MUSIC

I started out in a metal band called Grievance Honor (GH). We played around the Midwest for about five years. Many of my ‘firsts’ were experienced during the GH years. The first time you hear one of your songs on the radio, the first time you get to play out live, the first time you get to be on TV – all of these were first experienced in GH.

After about five years I outgrew the GH sound and began yearning to create more emotional music so I left the band and started a small folk band called “Porch of an Angry Grasshopper.” We wrote a few songs and fell apart pretty quickly. I was really into the goth/post punk scene (especially Fields of the Nephilim and Bauhaus) and wanted to explore that style.

It was then that I started Sombrance (around 1997) and we began the evolution to where we are now. Much of the goth sound has fallen off yet I am still a big fan of goth music. I am very pleased with the personality that Sombrance has developed.

We continue to evolve our sound and our friends and fans have let us know that they like what they hear. To answer the next question for you who are reading this and wondering what to expect when listening to us, four of our biggest influences are Pink Floyd, StarFlyer 59, the Cure and the Violet Burning. Hope that helps!

I have also kept busy with an ambient side project called Ishur Ninku. I think that I listen to ambient/world beat music more than anything else and this is a chance to express that side of myself.

A few years ago I wrote a bunch of pop songs that my band-mates at the time in Sombrance rejected as being too happy.  So I released them as a solo record called “Wallpaper Sky”.  An interesting note is that the first track (Iliana) from that album is the most downloaded song on iTunes of any songs I’ve written for any of my bands/projects.

I am very happy to be playing with the talented guys in Sombrance who are all very diverse in their musical tastes and expressions, so here’s to the continual evolution!

If you are so inclined, you can check out some stuff that is available for purchase or download below:

SOMBRANCE Eli 2010

 

Sombrance - Eli

Release Date: 2010

Personnel:

Rick Mester – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Programming
Wade Baird – Guitars
Todd Hurt – Drums
Jimmy P Brown II – Bass, Vocals
Rob Williams – Guitars, Bass

 

Tracks:

  1. Back and Forth (lyrics)
  2. Mercy River (lyrics)
  3. Lucky 7 (lyrics)
  4. Wasting Away (lyrics)
  5. Crow on a Cross (lyrics)
  6. All I Want 2 Know (lyrics)
  7. Shades of Heaven (lyrics)
  8. Wasting Away (Lush Tattoo Mix) (lyrics)

CDs are available at the  Zophim Records CD Store.

iTunes

 


 

SOMBRANCE Eli

 

Sombrance - Eli

Release Date: 2003

Personnel:

Rick Mester – Vocals
Wade Baird – Guitars
Todd Hurt – Drums
Jimmy P Brown II – Bass, Vocals

 

Tracks:

  1. Back and Forth (lyrics)
  2. Mercy River (lyrics)
  3. Lucky 7 (lyrics)
  4. Wasting Away (lyrics)

iTunes

 


 

SOMBRANCE Dark Days and Afternoon Sleep

 

Sombrance - Dark Days and Afternoon Sleep

Release Date: 2001

Personnel:

Rick Mester – Vocals, Guitars, Programming, Keyboards
Justin DeTie – Guitars, Keyboards
Jim Calvert – Drums, Vocals
Chuck Cummings – Bass
Jimmy P Brown II – Bass
Caprice Cummings – Vocals

 

Tracks:

  1. Hope Lies Beyond  (lyrics)
  2. Annabel  (lyrics)
  3. With Fear  (lyrics)
  4. Purge  (lyrics)
  5. I Need You Forever (lyrics)
  6. Tangram  (lyrics)
  7. Alive  (lyrics) (download 6MB mp3)
  8. Memories of the Fallen (lyrics)
  9. Cranberry Skies  (lyrics)
  10. Nephilim Song (lyrics)

CDs are available at the  Zophim Records CD Store.

iTunes

 


 

SOMBRANCE The Cold Awakening

 

The Cold Awakening

Release Date: 1998

Out of Print

Personnel:

Rick Mester – Guitars, Vocals
Wade Baird – Guitars
Jon Cheatwood – Bass
Jason Sarino – Drums
Lael Clark – Guitars

 

Tracks:

  1. With Fear  (lyrics) (download 3.5MB mp3)
  2. Resonance (lyrics) (download 4.6MB mp3)
  3. Autumn’s Breath (lyrics) (download 4.2MB mp3)
  4. Tribalamawa (lyrics) (download 1.3MB mp3)
  5. I Live Without (Bonus Scratch Demo Track) (lyrics) (download 3MB mp3)
  6. Autumn’s Breath (Bonus Live) (lyrics) (download 3.4MB mp3)
  7. Caving In (Bonus Scratch Demo Track) (lyrics) (download 3MB mp3)
  8. Cry To Understand (Bonus Scratch Demo Track) (lyrics) (download 6.3MB mp3)

 


 

RICK MESTERWallpaper Sky

 

Rick Mester - Wallpaper Sky

Release Date: 2010

Personnel:

Rick Mester – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Synths, Programming
Rob Williams – Guitars, Bass, Mandolin
Jimmy P Brown II Guitars

 

Tracks:

  1. Iliana (lyrics)
  2. Waceke (lyrics)
  3. Take Me Home (lyrics)
  4. Resonance (lyrics)
  5. Colours of Life (lyrics)
  6. Elegy (lyrics)
  7. Sarlage (lyrics)
  8. Shooby Shiver (lyrics)
  9. Slow Moan Sunday (CD only bonus track) (lyrics)
  10. Squat and Rub (CD only bonus track) (lyrics)

CDs are available at the Zophim Records CD Store.

iTunes

 


 

ISHUR NINKUBeyond The Red Door

 

Beyond The Red Door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All songs written, recorded and composed by Rick Mester at Zophim Studios.

Guitars, Synth, Programming, Bass, Vocals, and random sounds by Rick Mester

Mixed and Mastered by Rick Mester

Release Date July 22, 2014

Track Listing:

  1. So Down Song
  2. The Mystic
  3. Latsona
  4. Ice Adorned
  5. Empire
  6. Space
  7. Amani
  8. Who Can Separate? (Bonus Demo Track)
  9. My Place (Bonus Demo Track)
  10. The Mystic (Bonus Bass Mix)
  11. Shroud (Bonus First Ishur Ninku Demo)

iTunes

 


 

ISHUR NINKUContemplation: A Collection

Ishur Ninku - Contemplation: A Collection

Release Date: 2005

Personnel:

Rick Mester – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Synths, Programming
Angel Poe – Vocals

Tracks:

  1. Hindu
  2. Persia
  3. The Faraway Sigh
  4. Dawn of RA
  5. Plague
  6. Cold
  7. The Coming Sun
  8. Bloodsoul
  9. Hate
  10. Out To The Unknown
  11. Dreams: Circa 1010 (Part 1)
  12. Cosmic Sojourne
  13. Spirit Rising
  14. Gored and Trembling
  15. Asian Rain
  16. Solemn Mindscape
  17. REM Galaxy
  18. Dreams: Circa 1010 (Part 2)
  19. Hollow Skies
  20. Mourning

CDs are available at the Zophim Records CD Store.

iTunes

 

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