As announced last week via facebook, we have finished the album recordings. While I was still on vacation, Rene and Sperrfeuer Heretic met in a small studio to edit the live recordings and make a first rough mix. Last week on Tuesday, I went in to record guitar overdubs. While I had rhythm and solo guitars readily arranged for some songs, I had no idea what to do on others. We ended up getting a bit creative with arrangements and sounds, actually utilising all five pickup configurations of my Strat. Also, there is one rhythm guitar arrangement we spontaneously made which goes back to an idea by Rene. It does help if the producer is an experienced guitar player, especially for me, originally being a bassist and doing studio recordings on guitar for the first time. Anyway, let me tell you the songs sound FAT with two guitars. I tried to make the parts for the second guitar less dominant so we can still reproduce the sound live, though.
We recorded all Tuesday afternoon and got drunk at Rene's place afterwards. After a quick trip back to my home to finish some emails I had to write and to make some phone calls, we recorded the rest of the electric guitars as well as an acoustic guitar part on Wednesday. After that, we went for the vocals. Two songs on Wednesday night, four songs on Thursday. Although I take some pride in basically being able to scream for quite a while without straining my voice, my throat did hurt after recording vocals and backing vocals for an entire album in merely two days. But I suppose it actually sounds pretty good... or pretty ugly, if you will.
Sperrfeuer and DTM visited in the studio a couple of times, but as bass and drum tracks are completely recorded already, there wasn't much to do. Now, we went back to the rehearsal space yesterday and started working on new stuff immediately. There's one new songs where Sperrfeuer wrote lyrics, which inspired me to write some crazy riffs - let's see how this one turns out.
Next week, we will start mixing the album, after that I'm on tour with my other band - www.wightism.com - which you should definitely check out. Then we need to find someone to get the album out there... we will probably not make a 2012 release, but it will be out in early 2013 for sure.