Archive for February, 2010

Bass lines (20 februari 2010)

20. February 2010

The previous week we didn’t manage to record ALL the guitar parts so last Friday Pascal came back and we finally nailed those last bits. Whew. It took us 4 days in total to record the guitars for this album. That’s 1 more day than I had thought beforehand, actually. Today I went in and recorded bass parts to 4 of the songs. I’m not a bassist, so most of the lines I play consist of ground notes of the guitar chords, but I do try to add something extra to these parts. Perhaps a bit of swing, if nothing else, haha. Anyway, it’s Q’s birthday and he had visitors coming over to celebrate so we quit early. Tomorrow we’ll be back for the remaining 2 songs and bass re-amping.

Here’s a list of the gear we use(d) for the recordings:

Drums: TAMA Starclassic Performer kit & Birch snare

Guitars: Ibanez RG 7-string for chords, leads and some clean picking, Gibson Les Paul standard for clean parts

Amps: ENGL Fireball + Peavey 5150 II for chords and leads, Orange AD140 for clean parts

Cabinet: Marshall cab loaded with Celestion V30’s

Guitar effects: Digitech HardWire RV7 for reverb, and some delay box but I forgot which. + PlusEBow.

Bass: Ibanez Soundgear 5-string

Bass amp + cab: Aguilar


guitar used on the recordings



guitar used on the recordings



bass guitar used on the recordings




Guitar weekend (14 februari 2010)

14. February 2010

So, last week we laid down all the drum tracks. This weekend we are recording guitars. Quintijn and I had a successful session on Friday and managed to record rhythm parts to 4 songs in 5 hours. Today we finished the other 2 and right on time too as Pascal walked in to record his leads and clean parts. Man, that turned out to be a hell of a job. But what did we expect with 3 guitar players in the band and 20+ different layers in every song? Leads and clean picking need more attention as small mistakes are much easier to hear. So there were parts that required quite a few takes before we were satisfied. All in all, we spent over 12 hours in the studio today, which is actually an old cellar and not a big place at all. But the work and patience will be worth it! Listening to some finished takes, we are confident that this album will be great and essential for all lovers of doom, melancholic and atmospheric metal, or music in general, hehe. Also, I must mention that Quintijn Verhoef is a fine producer to work with. He knows what sounds best and has ear for details. We are definitely at the right place for our project. There’s still lots of recording to be done. Merlijn is now going to record his doomed chords (actually, he’s running away from carnaval in Tilburg) and then we’ll work on some intros, hopefully rounding up all the guitar recordings for this album before the weekend is over.

You know, this is really hard work.

But someone’s got to do it.


First day of recordings (7 februari 2010)

7. February 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, we are recording! We dedicate this weekend to laying down the drum tracks for our first album. The plan is to record 6 songs over the course of several weekends at  Independent Recordings, a small but professional studio in the historical center of Utrecht. If all goes well tomorrow, and I trust that it will, guitars are coming up next week.

The (working) titles of the songs are as follows:

  1. Het Dwaaluur
  2. Verlangen
  3. Meer Dan Je Ziet
  4. De Zwaarte
  5. Een Droom
  6. Duett

Average song length is 10 minutes so this will truly be a ‘full-length’. And now, I have some sleep to catch before we continue tomorrow morning…


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