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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.

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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

Texas In July, Affiance, Everclear, Launch 2014

Posted by Carson Slovak on Mar.23, 2014

We’ve had a great start to 2014 with some incredible projects. January was spent tracking a new album for Texas In July. Atrium has a long history with TIJ. We produced their first EP and full-length years ago when they began their career as a local Lancaster, PA band and we’ve watched them grow into an international touring powerhouse, releasing several amazing albums on Equal Vision Records and refining their signature sound with every new song. Grant and I were extremely excited to have the opportunity to produce their newest album and the process was an absolute blast. Check out their excellently-filmed studio update videos below and get excited for their heaviest and most forward-thinking album to-date.

February was spent with our great buddies, Cleveland, OH’s Affiance. These dudes recorded their last album, 2012’s The Campaign, with us and we were stoked to have them back. Since they were last in the studio, Affiance has been killing it on tour with bands like Killswitch Engage, Darkest Hour and Protest The Hero. Their new material picks up where The Campaign left off, continuing the conceptual motif with their distinct socio-political thematics and classic approach to melodic heavy metal. Needless to say, we had a great time once again and the album turned out amazing. We’re currently putting the finishing touches on the mix and you can check out a studio update below.

Grant and I are super excited about our current project. We’re producing a brand new full-length album for alternative rock legends Everclear. As I mentioned in the last blog post, we had the opportunity to record a demo song for Everclear back in October 2013. After testing several other producers, the band decided that they wanted to work with us for the whole album. We’re tracking the album at Think Loud Studios in York, PA, the studio that was recently built by our brothers in the band LIVE and where we recorded their new album as well. I’m personally a sucker for 90’s alt-rock (it’s pretty much all I listen to recreationally) so getting the chance to produce an album for a band I’ve been listening to since I was 14 is quite exciting for me. The new Everclear songs are everything a long-time fan could want; straight-forward, heavy-hitting rock songs with undeniably catchy vocal hooks. We have all the basic tracks complete and we’re starting guitar overdubs and vocals this week, with a final mix to be completed by the end of April.

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Once again, Atrium will be a sponsor of this year’s upcoming Launch Music Conference and Festival. The conference is an awesome opportunity for bands of all sizes to perform, interact and learn about many facets of the music industry. Grant and I will be hanging out at the Convention Center in downtown Lancaster April 17-20 and there are a ton of great local and national bands playing throughout the festival, including Panic at the Disco, Chiodos and Whitechapel. Grant and I will also be guest speakers on several industry panel discussions on April 18-19. Click here for the full schedule of panel discussions and then come out and heckle us. We’d like to thank the CI Companies for the opportunity to be continually involved in this awesome event and we hope to see you there. Check out the official Launch Music website for more info.

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In other news, we recently collaborated with our friends at Fake Life Clothing, a charitable clothing line that helps small business start-ups in third-world countries. I designed the limited Fake Life / Atrium t-shirt and it’s available now at the Fake Life web store. Click here to buy it and contribute to a good cause.

Some of the awesome projects coming up for Atrium in the next few months include a new full-length for longtime friends and collaborators, This or the Apocalypse, a new album for Black Crown Initiate, who kick off their tour with Behemoth this week and a new From Under The Willow album, who recorded their last release with us in 2013. Stay tuned and thanks as always for the support! – c

Year-End Update: New Website, Live, Everclear, FATN

Posted by Carson Slovak on Jan.01, 2014

Hope everyone is having a great New Year. 2013 has been quite an eventful year for Atrium. Grant and I have had the pleasure of recording some incredible bands and we couldn’t be happier with how all the projects have been turning out. As you can see, I finally got around to building a new website, which we’re pretty excited about. We also recently spent some time renovating the main control room and installing some new gear and furniture, as well as painting the outside of the building and adding an original Area 51 arcade game to the lounge. Grant and I are stoked to start the new year off with all these new improvements finished up.

03In recording news, we got the amazing opportunity to work on a new album for one of my favorite bands since I was 13, LIVE, who just recently ended a 3-year hiatus with a new vocalist and a renewed energy. Grant and I spent a month doing pre-production with them in their practice space and then moved over to the band’s huge, new multi-million dollar studio that they just built in York, PA. I spent the entirety of October and November driving to York everyday while Grant held down the fort at our place in Lancaster. The album was co-produced by the legendary Jerry Harrison, famed producer and keyboardist / guitarist of The Modern Lovers and Talking Heads. It was such a cool experience not only getting to work with Jerry but also to engineer and co-produce the best record Live has made since Throwing Copper. The album is being mixed by Tom Lord-Alge through January and we’re all incredibly proud of this album.

04And in another twist of 90’s rock fate, Grant and I recently got to produce a demo single for another one of my favorite bands since I was a kid, Everclear. We spent two days working on the song and everyone was super excited about how it turned out. The band’s vocalist, Art Alexakis, is one of the coolest guys we’ve worked with. He brought in a great song idea and gave us the creative freedom to help flesh it out and realize his vision. It was an awesome session and we couldn’t be more excited for people to hear it.

Some of our great friends from the area just started a new band called From Ashes To New. Grant spent time working with them on an EP while I was in York over the past few months. They have a great sound, reminiscent of early Linkin Park. Since releasing their debut single, they’ve jumped up to one of the top 5 spots in regular rotation on Sirius Octane radio and their single is consistently selling 600+ units a week on iTunes. This is very impressive for such a new band and we’d like to congratulate them on their accomplishment. We’re planning on working on a full-length with them this coming year but in the meantime, you can check out their new music video here:

We were also fortunate enough to work on an excellent new full-length of brutal death metal for our longtime friends, Fisthammer, as well as an awesome new EP for Buffalo, NY’s My City My Secret. In keeping with their annual holiday tradition, our best buddies August Burns Red (who recently achieved a Billboard 200 Top Ten release with their latest full-length that Grant and I produced back in March) came in and knocked out a brand new Christmas single, their version of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. It’s easily my favorite Christmas song they’ve done. I The Breather also just released the first single from their new full-length that we recorded recently, which you can check out below. Lastly, our former intern Chris Kelly just spent a week recording drums and vocals for his own band, Alustrium’s new album, which is already shaping up to be incredible.

