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TRILLION RED – Streaming Trillion Red’s Metaphere In Full

Posted in avant-garde metal, avant-garde music, dark metal, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 18, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Dark Progressive Avant-Garde Metal entity Trillion Red has teamed with to offer a full album stream of the band’s forthcoming release Metaphere. The album becomes available on October 23rd via badGod Music, but can be heard in its entirety at this location:

Taking his cerebral brand of auditory darkness to a new level, Trillion Red mastermind Patrick Brown is one of metal’s few musicians who can legitimately claim to have discovered new musical territory with his newest creation.

Metaphere is available for pre-order at and

“I would call the album the deconstruction and recreation of modern extreme music. Patrick of Trillion Red will be remembered as an innovator years after they are gone sadly to say. This maybe album of the year right now for me…” – Absolute Zero

“I would give you ‘Trillions’ of reasons to hear this magnificent work.” – Heavy Hard Metalmania

If it is singularity, the tried, and tested, or just bizarre that you want, don’t bother looking any further. However, if you yearn for ‘new’ and ‘engaging’, something that antagonizes and simultaneously calms the soul-this LP is for you.

Metaphere is Trillion Red’s debut full-length after last year’s Two Tongues EP. This LP mightily sheds ‘the disconnects’ of Two Tongues, and unleashes a united and firm mark onto the Dark Progressive Avant-Garde Metal sound. It showcases the enormous leap Patrick has taken in creating soundscapes that alternate between heavy and hammering structures, to ambient interludes that all come together to create a twisted musical abstract.

Trillion Red is firmly rooted both thematically and musically in the radical emotions of the human experience. Despite the existential and intangible subject matter, the struggle between darkness and light is the core concept throughout Metaphere, something which everyone can relate and derive inspiration.

This to be enjoyed and savored as a boundless experience that flows seamlessly from beginning to end. Take further passes, and time after time, your ears will gain further insight to what is being said. With a passion to create a new and inspirational musical experience, Trillion Red exceeds expectations with the release of Metaphere.

Close your eyes and let your ears tell the story.


(Source: ClawHammer PR)

For more info on TRILLION RED, visit the links below!

facebook: badGod music



BRUCE LAMONT – Solo Mini-Tour With Man’s Gin To Begin Next Week

Posted in experimental music, experimental rock, Hard Rock, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Infamous multi-instrumentalist BRUCE LAMONT (Yakuza, Bloodiest, Circle Of Animals, Led Zeppelin 2) will be hitting the road late next week for a short five-show run, touring alongside Man’s Gin. Kicking off with a free show on LAMONT‘s home turf in Chicago, the short tour will run through Ohio, Pennsylvania and will come to a close in Brooklyn at a show headlined by his label mates The Body.

BRUCE LAMONT Mini-Tour With Man’s Gin:

9/02/2011 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL [free show with RSVP]

9/03/2011 Kobo – Columbus, OH

9/04/2011 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH

9/05/2011 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA

9/06/2011 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ The Body

BRUCE LAMONT‘s debut solo album, Feral Songs For The Epic Decline, was released via At A Loss Recordings in January, to which he’s received endless praise from international media outlets and open-minded fans abroad. After touring on the material from the album sporadically over the past year or two, including several shows at this year’s SXSW festival (one of which was an impromptu set with Eyehategod’s Mike Williams), most recently LAMONT completed two back-to-back European tours this Spring; the first with Keelhaul and the second with Macabre, Birdflesh and Rompeprop.

Check out a full live BRUCE LAMONT solo set filmed in Moscow last may at this location.

(Source: Earsplit PR)



TRILLION RED: Two Tongues EP Streaming At

Posted in doom metal, experimental rock, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

One of the underground’s most original duos, TRILLION RED, have teamed up with to stream their self-released debut EP, Two Tongues, in its entirety.

