Live to win

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”.

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Yesterdays (As Axl contemplates…)

Two handsome dudes truly dedicated to the cause of metal.

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!

/ Chris

Guitars for president

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.

Doing some chuggah-chuggahs.

 

Take care!

/ Chris

Digital stuff

Horgh agrees. Good work lads.

I love computers and digital studio recording. I also find analog stuff awesome and cool. But we, Unangel, aren’t quite that cool so we stick to Pro Tools. But here is the thing. Even though computers are simple in theory – you never seem to get to the finish line without doing some (often major) detours.

That’s our case. Always. (Unfortunately.)

Thomas and I dropped by the studio today to copy all the drum tracks so that we can record stuff at home also. (Note that I was supposed to go and get them yesterday, but I brought a NTFS-formatted drive. And we have a Mac in the studio. And yes I also own a Mac. So why the fuck do I have my external drive in NTFS!?) Enough ’bout that.

Well after having a fight with Pro Tools over the “Export-button”, we actually managed to get our beloved drums down to lovely wavs.

Now we are aiming at getting the rhythm guitars and bass down so that Oskar, asap, can start his throat abuse. Really excited!

PS. You haven’t forgotten that you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook? You’ll also find my personal Twitter here: ChrizVain.

Take care

/ Chris

Drums are done

Chris and Johan in the Studio.

After a couple of strange days of recording, we are finally finished with the drums. When we started out we were quiet convinced that this session would go on quite comfortably. We figured that since the last record was a quite troublesome recording session, we now would have some ease. But noooo. Talk about fucking jinxing it.

But still, despite glitches in contacts, buzzing interface and being forced to re-record already finished songs (Not to mention recording in Pro Tools. We either use Cubase or Logic at home. DOH!). We pulled through – and all thanks to our drummer Johan. Man… that guy really performed under pressure! Awesome!

Since this recording has been quite jumpy, there hasn’t been any good documentation unfortunately. But we will try to compensate later on. For now, we are just content with the drums! Soon we are off recording rhythm guitars. I can promise you it will be MASSIVE!

Take care

/ Chris

Recording has begun!

 

Yes, and so it has begun!

Thomas and Johan headstarted already yesterday with the rigging and also managed to record a couple of drum tracks.
I was still in Italy soaking in sun and sweat but today we are full crew in Uppsala.
So far we have nailed the songs “Total Meltdown”, “Black Lead Halo” and “Unangel”. Currently Johan is grooving the song “Tre dagar i mörker” (Three Days In Darkness).

Cheers!

/ Chris

Chillin’, relaxin’ ‘n acting’ all cool.

Change of plans

The sweetest sound.

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we’ve unfortunately been forced to cancel our first visit to the studio that was planned to be the 21th of September. Instead the recording of “Drunk on Hate” will commence, one week later, on the 28th.

This doesn’t affect the overall planning for the recording and we are confident we will catch up any lost time. I mean, who doesn’t love grinding the songs of the album for the 1000th time to the delightful tone of a metronome?

Well. Thats at least what I plan to do. Or maybe try to work out those solos of mine. Would be kinda… time to do that… now.

Nighty night
/ Chris

Last song finished

Yep. The last song for the upcoming cd has been finished. At least when it comes to the framework. We always leave some small stuff for the studio, where we can go creative bananas.

Here is Abbath

Here is Abbath

Now I think its time to reveal the working names for every song! Some of them are in swedish so you’ll also get the translation. But the order of the songs do not reflect how they will be presented on the record. Well they could, in theory, but that would be purely coincidental.

Melo Tron
Döden trampar (Death is pedaling)
Hårdrock (Heavy metal)
Unangel (Yeah, we named it after our band. Or the other way around. Someway. The real name of the song)
Black Lead Halo (Oh yes! Thats actually a song we already played live.)
Fräs (Sizzle or frizzle. Something like that.)
Slayer of the soul (An intro. Probably.)

There you have it. Til’ next.
Chewbacca.

/ Chris

Planning stage

Mr. Ibanez and Schecter hanging out.

In a couple of weeks we will enter the studio to record the drums for the upcoming album “Drunk on Hate“. Right now there ain’t much to say about it rather than we are really happy to get started.

This album was intendently meant to start being recorded in May but time consuming problems along with a break-in in the studio did put it on hold for the summer. But now. Fuck yeah, finally, now! It will soon be time to let the studio madness once again strike down and fuck us up beyond all recognition.

Cheers!

/ Chris