Machine Head is klaar met het opnemen van het drumwerk en gitaarwerk en zijn volgens mij nu ook bijna klaar met het opnemen van de vocalen.
De nieuwe cd gaat heten: The Blackening
Hij bevat 8 nummers.
What's up Everybody? Update time!!!!
We're finally on the home stretch!! A few more songs to go until the writing process is completed. Let me say a few things about the progress and way the songs are coming along.
First off, the freedom and drive we have on this album is far exceeding what we were doing on "Through The Ashes". Being able to take our time without a deadline breathing down our necks has been priceless, when we started writing in August (I think) of last year we had made February our time to get into the studio and start recording, but as we went along, the thought of going into the studio then, just to get the album out in a certain time frame became less appealing.
We were being told things like "you've gotta take advantage of the momentum you have" or "if it comes out in ____, you can get this or that tour". Good advice maybe, but if you don't have the time to try different things and let the songs come to life naturally you're kinda selling yourselves short. So when we all decided to plan on an August recording start, we knew it would (hopefully) be more than enough time.
And it has!
So, about the music!!!! If I could describe the songs in one word it would have to be ANGRY!!!!!!!! I think the song "Struck A Nerve" from The More Things Change album is sitting back smiling at the new stuff! I guess when you're living in times like these it's hard not to be pissed off, and the music and lyrics are definitely a product of the anger we're all feeling. Also, we're just having fun writing these songs! Whether it's continuing to add little segues to parts, harmony shredding, or just making things more difficult to play, the bottom line is we're having a good time writing a 100% metal album. Not, “this or that metal” or whatever kinds of metal are out there, this is just "Fucking Metal!!!!"
We're also gonna be doing a week of dates on the "Sounds Of The Underground" tour!! A very welcome "get the fuck out of the practice room and go do some damage" opportunity! Who knows...we might even be trying out a new song! From there we will move right into Sharkbite Studios and rehearse for a few days before we start recording in the 2nd week of August. Robb will be producing again along with Sir Markus O’ Keatonous, and of course King Colin Richardson mixing once again!!!
Also, I wanted to say a little something about a friend who recently died. His name was Steve Cooper and he had been the singer for one of my first bands, S.A. Slayer. We were five kids that had formed a band solely on the basis that the Iron Maiden "Killers" album was the best thing we'd ever heard in our lives!! He was easily one of the nicest guys any of us had ever met, a laid back country boy vibe combined with a passion and voice built for our brand of metal. He will truly be missed.
Motherfuck, motherfuck, noich, noich, noich... smokin' weed, doin' coke, drinkin' beers, who drinks the beers? We drinks the beers...
Just watched that movie the other day... still a classic!
We are loading in today to start on our new album!!! WOO - FUCKING - HOO!!! I can't remember being this excited about recording, well... EVER. Seriously, we're ready to fucking blow shit up! Spent Fri. and Sat. with Dave down at the jam spot fine-tuning the songs, doing pre-production, and Saturday was really productive. Dave is fucking KILLING IT on the new shit, this will certainly be his finest hour to-date. I think we both walked away (as dorky as it sounds) giddy with excitement... we're SO friggin' stoked with how cool the new stuff is turning out!
We have officially narrowed down our song selection to 8 songs. What, only 8?! That's right fuckers, 8 songs! We have a 10-minute opening track that's practically 4 songs in one, with stop-on-a-dime changes and a roller coaster ride of molten riffage! In fact, we have three 10-minute long tracks, so even with only 8 songs the record is damn near an hour long. It feels right though. It was a tough call, we wrote 26 songs in total, but these 8 are the very best songs of the bunch. The other 18... though heavy, or catchy, or what-have-you... man... they just lacked that special something, or they didn't end with enough of that "WOW!" factor, so we were brutally honest with ourselves, exercised a little self-restraint, and we think you will be incredibly impressed with the results.
Gonna get going, but we'll be updating a lot more regularly now that the ball has officially started rolling.
And Dave McClain... is... done!!! The man is ON muthafuckin' FIRE!!!! He put down 6 out of 8 songs Friday, including two of the 10-minute bad boys... and then the last 2 Saturday... DANG!!! Yeah, yeah, par for the course for Mr. McClain, but still!!! First couple of days were spent getting the ultimate drum tones, trying out a multitude of different kits, heads, etc... Dave was ready to strangle Mr. Producer here *cough* at several points during the 2nd day, but he finally saw the light, and in the end we got the sickest drum tones EVER, he's really fuckin' stoked. Dave and I both feel strongly about having real drum tones on this record, and getting away from the overly triggered (and in a lot of cases completely triggered) drum sound that is so prevalent in metal today. Sure, you gotta have a little bit in there - a bit in the kick, blend some in with the snare, but man, real drums sound fucking awesome when you get 'em dialed in. Been listening to "South Of Heaven" a lot, and jesus... even by today's standards the drum tones sound just incredible... that’s what we’re going for... timeless shit.
Had a couple days of studio-technical difficulties after getting drum tones, but then the rocking commenced. At Dave's request, he wanted to try just him and I tracking stuff, which is how we demo everything anyways, and it worked great... he's killing it SO hard. Drum magazine editors take note... your new king is here, and his name is Dave McClain!!!
Gonna lay some scratch vocals today, and move on to getting the heaviest guitar tone known to man!
WOO - HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We have guitar tone!!!!!!!!! And I'm not talking your average chugga-chugga metal tone, I'm talking face-peeling, ear-shredding savagery... fuck yeah!!! Hetfield eat your heart out! Woo-hoo! Can't wait to get tracking on some tunes tomorrow.
This last week we did some Duce and Demmel scratch tracks for reference when Adam and I sing... I threw on some vocals, some of which may or may not be keepers... had Adam come in for vocals and harmonies and MAN, he is sounding KILLER, we may have some keepers even though they were just for practice. We took a couple days off for the holiday too, drank a bunch'a beers, it was nice, cleared the head.
Here's some photos of us jamming at Sharkbite, we'll have some video footage up for you soon.