Chosen Reforms, Issues Band Activity Update
After disbanding in 2009, Ireland's Chosen is now back and is currently working on a studio album with producer Alwyn Walker at the legendary Westland Studios in Dublin, Ireland. The album, which has yet to be given a title, is scheduled for release in 2012 and will be the group’s very first studio album, having put out only demos and EPs for a number of years prior.
Guitarist Paul Shields comments: “The project is really starting to take shape and we’re all very excited about what’s coming together. This album has been a long time in the making. It’s going to feel so gratifying when we finally get to release these songs to the public; songs we worked hard on, obsessed over, and allowed to consume each of us as the compositions filled our heads day after day.”
Drummer David McCann adds: “It’s been a little over two years since we announced Chosen was calling it a day back in the summer of 2009. We had lost half the band line-up due to a major personality blow-out and were left to pick up the pieces. At the time we just decided it better to announce we were throwing in the towel rather than putting up advertisements for new musicians wanted, yet again. The truth of the matter is that both Paul and I were never going to be comfortable letting all those great songs being consigned to the depths of old memories. The material deserved to be recorded properly. Reforming the band and completing what we initially set out to do was the only way either of us could move on.”
Joining forces with the two founding members of Chosen is vocalist Ray Scully and bassist Richie Brennan, both of who were already admirers of the band for some time.
Shields recollects how the circumstances were just right for making such a collaboration work: “We used a rough mix of the songs as a recruitment tool, and headhunted musicians we knew of already through our own network of friends and other bands in the Irish music scene. We were incredibly lucky to land both Ray and Richie at such a crucial stage, given that one of the main reasons we relocated to Canada in 2008 was because we couldn’t find a solid line-up of capable people in our own country or rather, people who weren’t already heavily committed to other groups.”
Drawing their musical influence from distinctive groups such as Death, Nevermore, Meshuggah, Gojira, and Cynic, the Irish act hopes to set a new precedent in what modern-day metal can and ought to sound like, with a strong emphasis on innovation, top-notch musicianship, well-crafted arrangements and inventive hooks.
As for the desired sonic value being sought after to help compliment the songs, the band’s new material promises to be interlaced with a rich audio production value, completely void of the sterile, homogeneous and plastic instrumentation factor which currently dominates the commercial metal market.
“We used a total of 27 mics on the drums alone, spending considerable time capturing a more organic drum sound instead of just sound replacing the entire kit for the sake of an easy life,” states McCann. “The room mics in particular really add a much-needed character and depth to the overall sound, something I personally feel has been lacking on our past recordings. I know it’s a well-worn out cliché, and every band always says it about their upcoming album, but this is going to be our magnum opus. No doubt about it.”
A short production video documenting the various stages of the recording process will be posted online in the near future.
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