Norman Skinner: Music Update - Spring 2016
Hey everybody, well it has been awhile since I did an official update on what I have been working on and the progress of each of my musical projects. I’ve been very busy as you will read and am very excited for what’s to come…
Starting off with Niviane… we had a couple necessary line-up changes this year parting ways with Claudeous Creamer (Guitar) & Mark Sprague (Drums). We were very excited to welcome to the fold Gary Tarplee (ex-Cryptic Ruins) & Noe Luna (Skinner, 3 Lunas). The band finished writing for our debut album “The Druid King” and are currently in the studio recording this beast. Drums have been completed and mixed and on June 5th we are back at Alien Productions Studios to begin guitar tracking. During this process we’ve been performing live each month not to neglect you all! HA HA! The tracks in no particular order that will appear on the album are:
• The Druid King • Adrestia • Into Twilight • Gladiator • Heaven Overflow • March of the Jötunn • The Berserker • Watch The Banners Fall • War of Immortals • Elegy • Arise Samurai
To hear some bits and pieces of what to expect you can watch our “Studio Diary Pt. 1” here:
We are already hard at work on writing for our 2nd album tentatively titled “A Madman’s Utopia” and have about 6 songs in the works already. So you can expect a steady stream of music from Niviane!! Please be sure to like our FB page for important band news, announcements and upcoming music.
NIVIANE STUDIO DIARY PT. 1
In the Skinner camp it has been writing, writing, writing. I am currently working with a handful of talented songwriters and have 2 albums in the works. The 1st will be titled “The Dark Design”. 8 songs are currently in the works for that album and I am still accepting ideas from any guitarists that would like to collaborate with me on this album. Songs already in the works are titled:
• Some Wounds (Never Heal) • The Haunting Hours • In Silence • Drown • We Are Vermin • The Dark Design • Psychosomatic • How Do You Repair A Broken Mind?
The 2nd album is my 1st concept CD titled “Descent To The Underworld”. 9 songs are already in the works for this one as well. I don’t want to give away too much. Very excited to be working with so many awesome musicians and all I can say for now is this next Skinner album will be HEAVY!! No musical teasers just yet… please be sure to like our FB page for important band news, announcements and upcoming music.
Dave Garcia (Cage), Sean Elg (Cage) & myself have been working hard on the 2nd Hellscream CD titled “Hate Machine”. To date we have completed 3 songs and I am currently recording vocals for 5 more. Working out the music for the remaining 4 songs. Things are sounding so VERY METAL!! The tracks to appear on the album in no particular order are:
• There Will Be Blood • Payback! • Blood Rite • Wake The Demon • Slaves Of The Sand • Oubliette • Hate Machine • Firestarter • Weight Of The World • Another Angel Down • Generation Kill • Zero Recall
No musical teasers just yet… please be sure to like our FB page for important band news, announcements and upcoming music.
Elemantis is my latest project and one I am increasingly excited about. I am currently working with a ton of different musicians and am excited to work with any others that want to collaborate. The music style ranges from progressive & melodic to heavy and thrashy so an extremely versatile project with very little boundaries. Still in the early writing stages. Definitely like our page to get all the upcoming news and music.
Last but not least is my recording project Tramontane that has been in the works for a very long time. All music has been tracked and I have 2 songs to complete the vocal recordings for. Hoping to finish this EP up soon and release it for you to hear. The 6 songs that will appear on the album titled “Call of The Kindred” are:
• Call of The Kindred Pt. I: The Hunger • Call of The Kindred Pt. II: The Embrace • Call of The Kindred Pt. III: The Fledgling • Hurt Again • Fear Cage • Destination: Unknown
Please be sure to like our FB page for important band news, announcements and upcoming music.
As always, I sincerely thank you for following me on my musical endeavors and the end of 2016\2017 I promise to deliver a LOT of music your way!!