There is much I gladly wish to share with you.
First I would like to reflect on the year thus far. Mizmor was so honored to have been invited to play three amazing festivals - Roadburn 2018, 71Grind IV, and Migration Fest 2 (in addition to a small home show in Salem to prepare). Having only performed one other time in the project's history, my bandmates and I took Mizmor to a new level, learning and performing the entire "Yodh" album (a 65 minute set) at these four shows. I am so thankful for my guys Andy, Kento, and Matt (aka MSW); I'm enriched by their constant friendship and proud of their expert musicianship, always generous with lending their time. This year and these shows wouldn't have been possible without them and the dedication we collectively exhibited. Thanks dudes. I also want to thank Nate Myers, who stepped in on drums to help us perform our set at Migration Fest after Matt broke his right ankle in the weeks preceding. Nate learned two of the songs fairly last minute, and Matt performed the other three with his left foot on the double-kick pedal. I am still impressed at both of their performances and humbled by their generosity and tenacity.
I've compiled some photos that highlight these performances. Photos from each show can be seen here. Thanks to Jurgen van Hest, Marika Zorzi, Teddie Taylor, Nick Jenkins, Tyler Linn, Alvino Salcido, and Allie Mageen for capturing these moments. Also deserving of thanks in regards to these shows: Doug Hoffman, Luuk Van Gestel, Walter Hoeijmakers, Sean and Bryan Ostrow, Adam Bartlett, Dave Adelson, Sarah-Ray Rundle, Blial Cabal, and Sheene Coffin. And of course my heartfelt gratitude goes out to all of you who joined us for any of these shows. It was such a cool experience to share this album with y'all in a live setting and I deeply appreciate all the conversations I was able to have, especially those about tearing down the strongholds of religion in our lives.
Roadburn 2018 - Photo by Jurgen Van Hest
Next, I want to go over the new merchandise added to the store. I had a lot of merch made for these shows and have some leftover, as well as a handful of brand new, previously unannounced, items exclusive to the store.
"Yodh" reissues - 2LPs (Gilead Media) and tapes (A.L.N.); CD edition also (Gilead Media)
"This Unabating Wakefulness" - LP w/ etched b-side (Gilead Media) and tapes (A.L.N.)
"Mishlei" - CD (A.L.N.); a compilation of Mizmor releases from 2013-2015 (the EP and three splits / songs V through IX)
"Untitled Winter EP" - LP (A.L.N.); final copies, soon to be OOP (also available through Tartarus Records for EU customers)
"Mizmor" reissue - CD (A.L.N.); the first Mizmor full-length, self-titled, originally released in 2012.
"This Unabating Wakefulness" t-shirt
"Wholly Doomed Black Metal" long-sleeve shirt
"Haunted" hoodie (also available through Tartarus Records)
Mizmor logo embroidered patches
A.L.N. logo metallic lapel pins
Decals for both logos
I also have some of the Andrew Black - "Dreaming" cassettes available for sale - if you didn't pick one up from us in person this year, don't miss out on this opportunity to snag an incredible ambient tape from Mizmor's live bassist. Currently exclusively available through the Mizmor store.
In addition I have some rare/OOP items for sale. A few Urzeit records, a Sorceress CD, and some test pressings. Have a look around.
If you live in Europe and want to buy Mizmor merch, be sure to check out Tartarus Records, as mentioned above. They are currently selling one of the Mizmor LPs and the hoodies. I only have medium hoodies but Tartarus has all the sizes.
More of the catalogue is being added to Spotify and iTunes for those of you who use those services. In addition to "Yodh," you can now also listen to "Mishlei," and "Mizmor." As mentioned above, "Mishlei" compiles the five songs in between the self-titled full-length and "Yodh," offering a unique full-length listen of its own ("Mishlei" was also just added to Bandcamp). Soon "This Unabating Wakefulness" will be added to more streaming services, completing the discography.
There is a new Mizmor interview published by Doomed and Stoned. Calvin interviewed me in person at Roadburn and I remember that day fondly. I had a good chuckle being reminded of how conversation sounds compared to writing and also of Andy's contribution to the article.
Finally, I want to share briefly about the future of Mizmor. We have one live performance to announce. January 11, 2019 at Tonic Lounge in Portland, OR with Forn and Worm Oroborous. We will be playing "Yodh" in full one final time for all the locals who weren't able to see the small, sold-out Salem show.
Keep an eye out for a 2019 Mizmor release. Wish I could say more. I'm very excited about this one, and it's unrelated to the next paragraph (or anything else mentioned in this email).
Finally, I have begun working on a new Mizmor full-length. I have finished the writing process and will be beginning the recording process shortly. Between the store and the development of this new music, I am working full time on Mizmor currently. It is a lengthy process I am attacking thoroughly and studiously, investing in my audio engineering skills as I move forward. There are no other details at this time, nor is there a timeline. Best to put it out of your minds after you read this; still I wanted you to know it's happening.
This has been an exciting year for Mizmor. Thank you all very much for your continued support.