Posts Tagged ‘metalcore’

What we have here is the first single of Matter Of Act, a metalcore/hardcore band from Kamatero, Greece.

This is a special occasion, because one of the guitar players is also the vocalist of Revolted Masses. I know the guys for quite a long time and it was a pleasure working with them.

Real drums, recorded at the Revolted Masses headquarters, with a 10mic configuration. Some sample replacement involved to achieve the desired result, and a lot of spot micing and post-editing to the grid. A Peavey 6505+ was used for the guitar sound and a virtual Ampeg amp for the bass. Most vocal parts were double tracked which was no problem for the more-than-capable vocalist.

It would be really easy for me to super-edit and sterilize everything, both mixing and playing-wise, but I chose to stick with a more organic and natural sound. This “Sturgis” trend is beginning to get on my nerves and I prefer to stay away from it (even though I respect it, for what it is)

Mastering-wise, I went full brickwall (never go full brickwall!), even clipping the errant peaks of the stereo track before hitting the limiter.

Produced, Mixed and Mastered on May 2015.

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So, here we are once again working with New World Disorder, a metalcore band from Greece, this time for their upcoming EP called “Prometheus”. I have a strong relationship with this band and we have developed a personal workflow over the years.
This time though, everything was far more challenging, as I was given strict sonic references that I had to follow, without sacrificing the personal character of the band.
Used ENGL amps for the guitar tone and tried several things to enhance the mix, eg a layer of distorted snare sample to complement the original one, intense automation etc.
I also composed an orchestral part for the outro of the EP that the guys liked a lot. Overheads were recorded live on my studio. We also tracked choir and gang vocal parts.
The artwork was designed by Giannis “Remedy Art” Nakos.

Overall, an experience that taught me a lot.

Produced, Mixed and Mastered during the spring of 2014.

First time working with the upcoming metalcore band “Glance of Medusa”. The whole metalcore scene in Greece is getting bigger and bigger. Had the band Motionless In White as an inspiration while mixing this one, while making sure to maintain a sonic character for the band. Decided to go for a typical “big and balsy” mix, especially during the beatdowns, with intense automation. Really cool guys and easy to work with, Produced, mixed and mastered during January 2014.

New single for New World Disorder, which will also be included in their upcoming EP. Decided to take a more simple approach and let the song speak for itself! Drums were recorded live by Destiny Studios, they did a wonderful job (wish i had drums recorded like this more often!). Really happy with the result! Recorded, mixed and mastered during May 2013.