Band Photo: Autumns Eyes (?)
From: CT, United States
Last Known Status: Active
Leading a new season in music, Daniel Mitchell runs a new, cutting edge solo metal project named Autumns Eyes. A deep combination of heavy metal, classic rock, and unique sound effects with an abundance of ultimate creativity and artistic direction similar to the great film composer Danny Elfman. Such bands as In Flames, Type O Negative, Dream Theater, Dimmu Borgir, and many other greats join the ranks of inspiration that make up what has become a revolutionary new approach to music. New sound. High Energy. A new season has come.
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One-band black metal outfit Autumns Eyes is current mixing the new album, "Please Deceive Me," and Dan Mitchell has issued an update about the process:
"As mixing began on the new release 'Please Deceive Me' I wanted to focus on two rules of thumb; breathe dynamics into each song so they each have a life of their own, and create sounds and effects naturally rather than using pre-recorded ones. When trying to add atmosphere to an Autumns Eyes song, I always shoot for the typical “night time crickets” sound or any number of free thunder clap sound effects you can download for free at just about every sound effects website. Its my way of establishing to the listener that this is where the music comes from and draws inspiration. Granted it can be some what cliche, but at least this time around its undergone a more organic process.
"Instead of using pre-recorded samples and sounds, I recorded my own right in the woods of Connecticut where both my studio and I reside. This gave a broader range of creativity and sonic possibilities right off the bat. While recording outside, I was able to capture my own reverb as well. If your not familiar with audio engineering, reverb is basically that “echo” sound you hear on instruments and vocals that give both atmosphere and depth to what you hear. Using Apple Logic Studio 9's Impulse Response Utility I was able to capture any environment I wanted in my own back yard. Basically the process started with a laptop, a pair of speakers, and a microphone. A frequency sweep is played through speakers in the woods where a microphone records the sweep and sends it into the laptop. The program then removes the audio frequency sweep, and captures the reverberation from the environment the sweep was played in. Now the reverb can be saved and later applied to any vocal/instrument/sound during the mixing process.
"It might sound like overboard to some and may even be used sparingly throughout the album, but its those subtle differences that make the end result more unique. One of my favorite albums of all time is 'October Rust' by Type O Negative, and its the small details of that record that give you a sense of atmosphere and emotion. From the bird chirps on the intro to 'Green Man', to the sounds of branches creaking and twisting during the beginning of 'Wolf Moon'. Adding such elements to your record make it more organic and memorable. In our age of digital recording, where especially in metal, it seems like a group of dogs chasing each others tails. There are a ton of bands just mimicking what the other is doing, and trying to cash in on it. Im not trying to break away from the genre with this release, but Im definitely trying to show people that there can be a broader range of sound in metal instead of just blast beats and screaming."
Each week in "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we spotlight a few quality unsigned bands in an attempt to spread the word and expose acts that make the underground great. This week we’re returning again to the realm of solo extreme metal to uncover three more one-man bands.
Unlike our last foray into the world of solo musicians, these three groups aren’t restricted entirely to the black metal style. Instead we’ll be covering a wide range of musical projects that showcase how creativity and professional musicianship can flourish in the unlimited freedom of a solo band. More...
The 2001 album from Autumns Eyes titled "Remember the Victim" has been added to the list of full albums available for download on the Autumns Eyes website. "Remember the Victim" was the first full length album recorded by Autumns Eyes. Practice sessions for this album were held at the Berklee School of Music, as the album was both written and recorded in Boston, MA.
Autumns Eyes has issued the following recording update:
"After a long and tedious process of rhythm guitar tracking, I have finally moved on to bass guitars. The single most important foundation of a song recording is the rhythm section, mainly drums and bass. This is the backbone to any kind of melody you lay over top of it, and will solidify the listeners decision to continue listening or stop and move on to the next song. I'm putting a lot of effort and detailed attention into the recording of bass guitars."
"A lot of metal bands or solo musicians who attempt to record the bass on their own treat it as just a 'big guitar' that can get by with only playing the root notes to the power chords their rhythm guitars are playing. I want the bass to be it’s own individual instrument, that when required can blend with the power of the kick drum and deliver that sonic punch in the gut that a good heavy song should have. Im using my usual Yamaha RBX 765a 5-String on this recording simply because I love the feel of it, and it has active pickups that give the recording a good kick in the ass." More...
