EnkElination “Tears of Lust” Album Release

So today EnkElination release their debut album “Tears of Lust” on all digital platforms (with some physical copies too).

The band are a London based operatic metal band headed by vocalist Elina Siirala.

I was approached by the band last year to record drum parts and spent quite some time making sure all of the parts were exactly what they needed – it was a challenge because it called for much more laid-back playing in places than many of the sessions I’d worked on up until that point but I’m very happy with the final results!

The session was booked into Fractured Sound in Scunthorpe with Chris Johnson behind the desk – Chris did a great job in helping me get all the tracks recorded quickly and efficiently and brought out the best in my playing for the record too.

If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of “Tears of Lust” you can do so on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby or Bandcamp or check out the EnkElination website.

The band have also been announced for this years Bloodstock Open Air festival.

 

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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.

 

 

 

Endorsement Announcement: Murat Diril Cymbals

So this announcement has been a long time coming and is something I’ve been hinting at since an important meeting at the London Drum Show last October. I can now officially disclose that I’ve signed an endorsement agreement with Murat Diril Cymbals and have joined their family of artists!

Each cymbal is totally handmade from B22 Bronze on the coast of the Black Sea in Samsun, Turkey and I couldn’t be more proud to be incorporating them into my overall sound.

I’ll be heading into the studio and out on tour with the following “core setup”:

14″ Renaissance Hi-Hats

17″ and 18″ Renaissance Crashes

16″ and 18″ Renaissance Thin Chinas

10″ Renaissance Splash

20″ Black Sea Megabell Gold Ride

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If you’re curious about what Murat’s cymbals can bring to your playing, head on over to www.muratdiril.com

A January Update – East of Eden, new October File record and more…

Last autumn I covered a few dates for an upcoming hard rock act from the Black Country called Audio Disease while they got their new drummer settled in – I had a great time working with the guys but completely forgot to blog about it as I had a lot of recording sessions to get through immediately afterwards and totally forgot to post!

At the very start of the New Year, the band’s manager called me with a bit of an emergency on his hands – the band’s replacement drummer who took over after the shows I did had left the group rather suddenly after a lot of bookings had been secured for the Spring. In the space of 2 days I refreshed all the old material and learned 5 new tracks and headed over to rehearsals with the band as the very first gig was less only a week away when I’d been contacted!

So for the last 2 weeks I’ve been rather busy playing with the guys (who’re now performing under the name East of Eden and can be found by searching for “EofE Official” on most social media websites) and I’ve had a great time seeing the fantastic response that the band get from their growing fanbase!

There’s a lot more East of Eden dates in the pipeline and I’m officially booked to handle them as far as April at the moment –  that includes a trip to Wales for Hard Rock Hell’s AOR Festival in March so I’ll be sure to get some good photos to post up here and on my website.

In other news, the Christmas charity single I recorded at Shane’s Recording Studio with a group of local musicians from various bands and projects managed to raise almost £300 in the Grantham area for CHICKS.

Also, starting on Monday I’ll be down in London at Orgone Studios to begin drum tracking for the new October File record – the album is slated for release via Candlelight Records at the end of May and more details will be posted on the OF Facebook page as we progress through the recording process.

There’s one other piece of really exciting news that I’m still sitting on but that will have to wait just a little longer before I can make a proper announcement.

Christmas Charity Single Session

Last week I took some time out from my existing sessions to head on over to Shane’s Recording Studio in Grantham to lay down some drum parts for a project that’s very different to those I usually work on.

Recently I was contacted by Shane and asked if I’d be interested in working on a cover of The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York”, which is a song that’s very hard to not hear at some stage over the Christmas period each year! This particular version will feature a number of local musicians who’re lending their talents to the project and a full list of those involved will no doubt be available soon.

Personally, I think Shane captured a fantastic sound from my setup and I’m really pleased with how even the working versions are sounding as more musicians are adding their performances.

The single will be released on December 1st and will be available digitally and also as a physical release around the Grantham / Lincolnshire area.

For further details, and for information on where this single can be purchased, please head on over to the studio Facebook page.

 

New Endorsements & The London Drum Show 2013

I’m back from this year’s London Drum Show with some fantastic news.

The London Drum Show is a great opportunity to meet some of the people behind the more well known brands in the drumming industry as well as a fantastic chance to see new products and brands that might only just be entering the market (and potentially pick them up at a discounted rate!).

From my perspective it’s a chance to catch up with some of the companies I already work closely with, to meet some for the very first time even if I’ve been in touch with them for awhile and to make entirely new acquaintances.

Only a day before heading down to London I received an email from Ian at Tuner Fish Lug Locks informing me that I was formally invited to join the artist roster before the new website launched.

My first proper stop was to find the Tuner Fish booth and finally meet Ian and the rest of the team – I was met with a very friendly welcome from Ian, Mike Bigwood (who’s responsible for the engineering and also runs his own drum manufacturing company – Bigwood Drums) and, of course, Mark Richardson himself (who’s brutally tough playing with Skunk Anansie led to the creation of Tuner Fish).

Having finally met the team in person I can honestly say it’s a real pleasure to be associated with not only an invention that I believe in but with a group of people who are truly dedicated to bringing their amazing product to everyone and I can confidently say that the new 3rd generation Tuner Fish are even better than the ones I reviewed several months ago!

You can finally purchase Tuner Fish Lug Locks directly using their online store or through my good friends at The Music Shipping Company. All new 3rd generation Tuner Fish will also be making their way to local dealers very soon in a variety of pack sizes (as little as 4 right up to 50) and an exciting new range of colours.

Speaking of partnerships – one particular meeting at the London Drum Show has led to what will hopefully be a very exciting development…more details to follow once I’m able to make them public!