Gathered In Darkness: Track Listing and Quotes

•July 31, 2014 • 1 Comment

GID Patial

 

It is time for a Gathered In Darkness update from your friends Dr. Froth and Robert Lowe.

The Track List is now ready to be released to the public, but since we were going that far we thought it would be fun to go a step further and give all you good people out there a little bit more.

If you have been watching our video updates (There are four out there that you should go check out if you have not yet, with a fifth installment coming your way very, very soon), you know that the script has been completed.  Amazingly, this album has a script that clocks in at 43 pages…wow.

My goal in writing it was to create an epic piece of poetic literature that would stand on its own…even without the music.  I feel that I have succeeded in this endeavour, at least to the best of my ability.  Consequently, for fun, I have included some quotes from the material to go along with each track listing.  Hopefully this will help capture your interest even more.

In case you have forgotten who is who in this monstrosity…here is the primary cast:

The Man:  Robert Lowe

Light Advocate:  Chuck Williams

The Underjudge:  Lance King

Infernal Prosecutor:  James Rivera

Unborn Soul:  David Gonzalez

Harbinger of Suffering:  Austin Funderburk

Mother of the Unborn Soul:  Sloan Robley

Dark Advocate:  John Calvin

 

Story Synopsis:  The Man (Robert Lowe’s unnamed character) finds himself by chance in a small diner that is beset by a seemingly random act of violence.  His frantic decisions regarding his escape result in not only his own demise, but that of a woman who is in the final trimester of her pregnancy.  Now he finds himself on trial in the Abyss to see if he will face judgement for the death of the unborn child.  His only hope is the Light Advocate (Chuck Williams) who has been appointed to defend him before the Underjudge (Lance King).  Will he find his way to a verdict of innocence or is he doomed to an eternity of unspeakable horror?

 

Track Listing and Quotes:

 

1):  Incident at Slammy’s Fine Dining

 

“How’s the pancakes?  Bwahahahahahahahaha”  – The Shooter

 

2):  Falling

 

“Sustenance for unease, feeding horror by this endeavor

Forced screaming into the gaping jaws of terror.” –The Man

“Blackened creatures spread their wings and murmur now of darker things.”  –The Man

 

3):  Advocate March

 

“The structure seems to be alive, enwreathed by bands of dancing flames

as if composed by tortured specters, as if every brick were baked with pain

Mortared by hate, embossed with blasphemous scripture.”  – The Man

“To advert your fate there is nothing you can do

but hope for salvation while preparing for doom.” –Dark Advocate

 

4):  Tribunal

 

“A scream rises in my throat but is murdered by my fear,

becoming a momentary whisper that quickly disapears…and is gone.”  –The Man

“Our intentions are meaningless, actions are all that matters.

For I intend years of time to spend watching your flesh ripped from bone.”  –Infernal Prosecutor

“It would seem this court convened under pacts ancient and nefarious

to ascertain and the truth make plain on the nature of this crime so serious.”  –The Underjudge

 

5):  Straw Men

“Visions of myself here on the stand.  I see myself saying words but I cannot understand them.

All I know, all I feel is that this can not be real…This is what its like to be damned.”  –The Man

 

6):  Testimony of the Unborn Soul

“I’ll spend eternity counting days I’ll never have on fingers that will never feel flesh…

as if I was born…only for death.”  –Unborn Soul

 

7):  Parallel Threads

“Because of free will the lines of fate number millions.

They run parallel but not necessarily concurrent.

They hold the result of every choice never made.”  –Light Advocate

 

8):  This is How the World Ends

“The blood beneath my feet begins to boil.  Something wicked this way comes.

My flesh writhes in anticipation of the forthcoming crimes against it.

My final chapter now begins, from this fate I can’t defend…This is how the world ends.”  –The Man

 

9):  Tides of Suffering

 

“A ghoulish horde awaits you…Laughing they commence their hacking.

Ripping, slashing, breaking, stabbing.”  –Harbinger of Suffering

 

10):  Deja Slammy

 

11):  Regenesis

 

 

Well friends…I hope this helps whet your appetite for the main course of Prog Doom that will be coming your way soon.  And while you wait…why not go pick up a copy of the latest Six Minute Century album “Wasting Time” from Nightmare Records.

Until next time…stay moist.

in the studio

The Responsibility of Immortality

•July 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Lone Star Metal Webzine:

Dr. Froth

Dr. Froth

Many of you who read this magazine are musicians. If not, you know a musician. If not that, you possibly have heard a musician before. If not that either, …why the hell are you reading this?

