New Sour Milk Theorem song is slow, heavy, and makes you ready to walk into the rain.

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Sour Milk Theorem is a one man melodic metal band I have been following for many years now.

Any time SMT releases new music, IT IS REALLY GOOD.

This new song is no exception. IT IS REALLY GOOD.

Take a listen to “Waking To The Rain” on soundcloud now.

It is slow, heavy, and melodic.

Enjoy ❤

Follow Sour Milk Theorem on FACEBOOK and SOUNDCLOUD

Look for the new Sampler due out soon.

GREEN HELL: THE ONLINE PREMIERE!

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Tunnel to the Underground and CRIMSON’S CORONER will be hosting the online premiere of GREEN HELL: A JAY CRIMSON FILM.

So what the fuck is GREEN HELL anyway?

Well, it’s a drugged out horror flick made to play like a damaged VHS tape.

Jay Crimson (who writes a column on this blog called Crimson’s Coroner) contacted me early this summer and asked me if I wanted to edit this horror film he had been sitting on since 2006-07. Upon review of his rough cut I hopped on board. We wrapped up post production by Halloween and had our first local premiere, followed by two others.

We now would like to share this thing with the world (for a moment in time at least)

Thus we will be hosting the video on youtube and letting it stream for a week.

You will be finding the main page here on the blog November 24th, and the movie will stream until the 30th.

You can join the official facebook event page HERE to keep updated. Or just keep checking back at the blog.

In the mean time. CHECK OUT THE TRAILER!

Tunnel Tips: Balancing Priority and Passion (Part 2)

So In my last post I talked a little bit about the balancing act between work and passion, and how using time management helped me face my fears and accomplish my goals.

In this post I am going to touch on some effective time management techniques I have been using lately. I will also talk a bit about keeping that brain of yours upbeat and healthy.

Okay so the very first step taken in my time management regimen was tackling the wake/sleep schedule demon.

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Being an insomniac most of my life, my most manic and creative moments came late at night when the rest of the world shut down. This was always frustrating, especially because of my desire to work with others on projects.

It also added to my fear of having a solid job. Waking up early for work sounded like a nightmare to me.

Changing this mentality was key to time management.

If you’re like me then you might like sleep a little too much. Staying up all night and sleeping 12 hours into the afternoon won’t get you anywhere. You wake up a slug and typically remain one until the night when you magically transform into a wise owl.

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The first thing you have to do is fall out of love with sleep.

Instead of smothering yourself with sleep you need to take only as much as you need to function. This can be anywhere from 6-8 hours.

You also have to try and get a solid sleep. So take some time at night and settle yourself down.

Take a shower. Put on some comfy clothes. Avoid things that make you active or anything that triggers critical thinking. Shut down.

Now personally I sought to do the whole 9-5 routine so that I could be productive during the day hours. So I hit the sack around midnight and wake around seven or eight.

Next step in time management is a simple yet effective tool called the calender.

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Tools like a calender help you visualize your day and helps you plan ahead. The calender has helped me immensely.

Make plans? Write it down. Want to set a goal? Write it down. Do something special on that day? Write it down so you can look back.

I save my calenders and put them into a time capsule. This way I can look back to figure out when I did certain things, or you can simply look back and reminisce.

It beats letting several non productive months pass you by. It sucks wondering what you did to pass the time.

You can take it up a level and get yourself a planner as well. Most of us have the tools right on our phones. Which is awesome because you always have your tool with you.

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When I write something on my calender I copy it to my phone and visa versa. So my desk calender serves as home base and my phone is my travel buddy.

Next crucial step to time management is planning ahead.

One thing that really messed my head up was waking up wondering what I should do with my day. It kind of stops you dead in your tracks. It also takes time to figure out an effective plan of action.

I solved this problem by keeping a daily log.

At the end of the night before I cool down for bed I write an entry in my log.

In this log I recap my achievements for the day. I write down any lessons I learned. And I list my goals for the following day so I can wake up with a plan of action.

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If I know what hour my event is taking place on the following day then I punch it into my phones planner.

Now you must keep in mind that nothing ever goes according to plan. So try and not to be too ocd about any of these tips. You have to be organic and bend with the wind. But it never hurts to have a little direction.

So I am going to wrap this blog up here. In my next blog I will touch on keeping that brain of yours up beat while you adventure through life’s challenges.

