Seeing as it's been an obscenely long time since I posted one of these, I figured I was due to get you all caught up with what's been happening with the Davola project.
Currently finishing up a long day at Sound Wars Studios in Hoboken NJ. Been hard at work getting drum sounds and editing the MIDI for brand new songs for the second Davola record which should be out late 2011. Trying to use both my time and the studio wisely while the Ill Nino guys are on tour in the US. (Check www.myspace.com/illnino for tour dates)
Like I said, it's been a long day but I can't tell you how happy I am with how the songs are taking shape. The material is turning out even more progressive and experimental than I could've imagined and I personally feel it's a big step from my first record "DICHOTOMY". The songs are.....just.......more....That's the best way I can say it. They're heavier, more intense, more extreme, more melodic and waaaaaaaay more dynamic I think. There's definitely a lot of catchy things going on as well. It's also much darker and more personal than the first record. A lot has happened between then and now and each song is definitely a snapshot into different periods in the last two years. Been bouncing around the country here and there from living in NH to uprooting and heading to Arizona for school to landing back on the east side in Hoboken NJ working for Ill Nino..........
........Crazy....................That's not even scratching the surface.
There have definiely been struggles. Peaks and valleys, ups and downs for sure and I feel that it is definitely reflected in the music. Music has always been my outlet. It's been my vehicle for chanelling my frustration and anger into something that is meant to be nothing but positive. Whether the rest of the world digs it isn't my concern at this point. Hopefully you dig but I can honestly say that I'm happy and can stand by this music 100% Hopefully you'll feel the same way.
Anyway, demos for 11 songs have been finished but I might add a 12th one to the bunch. We'll see. I'll be posting a little teaser of all the demos for the songs when things are a liiiiiiiiiiiitle more polished. What do you think about that? Would love your feeback so don't hesitate to sent me a message.
Aiiiiiight. That's it for now. Will keep you posted.
Thanks so much for supporting independent music
Down here in Jersey still. Was at Sound Wars studios with Cristian Machado (ILL NINO) overseeing the re-mixing for my song "Fate" from the Dichotomy record and I can honestly say it is a step up from the original version. Cristian was generous enough to share his mixing wisdom with this aspiring engineer and I intend to put it to good use for the next Davola record which is currently in Pre Production mode.
So check it out on my page here and compare it to the original. I think you'll agree that it's a step up from what it was. The tune will be featured on the official Sound Wars website alongside all the other sound wars artists. The website will be unveiled soon so be on the lookout. You're going to diiiiiiiiiiiig.
That be all fo now ked. Stay fackin BOSS!
Well I've been in the studio all day with Cristian Machado (Vocalist for Ill Nino and Chief engineer at Sound Wars Studios) working on Re-mixing a song from my record "Dichotomy" Been a long day but the mix sounds incredible! I can't wait to share it with you all. The song is called "Fate" and it's definitely my favorite tune off the record. If you can't wait, feel free to check out the original version of "Fate" either in Itunes
Or you can stream the song here
Thanks again all for the support. More music coming soon.
Dichotomy from DAVOLA chosen Best Indie Metal Record 2010
I just got the word from Malignus over at Evolution Rock Radio and it is official. Davola has won best featured artist of 2010 on Evolution Rock Radio. I'm beyond surprised and honored to have been chosen by you the fans so a huuuuuuuuge THANK YOU is in order so THANK YOU!
Additional thanks have HAVE to go out to Williams (Aka Lord Malignus) and everyone at Evolution Rock for all the amazing support they've shown to me and the music I'm making. If you like heavy music you owe it to yourself to tune in to an episode or ten. You might discover a band that I guarantee you'd never find out about otherwise.
Below is the most recent episode of evolution rock. CHECK IT OUUUUT.
Thanks so much all. Back to writing. Hope to have a new record for you guys in 2011
Evolution Rock Metal Podcast
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Vote for The Best of 2010 (click)
Just wanted to take a second to invite you all to check out Army of One TV's first ever episode. The guys over there were gracious enough to have me be the first featured artist.
If you're interested in knowing more about my project, how it came to be, my work with Ill Nino and new music, head here.
Stay tuned. Davola will be freatured this Wednesday on Evolution Rock Radio in the best featured artists of 2010 episode so head to www.myspace.com/malletpromotions and VOTE!
VOTE FOR DAVOLA FOR THE BEST OF 2010 ON EVOLUTION ROCK RADIO MYSPACE CONTEST!!
So I just heard back from my friend Lord Malignus at Evolution Rock Radio and I'm very happy to announce that DAVOLA has been entered into a contest on myspace for the best of 2010. There are 4 categories and mine is best of the featured artists. I'm going up against a lot of killer bands and will definitely need your support but the good news is it's super simple.
All you have to do is send a friend request to www.myspace.com/malletpromotions and when accepted, cast your vote.
I don't know what the winner gets but I hope it's fruggin awesome WOOT!
To those who haven't heard the one hour special feature on Davola can check it out right here!
That's it for now, thanks so much for your vote.
Progress on the new album all. Writing songs like mad. Will defiinietly post some rought demo's soon.
