The final Shyfted Minds parent label release and K.H.D.’s new album are both here! Both pay-what-you-want (free)! BOTH TOTALLY RADICAL. Click the images above to be directed to the appropriate Bandcamp pages! Use exclamation points with us!!! If you liked the complex, triplet chord melodies of To Forget a World back in twenty-ten and Forgotten Worlds of Inverse in twenty-eleven, not only do you get to hear updates of those tracks (finally, a decent master of To Forget a World!); you also get to hear Shyft’s conclusion to the mysterious trilogy. The original cut is nearly ten minutes long, and full of ups, downs, key changes, and style changes. There’s also a DJ cut for the timid… Why you hard core fans so timid? We’re talking about Down the Road of No Return, SHM100. It’s also got songs by different core members of the label remixed by different core members of the label.
K.H.D.’s new album, Mechaspirit, marks the second release on Shyfted Minds of Hard Core, the new home of hard core releases here at Shyfted Minds. Cing of Cogs is on there! Remember? The gothic horror concept album? But that’s not what we’re talking about here. You kids these days, so easily distracted. Mechaspirit is a whole sixteen tracks long, and you’ll find a remix of a big Ophidian tune on there. Check it. Snorkadorkabork.
It’s been a long time since the artist behind this project has used the Predaking name, having worked under Divebomb for a couple years in stead; the fast-paced melody monster is back (with chip tune influence)! Click the image above to down load this four track release for free.
In other news, Shyft’s fourth installment of Synthetic Experiments might actually get its finishing touches soon (only like four hours worth of work is left on the release as a whole). Shyft blames stress, lethargy, and getting his mundane life in order for the delay, but spring time is promising! The prospect of working on music is starting to sound enticing again, and with a four-year university degree out of the way, Shyft should have more time to work on what’s really important.
Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, press play on the official music video for K.H.D.’s Lebe Jetzt!
See? We’re working on stuff. Fast and steady wins the race, but we’re only competing with our selves.
From the finger tips of the great K.H.D.:
‘Hey guys! FINALLY! My new album is ready for download!
15 tracks in total.
Melodic Gabber? OF COURSE!!!
Harsh Gabber/Hardcore? HELL YEAH!
Drum And Bass? YEPP!
Ambient? A little bit.
Dubstep? Hell No.’
Click the cover image above to go straight to this free master piece. It is most excellent!
In other news, Predaking and Shyft have both been sick, so there have been delays on the new Predaking release and Synthetic Experiments 4 and 5 (which are both pretty close to being finished, damn it!). But, hey, slow and steady is how we roll around here. Such is the life of the committed rock non-star.
The reboot of Red Ankh Green just won’t happen for a while, due to the sad fact of time restraints. In its stead, we have the Little Green EP! No, it’s not just the few tracks from Green that were managed to be finished; it’s three brand new tracks and one gabber remix (cause that’s what we do here). The first track is vocal heavy, lyrically expounding on the essence of folk metal in general. It is more reserved than the others in a technical sense. The second and third tracks are both instrumentals focusing on Germanic folk influences and Caribbean folk influences, respectively. Ever wanted to hear a metal track full of steel (or pan, considering your frame of reference) drums? Well, Red Ankh sure as hell did. If you’re over there going, ‘The hell is a steel drum or a pan drum? Aren’t all modern drums made with steel and are more or less pan-shaped?’ Well, YOU FOOL- remember those plinky, bright staccato instruments in half of the up-beat tunes in Super Mario World? No, not the piano. Yes, that other thing. That was a MIDI-style synthetic version of a steel drum.
Any way… K.H.D. of course is the remix artist on this one, as medieval melodies are his thing. The album art is all eight-bitty because I’m pretty sure my love of folk metal was directly influenced by old-school fantasy adventure and role-playing video game sound tracks. That, and may be I missed my old, crappy pixel art and may be I wanted to give it an other go. You’ll notice that the release date differs from this post date. This is because most folk metal belongs during autumn, the non-remix tracks were all ready to ship in autumn, and I do what I want! It’ll be up on Spotify and stuff in a couple weeks or some thing.
