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And the summer’s gone already…

another two months went by without a single word from me – Sorry about that, I’ve been busy as usual… Which actually isn’t that bad, I guess. There obviously hasn’t been much going on studio-wise, as most bands are somewhere out there playing all those neat festivals – But I’ve done quite a bunch of jobs on the live-side of things, as well as preparing upcoming events. Let’s have a look…

– I was doing some work at the JazzParade in Fribourg again, either FOH or backline/stage.
– RFI were also happening two weeks ago, that was intense. I had never before spent 16h a day strapped to a console at 35°, plus tearing the whole stage down afterwards – Also, doing most of the gigs without any sound- or linecheck. Well, now I know.
– In between were a lot of off-shows, such as Coilguns with the mighty Dillinger Escape Plan @ Bad Bonn, or The Ocean @ Rock Altitude, playing alongside acts like Meshuggah, Unfold, etc.

Regarding future events:
– Obviously The Burden Remains (Ex-Cideraid – Yeah, they changed the name) are my main-focus for now. We did a ‘live press-conference‘ to announce the name, some new music is out there, plus the release of the album ‘Downfall Of Man’ as well as the shows are approaching.
Here’s a quick rundown of all of this:

– 10. 9.: Album Pre-Listening party @ Bad Bonn/Düdingen (w/ DJ-Sets by the band)
– 12. 9.: Release LP ‘Downfall Of Man’ as free download (!)
– 17. 9.: Record Release-Show @ Nouveau Monde/Düdingen (w/ June DeVille & Radwaste)
– 01. 10.: Show @ Silver Club/Payerne (w/ Attack Vertical, Promethee, CrossCheck)
– 11. 11.: Show @ Base Bar/Lausanne (Monster Night 2, w/ Algebra & Helmut)
– 13. 01.: Show @ RockCity/Uster (w/ Hellvetica)

Also, the band is doing quite the PR-Run for the album, check out all the radio-visits right here.

– Other than that, I’ve still got the ‘Oh My F*cking God’-Evens @ Fri-Son up and running,  War From A Harlots Mouth, Promethee and Abraham are confirmed for the 22nd of october, plus I’m currently working on a nice and heavy package for the 16th of december.

To sum things up:
Lots of exciting stuff on the way, psyched to see all of this happening…
I’m currently booking shows for The Burden RemainsAbraham and Saïko Record’s own Kejnu, so please don’t hesitate to contact me for all sorts of interesting ideas.


See you all out there!


It’s summer already?

So the The Ocean-Tour is over, and I’m kind of Ok with it. We did play a bunch of shows were the technical situations got out of hand, so in the end I didn’t really get to enjoy this whole trip as much as I expected. Still, everyone was extra nice, and the guys in Earthship, Red Fang and Intronaut were as awesome as it gets – Ended up doing sound for them a couple of times, since some of the local techs could just not be trusted.
Looking forward to hit the road again with The Ocean sometime later this year – UK is confirmed for november together with Textures, and there might be Russia and China coming up as well… fingers crossed!
I’ll be doing some festivals with The Ocean as well, Metalcamp and VNV amongst them, along Meshuggah and Co – Stoked!
In between I’ll be babysitting a Digidesign VENUE at the JazzParade in Fribourg during a couple of days in july, that’s going to be interesting as well.

Studio-Wise, i finished most of my projects the days (And litteraly moments) before I left for the tour – Here’s a quick update:
– The Lost Aries-EP is getting mastered as we speak by Christoph Brandes/Iguana Studios.
– Tojinbo is finished, and already mastered by El Spiga himself.
– The Cideraid-Album is done. Now that fucker took a little longer than the rest, but it definitely was worth it. Svante Forsbak (Rammstein, Volbeat, etc.) did the master, turned out  nice and chunky.

So now basically I’m spending 24/7 on preparing to release Cideraid’s album – You know, fixing deals, booking shows, preparing press-info… The usual stuff. Not that much fun, but definitely worth it in the end. And as of course, there are quite some surprises in there as well… Keep ya posted!

Summer’s approaching!

And it’s march already! Things are moving fast, having a hard time keeping track of everything that’s happening for now…

– The Cideraid-Album is getting mastered right as i’m writing this post – Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Volbeat, etc.) has been chosen for this task, looking forward to listen to the complete album by the end of the week. Meanwhile preparing the next couple of steps on our masterplan…
– I also finished the mix/mastering for Calcined‘s new EP (, quite the fun experience.
– The last two weekends I was in Saas Fee, tracking guitars and bass w/ Lost Aries, after a nice Drum-Session three weeks ago. We might attack the reamping quite soon, plus since the vocals have been done first thing, the mix might follow quicker than expected.
– I also did some session-work w/ Tojinbo, a grind-side project from two Amagortis-members – Drums, Bass and Guitars are in the Box, vocals will follow soon.

