We will be back in Unit One today rehearsing for the forthcoming show at The Smokehouse, Ipswich on May 13th (Friday). We will be playing alongside Heathen Kings and Screaming Veridian with the doors 7pm. Tickets are available on the door. More event information can be found here.
We’ve recently ran into a few issues with the new album which has caused some delays. Unlike previous records which were done in one studio, with one producer and over a short period of time, After Extinction has been a totally different process largely due to the Covid restrictions which have delayed the writing, rehearsals and recording of the album significantly over the past two years.
We out of necessity have tracked the album across two studios (Gallow Wood Media and Unit One) with Talon Payne and Wayne Thompson contributing to the recording, production and editing of the album while we have been mixing the album ourselves and with advice from an external studio. I have overseen the whole project between managing the day-to-day business of the band and my day job. We have also been back on the road gigging with Neverworld and Planet Fatale which has meant much of my free time has been focused on making those shows a success on top of looking after the new album project.
Recently this was pushed back when there was a hardware failure has resulted in further delays to the production after a handful of songs had been mixed, and between further revisions and contributions of the keys from Heidi Crowell. This hardware issue has now been resolved and we are now moving forward with the album release again.
So, while the songs have been tracked and are sounding great in the raw, we do need more editing and changes as we go through the mixing process to give this album the best overall sound possible.
We debuted a fair chunk of the songs like since 2020 and many will hear that this is a completely different direction from our previous releases and represents an overall change for the band which we have matched with our new stage aesthetics and our brand-new logo. The new album has a march harder edge than the previous and is an album more influenced by our Speed Metal origins as opposed to anything really rooted in the NWOBHM movement which we had moved towards during The Waystone period of the band.
That is not to say we have lost the melodic stuff at all, there is a ton of that on the new record, but the music overall and the subject matter is much more in alignment with what is happening in the world right now rather than being mostly influenced by the 1980’s. It is a Metal record, and if anything, our least mainstream sounding record, and probably our least NWOTHM sounding album and production, although it is not as modern influenced (or progressive) as the material on Crisis of Faith and a lot more refined than out debut release, I think the best way to summarize it is it is our heaviest and angriest release yet.
Lyrically we have touched on everything from battling Alzheimer’s disease, the culture war, drug addiction to the decline of western civilization and the evils of greed right through to the negative impact the existing Governments over-building policies have had on our environment. It is a bit more relevant lyrically than our past records I would say, it may upset a few people, but we have tried to keep it as balanced as possible.
While the album has been slow to put together, we have soldiered on with the 5 new songs for the Patreon 21’ EP having recorded the bulk of those and started rehearsals for the 22’ EP material, oh which the band has now learned 4 of the 5 songs on that release so substantial progress has been made. The 21’ EP was delayed due to Covid restrictions and the band having to focus on the new album release.
The 21’ EP is most definitely much heavier than the new album in places, but also has the most diverse range of songs. It is influenced by Speed/Thrash/Death Metal but there’s also a Sabbath inspired track on there and a song mocking industry created “alternative” bands that have come straight off a production line but sold as an organic thing.
Anyhow I thought I would issue this update on just where we are at with the 3 releases which we fully intend to get out this year.
We will be in Unit One Studio’s today to work both on the 22′ EP for Patreon and to prepare for our Ipswich show on May 13th. Uridium have had to pull out of the support slot for the Ipswich show due to singer Phil Cooke having a serious health issue. We wish Phil a speedy recovery and send our thoughts to his friends and family at this time. Replacing Uridium will be Screaming Viridian.
Last week we made good progress with two of the 22′ EP songs in rehearsals taking us up to 3 of the 5 learnt already. We rehearsed the new EP immediately after recording guitars for the 21′ EP which can be seen below.
Tickets are available on the door for the Ipswich show, you can find the full details here.
We will be tracking all of the guitars for the brand new songs with Wayne Thompson at Unit One today. The EP is a Patreon exclusive CD which will be coming out later this year. Liam and Isaac finished tracking the drums and bass a few months back, which means after today all that will be left to track will be the vocals.
We will be heading to Unit One in Colchester tomorrow to track the guitars for the 2021 Patreon EP. The EP will be an exclusive on CD for subscribers paying £2.50 and up. The EP has 5 new songs which will not be on the bands new album After Extinction.
We will be playing the Tap ‘N’ Tumbler tonight in Nottingham alongside Neverworld and Planet Fatale. This is our first appearance at the venue and our first gig in Nottingham since 2013. We will be doing songs from Reforge The Steel, Falling Through Freedom, and our new album After Extinction.
On Sunday we will be back home in Colchester tracking guitars for the 2021 Patreon EP with Wayne Thompson. We have five new songs for that EP which will be a CD exclusive for our Patreons only.
Despite it being the Easter break we are heading back to Unit One in Colchester today for rehearsals in preparation for our show at the Tap’N’Tumbler in Nottingham next week on the 22nd. It’s free entry and you can find more information on the event here. This is our last gig with Planet Fatale and Neverworld as part of the One Eyed Toad tour.
Last weeks sessions at Unit One
We will be returning to Unit One today to prepare for our gig with Kev Riddles Baphomet next week (April 15th) at The Crew Bar, Nuneaton (Queens Hall). The band will be rehearsing the set for the night, which kicks off at 7:30pm and is free entry. You can find more information by clicking here.
We will finally return to rehearsals after recent shows at Cambridge and Hastings last week, and having played The Rock Den last night to continue to work on the set and our forthcoming EP’s. We enjoyed our return to The Rock Den after over 3 years since our last appearance there. We will as ever be rehearsing at Unit One, Colchester later today after a busy few weeks on the road.
We will be heading to Unit One tomorrow to prepare for our next two gigs next weekend in Cambridge and Hastings. We return to our regular line-up and will be playing a mixture of songs from Reforge The Steel and After Extinction.
Tickets from here.
On Wednesday night we played a one off gig with Anthony Murch while Toby was away. We did a mixture of songs from Reforge The Steel, The Waystone and Falling Through Freedom which can be seen on the above video.
The previous Friday we had played Club 85, Hitchin.