Friday, May 20, 2011

Marcelo Barbosa reports from the studio

The last few weeks I live between the trips from my home city Brasilia to Sao Paulo and back: at first, it was preproduction of the new material and right now, we’re recording the guitars for the new CD of Almah. The whole atmosphere in the studio is very good and we are convinced that the album will be great. As the songs are taking shape, we start to realize the weight and profundity of them and of their arrangements. All the guitar basics have been already recorded and at the moment we are doing some details and the solos. I have to return to Brasília for the week-end because of some shows and appointments there. But I believe that before the middle of the next week we’ll finish all the guitar and acoustic guitar parts.

Too many things happen at the same time and I must confess that I’m getting a bit crazy because of it. But let come what may!

I’ve made two videos with parts of the new songs. They are short because we can’t reveal all the secrets before their time, but I think it could be enough to stimulate your curiosity. Some elements remind Fragile Equality, after all, the band remains the same with the same guitarists. These elements are a part of our sound’s identity. But I’m sure that for the most part of the album we are daring enough and many things will be different from the stuff presented on the previous CD.

Sorry, I made a mistake recording the second video with my iPhone, I did it in the vertical position that is why the picture is too narrow. Anyway, what is really important, the sound is there. Check out the videos, we will show you more things soon. Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Marcelo Barbosa about the new Almah in the interview for

At the moment, ALMAH continues working at the third studio album, the follow-up to the previous success, Fragile Equality (2008). This week, the band has started to work at the guitar parts. Brazilian journalist, Felix Briano from has got a few answers from ALMAH’s guitarist Marcelo Barbosa about how the work at the new material is going on.

First, the journalist asked how much the new stuff can be compared with the first Almah’s CD made as a solo-album of Edu Falaschi (while the 2nd one, Fragile Equality was a result of a real band work): “In some parts, - told Barbosa – but we won’t abandon the technical side which is one of the most important features of the band. That time the songs themselves were the central point of the attention and the arragements permeated them with some temperance, which doesn’t appear so much in Fragile Equality - the album that I adore. But now it’s a different moment and since we express in the music the way we think and the way we live at the moment, it couldn’t be the same”.

You live in Brasília and the rest of the guys are from São Paulo and Caxias do Sul, all the places are in different states in the country with a very big territory. How did the composing become possible in such conditions?
“This time it has been a little bit different. It’s been a bit faster than in case of the previous CD. We started to exchange some ideas through the Internet. When we had got enough material, we set up an appointmemt and spent almost a week in São Paulo in order to finalize the songs and the arrangements for the new album and right after that Moreira entered the studio to record the drums. This part has already been finished and this week we start to record the guitars, acoustic guitars and the bass".

Where are you recording the new album, in which studio?
“We have choosen the same one where we made Fragile Equality. Norcal is a studio with excellent equipment, technical staff, organization and where we are very welcome. With old partners by our side the whole process becomes easier and more agile. The main difference is the fact that this time the album will be mixed in Europe".

We are talking about the album without using any certain name, did you define the title of the new Almah’s effort?
“Not yet. Everything is happening very very fast and we will fill the gaps during the recording. We have been waiting for some break in Angra’s schedule to have a space to go on with Almah. And when it happened we immediately caught this opportunity! :) Every one of us is really excited with all this stuff that our fans would like to get to know, and these details will be announced soon, for sure".

The original text in Portuguese you can find here.

ALMAH is: Edu Falaschi – vocals, Felipe Andreoli – bass, Marcelo Barbosa – guitars, Paulo Schroeber – guitars, Marcelo Moreira – drums. The band entered the Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil on 2th of May. The release of the album, as-yet-untitled, is planned for September 2011 worldwide. According to the previous messages of the musicians, the new CD will be heavy and up-to-date. And it will include 10 songs.

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