This may not come as a shock to the three people who read this blog regularly, but Harvest Moon Music has been on a bit of a hiatus for almost almost three months now. The reason for this is simple - loss. Someone very important and influential in my life succumbed to the ravages of time, which cast me into an emotional and spiritual nose dive from which I haven't yet recovered. Probably never will. For a long while, blogging became irrelevant.
I never stopped thinking about Harvest Moon Music, though. Should I just let it wither and fade into the untended depths of the Internet? Should I at least post a farewell message? Should I resume regular posting, feigning business as usual? I guess I'm writing this post because I've decided that none of those outcomes feel like the right thing to do.
What I've decided, then, is to reshape the blog a bit. It's no secret that most of my favorite styles of heavy music tend to be of the darker sort. Within those artistic avenues I find, personally, the greatest comfort - especially now. So in order to keep blogging about music that truly means something to me on aesthetic, emotional and intellectual levels, Harvest Moon Music will no longer be a generalized heavy metal blog. From this point forward, darkness will prevail. Expect to read about bands that sail the gloomy seas of dark, melancholy music, but note that this will not include the vitriol of the black and death metal scenes. Some symphonic black metal bands will sneak in and most likely many purveyors of the Doom/Death sub-genre will be showcased (and almost certainly the "stoner" styles will be represented), but the purist forms of the most extreme styles will no longer be welcomed here.
If that sounds good to you, then I look forward to hearing your opinions about what I share on these pages. If not, then I bid you farewell and sincerely hope that you find the plethora of other metal blogs out there to be more to your liking.
Regular publishing will resume shortly.