Chasing Ghosts EP Recording Session at Chapel Studios

Right before Christmas I was contacted by a newly formed doom/goth metal band by the name of Chasing Ghosts to book in a last minute session at the prestigious Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire. There’s an underlying Paradise Lost vibe to the three tracks that have been recorded but the finished work definitely has a sound all of it’s own.

Chapel Studios has a fantastic live room and with the expertise of producer Tim Morris I believe we’ve captured the best and most natural drum tones I’ve had to date. We really understood each others preferred approaches and I can honestly say that this session has been the most relaxed and enjoyable recording session I’ve ever worked on!

For the session we used my Premier Artist Maple kit in it’s usual configuration (10″ and 12″ toms, 16″ floor tom and 22″ bass drum) outfitted with Aquarian Response 2 clear drumheads on the toms and a clear Force I on the kick. The tuning process was as quick and painless as ever due to my DrumDial, Sleeved Washers and Tuner Fish Lug Locks.

We only tried one snare drum – my Flynn Drums signature model “Welly” – and didn’t need to try any others ( I’ve yet to write a full article on this incredible piece of craftsmanship but will do so very soon). The overall sound was simply amazing: outfitted with an Aquarian Texture Coated Power Dot this drum delivered a fat backbeat which cuts through distorted guitars with ease but still allowed for subtle ghost notes to come through with great clarity.

Cymbals were a mix from my collection of Murat Diril models – we used my 14″ Renaissance Regular Hats, 17″ and 18″ Renaissance Brilliant Crashes, a 10″ Renaissance Regular splash, my 18″ Renaissance Regular Thin China and 20″ Black Sea Megabell Gold Ride.

The songs have already been sent for mastering and should be back very soon, I’ll be sure to post some samples along with links to the band when it’s finally ready for release.

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2 more sessions and Tech Work…

It’s been a really busy 2 weeks.

Firstly, I started off April with a recording session for progressive band Orgone Ocean Sonar over at Abbey Lane Studios in Derby.

I’ve been working on demos with the guys of OOS for a few months now and it felt great to finally get these drum parts recorded properly. The band will continue with recording their own parts for the “Process of Being” EP over the next few months and hope to release it sometime in the Summer.

Vocalist Nick Ward also took some fantastic photos.

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No sooner was the editing on that session completed then I was straight back into recording two tracks for session guitarist Tom Wills, one being a re-recording of last Autumn’s “You’ll Be Mine” and the other is a new and unreleased track. Tom will be handling all the guitar and production duties and has assembled a fantastic line-up of musicians to help him complete the songs which are likely to also be released in the Summer.

 

And finally, I’ll be heading back out with EofE as of tomorrow as a drum tech for their arena tour supporting McBusted so I’ll not be able to accept any session bookings for the rest of April or May but I’m already taking bookings for June onwards.

 

 

Two new single releases & festival dates

As of this afternoon the very first single from the new October File record is released – the lyric video for “Heroes Are Welcome” is currently being hosted exclusively by Metal Hammer.

Pre-orders for the album are also available via Plastic Head, iTunes and most online music retailers.

October File are also confirmed for festival appearances at both Bloodstock Open Air and Rebellion so far with more to follow very soon.

In other news “Tears of Lust”, the first single for London-based operatic metal band EnkElination, was released last week. I recorded drum parts for the album last August with Chris Johnson of Fractured Sound in Scunthorpe and I’m very pleased with how the finished track sounds. The full album will be available for purchase in the summer.

 

 

 

Beyond The Chaos single released

So as of last night, the new Beyond The Chaos single is live on Bandcamp. It’s only £1 (or a higher donation if you wish) to download in any file format you’d like – I’d recommend the Apple Lossless format or full-size WAV if you plan to burn it a CD to retain the original punch and clarity.

Although I’ve already mentioned it in my last post, the track is the first piece to follow on from 2012’s “The Mariner” and once again features Liv Free on vocals. It was all recorded and mixed in March and I’m really happy with the end result.

All of the production / engineering work is my own and was all completed within my home studio from rough guide tracks right through to mixing and mastering.

If you like my drum parts or production work on this track, I am always available for drum sessions or remote production/mixing duties. I can be contacted via my website as always.