Dragonforce: Studio Quest! Dragonforce and the recording dungeon.

April 13th, 2013 by
Dragonforce entering to studio once more.

Dragonforce entering to studio once more.

Dragonforce enters the studio to record new album

Dragonforce have never really been one of my favourite bands, although I certainly appreciate what they do, and enjoy their music to some extent, perhaps mostly for the novelty of how stupidly fast it is. So as such, although they aren’t constantly in my CD changer or current playlist, I do keep track of their current activities. So when I saw the article on Blabbermouth about them entering the recording studio to record their new album, I thought it would be interesting to check up on. According to blabbermouth the British epic metallers have completed writing the follow-up to last year’s “The Power Within” album. The album was the first to feature their new and current vocalist Marc Hudson.

Herman Li interview by Metal Traveller

Dragonforce’s guitarist Herman Li said “Right now, everyone in the band is itching to get into the studio to record probably the most epic Dragonforce music ever written.” He continued “With so many ideas flying around and songs already written, we decided to team up with producer Jens Bogren to help us take the Dragonforce sound to the next level and beyond!”

Metal Traveller asked Herman Li how difficult it was to integrate Marc Hudson into the band as the new vocalist: “I don’t know if it was easy or hard, but we definitely spent a lot of time to make sure he integrated well in the band. Before he joined the band, we jammed, we rehearsed, we went to the studio and recorded some demos together — just to see how it’s like, to understand his personality.” said Li.

“After he joined the band, we didn’t want him to be like, ‘Hi, Marc, welcome to the band, record the songs in studio and see you on tour.’ You have to be a real family, so we jammed and rehearsed a lot, and that really helped him to integrate the band. The first show he had to play with the band was with Iron Maiden, in front of 20,000 people. I didn’t tell Marc until the warmup gig two weeks before.”

When questioned about Marc’s involvement in the composition of “The Power Within”, Li said: “Most of the music was already composed when we were auditioning him. After he joined the band, we had to change the voice a little bit to get the best out of his voice. We found out that he can sing very high, but also really low at the same time. So in certain songs, we explored his low range, like ‘Seasons’ or ‘Give Me The Night’, on which he goes from low to high. Then we tried to explore the high register, like in ‘Holding On’.”

Into The Recording Studio

From what I’ve read it’s been a pretty wild ride for Marc the new front man of the Dragons, since he came into the fold in July of 2011, he has now played over 100 Dragonforce shows in 32 countries around the world, including big ass arenas with the like of Iron Maiden. Not to mention a full scale headlining world tour to support the last record. Pretty amazing stuff if you ask me.

So now that Hudson has all this new experience under his belt, traveling the world and touring for the last 2 years. I’m fairly certain him and the rest of the Dragonforce crew are dying to get back into the studio and let their new ideas flow. Dragonforce have chosen Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden to to start laying down tracks for the creation of their next record. Set to start recording sometime in May, the project will be headed by producer and allround musical force to be reckoned with Jens Bogren.

Jens is known for his work with the likes of Opeth, The Devin Townsend Project, Daylight Dies, God Forbid, Iron Mask, Amon Amarth, Katatonia, Soilwork and Symphony X, to name a few. I have no doubts that Bogren with help Dragonforce to record a monster of a record.

Recording Studio

Jens Bogren Fascination Street studios

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Five Ways To Make The Most Of Recording Studio Time

April 10th, 2013 by
Peak Meter

5 Ways To Make The Most Of Recording Studio Time

The following blog is by a special Guest Author and presented in collaboration with www.selectrecordingstudios.co.uk

Make The Most Of Recording Studio Time

Whether you’re about to record an album or making a demo that you can shop around to record companies, studio time is a significant investment – so it pays to do everything you can to get the most bang for your buck. It’s essential to carefully plan and organise your time so you don’t waste a minute and end up with nothing to show for a day’s recording. Follow these simple steps to get everything you can out of time in the recording studio and end up with results you love.

