Morgul - Studio report
the week from July 19 to 27, 2009 the German metal band MINAS MORGUL
entered the "Helion" studios in Munich, Germany, to record
their new album „Eisengott“ („God from iron“).
Therefore the band took a flight from Berlin to Munich (yet without
their vocalist) and started building up the drum set. On Monday they
soundchecked (drums, microphones, etc.) and starting from 2 p.m. the
recordings for drum and bass took place at the same time (in different
The “Helion” studio owner has recently bought a second house (right
across the old studio, which is still being used) and has several new
recording rooms in there. Apart from that there are several offices (the
Helion metal festival is being planned therein), a luxorious kitchen,
rooms for graphicists (as the Helion group offers complete packages,
from design to composing etc. > more information at heliongroup.com),
conference rooms and much more.
On Tuesday the drum
recordings were finished and half of the guitar recordings took place.
Both guitars were recorded simultaneously (the guitarists heared
themselves in the monitor boxes, signals being sent right into the
recording program of the computer). The guitars were recorded clean, so
later on they had to be re-amped. Meanwhile the producers started
postprocessing the drum recordings.
On Thursday singer Rico flew in by plane. Still the same day he got down
to half of the vocal recordings. On Friday the remaining vocal part
recordings were finished. The studio crew kept on working on the rough
mix of all instruments while the band used the evening to do some
sightseeing in Munich and to enter some music clubs/pubs.
On Saturday the bass and guitar tracks were checked once more and a
first rough mix was finished (this one yet sounds better than the
complete finished previous album of the band). The band obviously has
matured a lot since the last album, musicwise and lyricwise (the lyrics
are completely in German). I for my part am looking forward to the
release of the album.
Here are some visuals from the time in the studio:
Drum recordings with Andreas:
Bass recordings, sitting on a
For those who don't need to work,
there's a Playstation and a big screen... a service that is taken advantage of
Christoph (from the Helion crew)
is a born clown:
Finally: The "Sheriff" (
=official nickname of the studio owner > on the photo down front) gets the
photo he requested...
showing the whole band and the two present Helion crew members in the new
reception area of the new building:
The graphic artists have their own
Minas Morgul are having a beer in
the new conference room:
Decoration on the heating in one
of the offices:
Guitar recordings with both
guitarists (and Christoph, in his position as the recording manager):
Being photographed is tempting
both guitarists to do excessive posing ;-)
A new room for DVD and film
Vocal recordings with Rico:
Another photo with band and crew
... requested by the Sheriff/ studio owner:
The guitars have their own couch:
Weekend: One of the Helion's
graphic artists owns a club. Great! That's where the day ends.