Posts Tagged “Headphones”

Peter Hodgson of IHeartGuitarBlog.com recently conducted an interview with Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven of Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

IHeartGuitarBlog.com: What do you think would be the perfect place to listen to [SATYRICON‘s new, self-titled] album for the first time?

Satyr: Well… I know it’s not possible for all writers and journalists to do this, because the way these things are being distributed is through computer streams, but it’s analog production with an awful lot of emphasis on getting an authentic, organic sound with a great dynamic range where the performance of the musician comes across in terms of actually breathing life into the song through the lows coming down really low and quiet, and the really explosive epic parts really coming across as powerful and huge. And to me, it just means to play this record repeatedly on a good stereo without coloring the sound with your own EQ. Just leave everything in neutral so you can actually hear what the record sounds like the way that it was made. I also think that due to the fact that it has so many tiny little details here and there — whether it’s the mellotron or the harmonium or the piano or the acoustic guitars or the theremin, all these little instruments that have their small features here and there that are introduced in a subtle way — to me, it’s more that than where you find yourself physically. It’s how you listen to it.

IHeartGuitarBlog.com: Even just listening to the stream over the headphones, there’s so much depth to everything, and the sounds aren’t harsh and aggressive — they’re more rich and inviting and that makes you want to listen closer.

Satyr: Well, to me, that’s a fantastic compliment. What you try to do as a musician is you try to make the listener hear what you’re hearing and what you’re trying to achieve. And that was just one of those things that I decided to do for this record. I was going to get rid of all distortion pedals. For rock music, that’s pretty normal, to just crank the amplifier and go with that sound, and then maybe they use a wah pedal or something like that. But for metal, you typically have some pedal that’s gonna turbo-charge your sound. And for me, I really believe in the amplifiers that I use and I like the microphones we were using for the guitar recording, and I wanted to bring out my style of playing, the sound of my amplifier, the sound of the old tube microphones that we were using, and I didn’t want a modern-day pedal to kill the dynamics of my playing. So a lot of it was like that, and other things we did with the drums that typically, for a metal drummer playing like Frost does, he uses smaller-sized drums for more attack definition and in order for it to be more comfortable to play for the drummer. And I kept saying to him, “I love the drum sound on the things that we’ve done, but nothing sounds like our old drum kit, and the last time we used that was on the ‘Volcano’ record. Why are we not using that anymore?” And he just said, “Because it’s old and broken and fucking hard to play.” And I said, “I’m not looking for any hyper-speed solutions anyway. I’m looking for a big fat tone with great sustain, and if it’s broken, we’ll just get some guy to fix it and get new parts, and it shouldn’t be a problem.” And then we set it up again, and when we were playing the new stuff, straight off the bat, I said, “Are you not hearing what I’m hearing? This sounds so much better, so much more musical to me.” So there were many little things we did here and there, even in the production process, where there would be computer versions of some compressor or something like that, which to me didn’t sound that great, and the engineer would typically claim that it’s the same as the real thing, and I’d say, “I don’t believe you because I know that this computer thing is a $250 item and if you try and buy the physical version of this from the Seventies on eBay, it’s going to cost you two grand.” And he says, “Well, there is a difference, but it’s a small difference,” and I said, “That’s the small difference I’m looking for!” So that meant we did spend a little bit more time than we had planned for, but it was necessary to make this record come across the way we wanted. We felt we had atmospheric songs, we felt that we needed our tone to come across and go into the songwriting and become a part of the musical expression, and we felt that we needed the songs to be able to breathe. And pretty much the opposite of what most records sound like today, as the majority of records are quite digital and processed-sounding, and we were pursuing something completely different. We’ve always had these elements in our music, but never to such an uncompromising degree as on this record. It was necessary and it gave us the outcome we now have in our hands.

Read the entire interview at IHeartGuitarBlog.com.

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Guitarist Ben Varon of Finnish metallers AMORAL has issued the following update:

“The [new AMORAL] album is ready! Recorded, mixed, mixed some more, mastered, tweaked, mastered some more, done!

“We’ve had the album in our hands for a couple of weeks now, and let me just say it sounds GOOD. Been playing it through everything from studio monitors to ipod headphones, car stereos to huge club PA systems, and I could not be happier with the end result. This thing sounds huge! Janne Saksa and Svante Forsbäck have once again done a stellar job with the mixing and mastering. Can’t wait to get it out for all of you to have a listen and let us know what you think of it.

