Before I get to the blog-related content of this post - and I will keep this short because I didn't know the guy personally - I would like to express my sorrow at the passing of Mark Reale. I know it was a while ago at this point, but it still feels poignant seeing as the last post I made was on a Riot album (which I posted just a little while before he passed away, actually). I know it's a rather hollow gesture just putting this in words on some obscure blog in a dark corner of the vast ocean of the Internet, but he did write some albums that were and still are very important to me. So, my condolences to his friends and family. Thundersteel will forever be one of the greatest albums ever recorded.
So, on to blog business. Some of the more regular readers may have noticed that I've been absent from posting for quite a while now. There are two primary reasons for this. The first, a lack of time thanks to balancing school, work, and the overload of recording projects I've committed to; the second, the whole Megaupload fiasco has made me a bit wary of even passing along links that I had nothing to do with myself. I know I'm safe, but seeing as I make my posts from a college campus where the internet watchdogs basically have rabies, I've felt it a good idea to lay low for a while. That being said, I'm sure many of the links have gone dead now (obviously all of the Megaupload ones, but I've noticed that a lot of the locker sites have undergone a major purge of files). I really do enjoy writing this blog, and I have no doubt I will return to it - hence the update here. The Morbid Tabernacle isn't dead, but it will be on hiatus for a little while longer. Thank you so much to anyone and everyone who has taken the time to read what I've written here on the Tabernacle, and to those who help to keep the heavy metal underground alive and well. We will await the return... and until then - up the hammers, down the nails!