Tungsten Name New Album, Set Release Date
The long running Chalmette, Louisiana band TUNGSTEN have set "If Death Doesn't Change You…Nothing Will" as the title of their 5th album. The band anticipates a mid May of 2005 release through their own label, Tungsten Music Records. The album will include 12 songs from the Chalmette trio. Here is the track listing:
"Leave The Dust Behind"
"It Was The Day She Died"
"I'm Gonna Show You"
"Got To Get Through This"
"What These Eyes Have Seen"
"See Me Through"
"It Was The Day He Died"
"Can't Turn Back Anymore"
"One Last Sunset With You"
The album features the classic line-up of Mark Talamo (drums), Steve Talamo (Bass/Lead Guitar) and Al Hodge (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar). The album was recorded at H/T studios in Chalmette, Louisiana just outside of New Orleans and was produced and engineered by Mark Talamo, who has engineered all of the previous TUNGSTEN albums as well as the second CROWBAR self titled record in 1993, and the very first DOWN demo in 1992, along with a handful of other New Orleans heavy hitters.
This album was approached in a very different way from the way it was written to the way it was recorded explains front man Al Hodge: "When it came to the writing process for this album, I was completely dry after the writing session for the last album "The Abuse" (Released April 2003). That's when I started to really deal with the grief of losing my Dad, who had died in 2002. I didn't want to play the guitar anymore or sing and I thought about quitting music all together to be honest, but Mark stepped up to the plate and started to "craft" a bunch of songs. It was the first time that the rolls were reversed in the band. Mark is a very determined person and has the drive like no other. He will work and work on a project until it is done and that's what he did. He came up with 12 songs and gave me the disc of the rough versions of them and I jammed to them and thought they were great. Little by little I started to write the lyrics to them and then he would show me how the songs were played and we demoed them. We jammed to that for a while and then it was time to start the real recording process in October of 2004 and this is where Mark came up with the idea of doing all of the tracks in one take only. It was a direct rebellion against the "cut and paste" way of recording that has become a standard by most bands over the last few years. It was very hard at first to get it, but in the end, I think it made the record sound a lot better, because of the agitation and the frustration of trying to get a song all in one take, it made the songs have a bit more of an attitude that is evident in the playing. Another thing I should point out, it that on this album Steve Talamo came in and really hit some homeruns in the aspect of his solos. He really helped accent the songs were they needed to be accented and really added a lot of his brand of flavoring that made the stuff really come alive. I find that with each record the band gets better and better and the songs do too. But the listener will have to be the judge of that. I just know that we are all very happy with the outcome. It has been the hardest album I have ever had to make, but I wouldn't change a thing".
The concept behind the album's lyrics: "The idea lyrically behind this record was taking a look at myself over the course of the last 3 years and what I saw. I use to be this invincible person that wasn't affected by death, and thought that only happened to other people. I lived in this happy little bubble and was a carefree person that just lived life day to day. I had seen other people lose family members or friends over the years, but I didn't truly understand the affects of a death until May 6, 2002 when it happened to me. It opened my eyes and everything changed... It was the day my Father died, and it felt like a hole was ripped in me. My world was destroyed and I felt like I wanted to die as well. It took that loss to really see and know what anybody that has lost had felt. In the process of trying to get my life together I drank myself into a stupor and ran from the issue of dealing with it. I searched for songs, anything that would help me with my grief, but I came up dry and decided to dig deep into myself and pour out everything that I was feeling and still am feeling about the losses and put them to music. This album is about the trail that I had to go through as an invincible doe eyed kid, that was actually an adult in age, that had to lose his father to become a man, and during the course of dealing with that tremendous loss, getting dealt another death card as I watched the one girl that I truly loved and cared for die in front of me on August 30, 2003…Losing those 2 important figures in my life really destroyed me and changed me. It made me see the world in 2 halves, those who know and those who don't. When you get dealt a heavy wave like that in a short amount of time, you never really bounce back. You never see things like you use to. I know that I'm not the only one that has been through what I've been through, all of us will have to face this process one time one another during our lifetime. This is an album about those left behind. You never truly get over the loss you just learn to live with it, but like I always said; if you knock on your neighbor's door his woes will always be worse than your own. So this record is the story that I told when somebody knocked on my door with a lending ear. This album has helped me a lot and it took a few years to be able to write out what I was feeling and going through. I hope it can help anybody out that has been where I've been. Like the title says, "If Death Doesn't Change You…Nothing Will". And I can say in all honesty, that it has changed me…" concluded Tungsten vocalist/guitarist Al Hodge.
The single for "Leave The Dust Behind" will be available for download at tungstenmusic.com within the month of April of 2005, along with ordering information for the new album, which is expected to be released by mid May of 2005.
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