DevilSpeak, Cape Town’s freshest metal sensation, and who recently appeared at our WinterFest’15 event, release their first single today. The band represent something of a death metal / thrash hybrid, with an intense and suitably macabre live performance which has captured the attention of local metalheads, and even other African nations as evidenced by a post from Nigerian-based Audio Inferno yesterday.
The single, titled ‘Violently Leading The Blind’, is described by the band as a track which captures DevilSpeak‘s sonic personality at its best. It was recorded by Jethro Harris at Milestone Studios in Cape Town, which is one of the oldest and most respected studios in the city, purpose-built and opened in 1987.
“‘Violently Leading The Blind’ was the track Jethro wanted us to record as our first single. He came to a practice session and arrived just as we started playing the track. He said the slow melodic part stuck with him for days afterwards, which made him want to record it. At the time we decided to record it, it was one of the songs we still had to work on pretty hard to get it to where we wanted it to be performance-wise, so we were a bit unsure about going with it as our first single. Nonetheless, we think it ended up being the right call on Jethro’s part and we are extremely happy with how it turned out. We are also very happy with having been able to record it at a studio like Milestone Studios.” ~ Derrick Leppan (bass guitar, DevilSpeak)
The recording project for this track was done in an old-school manner, with all instruments played live on real hardware, bringing a distinctly different sound production atmosphere to what most metal music recordings sound like in the present day.
“I feel strongly about having a metal band sounding natural. So we invested money and lots of time into tuning and re-skinning the drum kit and getting the right sound from its organic shells, and using fantastic microphones. The guitars and bass are also the result of the right microphone placed in front of great amplifiers. I decided the band must record all at once as if there were performing live; since I felt that I had to capture their “rehearsal feel and sound” as that was what got me interested in the project in the first place.” ~ Jethro Harris (recording engineer, live sound engineer)
DevilSpeak appear to be on a solid trajectory to become a force in local metal, having in a very short span of time attracted a cult-like following from their aggressive approach to working the local circuit with imaginative stage props and exciting performance antics.