Writing Prompt: Oh My God We’re All Going To Die

I haven’t done a writing circle in a long awhile. Ten years kind of long. And time is not something i have a lot of. But… creativity is a muscle which should be exercised constantly, i’m doing deep editing on the Cabaret album which is more tedious then creative, and my buddy Matthew Broyles is involved so.. i’m in. And it’s good. I enjoy writing short stories on the fly. The prompts are 900 words or less, so you have to keep it short and tame.

Week 1 prompt: Oh My God We’re All Going To Die


1992: In their senior year of high school Dennis Brobart and his best friend Gary Zygote form the symphonic metal band Centurion Rampage along with a guy in their class named Scott who plays drums and listens to Ozzy. They practice religiously in Scott’s basement, learning covers and writing original songs with quite complicated phrasings and rhythms. A major triumph occurs when bassist Phil joins and is able to score them a gig at the beginning of the summer opening for hard core band The Slurping Rogers.

Dennis and Gary are the main writing team and at the time, best friends. They often sit outside as the weather warms up and talk of their dreams of stardom and world domination.

The gig is a disaster. The boys’ compositions are impressively ambitious, but alas, they do not possess anywhere near the required skill to adequately perform them. Also, the hard core audience hates them. After the gig Gary gets wasted with The Slurping Rogers. Dennis cries for awhile then walks 7 miles home.


1996: At college together, Dennis and Gary continue the band. After a terrible falling out with their old drummer (who they fire for ”lack of chops”, although Dennis is secretly relieved for jealousy reasons) they replace the other members and after a few years at college are actually rather decent. Their following is relatively small and to the boys’ sadness include very, very few female fans. However, some of the bros at Phi Sigma Beta think they’re the bomb and they play all their parties as well as some bar gigs.


2000: After college Dennis and Gary and their drummer Alex all move to Philadelphia together to take the band to heights of glory. They scour gigs around the city and eventually land a couple regular nights at some clubs. They pull together money from their days jobs (of which Gary has the best and therefore is often asked to contribute the most) and record their first CD, Universal Spasmodium, which to them sounds like the height of professionalism. To their credit, it is indeed just this side of listenable.

However, it is now several years after college and while the band is surviving, their dreams of glory are giving way to a certain tedium. Alex quits and is replaced and Gary starts getting promotions which he keeps quiet from Dennis and the band so he isn’t asked to contribute even more cash. Gary starts to think seriously about quitting the band and focusing fully on his burgeoning career. Also, Gary and Dennis have been living together since college and by now drive each other nuts.


2002: The band records their second album Wasteland of Depravity. They sell 475 copies all told at gigs which they consider to be a monumental success. Dennis sleeps with Gary’s girlfriend, feels incredible shame but doesn’t tell him. That is, until at a summer festival they do acid together and Dennis in a fit of drug induced guilt, confesses. Gary doesn’t mind at all. Until he comes down that is, at which point he starts minding a great deal. The two get separate places soon after, although the band stays together.


2003: Gary tells Dennis he is quitting the band. Dennis cries for an hour and begs him to stay long enough to record one last CD. By now Gary barely thinks about the band as his job is going quite well and is rather more engaging and fulfilling then he would have imagined. He shows up at gigs and practices, although has managed to get practices whittled down to next to nothing. Dennis is writing most of the songs and has written a double album story cycle he has titled Oh My God, We’re All Gonna Die.

Gary has given it a lot of thought and decides that what he really needs more than anything, is to just never see Dennis’ god damn face ever again, or at least for a decade or two. Their drummer and bassist don’t care either way.  They are in 3 to 4 different bands each, including a wedding band together which pays the bills shockingly well. Of all their bands, Centurion Rampage is their second to least favorite so they’re fine with the news that Gary wants to go, and plan on splitting when he does.

Despite all this, Dennis convinces the band to record this last CD. He even gets them to practice more, which they all do grudgingly out of guilt for breaking his little crybaby heart.


2004: The CD is recorded and finished. The band splits up, although they perform the full album live twice before they do. They sell 27 copies at the gig.

They never see each other again.

In September Dennis uploads the album online then heads out to California to work as a hired marijuana farmer. He figures he’ll pick the weed, make some money and figure out what to do next.


Oh My God, We’re All Gonna Die by Centurion Rampage becomes a bit of an internet phenomenon, at least among symphonic metal fans. While the band had had a hard time attracting fans of the genre in their area, across the net there turns out to be a ton of them. And they love the album. Bands for the next 2 decades site the album as a major influence.

Unfortunately, on his trip to California Dennis got into a car crash during a rain storm and was killed.

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Posted by on October 23, 2016 in Uncategorized


A Little Weird West Cabaret Artwork

A Little Weird West Cabaret Artwork


Artist Sarah DeBuck sent in the final character design for Hank the Sheriff who was a bit too pale in previous incarnations. He should look like Antonio Banderas in his prime. Also, she’s fooling around with cover compositions and this one in particular i really liked so i thought i’d share it.


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Posted by on October 21, 2016 in Uncategorized


The Steampunk Charity Music Bundle by Groupees. Includes Dolls of New Albion.!

Dolls of New Albion is part of a steampunk music charity bundle. You pay what you want as long as it’s at least $2 and you get 9 steampunk albums by various artists. A % determined by customers is donated to MyMusicRx charity (bringing music to children facing cancer) and the rest gets split evenly among the participating artists.

