Well, things have been quite slow around here as far as the band is concerned.  Morale was kind of low with the loss of our bassist and drummer, but today Brian and I finally got together to revitalize the band.  I did some playing on bass and got some ideas down and Brian and I recorded a few bits of some Iced Earth songs with me on vocals.  We also did some poor recordings of Earth of Fire and a really bad attempt at Plague.  On other parts of the news, Brian obtained a Shure SM57 mike and a cable to go with it.  I got a new pickup for the Ibanez and rewired it for stereo operation for some interesting lead tones.  Another great piece of news is that on 12-13-2000 our song, Cool, was played on a large radio station in Amsterdam, Holland.  I don’t currently know the callsign but I will try to fiind out.  Well, I must go practice!  Take it easy and I wish you all a happy New Years!  Don’t get too plastered, and keep it safe!

I regret to inform you all that Ryan has decided to leave Last Will.  He is joining another band that he has been working hard to get into for years.  I wish him the best and I hope that things work out for him.  That unfortunately means that we are currently in need of a drummer.
I also regret to inform that Jeff has been fired from the band.  He has been reluctant to work on our material and there were some personality conflict.  I want to say that he is a good person and I wish the best for him in all that he does, musically and otherwise.

Dec 11 2000

General update

Things have baan damned slow as far as the band goes.  Brian and I got together once to get some practice in.  I got a second guitar that I’ve been saving for as a backup for when we go live.  We also unfortunately lost the October 2000 news archives.  Basically what happened was the we got the demo done during the middle of the month.  That’s about it.  I hope to have a practice with Ryan this Friday.  Also I’ve had reports of not being able to download our sound files.  If that is the case, we ask that you go to our mp3.com site.  I will try to get thsi cleared up, if possible.

Well, Last Will has officially been around 1 whole year.  After some reflection on the past year I have some very good feelings about this band.  Things have been a tad rocky at times and we’re moving at almost a stop currently, but with life and school and everything else, sometimes it is difficult to keep everything in perspective.  Hopefully with alot of stuff ironed out now we will move more smoothly in the next year.  In the first year we’ve picked up a few good members and produced a pretty kickin demo that is now in all parts of the world.  I’d say that that’s pretty darn cool!  My playing has improved greatly over the past year and the band as a whole has grown alot.  With Brian Van Maurik on second guitar, we added a new level of dimension in writing and input.  When Ryan joined we gained musical stability and much better timing.  When Jeff joined we gained a bassist.  I think that I have obtained my objectives this past year in what I wanted to do with this band.  And most importantly, I had fun with it.  Let us hope that the next year is just as good if not better than this past year.

I asked Brian for a commentary on his time with the band and he stated “It’s been a great 9 months, and I’m looking forward to working on the album. And I am very happy to be working with people who do not suck.”

Well, happy Thanksgiving everyone!

October – We finally got Demos from the Abyss completed.  It’s out there at multiple places.  Enjoy!