As several of you know I just had an album come out in October 2013. –SHAMELESS PLUG WARNING: “Wasting Time” by Six Minute Century on Nightmare Records. Stop reading this and go buy it. It’s O.K. I’ll wait for you to come back. Oh good you have returned now. Thanks.– Alright, we now return to the point.

I was trying to explain this modern clusterfuck of the music business to someone at work (yes, yes I have a day job. Being frothy has not been synonymous with being filthy rich…yet). They were extremely baffled as I explained the amount of money and time that went into creating it. They asked if I…

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Gathered In Darkness Update 5-1-14

•May 1, 2014 • 2 Comments

gid logo4

And there you have it….

Yes boys and girls this is the working draft of the logo for the project that was created by our amazing artist David Foreman.

There will probably be some tweaks to the final versions but I thought those of you out there that are anxiously awaiting any news about this crazy collaboration would appreciate a small taste of things to come.  It is a shame that I can not share with you some of the drafts of the album art that he has done…but take my word for it…they are amazing.

Mr. Robert Lowe has completed one song so far and is various stages of pre-production of others.  He will be back in the studio next week for more bad ass action packed vocal shenanigans.

Our first guest singer has wrapped up his vocal sessions.  Mr. James Rivera (Helstar) completed his parts for the role of the Infernal Prosecutor last night.  It had all the elements of that character that I hoped to capture, though I had no doubts that James would be able to deliver…and he did.  Thank you sir, it was moist as hell.  For those of you that are curious to what his parts might have sounded like, I will give you only this hint:  Cradle of Priest.

It is a shame that I can not have a few more hours in the day…sigh.  Mr. Kevin Bartlett is still very patiently awaiting his click tracks so he can begin to record drums (I know I said last week…but they are coming sir…I promise…hahaha).  Mr. Joel Gregoire is patiently awaiting guitar stuff (I know I said a couple weeks ago…but they are coming sir…I promise…hahahaha).

A big day for the project will be on May 23rd.  This is the night where we will be recording the sounds for the cafe scene and the sounds of the demonic throng.  Would you like to be part of this?  Send me a message on Facebook and if I still have room you can be part of this ground breaking project.  Wait…what was that?  You are not friends with me on Facebook?  What the fuck is wrong with you?  Send me a request…right now.

All in all I am very excited with the progress and the direction this thing has taken.  Projects like this tend to get a life of their own and then you just have to go where they take you.  This one is taking us to a very dark, but awesome place.  We can’t wait for you to join us there.

Marc, James Rivera, Robert and Dr. Froth at the studio.

Marc, James Rivera, Robert and Dr. Froth at the studio.

 

Gathered In Darkness Cast Complete

•February 17, 2014 • 2 Comments

The primary cast of the concept album “Gathered In Darkness” is complete.

CORE BAND:

Robert Lowe:  Vocals

Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe

Robert is most known for his work with the doom bands Solitude Aeturnus and Candlemass.  He has also worked with another project called Concept of God.  His unique, and instantly recognizable vocal style has brought about his press bestowed alias as “The Disciple of Doom.”

Dr. Froth:  NS/STICK

Michael "Dr. Froth" Millsap

Michael “Dr. Froth” Millsap

Dr. Froth is a bassist and composer.  His work with the NS/STICK can be heard on the recent Six Minute Century release “Wasting Time,” as well as on Well of Soul’s last album “Sorrow My Name.”

Joel Gregoire:  Guitar

Joel Gregoire

Joel Gregoire

Joel’s virtuoso style can be heard on his recent solo recording “Deranged Kids of the Electric Playground.”  He was also in the progressive band Stride, whose albums “Imagine” and “Music Machine” were both amazingly composed and executed.

Kevin Bartlett: Drums

Kevin Bartlett

Kevin Bartlett

Kevin’s phenomenal progressive style drumming talents can be heard on the progressive metal album “Rebel Mind” by Eumeria.

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Additional Vocal Cast:  (In order of appearance)

Chuck Williams (Six Minute Century):  Light Advocate

Chuck Williams

Chuck Williams

John Calvin (Well Of Souls):  Dark Advocate

John Calvin

John Calvin

Lance King (Pyramaze, Balance of Power):  The Underjudge

Lance King

Lance King

James Rivera (Helstar, Malice):  The Infernal Prosecutor

James Rivera

James Rivera

David Gonzlez (Fluid Frequency):  The Unborn Soul

David Gonzalez

David Gonzalez

Sloan Robley (Raised From Nothing, Silenced Within):  Mother of the Unborn

Sloan Robley

Sloan Robley

Austin Funderburk (Locrian):  Herald of Suffering

Austin Funderburk

Austin Funderburk

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GUEST SOLOISTS: (In Alphabetical Order)

Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Don LaFon (Six Minute Century, Mystic Cross)

Don LaFon

Don LaFon

John Morris (Well Of Souls)

John Morris

John Morris

Simone Mularoni (DGM)

Simone Mularoni

Simone Mularoni

Marc Petillon

Marc Petillon

Marc Petillon

Bobby Williamson (Eumeria, Outworld)

Bobby Williamson

Bobby Williamson

Tim Wayne (Well Of Souls)

Tim Wayne

Tim Wayne

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The story centers around the unintended consequences of one rash decision by the main character (Robert Lowe) and his efforts to simultaneously set things right and save himself from a horrible fate.

