POSTED ON – 10.02.15

SSR Manchester - Assistant Engineer
Assistant Engineer
SSR Sound Engineering & Design student Alexandru Istrate recently enlisted the help of SSR graduate Radu Muntean when recording and co-producing a new album by metal band Dirty Shirt, which is being released later this year.

The album was recorded at 7 Cats Studio and Lowbass5 Studio, both in Romania.

Alexandru recently got in touch with some details about the recording sessions which we are pleased to share here:

Alexandru Istrate:
'Dirtylicious' promises to be one of the most interesting and groundbreaking releases on the Romanian and European metal stage. The band managed to build a completely new musical vocabulary, based on a sonic skeleton made up of Dirty Shirt’s unique blend of genres.

Even if we encounter the first experiments with this brand of fusion metal on the previous releases of the band, which included hits like 'Bad Apples', 'Freak Show' or 'Saraca Inima Me' , 'Dirtylicious' will take everything a step further. The album is built on folk elements, and the studio sessions were done with artists who are masters of traditional instruments, like violin, clarinet, accordion, dulcimer and many more. Together, these musicians form the Transylvanian Folkcore Orchestra.

Former SSR Manchester student Radu Muntean was the assisting engineer during the recording of the percussion. Alongside Mihai Tivadar, the guitarist and producer of the album, Radu helped with microphone positioning, ideas and suggestions and provided a helping hand or ear if you will, in achieving an exceptional percussion sound for the album.

I took care of arranging MIDI triggering points for kick and snare drum samples and preparing the Pro Tools sessions for Mihai so that he could experience and easy and efficient workflow during MIDI stage. This process was done on all the songs of the album, and I also worked closely with Mihai by giving him feedback and opinion on the way songs sounded in different stages of the album production.

The artwork of the album is signed by the Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu (Twilight13Media). Costin is one of the most appreciated designers in the world, having collaborated in the past with names like At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Primordial etc.

In 2014, Dirty Shirt also won 2nd place in the Final of Wacken Metal Battle and were introduced on the Festival’s Anniversary DVD – ‘25 Years Of Wacken’.

An instrumental preview of the album can be heard here: