‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next are Guitarist Seth (ex Bulletbelt), Bassist George (ex Backyard Burial, The Dauntless) & Vocalist Kris (ex Mindfuck), who have come together to form new band Scorn of Creation.
When/where was the new album recorded?
The album was recorded between our Drummer Shaun at his home studio and myself at my home. Throughout the first stages of the recording process, we demoed the album tracks, each to a click track. I think this process helped us a lot when it finally came to recording the album.
Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
We worked on the songs for the first half if 2017, demoing all the tracks before diving in to the recording process. Our drummer Shaun then recorded the drums at his studio and sent the stems to me. After sending those through to me, I recorded guitar, bass and vocals at my place & mixed the album. We wanted to go for a raw, but polished sound and even though we had a lot of offers to mix/master the album, I think the way we recorded it, gave us exactly what we were after. I produced and engineered the album myself, I have been mixing/recording bands for the last 15 years, but this is my first professional venture. After working in a $500,000 studio with a past band and recording in settings of a similar nature with some others I’ve found that the way we recorded the Scorn Of Creation album, gave us much more freedom to achieve the sound we wanted, also being in an environment we were comfortable with didn’t hurt. The album ended up coming out even better than I had expected, so thats a success for me personally.
How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
The song writing was a process developed over a few years, between myself and bassist George. Once we had enough material, we started the process of moving the band forward a recruiting members. Once we had Kris and Shaun on board, we demoed our parts (bass and guitar) along to a click track and sent these our for the other guys to work on. Once they came back with their interpretations of the songs, we collaborated together and smoothed out the songs to create an overall feel and theme we were all happy with. From a musical perspective, our goal with writing (theme wise) is simply; riff driven, memorable Death Metal with an old school feel and modern twist, which will translate well live.
Once the songs were written and basic recordings were made, they were sent to me and I put pen to paper and started writing my concepts for the album. I focus a lot on how vocals flow with the music, being careful not to cover the entire track. I like to let the guitars and drums to have a voice of their own. Nothing worse than someone who barks over the entire thing
Seth and I have slightly different writing styles and tastes within this genre of music, so there’s quite a lot of variation on the album that we’ve worked on blending together. Personally, I hope at least a few people that listen to the album will feel a sense of nostalgia to the death metal bands that first got them into the genre
Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
Even though this is our first album, we’ve all played in a variety of bands. So with this band/album we were going for a different sound and approach than most of us have been used to in the past. With “Scorn Of Creation” we wanted to capture the essence of old school, traditional Death Metal, but with a new age twist. Riff driven, raw and energetic, as opposed to overly technical and competitive.
Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
I purposefully recorded my rhythm guitar parts on a low end, Ibanez guitar.
The reason for that, was that I wanted a more raw, scratchy and harsh rhythm tone, which no high end guitar I tried could give me. And on the other end, I used a Scheckter, Demon guitar to record my lead & solo parts in order to capture the more smooth, clear tone for lead. There was also a lot of trial and error with instruments, we used a few different tricks to get the overall sound we were after, some of which I’ll keep to myself (We don’t want to give everything away) haha.
For the bass parts I wanted to focus on playing quite traditional/conventional bass player role. Focusing on filling out the low end, and putting a bit more punch into sections that required it. I wanted the bass to be more felt than heard. To try and achieve this I used a 5 string LTD B205 fitted with flatwound strings. I’ve found in the past if the bass is too “slappy” in a recording of this style of music it can mess with the kick drums and make the recording sound looser, so the flatwound strings offered a warmer and smoother tone and feel.
Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
For me, the album is one big piece in its entirety. There’s not one single track that really captures the overall sound for me, because there is so much subtle variety between the songs and they all come together to make the album what it is. For that reason, we chose to release our first single “Realisation” which is riff driven and straight forward, on one end of the spectrum and now we’re set to release a music video for our second single “Behold The Fallen” which is completely different from the first single. We’ll do the same again once we release the third. The album as a whole is truly the best way to listen to it, there’s no filler at all.
Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
We have physical copies available now for order from www.deadboyrecords.com and the album is also available on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.
Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
We’re currently working on a video for our second single “Behold The Fallen” with renowned director Amber Beaton.
This video will be where we can really showcase the band and show off our aesthetic, as well as getting more of our overall sound out there for people to hear