San Francisco, California-based progressive black metal act CORMORANT has entered Sharkbite Studios in Oakland in with producer with Billy Anderson (NEUROSIS, PRIMORDIAL, SLEEP, MELVINS) to begin recording its as-yet-untitled full-length debut.
Commented vocalist/bassist Arthur von Nagel: "Billy Anderson is mixing the record as well as producing. We'd heard great things about Billy from a really cool Portland noise/grind band we'd gigged with called THE BETTER TO SEE YOU WITH. And, of course, his discography is no joke. So I sent Billy an e-mail through the contact page on his website saying we'd be interested in working with him. He got back to us pretty quickly saying he dug our stuff and we'd like to meet at the studio sometime to go over the details. I asked Billy how he'd heard of us, and it turns out Salvador Raya from the band ASUNDER mentioned us to him many months before I e-mailed.We hit it off immediately so we went with it. After six days in studio we can say with total confidence he was the right guy to produce our album. He knows his equipment inside and out, offers fantastic suggestions, and brings a really calming vibe that puts us in the best place mentally to record. He also has a horribly dirty sense of humor so he has us cracking up all the time. On the technical side of things, Billy's assisted by Adam Myatt, Sharkbite's capable in-house sound engineer. We have yet to settle on a mastering engineer, but we're in talks with a few people whose work we really respect. The mixing on the record should be completed within the next few weeks. Then after mastering, it's just a matter of finding the right label to print and distribute the album. We're happy to consider all offers. Best case scenario, we'd like to release in early-mid spring."
Combining AGALLOCH's folk-tinged atmosphere, ENSLAVED's avant-garde black metal explorations, and a dose of SLOUGH FEG / IRON MAIDEN traditional heavy metal, CORMORANT's new compositions will appeal to fans of all forms of progressive, story-driven music while still delivering ample headbanging and horn-raising to metal purists. While CORMORANT's formation was an accidental meeting of opposites, their music emerges as more than the sum of its parts.
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