Physical CD release also available… and will take a little longer for listings to find their way through the web.
The new album by Ameted, Face What’s Next, is a solid eight song album harkening back to the halcyon days of album rock. Musicians Scott Schwertly and Brian Johnstone deliver some of their strongest songwriting and music making ever in this new release.
After an etherial crescendo of sound, the first track hammers the listener with a jarring riff set to a 5/4 tempo only to switch gears to a melodic prog rock overture of melody and music. Both the music itself and the lyric speak to the idea of the next thing coming down the pike requiring one to only stand and face what’s next. This title track also features Brian’s son, Victor, performing violin.
Each song on Face What’s Next has its own theme. The song order–three rockers, followed by three ballad type songs, and ending with two more rockers–gives the entire album a very satisfying cohesiveness and makes it very listenable as a whole. This is not a compilation of singles, this is a rock album. It leans heavy metal at times, acoustic rock at others, and all in a prog rock mood to keep time signature counters happy.
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In 2014 Ameted released their concept album Journey to the Frozen Sun. This concept is based on a hero’s journey. The theme centers around the idea of a Frozen Sun, or Black Hole. In the story this is representative both of the hero’s initially frozen heart and unwillingness to complete his quest as well as the power source for the villains. The fictitious villains are represented as “power lords” achieving power through the Frozen Sun, or Black Hole.
Ameted therefore solutes the physicists at LIGO who on February 11 announced they had heard and recorded the sound of a faint blip or chirp of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away. This also confirms with hard evidence the final piece of Einstein’s general theory of relativity–“gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.” Read the NYTimes story here: Gravitational Waves Detected, Confirming Einstein’s Theory
If you’re looking for something that makes a sound louder than a chirp, check out JTFS!
Ameted’s own Brian Johnstone was in Memphis, TN last week. Among other things he had the opportunity to visit the hallowed halls of Gibson. The Gibson Memphis store has an awesome staff! Brian got hooked up with some replacement parts for one of the tuners on his EJ200.
Brian had a chance to try out a Flying V and a Les Paul Custom Zakk Wylde “Camo” (drool). Here’s some sloppy riffage:
The Ameted boys haven’t been posting much lately… between work and family, they’ve been busy. That said, they are nearly complete with the planning phase for a new concept album. Many songs are written, and the overall story is set.
They expect to begin recording in the next several months. No word on when the new album will be completed.
We hope to hit you soon with some more video updates.
Ameted.com has been quiet these past couple of months. We did want to let you know that the band has been steadily making progress toward a new project. There are almost a dozen new tunes in the mix. The band is actively working on the new compositions and arrangements and plans to hit the studio this summer. No date has been established for the release of new material, but, as always, we’ll keep you posted right here.
In other music related news… the boys are pretty excited about upcoming albums and tours from some of their favorites including Ozzy, BLS, Rush, Stryper and Symphony X, to name a few. Wouldn’t that be neat to open for, the opener for, the opener for, the opener for one of these bands…
…digressing… we’ll try to keep you up to date with occasional pictures and info as the band works on this new project.
I’ve been making a bit more of a concerted effort to introduce Ameted to more folks in the MySpace community of late. Thinking about this endeavor too much usually makes me want to shy away from doing it at all. There are so many bands and artists on MySpace—and so many of them totally rock, MySpace itself seems to suddenly be the un-cool social networking site, and then there’s always the question of what to say, what context to offer potential listeners, and so on.
I’ve read quite a bit lately on the matter, tweaked the band biography to a snappy four point, four paragraph piece (stating who we are, how we got here, what we’re doing and where we’re going), and posted our most compelling attention grabbing song in the number one slot on our play list… or have I?
The song “Change” does carry a bit of pop appeal, is a driving rocker, and conveys one of the main themes of the album well. But in retrospect I’ve decided to take a shot at placing the title track, so-to-speak, “State of Grace” in the number one slot because this song, more than any other, captures in one single track the myriad sounds we explore on the entirety of the album.
So to those visiting the official Ameted MySpace page, for the first time or the umpteenth time, I offer up our title track as your first impression of our little project we call, Ameted.
Some of our fans have asked about where we had our latest album, States, manufactured. We utilized Disc Makers of Pennsauken, NJ. They offer a wide variety of packages for CD replication and packaging. Additionally they provide mastering services through their in-house SoundLab.
As with Tales of a Circus, all recording and mixing was done in our home studio. We did all layout design work as well. Disc Makers provides templates for their various layout options. That said, they do provide graphic design services for those so inclined.
We are very pleased with the results and have gotten a lot of positive feedback on the product. We highly recommend Disc Makers.
Check out Disc Makers online. They have an excellent blog called Echoes and a Twitter account, each of which is always filled with valuable information for musicians.
We have updated the States and the Tales of a Circus pages on our site with links to last.fm. Now you can listen to both albums online in their entirety!
This should help our newer fans learn our catalog.
So, what can you expect?
If you like hard rocking bands like Black Label Society,
if you’re inspired by the pop metal sound of bands like Stryper,
if you get a buzz from the progressive sounds of bands like Rush,
if you get lost in the grooves of bands like The Allman Brothers Band,
you’re bound to like Ameted!
I have finally started playing with this blog. It was created last March (with all data from the original blog imported to it). I have played with the theme and the overall arrangement. I have also begun to add some of the information from the original ameted web site.
Plans are to take down the hosted ameted web site and point all ameted traffic here instead. Of course the other venues (MySpace, CD Baby, etc.) will be maintained.