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  1. A little background:

    Jehovah Gyra sucked around for a few years in Texas, and towards the end we started doing Doom music covers.

    Our third cover (E2M2) was in production for about 2 years, waiting for the guitarist and one of two members of the band to "finish the solo". So, though it isn't official, since the guitarist is separated from me (the "everything else-ist") by about 1.5 Pacific Oceans, and only less speedy with answering e-mails than finishing solos, I have declared that the band no longer exists, and started a new one.

    This time, to make sure that no unambitious guitarists can stand in the way of my music getting finished, I have gotten my own guitar. I have no plans to get good enough to play live, but with software I don't really need to be any good to make the music I want. Once the music exists, then I'll start looking for a live guitarist/potential band member(s) proper. In the meantime I may collaborate with people online (already got a saxist).

    By the way, I will release E2M2 as soon as I save the money for a domain and make or have made a web page. I have other Doom music plans in mind, one of which I am quite sure will surprise everyone in our humble community greatly (not to say it will be good, but just surprising).

    A little foreground:

    The new band still doesn't have a damned name, because I don't want to settle and regret later. For now I'm hovering at "Sadistic Schoolgirl". The schoolgirl fashion will play a big part in the album art, and might it make some sense when you consider that the band is located in Osaka.

    Since it's hard for me to judge my own music, I have a few friends who give me feedback, and whom I plan to credit as "testers" when the first album is done. But these people are all Japanese, so I decided to try posting my first song here to see if there might be any fellow Doomers who have some opinions to share. If there is any interest, I will keep posting as I go.

    This is the first song I have recorded, "Tunnel of Sky". It's the slowest song of all of them, so don't let that get you down if you liked Jehovah Gyra because of E1M1, as there will be plenty of speed to balance things out.

    Feel free to "be as vicious as you like" with it, and please comment on any aspect you want. The only thing I will defend from the outset is the production quality/EQ, because I don't have monitoring speakers yet and instead lightly mix as best I can through the 800 yen shitty ones I have for the time being, and then I will be sending stems out to a mastering house to have it polished up. Oh, that and don't tell me about the word I mispronounced. I left that blooper in the beta version for a reason...


    http://jehovahgyra.com/TOS_beta2.mp3

    1. Little Faith

      Little Faith

      Heh, I have paid for records with worse sound quality than that.


      Is this the style you are aiming for with your output?

      It seems to be very vocal-centric with only sparse background instrumentation. It can work, but you need to have some really strong characteristic vocals to make it work, when there is no powerful instrumentation to hide behind.

      Right now you sound a bit too much like a humble excuse for yourself. It might be an issue of training, but it seems like you are too afraid of embarrasing yourself and thus are afraid to really let go and belt it out.


      It is plainly obvious that you are a Nine Inch Nails fan by the way, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
      (The whole ambigous major/minor key thing is soo NIN).


      Bands you could check out for inspiration could be:

      12 Rounds, Portishead (or anything Geoff Barrow and Dave McDonald have been involved with), Millionaire, a swedish band called Whale, and for the heck of it NIN's The Fragile.

      I would recommend anything Chris Connelly related, but then again it is probably not too healthy a thing to listen to for budding vocalists. It could give you severe feelings of inadequacy.

    2. Richo Rosai

      Richo Rosai

      Thanks!

      Sorry, I don't get what you mean by my "output"... But anyway, what I was aiming for with this particular song was a sense of disorientation. Musically, I wanted to leave it bare and uncomfortable. Specifically, it's supposed to represent a bittersweet head trip during the last moments of a person's life.

      Thanks for the comment on the vocals. My only "training" was singing Eat Free Kids into a 30 dollar radio shack mic alone in an abandoned building, so I guess I'll have to make up for that with forcing more confidence (and monitoring with heavy reverb, which has been giving me results lately). Since this is the most vocal-centric song, I guess I will go back and redo the whole thing closer to the end of the process. But at least my other insecurity--lyrics--won't be as much of an issue this time since I'll be playing in a place where nobody will understand what the hell I'm saying.

      Well, you'll never pay for my record unless you want to (or unless you don't know how to use torrents, heh), but I hope to eventually reach a commercial level of sound quality. However, the songs will continue to sound poorly EQ'ed and kinda bland (lack of samples and SFX most of which will not come until the final mixdown) during the beta stage.

      It's funny you mention NIN, because that is my favorite act but I didn't know it would be that obvious. One thing that is for sure is that I can't make realistic sounding drums for the life of me, so I might end up sounding pretty Pretty Hate Machine-ish in the end.

      Thanks for the band list. I really should check some out, because I listen to pretty much nothing but game music, NIN and Floyd.

      Little Faith said:

      Heh, I have paid for records with worse sound quality than that.


      Is this the style you are aiming for with your output?

      It seems to be very vocal-centric with only sparse background instrumentation. It can work, but you need to have some really strong characteristic vocals to make it work, when there is no powerful instrumentation to hide behind.

      Right now you sound a bit too much like a humble excuse for yourself. It might be an issue of training, but it seems like you are too afraid of embarrasing yourself and thus are afraid to really let go and belt it out.


      It is plainly obvious that you are a Nine Inch Nails fan by the way, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
      (The whole ambigous major/minor key thing is soo NIN).


      Bands you could check out for inspiration could be:

      12 Rounds, Portishead (or anything Geoff Barrow and Dave McDonald have been involved with), Millionaire, a swedish band called Whale, and for the heck of it NIN's The Fragile.

      I would recommend anything Chris Connelly related, but then again it is probably not too healthy a thing to listen to for budding vocalists. It could give you severe feelings of inadequacy.

    3. Psyonisis

      Psyonisis

      Pretty cool song, but 'fucking' seems really forced and out of place.

      I love the Jehovah Gyra cover of E1M8 btw.

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