The Thunder Rolls (Cover) (Single)

Justin Bruce

I was 11 years old when Garth Brooks first released The Thunder Rolls. The song made such a huge impact on my musical style and direction that I knew I eventually wanted to pay a fitting tribute.

Brook's The Thunder Rolls has such an incredibly haunting feel that I knew it would work well as a bluesy, country/hard rock song. One day in mid-2020,
I was 11 years old when Garth Brooks first released The Thunder Rolls. The song made such a huge impact on my musical style and direction that I knew I eventually wanted to pay a fitting tribute.

Brook's The Thunder Rolls has such an incredibly haunting feel that I knew it would work well as a bluesy, country/hard rock song. One day in mid-2020, I started the process of re-creating it as my own and this was the result. It took some time to find the right musicians to help me build the initial framework so that I could then begin layering guitar tracks in and eventually putting down vocals.

At first, I started recording vocals with the mindset that I wanted it to sound as much like Garth Brooks as possible. I then realized that if I was going to create a different, blues/country-rock version of the song, the vocals also needed to have a "haunting, bluesy" feel as well. I eventually decided on using "bluesy sounding" vocals in the verses and "country sounding" vocals in the chorus to achieve something really different and unique, but still very fitting as a tribute to the legendary Garth Brooks. If he eventually hears this song, hopefully he is happy with how it turned out.
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Kill Zone (Single)

Shame the Masses (feat. Bryant Sutton)

Doug Orlando, Assistant Editor at Metal Majesty Records

Doug: "We were so careful in the 'sonic and lyrical' crafting of this song out of our respect for the subject matter. There was a heavy responsibility in the telling of this story as it is based on the real-life events from the worst day of someone’s life. Now full disclosure, we have
Doug Orlando, Assistant Editor at Metal Majesty Records

Doug: "We were so careful in the 'sonic and lyrical' crafting of this song out of our respect for the subject matter. There was a heavy responsibility in the telling of this story as it is based on the real-life events from the worst day of someone’s life. Now full disclosure, we have absolutely taken some artistic liberties (with the approval of the song's protagonist), but there is way more truth to this song than is comfortable going into detail about.

When interviewing the subject about this portion of his life, it was roughly a 3-month-long process. On one occasion, we were at the gym and as this story was being told, there were tears staining the cheeks of the storyteller. He was gripping the bar so hard that he had blood under the fingernails from the nails detaching from the nail bed. Another time at the gun range as he loaded up the magazine, his hands were shaking, and he dropped a few rounds. Then there was just a switch flipped. The magazine was slammed home, the bolt closed...low ready...finger straight and off the trigger. The range was cleared hot, and the steel started to ring shot after shot. Then a strong and clear voice spilled out the rest of this story. It was a relief even for us to be through this and it wasn’t even our tale.

One of the amazing things about art is that it is interpreted by the person taking it in. If you find this song motivating or cool and it pumps you up to bang out that first 300lb rep on the bench or burn down the track to a sub 10 sec. quarter mile, then from Shame the Masses to you “hell yeah and good on ya”! But this song at its core is a horror rock song. For those that know there is something out there that sinks into you at your worst, and it never lets you go. This song is about that thing that answers when God hasn’t, and you hope it never comes for you again. If you live every moment avoiding situations that might draw out that thing inside, and you numb yourself in whatever manner it takes to cope with that portion of your life, then you know what this song is really talking about.

The final line you might recognize as the title of the first song we released. We started this journey at the end because the redemption arc needed to be shown before the fall. It was the responsible way we felt this tale should be told. In the end there is hope. No matter where you are in your own tale, Shame the Masses are grateful you have made us the soundtrack of your story if even for a little while."

Justin Bruce, guitarist/vocalist at Shame the Masses

Justin: "As Doug pointed out, we had to be really careful in the way that the development of this song took place. The subject matter wasn't just pulled out of a figment of our imaginations. There's a real person with a real story that is the inspiration for this song, and we had to make sure that the proper amount of respect was given every step of the way. As each of us were present for the interview process with the real-life protagonist of the story, we respectfully and intently listened and put ourselves into the situation to try and feel what they felt. This is not the kind of thing that you take lightly. We made sure that as much time as necessary was given. Like Doug indicated, it was basically a 3-month-long process.

