Archive for October, 2014

What is a Mixing Console?

SSL SL9000J (72ch) console at Cutting Room Recording Studio, NYC

In professional audio, a mixing console, or audio mixer, also called a mixing desk, audio production console, soundboard or simply mixer is an electronic device for combining (also called “mixing”), routing, and changing the level, timbre and/or dynamics of audio signals. A mixer can mix analog or digital signals, depending on the type of mixer. The modified signals (voltages or digital samples) are summed to produce the combined output signals. Continue reading →

Jeremy Shada, the Voice of Finn in "Adventure Time"


Jeremy Shada (born January 21, 1997) is an American actor, rapper, and singer. He is best known for his work as the voice of Finn the Human from the American animated television series Adventure Time and starring as various characters in the sketch-comedy series, Incredible Crew, which both air on Cartoon Network. Continue reading →

Trent Reznor does the Soundtrack for David Fincher’s "Gone Girl"

Gone Girl: Soundtrack from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack album by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for David Fincher’s film of the same name. The album was released on September 30, 2014 by Columbia Records. It marks as third time that Reznor and Ross have collaborated with Fincher, following 2010’s Oscar-winning The Social Network and 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
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Sam Smith

Samuel FrederickSamSmith (born 19 May 1992) is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure’s breakthrough single “Latch”, which peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. His subsequent feature—on Naughty Boy’s “La La La”—earned him his first number 1 single in May 2013.

In December 2013, he was nominated for the 2014 BRIT Critics’ Choice Award and the BBC’s Sound of 2014 poll, both of which he won. He released his debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour, in May 2014 on Capitol Records. The lead single, “Lay Me Down”, was released prior to “La La La”. The second single was “Money on My Mind”. The album’s third single “Stay with Me” was an international success, peaking atop both the UK Singles chart and the U.S. Billboard Pop Songs chart (along with the Adult Contemporary, Adult Pop Songs and Radio Songs charts); it also reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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Interpol is an American rock band from New York City. Formed in 1997, the band’s original line-up consisted of Paul Banks (vocals, guitar), Daniel Kessler (guitar, vocals), Carlos Dengler (bass guitar, keyboards) and Greg Drudy (drums, percussion). Drudy left the band in 2000 and was replaced by Sam Fogarino. In 2010, shortly after recording finished for the band’s fourth album, Dengler left to pursue personal projects.

Having first performed at Luna Lounge along with other notable bands like The Strokes, Longwave, The National and Stellastarr, they are one of the bands associated with the New York City indie music scene, and was one of several groups that emerged from the post-punk revival of the 2000s. The band’s sound is generally a mix of staccato bass and rhythmic, harmonized guitar, with a snare heavy mix, drawing comparisons to post-punk bands such as Joy Division and The Chameleons. Aside from the lyrics, their songwriting method includes all of the band members, rather than relying on any given chief songwriter.

The band’s debut album Turn on the Bright Lights (2002) was critically acclaimed, making it to tenth position on the NME’s list of top albums in 2002 as well as No. 1 on Pitchfork Media’s Top 50 Albums of 2002. Subsequent records Antics (2004) and Our Love to Admire (2007) have confirmed the band’s initial success and turned them into a commercial and critical success. The band released its fourth, self-titled album on September 7, 2010. The band went on hiatus from 2011 through 2012 while they focused on other projects. Their fifth studio album El Pintor was released on September 9, 2014.
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John DiMaggio – The Voice of Bender, Jake, Marcus Fenix and more!

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John William DiMaggio (born September 4, 1968) is an American film, television, and voice actor and comedian, best known for his work as Bender from the television show Futurama, Jake the Dog on Adventure Time, Wakka & Kimahri from Final Fantasy X, Smiling Jack from the Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines game, Marcus Fenix from the Gears of War video game series, Rico in the Madagascar films and spin-off series Penguins of Madagascar and Dr. Drakken from Kim Possible. Continue reading →

Making of Avenged Sevenfold's "Hail to the King"

Hail to the King is the sixth studio album by American band Avenged Sevenfold. It was released on August 23, 2013 in New Zealand and Australia, and was released on iTunes on August 27, 2013 and in North America on the same day. The album was produced by Mike Elizondo. This marks the first album with new drummer Arin Ilejay, who joined the band as a touring drummer in 2011 before becoming an official member in 2013. This is also the first Avenged Sevenfold album without any musical contributions from the band’s late drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan.

The album was a commercial and critical success, reaching number 1 on the Billboard 200. This marks Avenged Sevenfold’s second album to top the Billboard chart as well as their first to reach number 1 in the UK, topping the UK Albums Chart. It also topped the Canadian, Brazilian, Finnish and Irish album charts. Also, the album spawned two number 1 singles on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock, Hail to the King, and Shepherd of Fire. The former spent 11 weeks on the top of the chart. On July 16, 2014 the album was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 copies.

