Royal Artillery Mix Session

In our class last Monday we had a session in the Neve studio, and later moved to the Audient studio to check out Adrian Carroll’s (teacher, audio engineer and local musician) mix of the band we have been recording as part of class, Royal Artillery. We were previously part of the recording process, and after this…

That’s THRASH metal as f@*k!

  Thrash metal has been described in the past as power metal’s angry cousin. It originated in the early 1980s with bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax (Walser, R., 2013), who are now known as the “Big Four”, denoting their relative commercial success. The similarities between power metal and thrash metal can most easily…

That’s POWER metal as f@*k!

  Power metal is a form of metal that embraces grandiose and as the name suggests, the feeling of power that it gives the listener. It encapsulates these feelings through operatic style vocals, drawn out power chords on the guitars and/or keyboards and surreal soundscapes that are often created through use of keyboards, synthesizers or…

That’s TRADITIONAL metal as f@*k!

How often have you heard a guy in a black shirt say about something that it’s “metal as fuck”? Probably many times and in very different contexts. Well I’m going to try and give you a clearer idea of why different sounds can all sound metal in different ways, through the lense of the popular…

Combo Modelling Amp Comparison

In order to further understand my knowledge of how an amplifier effects electric guitar tone, I watched this video from Andertons Music Co. that showcases a range of low-end modelling amplifiers and assessed some of the characteristics that made each amplifier unique. I have also listed some artists from the rock and heavy metal genres that…

Case Study: The Pretender

Song: The Pretender Artist: Foo Fighters Album: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace Tempo: 178bpm Key: A Minor Producer: Gil Norton Band members: Dave Grohl – lead vocals, rhythm guitar Taylor Hawkins – drums, backing vocals Chris Shiflett – lead guitar Nate Mendel – bass   The Foo Fighters are an American hard rock band that formed in the mid 1990s after singer and lead…

Case Study: Rockin’ Rocks

Song: Rockin’ Rocks Artist: Powderfinger Album: Vulture Street Tempo: 136bpm Key: D Major Producer: Nick DiDia Band members: Bernard Fanning – vocals, guitar Darren Middleton – guitar, backing vocals, keyboard Ian Haug – guitar, backing vocals Jon Coghill – drums John Collins – bass Powderfinger are a Brisbane rock band formed in the late 1980s, with influences such as The Beatles, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin,…