We are now in the middle of finalizing the artwork for Drunk On Hate, so stay tuned and it will pop up here anyday soon!
In just two days on friday the 29th we will release another single and video from our upcoming EP “Drunk On Hate”! The song is “Shard” and if you are interested you can find a hefty photographic documentation of the … Continue reading
Yepp. Once again we take aim at the big city, 45 minutes east of our beloved hometown Uppsala. Sweden’s capital is the biggest city in Scandinavia and inhabits over 2 million people. But this blog post will not be about … Continue reading
Yesterday evening UNANGEL had the joy of playing with the local death/black metal band Incised. Despite having quite limited stage space, we managed to get a good soundcheck and both bands came out doing great gigs. However, being we, we … Continue reading
The 18th of september Unangel will take the stage at Café Grand in Uppsala, rallying up with our metal brothers in the brutal death metal band Incised. The event is drug free as we say here in Sweden. It virtually means … Continue reading
We are mixing.
And that could be all there is to it. Finish. Blog post done. But one do want to tell more. Like why the mix isn’t done already.
Well, long story made short. Even though we sometimes think we can do all the stuff ourselves. One should also be humble and realize, that in certain areas, it is better to swallow the load and simply bring forth the wallet.
That’s about it! Hope it made things clear and we will once again see you, most probably, within 2 weeks. ‘Cause thats our deadline. Approx. Cool!
Metal in the night.
Last saturday we had the fortune of playing at the local event “Livekarusellen”. It’s a annual event that is organized by Studiefrämjandet as a competition for local bands to compete for a spot in the national finals. We have participated the last two years and managed to qualify for the regional finals, but unfortunately, we have drawn the shorter straw both times. And you know what they say, third time is the charm?
Well, for our sake, I dearly hope so. Since failing to step beyond our local borders isn’t that much of a promising future. But what the heck, to be able to achieve any kind of mainstream success for an uncommercial band such as we, should be treated as a leap forward.
Of course we want to win the whole thing, otherwise we wouldn’t be doing this at all. The post title, “Live to win” is actually a Paul Stanley-song co-written by the swedish songwriter Andreas Carlsson. If you are into soft melodic rock, check it out. It’s a good book too, by the way. Google it.
Right now we are focusing on the vocals in the mix. Just, you know, compressing the hell out of it. Auto-tuning and adding vocoders on approximately 80%. Yeah. You heard it right. We are going industrial!
Or not. Keep it cool and enjoy this finishing riff of the song “The Pain Grid”.
If we were catholics, we would probably have been to a priest by now and begged for forgiveness due to our sinful and pathetic lack of digital presence. We do, of course, have somewhat of reason to it. It hasn’t happened that much to be honest. Sure, we did finalize our studio session for the upcoming album “Drunk on Hate“. But the thing is that we didn’t finalize quite the the way one should do it. We kinda… went a bit back n’ forth and worked, to put it bluntly, in a very stupid manner of time management.
So here we are, almost done with the mix! And I can promise you, it is absolutely horrible. Mixing, that is.
If you haven’t done it, I cannot enforce enough how I do not recommend it to anyone. It is, without a doubt, a process where you are thoughtfully and focused on searching for the best way to hate your recording. But as the semi-professionals we are, we have broken through this wall of self-inflicted intellectual harm and come out very insecure but determined. As we usually say, “all we want is that it sounds like a real metal record“.
Aye, those boys and their high hopes… No, seriously, it sounds fucking awesome and after the mastering it is gonna destroy every goddamn speaker that sports a “loudness-button“.
That said. Check out these frames of cheerful idioticness and hopefully you’ll be hearing from us soon!
When we recorded the vocals I took the time to shoot a vid of Oskar putting some words down for the track “The Pain Grid”. The same track that you can see Johan play drums on, a couple of blog posts back. We shot it quite quick and Oskar took it home for some editing. It turned out really nice and gives a good display on how growl vocals really sound without all the extras. Its brutal stuff to put it simple!
