The Epic Releases of Beastmaker

Our reporting on this is way too late in coming... Well, not the release yesterday.

Let's just say that Trevor Church, the organizing force around Beastmaker put together an incredible release campaign - In June. It seems to have culminated yesterday.

Beastmaker just released EP #9:

Another great release by Beastmaker. We have already purchased it.

But our purchase of "EP-9" really isn't the story; in fact, some people running a website about tube amps buying an EP from Bandcamp isn't a story. The real story is the one we're way too late in reporting on, and it's really something that we hope you take note of. When artists have the depth of material that Beastmaker had/have, and when they can do what Beastmaker did... They should do it. While it was playing out, it created enormous emotional excitement as we were watching and participating in the release process. In fact, we had hoped that there would be CD releases of the EPs to coincide with the digital releases.

Here's the real story:
Over about 2 weeks in June of 2018, Beastmaker released EIGHT EPs
as follows:

EP #1: June 10

Favorite tracks:

  • Colors of the Dark
  • Demon Witch Child

EP #2: June 20

Favorite tracks:

  • Mortal Souls
  • Spread Your Wings

EP #3: June 21

Favorite tracks:

  • Of Beyond

EP #4: June 23

Favorite tracks:

  • Reborn Again

EP #5: June 25

Favorite tracks:

  • Shut Eye
  • Buried Alive

EP #6: June 26

Favorite tracks:

  • Thirteen
  • Buried Alive

EP #7: June 30

Favorite tracks:

  • Forever With The Devil
  • Double Life

EP #8: June 30

Favorite tracks:

  • Night Of The Eagle

We particularly love the artistic aesthetic of each EP "cover" consisting of only 4 colors - harkening back to the "cheap" aesthetic of 1960s exploitation movie / pulp paperback book marketing materials.

We chatted with Trevor for a bit and he had commented to us that he was concerned about Beastmaker having so much material, that while he was spinning up his new, more 80s-metal sounding band, Haunt that the Beastmaker music not be lost and that the band still be able to demonstrate that they've been at work.

So with the dates, we can see that there's a tight, multi-day release of music. But we can also see that the release dates are not specific, and deliberate, hinting that it's also possible that this release was put together somewhat haphazardly. What I don't think Trevor and Beastmaker cottoned on was that peopel would ended up seeing the releases, and then get pulled into an exciting and emotionally engaging release form. We can tell you that loving the music, as long as we knew to look for it, such a release event created tremendous excitement for us.

In fact the campaign was so interesting, innovative, and successful, that Bandcamp made a point of including the release campaign in their conducted an interview with Trevor.

There are those who will argue that "the album" is going away. In a sense, we tend to agree. And we lament this. "The Album" format originally started out as a release format due to the analog and physical nature of music recordings. If you wanted people to get your music, you had to record it onto a physical item and then get that physical item into the hands of people for them to listen to it. While it's clear that digital recordings and the Internet blow up that calculation, what the album format did is force an artist or a band to put together a whole integrated piece of artistic work: An artist's complete standalone expression.

The Album was the 20th century's version of a multi-song symphony or opera performance.

So while we didn't get to experience the release with the CDs (they're now available, along with some limited vinyl), the whole release phenomenon was something that was VERY exciting while it was playing out. We hope this lesson isn't lost on people and especially on artists.


Images:

Beastmaker EP-9 ESP Screaming Vultures Skeletal Rider Black Dog
Beastmaker EP-1 Colors Of The Dark Black Butterfly Demon Witch Child Spike Lined Coffin
Beastmaker EP-2 Mortal Souls Carnival Sirens Kiss Spread Your Wings
Beastmaker EP-3 Fire and Brimstone Soulless Corpses Satans Fire Of Beyond
Beastmaker EP-4 Eye To Eye Skyclad Rippers Blade Reborn Again
Beastmaker EP-5 Shut Eye Knights That Came From Hell Who I Am Buried Alive
Beastmaker EP-6 Born Of Evil The Chosen One Thirteens The Hour Midwich
Beastmaker EP-7 Forever With The Devil Vacant Faith Servant Of Night Double Life
Beastmaker EP-8 Night Of The Eagle True Believers Unholy Communion Unpure
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