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CORNERS OF SANCTUARY : "Metal Machine"
The introduction from the band's website: "Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Corners of Sanctuary formed in 2011 to bring back the roots of Classic Heavy Metal.
Driven by the power and inspiration given to us by Metal music, C.O.S. has ignited the fires of Classic Heavy Metal, bringing the genre full circle as the sounds of yesterday live again as the sounds of today in the New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal (NWoTAHM) genre! Hard hitting, head banging, straight forward Heavy Metal is the mission - nothing less will do. Old School is back with a vengeance.... Metal Has Returned!"
I don't think that the "NWoTAHM" abbreviation is going to be a catchphrase you'll hear everyday, but never mind, let's ask a few questions... Mick Michaels of Corners Of Sanctuary answers.
1. How has the reaction to your latest CD been?
Mick Michaels: Since its release last October, the overall reaction to “Metal Machine” has been very positive. There seems to be something for everyone on this album; it's a very eclective arrangement of songs, as it stands as a representation of our roots and serves as our homage to the style that started it all. We are very proud of this album and very happy “Metal Machine” has been so well received.
2. How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
MM: We recorded the album while we were out supporting our previous record "Axe to Grind". During the time between those shows we worked on the recordings. It was over the course of several months to have the album completely recorded. Mix down and mastering was additionally about the same.
3. What kind of 'sound', production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
MM: We definitely wanted to capture the old school Metal sound and feel with this album. That sound is part of what we have been doing since the beginning. However, not to dramatically date the material, we maintained modern standards with today's recording methods and practices.
4. What kind of input did the producer have during the process?
MM: Since I was the album's producer, I can say without a doubt he had a lot of input. J Being able to produce “Metal Machine” gave the band and its vision the voice it required to bring the album to life in the way we wanted it to be. We did not want to be swayed from that vision. This particular style of Metal has been placed in a very small niche market to begin with – it is not main stream. Outside influences would have taken the vision off course.
5. And are you pleased with the final outcome? (sound - production wise)
MM: Absolutely! As a band we are ecstatic about the final product. It is how we envisioned it and more. Everyone involved: the band members, the engineers, studio staff, etc., all did an amazing job in my opinion.
6. Did the producer use any (weird) experimental mic-ing and/or recording techniques?
MM: We worked with multiple layered recordings with several of the tracks to create depth and dimension. We also experimented with pitch variation overlays with certain tones and notes. This gave the music a thicker center ground to anchor other tracks to and offered a much more dynamic audio range.
7. How did you go on about capturing your 'live sound' in the studio, or perhaps you didn't?
MM: We actually look at recording an album as one view of the music and performing live as another view of the music… each having its own distinct stamp on the material. Music is living and breathing, and with that, it has the ability to grow and change overtime. It can be organically and it can be by design. We use a little of both. So we approach each scenario individually with the idea of achieving different goals. To achieve more of that classic sound, “Metal Machine” does have less keyboard parts than our earlier records. This offered us more room for the guitar and vocal to be out front, which in turn, allowed us to capture more of that classic era essence.
8. Please inform us about your favourite songs and lyrical highlights and why?
9. Any overall theme of mood that you're trying to capture while writing songs?
10. Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
11. Did the record company interfere with anything on your "sound" and songs?
12. Are there any 'crazy' behind the scenes anecdotes from these sessions that you can share with us?
13. How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fans?
14. Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
15. If there's anything you'd like to add, say, please do:
Photos from the band's facebook page.
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