Carl the Christmas Squirrel and the Sugar Coated Arpeggio Gumdrop Candycane Forest

by Drew Creal

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Scumbag Despite my utter hatred of traditional Christmas carols and the puke-inducing schmaltz they represent I do appreciate humour-drenched Christmas metal and this album hits the mark in every way! Plus it has an entertaining story to tie the whole package together! Go Carl, you can defeat Lord Zorlart!! Favorite track: Origins of the Forest.
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about

In mid October of 2010 I started recording what would become "Carl the Christmas Squirrel." It was a quirky idea but I was determined to complete the album even though I would be exposing a part of myself that most people weren't aware of.

I really just wanted to make the most menacing sounding Christmas album and combine it with a ridiculous concept that I always wish existed.

To bring the concept to life I recruited one of my best friends, Ben Myers. Ben has an incredible story telling gift and has a brilliant creative mind. When we recorded his narration parts he improvised the story as he told it and was able to complete each vocal track usually in one take. It was pure off the cuff Ben brilliance that I wish more people could hear, and we recorded it.

This project consumed a little over a month of my life. The drum and effects programming was ridiculous and some songs contained close to 50 tracks. Needless to say, I quickly learned to find my way around Logic. Every waking hour was spent putting this album together from mid October to when I released it around Thanksgiving. I printed 150 copies and gave them away as presents to friends and families.

Anyone that listens, downloads or donates to this album is blessing me beyond measure. Thank you for your support. Merry Christmas. May Lord Zorlart be defeated!

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released November 24, 2010

Ben Myers - Narrations
Drew Creal - All other sounds
Peter Nadeau - Artwork
Mom - Photos

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Drew Creal Nashville, Tennessee

Drew Creal is a guitarist whose interests range from heavy to jazz to experimental. Originally from the Chicago area, Drew spent the last year and a half on the road with hardcore/metal bands Skies and As Hell Retreats.

Drew currently lives in Nashville and writes and records his own music which can be downloaded here. He also plays guitar in the experimental, post-rock, naturalist band Muir.
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