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”.

Forgive me father, I have sinned.

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.

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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!

Watch Oskar growl-rap

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…

/ Chris

David leaves UNANGEL

Dave the steelmountain

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!