Black Anvil Documented the Hail Death Recording Sessions

In-studio videos are, more often than not, fluff pieces. Usually what you get is a few random shots of the band members, and then some voice over about how this is the group’s best material to date. The movie’s purpose is usually to be a short commercial for the record’s release, not anything worth watching in and of themselves.


And this is why I was impressed by Black Anvil‘s presentation of the making of their new record, Hail Death. They put some real time into the thing. It clocks in at a half hour and gives a pretty detailed account of the band’s process. You can get a good look at the mic placement, they talk about how they track drums/bass/scratch guitar to tape, discuss click tracks, and there’s just general all-around good documentary making. Take a look below.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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