Well this was, without a doubt, the most unusual recording experience so far, for both myself and the group. Literally 2 days before we were scheduled to begin, William was shipped off on a business trip, only to be run over by an unmanned-renegade forklift while he was away. Miraculously, Will still managed to record his drum parts just a weak or so later. Because of the change in production schedule, band member availability was all askew; not once were all members present in the studio together (usually 1 or 2), and 5 days of recording were spread out over the course of 2 months.
Due to scheduling conflicts, our bassist Cuinn found himself "waiting" (asleep on the sofa) and recording during the mornings after working a "night shift" (performing with a cover band 'til 3AM). The song maps and scratch tracks were set up 2 days after the initial start date, but 2 weeks before any other work was done. Both bass & rhythm guitar were recorded to click track prior to drum track editing (drums sometimes muted); and it was 6 weeks before lead guitars and vocals were added.
Another surprising element was my personal equipment limitations. We've only recently begun to incorporate midi instruments in our music; we used live keyboards for all previous recordings. I have been implementing a learn-as-we-go approach, which in two instances required that I go without playback and direct the instrumentation in silence, guided only by a mental metronome & a memory of the sequence. At another point in the process, a failure to anticipate equipment needs had me driving all over Seminole and Clearwater for 2 hours only to find that I could not acquire what was needed; putting that part of the project on hold.
All that being factual; what is also true is that Death Requisite has never allowed obstacles to prevent us from achieving our goals. Thanks to some perseverance, diligence, lots of flexibility, and faithful friends: "Second Death" (Prophets of Doom, the other half) is not only becoming a reality, its shaping up to be our best release to date.
Our friend and Producer/Engineer Kelly Scott Nunn really showed up in big ways; not only in loaning his talents and sharing his awesome studio (SoundSource Recordings), but also by working with our schedule issues and making himself and his professional resources available when we needed them. We have much respect and lots of appreciation for Kelly, who never gave us any grief about our obstacles and maintained a professional and positive "can-do" attitude throughout the entire process.
Some other highlights worth knowing: thanks to technology and equipment upgrades and improvements, in the band and at the studio, the sound of "Second Death" is sure to be amazing. The best drum tones we have ever had, 3 hot LTD guitars, and some great amps are just a few of the offerings that help to make this next release a brutal but delightful sonic assault. The music parts are well thought out; the lyrics are very deliberate and "in-your-face"; the vocals are delivered with passion; and the whole project was pursued with intensity. Nearing completion, we are very pleased with the results, and we hope you will be as well.
- Dave Requisite..
Hailing from Sarasota Florida, the current new inception of Death Requisite, re-forged in December 2010, witnesses the return of Dave "Requisite" Blackmore on guitars & William Lee on drums, along with new members, Cuinn Griffin on bass guitar, & Tyrannus on vox. In summer 2011, the band members felt a universal desire to record an album & consequentaly entered SoundSource Recordings in Seminole, Florida; calling upon the help of some old friends with previous & current success & accreditation in the metal industry. Kelly Scott Nunn (former guitarist of Underoath, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, & Further Seems Forever) handled co-production & engineering, while his brother Al "Asgrim" Nunn (Immanifest, Shadow Society, Yeti, Royal Anguish) provided the album artwork & offered his keyboard talents. The final manifestation of the joined forces is Death Requisite's 3 track mini release,"Prophets of Doom", which is now available as a digital purchase on iTunes, Amazon & various other online music merchants, or it can be purchased directly from DR as a slim-case CD.
For fans of extreme, black, gothic, doom, epic, viking, folk, progressive, brutal death, melodic, technical, symphonic, & orchestral metal genres among others; If you're bored with the core & it's true metal you seek, this is for you! For booking, contact Death Requisite at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.facebook.com/deathrequisite.
"The first requisite for immortality is death"- Stanislaw Lec
In the land of southwest Florida, a beast is rising out of the swampy abyss. Death Requisite has resurrected from it's 2005 hiatus, returning to invoke a metal revival that seeks to restore the Florida metal scene to it's former glory -May the sound of metal resonate in the death metal capital of Central Florida once more! While not claiming to 're-invent the wheel' musically speaking, Death Requisite remain a unique & original band; rather than conforming or limiting themselves to only one sub-genre of metal, they have morphed the most extreme & potent metal genres together into one cohesive, brutal blend they have self-proclaimed as their own brand called "Hybrid Metal." The outcome is an extremely diverse style, an unrelenting sonic assault on the ears; Organic & primitive, yet still a clean, quality sound consisting of primal, animalistic vocals, furious blast beats nearing 300bpm, a strong, notable bass presence, hauntingly atmospheric & ethereal keyboards, lightning speed tremolo riffage & guitar solo's, technical tapping, hammer-ons, & finally, bass sub-drops & bone-crunching breakdowns that dare to rival the "Core" scene. Metalheads who prefer to exchange the more generic American sound in favor of the more extreme Scandinavian/European & Middle Eastern-sounding metal projects, will likely appreciate what these iron-clad titans from Florida's metal melting pot contribute to keep metal alive. Keep a weather eye on the metal horizon; Death Requisite is a band that will surely appear on your metal radar & should likely find a home in your music library. For booking, contact Death Requisite at email@example.com or www.facebook.com/deathrequisite.