Tips and tricks: balancing priority and passion part 1

I struggled balancing my passion for art with having a day job for the longest time.

I had a great fear that working long hours at a day job would drain me of all passion and energy, and would hinder my creative ability.

So I avoided a good job like one would avoid a sickness or an anoying neighbor.

What usually happened as a result was actually the opposite of what I was after.

I became stressed. Not being able to make ends meat took more energy out of me than working a job would have. So usually it always ended the same. Me all depressed working neither with art or labor.

So I would find myself a crummy job just to get by and neglect my artist ambition. Because let’s face it. A lot of my ambitions required a little bit of cash.

So what changed? Did I find a way around this dilema?

Yup.

Its called time management.

I learned that there is plenty enough time in my day to do a little of both as long as I was on the ball.

I put this theory to the test when I worked full time at my job and edited a feature length movie at the same time.

What I soon found out was that having a good job and effective time management skills actually increased my ambition to make art on my free time. Not only that, I now had a little extra cash to put money into my projects allowing me to take my body of work a little further.

Anyways I thought I would share this exciting developement with my friends in the underground since a lot of us struggle with this issue.

Just believe in your passion and push forward.

I will be posting another blog with some time management tips and tips to keep that brain healthy. Until then.

Sirona Records has a new mixtape out, and it’s brutal!

Sirona Records puts out a new Mix Tape every so often. The Mix Tapes are themed, usually with a collection of songs with similar genres. These songs are pulled from Sirona’s massive library of free releases, hand picked by our friend Arnaude (Owner of Sirona)

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Mix Tape #7 features 22 songs that hail from various metal genreS. It even features five tracks from Tunnel to Underground Volumes 2 and 3.
Not to mention, it features a couple tracks from our very own Shovel Bums here in the Tunnel. (MirroriM, No Class Assassins, The Wretched Corpse Anatomy)
So throw it in the player and start punching holes through the wall right away.

To check out Sirona Records collection of Mix Tapes CLICK HERE <-

Juneva: Boston Funkcore? I can dig it.

Juneva, a self-proclaimed “Funkcore” band from the Boston area, have delivered an outstanding debut four-track EP. I’m really digging the sounds on this thing. The instrumentation is excellent and the vocals are utilized with great effect. There is a nice mix of clean singing and some screaming on here and they both sound awesome. Some members of this group were in a band that released one of my favorite EPs last year. Their band Storyteller disbanded to form this band. Check out their EP Sonne Lacuna here!

On to the Juneva release, A Cambiata!

This EP has some really fun guitar work. As a guitarist primarily, it is typically the first thing I listen for when getting into a new band. It didn’t disappoint me at all. Very melodic leads all over these four tracks that sound happy and make me want to move. This EP is littered with excellent chord progressions and it really shows. Despite being very active, I don’t think the guitar is too over-the-top. I really want to know what gear was used on this record, but I’d like to know. I know Tyler Dack, one of the guitarists, runs a 2-Channel Dual Rectifier. If that’s what I’m hearing, it sounds great. Juneva, get at my effects pedal blog and tell me your gear if you read this. fuckyeaheffectspedals.tumblr.com Thanks in advance. hehe

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The drums are fun and really add a lot of dynamic, they change up pretty regularly and are very tasteful. They are a big part of the overall vibe of the EP. I’d love to see them performed live. Now the vocals on this are really great and I think they give the band a good shot at doing pretty well. The clean singing really compliments the music and sounds awesome throughout the entire EP. The screaming is nice, and I can actually make out the lyrics which is always a plus. I really like when the vocals are blended together in spots. The vocals are in front of the mix a little more than I like, but not enough so that it bothers me. More so just a preference thing there. The mix overall is actually pretty solid. Everything is easily distinguishable and sounds clear. Kudos to the engineering and mixing.

Overall, I’m just really stoked that there is a band out there taking some of my favorite elements of bands like Dance Gavin Dance and making it more refined and even cohesive. This EP is super dancey and it’s really refreshing to hear from a small band. I really hope they stick together for a while and make plenty of other releases, I think they could do great things. Don’t sleep on this EP, because it’s fucking great. It’s also name your price, so you have no excuse to check it out!!

Check out Juneva’s pages listed below for more information and stay in contact with them.

Juneva’s Facebook

Juneva’s Twitter

Juneva’s Bandcamp

Thanks for reading!

-Komrade Karebear