 A truly unique blend of hammering ambiance and dark Metallic rhythms, Two Tongues is a release that demands attention. Within the EP lie four sonic stories that pulsate a heavy, ambient and dark vibe. Visit
to experience Two Tongues for yourself.

“Two Tongues EP combines all the dark ambience, progressiveness and flirtations with Extreme Metal…I kept envisioning a trek to the center of the Earth, just a few blocks from the gates of Hell itself…”Metal Odyssey

“Doomy, dark, creepy, ambient… different. If that description interests you in the slightest then check out what this San Francisco outfit has to offer.” –

Two Tongues EP – Track List:

No Visible Help (Hold Tight)

Forging Two Tongues – A Reckoning

Right Over To The Helm



TRILLION RED is a new band in the Metal scene, but its unique style screams out as something new and refreshing amongst the plethora of redundant acts today. The band’s musical background diverges from past garage rock and dark metal bands.  The musical guts and themes to Two Tongues from written from 2007 through 2009 in San Francisco. The EP songs were completed, recorded, mixed, and mastered in 2010


Patrick Brown – vocals, keys, guitar & bass

Max Woodside – drums

(Source: ClawHammer PR)

* For more info on TRILLION RED, click on the links below:

TRILLION RED – Official Website

TRILLION RED – myspace music



TRILLION RED – A Metal Odyssey Interview

Posted in ambient music, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music interviews, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

TRILLION RED – It’s no secret that undergound music exists from the sprawling country sides of a Middle America to the back alleys, basements and lofts of rural cities worldwide. Underground Metal exists, has existed and shall never go extinct. Trillion Red is yet another example, as to why the underground scene is a music force that can never be underestimated. Trillion Red is a two-man band of (multi-instrumentalist & vocalist) Patrick Brown and Max Woodside on drums, evolving from San Francisco, California.

I have already labeled Trillion Red a Metal band, one that focuses on the ambient, progressive and extreme sides. The layers of instrumentation, diverse vocals and excellent musicianship has made me an admirer of the sound that Trillion Red has captured. The dark imagery that Trillion Red has me visualizing in my minds eye from their debut Two Tongues EP comes as an embraced bonus. Trillion Red is onto something and I’m on board for the ride.

Recently, Patrick and Max took the time to answer some questions that hopefully give their new fans an inside look into their music styles, tastes and influences. There is a complex process involved when a recording is being created, Patrick and Max touch on their thoughts and experiences of recording the Two Tongues EP as well. Here is what Patrick and Max had to say:

Stone: What’s the story behind the band being named “Trillion Red”?

Patrick: The usual. We go back and forth on what we like and dislike. There were a lot of disagreements and eventual realizations, that the last name we thought of was totally ridiculous or not as cool as we thought. This is one we just fell upon without any particular meaning or ideology and just instantly liked. It has a nice ring to it, sounds cool, isn’t affiliated with any particular genre, not cliché and symbolizes a mass scope of life, power, blood, and yes, death. To me it is more a visual existential feeling than an actual idea.

Max: Powerful name Trillion Red.  Vast numbers of intense Red. Besides, I felt close to all the great bands with color in their names. Evergrey, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Shocking Blue, Frigid Pink, Cream, Savoy Brown, Deep Purple, Black Flag, Blue Oyster Cult, Yellowjackets, Maroon 5, Moody Blues, Whitesnake, etc..

Stone: If the opportunity ever came to pass, would you be interested in
creating a Horror movie soundtrack?

Patrick: Is our music that creepy? I never realized or even thought of our music as “dark” until I received feedback from listeners. The devil has got me all goosed up I suppose. But, to answer your question, yes, that would be a lot of fun.

Stone: What band or who is the musician you would say has had the most
influence on your music?

Patrick: Hmm….tough one.  I can be rather capricious with these kinds of questions. I tend to immensely like a certain genre or a few bands at one time, and after a while, my mood changes and I move on to something else.  So, depending on when you ask me, it would be a different musician. If had to pick a few musicians that have always been somewhere in my mind, it may be Allen Epley of Shiner and now, The Life and Times. He is a brilliant songwriter, guitarist and vocalist.  And Johan Edlund (vocalist/guitarist) of Tiamat (the old stuff mostly!)

