It's a live one, soon
15 Sep 2008
Alright, the preparations are soon nearing an end. I've finished almost all the backing tracks (drums, electronics, etc). All live drums use the same Superior Drummer 2.0 kit, so that there's the same drum sound for all songs from each album. And at that, I also re-composed a lot of the drumming from Conclusion and Wasteland. The drums still play mostly the same base beats, but with different fills and such, and sometimes different beats altogether. A lot of the songs have new synths added too, and in a few cases there's all new synth work in the songs that didn't have any on the album (Their Contract and Winds of Contamination, most prominently). So, you'll hear much new stuff in the live renditions of the songs :)
I still need to finish a few more songs, though, but it shouldn't take long. The next step is rehearsing all the songs with Matti, and hopefully we can start the rehearsals this weekend. Once we can nail most of the songs, we can start looking for gigs :)
Another review + more
3 Sep 2008
There's another decent review. There's more to come still, and reviews should be appearing in some magazines too, so hopefully there'll be more and more exposure :)
Update, 4 September:
Another review has been published, over at Stalker Music (in Finnish):
A very nice review mostly, with only some minor nitpicks here and there about the music. Apparently the Wasteland review is coming soon too.
New demo song now streaming
28 Aug 2008
Go on to our Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/vortechmetal to listen to a brand new demo song in full! The song is instrumental at the moment, but there will be vocals on the album version.
Oh and I've decided to take up on describing the genre of Vortech as Cybertech, since it gets a bit old saying "Industrial black/death progressive metal" :) That name should concisely tell what the music is all about.
Progress towards album #4
28 Aug 2008
Well, I just finished two more demo songs, which brings the grand total to 8 finished demo songs clocking in at just under 35 minutes. I'll keep writing more songs until the end of October, or early November. Then I'll start going through the songs and picking which ones will be on the album and doing any changes needed to the other songs. After that I'll start working on the lyrics, which should be done around early December or so, hopefully. In January, it's once again time to start recording the final songs. The vocal recording sessions should be fun with mobile equipment now at my disposal.
Here's some quick run-throughs of the songs so far, in alphabetical order with working titles for songs, the final names will be decided after the lyrics are done:
Afterworld (3:54) [234 bpm]
Quite a fast song that starts out with a deceiving melody before lashing out. The first chorus is quite an evil sounding one, followed by a very old school Swedish death metal style main chorus.
Astral Breed (3:58) [145 bpm]
A midtempo song with a mysterious main verse. The second part takes up the first space shuttle available. The chorus is a very sneaky one combining trance with a black metalish slower guitarline.
Bleak Expectations (4:52) [220 bpm]
Starts out with some synth work, followed by some technical riffage with more black metal touches. The chorus is very melodic with lots of synth stuff and arpeggios. The C part contains black metal and more space-synths, with a nice solo spot later on.
Humanity: Static (5:41) [156 bpm]
Very driving song all around, with lots of electronics and synths. A nice mystical and evil sounding chorus. Could be the album opener.
Posthumanism (3:54) [256 bpm]
Extremely fast stuff, with a nice twisted melody-riddled chorus and lots of time signature changes. Very futuristic sound. Another candidate for an album opener.
The Wolves (4:39) [157 bpm]
Starts out with an oriental style shredfest, followed by a futuristic setting going towards a very electronic chorus. Lots of heavy riffs.
Transcendence (3:31) [157 bpm]
The first song composed after Deep Beneath. Nice and futuristic with a nice drive. The chorus may get a small change, but at the moment it's got a nice melody going on. The C-part features completely over the top drum machine work.
Xenomorphosis (4:17) [244 bpm]
Fast stuff with a very futuristic feeling, fans of the original Need for Speed soundtrack will feel at home, especially during the chorus. Relentless song.
There you go for the time being!
Reviews are starting to appear
19 Aug 2008
The first one is the Finnish Imperiumi:
http://imperiumi.net/alb_2.php?id=7980 - Wasteland, 7/10
http://imperiumi.net/alb_2.php?id=7984 - Deep Beneath, 7/10
Not bad scores at all, since the same guy gave 8Ý¯10 to Darkspace's III, which is one of the best albums of this year :) In short, the reviewer liked everything except the drum machine.
I'll add more review links once they are published. There should be about half a dozen ones in English too, so hang tight!