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So far Russell and I have knocked out two tracks with eight more to go.

We have set up a schedule that we hope to keep. If we managed to do so, we should have the record ready for final post edits and mastering by the end of August. I am really happy with how the first two songs have turned out. With the vocals done on those two tracks, the songs are finally coming to life.

We are both learning a lot about the recording process, and works best for the both of us. And, we are already talking out ideas for future projects.

With that said, and the likelihood of a release in the very near future, we have both also been discussing album artwork for the upcoming release. I have designed about half a dozen cover mock-ups so far. But, we haven’t settled on any particular one just yet. Once we are done with recording and have reached the mastering stage, we will likely start to crack down on which album artwork we intend to go with. Chances are, we will have quite a few more album cover concepts to pick from by then.

Other than all of that, things have been going pretty smooth. Russell and I have also gotten a chance to get to know each other outside of just sitting in the studio laying down tracks. He is a pretty cool dude. I definitely see myself partnering with him on future projects.

I am excited to knock this project out!

Random Book Recommendation of the Day

Well, I haven’t had a lot going on lately on the creativity front other than a little recording here and there with the new vocalist (which has been a lot of fun). With that said, I have mostly been getting a lot of stuff done around the new house like most adults tend to do.

So… here is a random book recommendation since instead of something related to music.

The Vision: The Final Quest | Rick Joyner

 

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It’s pretty brutal from the start. The visual display of what the real world spiritual battle is like, in my opinion, is pretty spot on. I will say though, that I don’t agree with every single thing that is in this book. For example, the state of the dead toward the end of the book. You will also notice that at the end of this book it is an actual vision and not just a book of fiction despite being presented as a book of fiction. With that, you have to take this book with a grain of salt by realizing that you can’t just take it all in at face value.

Either way, I felt like it was a really entertaining read and some of the visuals in my opinion are pretty accurate when we consider what is likely going on in the spirit as we fight through this life as Christians.

It was an entertaining read, but I wouldn’t build any doctrine off of it obviously.

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Well, I just spent four hours working on pre-vocal post editing on the back end for this upcoming full length release. Since Russell came in to do some recording recently, I was able to do a final mix down on the one song that we did complete. As a result, I was able to come to a solid mix that I am really happy with for that one song. It has a lot more punch to it than my last EP, Ignorance is Woe.

Since that one song was at the final mix stage, I spent the last several hours transferring the mix settings from that song to all of the songs on the upcoming album. I am really happy with the guitar tones. The kick drum is nice and punchy, too.

Although Russell and I were able to crank out one song, we both agreed that we will be re-recording the vocals for that one when we come in to begin tackling the other songs. We learned a lot about the type of work flow that we will be using together during the recording process. Because of that, we both agreed that we think we can get some much stronger takes the second time around. I am really excited about it… which is why I am in here working on post edit back end stuff in the studio like a madman.

Well, I am super excited. The first vocal session was a major success. We worked through laying down vocals for the first song in a 10 song full length record that will be getting released soon. It’s finally coming together. For our first go at it, working with Russell couldn’t have gone any smoother than it did.

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We don’t have a date set yet for when we will work on it again, but I know that we are both looking forward to it. I had a great time with him. Super cool dude, and brother in Christ.

And just for fun… here is a 10 second sample of how the vocal session went (no post edit effects aside from gain reduction).

That’s right… it’s official. The vocalist that I put the ad out for has been found. And in a random and yet surprisingly unexpected way. But first, let’s hash out how things went for the ad. I got probably a dozen responses, at least three or four of which were the same day that the flyer got posted. Of the people that reached out, all but one really understood what I was looking for.

Most everyone either skipped over the fact that I was looking for a screamer, not a “singer”. Or, they were looking to start a band… which is not at all what my ad even hinted at.

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I met with the one vocalist that understood. He was a really amazing dude. And, he was a perfect fit. A solid Christian. A lover of hardcore and deathcore. And… a jam-up screamer. However, in the process of preparing some tracks to send to him, Russell came along from left field (no Ad required).

So, here is the short and skinny version of how I met Russell and how he turned out to be the too good to be true, perfect fit for my current project.

When my wife and I moved in to our new home, as per usual, at least a few different neighbors are typically kind enough to step out and introduce themselves. The neighbor directly across the street from me turned out to be a married couple close to our age. They just so happened to be Christian as well, and even do home group bible study at their place on the regular.

Way cool.

While talking with the new neighbor about what my wife and I do, the studio project came up. And he said he had just the person I needed to meet. Turns out my neighbor had just the person to set me up with on a blind “seeking screamer” first date.

So, not only am I making friends with the new neighbors… but now I’m already making friends with the neighbors friends. And to top that there is a common thread of Christ and music in the mix.

Talk about random.

Russell is a cool dude. I can’t wait to start tracking with him (note: the pixilated grainy photo is of Russell is from a video he sent me displaying some of his mids and lows).