Technical thrash metal act Believer — who’re signed to Metal Blade — have checked in with an update on their next album, which they’re mixing and mastering right this second.
“We’re pleased to announce that mixing and mastering for the upcoming album is complete,” the band says. “We decided early on in [this] project that we wanted an outside person to mix the record so we could spend more time writing and recording. [Believer’s guitarist] Kevin Leaman recommended Kevin Gutierrez from Assembly Line Studios for mixing this record. Leaman had worked with Gutierrez previously and said that he was really easy to work with. From the first telephone conversation it was clear that Gutierrez understood exactly what we were looking for sonically and he seemed really interested in helping us achieve that.”
Believer told Gutierrez that they wanted the record to “sound very musical” and “not just be heavy.” They “wanted to use the whole frequency range and not have all the mids scooped out so that everything going on in the tunes was audible. Most importantly, we wanted to keep the dynamics. We were a little nervous about not being there physically for the mix, but we spent so much time tweaking in the sounds for tracking that we were confident he had good stuff to work with. The rough mixes we made for ourselves already sounded pretty decent.”
Maor Appelbaum of Maor Appelbaum Mastering will handle — you guessed it — the mastering. “Maor also understood what we were trying to achieve with the dynamics and the overall listening experience we wanted to create on this album. Sonically we’re extremely happy with this album and can’t wait for other people to hear it. We feel like this is a really strong and unique album in the Believer catalog and it’s something we’re definitely proud of.”