Autumns Eyes has issued an update on their current recording sessions:
"Work began on tracking acoustic guitars. The addition of acoustic tracks creates yet another element of nostalgia to the overall sound of the album. There are certain songs that will remind you of specific decades. With 70s and 80s horror movies being the most prominant inspiration towards the song writing and sound design.
"Micing the guitars was pretty straight foward. I used a KSM27 and a SM57 by Shure with the 27 diagonally aimed at the sound hole, and the 57 diagonally aimed at the center of where the neck meets the body. The two microphones combine for a very full yet distinguishable sound."
Connecticut solo metal act Autumns Eyes is celebrating 10,000 album downloads in 2009 by offering the album "The Awakening of the Sleeping King" as a free download. The album will be available for download at this location on Saturday January 2nd and Sunday January 3rd, 2010. Sample Autumns Eyes tracks can also be found at the band's MySpace page.
Connecticut solo metal act Autumns Eyes has posted the video is for the song "Greedy Demon Parasites," off the 2008 release titled "Surrender the Fire," on youtube. Footage in the video was compiled from the 1979 controversial horror film "Driller Killer," which was banned in the UK and Germany for it's extremeness. Watch the video below:
Solo metal act Autumns Eyes has announced the upcoming album "Please Deceive Me" is set to be released in early 2010. The album was originally slated for a Halloween release, but was pushed back due to a broken radius bone in sole band member Dan's right arm. "Please Deceive Me" features 10 original tracks along with a cover of Type O Negative's "Wolf Moon." The artwork for the album can be viewed here, and a teaser trailer can be found below.
As was previously reported, solo metal act Autumns Eyes was scheduled to release a new album on Halloween this year. The new album release has been set back due to a broken radius bone in sole member Dan's right arm. The injury has pushed back the release of the new album to early 2010. The album title, artwork, and track listing are expected to be announced later this month.
Autumns Eyes has issued the following update about recording a new album:
"Autumns Eyes has been diligently wrapping up the recording progress for the next album which is currently untitled. The album will include 12 original tracks and a cover of Type O Negative's 'Wolf Moon'. The overall sound and feel of the album is different from previous releases as there is no screaming vocals and all clean singing. The album will be released on Halloween this year, and will also feature a brand new music video to coincide with the next season of Autumns Eyes music."
Autumns Eyes has issued the following announcement about running a contest to win a free copy of the album "The Awakening of the Sleeping King:"
"Autumns Eyes has opened up a new contest for fans, friends, and foes to interact. You are invited to share your nightmares with Autumns Eyes! Once approved, your nightmare will be posted on the nightmares page and entered into the drawing for nightmare of the week. The most horrific and twisted nightmare will be chosen each week, and the winner will receive a FREE copy of "The Awakening of the Sleeping King" by Autumns Eyes. At the end of the contest one lucky winner will be chosen to have their nightmare featured as lyrics on the next Autumns Eyes album!"
The founding member of underground metal solo project Autumns Eyes, Dan Mitchell, is now hosting a Podcast under the name Beneath the Woods. The show features some of the secrets to Dan's metal recording style, along with previews of new Autumns Eyes material, band interviews, and more. You can find the podcast via iTunes or by visiting www.beneaththewoods.com/podcast.
DJ Meatwad from the uniquely diverse radio station "Head Case Radio" recently had the opportunity to interview Dan from Autumns Eyes. Topics such as the future of Autumns Eyes, live shows, new albums, and more are the focus of this 8 minute interview, which you can listen to or download here.
A documentary showing the making of Autumns Eyes first music video "Feast Of the Dead" has been posted. The short clip features behind the scenes footage of this legendary low budget Halloween horror smash. You can check it out below.
Connecticut's Autumns Eyes has posted a 1970s style horror movie trailer for their music video "Feast Of the Dead." The trailer for "Feast of the Dead" was made as homage to the great horror film trailers from the 1970's & 1980's.
Directed and Produced by Rob & Jeff Shepherd (Helmet, Animal Collective, Saw III Soundtrack, etc...) Feast of the Dead was shot in the woods of New England. It's based upon the cast/crews love and devotion to low-budget horror. View the trailer here. The video for "Feast Of the Dead" can be seen at this location. More...
New England metal solo project, Autumns Eyes, is celebrating it's 10 year anniversary by offering, for free download, almost all of their 8 albums on their web site.