Honest review. This review can be found at www.rambles.net The only thing that really pissed me off was how the reviewer attacked the song "In Loving Memory." That song was written on behalf of my grandmother's passing, so I felt very insulted. I know that a reviewer's job is to critique, but to bash a very personal song for me like that, I believe that was just wrong. I already emailed him back and let him know my displeasure. Sorry guys & gals, but it really hit a nerve. Enjoy. Transcend with Time is the one-man creation of Mark Mendieta from Brownsville, Texas. This project started in 2006, and A Haunting Presence is the fourth CD released under this band name. Mark describes the music of Transcend with Time as "Progressive New Age/Ambient." In the promotional material, he states, "This disc is about life's journey encountering negative emotions." The title track uses stringed instruments to set the mood. The piano plays in the background and is mostly very repetitive with its simple series of notes. There is a short part where the piece almost turns into what sounds like the introduction for a World War II military scene. While not the longest track on the CD, this one clocks in at more than seven minutes. I feel it could have been cut down a little bit due to the fact that in the last couple of minutes, the tune slows down to a crawl and basically becomes noise. There is one track on this CD I truly cannot stand. To begin with, when you are listening to what you think is an instrumental CD, the last thing you want to hear is somebody singing. Unless the voice is used as another instrument, turning your focus to the lyrics disrupts the mood. Guest vocalist Brandon Strader sings on "In Loving Memory." The song moves along at a snail's pace that is only exacerbated by the fact that it is just under 11 minutes long. During that time, Brandon often strains his warbling vocals, which fall flat on many occasions. I find this almost like listening to karaoke, sometimes painful, sometimes not overly bad. Either way, I just want to leave the room. To Brandon's credit, I bet there are songs where his voice would make a pleasant match. This, however, is not one of those songs. Fortunately, the worst track is followed by one of the better tracks on the CD, "When the Evening Bleeds." As with many of the other selections, this piece could be on a soundtrack. I like the repetitive guitar, which helps keep the beat. I actually think of an amusement park fun house around the midpoint, a little over two minutes in. I never get a sense of evening, so I'm not sure where the title ties in to it. As a general rule, A Haunting Presence is not a bad transcendental CD. I have a few misgivings on a couple of tracks that other listeners might overlook. There was only one track I truly disliked. Fortunately, it isn't that difficult to hit the forward button. Otherwise, this CD makes a good background CD when you don't want the music to take your entire focus. For the most part, it sets the mood of tranquility quite simply.
I got confirmation that 3 tracks off "A Haunting Presence" are now on Astreaux World's playlist. Pretty awesome. Well, if you all get a chance, go to www.astreauxworld.com or http://www.live365.com/stations/astreaux to listen.
Hey everyone, just got confirmation from Stefan (Syndae) that "A Haunting Presence" will be featured tonight on his Episode 69 going online tonight at 12am CET. I'd really appreciate your support & check it out. Here's the link: http://www.syndae.de/ & click play on the podcast to play. Thank you Stefan for the opportunity.
Great news. AHP made the Top 10 of 2009 in www.newagemusic.nu That's just awesome. It's a shame that these accomplishments can't help in me with my sales. I just don't get the music biz. Oh well. Enjoy 8. Transcend with Time – A Haunting Presence. Everyone always says that they are looking for something new, something different and exciting. Well, new age music fans – we urge you to check out the album A Haunting Presence by Transcend with Time/Mark Mendieta. This album truly is different and exciting in a whole new way; A Haunting Presence has the atmosphere of progressive rock and the sound of new age. Mark Mendieta takes everything that is great about new age and adds, what he calls, “a twist of Dark Progressive”. It creates a totally different atmosphere, unlike anything else you are likely to find in this part of the forest. TwT is not easy listening, and that is also the case with the new release. But if you give is some time, you will for sure be amazed of the richness in sound. The album is available at CDBaby, iTunes, Melodic Revolution Records & Mindawn
Hey everyone, just wanted to post that I just found out that "A Haunting Presence" is already on iTunes. Here's the link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/transcend-with-time/id345683594 This is such awesome news. Well, I hope people enjoy my brand of New Age Music.
I just got confirmation that the title track off "A Haunting Presence" is being aired on Articmist.org Here's the link: http://articmist.podomatic.com/ or http://articmist.podomatic.com/player/web/2009-12-26T06_14_27-08_00 (this link takes you directly to the player). Enjoy.
I just got confirmation that "A Haunting Presence" has been added to Antarctic Music Radio's rotation. Here's the link: http://www.antarcticmusicradio.com/Antarctic_Music_Radio_-_Independent_Creativity/Home.html or http://www.live365.com/stations/adelie9925?play
Hey everyone, just got confirmation from Bob (owner) that "A Haunting Presence" is now in rotation at his station RadioPM. I'd appreciate your support & check me out at www.radiopm.com or http://www.live365.com/stations/radiopmcom
I was just informed by Nick at Melodic Revolution Records, that Transcend with Time is one of the 5 finalists for the Artist of the Month of December. Pretty cool, right. Well, what I need from all of you is I need your support to hopefully win this contest. It would really mean a lot. So, if you can, please vote for my project at this link: http://www.micropoll.com/akira/mpview/643664-219887 Talk to you later.
Hello everyone, I just wanted to post that the title track to my latest CD "A Haunting Presence" has been added to the rotation at Experience Radio station. Their link is http://www.experience-radio.com/index.html I've even been graciously added to their Featured Artists list. Pretty good. So if you can, please check them out, and support my and all the other musicians featured.