Jon Oliva's Pain Issue Studio Update
JON OLIVA'S PAIN drummer Christopher Kinder has issued the following update:
"While this JON OLIVA'S PAIN recording is no different than the others....(we seem to be constantly swimming in BS), we are suprisingly proceeding on time and without many delays. I must personally commend everyone in the band for rising to the challenge and accepting responsibility to insure that we deliver the best CD possible. We cannot underestimate the incredible hours of work and input that Greg [late producer, engineer and close friend Greg 'Super G' Marchak] absorbed in the past. Now, it is up to all of us to take on his duties as well as our own. It is a learning curve and a change of pace that we have had no time to adjust to. But like every other JON OLIVA'S PAIN record, we tend to thrive on the challenge/pressure and ultimately push ourselves to the edge of our performances, patience and determination."
"First up... Matt LaPorte [guitar]. It is customary in the past for Matt to basically know very little about the songs before he enters the studio to work his magic. He just likes it that way... and it allows him the chance to free-form jam on things with the hopes of creating some spontaneous brilliance. But due to our obvious change of recording scenario, Matt embraced the new songs and rehearsed them in advance in order to cut his tracks in record time, but with all the precision and feel that he can deliver. He and I worked tirelessly for four days and in the end his rhythm tracks were completed with a great sense of pocket and feel... Nice work, Matt!"
"As I am forced to basically take over the role as co-engineer for this record, we were both worried about how the sessions would go. We are happy to report that the transition and environment have been incredibly productive and a real pleasure to us both. Matt is a very agressive person when he records and I am happy that he left feeling so comfortable with someone at the controls... Thank you again, Matt!"
"Back to Morrisound: It was time for Oliva to start working his guitar magic as well. He and Matt have completely different styles to say the least. But when the final mixing is complete, both complement themselves and allow the performances to shine."
"Oliva and I spent the day at Morrisound cutting his acoustic tracks, electric rythyms and a host of trippy guitar candy that will surely drip from a great many songs on the new release. Unfortunately the session ended a little sooner than expected after blowing up the B3 Leslie that he was using for some really cool guitar fills. But in the end, we got 11 hours of solid work in and now it is time to move into keyboard world before Matt begins work on his leads and additional sauce!"
"Oliva will be recording on Morrisound's grand piano which has been used on many SAVATAGE records. It must be noted that Tom Morris and Jason Blackerby have done an amazing job running the 'USS Enterprise' and for injecting so much quality input. Tom Morris will also be credited for playing guitar as well… Thank you, Tom and Jason!"
"Once complete... it is on to Matt's blazing guitar work, Kevin's final bass fixes, Zahner's keyboard input and finally the massive amount of vocal work for both Oliva and the band..."
"Goddamn, I am tired just thinking about it."
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