Hail to the King
Studio album by Avenged Sevenfold
Released August 23, 2013
Recorded 2012-2013 at Can-Am Studios and Capitol Studios
Genre Heavy metal
Length 53:20
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Mike Elizondo
Avenged Sevenfold chronology
Welcome to the Family
Hail to the King
Singles from Hail to the King
  1. “Hail to the King”
    Released: July 15, 2013
  2. “Shepherd Of Fire”
    Released: November 7, 2013
  3. “This Means War”
    Released: July 4, 2014 (rock radio)


On November 15, 2012, vocalist M. Shadows said that the band has been working on a new album since the recording of “Carry On” in August 2012. In December, the band said that it plans to begin recording material for their next album in January 2013, with release planned for later in the year. In January 2013 the band started recording their new album. The band started streaming snippets of their new album in May 2013 on their new radio app. It was on the app that Arin Ilejay was confirmed as an official band member and replacement of deceased drummer and founding member The Rev. In an interview with Metal Hammer about the new album, M. Shadows said that the album would sound more blues rock-influenced and more like classic rock and classic metal in the vein of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

The band released four teasers on YouTube showing the band going through the recording process as well as providing snippets of songs off the album. On June 26, 2013, the band revealed the title, cover art and release date of album. In July, the band revealed the complete track list of the album.

On August 8, 2013, “Shepherd of Fire” was revealed to be the theme song of the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies map “Origins”, included in its final downloadable content pack titled Apocalypse.

Musical style

Synyster Gates stated of the album: “I think our songwriting has improved by leaps and bounds. Sonically, this record is our biggest record by fucking far. When you turn this fucking thing on, it blasts your fucking head off.” M. Shadows stated about the album’s music: “On this record, we want a very bare bones, riff-oriented approach. Because it’s really easy for us to say ‘That melody would sound great here, throw this background vocal here, here’s this harmony.’ We had to restrain ourselves from doing that just to keep it more badass and just more straightforward rock.”

Zacky Vengeance stated: “We styled everything back and went to the core of heavy metal instead of trying to overcomplicate it. We wrote and wrote, and felt we really achieved what we were going for … we’re really proud of what we’ve come up with.”  Johnny Christ stated about the album’s musical style in an interview with bravewords: “It’s definitely us. It’s just the next progression. It’s probably the heaviest record that we’ve put out – in its own right. It’s been a great response for the single (Hail to the King) so far, which I feel is a good way to see what the rest of the record is going to sound like. There will be some surprises in there for fans, but overall, I’m just excited.” He also said the album is more groove metal-oriented.

Release and promotion

On July 15, 2013 the album was made available for pre-order and the title track, “Hail to the King”, was released.

The same day, the band revealed a Limited Edition of Hail to the King for pre-order available on their website, much as they did with their previous album, Nightmare. The limited edition set included:

  • Limited Edition “Treasure Box”: Antique gold colored embossed foil paper wrapped box featuring exclusive Hail To The King artwork
  • Deluxe Hail To The King album on CD: Housed in a digi-pak with a card including a download to an extra bonus track
  • Exclusive Canvas Print: 11.75″ x 11.75″ Canvas print of the Album Cover artwork, printed and rolled up to fit inside the treasure box
  • Photo Book: 11.5″ x 7.125″ 20-page + cover perfect-bound soft-cover book featuring a sampling of photos of the band throughout the years
  • Death Bat Challenge Coin: 2″ silver colored metal coin with a design stamped on front & back
  • Death Bat Skeleton Key: 4.5″ silver colored metal skeleton key
  • Digital Content: Instand download Hail To The King Single. Download of Hail To The King album on street date
  • Pre-Sale access to the upcoming Avenged Sevenfold US Tour

On August 19, 2013, the album was made available for streaming on iTunes.


Critical response

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars
Alternative Press 4/5 stars
Artistdirect 5/5 stars
Exclaim! 4/10
The Guardian 4/5 stars
Kerrang 4/5 stars
Loudwire 4.5/5 stars
The New Zealand Herald 4/5 stars
The Oakland Press 3/4 stars
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars

Hail to the King received positive reviews upon release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream music critics, the album received an average score of 70, based on 9 reviews, which indicates “generally favorable” reviews. In a summary of his review, Chris Epting of Loudwire called the album “a modern metal classic that reflects the past while very much embracing the present.” Artistdirect’s Rick Florino stated, “Hail to the King doesn’t just raise the bar for the band, but it raises the bar for everyone else to follow and compete with.” In a very positive review, Dom Lawson of The Guardian judged, “Stripped down to a core of thudding Sabbath-like grooves and brash, spiky vocal refrains, Avenged now sound every bit as vital and imperious as the bands they aspire to emulate.” “Hail to the King represents a clean sweep, a divergence into classic metal and their best chance of hitting the heights they’ve always longed for,” according to Q magazine. “The next giant crossover metal band has arrived,” reviewer Tom Bryant concluded, giving the album a 4 stars out of 5 rating.

