Hi Brady… Congrats on “Eve of Corruption”… It was really one of the biggest surprises of the year to me.
B: Thanks! We’ve been receiving a lot of great feedback since the record’s release, and I know I speak for all the members of the band when I say that we could not be happier with the reception it’s been getting. Having spent so many years working on it - writing both the story and the music - it’s a huge feeling of accomplishment having fans really appreciate the world we’ve created with Lorenguard.
The band was formed in 2004… and a year later you released an EP called “Of Tales To Come”. Since then Robb Graves (voice) joined the band… but you remained silenced all those years. Why? Did you work on the concept album, writing and recording songs isolated from the music scene?
B: Lorenguard has always been a much larger project than most normal musicians can commit to. Because of this, we took a lot of detours during the early years of the band. Lorenguard was originally founded by myself, my brother Adam, and Chris Cruz (guitarist). However, at that time Chris was playing drums for the thrash band Demiricous, who then got signed by Metal Blade Records. This led to Chris’ forced departure of the band while he focused on recording the first Demiricous record and the following tour. During this time, Adam and I continued on with Lorenguard with a few lineup changes. We played a lot of shows and continued with a rotating lineup (this was around the time when David Schneider joined our ranks). We faced a severe tragedy in those days when our original keyboardist David Russell lost a hard-fought battle to leukemia. As you can imagine, it was a rough path recovering from something like that, but it was in this dark time that Chris Cruz returned full-time to the band and we discovered the new voice of Lorenguard, Robb Graves (formerly of Winterfell). Not long before Robb joined the band, Adam and I encountered an incredibly talented musician (Alec Biccum) at the university we were attending, and finally our lineup was complete.
So, in addition to the lineup challenges Lorenguard faced early on, we still have to cope with logistic issues, with the band members scattered all across the US. This makes it difficult for an independent band to keep up with the touring metal acts that are supported by record labels. But we are all determined to overcome all obstacles and keep Lorenguard a focus in all of our lives.
Did the story “Eve of Corruption” come first and then you decided to write the music according to the events on the book?
B: The story evolved drastically with the music. The general idea of the story was there early on (which is where the band name came from), but as we got deeper into developing Lorenguard’s sound, I really started to take a step back from my earlier drafts of the story and approached it from different angles. At that time, most of the content for the first novel was written back when I was in college, still trying to find my voice as a writer. So, by the time the majority of the songs for “Eve of Corruption” were composed, I decided to scrap a lot of my old work and retell the story with fresh enthusiasm for the world we were building, and with a blistering soundtrack in my head to inspire me. In the end, I like to think that the music and story both inspire each other. The concept comes first, and then we fill that idea in with both the words and the music.
It’s an ambitious music project truly… when did you start thinking about doing such a thing? Although it’s kind a risky in our time… you’ve gone all the way…
B: I’ve always been fascinated by music’s ability to captivate your mind and take it on different journeys, even when you don’t really want to go, haha. Specifically, I still remember the two moments in my life that got me on the path to start a project like this. When I was in high school, I taught myself how to play drums by jamming to Metallica songs with my brother. I remember playing along to Metallica’s “The Thing that Should Not Be” and stopping in the middle of the song, thinking, “Man, what the hell is this song about?” I had always listened to that song, thinking of this Lovecraft-type scene about an old cave off the coast of an immense ocean, where some terrible beast lurked. Regardless what the song was actually about, the fact that it took me there really stuck with me.
The second moment was when I was working at a gym one night, listening to Freedom Call’s “Eternity” album. Even though it’s kind of a “light” concept album, I was still pretty inspired by the atmosphere it created. Something about it just made me forget I was in a sweaty gym, and made me want to explore something new. So, I sat there and wrote the first few ideas I had of Lorenguard, which would later become the inspiration for the song “Greenstone”.
I do agree that this is a pretty ambitious project, and I get reminded of that quite often, haha. But this is by far the greatest thing that I have ever been a part of, and I have no qualms putting in the extra work of creating this world for other people to get lost in - that’s what we’re all about!
What inspired you to write this fantasy story?
