--\ dawn of defeat and echoes of distant memories /--
All of the recording and mixing etc were done in my studio. Below are some of the main gear I used.
Primary guitar: Gibson Les Paul Studio 1996 (black), matched Lundgren M6 pickups, ABM bell steel bridge and stop tail, high grade graphite nut, Grover tuners
Secondary guitar: Gibson Les Paul Studio 1991 (black), matched Bare Knuckle Pickups Miracle Man (bridge) and Cold Sweat (neck), TonePros bridge and stop tail, high grade graphite nut, Grover tuners
Both guitars ecquipped with Elexir Baritone string sets (12-16-22-38-52-68) and both guitars tuned in C standard, except for Assimilated and I stand in flames where Drop A# is used.
Bass guitar: Ibanez 5-string BTB 405 QM w Bartolini pickups, tuned up half a step to G# D# A# F C.
Guitar amplifier: Egnater Vengeance (120W) with one straight 4x12" Vengeance cabinet (both V1 options used). All original power tubes replaced with TAD RT214 Tube 6L6GC-STR Quartett.
Bass amplifier: EBS GORM GT 350 (350W).
Pedals: EBS MultiComp, EBS MultiDrive, Boss TU-2 tuner, Dunlop Dimebag Wah.
Preamp: Propellerhead Balance.
Vocals recorded with a Shure SM7B.
Drum engine: EZ Drummer 2 with Metalheads expansion pack
I composed the drums in Guitar Pro 6, exported them as midi into Reaper DAW and put them on the Ez Drummer master track
Synths, pianos etc: Propellerhead Reason Essentials (composed in Guitar Pro, exported as midi)
Guitars: guitar -> Boss tuner -> WahWah -> Egnater amplifier (speaker emulator out) -> Propellerhead Balance -> Reaper Daw: several MultiComp, no other effects except for some delay where it is very obvious, like on the break in Dawn of defeat
Note about the guitar signal chain: the reason why I didn't use the Shure SM57 for recording together with the emulator was that I couldn't afford it right when I, due to time constraints, needed to record the guitars. Turned out real nice, though. My next album will be fully miked though.
Bass: bass guitar -> Boss tuner -> EBS MultiComp -> EBS Multidrive -> EBS Gorm amplifier (direct out) -> Propellerhead Balance -> Reaper Daw
ABOUT THE MUSIC
All music and lyrics written by Magnus Wakander, except for the first three rythms in Blackened Soul which were written by Johan Öhrn. The drum intro and outro on Assimilated are heavily inspired by a Meshuggah song I found in EZ Drummer, so much that it is almost a rip, but I do not remember which. :) Everything else is 100% me though.
All vocals recorded by Martin Missy. Everything else recorded by Magnus Wakander. All recording, mixing and production done by Magnus Wakander.
Other useless facts about the album:
- Kill is sort of a tribute to The Crown and Metallica.
- Blackened soul is a tribute to Metallica and the song Blackened (same lyrical structure/pattern)
- The grind is musically a tribute to Gojira (pretty obvious I'd say) and lyrically a tribute to Cannibal Corpse.
- I stand in flames is a tribute to In flames.