Subject to Thoughts Coming Soon: The Culmination Fri, 04 Feb 2011 05:05:36 +0000 en hourly 1 “The Culmination” now available at Melodic Revolution Records (Digital Album) Fri, 04 Feb 2011 05:05:36 +0000 mendieta Hey everyone, just got word from Nick at Melodic Revolution Records that our new album “The Culmination” is now for sale. Here’s the link:  The physical copy will soon be available too at Melodic Revolution Records.  Go and listen and get a copy.


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Here’s the link:  Check us out if you can.


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Happy New Year Sat, 01 Jan 2011 03:16:02 +0000 mendieta From behalf of me & Brandon, I would like to wish everybody a Happy New Year.


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“The Culmination” now on playlist Tue, 26 Oct 2010 16:19:06 +0000 mendieta
Mark again, I was just searching when I found that our latest album “The Culmination” is on the playlist.  If you wish, go listen to their station and request one of our songs.  Their links are or  Enjoy.
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PerfectProg review of The Culmination! Thu, 21 Oct 2010 21:03:24 +0000 Brandon Hi — Brandon here! We’ve got a new interview here between and Mark. It seems like I never get to do interviews! Why! Oh well, I hope you enjoy this one. Thanks for this interview for PerfectProg.Com —-Mark Baston (interviewer) Posted on October 18, 2010

When did Subject To Thoughts come to be?

Well, it’s funny how this project came alive. Back in 1999, when I got my first keyboard, it really started out as a joke. I thought, I’ll write a couple of songs and that’ll be the end of that, but then things started to take a turn. I first started calling the project Symphony of Thoughts, but I decided to change it to Subject to Thoughts. The first songs I wrote were utter crap, but I was starting to develop a style. It was not until I did “The Thought Process” cassette demo (back in 2003) when I realized that this was starting to get more serious. Eventually, it has.

It was not until late 2006 or early 2007 (2 cassette demos & 2 CD’s already completed) that I realized that I needed to add a vocalist because I was getting no where with my singing, so I added Brandon Strader to the mix. How me and Brandon started working together is funny. I sent my CD “From Emptiness to Beyond” for a review at Ultimate Metal, fortunately, Brandon was the reviewer. I guess he liked the music that much thus gave it a favorable review. We’ve been friends ever since.

The style seems quite moody, Who are your influences musically?

My influences are Dream Theater, My Dying Bride, Katatonia, Anekdoten & Enchant. Two other bands that have been a big influence are Type O Negative. R.I.P. Pete Steele & Vanden Plas. Even though we sound nothing like these bands, I guess that’s where the mix of moody & Progressive sound comes from.

What do you think of today’s mainstream music?

Crap. Don’t listen too it & don’t care for it.

What sort of audience are you trying to connect with, be it Prog, Ambient, Doom or other?

Well, I really don’t have a specific fan base I’m trying to reach, but I guess since our music is in the Progressive genre, that’s probably the people who will probably take more of an interest in our stuff. However, I’m content with any listener who wishes to listen and appreciate what we’re trying to accomplish. Of course, our music is not for everybody.

You have 2 projects, the other being “Transcend with Time” Is it hard to do both of them simultaneously?

Well, for me not really. I guess that’s where my passion for music takes over. Of course, sometimes it can get a little hectic writing music for 2 different genres, but that’s why I pace myself and I usually work on finishing one album then start working on the next. Since I tend to release an album every year for Transcend with Time which is my New Age/Ambient project, I usually start by first getting into my “New Age” mode. Then I start writing the music around Spring & into Fall. But I always go in knowing the direction I want the album to take, so that makes my work much easier.

For Subject to Thoughts which is my/our Progressive Rock/Metal project, it’s a little different because I have to write both the music & lyrics; however, that’ll probably change for future releases. Well, musically only. I guess getting into my “Prog/Doom” mode is much easier because that’s the type of music I listen to everyday; however, before anything I go in with a plan as to which direction I want the lyrics to go in & music. Since we don’t release an album every year that makes my job easier; however, when this project was still a solo one, I used to release an album every year. Brandon however told me to slow down, so I’ll try. Usually how like doing this is I first write the lyrics then the music. For me, writing lyrics is the easy part. I guess because I’ve been writing lyrics since I was about 12.

So, it sounds like a lot of going back and forth with both projects. Sometimes it is, but that’s the price of being a musician with multiple projects. In the end, I’m content because both projects give me the different levels of gratification.

The Culmination was just released on May 5, 2010, what’s the album about?

Well, “The Culmination” is the final part to the 4 part conceptual vision I started with “From Emptiness to Beyond” back in 2005. “The Culmination” is about finding closure to life. Lyrically, this album dealt with a lot of personal stuff, but all the albums I’ve written, are about real-life. Musically, it’s Dark, Progressive & Melodic.

What would you like Subject to Thoughts to be remembered as?

Well, even though it’s already been 11 years since I started this project, I hardly think we’ll be remembered. Geez, most people don’t even know we exist. But that’s okay, all that matters to me anyway is that I have (in some way) fulfilled my dream of becoming a musician and along the way made some good music. But to answer your question, I would like Subject to Thoughts to be remembered as a Progressive Rock/Metal band that always strived to play original, thought-provoking music and thus creating our own unique sound. But we are not going anywhere just yet, we’re going to continue to make the music we love for as long as we can. I can honestly say that probably the best is yet to come (hopefully).

