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Huge Belated 2013 Update

Posted by Carson Slovak on Feb.12, 2013

Lots of cool stuff happening at the studio lately. We closed last year out and began 2013 with some awesome projects. New singles for I, The Breather and Sirens & Sailors, new EPs for Benchpress, One Year Later, Carousel Kings, and Royal/Revise and new full-length albums for Gladiators, From Under The Willow, Last In Line, A Scent Like Wolves, The Road To Milestone and Bullet Method. All really cool bands and we couldn’t be more stoked on these recordings.

We’d like to congratulate our pals in Rivers of Nihil for signing to Metal Blade records. We recently produced some new tracks for them, one of which they have an awesome music video for, which you can check out below.

We spent most of December working with The Last Ten Seconds of Life on their newest record, InVivo[ExVivo]. Grant and I have worked with TLTSOL on pretty much all of their releases so we were pumped to have them back to the studio. This album is by far their heaviest and most inspired, expanding the boundaries of its influences and venturing into new sonic territory. Below is the lyric video for their first single, “Numbskull.”

Grant and I just finished producing a new full-length for our good friends in My Heart To Fear, who recently signed to SolidState Records. I’ve known these guys since I recorded their EP A Ship Built To Sink and they’ve worked incredibly hard and grown significantly as a band over the years. Grant and I put a ton of effort into this new album and we’re all super proud of it. It’s incredibly dynamic, heavy and very memorable. We’re currently in the mixing phase and we can’t wait for it to be released. Here’s one of their video updates from the studio, featuring Grant drunk eating Thai food and me sober eating a whole pork chop on a fork.

We’re beyond stoked to announce that Grant and I will be producing the new full-length from our close friends and heavy metal titans, August Burns Red. We had an absolute blast producing the band’s Christmas album last year so the next six weeks will be pretty freaking sweet. The new material that they’ve been writing is amazing and the pre-production we’ve done is already ridiculously tight. Guitarist JB Brubaker had the following to say about the upcoming record:

“This new record will push the boundaries of our genre more than we ever have before. We set out to write a record where every song stands out from the last. There is a lot of ground covered here and a ton of meat to this album. It’s full of odd metered rhythms and breakdowns, unexpected twists and turns, and some of our most technical riffing to date. Each of us have parts that make our heads spin and we have had to practice like crazy to get some of this stuff together. I know we always say this, but this will be our most ambitious album yet.”

Quite simply, this album is going to slay. Here’s a cool video of Matt jamming during the Sleddin’ Hill session last year.

Speaking of ABR, Grant will be participating in a cool drumming event presented by Greiner & Kilmer Customs on March 23. The even will feature workshops, drum clinics, a drum-off judged by Grant, Matt Greiner of August Burns Red and Adam Gray of Texas In July, and a special three-man drum solo performed by Grant, Matt and Adam. You can get your tickets now at www.greinerkilmer.com.

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We’re looking forward to the next few months that will include new full-length albums for Carousel Kings, Sirens & Sailors and few others yet to be announced. Stay tuned and thanks for reading. – Carson

ABR Christmas album / Affiance full-length

Posted by Carson Slovak on Aug.31, 2012

It’s been busier than ever over the last few months here at the studio. First order of business: The new holiday album by our good pals August Burns Red, completely recorded, produced and mixed at Atrium by Grant and me. “ABR Presents: Sleddin’ Hill, A Holiday Album” is an incredibly dynamic album full of eclectic instrumentation and song arrangements. The 13 tracks include all four of ABR’s past Christmas singles (remixed / enhanced) as well as two new original songs alongside the band’s versions of other holiday classics like Oh Holy Night, Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells and Sleigh Ride. This album was a very exciting and challenging project for us. A 50-person vocal choir, cello, violin, tuba, trombone, piano, ukelele, banjo, acoustic and a variety of percussive elements were just a few of the supplemental instruments we tracked completely for real and live. This album was a pretty massive undertaking and we couldn’t be more proud of how it turned out. The first original single from the album was just released today and can be streamed below. The effort will be in stores on October 9th via Solid State Records and you can order it by clicking here.

Another project we’re super excited about is the upcoming full-length for Ohio’s Affiance, due out in November on Bullet Tooth Records. After producing two singles for the band back in March, Grant and I were given the opportunity to work with them on their new album. These dudes are some of the best musicians we’ve recorded and the new album is incredible, start to finish. They’ve also instantly become great friends and Grant and I had an absolute blast throughout the recording process. We already miss them sleeping in the studio, breaking our sink and providing a healthy dose of full-frontal male nudity everyday. The album is currently in the mixing stage and an official announcement with details for the release will be made soon. For now, you can check out one of the singles we did back in March titled “You Will Be Replaced,” which recently ranked in the top 5 on the iTunes Metal Charts.

