We've grown a lot since our beginnings in 1991. First and foremost, we've each gotten better at playing our instruments and second, we've become more mature and detailed in our ability to arrange songs and finally, recording technology has come a very long way since our first 16 track, analog tape recorded demo came out in 1992.
So, what does that mean for you, your ears and our upcoming album Imperium? Well, here are some highlights:
Heavy, solid guitar tone: we've achieved (what we believe) is a great guitar tone—something that has eluded us on every album. It's a pretty close approximation to our live guitar sound. Of course you cannot truly capture a live band sound in such a tightly controlled environment such as a recording studio, but we got pretty close. We managed to get all the heaviness and clarity in, with just the right touch of that patented Ampeg woof and fuzz.
Bass guitar that cuts through: you can actually hear the bass work now as it has a deep, heavy sound with just enough "clank", mids and highs to cut through and take its proper and rightful place in the mix.
Lots of slam: No IB release would be complete without our trademark slam riffs. They're all over the place—and in all different styles. Moreover, there are grooves on this album that will take the whole slam thing into newer, more interesting directions. Catchy as hell and heavy as f*ck — just as it should be. Those of you who saw us live in Europe tour or in the US have witnessed some of these new tunes (as we witnessed the pits they created!), know what we're talking about.
Dynamic vocals: from searing tortured highs to rumbling lows and mids, the vocals are incredibly varied—with vocal patterns in some parts that will have your head spinning trying to keep up. We paid a lot of attention to clarity as well, so you may not even need lyrics (although we are including them). On top of that, we have two legendary NYDM guest vocalists appearing on the album, Frank Rini and Frank Mullen—that's sure to make things interesting!
Guitar solos: Finally. One from Brian and one from Chris (hey, it's a start), plus a killer guest solo from Terrance Hobbs of Suffocation (who makes us look like beginners).
Old school meets new school: we're really striving to keep the production somewhere between old school and new school. With today's digital tools, you can work wonders to drums, guitar edits, etc. and get them completely perfect. And with today's tendency to compress for loudness, the dynamics in modern productions (the highs and lows) are all just clipped and smashed together.
We're going for an album that has a good deal of that human element in it, such as feel as opposed to strict timing in spots, a little bit of finger noise here and there when it happens, etc. We're also trying to avoid the over compressing that engineers seem so fond of. We want our cymbals to be bright and clear as opposed to squashed, and we want our bass to rumble and feel big.
As of now we hear that the release date is September 30th, but that could change.
We certainly hope Imperium will live up to not only our expectations, but yours as well. Thanks for the continued support. If you have a question or comment, feel free to leave it below.