There comes a time when you just give up.
You've spent hours upon hours upon hours upon some more caffeine-induced hours listening to guitar takes.
Are they correctly tuned, are they tight, is the tone right (noitsnotwaytoolittletrebleeventhoughitsalardassline6ampwithtrebleinboth-
midandbass) is it even a good riff to start with?
You smash your head against your head. IS it tuned? IS it tight? Is it correct, is it right, is it good, is it stellar, is it okay, is it good-looking (what?) is the tubescreamer on, is there any annoying slides slipping through the gate?
I'm not gonna say 'I've/we've been there', since that sentence alone won't be nearly enough to convey as to how much we've actually BEEN there. In 2009, we packed our backpacks with bananas, condoms and extra jeans to go on the, in no comparison at all, biggest adventure on our life - recording a five-track EP.
With EQ pedals from Kristian Niemann (Demonoid, EX-Therion, because we're getting a hang on name-dropping celebrities we've worked with, hint hint) as sole external help.
Dual dubs on each side on guitars.
IS IT TUNED IS IT TIGHT IS IT CORRECT IS IT GOOD IS IT STELLAR IS IT OKAY IS IT GOOD-LOOKING (WHAT) IS THE TUBESCREAMER ON IS THERE ANY ANNOYING SLIDES SLIPPING THROUGH THE GATE
(Yes, Staffan, several)
Speaking of Staffan, he really did almost throw his Ibanez at Elias' bed, after the, I had a busy time counting due to Secret of Mana, 72-nd take on a 4-bar whammy solo.
And through our symmetrically stairway-ish Dino visits - 2010 Demo, 2011 EP, 2012 album (that did'nt get released until 2013, though) the help from a professional producer and some (scarce) improvement on the, whatchamacallit, 'talent', no one ever did see an end to this shit, lest of all Staffan 'Perfection' Birkedal.
IS IT TUNED IS IT TIGHT IS IT CORRECT IS IT GOOD IS IT STELLAR IS IT OKAY
(YES IT IS!! No one will notice the 22 MILLISEC SLIP ON 3:43 IN HAILING DOWN. Drink your coffee instead. Fag.)
It was around that day that I said to him; (and myself, partly)
Yes, that's what we're going for. Instead of IS IT TUNED IS IT TIGHT IS IT CORRECT IS IT GOOD IS IT, we must ask ourselves;
Does it have nerve? Does it make something inside of you move? Or, if you're uncomfortable with the word synonymous to the oh-so-painful swedish 'änkestöt'; does it have vibe? Does it have balls? Does it have, the most common syllable;
Either it has. The we'll keep the take. Or it hasn't. Then we'll discard it.
I know, Going Postal is one of these ultra-modern metal albums that is polished to Staffan's dear perfection. (Even if that 22 millissec slip is still there, bahaha)
A pristine, clear and almost plastic sounding album. But it does have nerve, for that is not exclusive for basement recordings and 'raw, organic' albums. And I'm happy for that. It's an album saying 'wow, these guys are professionals', and at the same time, there's something among the midsy cranks of the guitar tone that moves something inside of me that similarly produced albums like ObZen and anything Surviving the Charade never succeeds move.
It has nerve.