The solos was a blast for me to record! All songs but 2 or so are written in a open tuning, so the solos had to be done that way too. This meant I couldn't use my ol' licks but really had to think deeper about the notes I wanted to play. I think the solos on this new record is by far the best ones for me personally. Peter blasted out some very nice licks as well, we both agreed it was fucking hard writing solos with this new tuning but it helped us coming up with some cool runs at least! The acoustic guitars was quite a drag as they didn't intonate as good as the electric guitars. If you're ever working with Jens this is his main concern. He will tune every fucking chord if he has too, to be honest, I don't care so much if it's slightly out of tune here and there, but he's like allergic to it, even if he can't hear, only see that it's out of tune almost. Anyways, the acoustics were recorded on my Martin 00016GT as well as my Takamine 12 string...loads of 12-string on the record as oddly enough I wrote a lot of the songs on it. The electrics used was my ol' buddy the blue 80´s Custom 24 by PRS as well as Peter's red single cut Custom 22 + Jens has a Fender Stratocaster that we also used here and there. Mendez did his bass takes pretty fast, basically playing his 3 Fender Jazz basses, one fretless which I can't remember if he used or not...I think he did. His bass-lines on this record is outstanding people!! His best work yet!
Then it was time for the new kid on the block, Per! He'd brought his 2 Nord-electro keyboards, one which is basically used for all the organs and electric pianos and one which is used for the moog type of sounds and effects. We had a old sampler of Mellotron sounds that are really great! We used the Chamberlain mellotrons the most even though the old "shouting lady" samples also made its way onto the record. By this stage everything sounded marvellous and I was sure we'd made it in terms of making a great record, but I was still slightly worried, or maybe excited rather for the vocals. They usually change everything so drastically that it's scary. Anyways, I started with the clean vocals and Jens started mixing at the same time. The first song I recorded was "The baying of the hounds" and I was on form...sounded really good. The vocal lines sounded way different from before and I guess I'd be holding back too much where I should have just fucking wailed. Singing for me is very mentally charged. I gotta feel good to sing good so I went through some stages of singing pretty bad I guess but hard work pays off in the end, and I can truly say this recording is my best performance ever!
The screams we're a blast. I can't wait to see the footage (Yes, documentary again courtesy of Fredrik Odefjärd) of me screaming my balls off.
I literally went insane. I guess the old death metal blues is still in me after all these years and I get excited when confronted with some evil lyrics. Really, it was a blast recording this record over all, but I guess our skin is a lot thicker now since we've done the D&D albums! The mix by Jens is majestic and it's sonically by far the best record we have ever done. I tell you, this guy is going places...he's 25 years old and he's better than everyone I've ever worked with! Insane!!! Well, I guess that's it for now...C ya!!