DAY 456 OFF THE GRID - 21 YEARS AGO - Once Upon a Time in Nelson
I woke up in the late morning, cranked up some Darkthrone on the large black stereo in my bedroom and went out to the kitchen of the St Vincent Street Horde. By then the knives were already on the stove and some of the local Nelsonian Black Metal scene members were having a session.
After charfing back a Marlboro and possibly some coffee I joined them. An undeterminable number of spots later I was ready to get some equipment set up for the recording of Beltane's first full-blown demo tape. After another ciggie of course!
The jam room used to be in Benetari's bedroom but Beltane had been banned to the hallway near the front door. So it was there I set up recording equipment around my Peavey 5150 & Marshall half-stack, Dyrkyn's original red drumkit and Thyiendalen's little bass combo.
The mixing desk that we used was an ancient Lewis Le Gro eight channel & we had a Boss half-rack reverb unit in the "echo send". The desk outputted the signal to Benetari's Sharp cassette deck. No dolby was used 'cause that sounds shit with Black Metal. Simple TDK D90 cassettes functioned as the "master tapes".
We had a vocal mic each, they were the best ones we had. There was a small PA so we could hear our vocal parts. These used up all the mic stands so for the drums an overhead was hanged from the light fixture conveniently above the drumkit & a cheap cassette type mic was placed in the kickdrum.
A further mic was dangled over one of the speakers in my Marshall quad-box. The low road was taken with the bassamp - it's line output was simply connected to the mixer.
Dyrkyn had arrived while this was happening and we had another session while waiting for Thyiendalen. I don't recall a specific ritual relating to the recording but most likey I incanted some Ode to Satan in front of the altar in my room & lit some suitable incense.
We began our recording session in the early-mid afternoon. This went well with two or three takes of each of the four songs that would make up the demo tape which came to be known as "Rehearsal April 5th 1995".
Every take was pretty good upon playing them back soon after. It was just a matter of picking the best overall of each song. This is not an easy job when it's a live-to-2TRK type deal as everyone's best playing will not necessarily be on the same take!
It was wise to make the final cut some other day. "So It Was Done". Beltane's first demo was made. We partied on long into the night in the usual Nelsonian Black Metal style.