1. Get Studio Versions of Songs Prepared

There’s a huge difference between live performance and performing in a studio so make sure you’ve checked your arrangements and worked out how best to record your song. Creating succinct, tight versions of your song will afford you the best results and save time in the studio too. If you’re trying to promote your band, then a sloppy demo is not the best way to go about it. The more slick and professional your demo is the more likely you are to be picked up.

2. Set Studio Time Goals

You’ll have a set amount of hours in the studio but whether it’s a day or a fortnight, treat it like a job and carefully map out your time. This is especially important if you need to accommodate other musicians flexibly. Once you’re in the studio time will fly so it’s much more effective to have a concrete timetable than a loose plan.

Choose one or two tracks to work on in a day and don’t be tempted to squeeze more in if you don’t have any longer. It’s much better to complete two songs perfectly than end up with a bunch of half finished recordings. A three minute song could take three hours to record so it’s unlikely that you’ll finish a whole album in a day. However, there’s always the chance that you’ll get things done more quickly than you expected so make contingencies for any time you have left by preparing a couple of extra tracks just in case.

If you’re working with a band then make sure they’re aware of your plans and understand what your expectations of them are. That way there’s far less likely to be confusion over which songs to learn or which instruments to bring.

3. Opt for Professional Mastering

Mixing is usually done by engineers within a recording studio but mastering is an entirely different process. If you eliminate mastering from the studio time you have it can allow you to fit in more. You can get your recordings mastered at a later date but make sure you enlist someone with the skills and experience you need. Although professional mastering is a separate investment, you’ll end up with better results than you will if you try to do everything at once.

4. Eat and Drink

It may sound silly but when you’re caught up in the moment everything else goes out of the window, but forgetting to eat and drink certainly won’t help your performance. If you want to maintain your energy levels then choose healthy foods that release energy slowly like wholemeal bread, porridge and brown rice. Avoid high fat, high sugar foods as they will give you a burst of energy followed by a slump. Keep hydrated with plenty of water and if you want to stay on your toes avoid drinking alcohol.

5. Pick the Right Studio

Embarking on your first recording studio session can be daunting so look for a studio that caters for your needs. Most studios accommodate amateurs and professionals but will incorporate differing levels of service. A good studio will have friendly, helpful, well-qualified staff who will be able to talk you through the recording process and put you at ease. They’ll also be able to help you find ways to improve your performance and offer advice on recording techniques.

You’ll find useful information on the majority of recording studio websites about the kind of work they do and some will even allow you to listen in to recent recordings so you can get a feel for the type of result you can expect.

Bonus Tip

If you’re feeling a little intimidated by the idea of a recording studio session then pay a visit to the studio before it takes place. Staff there should be happy to give you a tour and let you familiarise yourself with the surroundings and what will happen on the day, which will help you to feel more at ease when you finally come to record.

So if you’re set to become the next big thing make sure you start off on the right foot and follow these tips to ensure that your recording studio session is a rousing success.

About the Author:

I’m a fifty something technical director with a passion for the food industry and blogging.

I’m happily married with two grown up daughters.

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: New studio footage 2013

March 26th, 2013 by
5FDP

Five Finger Death Punch new studio footage!

Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP) have released new studio footage for their time in Las Vegas’ The Hideout Recording Studio where they are currently working on their fourth full length studio album due to be released in the summer of this year. Overseeing the recording sessions once is Kevin Churko, a Canadian musician, record producer, songwriter, sound engineer and The Hideout’s owner. Kevin Churko is known for his work with artist such as Ozzy Osbourne and In This Moment amongst many others.

This very short video clip of Ivan Moody from Five Finger Death Punch highlighted in a dim red light doing a screaming vocal take, can be see below:

As an added bonus we have included a YouTube clip containing a small sample of the new 5FDP track “Here To Die”, which has been taken from the band’s forthcoming fourth album. Get your teeth into it with the YouTube clip below:

Five Finger Death Punch have been making waves across the world of popular metal having sold more than half a million copies of each of their first three studio releases, can they do a forth? Or better still can they up the ante and sell over a million? It certainly seems to be a rare feat in today’s world of Metal Music. In fact Music in General. I say more power to them. If you’re not already a Five Finger Death Punch fan, why the fuck not? Because they write some killer tracks! Go check them out.

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