M.O.D. Studio Report From Former ANTHRAX Axeman

Former ANTHRAX/current SEBASTIAN BACH guitarist Paul Crook has finished recording the basic tracks (drums, bass, guitar) for M.O.D. (Milano's On Drugs)'s brand new CD, which he's co-producing with ex-NUCLEAR ASSAULT bassist Scott Metaxas. According to Crook, "this record is sounding incredibly huge at the moment. I love the passing of knowledge that has been taking place between myself, Erin Farley (engineer) and Tim Gilles (owner of Big Blue Meenie [Studios, where the album is being recorded] and the drum doctor from hell). It's impossible to know everything. Realizing this is one of my strong points as a producer. I'm not scared to ask questions or bring someone else into the production of a record. Erin Farley really impressed me over the last week of tracking. He has a great understanding of mic placement and an insatiable work ethic. I've come to the realization that nobody can get drum sounds like Tim Gilles. My jaw dropped when he started turning knobs.

I don't like to record more than two tracks of rhythm guitars. Things get to be a little messy when you start stacking guitars. So in order to get the guitar tone big enough for my taste I split the signal into three different amps for each track. We used two Marshall amps: a 1967 100 watt plexi and a JCM 2000. The third amp was a Mesa boogie T.R.

The production is now moving to Wayne Manor ([Crook's side project] GOTHAM's studio) to track [M.O.D. mainman] Billy [Milano]'s vocals. This is where Scott Metaxas really shines. He is an awesome vocal producer. So good, that I usually keep my mouth shut while he is behind the console.

We (Scott, Billy and myself) should begin mixing in about a week. Billy wants this record out by June so he has a product for the European Summer festivals (where he is KING)."

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