The Warrior Cycle
2021 | Collaborative album with Arx Atrata & Arx Silvestris
The Warrior Cycle is a collaborative split album between myself and the immensely talented Ben Sizer of Arx Atrata and Arx Silvestris. Fully instrumental, it tells the tragic story of The Warrior through tracks of atmospheric post black metal, interspersed with 3 ambient interludes provided by Ben's Arx Silvestris project.
This release was really interesting to work on, and once again allowed me to try out a few new techniques for recording and mixing, including some bodhran playing and a greater use of synths than previous releases.
The pay-what-you-like download at my Bandcamp page includes a full virtual inlay, intended to emulate a vinyl gatefold. This was also something new which I am planning to create for all future releases. The inlay includes the The Warrior Cycle story concept, as well as a some liner notes from each of us about how the release came together.
The record also available on all major streaming sites.
Wholly instrumental, the four tracks and three interludes are woven together into an unfolding tapestry of atmospheric black metal that invokes vivid, vibrant images and intense, powerful emotion.
The story is there for all to hear as the album progresses, the words snatched from the lips of a bard and secreted within the shimmering snowstorm of notes. From Bleakwinter Shrine's "Desolation" that opens this tragedy in an onslaught of pain, through the gaping void of Arx Silvestris' "Solitude" and the bleak majesty of Arx Atrata's "Retribution" this journey is overwhelming in its intensity.
When the icy beauty of Arx Atrata's "Succession" draws down the final curtain on this passion play the listener is left momentarily bereft and bewildered as the mundane world slowly reasserts itself into the echoing silence. More than a 'split release', The Warrior Cycle is a blending of magics, a confluence of artistries and a retelling of a tale as old as humanity in a wonderful play without words.credits
Tracks 1 & 3 written and recorded by Barry ChadwickTracks 2 & 4-7 written and recorded by Ben Sizer
All tracks mastered by Ben SizerArtwork manipulation and layout by Barry Chadwick
released April 2, 2021
2021 | Collaborative album with Beyond the Below and Fabio Keiner
Eruptions is a collaborative instrumental album which blends the styles of progressive, hypnotic ambient music with blackened post metal.
The trans-European collaboration features Bleakwinter Shrine (United Kingdom), Beyond the Below (Finland) and Fabio Keiner (Austria), and looks to the natural power of volcanos for thematic inspiration. Volcanos are an interesting subject matter because they are incredibly dynamic structures: slumbering and effusing gentle smoke one moment, then deafening and explosive the next. We felt that this was the perfect analogy for a release which blends textured, synth-rich ambience with the contrast of weighty heavy metal.
We met whilst posting on the forums of ambientonline.org, and over the course of many months exchange ideas and demos to create the finished album which now finally sees the light of day.
For the best experience, download and listen to all tracks in sequence.
Artwork by Fabio Keiner
Tracks mastered by Barry Chadwick
Thanks to the admins of ambientonline.org for making this collaboration possible
released February 15, 2021
released September 19, 2020
2019 | Album
My first release, Foundations, is out now in digital-only format as of 26th July 2019. It is available for pay-what-you-like download on Bandcamp and all major streaming platforms.
I wrote and recorded the vast majority of the music between summer 2016 and late-winter 2017. I have gone back to the recordings 2 or 3 times since, re-mixing, tweaking and obsessing over them each time until I lose interest again. This time, I've decided that the songs are at a point where I am happy enough with them that I can let them go into the wild. I have messed about with them for long enough, it's time to draw a line under them and move on to working on the next release.
As I worked on the tracks, it seemed natural to name each one after large natural features that came to mind as I listened back to them, I hope this is something that comes across for anyone else who hears the record.
Mixed and mastered intermittently between February 2017 and July 2019credits
released July 26, 2019