– This friday the 18th, Attack Vertical will play at the SAS in Délemont.
– Saturday the 19th i’ll host the last of the ‘Operation: Impending Doom’-Series at the Café XXè in Fribourg – After 3.5 years and 18 events, it was clearly time to move on… Stigma (IT) and Trailer Park Massacre (CH) will play both a devastating set, plus DJ Housi and myself will be delivering the tunes until the end of the night… Yeah!
– Throughout March/April I will do a series of european shows with the mighty Zatokrev, this will be fun – Check their page for details
– Just in: I will embark on a Headliner-Tour w/ The Ocean from may 29th to June 19th, with a bunch of festivals (Greenfield, Hellfest, Metalcamp, Summerbreeze, etc.) added here and there.

trying to catch up

…and another couple of weeks went down the hill.last blog had me picking up the traces i left behind while leaving to tour with the ocean, and now i’m facing another couple of absences: that’s right, the road is calling once more. nothing confirmed a 100% for now, but still – i just might get plenty of it even before the peak of summer.

– the cideraid-album has been finished up to the final mix by now. we tracked guitars/bass at their rehearsal space for a couple of days, then moved on the la fonderie to track the vocals and some gang-shouts by a couple of friends. after that it took me quite some editing, but julien fehlmann got to turn this thing into a hard hitting f*cker, if i might say so – well worth the energy and trouble! now we’re trying to pick a master-engineer, while already preparing the next couple of steps…
– i finished the basic-mix for calcined, and just might finish the complete ep the following days
– i three weeks i’ll track drums w/ lost aries, with whom we already did the vocal-lines, given the fact that their singer is gone for quite a while.

– i mixed a couple of misc. shows throughout late december/january, amongst them tasteless, etc.
– i did two shows w/ attack vertical, one of them their record release-show @ le nouveau monde. they’ve pretty much stepped up to my expectations, delivering a tight set – which makes my job always way easier.
– went to berlin last weekend to do a show with the ocean, at the museum für musikinstrumente. technically quite the horror, but i think we got out quite ok after a whole day of trying to fix things. the whole show was recorded for a further dvd-release, we’ll see how this is going to turn out.

– this friday i’m launching a new event @ the mighty fri-son in fribourg, with my buddy hq: ‘oh my f*cking god’ – it’s meant to hit hard. for the first round we’re having amagortis, kess’khtak and daïgoro up on stage, let’s hope we can do some more of this in the future… don’t forget, fri-son’s got two stages!
– saturday we’re having another saïko-event at the nouveau monde, this time around it’s saïko vs. soundtracks, with the likes of kassette, feat. jim, tasteless, etc., where each of these bands will cover some of the most famous soundtrack-tunes. should be fun.
– the 19th of february might just go down in history as the day when the sun got swallowed whole by darkness and despair. rorcal will play at ‘operation: impending doom XVII’ @ the café le xxè in fribourg, along with fennec (ex-berserk for tea time). they’re doom as fuck, and their latest release ‘heliogabalus’ is one of the heaviest records out there.

i’m back!

alright, let me see… i’m back from the eu-tour w/ the ocean/cancer bats/the dillinger escape plan, and i survived!

anyone knowing the dillinger escape plan should know by now what i’m talking about, but these guys proved to be even cooler than expected – their complete crew was incredibly sweet & pro, it made our life on tour so much easier. doing sound for the ocean was quite the run as well – it took me some time to get used to their dynamics, etc, but it turned out quite nice in the end. plus, being able to rock places like the electric ballroom in london really did the trick for me… anyway, looks as if i might have gotten myself some more gigs with them: they are doing a short eu-run w/ anathema by now, for which i only could do the sound on the two opening shows in switzerland. but we’ll reunite for another gig in december, plus i’ll be going to athens with them at the beginning on 2011…
anyway, shitloads of new and exciting stuff happening:

– the mix & master for lifeless hill is done, christoph brandes from iguana audioproduction managed to get some more punch from my mixes.
– i started to record a local death metal-band called calcined, by now everything except the vocals is done, i’ll start mixing by the end of november.
– i also started to record a 5 track-ep w/ lost aries. given the fact that their singer won’t be around for the coming three months, i actually had to start with the vocals, putting them on top of their pre-production. we’ll move on with this project by january.
– the cideraid-album has finally gotten the much needed kick over the starting-line: drums were done by julien fehlmann, and sound quite neat… we started to track the guitars last monday, second guitar, bass and vokills will follow throughout december.

