Afterglows (of the Largest Explosions in the Universe)

by Crossing the Rubicon

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Crossing the Rubicon's over arching themes tie in the ideology of mental ascension, enlightenment and the awakening of altered states of reality. The main statement of Crossing the Rubicon in this instance is the passing of the moral point of no return within our existentialism. It's empowerment, it's a realization of a future potential self.

This single ties together some of the imaginings that took place while I was under the influence of Dimethyltryptamine (correlated by the experiences I myself have had with DMT and those stories depicted by hundred of others).

The artwork depicted for the single is directly indicative of one of the experiences I had in which I literally saw peacock feathers geometrically embedded into a sheet of reality that was blanketing my vision, this vision was deformed or contorted to the view of an M. C. Escher-esque theory of "Relativity".

This vision along with this song serves as foresight to the upcoming track:

"...And He Built a Crooked House..."

from the upcoming E.P. "Ascension"


released June 1, 2013
Written by Alejandro Licano and A.J. Ryan

All guitars and instruments with the exception of drums were written and arranged by Alejandro Licano

Drums were originally performed by A.J Ryan on a Roland TD-3 as a midi-controller arranged for Superior Drummer, they were then reprogrammed.

Recorded by Alejandro Licano at Time Machine Studios.

Programmed, Mixed & Mastered by Alejandro Licano TMS.

A.J Ryan - Percussion Programming and Humanization

Visual Team

Album Artwork / Main Concept Design / Visual Direction
Stephen Davis Nehpets (Stevowitz) |
Benjamin Guarino - Thinking Imagery

Lead Photography
Michael Pelaez (TWEAK) |

Original Logo Design
Thinking Imagery |

Background / Additional Artwork / Support
Nehpets (Stevowitz) |

Assitant Videography / Animation
Alexander Stashkevich |

Art work and all rights to it is credited to and reserved by Alejandro Licano and Retrograde Music. (©2013)



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Crossing the Rubicon Dayton, Ohio

Crossing the Rubicon is:

Alejandro Licano - Guitars

AJ Ryan - Drums

Joseph Bradley-Hutchinson - Saxophone

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