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Started by Travis, March 17, 2015, 04:36:01 pm

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March 17, 2015, 04:36:01 pm Last Edit: March 18, 2015, 03:31:27 pm by Travis

Update! Now available for pre-order here:

Allow 6 weeks for shipping but it could be much less.

What started out as another "When will Axiology be repressed?" question, and the vinyl release option, got me thinking about the Thanatopsis CD's and CD's in general. As has been talked about here many times, CDs have reached the end of their usefulness, at least as far as independent and alternative music releases go. Still, I hate to see these and any of my catalog go out of print. The problem comes after the first pressing sells out the market is saturated and it's ones and two's at a time after that, there is no economic incentive to repress.
So, they are left as download only. Still there is always somebody asking for the CD.

I was looking into remixing Axiology for vinyl and opened some hard drives I hadn't loaded for 10 years and was quite amazed at what I found. Thanatopsis projects were never recorded in the conventional sense, start to finish each CD as a whole. They were always multiple ideas that started out a bits and pieces and fleshed out over time till I had a sense they were done. Then when there were enough to release a CD, I pressed one. What I found was a bunch of tracks in various states of completion left behind. I thought I had used the last of these Thanatopsis tracks on "Left Hanging".  But when I started opening the files and listening I was really enjoying the vibe and performances that were left behind. So I started messing with them. I was a real nostalgic trip. I time traveled back 10 to 15 years and got into it as I always did. It was fun and I very much like what came of it. There is the unmistakable sound of Thanatopsis, you can hear Axiology and Anatomize and even a little Dragons of Eden as the tracks go forward in time. I ended up with about 7 tracks, about 40 minutes of music.

So, here's my idea. It used to be that a Thanatopsis CDs would sell around 400 copies in the first few months of release. I have no idea what the demand would be now. I want to use the sales of this CD to save the others. If I can sell 100, I'll pay for the pressing. If I can sell 200, I'll repress Axiology. If I can sell 300, I'll press the Axiology vinyl. If that generates any more sales then I will repress the first Thanatopsis CD since there is just a handful left in stock. That will insure there will be Thahatopsis CDs available for at least the rest of my life.

So, I will probably offer a pre-sale of the new Thanatopsis with about a 6 week time frame to ship. I may put a track up to listen to but I'm undecided, it might be fun to just drop the whole thing. I'll add a track listing and pre-order information here as soon as I get things lined up for pressing. I'm still mulling it over and I'll listen to any feedback or ideas concerning any of this.


I'm in.  Your whole idea sounds great, Travis.  New Thanatopsis is all the way at the top of my list of things that I want to happen.  Requiem - yeah.  Thanks, I can hardly wait!


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Count me in.  This is an awesome concept, and business model for your fans.
Can't wait to indulge once again.
We Do These Things!!!


I'm in as well.  Thanks Travis!



I'm totally in, Thanatopsis is fucking great. I'll buy the new cd and the 2 repress of the old ones. Thanks Travis!




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New Thanatopsis? Are you kidding me?! I'm in. I've been waiting years for this. Words cannot describe how thankful I am that this is happening.


QuoteI'm in too   :)

...but 15$ of shipping to France !  ???  Is that not a bit expensive ?



This is awesome news all around Travis!  If for some insane reason this doesn't make it to 300 pre-orders, please let us know.  I'd be willing to buy more copies if it meant I could get Axiology on vinyl!

I know that I personally as well as many others have really appreciated your dedication over the years and the special attention you have paid to the fans. 

Now I'm gonna guy try to get others to order this as well!


I desperately want Axiology on vinyl


Ordered mine, can't wait to hear it 8)