Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2013 round-up, a creative journey + new release news!

A happy new year to all, and many thanks for following me this far!

This might not be the only 'so another year comes to end' type blog posts you've stumbled upon in the last 48 hours, but it might just be the most unexpectedly eventful..

As I gaze out at of my window at a rainy English mid-morning, it is easy to dismiss this event as simply a passage of time, but as years go, its been packed full of creative matter in one direction or another. Although I'm now pursuing several avenues, some outside of purely music, 'Vanish into Dark', and the 'Miseria Visage' EP have probably been my primary musical focus. At times it's been a tough grind to get things finished, to squeeze every last drop of expressive goodness out of what sometimes seemed like a barren well of musical inspiration, but once the last note is recorded, mixed, mastered, you get a wave of both relief and anti-climax. Then comes the inevitable period of dissatisfaction with your own work. I've learnt that during this time it's best to put the music to one side and look to other distractions - for me, mainly computer games and how to make them. Then, a couple of months later you tentatively take a listen to your music again, and a realization may (or may not) hit you - actually this stuff isn't half bad !

Luckily, when this happened, I had the support of a good underground metal label to help release the long-awaited 'Miseria Visage' EP on cassette! You can check out this analogue format release, right here on Tridroid Record's bandcamp page, available for the modest sum of $1.00 or more ..

Friday, 23 August 2013

Guitar solos, Goblins and Folk instruments.

Luckily I havn't been swallowed up by the Earth in an attempt to cleanse my musical filth from the face of the planet, simply put: I've had tons of distractions lately, but most of them creative in one form or another.

Just yesterday I had a binge of the black metal variety, writing almost an entire song's worth of riffs for my role as guitarist in Koboloris. This got followed up by a studio session, where the rest of the song got written and then also recorded on the spot, even swapping over to acoustic guitar for the outro.

That's right - I went acoustic, enjoy the results because it really doesn't happen very often at all!

Then, earlier in the week I'd been solidly practicing and doing some rough recording for a very different project - also requiring my dubious guitar talents. Remember many months ago I mentioned a project that had hints of Djent and Melodic Metal to it? Things are starting to get more active with that now. I've written riffs for several songs in the demo stage and quite a few guitar leads, the last song I worked on had two solos! It's really fun to work with another guitarist, setting up interesting harmonies, yet we never play exactly the same lick at the same time, just to keep things interesting.  Certainly a project that pushes my technical ability almost to breaking point.

At some point  between all of this, the Miseria Visage EP will get finished..

I suppose this could mean I'm technically a guitar player in three bands now. After a realization like that, I could really do with a fresh cup of tea and a sleep.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Almost there!

The wait is almost over! We are now nearing the point where all six of the EP songs will be ready for the mastering process. Yesterday I finished the new version of 'Offering' and completed the drum tracking for 'Vanish'. This afternoon, the final mix of 'Offering' got imported into the ongoing mastering session. As the mixes become ready I will add them to the session, so that they all have a similar master sound when played one after another.

All that remains now, is to finish off some bass work on 'Vanish' and make some adjustments to the instrumental third track 'Abberation'. At my current pace, things should be wrapped up nicely by the end of August / start of September. After that I will send the finished songs to the label to make up the cassette tapes. I'm also thinking about seeking another label for possible CD version of the EP.

For now, feel free to take a listen to this very much work-in-progress mix of 'Abberation' ..

Sunday, 28 July 2013

A new lease of life for the song that started it all ..

The very first track that started off Miseria Visage, has been resurrected in a new evolved form, ready for the upcoming tape release! With the vocals re-recorded, new bass guitar and drum tracking and some new guitar parts, all the studio work for the new version is now complete. All that is left now is to finish mixing the final version and for the song to be mastered along with the other five tracks that make up the release. You can expect to be able to hear the new 'Offering' very soon!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

First song of the new music revealed ..

I decided to be generous and put out a full-length song for a change!

Here is the brand new re-recorded version of 'Luciferian', in full, on youtube .. enjoy!

The end is nigh!

For the first time I can see that completing the EP is on the horizon..

Two songs are left that need my attention now. Firstly is the third of my brand new tracks 'Abberation' which  is in dire need of some vocals, secondly I need to finish off the guitars and drum editing on the new version of 'Vanish Into Dark'. After those parts are mixed, all that remains is mastering and then the tracks can be sent off to Tridroid Records for creation of the master tape.

Apart from all that, I've had some time to think of where I'd like to take Miseria Visage in the future. My next vital challenge will be to create a full-length release, however before I can make this a realistic proposition, I'm going to need to build up more support and spread the word about the project, so that my album can reach as many ears as possible. That's where I'm going to need your help!

Monday, 8 July 2013

One step closer to chaos ..

This week it has been the turn of 'Frantic Ritual' to be given it's voice. Vocal recording went ahead in some sweltering summer heat, yet nothing hampered our efforts to raise this beast of a song into a fully-fledged ode to madness.

Vocally this is the most ambitious arrangement on the record. In this song I'm using three types of vocal style to convey different voices and feels. This may come as a surprise to some - clean vocals are part of it!

You will also hear some very low down growls on this song, something more reminiscent of death metal, though not strictly a reference to that genre. I've been able to gradually practice this technique as part of my backing vocal duties in one of my more extreme metal-based bands. I think it suits the part well and hopefully brings something new to the music!

Which reminds me, there are some ambient drone and sample sections in the intro that need my attention .. this really is a diabolical cocktail of influences, a real chimera of a song. Let's hope it's turns out to be a monster of some merit.