36 Crazyfists have posted the following updates from the studio where they are recording their new album:
Happy Halloween All! The leaves are turning, rain is here, Football is heating up midway through the season and Hockey is in full swing. Ah, what a great time of year. Today marks the official beginning of pre-production for us. Our producer Sal Villanueva flew in last night from New Jersey so we figured wed kick this thing off with a trip to the bar for a few drinks and a little shoptalk. I got to say, Sal is definitely the man for the job. We all hit it off great and Im positive that Sal is going to pull the best out of us and knows what kind of quality record were looking to do. We have been writing hard all summer and have filtered through and trashed 2 albums worth of material. Leaving only the best of the best, we have assembled our sickest set of songs by far, that are very 36, yet a large leap forward from the last album. And with Sal on board now, I have never been so stoked to record an album. This is going to destroy. We already have click tracks that Thomas has been playing to and we got these songs fairly tight, but that is what pre-production is for we have to make these songs an air tight, impenetrable wall of molten metal. This we will accomplish. Today will consist of playing through these songs all day long and letting Sal get a feel for them as we begin to dissect and reassemble these bad boys. More to come..."
"Damn, nasty ass day in Portland. The rain is coming down and the temperature has dropped. Yesterday went fairly well, I expect it to get better. We Ran through the songs several times for Sal, so he could take some notes as a first time listener and it felt pretty good, especially towards the end of the day after we got loosened up. Nice. We ended the day with a Mexican gut bomb and a round of margaritas. It surprises me now looking at the group of songs weve got assembled, what a diverse batch they are. It is something you dont realize until an outside party is critiquing them and you try and do the same yourself. It is something I have been the most proud of about our band, we are hard to label and even in the records there are a lot of different styles going on. Nice. The band sounds great. T, the over-practiced drum nerd, never ceases to amaze me, he is rock solid, even just playing alone to the click, and comes up with the most unique beats for the tunes. Nice. The Bear is sounding solid as well and I love that he is one of the few bass players in metal that is still picking with his fingers. Nice. Brock has some great melody lines put to this shit too, as well as screaming his head off, good look, great singer, ha. As for me, um, ok. Gonna hit yall back after today. Nice.
Yesterday went good. We dissected our first song, adjusted some tempos and reassembled it. I think we got her pretty close to perfect now and just need a few minor tweaks. Its got a smoking boomerang feel on the chorus section that locks in nicely. Watching T work through these click changes is a beaut, he gets so worked up, ha. Brock has definitely got his work cut out on this shit as well, challenging himself as always. We decided on a Noon-8pm schedule that I believe will work out nicely, even though I wake at the crack of dawn. We ended the night with a few beers and a visit to the Crisis show. Have been seeing them since the nineties, Holy Dreadlock. Im out"