Anyhow, the vocals sound amazing (As you can hear yourselves.), and David also managed to lay down some cool backing screams that puts on another dimension to the choruses. Otherwise we are pretty much done with the rhythm guitars and I am laying down the bass this week. Hopefully we can upload some cool vid of Thomas and I hammering 5- & 7-string. ‘Till then, ciao…
There have been several stuff happening in the UNANGEL-camp recently. Since when stuff sometimes happen, you also need to deal with them before you can really say anything about ‘em. This is one of those things.
David is our bass player and he has been with this band since the beginning. Even before the band was known as UNANGEL and we went by the name Three Days In Darkness (which happen to be the name of one of our upcoming songs…) David handled the bass duties.
The reason is very simple and comes from David himself. We all have duties in life and must weigh our time in job, family and interests. Sometimes these things evolve and collide timewise. David feels that he cannot longer be true to himself as a musician and therefore chooses to prioritize his commitments outside the band. As long time friends and bandmates we are of course perfectly cool with this.
Good luck to future adventures!
Through wet and dry, over the hills and far away, beyond heaven and hell… And all we did was sit on our asses and watch/hear him scream his lungs out. Well, soon we are finally at the fun stuff. LEAD FUCKING GUITARS.
But then again… No, now we shouldn’t be like that… or… I, shouldn’t be like that, might be a better statement. Hmm…
Well Oskar has performed just astonishing. His death metal vocals are probably a lot more brutal this time. Must notably, in my ears, his depth has grown and those really demonical growls are just pure evil. We might have some minor stuff to add but that are details that might surface when editing the overdubs. We have tried recording this record a little different since last time. We learnt a lot from the recording of “Amongst Cowards“, so hopefully this time around we will have done something better. Though, don’t be too sure about it. We have a way of fucking things up. Its just UNANGEL-nature. Maybe god is pissed off? Probably not when you think of it. At least if you ask Richard Dawkins. Hmm…
If you are interested in checking out pictures from our studio-escapades, make sure to like us at Facebook and steer your way to our photo album. Or just check out or wall-feed. Whatever works for you dear.
Until next! May Steve Vai guide you.
Yes, around 15 of them actually, since last update. And there hasn’t been much to report of to be honest. I myself took a trip home to my family and the other guys worked with guitars to get some tracks laid down for Oskars upcoming vocal session. But today Thomas and I got the chance to sit down for an all-afternooner to create some evil 7-string magic. And sure we did!
For the track “Shard” (also elegantly work-titled “Heavy Metal”) we found ourselves doing some fine adjustments in the vein of diminished scales. Always a safe bet when it comes to metal! – Remember that kids! Or ask Jeff Loomis, he’ll tell ya!
And since we’re close to being all done with these rhythmic string section we are preppin’ for going into the studio with Oskars vocal chords and bash the hell out of ‘em. Stay tuned, soon you’ll find both a video sneak peak of the rhythmic guitars and the studio dates for the vocals!
We moved our studio to our rehearsal yesterday to record some rhythm guitars. Since I didn’t manage to get my dear Ibanez (I really mean fucktward… or perhaps thats a bit harsch… hm, anyway.) in tune, – ever heard of Floyd Rose? – the choice of guitar fell on Thomas’ Schecter Hellraiser. It will do perfect for the rhythm parts with its EMGs, though I will make sure to get my shit in order for the leads. I need my skinny Ibby.
We have finished the songs “Black Lead Halo” and “Three Days In Darkness” (Oskar actually sings this one in swedish but thats name of it.). And if you check out our Facebook you can see that we actually recorded “Black Lead Halo” back in January at Riever Audio Engineering. Like him and his studio at Facebook!
This week we will continue recording guitars and hopefully also do some rehearsing so that Oskar can do some fine adjusting concerning his vocal arrangements.
Now that the drums are done and Johan is doing some minor adjustments in the digital world, he also managed to quick edit a short teaser from the studio. The song Johan performs is called “The Pain Grid” and had the working title “Fräs” (Sizzle, in english).
It is a fast paced death/thrash song that will have some evil melodies in it. Probably my favourite on the upcoming UNANGEL album “Drunk on Hate”. And I have a strong suspicion that it might also be Johan’s.
Check it out! It features a lot of cymbals. And cymbals are good.