Feb 022017
 

Well it seems like this album is cursed. We had to part ways with singer #6. Or was it #7? I’ve actually lost track. It’s beyond frustrating. Since Utopia is a concept album, this is forcing us to start over every time. It’s a good thing the vocals have been recorded for free in either my studio or the singer’s. Otherwise this album would’ve been crazy expensive.

For personal reasons, I’m having to take a break from music for a bit and that means putting this album on hold. It will get done eventually but it looks like we’ll have to hire a pro singer.

– Rand

Dec 052015
 

Recently, the night before the singer came over to sing on “Sleeping Giant,” I finally wrote the lyrics! With all the singer changes, I was having new guys do the songs other guys had already done, which meant I didn’t need to get moving on this one for a long time, especially when another guy split.  We’re on singer #6 , if you’re keeping count.

Unfortunately, life is continuing to get in the way so that progress is once again slow, but I think this will pick-up soon, after the holidays. In the meantime, I’m trying to make sure we have at least working lyrics and vocal parts ready for songs that still needed work.

Feb 202015
 

We’ve uploaded more of the Utopia album, minus vocals.  You can now hear half the album!  Please take a listen on the home page and get an idea what’s in store for you!

These are the final performances but the mixing is mine, not the pro job that Drew Mazurek has done.  This might give you some idea why I’m so determined to get this album done despite the previous problems with singers.  I think the material kicks ass.  Walt is coming by tomorrow to finish off “Sign Language” and work on “The Wake”.

– Rand

Jan 052015
 

It’s seemed like a quiet few months for music, but Z-Order has a new singer as of August 2014. Walt and I are hard at work trying to finish the Utopia album.  Most of the work is really his, as Dave, James, and myself finished our parts years ago. I’m mostly engineering and acting as producer.

It’s hard to believe Walt is the sixth, yes sixth singer to work on this.  The first singer quit all the way back in March of 2011, almost four years ago. When the album is done, I’ll deserve a medal for perserverance, but if you know anything about my personal life, you’ll know it’s nothing new.  In a sense, I’m the opposite of the singers who’ve quit, honoring a commitment to the point of insanity.

But I know the material is worth it, and when you finally hear it, I’m confident you’ll agree. I’d give a release date but don’t want to jinx this – and I need all the luck I can find!

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