Psychotic Waltz Psychotic Waltz return in full original line-up with their highly anticipated 5th studio album. The album is entitled The God-Shaped Void the album will be released on February 14th, 2020. The God-Shapen Void is the first new music in 23 years from Psychotic Waltz. It seems that all bands that wanted an optimal mixing/mastering contacts the producing wizard Jens Bogren. Psychotic Waltz is no exception, and Bogren has also done his utmost to refine Psychotic Waltz’s songs. The track Devils And Angels,
The basic tracks for The God-Shaped Void were recorded with engineer Ulrich Wild in the band’s hometown of San Diego, then the rest of the recordings at Studio D in Austria and finally the material was mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Fates Warning) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. Artwork, as to be seen above, was created by longtime visual partner Travis Smith (Katatonia, Riverside, Nevermore).
Psychotic Waltz guitarist Dan Rock checked in to comment about the creation and recording process of The God-Shaped Void as follows: «First we’d like to thank all the fans who have supported us over the years. The new album would probably not exist if it were not for the good times and fan support we had on our reunion tours of Europe in 2011/2012. It really sunk in how cool I would be to make new music again, instead of just continually playing the first four albums. With all of us living further apart, especially Devon Graves, it was a much slower process than having all five of us in the same room like we used to. But times change, and the Internet helped quite a bit».
«Normally, Brian McAlpin and I would come up with guitar parts at home, whether alone or together. Sometimes we would program a basic drum beat for Norman Leggio to latch onto the vibe that we were feeling, and some of those stayed, while others were greatly improved upon by his far superior drum skills. We took our time (obviously) and went one song at a time and rehearsed it and recorded it in the jam room until we were musically happy with it. Then I would upload the individual tracks for Devon Graves to download in his home studio so that he could remix it, and really see what each guy was doing. He was able to add vocals, make edits and rearrange parts that made for sense for him as a singer, and then send it back to us to review, retrack or punch in if needed… we did all of our pre-production mixes that way».
«I think Devon Garves did a really great job considering the process, but we all wanted to bring in a professional set of outside ears with more experience. We were fortunate enough to have Ulrich Wild come down to San Diego and do all the basic tracking in a little-known local studio called Rarefied. Even better, Jens Bogren had an opening in his schedule at Fascination Street Studios and was able to mix and master it for us».
The author of The Legend of Narnia was C.S. Lewis. He also wrote the novel the novel The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. This novel contained the character Aslan, and Aslan was the first band name for Psychotic Waltz.
With money earned from local shows and T-shirt sales, they recorded a self-titled demo tape in 1986! After discovering another band with the same name, they changed theirs to Psychotic Waltz and recorded a new four-song demo in 1988.
In 1990, they debuted with their independently financed debut A Social Grace, which was released in Europe via a licensing deal with the German label Rising Sun Productions. The album was very well received in Europe, being named album of the month in some European magazines such as Rock Hard and Metal Hammer. The situation in US was more difficult, as the album was released under the band’s own Sub Sonic Records label. With practically no promotion and minimal distribution, it remained an extremely underground item. In 1991, the band appeared at the Dynamo Festival in Holland.
Their second album from 1992, Into The Everflow was their break through, and Psychotic Waltz was suddenly a pretty famous band!
Psychotic Waltz guitarist Dan Rock says of the song All The Bed Man:
«This started out from an old acoustic guitar riff I had back in the ‘90s before we broke up. Oddly, there is no acoustic guitar in it at all! It became the heavy verse riff. This song took a while to find the right notes for the lead and the proper groove for the drums. Early versions of this song make us cringe, so persistence obviously pays off, as it is one of our favorites from the album now».