About The Writers: August Activities
Metalunderground.com is run by many different people who are passionate about both metal and the wider music world in general. Many of our staff also have side projects going on outside of the website that you may be interested in checking out. This month I'll again be highlighting a sampling of our current staff activities and their involvement in the metal and music community.
Frank (aka Progressivity_In_All) recently contributed, by transcribing interviews, to the pro audio book, "Mixing, Recording, and Producing Tips of the Pros" by Rick Clark, which has just been published. Rick Clark, who Frank has interned for, is a noted music producer and was the music supervisor for the film “Up In The Air.” The book has 115 contributors, filled with everyone from Tony Visconti to Elliot Scheiner to Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, and is available in many book stores, as well as on Amazon.com.
Pamela (aka Opeiya) is a member of the band Gales of Avalon, which just got their debut full length album back from being mixed and mastered in Newfoundland. Gales of Avalon is currently finalizing art before confirming a release date. Pamela is also helming the first Alberta Metal Awards on August 21st in Calgary, AB. Information on the event can be found at this location.
James (aka Cynic) has finally finished writing seven lengthy tracks for his unnamed gothic doom metal project, and is now puzzling over where to find band members at the bottom of the world while he works on producing a demo. Other than that he is eagerly awaiting new releases from Slough Feg and October Tide while keeping up with the metal world and dealing with the review pile.
Ty (aka xFiruath) is looking forward to reviewing the second full-length CD from Argentina based progressive power/black metal band Auvernia. He also has a string of interviews going live in the near future with more rock and mainstream oriented metal bands such as Black Water Rising, Avenged Sevenfold, and Disturbed. For anyone wondering, yes, the band also loves the Richard Cheese version of “Down With The Sickness.” Unlike many Metalunderground readers, he feels that the “In Sorte Diaboli” was the best Dimmu Borgir album, and is desperately hoping “Abrahadabra” can break past the silly name to be something spectacular.
When Dan (aka AutumnsEyes) isn't watching Ty's new cooking show on the Food Network titled "Kooking for Kvlt," most of his time has been eaten up by the next Autumns Eyes record. Dan has stated that it can be some what of a daunting task having to handle all the aspects of a band by yourself, though with every release he learns more about not only music itself but the business side of things as well. Dan ran into several road blocks in the form of physical injuries during this album, which have pushed back the desired release dates and marketing plans. Dan is scheduled to have surgery on his hand this August to remove two abnormal growths which are pushing apart the bones and tendons. He further commented on the surgery and new AutumnsEyes music, "Its a 2-4 week recovery afterwards, but at least I can still use the computer mouse to finish mixing and mastering the album. I have a pattern with releasing albums where I will record a full album, and follow it up with a short EP soon after. The sound of the EP is typically opposite of what I recorded previously, so this time around its completely up in the air being as how this full length release is so diverse. Aside from the album I am putting together brand new merchandise, a new website, new music videos are being shot, and a few other surprises as well."
We also want to welcome our newest contributor Christa (aka ChristaTitus) from the U.S.
We'll be updating what our writers are up to on the first Saturday of every month, so check back next month to stay up to date on the activity of the Metalunderground.com staff.
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