“Right now we’re working on… well, pretty much all the things that need to be worked on after the music is in the can. The album artwork is almost done, and from what I’ve seen, it’s going to be beautiful! Our longtime friend Aki Siltala is hard at work getting it perfect as we speak. Aki is the man responsible for the ‘Decrowning’ and ‘Reptile Ride’ artwork, as well as the legendary (!?)AMORAL skull logo, so it’s good to have him involved yet again.

“Other stuff to keep us busy while waiting for all the business hassle and record label stuff to be worked out for the release: location scouting and brainstorming with Valtteri ‘Wally Balls’ Hirvonen for the next photo shoot, arguing about which songs to include in future setlists (we now have six albums to choose songs from, making it harder and harder) and then actually practicing them (both the new songs — which are a bitch to play by the way — and the old songs we haven’t touched in years).

“No release date has yet been set, but we’re aiming for an end-of-the-year release.

“The promised first taste of new music is coming soon, so hang on tight and watch this space!”

AMORAL‘s fifth album, “Beneath”, entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 30. Released on October 26, 2011, the CD came equipped with a stunning 18-page poster booklet (made by Spanish artist Marta Nael), expanding the cover artwork into all its glory.

AMORAL is:

Ari Koivunen (RASKASTA JOULUA) – Vocals
Ben Varon (GREASE HELMET) – Guitar
Masi Hukari – Guitar
Pekka Johansson – Bass
Juhana Karlsson (SHEAR) – Drums

(Thanks: Fireangel of Night Elves)

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s new album, “Hail To The King”, is available for streaming in its entirety via iTunes.

Says AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows: “We have been waiting to show you all our brand new album, ‘Hail To The King’, for far too long. It took us nine months of writing, recording and preparation so that we could put out an album we are all proud of from start to finish.

“Well, I’m excited to announce that the wait is over. We have teamed up with our friends at iTunes to start streaming the full album right now until it’s released. The stream is high quality and you can listen to the whole album as many times as you’d like.

“So plug in your best set of headphones and turn it up to 10. Head over there now to listen and preorder. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. See you all on the road!”

AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s video for the song “Hail To The King” can be seen below. The clip was directed by Syndrome, an award-winning design and live-action directing studio.

“Hail To The King” will be released on August 27. The long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s “Nightmare” was once again produced by Mike Elizondo and is the first to be wholly written without drummer and key songwriter James “The Rev” Sullivan, who died in December 2009. Sullivan has since been replaced by Arin Ilejay, a former member of CONFIDE.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD has announced the “Hail To The King” tour — a massive headlining U.S. arena tour to take place this October and the band’s first full scale American tour since 2011. The run of dates will kick off in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, October 3 and wrap up on October 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Supporting the band on all dates will be special guests DEFTONES and GHOST B.C.

“Hail To The King” track listing:

01. Shepherd Of Fire
02. Hail To The King
03. Doing Time
04. This Means War
05. Requiem
06. Crimson Day
07. Heretic
08. Coming Home
09. Planets
10. Acid Rain

AVENGED SEVENFOLD will celebrate the album release by playing a free show at the Hollywood Palladium on August 26.

“Hail To The King” lyrics:

Watch your tongue or have it cut from your head
Save your life by keeping whispers unsaid
Children roam the streets now orphans of war
Bodies hanging in the streets to adore
Royal flames will carve a path in chaos, bringing daylight to the night
Death is riding into town with armor, they’ve come to take all your rights

Hail to the King
Hail to the One
Kneel to the crown
Stand in the sun
Hail to the King
Hail, Hail, Hail the King

Blood is spilt while holding keys to the throne.
Born again but it’s too late to atone.
No mercy — from the edge of the blade
Dare escape and learn the price to be paid
Let the water flow with shades of red now, Arrows black out all the light
Death is riding into town with armor, they’ve come to grant you your rights

Hail to the King
Hail to the One
Kneel to the crown
Stand in the sun
Hail to the King
Hail, Hail, Hail the King

There’s a taste of fear
When the henchmen call
Iron fist to tame the land
Iron fist to claim it all