B: I’ve always been a lover of fantasy - in games, literature, film, music, you name it. With writing, it’s sort of my comfort zone. Now, I know there’s a certain stigma that goes along with fantasy and there are a lot of bands out there that use generic Tokien-esque fantasy as the “backdrop” for their music. But it’s always been my goal to make the fantasy aspect of Lorenguard sort of transparent. We could just as easily be singing about spaceships and cowboys, but that’s not what’s important. What is important is the atmosphere, and the characters. It’s also very important to me that people realize we aren’t just singing about someone else’s story. We’re singing about something we are actually invested in. We are singing about a world that we built, a story that we crafted specifically for the music we write. And it’s not just a backdrop - each of the band members is playing a role in the story through their instruments. I may be biased, because I’m the “band author,” but to me the story is just as important as the music with this project.
Tell us some things about the names and the locations mentioned (the city of Candrella, Lorendale, King Loren, the hero Lorenguard, The Days of Astasia etc)
B: That’s what the novel is for, haha! But don’t worry, as we speak, I am on my last round of edits. The “Eve of Corruption” novel should be published very early in 2012. But until then, I will explain the concept of Astasia:
The world of Athland (where “Eve of Corruption” takes place) is ruled by a force called the Balance - a sort of cosmic law that ensures that Order cannot utterly destroy Chaos, or vice versa. In essence, the Balance ensures that if someone were to channel a whole lot of divine energy, the act of doing so would allow an opposing person to channel an equal or greater force of infernal power. There’s a back-and-forth that keeps things “fair” in Athland. Now, the concept of Astasia simply means “to be without Balance.” As you can imagine, not having Balance in a world that depends on it is pretty frightening. And the Days of Astasia is a phrase that nearly all mortals fear - it is pretty much synonymous with “Armageddon” or the Apocalypse. That’s all you get, for now…
How difficult is it to dress a fantasy novel musically? How long did it take you to write the songs, record, mix and produce the album?
B: I find it more challenging than difficult - if that makes sense - and I think we as a band really enjoy challenging ourselves musically. All things considered, it probably took us just around four years from the time we began seriously writing songs specifically for this record to the day of release. We had various challenges during the production of the album, but we powered through them and the results speak for themselves.
As you say in your official site, the album was engineered and produced by Christopher Cruz at Blast City Studios. The Mastering was done by Thomas Plec Johansson at Panic Room Mastering. Are you totally satisfied by the final production? Are there any things you would change if you had the chance to do so?
B: Only on my end. There are minor things that I wish I could take another stab at, but I think all musicians face that. As you improve in your craft, you always manage to find a fault where there isn’t necessarily one. But even then, I would never want to act on any of those impulses, haha. It’s so hard to just say “That’s it! That’s the perfect take!” so when you do hear those words, you just give the thumbs up and move on to the next song.
Aside from my own performance, there is literally nothing I would change about the production of the record. Chris, Plec, Ermin (mixer), and all the other amazing engineers we had working on this project did an incredible job, and I couldn’t be happier! Hell, I listen to the album every night and it still blows me away! (i.n.: The guys have done an excellent work indeed!)
How is the cover related to the whole story? It’s a great artwork indeed… bringing in mind the 80s metal artwork when they used to be inspired by fantasy heroes and places… you do not find such things very easily nowadays.
B: That’s true. One thing that drew me to this type of music in the first place when I was a kid was the stunning illustrations that European power metal bands put on their covers. As a gamer, I love flashy fantasy/sci-fi art and it really makes me sad that a lot of modern artists kind of turn their nose up at. Fortunately, there are still a lot of amazing artists out there doing it, and we were lucky enough to have the incredibly talented Julie Dillon not only do our cover, but the band member/character pieces as well.
As far as how it’s related to the story: there are a lot of important elements on that cover piece, but let me just elaborate on one. We have the visage of Sol Saradys at the top of the piece, above his volcanic fortress/prison, where he watches over his adoring cult. I can’t get into too much detail concerning the central figure of the piece, leading the cult. But I think once readers get through the book, they’ll look at the cover in a whole new light…
And why did you choose Lonerguard as the name for your band? Is it a symbol of something?
B: LORE-EN-GUARD is great for chanting at concerts! Haha, no, Lorenguard is sort of like an honorary title for the heroes of the story (the band members). The actual Lorenguard were once a proud legion of knights, but after their kingdom fell, the order was never restored. Maybe someday, it will be…
So, when everything was over and you had the final product on your hands… did you decide to release it by yourself? Did you contact any labels?