Max: King Crimson, Rush, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Andromeda, Dark Moor, Chuck Brown, Terry Bozzio, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Bill Bruford, Tommy Bolin, ELP, Yngwie Malmsteen. Mahavishnu Orchestra, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Vandenplas, Therion, Nightwish, Chick Corea, Al De Meola, Billy Cobham, Jean-luc Ponty and Patrick Ohearn.

Stone: How did you decide on the style of Metal that you would create and

Patrick: When writing the Two Tongues material (and new stuff coming), I didn’t even consciously consider it was “Metal”, so to speak. What you hear on this EP and will hear in the future are simply songs that I would want to hear myself. I never stopped to think, “geez, what kind of Metal do I want to sound like?”. It just never occurred to me.  This style of Metal I suppose is a conglomeration of everything I like and enjoy I suppose.  If it sounds like hip-hop (which it never ever will), then so be it.

Stone: Do you agree that music truly is a universal language?

Patrick:  Yeah. I’ve lived in China and Japan for many years, and have always found commonalties and camaraderie with others into the same music that don’t speak English. Although, to be fair, I do speak fluent Mandarin Chinese and some Japanese. Good times those were…

Max: The most universal language perhaps but certainly not the most objective art.

Stone: Somewhere, someone is listening to Trillion Red right now. Does this
thought put what you create as a musician into perspective?

Patrick:  I don’t think so.  When I write, it is a selfish act and process, it’s a place where there are no concern of others. It is a pleasant thought that somebody is listening to (and hopefully enjoying) my passion, but it doesn’t change anything other than me feeling more rewarded for my efforts, i.e., a happier guy.

Max: Cool thought. But only a thought. It’s nice that someone should listen to our music because the music is very good.  But, if nobody listened, we would still have fun making it.

Stone: What trials and how much fun was involved in writing and recording
your debut “two tongues ep”?

Patrick: The writing was a lot of fun. It always is. Max and I are not recording engineers or mixologists, and had no prior experience recording this EP.  So we had a steep learning curve with respect to creating a good sound and production (but it all turned out sounding excellent). So one can imagine there was a lot of wondering and worrying. I did all the sound engineering, recording and initially mixed the entire EP myself. I had a hard time getting the right sounding mix with all the instruments and layering.  I kept beating my head to the wall trying to get everything well represented in the mix. Eventually I came to realize that I didn’t carve out frequencies very well, and subsequently, the drums and vocals were buried. At that point, I renounced my mixing moniker and had a professional do it for us, under my direction though.  I had a blast during production though! That was my highlight. I really think the next go-around will be very enjoyable, because we know our true strengths and limits.

Max:  Profound fun with Patrick!  He lets me be creative and experiment. I think I understand the way he thinks now and he indeed has a great vision. Pat let’s me contribute, without being a petty tyrant as other bandleaders I’ve known were.

Stone: Will there be a full-length eventually from Trillion Red? Are you
approaching the writing and recording process any differently compared to
the first time around?

Patrick: Yes, we have 8 new songs we are preparing for a full-length album. Various parts of these new songs were written prior to and during the construction of the Two Tongue’s EP. We have put beats to 5 of them, and as soon as we do so with the last 3, we will start recording. I suspect we will release an album in very early 2012.

The writing on this record will have more ambient (or isn’t psychedelic the new cool trendy term to use?) breathing room.  Yet, it will still maintain a very dark and heavy pounding mood. Writing for me is very much like writing a story; there is a beginning, middle, and end.  I love songs that emotionally pull you up, take you down, or drag you across a droning path, only to pull you up, down, side ways and bleed the mind. That is what I am trying to do with this album, all of the above.

