Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Writing "Castlevania": Episode 4

In the latest installment, you will hear some clips of the fourth demo for the album. This track, given the demo name of "Holy Water," is about -- you guessed it-- holy water. More specifically, it chronicles the story of how the holy water actually makes its way to Dracula's castle. That title will definitely not stick, so don't get used to it. Or do. Whatever floats your pickle.

I'm getting a little closer to the tones that I want to use for the album. The vocals, on the other hand, are still giving me trouble, tone-wise. But that's why we do this pre-production crap, right? I didn't do pre-production on Mega Beardo, so that's probably why the songs tend to sound better as the album progresses. Live and learn, duders. Live and learn.

Welcome back the whammy pedal! It's been in retirement for the past 10 months.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Epic Song is Epic

I just finished recording the fourth demo for the Belmont album, and...yeah...it's 11 and a half minutes long. Sorry. I honestly didn't expect that at all. You see, when I write a song, I usually keep it under tight wraps inside my brain. When it comes time to start programming drums for it, I usually write out the structure in ways which only I could probably understand, like so...

Believe me. "DT x 4" and "Balls to the Wall Riffage" had some sort of meaning in my head when I wrote it down. Anyway, after I saw the structure written out, I thought, "Surely, this will be 7 or 8 minutes tops." Wrong, Beardo. Very, very wrong.

Though it lacks shortness, it makes up for it with absolutele epicness. I'll post some snippets of it in the upcoming "Writing Castlevania" episode. I'm so happy to finally hear this song outside of my head, in which it has been festering for the past 2.5 years. Now let's hope my vocals don't ruin it.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Live Debut of Mega Beardo!

This past Thursday, I was asked to take part in a metal show featuring The Kafka Machine, High Stick, and my blackened death metal band Descension Rate. It was sort of last minute, so I'm surprised it went over as well as it did. There were a lot of new faces in the crowd, and it seems a lot of people turned into Mega Beardo fans that night.

Peep the video below for the 14-minute Dr. Wily set. Flubs and mixing aside, I'm pretty pleased with how it went. I hope to do it again (with a full band) at some point down the road!