Warm - Of Air
I’m tremendously proud of the album that Connecticut’s own Warm gave me the opportunity to work on. The goals of this record’s sonic imprint were made clear from the beginning: massive polyrhythm-laden heaviness while maintaining clarity in every instrument group. Achieving both of these things is not an easy task, but I think we did a pretty good job! From the tones we started with to the way the mix translates, this album’s vibe and character accurately captures the essence of the band’s live performance in a way that none of their previous recordings have.
Log Driver - Grief
Log Driver is an environmentally-focused group that combines grindcore and black metal elements in a devastatingly heavy way. We went for very earthy tones, and I’m especially pleased with the way the drums sound both primitive yet focused.
Archaic Decapitator - Parasomniac
One of my greatest joys is witnessing and contributing to the growth of a band right before my eyes. I have been fortunate to work with Connecticut metal band Archaic Decapitator twice in as many years, and the maturation from 2015’s “The Catherine Wheel” to their latest output, “Light of a Different Sun” is staggering. The songwriting, musicianship, and overall aesthetic have all evolved from being just passable to being world-class. “Parasomniac” is the opening track of this year’s EP, and it’s a great example of how to write within the bounds of melodic death metal while not really sounding like any other band.
Protolith - Dimensions
I had the pleasure of recording and mixing Protolith’s swansong, “Dark” over the summer of 2015. Between the swirling and dense guitar sounds, star-collapsing bass tone, and technical drumming, it’s a producer/engineer’s wet dream of a soundscape to work with. This song “Dimensions” is a favorite of mine for how dynamic it is – changing pace from ball-droppingly heavy to groovy, melodic and atmospheric to unsettlingly dissonant.
Warm - Ash in the Waves
The album opener of Warm’s 2016 release “The Human Exemplar”, “Ash in the Waves” is a good example of the band’s diversity in sound. Where else can you get vicious riffage, followed by quieter, Alice In Chains-esque vocal and guitar play, not to be outdone by the best “elephants marching” riff you’ve heard in years – all in a cohesive package? Right here, doggo.
Stone Healer - Unconditional
Another track off my solo record under the name Stone Healer, “Unconditional” is my personal foray into crazy progressive metal. This song’s guitar and drum intricacy work together to create a maelstrom of sound and technicality, pairing with a harsh and cutting vocal attack that bleeds with emotion. It’s always a challenge to record and mix your own music, but I’m very proud with how the Stone Healer album came together!