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Black Crown Initiate, TLTSOL, From Ashes To New, August Burns Red

Posted by Carson Slovak on Feb.02, 2015

Hi everyone, Carson here with a long-overdue blog update. I suppose being so busy that you neglect the studio website is a good problem to have, but the time has finally come! Since the last update in March of 2014, Grant and I have had the pleasure to work on a number of really awesome projects. Where to begin?

The new Texas In July and Affiance albums turned out great and were both released to high critical praise, making it onto many year-end best of lists. Here are music videos from both albums to check out:

The new album The Turn from legendary rock band LIVE that we engineered alongside renowned producer (and Talking Heads member) Jerry Harrison, was also released and incredibly well-received, especially considering it’s their debut album with new singer Chris Shinn and first release in 8 years. Longtime fans of the band are very enthusiastic about the new music and the album has been getting overwhelmingly positive reviews. Here’s the video for the first single off The Turn called “The Way Around Is Through”:

In other iconic 90s band news, we completed producing, engineering and mixing the new album Black is the New Black for our friends in Everclear and it’s truly a great, heavy rock record that fans of the band’s early recordings will appreciate. Grant and I put a TON of work into this album and we’re super proud of it. Here’s the recently released lyric video for the first single called “The Man Who Broke His Own Heart”:

We produced a new full-length for our great friends in Black Crown Initiate back in June. These dudes are not only some of the best musicians we’ve ever worked with, they are also one of my personal favorite death metal bands. I recorded their first EP about a year and a half ago and since then they’ve been touring with the likes of Behemoth, Crowbar, Unearth, Napalm Death and The Faceless (among others) and have signed a record deal with eOne Music. The highly-anticipated debut full-length The Wreckage of Stars was released to a massive response from fans and critics alike. Here’s their music video for the song “Withering Waves” off the new album:

The Last Ten Seconds of Life, another favorite band of mine, was here back in October to record a new full-length titled “Soulless Hymns” and it is one of the heaviest albums I’ve ever heard. We’ve recorded everything this band has released over the years and it’s always a blast having them in, more like a party than a recording session. They just finished up a tour with Veil of Maya, Upon A Burning Body, Volumes and Gideon and are about to embark on a run with Oceano. Here’s “North of Corpus” from the new album:

We also just finished work on an upcoming new full-length for rap-rock act From Ashes To New. Despite a very different genre classification, these guys have shown a similar trajectory to Black Crown Initiate, coming out of nowhere just over a year ago and garnering a sizable fan base and a ton of industry buzz from their independently-released debut EP that we did in 2013. We can’t announce anything yet but there are big things in store for FATN and fans of the band will be absolutely blown away by their new record.


We spent the entirety of November and December producing, engineering and mixing a brand new album for Atrium regulars August Burns Red. Our history with ABR is a long and storied one. They were one of the first bands I ever recorded about 10 years ago when I was learning the ropes in my apartment with limited gear and they were a relatively unknown local band. ABR has of course grown into one of the most popular metal bands in the world, releasing six full-length albums with Tooth & Nail / SolidState Records and touring the world over with multiple sold-out headliners and top spots on Vans Warped Tour. As things tend to come full-circle, we’ve had the privilege of producing and mixing the band’s last two full-lengths (2012’s Sleddin’ Hill and 2013’s Rescue & Restore, which charted in the Billboard 200’s Top Ten upon release) in addition to recording many bonus singles / cover songs and mixing their live album / DVD, Home. This upcoming 7th album to be released in 2015 by new label Fearless Records is everything an ABR fan could want; crushing heaviness, undeniably catchy melody and thought-provoking experimentation. More news on this to come but for now, here’s ABR’s cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” that appeared on the recently released Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6 compilation:

Last week we (finally) finished up a new album for our great friends (and Grant’s former band) This or the Apocalypse, which we actually started back in October. It’s a great album and an intriguing progression from their previous work. Super excited about it. We also had an awesome band called Cardinal’s Pride travel all the way from Quebec, Canada to record an EP. Super technical riffs and melodic choruses for fans of Periphery and Misery Signals (and they even taught Grant and I some swear words in French). Today, we started a brand new full-length for Atrium alumni, A Scent Like Wolves. Their singer Al recently did an internship with us and they’re a sweet band. We’ve also had the pleasure of working on a number of other killer EPs and full-lengths over the last 10 months including Andross, From Under The Willow, Dustin Davidson, Atlantic Avenue, Arm the Slaves, Memoria, Alustrium, X-Hunters, No One’s Hero, Grace’s Downfall, Hope Remains, Cop Land, Summer Scouts, Chloe Fazenbaker, Dead Weight, Vital Signs and Polaris.

Lots of cool projects coming up as well so stay tuned and hopefully I’ll get around to the next website update before another year goes by. Thanks, as always, for the interest and support. – c