The second album, “Ascension”, is now available for download in it’s entirety! The CD version will be released at some point, and will of course include artwork and maybe professional mastering and a better mix. In the meantime I have made the complete album available as a sign of thanks for all those supporting When Day Descends and spreading the word.
Download it here (69.7mb). It’s also here (34.8mb) if you want a smaller lower quality version, and here (900k) is a small sample if you want to hear whether the full album download is worth it or not.
I originally wrote the album for my own reasons, without an idea of whether I would ever release it (actually, some people suggest that’s the way you should approach every album). I was inspired by artists such as Dargaard and Raison D’etre, amongst many others, but found none of them quite played a certain role I was looking for at the time. I wanted an album that I could get lost in thought in, where I wasn’t drawn back to reality by the changing of songs. I wanted to be taken on an epic journey, without being distracted by too much detail or complexity, nor being held back by something too sparse. Mostly I needed something emotional and atmospheric to escape and relax to. The result is “Ascension”.
The album was written around 2 or 3 years ago now, at which point a demo version was made using programmed guitar. Only in the last year have I found the time, equipment and know-how to record and mix the album to an appropriate quality. Recording took place over the past year or so, with mixing happening near the end of that period.
The entire album is a solo-project, with only artwork (and perhaps mastering in future) involving other’s input. It is the last of the solo project albums and is a temporary departure in style. I think this is closest to orchestral film-score music, it’s definitely not metal or rock. There’s a single acoustic guitar which plays for the duration of the album, along with full orchestration. I would describe it more, but you may as well just download the album for yourself. It should not be confused with the album “Descendant” which will have “Adaptive” and “Discovery” on it and will be recorded near the end of this year and is a progression of the standard When Day Descends sound.
If you enjoy this album please be sure to let me know (email, forum, guestbook, myspace, comment this news item, etc) and spread the word to everyone you know. Make sure to link to the site and not just the mp3 so that people can read about it. And if you don’t enjoy this, then you can just keep waiting for “Descendant”!
Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read this and download the track. Enjoy!