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Even longer between posts...

I don't know why we have such a hard time keeping up with this site. I think part of it is that we try to update Facebook constantly, we "try" to keep Twitter updated as well but due to a mistake in syncing those two accounts it makes updating twitter pretty damn difficult...

Somehow in trying to keep all of this stuff updated we managed to usually forget about this site. I try to stay active as much as possible online while trying to do as much work for the band as possible, however, no matter how hard I try it seems I just can't remember to keep every site updated like it should be.

I believe that since the last update we have signed with a manager, Jeremy Williams of 11th Degree Management Group. So far this has been a good relationship to form.

We supposedly will be working with a new booking agent also, but that is something that I will believe once I start seeing the dates confirmed. So far we have not seen even a basic itinerary.

We had to take some time off to allow Ben some time at home to help take care of his new born daughter. We are about to have to take some more time off to allow me to do the same thing with my soon to be born son...

Hopefully we will be hitting the road hardcore again starting in October. I know we all miss it. We all feel the call to get back out there....

Our memory sucks.....

We somehow managed to forget all about this site. I know, that is not a good thing at all for a band to do.

I personally will make an effort to make sure this does not happen again. I will try to start checking this at least once a day and updating it as much as possible.

Hell Yeah

Our show in El Paso with Hell Yeah was simply amazing. I can't find the words to express how great that show was.

Vinnie Paul is one of my top drumming idols and I never thought I would ever get the chance to share the stage with him. I finally have that happen is beyond amazing.

The whole day was great. Meeting Chad Gray the moment I walked into the club was surreal. Being around all of those guys, especially Vinnie, was just something I never thought would happen.

The venue was packed, the response was incredible. We met so many great people that night.

We are back in San Antonio for the night and then heading to Nashville for some meetings.

I think we have about four or five more shows before the end of this year.

I am pretty excited about everything so far and can't wait to see what this next year brings us.

If it goes half as good as this past year has it will be amazing!

Thoughts from after a big chunk of our tour....

We are all back in Martin TN today, this is basically an off day. We are playing in Little Rock tomorrow then have a few more days off.

I can't say enough how great this tour has been. It was the people that we met that really made it great. Just about everyone at every venue was great the deal with and would usually through us a few beers or some burgers or a pizza or something just for the hell of it. You have no idea how much that helps a band in our situation!

I have to especially thank the Fetter family in Columbus, they took us in for a few days and made us feel a part of their family. It really was a sad day for us when we had to leave. We couldn't have asked to find better people to stay with.

We had many great times and there are many great memories, from the crazy man in Rockford (Thanks Ben for taking us in there!) to a day off in Washington D.C. We walked around downtown Nashville more than anyone should and always had fun.

We had the pleasure to play with many great bands, I can't thank Planet Rock in Michigan enough for still letting us play despite the mix up because that is where we met up again with Another Lost Year and Signum A.D. for the first time. I love both of those bands now. They are like family.

It was nice to see some old friends, Candice in Houston, Jillian in Atlanta, Erica in Columbus (GA) and to all of the new friends we made, we can't wait to see you again!

At this point we don't have many confirmed dates to announce but there are a few and we are working on many more! -TJ

Our most recent show

I don't know what it was about the show at Newby's a few days ago but it seemed like everything just clicked. I felt like it was our best show we have played so far.

I know personally I almost never remember anything from a show, it is like I go into auto pilot and kind of black out. This show was different for some reason, I could remember some things. I still felt as if I were in auto pilot but I was aware of what was going on as well.

I don't know if that is normal for most people or not, but I felt great. I can't wait to play out again and do this again and again.....

I really feel as if I fell in love with playing live all over again, which is weird because I already loved it so much that I didn't think it was possible to love it even more!

I feel like an addict that just discovered a better high....

-TJ

Man, what a difference.....

We spent two weekends in a row rehearsing and what a difference it has made!

We have finally been able to add live tracks to our show and I can't believe how much that changed how I play.

We have a week and a half until we play these versions of our songs in front of people and I can't wait. I think some people are going to be shocked. I doubt anyone expects what we are about to bring to the table....

The album is about 95% complete at this point. Just a few remixes that shouldn't take to long.... Then we get it duplicated and then we can finally release this thing!

I know it is taking a lot longer than we wanted to finally get this out, trust me when I say we can't wait, but it is important to do it right. Hopefully everyone will be pleased with the CD once we get it out.

Until then we are all racking our minds trying to come up with new ways to promote. Everyone who has heard the CD so far has said the same thing, that we have a great product and now we just need to get more people aware of us.

That seems to be a lot easier said than done....