Once we had the story from the interviews, it was time to try and give that story a sound. For me, it's like 'how do I take what this person went through and put that to sound waves?' You know? I had to try and make the sound that anyone else could listen to and have some idea what this person went through. I decided that in order to create that 'rumble and chaos' of the battlefield, it needed to be heavy...like really heavy. I decided to try a baritone 6 and a 9-string, both tuned way down to A. That definitely got us into the right territory.

The clean riff on the baritone 6 that starts things off and reappears at various points is a riff that I had developed quite a while before as a 'Dream Theater-ish' thing and it fit perfectly for this song. From that basis, we just built layer upon layer and added more heavy riffs. It started to sound like the battlefield, ya know? Just meandering clean riffs that depict soldiers sneaking their way into position and then these huge in-your-face power chords that sound like firefights breaking out and bombs hitting the ground. It just slowly builds upon itself adding tension and uncertainty to the situation at each point. You gradually become more and more unsure of what's about to happen around the next corner. Due to the trauma he has endured, the protagonist is inescapably losing his sanity and building his fury on the battlefield.

A few minutes in, the main clean baritone guitar riff that keeps you holding onto reality drops out. By the time the vocals end and the clean riff steps back in at around the 5-minute mark, you are pretty well certain that things are about to hit the fan! Not only is our protagonist NOT going to 'die young today', he's about to make certain that no one else on the battlefield is left alive either. 6 minutes in, you reach the point where our protagonist has totally lost his mind and for the last 2 minutes, he is an uncontrolled force of fury killing everything in sight. It's sonic chaos all around you...like what I can imagine war sounds something like if you turn it into a song.

But further beyond that and deeper is returning to the fact that there was a lot of care and respect that went into this. We had to make it raw and in-your-face, but still retain the deep respect for this person's story. It wasn't made up. This shit really happened to this person and we are trying to humble ourselves to the level of doing the story honor and justice. Anyone out there who listens to this song should be able on some level to feel what this situation was like. We had to sonically drop you into this battlefield and firefight. It's pretty intense. I truly hope that we did enough respect and justice to the story."
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Give It Back to the Lord (Single)

Justin Bruce

"Give It Back to the Lord" tells the story of a converted, redeemed late middle-aged person who is thinking back many years to the days of youth, with reckless, carefree living only for selfish pleasures and constant prideful boasting. However, in the midst of selfish living, the narrator receives a message from an unknown source telling him to
"Give It Back to the Lord" tells the story of a converted, redeemed late middle-aged person who is thinking back many years to the days of youth, with reckless, carefree living only for selfish pleasures and constant prideful boasting. However, in the midst of selfish living, the narrator receives a message from an unknown source telling him to "give it back to the Lord". Knowing that he is living an unsustainable way of life, he occasionally reminds himself that he was told to "give it back to the Lord".

Still recalling his past sometime later after his most youthful days, as he began to age, the narrator began to realize how hard and difficult life is, but still being stubborn and prideful, he is untrusting and only relies on himself...not realizing at the time just how "far from home" (or salvation) he really was. Still believing he is not capable of salvation, again he receives the message "you better give it back to the Lord".

Now, in the present, the narrator recalls the recent past when he finally accepted salvation and "came to know the truth" after so many years of running. He knows that aging and time "stills the restless youth" and has worn away his stubbornness and reckless energy. His life has gone by so quickly that years have gone by like days. After converting and turning his life over to God, but having nothing else important to claim in life, he still knows that he can tell others "you have to give it back to the Lord". He realizes that he owes his entire existence to Jesus and the sacrifice that He made for all and he will continue to spread the message "we gotta give it back to the Lord".
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Punk Enough to Die Young (Single)

Shame the Masses (feat. Bryant Sutton)

This was actually a very cool and special song to develop and record. In early 2021, a very old friend of mine named Bryant passed along to me a set of lyrics that he had been working on for a while. I immediately knew that something special was there and it had a great "1980s arena rock" party vibe going on. As I started developing the music and
This was actually a very cool and special song to develop and record. In early 2021, a very old friend of mine named Bryant passed along to me a set of lyrics that he had been working on for a while. I immediately knew that something special was there and it had a great "1980s arena rock" party vibe going on. As I started developing the music and the rock guitar progression to set the lyrics to, the hard-rocking nature of the song quickly fell into place and I got really excited about how the song was sounding. I wanted to make sure that this great "party song" ended on a high note, so I put together the finale. I sat down and recorded the closing guitar solo in one take, and then listened to it again later and I couldn't believe how great it fit in at the end.
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Elysian Fields (Album)

Galvladi Oglaigh

Visit us on:
https://www.justin-bruce.com/galvladioglaigh
https://www.facebook.com/galvladioglaigh

*Note: For the best listening experience, these compositions are mixed to be enjoyed through a set of HD stereo headphones.
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Black Widow (One More Time) (Single)

Shame the Masses (feat. Matthew Christopher Komlofske)

Official Website: https://justin-bruce.com

Stream:
https://open.spotify.com/track/2lOFEPTz0yTp1K39Uqop1A?si=e4b71f65c31743d0

T-Shirts and merchandise:
https://teespring.com/stores/shame-th...

