Days 4 & 5

I apologize for my tardiness, I have been extraordinarily tired.

Regardless, the drums are finished, day 4 occurred on Monday 22.1. and day 5 on Wednesday 24.1. That Tuesday in between I felt quite sick, there was a flu going around, and I think it was doing it’s best to infest my body, but little did it know it was trying to fuck with a superhuman immunity system, what’s up?!

I knew I was going to be fine the next day, so I nailed the last of them with ease on the 24th. There were only 6 left after day 3 and I was done with almost all of the hard ones by then already.

The entire process took an easy 24h of work from the moment I touched the kit for the first time with these songs to that last stroke stricken. Four 6 hour sessions, 3 songs per session, my 16″ china and both of my crashes are completely done (they barely survived my last tour in China, and I use 2B sticks) but I am very happy with my work. I hope you guys enjoy it!

Now it’s off to a little bit of editing, bouncing the tracks and letting mr. Pulkkinen and the others take over.

PS. I videoed almost all of one of the songs on the last day. I think there might be some more video following later. Stay tuned, you magnificent bitches.

Day 3

Good evening.
Today was productive, despite continuing sleep deprivation. I arrived to Deerhouse at noon, and had scheduled another six hours. In that time I managed 4 songs, which is about 22 minutes of material, and a nice quick whey protein/coffee/yoga break. Including the two from yesterday, I’m roughly half way through the album now.

Today’s highlight I think was clearly a song called “Dark Cold Day”. I got to use some of my signature double ride tricks (which I stole from Gene Hoglan and Richard Christy when I was a teenager) and some long Neil Peart-style tom fills.
Here’s a little video clip of said events.

Day 2

19th of January 2018 – First day of actual recording
Location: Deerhouse Studio, Tampere, Finland

Myself and mr. Pulkkinen set up everything yesterday; I changed all the tom heads for fresh ones, added a 6th tom to the set, which I’ve wanted to do for a while, tuned everything, miked everything and so on.

We ran into a couple technical issues with getting all the recording gear communicating which each other, and had to wait for a couple more mics to arrive, courtesy of sir Henri Virsell (Manzana guitarist, all-around sound guy, master of boogie), so no time for recording yet.

Today I arrived at almost exactly 4 p.m., mr. Pulkkinen also briefly swung by. We checked everything again, everything was still working, and after he left, I tweaked a couple small tuning things and got to work.

I decided to start with “Mindcaptives”, which is an almost 12 minutes long prog epic. I only got about 4 hours of sleep last night, so I figured I’d fuck myself even more. “Ei anneta siimaa.”
If I’m recording myself, I usually don’t really rehearse the material beforehand. I only listen to it, maybe find the most difficult parts and figure those out a little bit. I enjoy coming in kinda fresh, recording almost part by part and being creative while recording, I’ve found this way works well for me.
Mindcaptives took about 4 hours of work (including a quick food break in the middle) and a lot of energy, but I think I came up with some pretty cool stuff. I took a little bit of video of some quirky shit in the middle.

The second song I attacked was titled “Vengeance”. A slightly more hectic one. I replenished myself with a whey protein shake.
I decided to try a Mangini-esque hummingbird hi-hat action on the intro, and I’m personally really liking it.
Mostly smooth sailing, until the fast middle part, where I actually got to do some blast beats. I love me some blast beats.
I got through this one in a little over an hour.

More tomorrow!

Day 1

So, the two Mattis started the sessions yesterday, by settings up the drums and mics and the recording equipment. Following unusual items were needed: hacksaw and vile… And the usual “why the sound is not coming from mic a to track b”-issue was faced, this time it was Pulkkinen’s interface and rather the lack of reading the manual (yes, I forgot to turn the device off and on again after configuring it)… Nevertheless, we’re advancing again!