Studio Update - June 2017
A look behind the scenes of the upcoming album “Ending Life Slowly” from solo metal band Autumns Eyes.

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News and updates from Autumns Eyes, the one man metal band for fans of Halloween and Horror Movies.

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!

Save 50% Off All Autumns Eyes Music

Visit the Autumns Eyes Bandcamp page where you can save 50% off all music by using the code ‘jackolantern’ at checkout. Make sure to spread the word to all your friends and enemies before its too late!

Music, Merchandise, and Models

Another element of the Autumns Eyes website that disappeared for a while was the Autumns Eves online store. Not only was it your one stop shop for Autumns Eyes merchandise, but it also played host to the Autumns Eves models. Thanks again to demand from the fans, the site has been rebuilt and posted back online. Stop by and check out all the new merchandise, and the models who helped promote Autumns Eyes over the years.

The Metal Crypt Interviews Autumns Eyes

Connecticut’s one-man “Horror” Metal band Autumns Eyes is back with a new album and video for the fall of 2015, Ending Life Slowly and “Internal Arson.” The Metal Crypt caught up with Dan Mitchell, the driving force behind all things Autumns Eyes, to find out what’s been happening since we last spoke in 2013 and to find out more about this new album and video.

Autumns Eyes Covers Blood and Fire by Type O Negative

Its that time of year again, and Ive been working on a special treat for all you tricksters out there. Since there has been such an overwhelmingly positive response regarding the Autumns Eyes cover of Love You to Death, I decided to cover yet another Type O Negative song as a Halloween gift to everyone. This time around the track is Blood and Fire, and you can download it for free right now! Download the track from the Autumns Eyes Bandcamp Page, or select your format below to download either a high resolution WAV file, FLAC file, or standard MP3 file. Thank you for all of the support, and HAPPY FUCKING HALLOWEEN!!!

Autumns Eyes Wins Best Band In Connecticut

Autumn’s Eyes was just the band we needed to add some variety to our hunt for the best unsigned band in the US. I know I’m not alone in my love for gritty, crusty metal that tests your listening limits, as evidenced by the writer’s picks for the first few states. However, it’s very rewarding to take time to appreciate the incredible diversity that our favorite genre offers. So don’t bang your head, but bob it convincingly along with Autumn’s Eyes, like him on Facebook, check out Daniel’s blog, and leave a comment or two!

Beneath the Woods Design and Recording Studio

After a few years of hiatus, the Beneath the Woods Design and Recording Studio website has been updated. The Connecticut based studio is where all Autumns Eyes material is created, and also where founder Daniel Mitchell continues to work with other projects behind the scenes. Not only does music act as a focal point of the studio, but also web/graphic design and photography as well. Stay connected to www.beneaththewoods.com for more updates on current and upcoming projects.