Grant spent most of November doing pre-production with our good pals Texas In July, in preparation for their new album which we start recording together next week and through the end of January, fresh off their tour with The Devil Wears Prada. This is by far the band’s best material to date and we can’t wait to start the recording process. Also coming up is a new full-length from our great friends in Affiance, for whom we recorded an album back in 2012 and who have since gone on to tour with the likes of Killswitch Engage and Protest the Hero.

Needless to say, 2014 is already off to a fantastic start. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the continued support. Cheers! – c

ABR, TIJ, Carousel Kings, I The Breather, Sirens & Sailors

Posted by Carson Slovak on Jul.12, 2013

Lots of awesome things happening at Atrium the past few months.

First off, the new August Burns Red album, Rescue and Restore, that Grant and I produced, engineered and mixed was released to overwhelming critical praise, selling over 26,000 copies in its first week of release and landing in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200. We are incredibly proud of this album and it represents a landmark moment for us as producers. We’d like to congratulate the band on this accomplishment and thank them for letting us be a part of what I believe is their best album yet. ABR is currently co-headlining Warped Tour 2013 and have just released their first music video for the song “Fault Line”, which you can view below.

Atrium alumni and longtime pals Texas In July paid us a visit back in April to track three brand new songs for the special deluxe edition rerelease of their latest, self-titled album on Equal Vision Records, right in time for their run on Warped Tour. Grant and I had a blast producing these new songs, one of which, titled “Time Lapse” you can check out below.

In other Texas In July news, I recently had the opportunity to completely remix and remaster their first few releases for a special re-issue on CI Records. Titled Reflections, the release includes the band’s first EP, Salt of the Earth, their first full-length, I Am, their single, “Uncivilized” and a b-side called “Fair Fight”, all together on one CD, remixed / remastered with a new running order and artwork. I originally recorded all of this material years ago at my old studio and I’m beyond excited that I had a chance to revisit the mixes after learning so much since then and make them sound way better. This is how these songs were always supposed to sound. You can pick up the release directly from CI Records right HERE and you can listen to one of the tracks below.

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We also recently finished up a new full-length for Lancaster, PA pop-punk band Carousel Kings. This album is fantastic, all the way through. Every song is incredibly catchy with tons of youthful pop-punk energy while also managing to implement thoughtful and mature songwriting. We even got to track a live chainsaw for the album, a first for Grant and I. CK has been killing it on tour since we finished the album, which is expected to be released by the end of summer on CI Records.

We spent about two weeks in June producing a new full-length for I The Breather (Sumerian Records). Grant, Ricky Armellino and I had a lot of fun with this one since we had the opportunity to start from the ground up and have a hand in the writing process for the album. Beginning with only a few rough ideas, we managed to put together a great batch of songs with the band. We’re excited for the dudes to come back in for a few weeks at the end of the summer to finish tracking. The album is already shaping up to be a massive progression in the band’s sound and we couldn’t be more stoked to be a part of it.

Grant and I spent the last three weeks working on a new full-length from Rochester, NY band Sirens & Sailors, who recently signed a record deal with Artery Recordings / Razor & Tie. We tracked a few songs for these guys back in January and we were stoked to have them back for a full album. S&S is easily one of the funnest group of guys to work with. Not only are they unbelievably tight at all of their instruments, they are absolutely hysterical to be around and hang out with. I honestly have no idea how we even managed to get anything done considering the fact that I probably spent the majority of the three weeks laughing. Their new album is amazing. Not a dull moment on it. Super heavy, melodic, technical and catchy. We just finished the first rough mix but for now you can check out one of the older songs we tracked a while ago, a crowd-favorite called “Go For The Throat”:

Lastly, we’ve had the good fortune to work on a number of other shorter projects between the longer ones, including killer singles and EPs from Cyperna, The Forest Brothers, This or the Apocalypse, X-Hunters, Ex-Votos, Arcane Haven, Aline, Colored Vinyl, Amateur Theory, Empire Before All and Black Crown Initiate. We’d also like to congratulate our great friends in Affiance on recently completing a full-US tour with Killswitch Engage. And last but not least, check out the sweet new music video for “The Witching Hour Part II” that our buddies My Heart To Fear just released off their SolidState Records debut that Grant and I produced:

Until next time! – Carson

Launch 2013

Posted by Carson Slovak on Apr.25, 2013

Atrium is once again sponsoring the annual Launch Music Conference in Lancaster, PA today through Sunday. We will be hanging out at our booth during the trade show all day tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday so come by and say hello! Grant and I will also be featured as speakers on an industry discussion panel about audio production on Saturday at 3:15pm at the Lancaster Convention Center. Also be sure to check out all the awesome bands playing all weekend. Click here to view the schedule of events.

We’ll have a bunch of cool free handouts available at the booth, including Atrium stickers, die-cut brochures and Dropcards with an entirely new music selection from artists we’ve produced over the past year. We’ll also have our first ever Atrium t-shirts available to buy for $10. Supplies are very limited so stop by the booth as soon as possible if you’re in the market for one.

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I’d also like to thank Neighbor Kid Productions for putting together an awesome video promo that will be playing at our table. He’s super easy to work with and does a great job, so if you’re looking for an animated lyric video, hit him up!

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