Hopefully we can pull it together though. The time for us to get back on the road is approaching soon, and trust me when I say we can't wait! If this tour shapes up to be half of what we expect it to be then it will be amazing!

New stuff.... kind of

We spent last weekend doing some pretty intense rehearsing and it went great! We have the new arrangements worked up and can not wait to play them in front of people tonight.

Looks like we will be spending tomorrow rehearsing with the new live tracks to complete the new additions to our live show.

It also looks like we will be (hopefully) filming our first video sometime very soon.

There looks to be some exciting things happening in the near future. We just hope it all works out the way it is supposed to... or too.... I never use the right version of that word!

Hey, I Can Blog Too!

Dudes and dudettes, this is Chris here. I've been listening to the non-final mixes of our debut album "Enemy Inside" in my car on the way to and from work for about a week now, and I must say that even without the final mixes or mastering on the tracks, they sound absolutely, one-hundred and ten percent fucking AMAZING.

-And yes, you did read that right. Three out of five of the members of Artifas (myself, Ben, and as of a few days ago, Cody as well) are currently working in a lawnmower factory in Martin, Tennessee. We managed to go for almost a year with little to no employment, but unfortunately our wallets reached their emptiest, and here we are, working those horrible factory day jobs that nobody REALLY wants to be a part of.

Now, don't fret. We've still got a show his Friday in Memphis at the Hard Rock Cafe (a benefit for Jerry Dunaway), and a show with Lit at The Warehouse in Clarksville, TN on the 5th of May. We're currently not scheduling anything past these two dates, but this won't last for long. At the end of the May we will embark upon many more tour dates, and will be bringing out album with us, packaged and ready to sell to each and every one of you.

Don't take that as a definitive release date, though. Just because we aren't booking many shows until the end of May, doesn't mean our CD won't be available until then!

Much Love, Chris

Finished tracking the album

We can finally say that we are finished laying down the tracks for our album. While it is amazing to say that we are finished with this portion of the process, it is also a little bittersweet.

Recording the album has been a LOT of fun. Blake has been amazing to work with, he is a great guy and we all loved the time we spent basically living in his studio. While it is a little sad to "move out" at least it is one step closer to having the album in our hand.

The second step is happening as we speak. Blake is currently working on mixing the album. In roughly a week (maybe two) we should be back in the studio to hear his mixes and make any suggestions and/or changes that we feel needs to be made.

Once we are all happy with the mixes, then it goes to be mastered. We are currently talking to a few people about doing this process for us and just *might* have a pretty cool announcement concerning this in the near future.... I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Once that is finished it is time to get the CD re produced. That should take a week or so once we get it paid for!

Assuming we can come up with all of the money needed, we are roughly a month from having the finished CD in our hands.

To say that we are all excited about this is a drastic under statement.

To say that we are all stressing the fuck out about how to pay for this next part is also a drastic fucking under statement!

Getting closer to being finished

The album is well over halfway done. We have recorded all of the music and are currently working on vocals. Once the vocals are recorded it will be time to add in some "extras" like any programming or strings or any other things like that.

Once all of that stuff is done it will be time to get everything mixed. For those who may not know, that means setting the volume on every part to make sure nothing is to loud or to soft.

That can be a pretty long process in itself, I am guessing that this can take at least 7 days, maybe a little longer. And I mean 7 days working 14+ hours a day.

After that is finished, it then goes to get mastered. The easy explanation of that is that it can be similar to mixing but there is other stuff done to the music to make it ready to be put on a CD. For example, if you set your radio volume on "20" you want your music to be a certain level. The Mastering process can (among many other things) determine the overall volume of the CD so that when you play the CD it is not so soft you have to turn up your radio louder or turn it down.

We are also trying to get the art work done for the CD. We are working on this now so that hopefully by the time the CD is done, we also have the art work ready and then we can do the final step before we can start selling the album, and that is to send it off to a duplication company to get the CDs and the cover/booket etc. printed off.

You have heard mention of us taking some "downtime" once this record is finished. The reason for this is that the artwork and duplication can get a bet costly and we have to figure out a way to pay for it. This downtime will be spent by us trying to come up with the money to cover this cost, but when we use the phrase "downtime" we don't mean we will not be working for the band.

You can still expect us to be working on a lot of things, for example, we want to have a big CD release show in Memphis. We want to get this music out to as many people as possible and use as many mediums as possible to do so, so you can expect us all to be busy working the phones to try and make things happen.

Personally, I just can't wait to be playing this stuff live again. As much as I enjoy the process of making an album I really can't wait to get back on stage. It really is like a drug and I really feel like an addict.....

-TJ