We will indeed be recording differently. There will be a lot more attention paid to sound engineering (like microphone placement on the drums) and engineering a much better bass guitar sound.  I will also be doing some different recording techniques on the guitar and unifying my vocal style a bit. We’ll see how it turns out!

Stone: Have any record labels shown interest in Trillion Red thus far? I feel
there should be strong interest from labels in what you have created with
the “two tongues ep”.

Patrick: None so far.  I just started sending our EP to labels. I originally wanted to be independent. Since we currently aren’t playing live, I didn’t see what a label really could do for us. But after learning a bit more about the way things work in the world of underground Metal and the strain promotion takes on “time” in my life, it made more since to have a label as a supporter. Therefore, we have just recently shifted gears towards finding a lablel.

10 – If you could seek out one “well known” guest musician for your next
album, who would that be and why?

Patrick: Possibly Kristoffer Rygg of Ulver.  The guy is an amazing vocalist. Truly inspiring and very original! His unique take on vocal presentation and a pull away from traditional choruses and melodies would run beautifully with some of my material I think.

Stone: As a multi-instrumentalist, how important is it to focus on song
structure and balance?

Patrick: Song Structure and balance is extremely important. A song doesn’t necessarily require original riffs, melodies or hooks, it is how it is presented, structured, and layered, that will ultimately make or break it.  One of my biggest pet peeves with Metal bands (or most bands) is that they don’t know when to shut up, there is so much riffing/vocal masturbation, that bands lose sight of what it means to simply put a good well-rounded song together. Many just concentrate on perceived cool ideas (mostly redundant) and try to glue shit on shit with unnecessary bridges and breaks. I would suspect producers have a lot to blame for this phenomenon too. Originality is great, but if you can’t put the pieces together correctly, it loses its appeal very quickly.

Slayer’s Reign in Blood is an exemplar of structure and balance.  The freaking album is what, something like 30 minutes? Each song is tight, powerful and doesn’t linger one bit. It has zero filler! Its’ balance and structure is perfect. I strive for that kind of bluntness. However, as I like to structure songs as emotional stories that walk you to the side, up, down, and more to the side, I can’t afford to be as cut and dry. I also totally love style structures like Burzum’s Filosofem, an ambient antithesis of Reign in Blood being long, winded, spacey, rich… a beautiful record!  I guess you could say I am now trying to structure and balance my songs like Reign in Blood and Filosofem – to the point, not too much fluff, but some good fluff for sure, and then get on with it!

Stone: Where can fans buy your music?

Patrick: You can buy the Two Tongues CD on our website: . It is $5, including postage in the USA. Buyers outside the US will be quoted pending country/location. MP3s can be purchased via Amazon, iTunes, and a lot of other places too.

We are planning on doing some t-shirts and possibly releasing Two Tongues on 10” vinyl soon. It all depends on how the label thing shakes out. Thanks for the interview. Good questions.

Stone: Thank you Patrick and Max!

* For more info on TRILLION RED, click on the links below:

TRILLION RED – Official Website

TRILLION RED – myspace music

* To read my review on two tongues ep, (posted on Metal Odyssey April 21, 2011), click on the big header link below:

TRILLION RED – two tongues ep: Take A Dark Descent Into An Ambient Metal Abyss



TRILLION RED – two tongues ep: Take A Dark Descent Into An Ambient Metal Abyss

Posted in ambient music, avant-garde music, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

TRILLION RED – Comprised of 4 songs, this Trillion Red (debut self-released) two tongues ep combines all the dark ambience, progressiveness and flirtations with Extreme Metal that this Metalhead could wish for. The duo of Patrick Brown (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards) and Max Woodside (drums) from San Francisco, have formulated quite an exquisite Metal sound and style that is as sinister as it is ambient.