The music is a blending of progressive metal with epic doom textures.

Writing is moving along very well and the project is still on schedule to begin recording in March.

Gathered In Darkness

•February 9, 2014 • 1 Comment

For immediate release:

Doom metal vocalist Robert Lowe (Candlemass/Solitude Aeturnus) has teamed up with composer and NS/STICK player Michael “Dr. Froth” Millsap (Six Minute Century/Well of Souls) to record a concept album entitled “Gathered In Darkness.”

The music will be a blending of progressive metal with epic doom metal textures.

Robert Lowe is most known for his work as the vocalist for Candlemass from 2007 through 2012, appearing on the albums “King of the Grey Islands,” “Death Magic Doom,” and “Psalms for the Dead,” as well as for his work with Solitude Aeturnus.

Dr. Froth is the bassist for Six Minute Century, whose latest album “Wasting Time” was released in October of 2013 on Nightmare Records.  He is also the bassist for epic doom band Well of Souls.

Several other musicians will be joining the cast of Gathered in Darkness.  Confirmed guest vocalists at this time include Chuck Williams (Six Minute Century), John Calvin (Well of Souls), and David Gonzales (Fluid Frequency).  Confirmed musicians include guitarist Joel Gregoire (Stride), Don LaFon (Six Minute Century), Simone Mularoni (DGM), and Marc Petillon.

The project is wrapping up the writing phase and is scheduled to enter the studio in early March.

Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe

 

Dr. Froth

Dr. Froth

 

Gummy Frothdrops

•December 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Gumdrops...Hell Yeah

Gumdrops…Hell Yeah

Many of you asked for the recipe to my homemade gumdrops and so I am happy to post that here.

I will preface this with a bit of a warning.  Making these is kind of a pain in the balls and the odds of failure and disaster are pretty good.  This is not to say that you should not try them, what it says is that you should buy more materials than you are planning to need so that you will have enough in the end.  Each time I make these I shoot for four batches and I usually get two or three to survive.

Yesterday I attempted to make four batches.  I was going for Orange, Coconut, Peppermint, and Raspberry.  I have not done these in a long, long time so of course my first batch, the Orange, turned into a carmelized brick of failure.  I had to dump water in the pot and boil it just to get out the candy corpse.  The Coconut ones came out really good.  The Peppermint ones came out textbook perfect…they were beautiful.  Something went amiss in the Raspberry batch, they tasted awesome but were too gooey to really hold a square shape and kind of melted into Raspberry blob overnight.  Still edible though, just not awesome looking.  So yesterday had a success ratio of about 60%.  Unless you have a lot of candy making experience, I would prep yourself for similar results.  (I usually do better…for the record).

This is what you need to have on hand for each batch you want to make:

1 (1 3/4 oz.) pkg. powdered fruit pectin
3/4 c. water
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
2 tsp. extract of the flavor of your choice
Food coloring
Sugar for coating

8x8x2 inch cake pan.

1 medium and 1 large sauce pan.

THE METHOD:

O.K.  Here we go boys and girls.  In the medium sauce pan, combine the baking soda, the package of fruit pectin, and the water.  This is going to foam up like it has rabies.  This is normal and O.K.

In the large saucepan, combine the sugar and the corn syrup.  Stir this until you get cloudy paste.

This is ready for heat

This is ready for heat

Turn the heat under the pectin-soda mixture onto high.  Boil this, stirring often, until the large foam dissipates and you have a milder looking concoction. Turn the heat down to simmer at this point.

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This is where things are going to start to move briskly, and this is also where it can go sideways on you fast if you are not careful.  Bring the heat up to high under the suger-syrup mixture and stir it like crazy.  When you see the first couple of bubbles indicating that the sugar is going to boil, turn the heat up on the baking soda mixture from simmer to another level higher (like from 2 to 3).  Keep stirring the sugar until it is at a rapid boil.  Do not let this boil for very long…if it starts to turn from clear to brown you have screwed the pooch and will need to start over.  Once it has boiled for a little bit (like 15 seconds) pour the soda mixture into it.  Stir, stir, stir for about 40-45 seconds.  Watch it closely…again if it starts to change color remove from heat immediately and you might save it.

