Producer Gail Liebling (mastermind behind GAIL OF GOD) has posted the following CALLENISH CIRCLE recording/mixing update on the group's official web site:
"After 22 days of gruelling long hour studio sessions in a dim lighted basement studio, I was happy to finally see some decent daylight again. Or at least, I thought so (hahaha). Ron booked us a 13-hour night-train trip to Aarhus, Denmark where we arrived at around 10 in the morning to be picked up by Tue [Madsen] and be shipped straight into his Antfarm studio again. So much for sightseeing. Tue was just anxious to see what I had put together on the hard drive I guess. After we checked the recordings and adjusted everything to his studio set up I saw him relax. And yes... he did ask if we were tired. After that we started discussing where I wanted to take this production. How I had recorded certain stuff and why. Especially the vocals needed some explanation since Pat and I really went out of our way to get some wacky shit going with the vocals. Luckily, Tue and I think in a very similar way, so there was no need for lengthy elaborations about anything. Everything needed only half a word. Nice!!!!! That makes this job so much easier and I think you can hear it in the mixes.
"It's really turning out to be a heavy-hitting, glueing-you-to-the-wall-and-biting-your-ass album. Really worth all the effort we put into it. And an effort it was. I worked the guys really hard to get the right feel and tightness. I think it was especially hard for Maurice stepping in on such short notice and having to record a lot of parts more or less on the fly (a lot of them were made up just minutes before recording) and having me push him to f**king rape that bass guitar for 12 to 14 hours a day. He sometimes looked as though his head was gonna explode. I gotta hand it to you body... respect!
"At this point I think I have to let you in on a secret. Ron and I spent a lot of time together these past months. I mean... 18 out of the 22 recording days him and I were together. Plus the train trip and sharing a room here in Denmark. It kinda creates a bond you know. When we decide to marry I promise we'll anounce it here first, ok? (sorry about that, Kim, but this trrrrue loooove... LOL).
"But seriously. We spent lot of time together. First playing guide while laying down the drum tracks, then recording 36 rhythm tracks and on top of that a lot of melody and clean guitar tracks plus helping out with the recording and creating of the bass tracks. And now here in Denmark, making sure Tue and I don’t go for a Britney Spears sound (yeah as if...). You kinda expect we’d start to annoy each other somehow, right? Not!!! I'd do it all again baby. Basically I think this coop was brilliant.
"Thanx for the trust and letting me do my thing guyz. Actually, the only time I really got ass-kicked was when Kaleen heard the final edits of her vocal stuff. She made me record it all over again in the very last days to make it stick better to the rest of the music. I must admit though... it's way better now. Thanx honey (Ich tanze ja nutzlos in der Sonne). Next up is the mastering stage. Really looking forward to hear what the finishing touch does to this already killer record. I guess the underlying message of this last part is... GO OUT AND BUY THE FRIGGING RECORD AIGHT!!!!!"
CALLENISH CIRCLE's fifth album was recorded at a studio in The Netherlands and will be mastered by Peter Neuber at Mega Wimp Sound in Germany. The album will include a bonus DVD, featuring a professionally recorded (audio & visual) live show (filmed at the 013 venue in Tilburg), a home video of the band's trip to the Piorno Rock Festival in Spain, and a studio report of the recordings of their upcoming album. A November release via Metal Blade Records is expected.