IN OTHER NEWS, K.H.D.’s new massive release is all complete now; we’re just waiting for the cover art. Predaking is returning with a new release, which very well may be ready next week’s end. As you can see, we’re rather relaxed about release dates around here. We’re an organic organization with digital hearts! Or some such nonsense.
You want some more hard core? You do? Good. Wait- you DON’T!? Oh. Never mind. Of course you do. Here be an other free EP from Divebomb, low-BPM side project of Mister Predaking. Three originals and one Predaking remix here. Click the image above and snatch it up. Or don’t. OR DO, CAUSE YOU’RE NOT A FOOL.
In other news, K.H.D. is putting the finishing touches on his most excellent new release, and Shyft’s next installment of Synthetic Experiments shall be released on the twenty-third of September. In the mean time, taste this teaser:
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In other news, Deluxe editions of Red Ankh’s Shadow and Gray will be released in mid May through Bandcamp and major digital online retailers. These editions include instrumental versions of Red Ankh tracks, honoring the discontinued, original version of Gray from two thousand eight. The upcoming K.H.D. release sounds promising so far. Predaking is working on some thing completely different, some chip-tune drum and bass, and per haps under a different alias. Shyft has a string of experimental gabber EPs in the works, the first scheduled to be released next month. Aaaaaaand last, and probably least, the release date for Red Ankh Gray: The Gabber Mixes is as floating around as ever. It was decided to give the remaining two remix artists an extension to the dead line, since, well, hey! We were looking forward to hearing those!
Here is Shyfted Minds’ first release of the year two thousand fourteen and eightieth release over all: Divebomb’s The Walking Dead EP, which is also Shyfted Minds’ thirty-ninth hard core release. Read the details here and click the image above to down load it for free! Dem kicks. Dose melodies. Ommy nom nom nom.
You may have spotted a couple of tracks by Divebomb on Predaking’s last release, his huge double album Dark Days. This is his side project for slower hard core- or regular hard core, for those who find his 190bpm+ works to be too hectic! We’ll have you know that the first Divebomb solo EP is finished, mastered, and ready for release. Expect to see it up for free down load early next week.
It should come as no surprise that K.H.D. is at it again with some thing big. Keep your eyes peeled.
Red Ankh’s Gray is an industrial and metal themed double album showcasing Shyft’s industrial trance side in between Red Ankh’s regular weirdness attuned to industrial metal, or some thing like it. It appeared as a limited, mostly instrumental release back in 2008 and had new life breathed in to it with many new vocal recordings, updated mixing, and remastering in 2013. The release promo video teased you with the prospect of a remix EP, which experienced much delay. Now we are happy to announce that Gray: The Gabber Mixes EP (an enthusiastic nod to Fear Factory) is currently scheduled to be released during the third week of March! You can expect to see Red Ankh’s guitar-infused tracks remixed in to hard core dance music by Shyft, K.H.D., Dustrict, Imil, Tilduh, 1nsane, and Chromǯ.
Johan Jello’s first release, Augmentation EP, is now available on Shyfted Minds Records! This two track EP features just the kind of atypical hard core sound that Shyfted Minds strives to make available against the expected mainstyle, dark core, and cross breed. Click the image above to down load it for free!
In other news, Red Ankh‘s new double album with an orientation of darkness and symphonic composition is approaching completion, taking inspiration from acts like Dimmu Borgir, old Tristania and Sirenia, but still with moments of the typical uplifting Red Ankh sound. Predaking is working on a new four track release under his Divebomb alias, and K.H.D. is of course pumping out new tracks to be connected in a release sooner or later.
How awful how artists must live the regular lives of real people! Activity here at Shyfted Minds has been slow to stagnant lately, as many of us have been putting more time in to our other responsibilities. As owner, Shyft takes the blame, as he has been rather… troubled, let us say. On top of that, the need for a new job and possibly switching academic paths has been taking priority over music, but we have no intention of quitting! Things are slowly working toward stability once again, and you can expect new great things from this organization beyond that point.