As summer drones on and i try to make myself get used to to the heat and a general sense of malaise, i strive to keep moving ahead with label-related activities. not so easy, but i have managed to get a lot out of the way during the past month. the THEOLOGIAN+INSWARM preorder will begin to ship very soon. i finally finished the layout today and sent it to the printers, and the audio master has been made, so i can start dubbing copies. i plan to begin preparing packages tomorrow. i'm hoping to get them all out by july 30, and after that i will work on assembling the CODE LEECH preorder package. i plan to wrap that process up and begin shipping them by the 11th of august. i have to finish one last track, but today i sent the BLACK SUN shirt artwork to the printers. i'm switching to a different, somewhat cheaper printer than i have been using. the shirts will be delayed a bit, because they are moving to a new location in the next weeks. the good news is that starting with this one, i can now get runs of 50 shirts for less than what i've been paying for runs of 36 shirts. that means i can send more artist copies out and to a few distros as well. hooray.
The 11th of august is my birthday and the 13th anniversary of ANNIHILVS, at which point i will announce a pretty massive celebratory preorder package that will include a couple of new shirts, some posters, miniposters, pins and a whole bunch of new stickers (also featuring a very nice, unexpected collaboration release); hopefully coinciding with the advent of an all-new ANNIHILVS website/webstore. i'm lagging very far behind my self-imposed schedule (what else is new), so it remains to be seen if i'll have the new site working by then, but the anniversary preorder will be announced regardless.
A slew of new collaborative audio is currently in progress, and i'm going to try to get these out is as quick succession as i can during the next several months. below is a list of preorder packages that have tracks in various stages of production, which doesn't necessarily reflect the order in which they will be released (though this is possible):
THEOLOGIAN+ADERLATING. A CHORUS OF BEAUTIES SINGS TO ME THROUGH SLIT THROATS
THEOLOGIAN+FOUR PI MOVEMENT. THE DESTROYER
THEOLOGIAN+AUN. L'ÉPREUVE DE PORETE
THEOLOGIAN+SKINCAGE. THE MUSIC OF ERICH ZANN
In other THEOLOGIAN news, Adam at CRUCIAL BLAST is working on getting the shirts, posters and other periphery for the special edition of THE FURTHER I GET FROM YOUR STAR, THE LESS LIGHT I FEEL ON MY FACE, while it's being mastered by Jérôme at HERMETIQUE. More on that to come.
I've gotten the licensing contract for the photo by the very talented Michele Crowe which will be used as cover art for WITHOUT ME by love is nothing.
the audio is still in progress, and i'm still waiting on a new logo design from Hiero, so it's gonna be a while, but i think it will be worth the wait.
In the world of SUFFERING BODIES, i had a recent email exchange with the amazing Mark Powell about using some of his work for the layout, so that is coming together. the audio is kinda stalled at the moment, but we're in contact about moving forward. there are four existing tracks, which were submitted to the awesome VENDLUS RECORDS, and there was a positive response. no real plan exists for when this beast will materialise, but it shall, and it will be on an amazing label!
I think that's pretty much i can muster at this point.
Many thanks for your continued support.