It has been a while since our last update, and it is time for you to
know what is going on in the CM camp. Shortly after the release of Our
Kingdom of Decay half of the members lost the drive and decided to pull
out of the band. One of the reasons was the fact that we were all
getting increasingly busy with work, families, and other bands (Ken for
his part plays in Crocell and Illdisposed while Rune plays the bass in
Kiss Me Scarlett).
What was probably equally important, however, was that our own
expectations for “Our Kingdom of Decay” were not exactly fulfilled when
it came out. We had been working intensely on that album for a long time
and put a lot of energy and money into it, and we were all quite worn
out when the album was finally released. We were, and still are, really
proud of that album but we did not put the necessary effort into
promoting it and the release left us in some kind of void.
Therefore the last two years have been rather dull and non-productive
for Compos Mentis. And last summer it peaked when Ken, Claus and Rune
took the final decision of parting ways with the band. Somewhat
depressing, but were all still best friends nonetheless.
Right now the status is that we are not searching for replacements, and
we are most likely not releasing anything within the next year. But
since last summer the rest of us - the three original and founding
members - have been trying out different ideas in the rehearsal room.
Maybe we will try to find back to the roots or maybe we will redefine
the sound of Compos Mentis. Whatever the case, we do have a handful of
good ol' CM-songs lying around that we will make available in some form
and format at some point.
To keep you busy in the meantime (oh yeah, and to celebrate our 16th
anniversary this January) we have made “Fragments of a Withered Dream”
available for free on www.bandcamp.com/composmentis.
merchandise from our webshop is currently
sold at severely reduced prices.
We are not quite sure what the future brings, but we do know that Compos
Mentis is still alive!