B: We have always accepted our fate as an independent band. While we are looking into a few labels, and we are always open to offers, we are fully prepared to run this band ourselves. There are a lot of moving parts that we would very much like to move a certain way, and doing things ourselves helps us ensure that happens. We have very capable, business-minded guys in the band, and we have a lot of really exciting things planned for Lorenguard. To us, it’s much more than just a band - while music and literature are our focus, we are striving to make Lorenguard a full, multi-media experience. (i.n.: I like this perspective… If no one else can do it for you… then just do it yourself!)
What are the advantages and the disadvantages of releasing an album independently? Are you completely happy with the decision you took?
B: There are lots of advantages and tons of disadvantages, haha. In reality, with the music industry kind of in a flux right now, still trying to cope with all these new distribution methods and stuff, we are actually in a very exciting time. Some people are scared by the idea of big record labels not being in control of everything any more, but to me, that’s a new and exciting frontier. Who knows what paths we take in the future, but we are making a splash with this album our own way, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to do it ourselves.
Are the ads, the promotion, distribution, the press and the touring that labels are offering quite compelling for any band so as to sign a contract… or not?
B: There are so many labels out there offering different things, I think this is something that we are going to have to start really dealing with in 2012. We’re still the “little guys” in the metal scene, and we have to start this raging fire (Lorenguard) with a little spark (“Eve of Corruption”). At the moment, we haven’t been presented with anything that offers us more than what we can do ourselves. A lot of labels just want to throw young metal bands out on the road for 365 days out of the year so your band can pay off whatever debt it’s in. And that’s impossible with a family and a career.
Are all those things obligatory now that the Internet can bypass some if not all of those problems? Does the Internet help independent bands to succeed or not in the end? Is it a curse or a blessing?!
B: It’s a tricky issue. Personally, I think the Internet is a blessing for a band like Lorenguard. We appeal to a niche fanbase, and we can really tap into those fans with the internet. For us, it’s crucial.
How hard is it for a band to take care of all those things that a label offers… is it better after all?
B: Obviously, most labels can handle promotion on a much wider scale than an independent band. And the amount of resources they have to work with is hard to generate on your own. But I think it’s more rewarding doing it on your own. It’s much harder work, but you do it the way that you want and you work on it as hard as you want.
Is distribution a big problem for independent release in the very end? I mean there will eventually be some problems due to the local distributors. Thankfully, many people are using the Internet nowadays to buy CDs, so that’s actually good for you in the end.
B: We have been fortunate with distribution, but I know a lot of bands face problems. There are lots of hurdles with global distribution, but it’s something we are really looking into so that our international fans do not have trouble getting their copies of the album.
So, let’s go back to our story… “Eve Of Corruption - The Days Of Astasia - Part One”… what’s the Eve Of Corruption that you named the album after it?
B: Mainly it’s a catchy way of warning people that corruption is coming. Sol Saradys (the Corruptor) is the main antagonistic force in the story, and he is slowly waking up from a 600 year nap. And once he fully awakens, he is going to bring corruption back to the world, and - he hopes - the Days of Astasia.
Please give us a hint about each one of the songs with a few words… just a line or two.
B:“Eve of Corruption”: The anthem-overture that tells the tale of the corrupted archangel Sol Saradys descending from the heavens to bring his malignance to the world.
“Upon the Burning Isles”: This song is about two men unknowingly becoming the mortal hands of Sol Saradys - working his will without knowing it.
“Greenstone”: The character of Raiken (my character) wears the Greenstone around his neck - a magical gem that binds him to an enchanted forest. It’s pretty much paradise. But the fact that he is bound there makes him restless, yearning to return to the life of adventure he once knew. It’s sort of allegorical to living your dream life, but sometimes wanting to go back to being a struggling artist.
“Black Sails and Phoenix Flames”: Prince Cedric Galvian (David Schneider’s character) rushes to the aid of his kingdom as it is besieged.
