||Passing the Gates '96
||Brotherhood of Death
||The End of Time
||Sarcophagus (only available on re-issue)
||Birth of Darkness
Zadoc [Vocals, Guitars, Sequencing, additional Drums and percussion]
Kirk Brinley [Guitars]
Dark Cloud [Bass, Backing Vocals]
The Jester [Drums, Percussion]
RaYzor "Ham Sandwich" Castaldo [Additional Keyboards]
January 1997 - Cassette Only
(Currently Out of Print)
Re-issued in March of 2000 on Cassette and Compact Disc
Dave Huyck (Engineer)
Mike Jaffarian (Engineer)
- Originally titled "No Applause" by Dark Cloud and
Zadoc. This was meant as a cryptic inside joke harkening back
to the days when the band would play shows with literally no
applause from the audience. Once the band shifted gears
towards a more theatrical approach, audience response became more
positive almost immediately.
- The title was renamed from "No Applause" due to a severe
dislike for the name from guitarist Kirk Brinley. Brinley, who
was in charge of typing up and mailing the band's monthly newsletter
at the time, omitted all reference to the news about the forthcoming
album due to being upset over the name. He stated that his
reasoning for being upset was that he "wasn't consulted
upon" concerning naming the album (which he never complained
about previously - all previous releases were named by Zadoc,
Zadoc and Dark Cloud became angry when they found out about the
omission from the monthly mailing, as he removed all reference to
the album and not just the name that he objected to.
In an effort to quell the disagreement, the three band members sat
down at a local restaurant with the intention of brainstorming
together for a new name for the album. Kirk basically sat
silently while Zadoc and Dark Cloud tossed ideas back and
forth. Eventually, between Zadoc and Dark Cloud the title
"...As the Curtain Falls..." emerged, and Kirk was
- Kirk Brinley's reasoning for disliking the preliminary title
"No Applause" was that he felt it reminded him of a bad
stand up comedian.
- Dark Cloud recorded a few backing vocal tracks that didn't make
the final mix of the album.
- The band had a performance shortly after the album was completed
and wanted to have the album ready for sale in time for the
show. Unfortunately, the packing wasn't finished yet, so Zadoc
handcrafted a quick cover - with most of the writing on the jacket
in his own handwriting - and photocopied about 50 copies. All
50 were sold by the end of the night.
- In September the cassette cover was changed to reflect the band's
new home address in the contact information listed on the
jacket. The band also decided to change the blue logo to red
for these new revisions. Less than 50 were produced before
Zadoc quit the project.
- The 2000 reissue release on Compact Disc features a different
photograph than the original 1997 cassette release. However,
this photograph was first seen on a set of postcards sold by the
band during the summer of 1997.
- A music video was filmed by the band for the song
"Brotherhood of Death" but remains unreleased.
- Zadoc, Kirk, and Dark Cloud finished recording the basic rhythm
parts for all 7 songs in one 3 hour session. The Jester,
however, was having such great difficulty getting his parts right
that Zadoc wound up playing some of the drum parts himself instead.
- It was intended to release a followup remix album entitled
"Behind the Curtain", which never materialized.
- Zadoc attempted to reunite the 1997 lineup to record an extra song
for the 2000 re-issue. When that failed, Zadoc added an
updated arrangement of the instrumental song "Sarcophagus"
Mixing, and Mastering]
Recorded on 16 track 1" Reel
Mastered on Type-II High Bias Audio Cassette and DAT
|[Front Cover Artwork]
Concept and Design by Zadoc
||Designed by Zadoc, Kirk Brinley, and Nico Gerritsen
Illustrated by Monster (2000 re-issue)
|[Booklet Layout and Design]
||Jason 'Tiny' Helmer (2000 re-issue)
Dannette Lease (original 1997 Cassette Release)
||Zadoc, Kirk Brinley, and The Jester
Approximately $1,000 for Recording, Mixing, and Mastering