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Song of the Anvil (2008)

Working mans acoustic folk/blues, the raw sound of music recorded under a single bare lightbulb. Most tracks are first take, done in the shop with a simple USB microphone. There is some background noise in most of the tracks as we were working at the time of recording. The strange slapback echo is a side effect of recording in the shop; it is the sound bouncing off the machines and the far walls of the shop. Most of the songs really need to be added to for completeness, they are only guitars and vocals and lack bass and drums to fill out the spectrum of sound.

Not Forsaken (2009)

A musical journey through personal experiences inspired by a severe spinal injury. Some tracks are quite raw still, to match the feelings of the narrator.

2014 Album (2014)

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IronAngel Forge

BIOGRAPHY

Just a blacksmith for 25+ years, trying to get aching old hands to work. The songs are simple and easy, so I can play and sing them at shows and Ren Fairs around the Great Lakes circut. Despite technical problems that resulted in recording almost the entire album through a USB headset, I have several songs here that I will polish and eventually work into our regular show rotation and rerecord as a finished album when I get the tech issues solved.

BAND MEMBERS
J. Griswold - Guitars, Vocal, Hammer and Anvil C. J. Griswold - Guitar on "Song of the Anvil" Equipment: Takamine EG-230 Squire Fat Telecaster (in baby vomit yellow - they call it "antique white". Humbucker in neck, normal tele bridge pickup). Lotus L-570 (great 1979 les paul copy with a set neck, duncan JB humbucker and solid ash body with a dark tobacco stain finish. Weighs 12 pounds! Plays better than 90% of the real paul's I have ever played, and that's a whole lotta guitars).

YEARS COMPLETED
2008,2009,2014

GENRES
,Alternative


Completed Albums

Song of the Anvil(2008)

Working mans acoustic folk/blues, the raw sound of music recorded under a single bare lightbulb. Most tracks are first take, done in the shop with a simple USB microphone. There is some background noise in most of the tracks as we were working at the time of recording. The strange slapback echo is a side effect of recording in the shop; it is the sound bouncing off the machines and the far walls of the shop. Most of the songs really need to be added to for completeness, they are only guitars and vocals and lack bass and drums to fill out the spectrum of sound.


Day's End   Download
Blacksmith   Download
Blacksmith's Wife   Download
Standing at the Crossroads of the Elements   Download
Song of the Anvil   Download
Anvils in the Rain   Download
Burned my Finger Blues   Download
Go Away Boy, You Bother Me   (preferred)   Download
Forge Smoke Rises   Download
Blacksmith (reprise)   Download
Introduction to Old Guy Rock   Download
Old Guy Rock   Download

Not Forsaken(2009)

A musical journey through personal experiences inspired by a severe spinal injury. Some tracks are quite raw still, to match the feelings of the narrator.


01 - Pain   Download
02 - After the Rain   Download
03 - Comin' Back (raw take)
04 - The Choice   Download
05 - Intermission at the Bayou Circus   Download
06 - Not Forsaken   (preferred)   Download
07 - Goth Song   Download
08 - Brave New World   Download
09 - Light and Shadow   Download
10 - The Final Show   Download

2014 Album(2014)


No tracks have been uploaded for this album yet.