With the tempo maps edited and ready to go, Bill settled into his throne for a very long night of drumming.
At first, some of the tempos were a little jarring to him because we slowed a lot of the groove parts down a as compared to what we do live in order to accentuate each song's heaviness. Some habits are hard to break, especially when you're excited to record so the first few run throughs we're a little off and too fast in some parts.
Regardless, after a bit of warm up coupled with a cigar and a touch of bourbon, he found his groove and locked in with the click track. From there on, the night went rather smoothly. We only hit one real tough snag during the night, and that was during the recording of the song "Aftermath." Somewhere in the song was an extra 16th note that was throwing everything off. It took about an hour to find it. Once we did, Bill fixed the part with a flawless punch-in.
Overall, progress is going well. All the drum tracks are finished. We're taking the rest of the week off, and Bass tracks begin on Monday.
Below is a little sample of Bill Jamming.