This isolated drum track for ‘Cross To Bear,’ is the seventh track on the album, and just as the rest of the songs, it’s crushing. The work of Adam Jarvis (Misery Index, Pig Destroyer, Fulgora, Asthma Castle, Clenched Fist) continues to impress. His massive power, speed, and creativity are relentless. He really is at the top of “the list” right now, which is quite honestly where he belongs.
Having cemented a reputation as one of the most formidable live bands in death metal, Misery Index (Jason Netherton – bass guitar, vocals, Mark Kloeppel – guitar, vocals, Adam Jarvis – drums, Darin Morris – guitar) have toured the world over numerous times on the backs of four critically-acclaimed albums. The Baltimore-based quartet has leveled venues in over 40 countries, over 1000+ live shows. With albums showcasing a disgust for everyday life and the ills of modern society, Misery Index will continue to push their crushing take on pummeling death grind with the release of ‘The Killing Gods’.
“The Killing Gods” Track Listing:
02. The Calling
03. The Oath
04. Conjuring The Cull
05. The Harrowing
06. The Killing Gods
07. Cross To Bear
08. Gallows Humor
09. The Weakener
11. Colony Collapse (feat. John Gallagher)
13. Thieves Of The New World Order (MINISTRY cover)
Some Questions For Adam:
SDM: Do you remember the exact gear you were using during this tracking?
The kit I used on “The Killing Gods” was a Ddrum Paladin Series walnut kit 10,12,16 toms 2×22 kicks with a Ddrum Artisan hand hammered iron snare. Meinl cymbals Axis pedals, regal tip drumsticks.
SDM: How long did tracking take and how was it tracked? mics, triggers, both, to tape or all digital?
It took a total of 5 days to track at Scott Hulls’ Visceral Sound Studios in Maryland. We used triggers on the kicks just for placement purposes and mics on everything else. The Drums were recorded with protools HD, but the final master was put to tape.
SDM: Has anything changed in your setup since this tracking?
Yes! I’m now using the Roland TM-2 trigger module. The thing is every touring drummers dream. It’s small and compact, and can run off of (4) AA batteries. Plus you can load your own samples into it via SD card! I’m now using the Axis Longboards with the e-kit triggers.
SDM: Your thoughts on sound replacement software? Wish it never existed?
Yes and no. It bothers me that it is a goto thing for the producer to do now, but it does make the drummer and record sound tight. As long as the dude can pull it off live, then it’s all good. The sounds on most death metal albums now are all replaced and super-processed. The approach we took on this album was to keep everything sounding natural and real. The kicks were layered with the actual acoustic kick drum sound, not a sample. This record sounds like me playing it. That’ll be more pleasing 20 years from now knowing I played those drums and didn’t fake my way through it.
SDM: What’s your favorite old-school raw drum sound? Which band and album or albums?
I’d have to say “Beneath The Remains” from Sepultura and Terrorizer’s “World Downfall.”
SDM: One piece of advice to younger kids about to record an album?
Be prepared! Have tempo maps for your songs if you’re going to play to a click. Also, focus on your fills and transitions. That’s what makes an album! Don’t eat McDonalds before you record, eat lots of pasta and chicken breasts while tracking.
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