Will Carroll – Death Angel – Succubus – Isolating The Throne

‘The Dream Calls for Blood’ is the seventh studio album from the San Francisco thrash metal band Death Angel and drummer Will Carroll. This track entitled “Succubus”, was track five on the record. The album was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida, with producer Jason Suecof and was released on October 11, 2013, via Nuclear Blast Records.

The records has sold over 5,400 copies in the U.S and reached number 72 on the Billboard top 200, marking the first time in Death Angel’s history they cracked the Top 100 on the American charts.

Some Questions For Will:

SDM:  Do you remember the exact gear you were using during this tracking?

It was a hodgepodge of Pearl Reference and old Yamaha drums with Meinl cymbals. It’s documented on the DVD that comes with the album.

SDM:  How long did tracking take and how was it tracked? mics, triggers, both, to tape or all digital?

I tracked the whole album in 3 days. This song took maybe 2 takes with a few punch-ins. I have no idea what mics were used. I played along to a click and scratch rhythm guitar. The kicks were triggered and it’s all digital.

will_carroll_death_angel_isolated_drumsSDM:  Has anything changed in your setup since this tracking?

Nothing has changed in my setup but playing wise, on this particular track, has changed a bit. Live I do more double bass and a few more fills.

SDM:  Your thoughts on sound replacement software? wish it never existed?

I’m not opposed to sound replacement software. Just as long as it’s not over used. There are pros and cons to everything.

SDM:  What’s your favorite old-school raw drum sound? Which band and album or albums?

Handle With Care by Nuclear Assault has amazing old school drum tones. Actually, most Randy Burns produced albums have killer drum tones. Van Halen’s Fair Warning, Bad Brains’ Quickness, Death’s Leprosy, Living Colour’s Time’s Up and Anthrax’s Among The Living are all albums that come to mind that have old school natural drum tones that were very inspiring to me.

SDM:  One piece of advice to younger kids about to record an album?

Obviously practice a ton, especially to a click. Be open to suggestion and don’t be afraid of technology.