The next step must be performed quickly, but be careful that you do not try to do it so fast that you dump the boiling candy onto your pelvis.  It would be like getting a crotch full of napalm.

Now that you have let the combined mixtures boil for the 40 seconds or so, take it off the burner.  Add 2 tsp of the flavor of your choice and six drops of food coloring.  Stir it in really good and then pour this into your cake pan.  If you do this too quickly and do not boil the mixtures together long enough your candy will be way to sticky to hold shape (like my Raspberry ones) and you will end up with a tasty gummy blob (still eat it…it is good).  If you do it too slowly, you will have a hard time pouring this into the cake pan and the candy will not be smooth and the same thickness, though this is a better problem to have and the gumdrops will still be fine.

Set the cake pan off to the side for about 4 to 5 hours.

Now you will wait...and wait...and wait

Now you will wait…and wait…and wait

I would clean your pots right away, before making another batch.  To do so easily, fill the pans halfway up with water and boil it.  When the water is at a full boil, pour it out and scrub with your cleaning pad.  If you have utensils with gummy stuff on them, dip them in the boiling water before pouring it out to easily clean.

AFTER THEY SET:

O.K.  You have made the candy and it has set out at room temp for 4 or 5 hours.  Now what?

Pour a bunch of sugar onto a plate or into another pan.  Take a glass and fill it with hot tap water.  Take a knife, dip it in the glass of hot water and then cut a line down the large pan of candy.  Dip the knife in the water before each cut, and continue until you have cut the candy into a grid of squares roughly a square inch each.  Did the knife go smoothly through?  If so, good job you made a great batch of gumdrops.  Did it catch and try to drag the candy with it?  If so, stop and let the candy set up for another hour or so and try again.  If you get the same result than you have made tasty gummy goo. This is not a complete disaster, and they will still taste good.  Cut them up the best you can.

The best method...

The best method…

Take the squares out one at a time and roll them in the plate of sugar.  Keep doing this until you can pick up the gumdrop without it being sticky.  Set it on another plate.

When you have finished the whole batch, I like to get one more plate out and re-roll them a final time.  This is just to make sure that they will not stick to each other and will be easy to stack and serve.

Repeat the process for all the flavors that you have made.  Cover the plate with tin foil or plastic wrap and store at room temp.  I do not know how long they keep because these things never last more than a few days before everyone eats them up.

Enjoy, and have fun making them.  Do not get discouraged if the first batch implodes.  In fact, I would just plan on your first batch being a learning time.  Once you see the sugar-syrup mixture go south and carmalize before your eyes you will know the warning signs to watch for.  After a couple of batches you will have it figured out.   Just buy more materials than you need and have a good time learning.

The Great Geezer Ram Jam

•November 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I have never been it Iceland before, though I am sure it is a nice enough place.  I mean, its not like the sort of place where old men would beat the crap out of each other in an assisted living place to lay claim to a copy of the current Ram Semen Guide…right?  Because that would be fucking ludicrous.

Oh wait…shit.

It would seem that they do have this problem.

What the hump???  Check it out here:  http://icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/Fight_over_Ram_Insemination_Book_at_Elderly_Homes_0_404303.news.aspx

Maybe I’m missing something here.  Is Ram jizz the Icelandic equivalent to Justin Bieber?  Remember Beatlemania?  Is it like that but instead of the Beatles it is a pint of sheep squirt?  Why are there not enough copies of this, evidently all important, manuscript.  If Gramps is willing to smack the dentures out of somebodies mouth for the secrets of wooly spunk, would you not think it to be smart to have provided more than one fucking copy of this book to the Old Folks home.  

“Hey Billy…have you seen Mrs November yet?”

“Nahhh…fuck that shit…I got the only copy of this years Ram Slam.”

“Hey let me see that a second Billy”

“Suck my wrinkly ball bag”

“Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck yoooooooooooooooooooouuuu Billllllllllly”

–insert elderly fight to the death here—

I have not been old yet, but I know old people.  I am relatively sure that this is not common old folk practices, so it must be an Iceland thing.  The worst part about it is that the article said that of the 47 types of ram goo you can get, none of them seem to stand out more than the others.  Why bother?

You can get the semen from special sheep stations.  I wonder if it works like pick a part for cars, where you chase down a ram..tackle him, and spank him off into a mason jar.  That could almost become a winter olympic sport.  It probably has not only due to the fact that Iceland would win the fucking gold every year.  Of course…we do have Florida…maybe we could grab silver.

I guess in the great Icelandic spank race for ram spunk…it does not pay to be sheepish.

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