“Secrets of the Spire”: The Silver Spire has always been an acclaimed academy of the arcane arts, but there are mysteries hidden in its depths that could destroy the world…
“Wrath Divine”: Raiken’s twin brother Sebastian (Adam Sadler) has an unnatural connection to the divine world, and when faced against a horde of the walking dead, he accidently unleashes the wrath of the heavens…
“Dragonsbane”: This one is about a legendary sword used to slay the dragon Adratheon. However, it didn’t fully slay him - it left him more in a sort of purgatory. Adratheon is still able to connect to others of his bloodline, and the mysterious character of Anathu (Chris Cruz) is drawn to the sword’s final resting place…
“The Prince and the Pariah”: As Prince Cedric sets out in search for his family’s legendary blade, Dragonsbane, he encounters a mysterious traveler (Anathu) who reached the sword before he did. This song is written from the perspective of the bard Jaryd Fawn (Robb Graves), traveling with Cedric, who has the power to influence the morale of his companions through his music.
“Embrace”: There are several layers to this song. First, it’s a twisted love song between two different couples (the Hands of Chaos who awoke Sol Saradys and the women they desire). However, each pre-chorus of the song is either sung to or by Sol Saradys, who is using the passion of these men to corrupt them. While Sol Saradys can’t corrupt love, his power intensifies in its absence.
“Hands of Chaos”: The climactic finale of the novel. Again, I’ll let the novel tell this one… it’s deep…
Are you planning to release any videos? If yes, for which one of the songs? (“Greenstone” would have been a very good idea… but I know that you may need a big budget for a good video).
B: A video (or hopefully, videos) is definitely in the pipeline. We have a lot of talented people interested in working with this band, so we are hopefully going to have some solid plans in the works in the first quarter of 2012. As far as which song, “Greenstone” is a big contender (it’s very much a fan-favorite), but we will not officially announce which song until the video is further along in production. (i.n.: I bet that the video is gonna be terrific by any means!)
Tell us a few things about the guys participating on the album (and for the names each one of you has - Anathu, Anerith Zathon, Prince Cedric Galvian, Jaryd Fawn, Sebastian Belrouse, Raiken Belrouse, Skahgerok) and about Amanda Wells who is the guest vocalist on the album.
B: This is by far the strongest and most dedicated lineup Lorenguard has ever had. Adam, myself, and Raleigh Barrett were the most consistent members of band early on, but Chris Cruz was by far the lynchpin for this project, in my opinion. We did our best in his absence, but there’s no way that Adam and I could have made this band work without Chris - he has always been the songwriter that Adam and I were always searching for. David Schneider joined the band during Chris’ original absence, and without David’s enthusiasm for the music and dedication to what we wanted to do, Adam and I just wouldn’t have been able to keep the band going. As I said earlier, keyboardist Alec Biccum is just a musical prodigy that we were so fortunate to stumble across. I actually tracked him down on Facebook when we were looking for a new keyboardist, and I thought that because he was an honors physics major at a big university, he wouldn’t have time to put on a costume and play fantasy metal. But, as fate had it, he loved what we did, he made the time, and he came in and brought us to the next level. His knowledge of musical theory is such an integral part to Lorenguard’s songwriting success.
Our original singer Rob Stith, who performed on the EP, was the youngest member of the band at the time, and this was his first singing gig. While he did an amazing job during his time with the band, it was decided upon Chris’ return to the band that we might need to re-evaluate the voice we envisioned for the band. This is when Robb Graves came in. I had known Robb from his work with the band Winterfell (I even filled in on drums for them when they opened up for Kamelot), and we had always kept in touch despite our geographical distance. When Winterfell broke up, Robb and I had always talked about doing a project together. His name was brought up during some of the discussions about bringing in a new singer, so we sent him some of the new songs, flew him out, and after playing with him we knew we found the right voice. Having someone like Robb in the band is a huge relief for us, since he is a valuable contributor during the songwriting process. He and his wife (Amanda Wells) are both amazing musicians, and they constantly inspire and motivate each other. It’s great to see. Amanda has her own folk project that allows her to perform live often, usually bringing Robb along to perform with her. The fact that they sing folk on the side is just great, because they bring that influence into their writing for Lorenguard.
And finally, regarding the character names - this is another topic I’ll let the novel explain. I’ll just say that all the band members represent very important characters in the story - you can call them the “heroes” of the novel, but with such a sprawling cast, I don’t like the term. They are just individuals that are thrown into adverse situations and need to make tough decisions. That’s what makes great stories.
Therefore, I can assume that both the second and third part of the story are under way right? Have you recorded them already or you stopped to promote this work and then you will continue writing and recording the other parts as well?
