Digital Recovery 10.1

On the national day of Sweden a digital compilation called Digital Recovery 10.1 will be released.
Interdictor appears together with bands like Leather Strip, Chrysalide and ∆AIMON. Cover art by Sērga_Art : Sculpture by J. Griego Artworks. Mastered by Anatoly Tokee Grinberg

Digital Recovery

The concept of this series (10.1 – 10.5) was to give back to the organizer and creator of the Digital Recovery series Chris Shortt. Chris was diagnosed with Pulmonary Embolism/Blood Clots in his lungs and leg. He wasn’t able to work and bills were piling up. Pal Dragan (Black Sheep Screaming) and Daniel Neet (The Clay People) came up with the idea to create a Digital Recovery release dedicated to helping Chris Shortt & his family.

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Teaser #1

The first song from our upcoming release has reached pre-master state today. We promised to release some snippets of sound as soon as the songs were ready. So here comes a short sample from the first one. There´s nothing wrong there at the end, you just have to wait until the release for the chorus… 😉

Now, let´s finish another one! Stay tuned for teaser #2, probably within a few weeks…

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State of progress

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It´s time to share you the state of our progress for the upcoming release. We have more or less reached some kind of production state with everything (if there is such a thing in the process of modern music making). For us that means that the song structures, sound and vocals are all in place and we are polishing  sounds, rhythm and effects.

Well, we still need to record vocals for one more song and then we are all done with that part of the process. In a few weeks we should have all the songs for this release in such a state that we can put some snippets up on Soundcloud so people can hear what to expect this time.

It´s important for us to stay true to the Interdictor sound but at the same time evolve our vision. It won´t sound like Noumenon but it will sound like Interdictor and it will be industrial… we can assure you that!!! We won´t reveal the title just yet but if Noumemon was political and techno philosophical in it´s context, this one will be much more flesh and blood. Still in a philosophical sense though. So now you know exactly what to expect… 😉

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Another master

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When we were about to release Noumenon we decided to look for a mastering engineer that seemed experienced in our genre and preferably had experience from some of the bands we like most. We found a few candidates and decided to go for Jan Lehmkämper (X-FUSION MUSIC PRODUCTION) and Andreas Andersson (SERVANT STUDIO).

Jan has some nice projects of his own with X-Fusion,  Noisuf-X and Kombat Unit. Appart from his own bands he has experience from mastering a lot of  bands in the scene for example Suicide Commando and SITD.  Servant Studio adds bands like Interlace, Covenant and Thermostatic to their CV. So which one should we go for?

Well, you should always remember the first rule of government spending: why have one when you can have two for twice the price? We decided to try both of them and then select the one we liked best for the official release. Both guys did a great job and they are very nice people to work with. Actually we were very happy with both masters but in the end we decided to use the one from Servant Studios.

Some people might not even hear the difference but the official one has more dynamic content while the other one is louder and more “in the face”. Now we decided to release the one that didn´t make it for the official release on Soundcloud so you can decide for yourself wich one you like best!

By the way, we are working hard on our new material so stay tuned for more information! 🙂

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Silent progress

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There´s been some silence and no updates on the blog for a while. That doesn’t mean we didn’t do anything interesting. This time of the year, just before Christmas is a bit hectic. We choose to put all the time and energy left after work into music instead of writing blog posts about it. Henrik accomplished some really nice compositions for the upcoming release. All songs are actually finished when it comes to structure and harmony. Well, nothing is probably ever finished, but at least the songs are in such state that we can go on with some singing and working to finish the rhythm parts.

When we are happy with the singing and rhythms we will move on to a production phase where we polish everything to the quality we are happy with. We might add some things and remove others and so on. As I touched  upon with some earlier blog post  that phase was kind of destructive when we worked on Noumenon. Hopefully we learned something then and can add upon that experience for a faster production/polishing phase this time. We also have some new elements for this release that we hope will enhance the Interdictor project with more emotions. What that is we won´t tell at this point 🙂 As things progress at this point we hope to finish the songs for mastering and release in early 2014.

We will keep you informed and reveal some more info…soon! 🙂

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A Youth Code for our scene

Nowadays you rarely find something that moves the standard forward and breaks new ground in the EBM/Industrial scene. Front Line Assembly released new stuff this summer and while that is an awesome record it´s just what you could expect from their standards. Even the mighty Skinny Puppy released new material this year. But what caught my attention is a duo from LA that seems to have found the right promotor since the whispers about Youth Code seems to be coming from every direction.

So what is all the buzz about then? Well this duo found another way of breaking new ground. They went back to 1987-1990 and produced EBM/Industrial like it used to sound in the days of early Nitzer Ebb and Front 242. To a large amount our scene seems to be caught in a strange regression where people think that you must put on a show including gas masks, uniforms, guns, blood and a sexist behavior, music is secondary. Youth Code seems to be the very opposite of the military fashion show. As far as I can see they are very true in what they are doing. It´s music from musicians who love what they do, without a producer pointing them in a direction where the money is. At least that is what I choose to believe.

Stream the whole album from here: http://pitchfork.com/advance/198-youth-code/ In the upper left corner of that page there is a menu from which you can stream the whole record. I ordered the vinyl immediately after first listening. It´s not that we haven´t heard it before, it´s just so refreshingly pure and aggressive. Perhaps this is what our scene needs, someone who send us 20 years back and finds a new direction to walk the path?

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