Ending Life Slowly
The long awaited new album from one man metal band Autumns Eyes is finally here!
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Interviewing Autumns Eyes Slowly: A Conversation With Dan Mitchell

The Best Unsigned Band in Connecticut, Autumns Eyes, just dropped a new full-length album entitled Ending Life Slowly. I definitely left my apartment and flew back to my home state to grill the band’s only member, Dan Mitchell, about the present, the past and the future. The conversation below totally took place over a resplendent dinner of turkey club sandwiches and boxed Shiraz and was in no part conducted via e-mail.

Ending Life Slowly

The long awaited new album “Ending Life Slowly” from one man metal band Autumns Eyes is now available!

Open Your Eyes, Not Your Wrists

Ending Life Slowly is the eighth album by Connecticut-based Autumns Eyes, the solo project of Daniel Mitchell. Fittingly, it’s due for release on Halloween, when those of us in the northern hemisphere will find the door to the dead of winter opened by ghouls and goblins. Yet although Mitchell has frequently found inspiration from the changing colors and supernatural hauntings of late October, the new album was more inspired by what comes after.

Death of October

With Ending Life Slowly being inspired by death and decay that takes place during the latter part of Fall, starting the album with a song dedicated to Halloween was a natural first step. It marks an end to the most hallowed month of the year, and celebrates its macabre mayhem before we enter the cold void of November.

At the crossroad between a hallowed holiday and the cusp of a dead cold winter is where you’ll find Autumns Eyes mastermind Daniel Mitchell. After many seasons of seclusion and intermittently hitting the studio, the recording process has finally wrapped up for the new album titled Ending Life Slowly.

Ending Life Slowly Album Art

Ending Life Slowly Track Listing

1. Death of October
2. Break the Skin
3. Your Last Day
4. Moments Into Memories
5. The Honest Liars
6. Couldn’t Hold On
7. Far Away From Fading
8. Internal Arson
9. Open Your Eyes, Not Your Wrists
10. Under the Skin of the Sun

Due out on October 31st, Ending Life Slowly serves as the first full length album from Autumns Eyes since the 2012 release of Please Deceive Me. Halloween and the death of Fall is a perfect time to be reminded that sometimes life ends far too slowly.

Ending Life Slowly Press Release

At the crossroad between a hallowed holiday and the cusp of a dead cold winter is where you’ll find Autumns Eyes mastermind Daniel Mitchell. After many seasons of seclusion and intermittently hitting the studio, the recording process has finally wrapped up for the new album titled Ending Life Slowly. Mitchell had this to say regarding the new album…

“Living in New England has always made it easy to draw from the month of October for creative inspiration with life breathing its flaming colors into all the surrounding trees. Unfortunately, these themes can only be revisited every so often before it becomes repetitive. That’s why I reached into the month of November for inspiration. A time when Fall is still thriving, but where color has faded and the trees are bare as skeletons.

While a walk through the woods here in October can be a relaxing activity, doing the same in November carries an overwhelming sense of dread. You’re surrounded by death, and the trees no longer sway and breathe with the air. They’re cold, stiff, bare, and knock together like bones breaking in the sky.

This atmosphere is what fueled the writing process for Ending Life Slowly, with death and decay surrounding every element of each track. It’s a cliche topic to write about in heavy metal music, but my approach here was focused more on the immense weight death can hold over ones shoulders. To sit and truly contemplate what it means for all things to come to an end was a sobering experience to say the least.

I always look at music as sonic therapy, but this was the one time where music couldn’t offer any kind of solace. It just reminded me that life can either go by too fast, or it can end too slowly.”

Ending Life Slowly Album Art

Ending Life Slowly Track Listing

1. Death of October
2. Break the Skin
3. Your Last Day
4. Moments Into Memories
5. The Honest Liars
6. Couldn’t Hold On
7. Far Away From Fading
8. Internal Arson
9. Open Your Eyes, Not Your Wrists
10. Under the Skin of the Sun

Due out on October 31st, Ending Life Slowly serves as the first full length album from Autumns Eyes since the 2012 release of Please Deceive Me. Halloween and the death of Fall is a perfect time to be reminded that sometimes life ends far too slowly.