B: On my end, I am always toying with the ideas for the next book. While I haven’t actually written the second book, I have tons of notes regarding the content that I need to go over and start organizing. Long story short, I am always working on the books, whether I’m just thinking about them or actually writing them. We have all decided to take a short break for the holidays and spend time promoting the album, being with our families, and preparing ourselves for a very busy 2012.
The second album is in its early stages right now. Chris is always writing new music, and he’s currently nailing down some ideas for the next record. The way our process usually works is I will give Chris a rough outline of what the book is about, and then map out which parts of the story I think would make for good songs. From there, he usually has enough inspiration to start coming up with the skeletons of a few songs. It’s a great way to write because it gives us a chance to develop both aspects (the music and the story) of Lorenguard simultaneously.
However, you have also got a book to take care of. When will the first book be available? Where can we find it? Do you plan to release the CDs first and then the books each time?
B: I’m working to make the book available within the first two months of 2012. Since I’m self-publishing it, offering an exact release date this early on is kind of tricky. Regardless, the book should be available in print and in eBook format well before the spring of 2012. As to how we release the books and CDs, it was my original intent to release them at the same time. However, after a lot of discussion with the other guys, we came to the conclusion that it would be much better for the fans if we released one and then the other, so that they had time to absorb one before staring on the other. I thought that was a great idea, so I think we might stick with that plan going forward. Whether the book or CD comes out first, that might change. It just worked out this time that the wanted to get the CD out there as soon as possible and spend a little more time polishing the book.
What are your expectations from this album? Are there any goals that you wish to accomplish… or you just care about the music and that’s all?
B: My personal goal with this album was already accomplished: to release it! Haha. While I’d love for the album to continue doing better and better, affording us to do more with the band, it’s hard to ask for a better reception. We may not be selling 20,000 copies in the first week of release, but we are slowly building a loyal following with this album, and I think that’s the most important function of a debut release.
We mainly just want to keep doing this. We’re all working stiffs just like the rest of the world, so we can’t dedicate ourselves to Lorenguard full-time yet. But if I had any ultimate aspirations with Lorenguard, it would to be that we could devote even more or ourselves to this band. For the time being, I’m thrilled just to be doing Lorenguard at all, and this album is just a taste of what we’re capable of doing.
How is the reaction of the fans and press till now? Are you pleased?
B: Very pleased. We have gained hundreds of new fans thanks to “Eve of Corruption” and they have all been extremely supportive. Being an independent band, we have had a slow start with the press, but what press we have gotten has been unbelievable. I come across a new review every other day, and each one seems to be better than the last. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better initial response to our first album. I just hope the exposure continues, since I love reading people’s reactions to this record.
Will you be touring this Summer or that’s later on?
B: Yeah, probably just a couple smaller tours. We do have an appearance booked for the Pathfinder Metal Fest in Atlanta this July, playing alongside Theocracy and While Heaven Wept. We can’t take every show offer we get right now because of logistical issues, but we are very much looking forward to playing these songs live. (i.n.: Don’t miss them guys!)
Time for our Weird Questions now!!! Do you believe in coincidences or everything is happening for a reason… that we cannot totally understand… so we choose to call it coincidence?
B: Well, in relation to my involvement with this project, sometimes it’s hard not to believe in fate. So many things have worked out so well for Lorenguard, and things come together in strange ways, that it’s hard to believe that it was just accidental. And while the hypothetical thought of certain things in my life being “planned” for me might seem kind of confining and restrictive, I haven’t been led astray yet, haha.
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
B: I would push to give them the entire discography of Phil Collins.
How difficult is it to survive and succeed in a music world that is ruled by irrelevant people that promote shit-wannabe-good pop music all the time… without caring about music quality?
B: It can be difficult and frustrating, for sure. At the same time, I try not to concern myself with that aspect. Since “music quality” is such a relative concept, it’s hard to expect everyone to appreciate the intricacies of certain types of music. For Lorenguard in particular, I know there are a lot of layers to the music that not everyone wants to dig through. Some people just want their pop or rap or whatever, and I can’t fault them for that. All I can do is try to find the people who want to appreciate the music we make.
Which are the things that piss you off from today’s music industry?
B: Fortunately, we’re not too involved in it right now. Getting to operate on our own is a blessing at this point in our careers. There might come a time when we have to start playing ball with some aspects of the music industry, and at that point, I think we’ll be ready for it.
