The No. Today's Posts competitions support us FAQ advertise our advertisers newsletter. When you buy products through links across our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Black Sabbath-y ish sound. Hey all, I might be producing a pretty cool heavy band that seems to have a very sabbathy influence to them, which is what I really want to bring out.
I've browsed some of the other black sabbath threads, but not a whole lot of what I'm looking for. So shoot me any ideas you have! I guess I should specify -- the older black sabbath with Ozzy. Thanks a ton!! Last edited by Cookie; 21st October at PM.. Reason: clarification. Well, the early stuff is very thin drum sounds, tuned very tight and controlled with very little room sound or reverb. They were keeping it tight to make room for the monster guitars.
It's like the anti-Bonham sound. They are also kept panned toward the center to make more room for the guitars. The guitars were often double tracked and playing unison except for key moments where they diverged. However, sometimes it was just one guitar, so you may want to use that for variety. They were often detuned. I know that is he famous for playing Laney amps being driven by a booster, but I'm not certain that's what he used on the early albums.
You're going to want a pretty think tone - no mid scoop. I'd say a medium to low amount of gain, and once again close miced with little reverb. For this mix, remember everything is built around the guitars. I think he also turned down the tone knob a bit on his guitar to get a darker tone. He also used a wah to shape his tone sometimes.
Bass was almost certainly recorded thru an amp, and has a very low mid sound - not a much freq content below hz. It always sounds very compressed to me, with a slow enough attack that you really hear him plucking the string. It's often pretty distorted sounding. Vocals sometimes sound like they have ADT on them, and always sound to me like they were put on tape pretty hot so there is some tape 'compression' on them.
I think the main thing with the vocals is just to keep it simple with a minimal number of parts, and few effects besides reverb and compression. My Studio. Originally Posted by Dr. I have no idea what kind of guitar rig Sabbath used, but every time I jump the channels and crank my Germino Marshall Plexi I feel like playing some Black Sabbath. Also, Iommi supposedly used a Strat on the first album. The first album had very sparse arrangements with few takes and was recorded at Regent Sound in London and mixed very quickly 2 days for each process for very little money British Pounds.
They allegedly played at top volume in the studio, which drove the producer Rodger Bain crazy. Man, dream project. You MUST go for a creepy room sound, hot tube amps, maybe dry drum sound. I wouldn't close mic anything personally, and would spend as much time as neccesary moving mics around the room and get your magic with mic bleed, which alot of folks aren't into anymore.
Me personally, I wouldn't use any artificial verbs for this kind of project, and go for killer moments with ALOT of practiced songs and little overdubs except maybe some guitars to "tighten" the finished sound? If you haven't heard this albulm, YOUtube it and listen to some songs, a killer sound, the band played live and just dug in to the songs. Glossy recording style is a NO for this stuff. Come to think of it, and I'm not trying to be old school or lo-fi or anything, but if the band was REALLY rehearsed and tight, I would look for a nice sounding 4 track or something.
As long as the preamps sound good, even old cassette recorders make this stuff You could always play with the masters for the final product sound, if you wanted more "something" after the tracks have been mixed. Just my. Black Sabbath guitar can be easy with a Marshall and cab with greenbacks. Great ideas guys! This is fun! Deuce Recording Early Sabbath. Contains memories of Drum, Bass, Vocal and Guitar recording techniques.
Classic Tracks: Black Sabbath's "Paranoid". The guitar sound makes use of a treble booster, which has a modification to give it more low end, but this is crucial to the guitar sound. You can get it using a lower powered valve amp set on low distortion, then using the treble booster Keeley does one with the "Iommi" mod I think it's called the "Java Boost". As is well-known, most of the 70s rock guitarists used treble boosters, mostly the Dallas Ranger, now a collectable item but easily substituted.
Although several record companies expressed interest in signing the band, and their managers secured a couple of offers, none were deemed worthy by Fellows and Linda Harris, who were now beginning to advise Sean Harris as he still lived at home with his mother. A difference of opinions about how to manage Diamond Head followed, which eventually led to Morris and Frazier quitting their role as manager, and the job fell solely to Fellows and Linda Harris.
Thus while other new waves of British heavy metal bands were signed to major labels and headlining their own tours, Diamond Head remained independent. Guitarist Brian Tatler thinks that their joint managers had unrealistic expectations about the kind of record deal the band should sign, and when no deal lived up to this, Fellows decided that the band should record an album quickly and cheaply at a local 24 track studio, where they had recorded their first single " Shoot Out the Lights "; no money exchanged hands, and the studio owner Muff Murfin - in return for a week of studio time - took 50 percent of the bands publishing for fifteen years.
It is believed that tapes were passed onto various labels, but when the debut album, Lightning to the Nations , failed to secure a record deal, management decided that they would release copies of the album on an independent label also owned by Muff Murfin called Happy Face Records. The album was packaged in a plain sleeve with no title or track listings, and copies were signed by each band member.
