Back to the Grind – Personal Update

Hello, friends and stumble-uponers. I’ve left this page to stagnate for the past year or so, and for a handful of reasons. In short, no time!

Firstly, I’ve had a change in careers. After my schooling at NBCC, and a brief work term at Computers for Schools, I’m now working as a Server Support Technician. This, and moving away from my rock and roll friends at the Monteith Manor has led me to doing far less with music than I used to.

One of the few projects I’m keeping up in my time away from the tunes, is a brand new album with The Green Lung Grinders. We have a full length album that we’ve been plugging away at with a session every week or two, really taking our time to get something fantastic. If you caught the GLG live in the past, or just heard one of their previous albums, you know that you’re in for a treat. New Album: Coming Eventually.

To those who don’t know, I’ve gotten myself a place downtown again. Between Mactaquac and Woodstock, it’s been a healthy few years away from our little city. I certainly don’t miss sitting in my car for an hour a day. If you’re in the neighborhood, come say hi.

I was pretty pleased to see this site is still getting a couple hundred views a month in my absence, slowly creeping up to about 300+ a month. Certainly nothing like when I was writing articles, but about 300 more than expected.

That’s enough stream of consciousness for now. On the chance someone is looking to record, please note I am only taking on small projects right now.

Rock and Roll.

New Tune Incoming – Resetter

Hello again, followers of the heavy! Since a minor sprain in my hand over the summer, I haven’t been able to play guitar comfortably.. That is, until recently! Over the past few days, I just finished up writing and recording my parts to a brand new tune I plan to call “Resetter.”  Continue reading

The Mind Unleashed – The First Three

Hello again, followers of the heavy! If you haven’t heard the name yet, it’s time to get acquainted with THE MIND UNLEASHED. No, I’m not talking about spiritual self help news mumbo-jumbo, This is the newest, heaviest, and metal-est band around the Maritimes. Comprised of Jamie Norrad, (Wasteland Zombies / ex Age of Days Guitarist) Steve Mansfield, (Iron Maiden Tribute Band Drummer, Run For Your Lives) and Cujo Bonvie (All around “cool guy”, and ex vocalist for Winters Howl) This saucy new band is kicking in some teeth Pantera Style. Steady paced, riff focused, thick, juicy metal.

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Software Collaboration with BigCat Instruments

Hello fellow audiophiles! I’ve got some interesting news for any of you who produce your own music or demos. I’m excited to announce a collaboration between myself and Joe Stevens, the tech wizard behind BigCat Instruments. This small non-profit from Denver, CO is best known for their large suite of freeware orchestral VSTis.

While the name of the plugin is yet to be determined, I can tell you that we are building guitar emulation software. Get ready to kick out your guitarists, folks!

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The Man Strikes Again, Free to Download!

Hello again, lovers of rock and metal! It’s been a couple weeks now, Monteith Mania has been available to the public, and we’ve decided to open up the downloads on one of our favorite tracks!

The Man Strikes Again, give it a download off of soundcloud, and inject it straight into your veins. To see them play this live is something transcendent, but this audio fix should get you to your next MONTEITH show.

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Disks are in for Monteith Mania!

We’ve finally done it! For those of you that have been following the building success of the Monteith Clan, you may already know how long a time this has been coming.

The minigun drumming of Chaddus Provost, Shaun with a voice from a tainted heaven, and Daniel with shredding talents from other lands, all of the pieces come together to bring rock and roll back from it’s shallow grave. Continue reading

Claridryl – Collaboration With Bryce Vandenhoven

Thrash/Death Metal Collaboration by Jake Duffie and Bryce Vandenhoven

Hello! Met this guy as 4312 on Reddit, and damn, does he shred. He was great to work with putting this together. Bryce played the guitars and bass, and I programmed the drums, and gave the thing a mix and master. Check out some of his other tunes on his soundcloud! I did a few of the vocals near the middle but the rest are Bryce’s. Continue reading

New Tune – Bloodletter

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a tune of my own out there, and this one took me longer than I like them to. I prefer the recording process to be condensed into a few days to a weeks, just to keep levels, tones, and energy consistent, but this time it spread closer to the month range. As with most of my personal stuff, it is some kind of hybrid between punk and metal, always trying to keep it fast. Hope you guys enjoy it! Continue reading