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Gravetemplar
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:29 am 
 

Some of you may know Old Man Gloom are releasing their new album Seminar VIII: Light Of Meaning in May: https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.co ... of-meaning

Well, they just released a second album out of nowhere, Seminar IX: Darkness Of Being: https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.co ... s-of-being

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As we're all locked down, and uncertain about what will shake out of all this bonkers shit, we at Old Man Gloom have decided to reverse Gloom you all. What is a reverse Gloom? Well, it's pretty simple. Instead of playing a trick on everyone, we're going to play a trick on ourselves, and unfortunately for Profound Lore, our record label.

Here's what was GOING to happen....We made two records. I know, it's not a surprise, we usually do. Over the course of recording, we had so many plans with how to release it. There was the -let everyone preorder one record, then send them the other one without notice and release the other in stores only. There was - releasing one, then dropping the other 2 days later without any announcement at all. There was the idea that Aaron and I would make an entirely different record without the other guys knowing and releasing that on the same day to fool our own band. Eventually we settled on doing all the announcements for Seminar VIII: Light of Meaning, and then a week before its release, drop Seminar IX: Darkness of Being without announcement. A sort of PRE Glooming, if you will. It would've been a pleasant surprise for everyone in the lead up to the LoM release, and we get our trick.

Well, since a few weeks ago when we made this plan, the world has drastically changed. We're all confined to our cities, towns, and mostly our homes right now. Most of us can't make a living, all of us in Gloom included, and we're all just sitting and waiting for the tides to turn. Last week we spoke together and wondered if we could just send “Darkness of Being" out into the world now, to help bring a little light into this situational seclusion. All of us knew one sticking point could be Profound Lore, because our dear friend Chris is running a label, and not everyone exists like Old Man Gloom, most people have a plan and want to succeed on practical terms. We don't. We just want to make each other laugh. It should have been very unsurprising that Chris was instantaneously IN for this plan. He's never said NO to us, he's been nothing but supportive of our bullshit from day one.

So here it is, truly our gift to you, and the whole world. Please enjoy what we've had an amazing time making. These records have taken the simple act of being a band and transcended into a bonding and healing process I never thought music or specifically Old Man Gloom could be. Almost every song has elements of our last two years without Caleb, and even the songs that aren't directly related to him are embedded with the emotion and struggle for closure and healing that we're all going to be in for a long time. This pandemic we're all living through is creating so much distance between all of us. This is our way of bringing us all a little closer.

Please share, and listen, and talk, and respond. Tell us you love it, tell us you think it sucks, tell your friends that you like our old shit more, or that you wish it was an Old Man's Child record. We don't care, just put yourselves into the world through this.

We also ask that you preorder physical copies, or pay for digital in some way, if you can. Not for us, but for Profound Lore, who are always onboard to go against record label practicality to support our silliness, and whom we want to not lose money because of this baloney we cooked up.

- Love
Steve, Nate, Santos, Aaron

"Time to shake our world, prepare to live"
Steve Brodsky
Final Defeat
Seminar VIII: Light of Meaning


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jthompson
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:39 am 
 

Listening now. I've gotta admit, some of those other pranks they considered would've been pretty funny. At first when I saw the email I was confused because the album title seemed different from what I had just preordered. Should've known...

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SculptedCold
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:01 pm 
 

One day I have to get around to deleting all the ambient tracks from my mp3s of their records. I might want to listen to OMG again then.. one way in which my mp3s are better than my CDs.

Seriously though, as much as I enjoy their heavy music, the albums are incredibly torturous to listen to in a sitting. Are there many people who enjoy listening to alternating heavy and ambient songs like that? I find it annoying af. I wish they'd write their material together more often into single, variegated songs.

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jthompson
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:09 am 
 

SculptedCold wrote:
One day I have to get around to deleting all the ambient tracks from my mp3s of their records. I might want to listen to OMG again then.. one way in which my mp3s are better than my CDs.

Seriously though, as much as I enjoy their heavy music, the albums are incredibly torturous to listen to in a sitting. Are there many people who enjoy listening to alternating heavy and ambient songs like that? I find it annoying af. I wish they'd write their material together more often into single, variegated songs.

I certainly agree with this and it's very true of their older albums. My biggest complaint with Christmas is how short and not fleshed out the heavy tracks are--they're fucking awesome for like 45 sec. Then it's 10 min ambient drone.

However, you should check out both Ape of God albums. None of that ambient nonsense on either one. Really their best stuff in my opinion. I can't remember for sure, but I think NO was also much better in that regard.

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Gravetemplar
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:06 am 
 

jthompson wrote:
SculptedCold wrote:
One day I have to get around to deleting all the ambient tracks from my mp3s of their records. I might want to listen to OMG again then.. one way in which my mp3s are better than my CDs.

Seriously though, as much as I enjoy their heavy music, the albums are incredibly torturous to listen to in a sitting. Are there many people who enjoy listening to alternating heavy and ambient songs like that? I find it annoying af. I wish they'd write their material together more often into single, variegated songs.

I certainly agree with this and it's very true of their older albums. My biggest complaint with Christmas is how short and not fleshed out the heavy tracks are--they're fucking awesome for like 45 sec. Then it's 10 min ambient drone.

However, you should check out both Ape of God albums. None of that ambient nonsense on either one. Really their best stuff in my opinion. I can't remember for sure, but I think NO was also much better in that regard.

Yes, both The Ape of God albums are a lot more straight forward and have a lot less drone parts. NO still had some drone but it's not as predominant as in their older stuff.

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SculptedCold
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:07 pm 
 

Thanks for the reccs, and refreshing my memory! I have NO on CD too but it's been so long since i've listened i'd forgotten it goes for the throat more. Will have to re-spin that at least.

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