While I listened to these songs the first several times, I let my Metal mind journey afar to experience where it would go. I kept envisioning a trek to the center of the Earth, just a few blocks from the gates of Hell itself, discovering what Metal would sound like when it’s created there. I’m not kidding around. Music is supposed to take you places, so if my Metal minds eye has me trotting about somewhere in Middle Earth due to Trillion Red’s dark wall of Metal sound, so be it. Metal be thy name.

As a Metal bonus, there are Metal genres that scream out through the songs on two tongues ep: Stoner and Doom chugging make it’s presence heard on Lullaby. Creepy and atmospherically macabre, Lullaby is not to be confused for a song that let’s the sun shine in while sugar plums dance in your head. The opening track No Visible Help (Hold Tight!) is carried by thumping Metal bass grooves and retrospective guitar tones and riffs that should make Tony Iommi proud. Patrick’s intro vocals on this song indicates to me, an admirable taste for Black Metal.

Forging Two Tongues / A Reckoning has Patrick summoning up the spirit of Jim Morrison in his vocal tone, with a poetic vibe in his calmer verses. Oh, can Patrick switch vocal gears however, giving this song it’s maniacal beauty with his Extreme vocal range. The coda of this song only solidifies my feelings of being a few blocks from the gates of Hell too… whoa.

Right Over To The Helm begins innocently enough with a slow tempo of Stoner fused with psychedelic sound, while Patrick takes a deliberate and eloquent approach to singing, with a near spoken word. At nearly the mid-point, the tempo picks up quickly and shades of psychedelia smothered in Metallic froth boils over. Trillion Red is not delivering the same old here, they are delivering an ambient horn of plenty and I’m listening. Hell yeah I am.

Musically as a whole, Patrick displays his keen talents of being a multi-instrumentalist, while Max is downright good and very cool to take in on drums. A “less is more” style to Max’s drumming fits right into these songs. Songwriting is a plus here, while the layering of all 4 songs gives this ep it’s intriguing delight. Trillion Red have created songs to be digested thoroughly, then savored and reached for again… and again.

With bands that Patrick has looked up to, such as Triptykon/Celtic Frost to Pink Floyd, with Old School Swedish Death Metal, YES, Miles Davis and George Carlin in-between, it is no wonder he has such a savvy grasp on the music he’s created and played on this two tongues ep.

Left: Max, Right: Patrick


Patrick Brown – vocals, guitars, bass & keyboards

Max Woodside – drums

TRILLION RED Track Listing:

No Visible Help (Hold Tight!)

Forging Two Tongues / A Reckoning

Right Over To The Helm


* For more info on TRILLION RED, click the link below:

TRILLION RED – Official Website

TRILLION RED – myspace music



Bruce Lamont – Record Release Shows & SXSW Performance Confirmed!

Posted in alternative rock, avant-garde music, experimental music, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Bruce Lamont’s string of live solo shows supporting his debut solo album Feral Songs For The Epic Decline begin next week. Mr. Lamont recently confirmed three new shows to celebrate the album’s unveiling, with performances confirmed to take place in Cleveland, Brooklyn and on his hometown turf in Chicago over the coming weeks. Lamont has also been confirmed to take part in Profound Lore’s SXSW Showcase on March 19th, showcasing his solo set alongside Slough Feg, KEN Mode, Grayceon, Castevet and Wolvhammer.

Bruce Lamont Confirmed Live Appearances:

2/25/2011 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH

2/27/2011 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY

3/03/2011 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL [tix]

3/19/2011 Valhalla – Austin, TX @ Profound Lore SXSW Showcase

Released January 25th on At A Loss Recordings, the dense web formed by the seven tracks on Feral Songs For The Epic Decline has entangled many in its grasp, the album both meditative and malicious, as diverse and forward thinking as it is point-blank and unnerving.

(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on Bruce Lamont, click: BRUCE LAMONT – myspace music

To read the complete album review I wrote for Feral Songs For The Epic Decline, (posted December 28, 2010), just click the large header link below:

BRUCE LAMONT “Feral Songs For The Epic Decline” – Transcends Rock Music’s Complacency



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