Spectrograph

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Good or evil, happy or sad, right or wrong. Humanity has reached a state where we view the world around us in yesterdays monochrome vision. There is no time to think, no need to evaluate possibilities somwhere in between the extremes.

The saying is that there are always two sides of the coin. But that is just a matter of perspective. Close enough there are thousand upon thousand facets of the coin. Your mind is a spectrograph. Given some perspective it can separate the wavelenghts. You ARE able to see the full spectrum, not just black and white.

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Another master

Interdictor

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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Hidden gems #1

Every now and then we will publish info about a song that we really like but most people seem to be unaware of. Songs that are hiding in the shadows. Songs people forgot about, or songs that we think deserves a little bit more attention than they get. So, here comes our first hidden gem:

Tom Shear got a decent amount of EBM/Electro hits in his back catalouge. With his band Assemblage 23 he constantly produces high quality material. Spark, Let me be your armor and Alive has probably been played a thousand times in most electro/ebm oriented clubs.

Personally I find them a little bit too catchy and dance floor oriented most of the time. But once in a while I feel in that mood and Assemblage 23 is on the top of it´s game. The song I´d like to put forward is something completely different though.

I don´t know Tom so I have no idea what he really thinks about this song himself. For me this song is all about honesty and courage as an artist. It takes courage to put a song like this on a record. I don´t know if Tom ever thought of it this way, perhaps it was just a song like any other.

But the thing here is that you can´t hide behind any metaphors or abstractions. The lyrics are crystal clear. There are no booming basses or catchy melody that makes people nod their heads and dance. There is slow sad music and ice cold lyrics. This song is naked.

For me this is something more than just another song. It´s built around a simple idea, unique and professionally crafted. This song is playing with emotions and it makes me feel really bad every time I listen to it. This song does not belong on a danceable electro record. I think it takes guts to put it there. Or perhaps he is just so confident that he didn´t really think about it, I don´t know.

For me this is true art. Not so much for the music itself, even though it is professionally crafted. It´s just making me feel so bad and I like it. Not every pice of music has to be art, but this is and therefore it´s the first hidden gem we would like to recommend. Stay tuned for more.

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