Not all critics were as enthusiastic. In a mixed review, Jason Lymangrover of AllMusic remarked, “Unfortunately, once they tried to take inspiration from other bands, they mimicked them so well that they lost their sense of identity in the process.” He also accused “This Means War” of ripping off Metallica’s song “Sad But True”. In a more negative review, Bradley Zorgdrager of Exclaim! said “After it concludes, Hail to the King makes it challenging for listeners to recall any specific moment, which defeats the purpose of a pop (metal) album.” The album has received some criticism and was accused of ripping off other artists. The album also has been compared to bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica and Pantera.

In a blog post, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn was also very critical of the album, denouncing it as a mere cover album and making several jokes about the similarities a selection of songs share with those by Metallica, Megadeth and Guns N’ Roses. M. Shadows responded to the criticism saying that he “read it as a joke”, but noted that “if it is a joke, it was kind of overboard”.

Chart performance

Hail to the King debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart on September 1, 2013. It also debuted at number two on the Official Finnish Albums Chart and at number five in Germany.

The album sold 159,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

Track listing

All songs written by M.Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, and Johnny Christ.

No. Title Length
1. “Shepherd of Fire” 5:25
2. “Hail to the King” 5:06
3. “Doing Time” 3:27
4. “This Means War” 6:10
5. “Requiem” 4:23
6. “Crimson Day” 5:00
7. “Heretic” 4:55
8. “Coming Home” 6:26
9. “Planets” 6:00
10. “Acid Rain” 6:41
Total length:
Deluxe version bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. “Hail to the King” (music video) 5:13
12. “St. James” 5:01
Total length:


Avenged Sevenfold
  • M. Shadows – vocals
  • Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, co-lead guitar
  • Synyster Gates – lead guitar, additional vocals on “Planets”
  • Johnny Christ – bass guitar
  • Arin Ilejay – drums
Session musicians
  • Storm Lee Gardner – Vocals on “Requiem”
  • Ran Jackson – Vocals on “Requiem”
  • Jessi Collins – Vocals on “Requiem”
  • Sharlotte Gibson – Vocals on “Requiem”
  • Rick D. Waserman – Voice-over on “Requiem”
  • Brent Arrowood – Sound fx on “Shepherd of Fire”
  • Brian Haner, Sr – Outro guitar solo on “Coming Home”
  • David Campbell – Orchestra arranger & conductor
  • John E. Acosta – cello on “Requiem”, “Crimson Day” and “Acid Rain”
  • John Wittenberg, Josefina Vergara, Michelle Richards, Natalie Leggett, Sara Parkins, Songa Lee, Tereza Stanislav – violin on “Requiem”, “Crimson Day” and “Acid Rain”
  • John Fumo, Rick Baptist – trumpet on “Shepherd of Fire”, “Requiem” and “Planets”
  • Jeff Babko – piano on “Acid Rain”
  • Alan Kaplan – trombone on “Shepherd of Fire”, “Requiem” and “Planets”
  • Douglas Tornquist – tuba on “Shepherd of Fire”, “Requiem” and “Planets”
  • Mike Elizondo – production, keyboards on “Crimson Day”, “Heretic” and “Coming Home”
  • Allen Wolfe – A&R
  • Joanna Terrasi – A&R
  • Brent Arrowood – assistant engineer
  • Chris Sporleder – assistant engineer
  • D.A. Frizell – illustrations, treatment
  • Adam Hawkins – engineer
  • Paul Suarez – pro-tools
  • Cam Rackman – paintings, portraits
  • Andy Wallace – mixer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering engineer

Charts and certifications

Chart (2013) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA) 2
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) 30
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) 23
Brazilian Albums (ABPD) 1
Canadian Albums (Billboard) 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten) 6
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts) 6
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) 1
French Albums (SNEP) 25
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) 5
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) 8
Irish Albums (IRMA) 1
Italian Albums (FIMI) 8
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ) 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) 5
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) 4
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) 12
UK Albums (OCC) 1
US Billboard 200 1


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada) Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA) Gold 500,000^
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Region Date Label(s)
August 23, 2013 Warner Bros. Records
New Zealand
United Kingdom
August 26, 2013
August 27, 2013
South Korea
United States


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Clint Mansell's Soundtrack for Noah

Noah is a 2014 American biblically inspired epic directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, and based loosely on the story of Noah’s Ark from the Book of Genesis. The film stars Russell Crowe as Noah, along with Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Anthony Hopkins. The film was released in North American theaters on March 28, 2014, in 2D and IMAX, while several countries released a version of the film converted to 3D and IMAX 3D.

Noah received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed over $359 million worldwide.
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21 Swings: Why Perfect Strangers Are Making Beautiful Music in Montreal

A new take on a favorite childhood pastime is allowing even complete strangers to make beautiful music together in downtown Montreal. Each spring, 21 multicolored swings are placed in the city’s entertainment district, Quartier des Spectacles. Each seat acts as a musical instrument. As people swing, prerecorded sounds from pianos and other instruments fill the air. The more neighboring swings work together, the more melodies and harmonies begin to form. Watch this video and experience a new type of “swing music.”