Proceeds go towards future productions.

Visit us on:
https://www.justin-bruce.com
https://www.facebook.com/shamethemasses
www.instagram.com/jbruce5150

Official Website: https://justin-bruce.com

Stream:
https://open.spotify.com/track/2lOFEPTz0yTp1K39Uqop1A?si=e4b71f65c31743d0

T-Shirts and merchandise:
https://teespring.com/stores/shame-th...

Proceeds go towards future productions.

Visit us on:
https://www.justin-bruce.com
https://www.facebook.com/shamethemasses
www.instagram.com/jbruce5150

The development of "Black Widow" is interesting. Back in mid-2019, Matt, Bill Daniels and I were working on a project together. Matt wrote the synth/drum track and to me, it sounded perfect for a kind of ominous industrial-rock, NIN-style song. I began writing the lyrics, but we only made it partially through development before we all got super busy with other projects. Fast forward to mid-2021 when I'm working on a ton of other material. I picked up "Black Widow" again myself and the rest of the lyrics quickly fell into place and the song was complete. It's obviously based on/inspired by the classic film Fatal Attraction.
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Shame the Masses (Single)

Shame the Masses

"People usually interpret Shame the Masses as meaning - like me pointedly saying 'shame on all of you', but that's actually not it at all. There's a much deeper moral and Christian theme to the song. It's actually a call to ALL OF US, myself included, to basically shame (humble) OURSELVES into realizing that we each have our one life to live to
"People usually interpret Shame the Masses as meaning - like me pointedly saying 'shame on all of you', but that's actually not it at all. There's a much deeper moral and Christian theme to the song. It's actually a call to ALL OF US, myself included, to basically shame (humble) OURSELVES into realizing that we each have our one life to live to show the world who we really are and to rise above the baseness of secular society...of the herd mentality of the 'hive and flock'. To see that always living in the moment for empty pleasures and our 'willful apathy' results in losing our innocence long-term. Jesus Christ made the sacrifice for ALL of us, but so many people just disregard it and blissfully worship our false idols. Even if you want to look at it from a purely moral rather than religious point of view, we still have a responsibility to set the example and be something bigger."

"Many people also feel like 'Christian music' or something with a deeper message can't be super heavy mainstream rock or metal either. This isn't exactly mainstream, but my point was also to catch people's attention with catchy, driving music that they would have fun listening to, but that was also really different. Musically, I've also been gradually branching out further and further into playing other instruments, and the fact that this message is meant for the entire world-audience led to me incorporating more folk instruments into the mix along with what I'm calling a 'tribal beat' of the 9-string guitar and drums. I tried several different instruments during recording, but the sitar just sounded right for this song"

The official music video can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blrUMMvi3fU

Official band merchandise can be found here:
https://teespring.com/stores/shame-the-masses
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Gates Bookerton: Proto​-​Virtuoso (Remastered) [1973]

Gates Bookerton

Gates Bookerton...described as Proto-Virtuoso...

Through a series of mysterious and transcendent interactions with Andrew J., the staff of Metal Majesty Records came to be connected to the recordings of a person known as Gates Bookerton.

Through a great deal of research and only seeing it fitting to follow through with the wishes of Andrew J.,
Gates Bookerton...described as Proto-Virtuoso...

Through a series of mysterious and transcendent interactions with Andrew J., the staff of Metal Majesty Records came to be connected to the recordings of a person known as Gates Bookerton.

Through a great deal of research and only seeing it fitting to follow through with the wishes of Andrew J., the staff of Metal Majesty Records has fully published the recordings, story, and artwork as presented to the studio.

Read the story of Andrew J. and Gates Bookerton that was delivered to Metal Majesty Records in 2021 here:
https://metalmajesty.com/the-story-of-gates-bookerton
https://justin-bruce.com/the-story-of-gates-bookerton
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