Massgrav VS Necromorbus Studio, March 13-15 2009
Every 14 months or so, we enter the studio to record 10 minutes of superior violent noise (quality before quantity, you fucking crust punk spammers!) and last weekend, it was time again. The big change this time was that we decided to try a new studio for the first time ever, leave Micke Mikrofon and his Garaget studio behind and try a different place. Fortunately, the legendary Tore Stjerna was able to squeeze us into the insanely busy schedule of his Necromorbus studio, where all them cool black metal people record their wheezy hits. Fully expecting a recording that sounded like A Blaze-era Darkthrone, we headed over to Alvik for a weekend that was to be marred by more than a little problems.
The last month before the recording, Indy's arms have been a major concern. They keep cramping up, making it impossible for him to hang on to the drum sticks, which is a problem when you're a drummer. His doctor has been advising him to quit drumming immediately to stop this from becoming a permanent problem but Indy decided to soldier on until the recording was done. Sooo... we headed over to the studio, started to set stuff up and didn't get hardly any of that boring crap where you have to fiddle with knobs for 5 hours prior to starting recording, we just set up, adjusted a few things and were ready to rock. We started to realize what a fucking ace Tore is.
Saturday morning and Indy's arms were still fucked. Things were looking bad. To make things worse, Norses amp started making very weird noises and then his guitar fell apart. This band is a fucking disaster zone!
Sunday. Last day. Time to mix, trim, arrange, fix and - most importantly - cheat. This part of recording isn't that exciting to talk about, so let's just say we got all the crap in order, sounding like it should. Again, Tore proved to be a fantastic guy to work with - having good ideas, working super fast, telling funny stories... if you ever get the chance - record at Necromorbus!
Cosy Casa Necromorbus at your service.
Finally, we're in the high class studio that befits us.
With a high class engineer/producer/witchdoctor, Tore Stjerna. Here he is, looking high class with his Frodo shoes.
Like I said, it's cosy as hell.
Tore and Norse (what great viking names!) preparing for riff-o-rama deluxe.
The set up of all set ups!
Tore and Ola laying down the keyboards for the new Unanimated album.
The upcoming cover of Guitar Jerk Off Magazine.
Norse playing "Wasted Years" while Tore is looking for that perfect Sunlight sound.
Tore hard at work.
Even more classick!
WiFi and Funeral Mist will not connect.
This is the only thing necro in the Necromorbus studio: A good old (dusty as hell) Playstation One!
Made in Russia, obviously.
We used all kinds of weird shit this time.
This space rocket panel came in handy when recording the bass.
Say hello to Mr. Donut!
American beer all the way...
...and American rock!
White trash, sucking beer like there's no tomorrow, about to pass out on the couch.
Tore and Rita (who was sporting the best t-shirts).
Yo, we found it! The Unanimated keyboard! Buried by time and dust behind the sofa.
Smoking weed in that giant hippie bong the circle breathing really comes in handy - you can inhale ALL THE TIME!
Ok, Norse is taller than Ola. A lot taller.
Last minute adjustments.
Screaming for vengeance.
Lönesamtal - legal våldtäkt!!!
I've got a fever and the only prescription is... more cowbell! (Check the video here. It rules.)
Countess Bathory checking the email.
Showing off ancient stuff. The shirt is old too.
Trying to look sensitive and smooth, playing acoustic with nylons on, like a damn singer songwriter, yuck!
Probably playing some Mob 47 riff, everything else is too complicated.
Kronblom sörplar öl.
Christian drummers anonymous.
Inga basister på våra gator!
Troublesome amp that acted up. Everything broke down.
After two songs the drummer started to break down too.
After ten songs his arms were thoroughly fucked.
Still crazy, though!
Yep, Norse's guitar broke down as well.
Only Germans would name an amp "BassBase"!
Can't live without it!
Yes - we know what all the knobs do.
Jake E. Lee shreds. (Check the awesome video here! Ozzy rules!)
Indy, flexing and posing.
...displaying his main drumming influence: The mighty Abaddon of Venom.
According to Tore this guitar has been used for all guitars on all Watain albums.
We play good looking equipment, no hairmetal glam guitars.
Friends in need: Alban och Borg kramas lite.
Lyxpunk. No Kir, just fancy whisky.
Looking sharp, beer and whisky is really starting to kick in.
Too drunk to play. See you tomorrow!
Rise and shine. Back to work, Sunday morning.
True musikskole-amp from hell. We used this to do some of that re-amping shit
that we've only read about in magazines before. Crazy advanced!
Slightly hung-over, posing by the lip-fish wall painting at the local Thai restaurant.
Indy, Norse, Tore and Rita waiting for rice.
OK food, crap service, terrible interior decorating.