How do you see the future of metal music? Many new or old bands are playing and releasing albums all the time... but do they have that quality like they used to have back in the 70s and the 80s... or even in the 90s?
B: It all depends on what you’re looking for. Music gets deep under your skin, and when you’re very passionate about it, it’s hard to find the right song to make you feel the right way. I think that’s why a lot of people either say there’s been a decline in the quality of music or why your parents always tell you how bad heavy metal is because it’s so loud, haha. Music is personal and intimate, so it’s hard to expect everyone to agree on one thing concerning it.
But to answer your question, I see metal continuing on as it always does. I don’t think it necessarily gets better or worse, it just does what it does, and I love that about it.
Do you believe that the internet has given a helping hand to the bands… or it has caused them problems? Some bands have decided to call it quits due to downloading problems. What do you think of that situation?
B: I don’t support downloading music without paying for it, but at the same time, I think a lot of people who download music are either going to A.) eventually buy the album, B.) go to a show, or C.) maybe buy some merch down the road. Or maybe I just liked to think that, haha. Regardless, I believe a lot of bands rely on album sales, but in reality, with record labels being how they are, that’s not where they are going to find their financial support. It’s through shows and the branding of your band that will lead to better business ventures. There are so many bands out there that just make music and call it a day, and I don’t think that’s enough anymore. Bands have to evolve with the changing mediums. The bands that are going to survive are the ones that can offer their fans more than just a great record.
What inspires you to write music and stories in general? Are there any boundaries on your musical horizon?
B: Personally I get my inspiration from other artists: musicians, authors, film makers, you name it. And as far as boundaries go, you won’t hear Lorenguard rapping or anything, but I don’t like to set too many boundaries on our music. I’d rather the atmosphere of the album be given more importance that trying to make a song sound more metal or more pop or whatever. Mixing influences and crossing genres can have some very amazing results.
How is reality related to the fantasy and mystery world? If it is in any case…
B: Well in the case of Lorenguard, I think there are a lot of correlations to the real world. One major concept in the Lorenguard story is religion. There are all these ideas and boundaries set up in people’s minds based on their religious beliefs. While I’m not speaking out for or against organized religion or spiritual beliefs in our own world, I did purposefully write the religious beliefs in my book to be left open to doubt and speculation. I mean, what if the Balance that we sing about in “Eve of Corruption” is just a fairytale that parents in Athland told their kids to behave? Many people in our own world might feel the same way about God. The bottom line is there’s no way to know for sure. You have to trust the narrator, and even then, the narrator might be biased. That’s just one small way that I try to incorporate my own ideas about the real world in to my fantasy worlds.
Heart over mind or vice versa?
B: I like to think that my mind trusts my heart to do the thinking a lot of the time.
What would you tell someone to convince them to buy your album instead of hundreds of others that are being released every month?
B: I think the best I could do is let them hear some of it, and iTunes is great for that. That’s the best way I judge music before I purchase. I like to think that the music speaks for itself. But then again, I’m also not the best salesman, haha. (i.n.: Hehehe!)
What is missing from today’s music industry? Are most albums missing that quality they used to have back in the 70’s and 80’s?
B: I don’t think so. I was a little guy in the 80’s, but I enjoyed the music of my youth. If anything, I just think there needs to be more emphasis on the visual side of music. MTV should play music videos. There should be more televised concerts. Music isn’t enough of an event in America, it’s more of just a soundtrack to our lives. That’s fine and all, but I think there needs to be a revitalization of visual music.
Do you believe that it is easy for a band to differ in today’s music industry than in the past? And if yes, what shall they do in order to achieve it?
B: I think there’s still plenty of room for creativity. You just have to reach out for it.
Imagine that your girlfriend is selling your whole album-collection just to buy for herself an expensive ring. How would you react?
B: If I had a girlfriend at all, my wife would probably kill her (or me) haha. But I’m fortunate enough to have a wife that fully supports my musical ventures, and she’s Lorenguard’s number 1 fan. Now if she sold my board game collection for jewelry, we’d have a problem… (i.n.: Hahaha – that was quite funny!)
That’s all for now Brady! Thank you very much for everything. I wish the best for you and your band for the future… the last words belong to you…
B: Thanks, Thanos! I just want to send my regards out to all the Lorenguard fans out there: you guys are making this possible for us! We hope you’re ready for an exciting year, because we have all kinds of surprises planned! Cheers!