After 2 days of recording and mixing, I present you a fully finished track like I promised. A Form Of War is track number 1 in the Late Night Jam Sessions Episode II: Metronomic. Its been roughly a year since I last wrote a full metalcore song, and from the looks (or sounds) of things, I still got it :]
The recording process for this went fairly simple. What I usually do when I write a track a week is I prepare all week long by coming up with riffs and melodies that I can use for that week’s track. And I did exactly that. I wrote the main melody that happens about halfway through the track and worked off of that. I literally wrote most of the track the day I began recording. So that majority of what you hear was all written in a span of 5 hours.
So after I got done with writing and recording the guitar parts, I then went on to do whats usually the funnest part for me, tracking the drums using a MIDI controller. I usually love to come up with really complex beats and patterns but I can only do so much given that I’m literally playing what a regular drummer would play with 2 arms and 2 legs with only 4 fingers. Needless to say, sometimes my drum track nee some cleaning up so after I recorded all the sections of the song and got a good usable track in place, I go in a edit the MIDI notes to fix up places I messed up or add in beats I missed. You can say its kinda cheating but hey, I’m no real drummer and dont have a drum kit so I work with whats available to me. Plus I always make sure to maintain a decent level of human quality to my drum tracks by preserving the velocity hits of each beat thats being played.
And after everything was fixed and edited and recorded, I then started mastering and EQ-ing the whole track, mixed it all down, then made some sweet artwork to go with it. Anyway, I hope you like it! I always intend on writing music I want to hear with the small chance that some of you out there have the same taste in music as me and are into what I make. You’re free to download this track and bump it in your iPod/iPhone/car/computer/Android/Zune/etc…