Hail to the King
Hail to the One
Kneel to the crown
Stand in the sun
Hail to the King
Hail, Hail, Hail the King



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Are the April Fools Jokes done yet? Seems every April Fools I want to disconnect from the Internet and find a secret, undisclosed bunker until it's all over. Fortunately we were able to pick up some great music before the April Fools nonsense really took effect, and were able to bury ourselves in our headphones …

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To celebrate the release of new horror hit Texas Chainsaw on Blu-Ray and DVD, we went to a special horror-themed party that featured, amongst other things, a dude dressed up as Leatherface scaring the shit out of everyone:

We’ve also got a copy of the film to give away alongside an awesome iPod Nano, which boasts the following totally rad features:

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Up to 24 hours of music playback when fully charged
  • 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display allowing for easy browsing through music, videos & photos
  • Wirelessly connect to speakers, headphones, your car stereo, and other Bluetooth-friendly devices.
  • Listen, pause and rewind live FM radio

To stand a chance of winning, just HEAD TO OUR COMPETITIONS PAGE and answer one very easy question.

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June 6 is the day to blast out Slayer full volume wherever you are. No headphones allowed!

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Papa Roach: Messy painters

Download Festival 2013 is finally just around the corner, so we’re grabbing some of the biggest and best bands from this year’s lineup to throw some irreverent bollocks at. Not literally. That’d be insane. Today, we chat to Jerry from Papa Roach!

Alright, Jez! How many times have you been to Donington?

This is our third time at Donington

What’s your favourite Donington memory?

The second time we were there, we played with Iron Maiden. Admittedly, I’m not a huge Maiden fan, but we played with them in Germany the week before, and they were extremely cool to us. I remember at Donington, the band and crew sat out on the lawn and watched and sang all the songs together. Much respect.

What are you most looking forward to about playing this year?

It’s been three years, and the energy was amazing. I can’t wait to feel the crowd. Wait…that came out wrong.

Which bands on the bill are you most excited about?

I’m stoked to see Korn with Head back in the band!

What can we expect from your set?

Our goal is to get the whole crowd jumping. We put everything we have into the show, and love to get the crowd involved. The energy exchange makes for a great show, and that’s what we thrive on. If I am not close to collapsing when we are done, I didn’t do my job.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen at a festival?

Seeing people use their pants as a toilet is never a pleasant experience for anyone….

If you could only pack five things to take with you, what would they be?

My computer, phone, guitar, camera, headphones

Download 2013 takes place June 14-16. Grab your tickets now

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Papa Roach: Messy painters

Download Festival 2013 is finally just around the corner, so we’re grabbing some of the biggest and best bands from this year’s lineup to throw some irreverent bollocks at. Not literally. That’d be insane. Today, we chat to Jerry from Papa Roach!

Alright, Jez! How many times have you been to Donington?

This is our third time at Donington

What’s your favourite Donington memory?

The second time we were there, we played with Iron Maiden. Admittedly, I’m not a huge Maiden fan, but we played with them in Germany the week before, and they were extremely cool to us. I remember at Donington, the band and crew sat out on the lawn and watched and sang all the songs together. Much respect.

What are you most looking forward to about playing this year?

It’s been three years, and the energy was amazing. I can’t wait to feel the crowd. Wait…that came out wrong.

Which bands on the bill are you most excited about?

I’m stoked to see Korn with Head back in the band!

What can we expect from your set?

Our goal is to get the whole crowd jumping. We put everything we have into the show, and love to get the crowd involved. The energy exchange makes for a great show, and that’s what we thrive on. If I am not close to collapsing when we are done, I didn’t do my job.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen at a festival?

Seeing people use their pants as a toilet is never a pleasant experience for anyone….

If you could only pack five things to take with you, what would they be?

My computer, phone, guitar, camera, headphones

Download 2013 takes place June 14-16. Grab your tickets now

More Download interviews

Phil Anselmo
Bury Tomorrow
Turisas
Bleed From Within

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The winner will receive Voyage-Air Guitar model VAD-04 along with a Heil Sound PR22 UT mic, a set of ProSet 3 headphones and a USBQ mic-preamplifier.

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Watch Dave Grohl’s full SXSW keynote speech here. Meanwhile, if you’ve ever wished a pair of headphones could read your mind and pick the perfect music for your mood, you’re in luck.

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