Give to charity and get a heap of great albums by some fabulous artists. Abney Park, The Clockwork Dolls, Michael Gelphi, even The Mechanisms, they’re all on there. Plus, if the charity raises a goal of $1,000 an extra album is unlocked. An odd thing it is… a bunch of strange and unheard of fairy tales called Fairy Tales for the Lost and Wandering, which i found to be quite stimulating.

So check it out. Give some money to kids with cancer and get a bunch of great steampunk albums.


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Posted by on October 19, 2016 in Uncategorized


New Albion Explained: On The Day We Come Its Over by The Geeky Atheist

As long as he keeps makin’ em, i’m gonna keep posting them.


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Posted by on October 16, 2016 in Uncategorized


What’s Up With the Balkan Rock Opera?

Some of you care! I had no idea. Well, here’s the deal:

I spent the first half of this year writing a 90 minute rock opera meant to be played by an actual 6 piece band (drums, bass, guitar, keys, accordion and fiddle. Ethnic instruments can also be added) and sung by 4 singers. A couple people i know here in the Balkans thought they might be able to snag some financing so i let them give it a try.

After completing the initial composition and full demo i took a pause and put it down even thought i knew there were some rough patches. It was a good time to take a break on it and see how the financing went. I turned my attention to the weird west cabaret which is currently my consuming obsession, but which is likely to be finished in a month as soon as the singers complete their work.

The financing went nowhere. That isnt going to happen. A little bit ago i stuck the thing in my car stereo and gave it a listen. I discovered that 2/3 of it is totally awesome and 1/3 of it blows. Not bad, i know how to fix it.

To hire the musicians and singers i need to record it i would need 6,000 euros. 8,000 is ideal but it can be done for 6k. I cannot finance it myself since… i’m a musician. Everything that comes in is used to keep my family alive and happy and i have no savings whatsoever. Thus the only way it’s going to happen is through a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign.

To be bluntly honest, i don’t believe that i can raise 6,000 euros in a kickstarter campaign. Just speaking practically i dont actually think i can do it. Left without options however i have no choice but to attempt it. I have never personally run a kickstarter. I would be wise to find someone who has succesfully run a few and take their advice. You know anyone?

After i release the Cabaret which is all i am consumed with at the moment, i swear to you i am going to make this a freaking great album or die trying, i will turn my attention back to the rock opera. It will likely be titled Hajduk and Janissary. I will start a campaign and see how far i can get. I will fix the sucky 1/3. I will hire 6 musicians… you must understand balkan musicians make less than any other musicina on earth. It’s horrifying. I’ve seen 30 something year old seasoned professionals making 5 bucks a gig. I am going to use that kickstarter money to pay them what they’re worth. 

Anyway, if i can raise enough i will hite the musicians and singers, rehearse them for a couple weeks then send them into a studio to record the songs. We will record live. In other words, instead of everyone laying down their tracks separately, they will enter the studio well rehearsed and play the songs all together. Then i’ll bring in the singers. It is theoretically possible to do the entire recording in a week, but we will plan on a bit more. No more than 2 weeks though. While i will oversee the entire process i will not play or perform on the album.

And then we will have a 90 minute rock opera. Hopefully. In theory. We shall see.


Posted by on October 15, 2016 in Uncategorized


Psyche Corp’s Dance With Me Visual Storybook

You definitely want to check this out because this is gorgeous. Psyche Corporation’s “Dance for Me” story booklet of stills from the music video  can be found here:


It’s trippy, weird and beautiful, three great tastes that taste great together.


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Posted by on October 11, 2016 in Uncategorized


Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret Update


Well looky here… somewhere along the way i actually made it to the final stretch. I’m putting the finishing touches on the Finale now. I’ve started sending tracks off to the all the singers. I will spend the next month getting the vocals back and most importantly going over everything with a fine, FINE tooth comb. (Is a tooth comb a thing? Is that an old way of saying tooth brush? I mean, HOW would you…) I want this one perfect in its execution.

So, to remind you: This album is Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret, The Ballad Of Lost Hollow Act 1. It should be considered a first act, albeit a rather long (60 minutes) first act. Book 1 if you will. After release i will not answer any questions about anything other than what is actually in the album. If you need clarification on anything in one of the songs i’ll be happy to tell you. Speculation beyond that however i shall not be engaging in.

As mentioned previously, this one should be fairly straightforward. It’s not nearly as complex as New Albion stuff… or rather, it’s about as complex as a single act. Think of it that way. It’s a cabaret performed in a saloon in a weird west town, presented in real time. Nice and simple. Instrumentation would be perfect if it were only old timey kind of instruments, just like a truly live performance, but… on that score we’re taking a lot of liberties. One day if performed live we’ll cut down to scaled down live band. This is not all that scaled down. You may complain. I understand your pain. I chose the option in which your ears will have the most intense aural eargasms and i will not apologize for it.  I mean… come on, cut me some slack. Do you want a peck on the outer ear or do you want a blistering, body convulsing eargasm? I have no choice. Forgive me.

I do not have a release date, but it will undoubtedly be in November. No question. Probably in the 20s. Near Thanksgiving for you Americans. It’s mostly down to the singers now. One month is definitely enough time for me to go over every nook and cranny of the music and lyrics. So… mid to late November. The Ballad Of Lost Hollow Act 1: Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret.



Posted by on October 10, 2016 in Uncategorized