Country: United States
Formed in: January 1, 2010
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Members: Edward Schreiber
The Council of Days is an American gothic rock project from Huntsville, Alabama. Edward Schreiber, its sole member, formed the project in 2010 from a desire to create something heavy, dynamic and unique; to progress the genre without losing sight of its roots. His influences range from The Sisters and Nephilim to Death In June and the Silent Hill soundtracks; a union of all kinds of dark music from across the decades. His sound places an emphasis on strong percussion, jangly and icy guitars, deep, often prominent bass lines and smooth, baritone vocals. The result is heavy and intoxicating, flirting with the somber and the sensual; the monstrous and the beautiful. Lyrically, Schreiber draws from personal experience, politics, society, religion, history, fiction and the occult.
“Methedrine”, the project's debut single, was released in 2010 and demonstrated an anthemic, guitar-driven sound with its feet firmly planted in second wave goth. “Machinesoul” followed soon after, which explored a bass-heavy, ritualistic sound. However, still struggling to find his musical identity and drained of passion, Edward suffered a severe writer's block and subsequently abandoned the project. During this downtime, he still produced the occasional electronic track and when a long-time friend heard these tracks, he convinced Edward to rescue the project. These were soon released as the “Black Sun Rising” EP, which flirted with down-tempo, industrial and more. Soon after, Edward performed a few covers and re-made two original Council songs, which helped remind him why he started making music in the first place. Subsequently, he set out to create an album. “Dark Night of the Soul” is a conceptual body of work that has been planned for years, but lacked the means and the knowledge to manifest until now. Schreiber is currently working on the record, which is expected this year. The Council's music has since appeared on compilations such as “Gothic Rock Around the World” and has been spun by DJ's Mick Mercer, Kitty Lectro and others.
"Methedrine" - single, digital - April 5, 2010
"Machinesoul" - single, digital - May 12, 2010
"Black Sun Rising" - EP, digital - June 13, 2013