Fredrik Andersson – Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising

 

Band Name: Amon Amarth
Drummer Name: Fredrik Andersson
Album Name: Surtur Rising
Release Date: March 29
Studio Name: Drums: Park Studios, All: Fascination Street Studio
Engineer Name: Jens Bogren
 
Cymbals: Meinl
 
14" Byzance Dark Hihats
20" Mb20 Heavy Bell Ride (left side)
22" Mb20 Heavy Bell Ride (right side)
17” Mb20 Heavy Crash
16” Mb20 Medium Heavy Crash
17” Mb20 Medium Heavy Crash (Custom)
18” Mb20 Medium Heavy Crash
20” Byzance Brilliant China
18” Byzance Brilliant China
14” Byzance Traditional China
 
Drums: Pearl Masterworks Birch + Mahogany
 
22" x 18" Bass drum (Evans EQ4 clear +EQ1 resonant) 10 ply (8 birch + 2 mahogany)
22" x 18" Bass drum (Evans EQ4 clear +EQ1 resonant) 10 ply (8 birch + 2 mahogany)
8" x 8" Rack tom (Evans G2 clear) 6 ply birch
10" x 9" Rack tom (Evans G2 clear) 6 ply birch
12" x 10" Rack tom (Evans G2 clear) 6 ply birch
13" x 11" Rack tom (Evans G2 clear) 6 ply birch
16" x 16" Floor tom (Evans G2 clear) 8 ply (6 birch + 2 mahogany)
18" x 16" Floor tom (Evans G2 clear) 8 ply (6 birch + 2 mahogany)
20" x 14” Fx Tom Gong (Evans Onyx) 8 ply (6 birch + 2 mahogany)
 
*Evans Genera resonant on all tom bottoms.
 
Snares used:
 
14" x 5" Pearl Reference Brass (Evans G1 Coated + Hazy 300)
14" x 5" Pearl Ultracast Aluminium (Evans G1 Coated + Hazy 300)
 
Pedals: Pearl Eliminators
 
Sticks: Vic Firth 5a extreme
 
Triggers / Microphones:
 
Kicks: Shure Beta52
Snare: SM57 top, Beta57 bottom
Toms: Sennheiser MD421
FX-Tom: AKG D12
Hat: Josephsson E22
Hat 2: AKG 414
Ride: AKG 414
Splashes: Neumann KM84
China: Neumann U87
Overhead: 3x Neumann KM84
Room 1: AKG 414EB stereo pair
Room 2: RCA 77DX stereo pair
Pre's: mostly Calrec, Neve, API and Vintagedesign. All through a Neve V3 console.
 
Studio Tips:
 
I prefer to tune my toms pretty low, but for some songs we tuned the drums slightly higher just to get a more
aggressive/uncontrolled tone. Usually in the studio the most important thing is to tune the drums where they sound absolutely best and that’s also dependent on the room and how they’re mic’ed.
 
Drummer Comments:
 
Before when I have recorded albums I find it hard to get in the right mood and get the adrenaline pumping, I much more prefer to play live than in studio. This time we decided that the rest of the guys were with me in the studio room playing along all the time, that helped to get in the groove. We also played all the songs from beginning to end most of the times. Played every song 4-5 times and after that went in to focus on smaller breaks or parts that needed to be improved. For me that was a much better way to work than recording bit-by-bit which seems to be more or less standard these days.
 
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