In Virtue Issues New Album Recording Update
California power metal band In Virtue has issued the following update about recording new material:
"Well ladies and gentlenerds, we are elbow deep in it now. We began the process of recording our debut full-length album in February of this year with the drums. We spent 2 days at the renowned Prairie Sun recording studios in Cotati, CA, which has hosted such bands as Tom Waits, Primus, Marty Friedman, just about every Shrapnel Records shredder and none other than sir Paul McCartney (see the list here). We recorded in their studio B room which features a console formerly owned by Pete Townsend of the Who, used to record their legendary album Quadrophenia. Over the course of 2 action packed days we laid down all the basic drum tracks and drained enough Mountain Dew to kill a bull elephant at twenty paces.
"From there things got a bit tedious, lots of editing, pondering, more editing, then finally, guitars! We're using a process known as re-amping, in which I record all the dry guitar tracks direct at my home studio, then at a later date we can send them through an amp. This leads to infinite tweaking possibilities and saves us mucho dinero since I can spend all the time I need to perfecting the performances at home, without being stuck with one guitar tone. This naturally leads to a kind of perfectionism, since I can spend basically as long as I want on it until it's flawless, but will also lead to a far better end product.
"At this point, we are at the stage of finishing up the lead guitars/solos, bass guitars, starting to dabble in some vocals, and then in mid October, we'll be recording backup choirs and string parts. Then the intensive editing process begins. We have booked 2 days in late November for re-amping and mixing, also at Prairie Sun, with the excellent Jason D'Ottavio (Shrapnel Records) as our killer engineer. This makes late November our deadline for ALL the tracks to be laid down, which makes us busy bees. Then it's off to be mastered by Maor Appelbaum, who mastered the last Angra album as well as a host of kickass metal records.
"In short, by early next year you will hold in your hands the sickest power metal album to ever come out of Northern California."
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