Release Date: 15th May, 2015
David Bonney (Lizod) - Guitars, Synths, Artwork
Braun Amore - Vocals, Lyrics, Concept
Thomas Drew - Drums, Percussion
Daniele Gravina - Bass
Isurus - Production, Engineering
Daniel Bergstrand - Mixing and mastering at Dugout Productions in Uppsala, Sweden
Recorded at the Isurus 'Event Horizon' Studio in London, England
Released in May 2015, Logocharya is our second full length studio album and represents the culmination of four years of intensive work. The album was recorded in our studio in London, England and was mixed and mastered by Daniel Berstrand at Dugout Productions.
Having pushed further in every possible direction than ever before, Logocharya represents, for Isurus, both an evolution and a revolution in all areas from sound and composition to artwork and design, recording, marketing and distribution. Logocharya fulfils the vision that we had for the album at the start of the long journey that culminated in it's birth, hence representing a milestone in the life work of the band.
In mid June 2011, following the release of our debut 'Telos', we found ourselves feeling that the album wasn't a real expression of our creative potential. This was due to many limiting factors such as Braun having just joined Thomas and David and a lack of engineering experience and resources. Nonetheless, we knew that we were bound to make a huge leap forward with our next release and so the four year adventure which resulted in the creation of our second effort, 'Logocharya', began.
From the outset we had a very clear and unified vision for the album and, in line with this, we designed a rough concept for it very early on. For the first twelve months running up to June 2012, we addressed the limitations that we had been constrained by during the Telos phase, including moving into a shared residence, building our modular studio (The "Event Horizon") from scratch and acquiring all the equipment that we needed for writing and recording the album.
Beginning in July 2012, David and Thomas engaged in a rigorous routine of jamming, experimenting with techniques that they had never used before. They painstakingly boiled down and catagorised recordings from marathon guitar and drum improvisation sessions and only used material that we all felt worthy of what we wanted to be an album that truly represented us at this time.
We then deeply explored the very best ideas through a long series of additional improvisation sessions which were, again, guitar and drums only. This phase lasted around eighteen months running up to the beginning of 2014 and resulted in a rough version of the album being created.
Although work on vocal parts had already begun and had been ongoing since the start of the compositional work, in early 2014 Braun had a full album of rough tracks which he then started layering more developed vocal lines to using lyrics that he'd written.
Throughout the process of having the singing added to the music, we collectively restructured the tracks to create the spaces needed for the vocals or simply to improve the dynamics of the songs.
The band also gained a new member during the writing of Logocharya: Daniele Gravina on bass. Daniele's involvement resolved our last remaining 'limiting factor' (the prolonged absence of a bassist) and his work truly pushed Logocharya well beyond anything that we had produced in the past. The bass was layered on to existing and finalized tracks and was the final element of the album.
Logocharya was recorded in our studio; the Event Horizon in London, England.
Guitar: The guitars were tracked using Lizod’s usual Marshall based rig through a Palmer analogue speaker simulator into a Neve Portico 5012 Preamp, along with numerous analogue overdrive, distortion, fuzz, and modulation pedals in true Heath Robinson styled chaos - with all effects set for each part in question. Only delays and reverbs were added after the fact in the mix phase.
No speaker cabinets or microphones were used at all in the process.
Synth sounds were made using either Roland GR, VG systems or Camel Audio Alchemy, along with pseudo-synth sounds with Ebows and experimental guitar playing techniques!
Guitar wise, Gibson Les Pauls make up 80% of the guitars, with the occasional Ibanez RG and Telecaster for added variation.
Bass: The bass was tracked using a Yamaha bass with various analogue effects through two amplifiers, a Peavey Sessionbass and Tech 21 Sansamp RBI, along with a straight D.I. through a Neve Portico 5012 and a SSL Channel One. Again, like the guitars, no cabinets or microphones were involved.
Drums: The drums were recorded using a Jobeky electronic drum kit and Superior Drummer 2.0. The drums were all played live and the midi data was recorded and then used to trigger samples. This gave us the ability to manipulate the sounds used after the live drum tracks had been recorded whilst still maintaining the live drum tracking feel.
Vocals: The vocals were recorded in our studio using a Charter Oak SA358 large diaphragm condenser microphone running into a Ruper Neve Designs Portico 5012 preamp. No effects, compression or EQ were used during vocal tracking.
All tracking sessions were self engineered apart from the bass sessions, which were engineered by Braun.
Mixing and Mastering:
Logocharya was mixed and mastered by Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Productions in Upsala, Sweden.
Although our initial intention was to mix and master Logocharya ourselves, in early 2014 it became clear to us that we would achieve a better result by involving an external mixing engineer. This decision was partly due to limitations of our equipment but mostly down to the benefit of having someone with a fresh perspective on the album involved.
As such, we explored a number of different options and finally settled on Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Productions. Working with Daniel was an extremely rewarding experience for us in many ways and the results can be heard in the final album mix.
Logocharya is available to buy as a Digibook Album directly from our website store or through a large number of online digital retailers. The album is also available to stream on Spotify, and at mp3 or cd quality through the Tidal streaming service.
For the release of Logocharya, after having considered many options, we have chosen to solely utilize modern distribution channels combined with direct CD sales to our fans over traditional physical distribution.
Although we have been in discussion with record companies, we decided that the traditional model of signing away rights to music in exchange for marketing and distribution opportunities is no longer optimal.
As a result, we’re able to maintain full ownership of our material and trade marked brand and provide a higher quality product (digibook vs cd) at a lower cost. This benefits us and our fans.