That’s all for now. Check back soon and have a great Labor Day! – Carson

LAUNCH 2012 / New DW Kit / Current Projects

Posted by Carson Slovak on Apr.25, 2012

This year’s Launch Music Conference is right around the corner and, as usual, Atrium is an official sponsor. We’ll be hanging out at the trade show in the Lancaster Convention Center all day Friday and Saturday so come by our booth and say hello. We also just got some cool new diagonal-cut brochures to hand out (pictured below), as well as some nifty bumper stickers and Dropcards with new music, which will be available for free at our trade show booth. If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, do so here and check out the official Event Guide while you’re at it. You can also check out an online schedule of almost 20 bands that have all recorded at Atrium and are all playing Launch this weekend on the righthand sidebar or click here for the schedule page. Lastly, both Grant McFarland and I will be guest speakers on two of the industry panel discussions: “How To Prepare For Your Release” (Grant), Friday, April 27 @ 11am and “How Do I Get Signed” (Carson), Saturday, April 28 @ 1pm.

In other news, our brand new DW Collector’s Series custom-built drum kit just arrived yesterday and we’re beyond excited about it. We have a few kits at the studio but this one is the “tits” so-to-speak. Maple shells with African ChenChen veneer, 22″x18″ kick, 10″x8″ rack tom, 12″x9″ rack tom and 16″x14″ floor tom. It will be available for studio use by any of our clients at no additional charge. Check it out:

We’ve been hitting it non-stop since January, completing a number of full-lengths, EPs and singles for (in no particular order) Sacred Serenity, Divine Air, I Surround, Ex-Votos, Delorian Conquest, Secret Eyes, The May Season, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Benchpress, The Road To Milestone, Ace Augustine, James Wolpert, Conspiracy, Fisthammer, Samsara, Scout’s Honor, From These Wounds, YGATM, Lies of a Murderer, Forgive Yesterday and My Soul For Glory. We just wrapped up Atlantic Avenue’s new full-length (and Eulogy Records debut), two new singles for Ohio’s Affiance (Bullet Tooth Records), mastering for Throw The Fight’s John Feldmann-produced full-length (also Bullet Tooth) and a new recording for the mighty August Burns Red (details forthcoming). We’re currently in the studio with The Teeth (Rock Paper Records) recording their new full-length, which is turning out awesome so far. Forthcoming over the next few months we’ll be working with our friends in Paper Castle, Goodbye Neveah, The Riot, Eye Fur & Tooth, A Million Drones, A Scent Like Wolves, Cyperna and more.

– Carson

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2011 Wrap-up

Posted by Carson Slovak on Dec.28, 2011

It’s been a great year for the studio. Lots of big changes and awesome projects. We hit the ground running in the new facility and the past six months have been our busiest ever. Grant is home permanently after leaving his band, This or the Apocalypse, and is now an official co-owner of the studio. We’ve had the good fortune to work on a more stylistically diverse collection of projects than we have in the past, providing a great opportunity for us to learn new methods and develop our skill-sets. We’ve also significantly expanded our gear collection and continue to refine and improve our production standards. So in short, we couldn’t be happier with how Atrium has grown over the past year and we’d like to thank every artist that has given us the chance to work with them in 2011.

Grant and I just put the finishing touches on several full-length albums that we produced together: Carousel Kings, One Year Later, Sandraudiga and Ten Throne. A lot of work went into these recordings and we’re super excited about them. We’ll be posting tracks from each soon, along with new tracks from some other recent projects as well. Current stuff we’re working on include EPs from melodic post-rock band Secret Eyes and local technical metal band Between The Lions. We also have a lot of cool projects coming up over the next several months, including A Scent Like Wolves, Texas In July, Ex-Votos, Divider, Termina, Fall of Heroes, Last Scene In Reno, Free The Empire, Delorian Conquest, Benchpress, Sacred Serenity and our old buddies, August Burns Red. Stay tuned as we’ll be posting new music and making more updates to the website in the new year.

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New Location, Up and Running

Posted by Carson Slovak on Jul.19, 2011

June was a pretty hectic month for Atrium. Between finishing several projects at the same time, tearing apart / organizing / packing up the old studio, accruing some good old debt on some brand new gear, settling on a building, moving in / organizing / setting up the new studio and jumping right into an overbooked recording schedule, I’m somewhat surprised I haven’t suffered a brain aneurysm or at least a quick murder-suicide. But now that the dust is finally settled, I’m proud to announce that Atrium Audio 3.0 is up and running.

Moving out of the old studio was a bittersweet process. So many things I couldn’t stand about that stupid place but I can’t deny the last five years being some of the best in my life. I’ve learned so much about recording and producing, made life-long friends, built my business and had some incredibly fun experiences in that old warehouse. But at the end of the day, I suppose the allure of high-class amenities such as internet and hot water was just too much to bear.

Onwards and upwards. In classic form, my estimated timeframe for the move was about half as much time as was actually needed. As a result, the first scheduled recording sessions for the new studio had to be pushed back a full week, in turn condensing the next six weeks of sessions into a highly-concentrated workaholic’s wet dream. Our new Argosy desk didn’t even arrive until three days into the first band’s progress. Grant’s tour with TOTA was cancelled unexpectedly and he managed to book a week’s worth of sessions for Studio B before they even arrived back in Lancaster. Surprisingly though, very few bugs had to be worked out and we managed to get acclimated to the new studio pretty quickly. 13 bands later and we finally have a few days off, allowing us to clean the studio spotless and get our buddy Eric Forberger to come in and take some slick new interior photos (and subsequently enabling me to update this website).

So there you have it. Poke around and check out the new digs. Needless to say, everyone involved with the studio is extremely excited about the new place. Thanks to all of the bands who helped me build something from nothing over the last few years. – c

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