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Summer 2020: Music Update

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. It's been awhile since I've checked in with any sort of musical updates. Obviously things have been a bit quieter than I would like due to the ongoing pandemic. Still I have been doing my best to stay busy and sane. With that here is the latest happenings regarding the musical projects I am affiliated with.

1. NIVIANE: All live shows were of course cancelled but Gary, Rick & Mark continued to write new music in our downtime for album #3. I have been doing a lot of lyric writing and vocal demoing as well and we now have I believe 14 tracks to choose from. Pure Steel Records begins promo for our upcoming album "The Ruthless Divine" in August so you all should be seeing an official release date soon. Our 1st single & video in support of that release "Fires In The Sky" will be released shortly as well so stay tuned. The band will be taking part in the Redwood Cyberfest set to stream on August 22nd. The event will be free so keep an eye out for our promotion for that as it gets closer. Other major changes in the Niviane camp as well but nothing I can disclose at this time.

2. IMAGIKA: 2019 saw a surprise reunion and 8th album release for Imagika. "Only Dark Hearts Survive" received rave reviews and we even shot our 1st music video for "The Spiteful One". Any major touring in support of that album was killed by coronavirus. I did receive word from Mr. Steve Rice that he is putting a handful of new musical tracks together for me to start writing to. Soooo... looks like a potential start for album #9.

3. SKINNER: Still completing guitar tracking for my upcoming album "The Dark Design". Unfortunately, due to a crashed computer system a good amount of tracks were lost. I am pushing hard to complete all tracking including bass, keys & vocals by the holidays if possible. We shall see. New album looks to be released in 2021 now. While that is happening I am working with a group of awesome musicians to track a handful of cover songs. I will be releasing them digitally one at a time and perhaps on physical media later.

4. HELLSCREAM: Nothing new to report for Hellscream. New album "Hate Machine" released just over a year ago. You can buy a copy on CD & Vinyl through my website and of course stream it on all major platforms.

5. ELEMANTIS: Progress on the debut concept album "Call of The Kindred" has been slow and steady. Still making a lot of great progress. 16 tracks written and 7 to go still.

Other than that I have been doing my weekly Radio show "Beauty & Brutality" on Metal Messiah Radio every Wednesday night @7PM (PST) 10PM (EST) with a replay Saturdays @11AM (PST) 2PM (EST). www.metalmessiahradio.com

Additionally I am sure you have seen I decided to do something I have wanted to do for decades. I started collecting the original Masters of The Universe line. Having a lot of fun with it but also spending a lot of money. LOL!!

You can definitely help support my habit by buying some merchandise from my official store. MP3's, CDs, Vinyl, Shirts, Picks, Stickers, Patches etc. Lots of stuff from my past & current bands.

www.normanskinner.net/store

As always I want to thank you all so VERY much for all you ongoing support. It truly means so much to me and I don't take any of your for granted. Cheers my friends!!! Until we can see each other in person again.


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