The management thought that it should be perceived as a 'demo' album, so no fancy sleeve was required, making it very cheap to produce. The only mail-order advertisement appeared in Sounds and ran for six weeks. The band's management did not pay for the advertisement and ended up being sued. The original stereo master tapes were lost after they were sent to the German record company, Woolfe Records, who released a vinyl version of the album with a new sleeve.
The tapes were not returned until they were eventually tracked down by Lars Ulrich and Phonogram Germany for inclusion on the compilation album, New Wave of British Heavy Metal '79 Revisited. Winkelman had been a record plugger and he advised the band to change management but this advice was not heeded.
An ambitious UK tour was planned for the summer as a way of being perceived as being more popular than they actually were. An EP called Diamond Lights was recorded quickly to help pay towards the expenses. The management hired a sleeper coach for band and crew, and an articulated lorry filled with hired PA and lighting. They also hired the Wolverhampton chapter of Hells Angels to perform security duties on the whole tour. They bypassed promoters and booked the venues with a local agent to avoid paying a percentage, but with little promotion for the tour, it lost money.
Discussions went on for around six months until the band finally inked a five-album deal on 1 January First on the agenda was to record and release the Four Cuts EP, which contained two early era songs, " Shoot Out the Lights " and "Dead Reckoning",  and the band did a whistle-stop UK tour of the clubs to promote it. Their first MCA album, Borrowed Time ,  featured a lavish Rodney Matthews -illustrated gatefold sleeve based on the album's Elric theme and was the most expensive sleeve commissioned by MCA at the time.
Once the two-week UK tour was over, they were told to start writing the next album. The band tried a more experimental sounding follow-up to Borrowed Time , tentatively titled Making Music which was re-named Canterbury in Scott struggled to adapt to this new level of scrutiny and was fired,  after completing just six drum tracks in three weeks.
Then once all the bass parts had been recorded, Kimberley also quit Diamond Head. The initial success of the album was stalled as the first 20, copies suffered vinyl pressing problems, causing the LP to jump. It made number 32 in the UK Albums Chart,  and it was noted that the album cost more to make but sold less.
Diamond Head were invited to open that year's Monsters of Rock Festival and, for the first time, toured Europe as special guests of Black Sabbath. On 1 January , MCA did not pick up the option for a third album. In early , Diamond Head did an date UK tour which lost money. It was never finished, and the band fell apart in early This culminated in Harris and Robin George making an expensive album together under the name Notorious. Towards the end of , Harris grew dissatisfied with the album and Tatler and wanted to move on.
Winkelman tried to broker a deal with RCA records for a 'new' band that would feature a new line-up. They performed one gig in Northampton under the name Magnetic AKA, but a deal failed to materialize, and it all fell apart. In , Harris and Tatler reunited to perform some acoustic, un-plugged type gigs in the UK.
They reworked the old songs and began recording a four track acoustic EP, although this ended up taking two years, and by the time it came out on the band's own label, the acoustic phase was over. An electric band was put together, and a 14 date UK tour was booked for August About halfway through the recording, Harris announced that he wanted to change the name of the band to 'Host'. Later that year, Diamond Head and Harris finally went their separate ways. Nick Tart from Cannock was asked to join Diamond Head in The band's next album, All Will Be Revealed , was released in To promote this album, they completed a 22 date European tour with Megadeth.
Brian Tatler commented that this was one of the best experiences of his life, and he regained his enjoyment for playing live with the band again. The band continued to tour but now has the extra expense of flying the singer backward and forwards from Australia.
Nick's last show with Diamond Head was 4 October Work began on their eighth studio album, The Coffin Train , in mid, and it was released in May Colin Kimberley commented Diamond Head got their complex sound from listening to bands like Black Sabbath and Rush and realising that a song with a single riff throughout was not interesting enough. In a recent interview, Tatler stated that he now tries not to be influenced by modern bands and keep his sound, although he imagines that "little bits creep into the writing process.
Many reasons have been cited why Diamond Head never achieved significant commercial success, [ according to whom? Once they did sign to a major label, MCA proved to be the wrong label, forcing the band to sound more commercial. Also, while successful bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard were managed by established music management, Diamond Head were managed by Reg Fellows and the lead singer's mother, neither of whom had managed a band before.
Metallica's first official studio release of "Am I Evil? The official recordings of "Am I Evil? Metallica performed "Am I Evil? Tatler and Harris also took part in a group encore of "Seek and Destroy". Metallica have performed "Am I Evil? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Black Sabbath feat. Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi at the age of 17 on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory lost the tips of the middle and ring Black Sabbath are inarguably one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time. The band helped to create the genre with Sabotage is the sixth studio album by metal pioneers Black Sabbath, released in It was recorded in the midst of litigation Buy the DVD - www.
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The band helped to create the genre with Sabotage is the sixth studio album by metal pioneers Black Sabbath, released in It was recorded in the midst of litigation Buy the DVD - www. Tv Concert - Juni Bonn, Museumsplatz. A little fun project i made out of boredom, the black sabbath solo is one of my favorite solo's, so i wanted to compare iommi's solo's
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