Keeping busy in 2018, here’s my third full piece of work this year – Highbernation’s debut demo. As the name suggests, they are a stoner doom band, heavily influenced by Sleep, Electric Wizard, etc. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by me.
I just completed work on the debut demo for new Edmonton band Sacrificial Rites. Featuring members of Mortillery/Narkotta, they play punky black/heavy metal. Recording, mixing, and mastering by me, I also did the solos on the last 3 tracks.
Brand new rock n roll band from Edmonton featuring members of Messiahlator, Languid and the Dirtbags. Recorded/mixed/mastered by me during the early parts of February. For fans of AC/DC, Motorhead, and Thin Lizzy. Another fun session to work on.
My side band Falsehood have unleashed our debut self titled full length. This album was many years in the making, while the recording spanned from July 2016 to April 2017. I joined this band in 2015 with the intent to get their album out, and I am very pleased with the final result. I wrote none of the music here, but I took the reigns on both the audio production and design aspects. Give it a listen here, tapes are currently in production and are available for preorder via our Bandcamp. FFO: Bolt Thrower, His Hero Is Gone, Neurosis.
Two more releases by bands I’ve recorded have surfaced since I’ve last posted. Both recordings took place last fall and both bands are from Edmonton
First, Feeding has a tape consisting of 5 tracks. Both the recording and mixing were done by me. Four of the tracks are really thrashy hardcore that breakdown into some sludgier areas, with the other track further exploring sludge tempos. I’ve recorded them again more recently, and their newer material has taken in some Entombed influence. More on that to come. Here’s their self titled EP:
Paroxysm are another new Edmonton band, but some members are certainly not new to the scene, as they have played in bands such as Iskra, Self Rule, etc. This mLP consists of 7 ripping crust songs that live up to the genre’s core value of combining metal influences (Bolt Thrower and Sacrilege come to mind) with politically charged lyrics that highlight human atrocities close to home. I only did the recording, mixing/mastering was handled by Cody Baresich at Circle A Studio in Victoria.
In October of 2016, I recorded this power trio hardcore band from Edmonton known as Demise. I’ve been friends with them for quite some time now, and we had quite an enjoyable time putting this recording together over the course of a weekend. The tape is available now from the band.
Over the last two years, I’ve had the opportunity to record/mix a new Edmonton d-beat band known as LANGUID. They are good friends of mine and have played in a variety of great bands (TARANTUJA, MESSIAHLATOR, TOTAL WAR, UNLEARN, GEISTER, etc) throughout the years. I mastered an unreleased EP for them which eventually lead to me recording a live demo in May 2015. The band has wasted no time and had me record an LP for them in October 2015 and another 7″ in August 2016. The LP is slated for release this spring with the 7″ to follow. I am very pleased with how both projects turned out, and I feel that the “Oblivion” EP is one of my best recordings to to date. There are a couple tracks streaming from each below.
Genre: Sludge | Label: Mass Deadening/Nerve Altar
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada| Listen: Bandcamp
Vancouver’s Haggatha has finally unleashed their third album, “V,” after an excruciating wait from 2012’s “IV.” Those familiar with the band’s previous efforts can relate, as Haggatha’s brand of sludge paints a bleak soundscape dominated by slow, infectious. The band has rewarded our patience with “V,” as they offer six songs of crushing magnitude.
Fans of classic sludge bands such as Eyehategod, Noothgrush, and especially Grief will find much to love about Haggatha. Unlike those bands, Haggatha never really kicks into tempos beyond a mid-pace, so there’s no punk parts that are typical of sludge. Instead, the band relies on hypnotic pacing that eventually break away like the death of the universe.
Perhaps the fact that this record barely approaches a mid tempo speed may be concerning to those who question how a sludge band could write anything memorable without the genre’s staple approach to dynamic songwriting. Fear not, as Haggatha are a band that give songs their own nuances to keep things interesting. The opening track, “Scrying,” uses dissonant notes and a 7/8 time signature in its middle section, for example.
Some later-era Grief influence is really clear on tracks like “Swallowing Bile” and “Animal Husbandry,” both of which feature some high fretboard work, adding melodies into the colossal riffs as they cascade into the songs endings. “Sherman” starts off with some of this as well before the song really gives away to a slow crawl, where as “Filled With Idiots” gets right into a full out guitar solo.
Two members of the band do vocals, which again will lead to comparisons with Grief, as one member does lower death metal vocals, and the other has a higher scream that one would expect to hear in a sludge band. They balance each other out well throughout the record. Particularly, they do some interesting layering at the end of “No Light No Life,” creating an almost ethereal feeling.
The band opted to record once again with Jesse Gander, who has had his hand in several Vancouver favourites such as AHNA, Massgrave, Chapel, and many more. His sound is very professional and manages to balance heaviness with clarity. For those that have seen Haggatha live, part of their appeal is the the physical loudness, which translates well here thanks to the recording.
Haggatha continues to be one of the leaders of doom/sludge in Canada, and this record solidifies their position. This isn’t music that’s made for putting on for your friends – this is music for getting lost in.
Draghkar, a new death metal band from California, has released their debut demo on bandcamp today. I handled the mixing and mastering. Check it out!
Proud to announce that Begrime Exemious will be hitting the road to join Ares Kingdom for three exclusive dates in western Canada this summer.
June 1st – Edmonton, AB @ The Mercury Room w/ Pathetic, Phylactery
June 2nd – Calgary, AB @ The Distortion, w/ Pathetic, + TBA
June 3rd – Vancouver, BC @ Pats Pub, w/ Assimilation, Pathetic
Brutal Alberta and Famine Fest have collaborated to make this possible. I look forward to seeing some maniacs on the road in June!