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“The Culmination” on $5 Sale at CDBaby Thu, 26 Aug 2010 03:29:07 +0000 mendieta In order for more people to maybe check out our music, I have decided to place our recent disc “The Culmination” on the $5 sale page at CDBaby. To find us, go to the $5 Sale link then on Genres, select Progressive Rock & in Sub Genres, select Ambient. We’re there.

On a side note, I have also placed my solo project: Transcend with Time “A Haunting Presence” album on Sale as well. It can also be located on the Sub Genre: Ambient as well, but Genre: New Age. But this disc is if you’re into New Age/Ambient, etc. But if interested, please check it out as well.


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3rd review off “The Culmination” Sun, 15 Aug 2010 23:07:52 +0000 mendieta Mark here. Here is the 3rd review off “The Culmination.”  It’s an okay review, but hey, of course not everyone is going to really enjoy it.  That’s the music biz for you.  Anyway, here’s the link:  Since the original review is in Spanish, I used Google translator to translate then I fixed it because it was still choppy.  Anyway, enjoy.

I present the #4th official studio album from Subject to Thoughts, a U.S. project conformed to this realization by Mark Mendieta (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards) plus the help of Brandon Strader (vocals, guitar solos). The music of this project “is an eclectic mix of progressive rock with the darkness of doom more than an addition of New Age” (1), whose combination resulting sound is more than adequate “for all those seeking music for documentaries, television, etc.. “(2). On “The Culmination” Mark himself explains: “This album concludes my four-part conceptual vision. “The Culmination” is about finding closure in life. The music is genuine, melodic, progressive and thoughtful, but more importantly, from the heart. “(3).

Put another way, this album has, from its rock-musical qualities and environmental atmosphere, decorated with the harshness of an electric guitar rock experimental feature. Another sound that stands out at times is low, aggressive and dissonant attractive. From the sound RIO / Experimental, it is easy to remember projects like Augustine CRIOLLO (Astrid Proll, ICONOCLAST), although there are references to bands like Raven Nyx and SAD, which by itself suggests a primarily Latino taste sounds Subject to Thoughts proposed. The least enjoyable of the songs, although is the inadequacy of the vocal timbre of Strader to talk to Mendieta’s music. Although it is tolerated because the lyrics have something serious to say, and there are times where the agony voice is well represented, fitting in fitness in the musical concepts .

But the best part is that you form your own opinion. To do this, CDBaby allows you to hear excerpts from the songs of this album (follow the link at the top of the cover image), and with this and have more tools to decide to purchase the disc. Happy listening …

Alfredo Tapia-Carreto  7 out of 10

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StT added to OrdiRadio Mon, 09 Aug 2010 02:38:56 +0000 mendieta Mark here. With great pleasure I just got confirmation that “The Culmination” has been added to’s playlist.  So hopefully, you’ll get to hear a couple of our tracks at their site. Pretty awesome news. Check them out at

Here’s a quote of their’s in regards to our music: 

I am very happy to listen to your excellent music, and it is now a part of the daily playing list at Keep on exploiting your talent, it is worthy of great honor! Something tells me you are bound for great success, and soon many people will talk of you with the same enthusiasm. [Two drum sticks up!]
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2nd review off “The Culmination” Wed, 28 Jul 2010 03:25:49 +0000 mendieta Mark again. I just wanted to post that the 2nd review off “The Culmination” is out.  The review can be found at PerfectProg.  Here’s the link:  The review is a good one. It’s seems people are enjoying the album. Which is a good thing.  Anyway, here’s the review.  Thanks to Mark Baston.

Subject to Thoughts are a relatively unknown Prog band from the US that have been around for a few years now, I think this band deserves more attention with the album The Culmination. The members are Mark Mendieta, Keys, Bass, Drums, Guitar and Brandon Strader on lead guitar and Vocals. The sound is Ambient Progressive with Doomy elements and the keyboards really add a foreboding and somewhat eerie feeling. Some great tracks include “Since The Inception” “One Day” and the title track “The Culmination” and as with most StT Cds they are 70 minutes plus. The vocals by Brandon sometimes appear strained, but I honestly believe that this adds to the whole atmosphere and  meloncholy feel the band is trying to achieve on this release…

 Brandon Strader does a wonderful job on the solo’s, they really fit perfectly into each song and it’s never a solo for solo sake!! I like the way the album flows from one song into another as well.  They certainly have a sound all of their own!! They are not on a label as of yet, but The Culmination can be purchased from Cd Baby and the Subject To Thoughts Myspace. All in all, another great addition to the already impressive list of albums that have been released in 2010.

Buy the album at:,

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StT now on Mon, 26 Jul 2010 03:07:22 +0000 mendieta
Hey everyone, Mark here.  Just wanted to post that 2 songs off “The Culmination” are now being featured at  The songs are “Since the Inception” & “Deepest Regret.”  Be sure to check us out and all the other artists at

We are also part of the independent roster at PIR. 

Thanks to David for believing in us.

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