Studio Update – June 2017

It’s a strange position to be in, being a solo artist with no record label breathing deadlines down your neck. On one hand it’s quite therapeutic to create music without any restraints, but to fans who await your new material, it can be a grueling process of patience. When I first started making music under the name Autumns Eyes, I was cranking out song after song, album after album, and totally hitting my stride. As the years progressed, so too did the years between new albums.

Working under seemingly limitless conditions caused this process of creation to become more relaxed, but at what cost? Well, the older you get, the more life tends to get in the way of things you once enjoyed so freely in your youth. What used to be such a well-oiled music making machine, has progressed into a passionate project that only gets attention whenever the calamity of life mellows out just enough to let the project thrive again. So, I suppose there are in fact limitations on my easy-going therapeutic recording sessions after all.

Despite these limitations, there is still music to be made, and Halloween is looming over the horizon. While promotion for the album is set to ramp up as the months progress towards October, Ive put together a video to quench anyones thirst who’s been curious as to whats been going on behind the scenes. Ending Life Slowly is scheduled for release this Halloween, and the 10 song album will be accompanied by new music videos, merchandise, and other Autumns Eyes goodies that are sure to satisfy fans both old and new.

As always, I appreciate all of the support, and if you want to keep up on the latest updates on the new album, follow me on Instagram or Twitter.

Another New Year, Another Studio Update

Its insanely cold here, as in six degrees outside. Im actually typing this from within my igloo, set upon a majestic landscape of ice and fog. All sarcasm aside, I needed to write an update just in case there are any surviving Autumns Eyes fans out there who have yet to turn into skeletons whilst awaiting new music.

One thing you notice when working for yourself is that whenever life gets in the way, you make room and adjust. As opposed to working for a record label, having hard deadlines, and countless people waiting on your every move. Working as a stay-at-home musician has its perks, but also has immense downfalls. Its easy to fall into a rut every now and then, while allowing creative choices to extend beyond their typical boundaries.

I have a few dozen songs recorded, and there is an album in there somewhere. Right now is all about finding which of these songs work best together. Each one has to compliment the next, and fit together as a whole album. Having said that, I still wont bore anyone with the typical promise every musician gives when a new album comes out, saying things like “Oh its the best work Ive ever done!”. Its not the best, and its not the worst, its just another chapter in the book so to speak.

Autumns Eyes January 2017 Studio Update

The music I have recorded is very hard and straight forward with a very natural feeling to it. Ive been finding a lot of heavy music lately is starting to sound extremely over-processed. The drums are crushed so hard they almost all sound the same, and the guitars are so distorted and ugly that you can barely make out what notes are being played. So this record Im working on has been an attempt to stray from that current trend, and find its own niche.

One thread I try to weave throughout Autumns Eyes albums is atmosphere. Many of my past albums have been keyboard heavy, with a lot of choir and fantasy driven sounds. That was mainly due to the always expanding sound library I had at my disposal. Every time Id sit down to record keyboards, Id stumble on some new sound that had to be incorporated somehow. Even if it was going a bit overboard at times.

I purposely limited the amount of sounds I had to choose from this time around, and its not only made things easier, but its made the songs breathe more than they have in prior albums. One lesson Ive learned in the past few years, and am starting to implement more here, is knowing what notes not to play. Leaving space open for music to breathe is just as important as any other aspect in the creative process.

Its nice to have finally hit a stride with the recording process where I have a ton of songs completed. Now I just have to put together a track listing and a promotional campaign to get everything out for all of you to absorb. That includes music videos, photo shoots, and all those other necessary goodies incorporated with an album release.

Once again I thank everyone for their support, their patience, and their craving for more Halloween inspired heavy metal!