What's happening? Been insanely busy since the last blog On top of my own music, I have had the honor and extreme privilege of assisting on the new ILL NINO record "DEAD NEW WORLD"Just wanted to let you all know I had the pleasure of participating in an interview with IpmNation.com regarding DAVOLA as well as my work on "DEAD NEW WORLD"
To anyone interested, feel free to check out and dowload the show by visiting this link
(paste this in your browser if it doesn't work)
Feel free to check out tunes from the new Ill Nino record at their myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/illnino
In other news, Davola is now on Jango radio! Feel free to check out my music and tell a friend. http://www.jango.com/music/Davola?l=0
I've also been busy promoting my album "DICHOTOMY" and I've been met with awesome feedback. In addition to Ipm nation and Jango I've had the honor of being featured on Evolution rock radio to those who don't know already. (See earlier blog post regarding evolution rock radio and to find what episodes DAVOLA has been featured on)
Thats all for now. Thanks so much for the support and stay tuned
Read more: http://www.myspace.com/davola-metal/blog?bID=540312049#ixzz14578nbkZ
Greetz all. Been away from here for a while now as I have been busy with studying audio engineering out in Arizona and just recently finished work on the new Ill Nino record "Dead New World" (more on that later) but I've found myself planted in New Jersey and have decided that the time's come to make Davola a live entity.
Here's all the info you need to get a feel for what I have planned and what I am looking for. If you have any questions please hit me up.
Info on Davola: Started in 2007, I have written recorded and released a 15 song demo as well as more recently released a 9 song album (both digitally). The style incorporates a little bit from multiple sub genre's in the metal tree. Listeners will hear elements of death and thrash metal as well as math metal, progressive and more exotic experimental styles of music. Recorded my album at Sound Wars Studios with members of Ill Nino and have access to a rehearsal space if it can be payed for.
I'm currently seeking 2 guitar players (rhythm and lead) a bassist and drummer. (All within the age range of mid 20's to late 30's but really it doesn't matter that much. If you're a solid musician and we get along then that's what I care about.) Attached is an mp3 of a Davola song to give you an example of what's required musically. More examples can be found on my myspace page at www.myspace.com/davola-metal
I intend to play shows, record more albums and eventually tour so here are the requirements for those serious about joining.
Must be reliable with no commitments that would keep you from rehearsing and playing shows. Must have access to transportation (or live near public transportation) Must be able to cover your end of what it costs to rent a rehearsal space (All will be split evenly mind you)
Must be computer savvy and know how to trade files online as well as maintain a presence online (talking to fans, promote booking shows etc ideally, I would like everyone to have a hand in this here and there.)
I like to have a good time but don't let that get in the way of what needs to be done. I don't do drugs and won't tolerate any kind of hard drugs in the band. I want this to be a drug and drama free situation.
I realize this ad is looking pretty dry and clinical ha ha so anyone who would like to question me directly can by sending me a message here on on my myspace page.
Thanks so much.
Very stoked to let you all know that songs from the new Davola album (DICHOTOMY) will be aired on Annie Christ's radio show this monday.
For more information on Annie and her show, look below.
– Annie Christ’s Metal Monday. It airs live every Monday from 4-6 p.m. GMT (US Central Time)
Here is the link for the show:
The show will also be available in archive form at that same link AND for free on iTunes!
Please get the word out to any friends and fellow fans to check out the show live and (if possible) to friend Annie's page on Myspace.
(Also, anyone who calls into the show will get a free Annie Christ t-shirt from Annie so be sure to check it out and CALL IN!!)
Thanks so much all. The new album is NOW ON ITUNES!!! check it out here
In case you're new to this page and who I am......let me start at the beginning.
I'm an independent musician based out of New Hampshire (the towns always seem to be changing these days so I'm not really based in any one place.) who's primary influences are metal, progressive, jazz and basically anything else that is unique and interesting.
About 3 years ago after being fed up with the inability to find like minded musicians who were available to jam (NH isn't known for it's strong metal scene but the numbers are growing) I decided to start making some noise myself with nothing more than my trusty BR recorder, a handful of guitars and a throat sore from screaming waaaaay too hard.(I've got more technique these days ha ha.)
I had been a guitarist for a long time but it wasn't until I found myself in Italy that I discovered that I was also a songwriter. Sure over the years I had little riffs and arrangements here and there but the time alone in another country gave me both the time and the freedom to really delve into the craft. After the lightbulb went off my first song was written. Fast forward a year and 13 more songs and my first ever musical contribution "The Resume" was released independently.
True to it's title, the album was a collection of different songs drawing upon many influences from the metal tree including the likes of Strapping Young Lad,Mastodon,Opeth,Meshuggah,Slayer,Pantera,Lamb of God ect. There was an exotic touch to the songs as well that were influenced by things like jewish jazz and world music.
Though it was merely a demo and what I consider to be primitive in it's production,(as it was all recorded on a BOSS BR900CD digital studio recorder) the real strength was in the songwriting and composition with a meticulous attention to each arrangement, each lyric. The overall goal being to make the songs as memorable as they were intense.
In addition to all the influences listed above, I have always been inspired by avant garde types of music. Composers like Frank Zappa, Mike Patton, and John Zorn have never limited themselves in their approach to music and have stayed true to their own unique vision. To this day I look to those guys for inspiration.
I could never say that I am a purist in any one genre of music simply because it gets too boring. I am a fan of all kinds of music. From Death Metal to Classical and everything in between. Anything that is real and that is played with passion that strikes a chord. I'm pretty sure that anyone who listens to my stuff will soon notice that no one song is the same as the other which is important. Sure I have a style and am refining it more and more as I go but I never want to make the same thing twice.
Fast forward to .....today (4/1/09) My first ever album is currently in the mixing stage after months of tracking, tweaking, and re-tweaking songs at project2 studios in Milford NH.
Drawing upon where I began with "The Resume" I took things more seriously and am getting closer to this sound I keep hearing in my head. I feel it's my best work to date but I'll let you be the judge. This is one fan's interpretation of what the term "HEAVY MUSIC" can be with an emphasis on both parts. I always want what I write to be as musical as it is heavy. Hope you dig it.
Sign up on the mailing list for updates on the new album and just maybe I'll throw a free track your way.
Thanks for supporting independent music.