Sunday, January 22, 2012

Recording Update #3

Over these last two weekends, I've gotten quite a bit more work done to the upcoming Algarothsyum album. Here are the latest numbers:

Rhythm guitars - 100%
Drums - 100%
Bass - 70%

During these last two weeks, I've completely finished all the drum programming. It was quite tedious, but it was well worth all the work. Now that these songs have an even more solid foundation with the rhythm guitars and drums in place, these songs are sounding very good. So far, I'm quite pleased! This of course sets in more motivation to do more, and get the work done more quickly. This weekend alone, I began recording bass tracks, and I've already finished five songs. Only two more songs await the low-end assault.

After bass is finished, I'm moving on to more guitar parts, textures/effects for atmosphere, and of course, guitar solos. Following that will be vocals.

I've also asked a few friends to provide guest solo spots in a few of the tracks on the album. I figured that since Algarothsyum's overall sound is very large, vast and dark, it would yield an interesting twist here and there by implementing guest solos. The tracks are long enough; there is plenty of room for guest spots. I will announce these guest musicians at a later date.

I plan on announce a complete track listing, and album listing, in the very near future. Maybe as an incentive to increase hits on the project's multiple pages? We'll see!

Check back often for more updates!

- Vhyle

Next blog entry (maybe) - the evolution of today's metal, and what the future holds.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Matt Ebert - Hard Work vinyl

I received a sizable, cushy envelope in the mail the other day. Inside the envelope were a pair of freshly produced, colorful vinyl records and CDs. My friend and recording artist down in Georgia, Matt Ebert, just released his latest album in both vinyl and CD formats. It's entitled "Hard Work". A couple of years ago - 2009 if I recall, as I was still playing drums in Damnesia - Matt Ebert called me up and asked me if I wanted to record drums to one of the songs on the album. He told me was going to be a Black Sabbath cover, and I happily obliged. So I grabbed some sticks, and drove to Gainesville, GA, and tracked the drums. A few hours later, drums were recorded, and a few beers were consumed afterwards. It was fun, as always.

This is also the first time I've appeared on a vinyl record. It just may be the last as well, given how the music industry is progressing. But anyway, I think it's pretty awesome, and I'm proud to be a part of this record.

And of course, I owe many thanks to Matt Ebert and Allan Ray (producer) for giving me the opportunity to record with them and contribute to a piece of the record. If the opportunity arises, I'd be more than happy to do it again!

EDITED TO ADD: I do want to actually do a review of the music as well. That will come at a future date. Keep coming back for an album review.

Here are some pics of the record (sorry about the sizing):

Front artwork

Part of the tracklist. I recorded drums for "Hand of Doom", a Black Sabbath cover song.

Two more shots displaying the artwork:

There you have it. I'm honored to be a part of this vinyl, and I will proudly display it in my shrine of music in my house.

If you come across this record anywhere in a store or online, definitely pick it up. Show my friends some support, as well as snag some cool music to boot!

- Vhyle

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Quick Algarothsyum Update

And here we are, fresh into the year 2012. Lots of things to look forward to this year, and no, I don't mean the end of the world. That's a very far fetched theory that needs to dissipate altogether, but I digress.

As of right now, all rhythm guitars for the upcoming Algarothsyum album are recorded and finished. All the clean guitar tracks are finished as well, although a few might be redone, depending on how well they mix and EQ. The only remaining guitar additions that are needed, are solos and extra layers and textures. For atmosphere enhancement, of course.

I've been busy busy busy with the drum programming. They are coming out pretty awesome so far. As of right now, I've got drum tracks to three songs completely finished. I'm being extremely meticulous about the drum programming. I'm making them sound as human as possible, and closely mimicking my playing style, down to the accents and fills. And honestly I'm very impressed so far with it. These drums sound pretty realistic, and are just the perfect substitute to recording the real thing. I'm not in a situation where I can, since I've had to ship my drums down to Georgia for storage. But I make do with what I have. So far, so good.

This is my first stint at programming drums, and I will say that it is pretty damn tedious. It's hard work, but it pays off. The song "City of Ashes" (previously unreleased) clocks in at about 9:45 in its current pre-edit state. It took me about a week or so of solid work to finish the drum programming for it. But with enough time, coffee, and/or alcohol, it was finished. Just wait until I program the drums to the title track, which clocks in at about 25 minutes as of right now. Yikes!

Folks, I can't wait to start unveiling the new album... song clips, artwork, story lines, and so on; ultimately leading to the release of the album. If enough people care, I just may release the track listing and play times early.

I also need to get down and dirty with recording bass tracks, too. I'm currently borrowing a 5-string bass from a coworker, and I have it for a limited time. So in the next few weeks, I'll be knocking out bass tracks, as well as drum programming.

That's all for now, kids. Check back for new entries, and keep an eye on the Facebook and ReverbNation pages, as they are the most frequently updated.

- Vhyle