– i’ll be doing sound for zatokrev this saturday at the dawn of doom-festival in winterthur, and might also be going on tour with them throughout a couple of weeks in april
– i’ll also doing sound for them and the ocean on the 4th of december at the sommercasino in basel, plus the mighty knut will open… balls to the wall!
– lifeless hill will headline a release-show for the ep on the 11th of december at the ébull, with yours truly behind the desk.

event-wise, there is not that much happening… both cideraid and remote lane (who will start working on an upcoming album in some time) are off the live-radar for now, so i mainly do my own ‘operation: impending doom’-events for now.
– speaking of which: friday night i’ll host the XVIth event of the series, featuring the mighty amagortis, tedh secret and dj deerstruction at the end of the night… café le xxè in fribourg is the place to be, the entry is free, and the ales should be quite cold be then. see you there!

upcoming mayhem

my oh my, it’s again been way too long… so basically i’m going to unleash the motherload of all updates, so here we go:

progsik‘s demo is appareantly reaching out… they’ve sold about 50 copies at the mountains of death, so yeay for them!
– moving on with
lifeless hill‘s ep – vocals & re-amping should be done by the end of this week.
– we decided to work some more on
cideraid‘s pre-production, mainly to bring producer julien fehlmann in to add his input.  the drum-recording will start on the 25th of september at studio mécanique, and we’re really looking forward to move on to the next level with this album.
– also, i will start tracking a demo w/
calcined by the end of september, this should be fun as well.

remote lane played another bunch of shows, and proved to become quite the live-band. by now they’ve developped a pretty tight sound, which makes my job quite a bit easier.
– i worked at the rfi in fribourg for a pretty intense week – not my cup of tea music-wise, but the folks were very nice indeed. lots of running and fixing stuff beyond fixing.
– throughout the whole october and the start of november i’ll be on tour/doing the sound for
the ocean as the opening act for the cancer bats/the dillinger escape plan eu-tour. looking quite nice so far, i’m stoked as hell.

as always, i got a couple of nifty events lined-up, which should feature some intense headbanging and wall to wall-vomiting later on:
–  operation: impending doom XV is happing next saturday, the 18th at the café xxè in fribourg. we’re having
zatokrev and mycelia playing, plus djs hq, mara and winekellar spinning the wheels of steel (or plastic, for that matter), we’re doing bbq on the balcony, the cal of ror-guys will put up a cd-/vinyl-shop, plus and llyrdwen are exposing some nice pictures taken over the course of the last o:ids. i wouldn’t want to miss this if i were you…
remote lane will be playing the metal assault-festival in grand-vennes/lausanne on the 1st october, w/ samael etc.
saïko records will be hosting a festival at the nouveau monde in fribourg on the 5th and 6th of november, featuring some of the greatest indie bands from switzerland…

oh yeah, no rest of the wicked. see you all out there!

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looking back on feb/mar, outlook on upcoming events

well well, the last couple of weeks had me chasing after quite a bunch of things, that’s for sure:

100206 – operation: impending doom XII w/ shadow’s far & calcined
100213 – drumrecording w/ progsik (death metal)
100219 – mixing zatokrev & palmer @ sommercasino / basel
100220 – mixing saïko vs. lovesongs @ nouveau monde / fribourg
100227 – mixing black cargoes & tasteless @ oxx / zofingen
100306 – mixing careless, mötörcöck and inplugged
100313 – mixing impure wilhelmina & lost sphere project @ espace noir / st-imier

plus, as usual, i’ve additionaly visited a bunch of shows, and so on.
since my trusty g5 just broke down a week ago, i had pretty much all studio-work suspended and my schedule became quite the mess – but since i’m now officially equipped with a beautiful imac 27″, things should be back on track quite soon. aside from the obvious oncoming studio-mayhem (such as continuing the recording with progsik, starting preproduction w/ cideraid, and a couple of more things), i’m also looking forward to a bunch of new shows i’ve organized and/or booked and/or will be mixing at… here’s the outlook on the upcoming weeks:

100319 – mixing kejnu @ oxx / zofingen
100320 – operation: impending doom XIII w/ radwaste & battalion
100403 – full metal w/ gwydion, abinchova, tschäggätä
100417 – mixing remote lane @ ébull / bulle
100502 – mixing remote lane @ immortal sphere-festival / wattenwil
100508 – working @ break the silence-festival w/ the ocean, cynic, etc.

plus (yet unconfirmed!):
– operation: impending doom XIV @ café le xxéme / fribourg
– impure wilhelmina @ nouveau monde / fribourg
– etc.

right, that’s about it for the moment… it’s kind of a rush of dates, but still – no rest for the wicked, i guess. see you somewhere out there!