Just two days before its official release date on February 7th via CD-Baby, we’re giving you the first listen of “So Far So Good”, the newest record from CHARMING TIMUR, a Finnish industrial experimentalist, whose newest offering ranges from massive sonic assaults, to intricate noise constructions, to eerie crossover metal soundscapes that will keep you busy for long hours.
We touched base with the project’s mainman to find out about the making of the record and where the inspiration came from:
I had so many songs I wanted to put on this album, it became just too crazy. I had to cut down about a half to keep the album at least somewhat consistent. I reached out to fans and asked what songs they like the most, and made decisions based on their opinions as well as my own. This is by far the biggest and most expensive release I’ve done so far and I felt like I really needed to do this to keep my head functioning. As if I was obsessed with creating this release and failure was not an option.
Asked about his future plans, he added:
There is going to be A LOT of new material in the future, exploring different styles, genres, recording techniques, etc. This project is sort of like the roots of a tree, growing into multiple directions instead of just one.
Bringing together the most massive and monstrous songs from throughout the entire Charming Timur catalog once & for all-time – the brand-new record, So Far So Good, compiles the most explosive & memorable moments from the project’s sinister legacy. Eighteen punishing Nu- Metal/Experimental cuts have been painstakingly placed into a diverse, dynamic & hard-hitting lineup designed to maximize your experience by taking you on a scathing audio-journey through the history of Charming Timur from day 1.
The gripping rawness of the debut album A Brief Moment Of Existence screams out hard alongside the blend of madness & mayhem from For The Duration Of Psychiatric Treatment. The punishing metal melodies & extreme sounds of So Much So Little, So Little So Much scorch the record with additional killer material from the album Call It A Classic & the most recent Charming Timur record, Focused Rage.
So Far So Good chronicles the distance in Charming Timur’s range, songwriting & sound, revealing the astounding progression in the evolution of this project at the same time as housing eighteen of its most wickedly entertaining cuts & furious milestones. Each track represents a different dimension of the sound, style & history of the band – and every song has the signature mix of pure fury & brutalizing power strong enough to melt your speakers that you know, love & fully-expect from Charming Timur.
Every story leads somewhere. So Far So Good represents the culmination of a life spent toiling as an underground career-musician…a cautionary-tale of the grim realities, hardships and psychological breakdowns & breakthroughs that have been endured, all in the pursuit of art, however twisted. With this comprehensive montage of metal creating a conclusive ending to this chapter of Charming Timur’s story, the next part to come is sure to draw upon the inspiration these songs will continually provide. The music will continue to evolve and grow from here, thrashing, kicking and screaming as it does.
For now, this is the most badass summation of what’s been achieved throughout the years – all on one
record. And for what it’s worth, it hasn’t been ALL bad…in fact, some might even say, So Far So Good.