The Power in the Melody

•November 27, 2014 • 2 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Froth Army.

I constantly hear music in my head.  I’m not talking about the jingle to “Demon Energy Drinks” or “Satan in a Can” either, but something else.  A song…yet not a song.  An unheard, unvoiceable melody that, while undeniably existing…is almost impossible to put into a tangible medium.

And yet, the head bobs and the toes tap.  This is the beat of the drummer that many of us march too. And yes…they are all different.

Is it this way for all creative people?  Is it this way for everyone?  I suspect the second option.

Do you hear your music?  This is your private soundtrack of motivation.  If you can sync yourself up to the music inside of yourself you can find the motivation to achieve your true goals, may they be artistic or otherwise.  When you create and mold yourself after your natural inclinations (versus what you think you ought to create or become) you can achieve your full potential.  This does not mean you will be better or worse than others.  Your potential is not in competition with others potential.  It is yours and yours alone.

If you can’t hear the music, ask yourself if you are listening.  Your soul is probably singing to you.  Find that song…and for all that you are worth…sing along.

There is power in the melody, release in the rhythm, and magic in the changes.

It does not matter if this private sonnet brings you to craft amazing furniture, design a skyscraper, heal the sick, teach our children, write a book, or compose a symphony.  It is your song, your goal, your life.  It is the true you expressed in the secret language of the spirit.

This Thanksgiving I am very thankful for the music.  Both the kinds that we can hear, and the kinds that are inside all of us.

Happy T-Day to you and yours,

Dr. Froth

Acid Head

•November 10, 2014 • 1 Comment

“How do you accidentally drink battery acid?!”   — David Gonzalez

Yes…I ate battery acid today.

No…it was not intentional.

I might, under other circumstances, not write about my adventures earlier today but have decided  too in response to…well…mostly in response to this:

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So I do realize that in addition to being just plain fucking hilarious, people are also dying to know what the hell happened.

It was a slow day at work today, so Austin and I decided to take a job and split it instead of one of us having to take the day off.  It was on older alarm system that I needed to replace, one of the wireless jobs, and I needed to pull the old battery to power it down.

This battery was so old I think it might have been confiscated by the Union army.  It had corroded at the terminals causing some of the acid to be free.  Of course, as I pry this bastard out of the unit I chip part of my fingernail and reflexively put my finger in my mouth.

It was within moments of this that I realized that the universe was playing a horrid joke on me.  I instantly realized my tactical error and knew what had to be done.  I calmly surveyed the ladies entryway but could not find a suitable place to vomit.  I did not really think that I should swallow the acid either.

It seemed like a good time to go outside.

I found a patch of grass that seemed like it might die soon anyway and…uhhh…watered it.  I still had a soda in the car and tried to use it like mouthwash.  This did not really do much of shit.

Austin decided that I might require medical attention and informed the customer of the situation.  Normally, this violates the “Frothy Method” that I like to employ when I fuck myself up, but in this case it worked out.  Turns out, as luck would have it, that our customer today was a chemist that worked at Haliburton.  She whipped up a base heavy solution for me to use as a mouthwash to neutralize the burn.  She did not realize that I was already base heavy since I was a bass player.

She warned me that the solution would not be very nice to taste.  Fortunately for me, I had already burned off over half my taste buds so I did not really notice.  Whew…dodged a bullet there.

We completed the installation without further problems and as we were leaving the woman advised me to be careful in the future.  Austin reassured her by stating that I require constant adult supervision.  It would be funnier if it was not accurate.

Does this mean I have done acid now?

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.


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.


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


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


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



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