Covid has impacted everyone all over the world. It impacted us personally as I was diagnosed with Covid 19 and Double pneumonia at the early onset of the virus in March. I was hospitalized for 16 days and 6 in ICU isolation. It is a surreal experience. I was days away from possibly dying and if it wasn’t for my refusing to be placed on a ventilator , I might not be here today. Saying goodbye to my wife and having the feeling that i may not ever see her again, is a fear I do not wish to ever relive. I was on oxygen, steroids and other medications. I was alone in isolation, no friends or family. I remember getting a phone call from my drummer mike in the first few days. I was so weak and fatigued that I had difficulty speaking. I could hear the fear and concern in mikes voice as he spoke to me. My band mates stayed in contact with my wife daily as I worked hard everyday to recover. So I think it is safe to say that Covid had a severe impact on us.
As far as impacting the album, we never Swayed or shifted our focus on getting signed to a new label. As soon as I was home from the hospital, I went back to work looking for a new label to call home. After 9 offers from 7 countries , we felt that home for us was with Pure Steel. We intend to show the label that Awaken will impact the world musically. 2020 has been a roller coaster of misery but now the Worldwide release is upon us. Their is finally a shining moment to this madness and we could not be more excited.
I Know I speak for the band when I say how grateful we are to be in this position. We hope that you enjoy our newest musical release and hope that you and our fans will take this ride along with us. We are staying positive and know that you will see us on the road, live onstage soon. When that happens, we will make every effort to say hello….
All the best and thank you for supporting Awaken.