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).

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I’m excited to announce that I got a few new items for the home studio! Check them out!!!

I’ve got a few more essentials that I need to get before I feel like the studio gear is to the point that I want it. However, I feel like the “how I want it” phase of a studio is never ending. You always end up wanting something else (a new guitar, better headphones, a variety of plugins). Speaking of which, my next upgrade for the studio gear is going to be a few vocal plugins since the vocal tracks are my final phase of the current project.

Beyond that, I don’t really have a wish list… yet.

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Well, now that my studio is put back together… although I still have a lot to get done around the house, I decided to look online to see about finding a vocalist for my upcoming release. Unfortunately this is where being on things like Facebook would help. But, it’s just not going to come to that. I refuse. The issue isn’t that I couldn’t get onto some super shady forum with posts on it from nearly a decade ago to find someone. I’m sure I could.

This issue is that I am trying to narrow it down to something super specific.

I am looking for a Christian screamer style vocalist that can do things like hardcore, deathcore, doom metal, and or metalcore… preferably someone close to my age bracket. That narrows it down quite a bit. Since I’m not on social media, the next best thing to do would be to post some flyers around the local music stores, I guess.

Any suggestions, feel free to email me from the contact page.

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It may not be much to look at, but the studio is back up now that we are finally moved. Simple and to the point, I always say.

We still have a lot going on now that we are moved. We’ve had everyone come over that you can think of; electricians, A/C repair, plumbers, fencing people, gas, etc. It’s been an extremely busy last few days for sure… and we still have a long way to go before we’re totally done and settled in.

Either way, I thought I would drop in and slap up a post since I haven’t done that yet this month. Hopefully in the coming months I’ll lock down a vocalist for the 10 song full length release that’s currently just sitting there on my hard drive waiting patiently to be finished.

I would hope that it’s a given, but I’ve got to say… there are a couple of really solid breakdowns on this one.

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Now that we are closing in on the final days of May, the moving date is nearly upon us for the AMO family. With that said, as I have stated in a few previous blog posts, I already have a full length 10 song album nearly completed. The only thing that is missing is vocals, mixing, and mastering.

But unfortunately, the move is going to slow that down a bit. Before I can get back to finishing the upcoming record, I need to get moved. But not only that… I need to unpack while simultaneously working toward selling another property. My hands are going to be full with adulting for a while to say the least. Hopefully we get settled into the new house fairly quickly which will allow me to get back to working on the record sooner.

As of right now the studio is packed up and stacked in the corner waiting to get crammed into the moving van. Fingers crossed, none of the gear gets messed up during the move. No reason it should, but you never know.

If I had to guess, I would like to think that the upcoming full length would be ready for release by the end of summer if not into the beginning of fall.

Stay posted.