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Discussion in 'Woods of Ypres' started by David Gold, Jun 23, 2009.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BEARD???????????????? OR THE HAIR?? OMG!
Studio Update - Guitars, Day Two: Another six heavy songs done today. Some songs reminding me of SENTENCED to CROWBAR to KATATONIA to TYPE O NEGATIVE. One more day of heavy rhythms and we'll be into the clean and lead guits. More soon!
Also, my hair has starting growing back, just a little. Me ->
DG - \w/
Stu-stu-studio (update)! Guitars, Day Three.
Heavy guitars have now been completely recorded for "Woods 4: The GREEN Album", on a dark, cold, rainy, gloomy Canada Day. As a substitute for the cancelled fireworks (in most areas), I have recorded and will be posting four (!!!!) sample videos of our recordings thus far on my Facebook page, for your viewing and listening pleasure: www.facebook.com/DavidYpres
...and Youtube, when it's being cooperative for uploading. Just enough riffs and drums to give you an idea of the variety of sounds we've been preparing for you.
Clean and effected guitars will be recorded on Thursday and Friday. More soon!
DG - \w/
Love the previews, I can not wait until the CD arrives in my mailbox.
there are no words for my excitement after hearing these previews, I think I love it already
Dude! Just listened to the previews, sounds killer! I can't wait!
I'm kind of sad David is not playing drums.
That's nice for me to hear, so thank you! I certainly took drumming on the first three albums very seriously, however, the arrangement we have now with Evan is totally for the best as we go forward into this next phase of WOODS. I now have more time and brainpower freed up to song-write, focus on my guitar and vocals, etc... Evan is also an asset to myself and the band as a songwritter and arranger (he also plays in THE GREEN EVENING REQUIEM, and WOE). He's also 'the' KEY addition to the band that has allowed us to become a serious live band again, touring coast to coast this year. None of this would have been possible without Evan. In the end, WOODS is now capable of doing more and at a higher quality than ever before. Plus, it's great to have another good guy involved in our camp who understands commitment, works hard and is passionate about what he does. Plus, his enjoyment of both coffee and beers rivals that of mine, so we get along quite well just on that common ground. Lastly, one man black metal is a lonely, lonely place to exist. It's great to have new people involved. Just wait until you hear the stuff Evan Madden did on the new album! DG - \w/
Miguel Gauthier's (The GREEN Album producer/recording engineer):
Guitars ALMOST done! But damn, we made some excellent progress this week!
DG - \w/
Reflecting on this past week of guitar recording in the studio... I had a real feeling of satisfaction today, after having performances of carefully shaped riffs finally recorded for a new WOODS album, riffs of which had first been written as early as July 2007, while sitting on my bed in my apartment in Seoul, Korea, at the very beginning of my year in exile. At the time, I bought a cheap electric guitar to travel abroad with and when I got there, I bought a small Korean made, 5 watt practice amp to allow me to 'plug in' and play. It was quite the humbling experience in many ways. Change was overwhelming and everything sounded horrible. In an attempt to do something to keep me distracted, I just started writing again. Writing riffs, setting them aside. Writing thoughts, setting them aside, too. ...not knowing what would become of those expressions. Over time, a time I hardly remember, the riffs met with those thoughts and words and became new WOODS songs. The thought of this 'next' WOODS album weighed heavily on my mind these last two years, since the release of "Woods III". The constant feeling of needing to be working on it was seemingly always present, always a distraction while working on other things, fulfilling other obligations, doing what needed to be done to 'get by' between albums. And now, drums are recorded, guitars are almost completely recorded, bass soon to be done, two years' worth of somewhat carefully selected personal quotes written out on green recipe cards, soon to be ultimately filed away into a verse...vocal preparation well underway (the car is still the best place to rehearse, IMO). I must have lost all sense of time. A time that once felt nearly motionless eventually passed and two years somehow flew by quickly afterwards. I can't believe we'll have a new album out soon. I mean, I still have much work ahead of me this month, and I will be disciplined with myself enough to remain committed to the work, dedicate my time and put in the effort, allowing no justification for any regrets by the time it's done. It will be the best it can possibly be. Already, what we have meets my standards of expression and kicks my ass sonically with crushing drums and all that low-end chug of Marshall blown speaker winds. You will soon enter a great hall of power and sound that is, WOODS 4: The GREEN Album.
Thanks for reading!
DG - \w/
The recording process seem easier + faster this time... That's good news
The big difference is that we're able to do the whole album all at once in one studio whereas all other albums were recorded only on weekends and sometimes in various locations and under poorer, often more complex circumstances in terms of our schedules and deadlines. This present experience is definitely a step in the right direction. Up!
So a Sept release instead of Oct!
Could be possible! It will come out asap, October is the deadline.
Working on lyrics and vocals all day today...still lots of work to be done, but I'm really excited about all of it!
Paypal is on the way! The clips sound great.
Got sidetracked by my vacation. Will do... on July 15th.
We now have half the lead and solo guitars recorded. Still in guitar-land this week, vocals start next week. One of the hardest parts of that next step of the process (besides deciding what exactly it is that I feel I want to say this time around) is the abstaining from all dairy, spicy foods, beer and coffee (the latter three I REALLY enjoy, regularly) leading up to and during the vocal recording days in order to have the best voice health possible. ...Though, I'm not surprised when I cheat and sneak a beer in there, but only when I really deserve it. I mean c'mon, we're working hard here. Making an album is more fun than shoveling dirt, I'll admit, but there's no such thing as a day off UNTIL the album is DONE! Until then, I feel there's always something to be doing to prepare. This is an especially important album.
Thanks to all those who have pre-ordered so far! Please keep it coming!
DG - \w/
I don't know, man. Shoveling dirt is pretty fun... but then there's more temptation for a nice cold beer. Damn. I should send my check in the mail soon...
I hope the cd arrives before it is put on iTunes. I noticed the new Sacrifice last night (!) and an empty mailbox today.
WOODS OF YPRES - Studio Update: I recorded the last of the guitars (...for now) on WOODS 4: The GREEN Album. Today, we took heavy and made it strange and interesting. Like "Whoa dude, this Asian-inspired, drop-tuned, psychedelic, melodic sludge-doom is like...totally killing my buzz...but also blowing my mind!!!! Gimme some more of that, man."
Vocals start next week!
DG - \w/