A L B U M S

HEAVY METAL SANCTUARY - BATTLEAXE

Recorded in 2011/12 in a combination of sessions at Sound Inc and Trinity Heights, this is the album that helped the band get signed to SPV Steamhammer.

Probably spent more time on this album producing than as a drummer, so it is not my best work as a player; there were many distractions during this recording.

I eventually replaced the original drum takes that I did in Sound Inc with ones I did with Fred in Trinity Heights, probably not the best decision. With time limited and an uncomfortable environment, it wasn't the best recording experience.

THE ANSWER MACHINE - SKYCLAD

Recorded in 1996 at Moles Studios in Bath, England.

I enjoyed making this album mainly because of the environment. Moles was a very comfortable studio to record in. The drum room was like a living room with sofas and persian rugs, and the whole studio ws on different levels with CCTV.

Pete Coleman and Kev Ridley engineered and produced the album, so I felt confident that my drum sound would be produced well.

So I am reasonably happy with this album and I have some fond memories of our time there.  The cost of this album was £32,000, how times have changed.

DREAMER DECIEVER (A TRIBUTE TO JUDAS PRIEST) - SKYCLAD

Recorded in 1996 at Jacobs Studios in Surrey, England.

We broke away from recording the 'Oui Avante Garde a Chance' album to record one track for this tribute album.

I persuaded the band to have my friend Tanya Rowlands provide effect vocals on the track, so we got her down to Surrey to sing her parts, and it turned out excellent.

As far as my playing on the track goes, it's ok; didn't really know the track that well, but I was reasonably pleased with the outcome.

OUI AVANTE GARDE A CHANCE - SKYCLAD

Recorded in 1996 at Jacobs Studios in Surrey, England.

I enjoyed making this album, the environment was pretty special; a converted barn studio used by many of the top bands. The swimming pool was great as well.

Half of this album had already been recorded with another drummer from Newcastle called Paul Smith, so all I had to do was record the other half.

I used a nice little Pemier fusion kit for this album, but not enamoured by the production and drum sound. I thought some of  the songs were a bit weak on this album, compared to earlier ones; a bit laid back.

 

TYGER TYGER - JESS COX & ROB WEIR

Recorded in 1986 at Impulse Studios in Newcastle, England.

A bizzarre experience making this album, I programmed the drums and then played real cymbals and hi hats in the studio.

This was a pretty horrible experience but I have put it on here because I did enjoy working with Jess and Rob.

Not really sure if this album saw the light of day....hope not.

 

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