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STUDIO REPORT @ EMPIRE STUDIO

Vocal recordings are going well and we are seeing an end to it. Only a couple of songs left to record as you can see on the photo of the recording check list.

Vocal recording check list

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Video: Bass report from Empire Studio 2010

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Video: Drum report from Empire Studio 2010

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Studio Report Day 13, 14, 15 @ Empire Studio

Hello everyone, it’s been a week since we last checked in here from the studio session at Empire Studio and we’ve made a lot of progress since last time. Not only in the studio, but we manage to pull of a gig as well in the middle of everything.

Marcus have finished all rhythm guitar tracking and have only a couple of leads to do. We have started to track vocals as well!

we’ve got over 100 GB of video, covering every phase of the recording, will make a kick ass video report in the future when everything is tracked!

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Studio Report Day 12 @ Empire Studio

2010-04-01

We’re had a couple of days off from the studio because we’re rehearsing for a gig coming up in a couple of days. Today thou, Marcus had time to record guitars before and after rehearsing. Two and a half songs was tracked and we will continue later this Easter weekend. Horns up!

Songs recorded:

- Gate Guard
- “obecity boys” (work title)

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Studio Report Day 11 @ Empire Studio

2010-03-28

11.00 am. Joakim is picking Marcus up before lunch and going to the store to buy food, beverages and other sweet things to stuff our faces with during the day. We’re preparing for a long and intense day at Empire Studio.

12.30 am. We have no idea what we’ve been doing the first 90 minutes but we didn’t record any bass guitar, thats for sure! One thing is for sure and that is Marcus’ guitar really needs to be adjusted by someone with deep ninja skills of the higher form of guitar adjusting art not yet known by mankind. Joakim pull his phone out of the pocket to dial Jon from the music store Hamm & Nilsson. It’s SUNDAY, but Jon arrives within a couple of minutes with his toolbox and make the guitar behave properly! The bass guitar gets a treatment as well and it feels like a new bass! Jon’s daughters are head banging, to the amazing songs wich are impossible to stand still to, in the hallway of the studio!

2.00 pm. Marcus record some takes again with the new adjusted guitar and they are sounding correct now, finally. Joakim grab hold of the bass and we start to track the first take of the day.

4.00 pm. 3 songs are down and we’re feeling the hunger eating it’s way out of our bodies. Food time! Frozen microwave stuff containing Koldolmar and Fårbiffar with Potatismos and it was pretty good for a dish that usually lacks taste and inspiration.

8.00 pm. Holy basses! Joakim just finished his LAST take on the recording. He’s now done with all thirteen songs and it sound so f*in fat we all lost our pants listening to them!

Songs recorded:

- Gate Guard
- “obecity boys” (work title)
- Killed Stuffed, Hung On The Wall
- “conqueror” (work title)
- Alien Terror
- “fighting the fear” (work title)

/ Marcus & Joakim

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Studio Report Day 10 @ Empire Studio

2010-03-27
It’s bass time again baby and you know it, and it’s also a Saturday and that means we can work all day long in the studio. You see, we are working evenings in the studio, but maybe you already knew that.

12.00 am. Good morning Empire Studio. Arttu is hung over from the party last night and passes out in the sofa in the control room. He wakes up from time to time and ask us how it’s going and film us with the video cam.

3.00 pm. Marcus is craving for some greasy food and sends out Arttu on a mission to get it. Oh, and the bass tracking is going smooth as usual by the way. We’re getting spoiled here. No problems what so ever, just tracking and smiling.

3.15 pm. Ok, that last one was a 15 minute cliff hanger. Marcus just realized that some riffs was slightly out of tune on the guitar, only the two first frets on the thickest guitar string (Bb 0.62″). Well, the guitar was in tune with it self so to say, but when the bass entered the stage all hell broke loose. And there are 4 tracks of rhythm guitars on each song so bring the eraser tool in Logic and tune that f*in guitar and do it right! This was just for one song, but there may be more songs to come with the same issue. “Maybe I should try some thinner strings” – Marcus says.

For you guitar string nerds. The strings on Marcus guitars gauges 13-17-26-36-46-62, but we’ll see about that in the remaining songs. Maybe the Gibson Explorer need more adjustment.

Hey! This is the BASS report, not the guitar report!

6.00 pm. Joakim finished 3 more songs and we went home.

Songs recorded

- “the quest” (work title)
- The God Delusion
- Goodbye Farewell

/ Marcus & Joakim

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Studio Report Day 9 @ Empire Studio

The other day ( # 8 ) was a really short one, Marcus tracked one more song so it’s not much to write about, so let’s skip ahead to day 9.

2010-03-25

7.00 pm. This evening was devoted to bass tracking and we started to dial in the bass amp, an Ampeg SVT Classic all tubes with an 8×10 cabinet. Joakim had a bunch of pedals he wanted to try out to see if it would improve the sound. Compressors and overdrives. The amp was already set up since earlier and we just had to make small adjustments and added one more mic to the cabinet. We ended up with a Sennheiser MD421 and a Yamaha Subkick. The subkick added that extra low end and will be awesome to blend in with the 421. We even tried the bass through a 5150.

8.30 pm. The bass sound is all set and it sound amazing, as usual. Everything with this recording sound just right from the moment we mic our instrument. It’s totally awesome! Joakim ended up with the Ampeg and a Multi Comp pedal from EBS.

11.00 pm. Joakim had a really good flow and managed to track 4 songs tonight.

Songs recorded:

- Fed By Fire
- Dying For Your False Beliefs
- Tools Of Torture
- “low” (work title)

/ Joakim & Marcus

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Studio Report Day 7 @ Empire Studio

Day 7

2.00 pm. We slept really long and had a big brunch with fried eggs, pasta, sausages and fresh juice. Took a nice walk in the sunshine across the frozen lake to the island where Empire Studio is. This is a 30 minutes walk from the town. We actually met some other metal heads in the middle of the lake. They were going to the main lands, hung over from a party the day before.

3.00 pm. Inside Empire Studio, listening to the new harmonies on Fed By Fire and we don’t think they were that great so we probably wont keep them in the end. The song is so great any way!

7.00 pm. Marcus tracked three songs today and it all went pretty smooth despite a minor computer issue resulting in a twenty minute session with frustration, cursing and yelling parental content. In the end it was ok.

Songs recorded:

- Dying For You False Believes
- Tools Of Torture
- “the quest” (work title)

/ Arttu & Marcus

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Studio Report Day 6 @ Empire Studio

Day 6

6.00 pm. Still some guitars to track on Fed By Fire. There are some harmonies Marcus wanna try out for this song. He has brought his ESP Viper Baritone to see if it works out for the harmonies but the strings were too old and he didn’t have any new string with him. He decides to use his Gibson Explorer with the Engl Powerball for the harmonies. All rhythm guitars are tracked with a Peavy 6505+ in case I forgot to mention it earlier.

8.30 pm. Marcus wants to go home early. He’s feeling pretty beat after a long day at his dayjob. The harmonies on Fed By Fire are ready and we will return to the studio on sunday.

/ Arttu

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