My friends The Deep Eynde have just released their new album Spell*Bound on Fiendforce Records in Germany. In the label’s words, “The legendary Hollywood Death-rockers are back with their darkest album to date. Punk meets Goth and becomes a masterpiece!” I would say this record is rather less “punk” than their previous two, and in some ways a return to the dark romantic sound of their earlier work — but with a warmer, wider sound, driven by live rock energy.
I produced, recorded, and mixed the record, and played keyboards on several tracks. Singer/lyricist Fate Fatal is at the top of his game, the band is excellent, and guest appearances by Gitane Demone add another dimension toward the end of the album. I’m very proud of this one.
The Deep Eynde – The Stranger Among Us
Recording notes: We tracked drums, bass, and the first guitar part all together, in two days at Westbeach Recorders in Hollywood (see the photos page). We returned there for another two days of electric and acoustic guitar overdubs, then moved to The Eye Socket (in Venice) for vocals, keyboards, sound effects and mixing. Production was interrupted when I had to pack everything up and move to Boston at the end of last year (see this post). After rebuilding my studio in Boston, I completed the mixing and mastering at The Eye Socket mk V.
Spell*Bound is available from Interpunk and Amazon and should be available from digital stores soon. Find more info on the band’s facebook and myspace pages.
The Legion of Doom vs Triune
The long-awaited album The Legion of Doom vs Triune has been released! The story behind this album’s release is a long one…suffice it to say that after sitting on it for way too long, our esteemed distributor has finally (and unceremoniously) unleashed it on the world. They were supposed to release CDs, but they didn’t. (Digital downloads only.) They were supposed to do some promotion, but they didn’t. (Not a peep, even on their website.) Thanks, guys — great work!
The story behind the album itself is a better one: Trever Keith and I (aka the Legion of Doom) made a record with Triune — prolific rap battle veteran, member of Footsoldiers, and one of the premier emcees of the Los Angeles underground. Triune brought his rhymes and one-of-a-kind delivery, and some friends (Raphi, Motoe Blizzid, HS Couture, Xhale and Addicus Brown). We brought loads of samples from old public domain film soundtracks, original instrumentation and our signature Legion beats and production. This collision of talent and styles yielded a record that is part hip-hop, part trip-hop, part indie rap, part indie rock. This is not a typical hip-hop record.
The Legion of Doom vs Triune is available now from Amazon, iTunes, and most other major download providers.
I have added a separate “blog” section of the site, for opinionated rants, items of interest and other editorializing. These posts will not appear on the home (“news”) page with projects and other professional news items.
After messing around with various convoluted plugin schemes, I found a simple way to do this with just a few theme tweaks. Any post in the category “blog” won’t be displayed on the home page; instead, they appear in their own category section. And the “blog” category link displays blog entries not as an archive (as other categories appear), but in a normal post lineup (like the home page).
All comments and social functions should behave normally, and blog entries will be searchable and appear in archives. Blog entries will also be published in feeds and email notifications. They just won’t show up on the front page.
my new home.
After 40 years in Southern California, I have left sunny Los Angeles and made a new home in Boston. In addition to installing The Eye Socket in its fifth (!) location, I am now a part time faculty member at the Berklee College of Music (my official title: Assistant Professor) in the Music Production and Engineering department. (My faculty bio page is here.) My classes this spring semester are on the subjects of multitrack recording, mixing, and MIDI systems.
I will of course continue my usual production and engineering work alongside teaching, even carrying on with my collaborative endeavors (like The Legion of Doom and Real Space Noise) transcontinentally. Watch this space for announcements of upcoming projects.
: ankoku butoh :
The new Faith and the Muse album :ankoku butoh: is available now, and comes in an extraordinary two-disc package.
Disc one is the CD album, their first studio recording in six years (and very possibly their best work), which I mixed at The Eye Socket. Disc two contains a live concert film (which I also mixed), videos, and extras. The package also includes a thirty-page book with lyrics, photos, original artwork and text, which is truly stunning.
Get it at The Mercyground.
Faith and the Muse – When We Go Dark