The Cold Hard Road

by Spite of Circumstance

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The concept of this album was created through an outward pouring of my soul into music, having been filtered through the scopes of loneliness, wonder, deep thought and experience. That said, heavy influences for the concept of this album come from late nights of reflection on countryside roads with the closest of friends. To that end, these thoughts gave way to my sympathies for Japan and her people in the recent disaster on March 11th, 2011. As such, the Japanese I spoke, poor though it may have been, spoke of being in a dark place only to once again rise up and shine again. Along that vein, my music focused on sympathy, the destruction that was caused, and the hope of rebuilding. Finally, when all was said and done, I could not help but be drawn to thoughts of my own mortality and of what my last thoughts will be before I pass on.

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released October 2, 2012

Kyle Von Lanken: Concept, original compositions, guitar work and Japanese spoken word

Ace Waters: Piano and all piano effects, bass, glockenspiel (bells), recording, mixing, photography and album production

Ryan Finley: Tenor vocals in The Cold Hard Road

Khalil Moutrie: Bass vocals in The Cold Hard Road

Recording c/o: Resonant Alms

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Track Name: Dusk Before Dawn
我々の魂は完璧でわない

でもとっても美しい

音楽で心を癒すためにしてみてだけど

悲劇のきっかけの中にいたら、曲も全然治せない

其れ故に今、「夜明け前に夕暮れ」がある

今暗い場所の中にいても

いつか明るくなられる

Translation:

Our souls are not perfect
But they are very beautiful
We try to heal our hearts with music but
In the event of a tragedy, music cannot heal us
And so now, we have "Dusk Before Dawn"
Even though we are in a dark place right now
Someday we can shine