculpas por la traducción de Google.
Folks, here’s a FIVE song update. Let’s start with the metal stuff, since I sense that’s why most of you are here.
The first is called “Essence Condensing from Fury.” Streaming
The second is called “This Moment, All Is Light.” Streaming
The two above are from the upcoming album From the Cosmos to the Mountains (Edit: that album is now a single .zip file download)
The third is called “Bring Me Victory.” Streaming
It is a cover originally from Melankolia. It’s probably the only outright cover you’ll see from me involving music not in the public domain. This is released as a single.
The last two are not metal, and are from The Lake and the Mountain:
“Northern Wilderness” – Streaming
“A Place Where Years May See No Souls” – Streaming
Edit: Full .zip file of that album is here.
This kicked my ass, so don’t be surprised if you don’t hear anything more afterwards for a little while, even though I’ve sat on the Melankolia cover for close to a couple years. But the good news is we’re over the hill with both albums I’m working on. There are eight more songs to go, four for both From the Cosmos to the Mountains and The Lake and the Mountain.
If I don’t get to speak to you folks before then – which is likely – my best wishes are upon you for this season and the new year – for whenever and whatever you celebrate therein.
But there is more to come! See you in 2017.
And here now are some more songs. Apologies for being a slacker, there are only three this time instead of four.
The first one is for the non-metal album being done right now, called “Glide upon the Water.” Edit: That song is now available in a .zip file with the rest of the album here.
The other two are for the traditional more metal album being worked on. The first is called “All Begins Now.” Edit: those two are now available in a .zip file of the whole album here.
And the second is called “Boiling, Upsurging Expanse.”
Please do keep in mind that the songs may change a tad over time as the albums come closer to completion. That’s kind of the way I’ve always done, but I don’t think I’ve given you good folks the courtesy of letting you know until just now. Sorry about that. I’m still – after all these years – learning how to do this crap.