Gary Stautmeister Talks Zimbabwean Metal, New Nuclear Winter Album Greystone, And Recording
How are you?
Doing alright thanks!
Tell us a bit about your new album, what was writing and recording for this album like?
This is my third main album and this one came together easier and quicker than my previous albums. With each album there's things you learn that help you to get to the result you want quicker. i.e. how to set up certain effects or how to EQ something better. I used to use a bunch of different reverbs, compressors etc.. Now I've narrowed them down to just a couple that I know how to set up quickly.
Given the current state of the world, did it poise any issues towards the completion of the album?
If anything it actually helped because I had more time to focus on the recording.
Of course the current state of things isn't ideal, have you started to plan for what comes next once the world starts opening up again?
I've worked from home the last few years so the lockdowns didn't really affect how I work, so I don't imagine anything changing that much for me if things go back to how they were.
Tell us a bit about yourself as a musician, who influences you?
I started learning the guitar when I was 13 but it's really only in the last few years that I've gotten more into making music and recording. I never saw myself as a vocalist though and it's really just out of necessity that I've begun doing all the vocals myself now. I find doing death vocals is certainly easier compared to clean vocals which I've found take a lot more work to deliver well. I'm mostly inspired by Finnish/Swedish metal - like Dark Tranquillity, Wintersun etc
Who is your biggest bucket list band you've shared the stage with? Who would you love to share the stage with next?
I've not performed any of my music live unfortunately but ideally if Dividing the Element (fellow Zimbabwean metallers) do anything in the future I'd be really keen to perform with them.
What are some of the main themes behind the new album? What story are you trying to convey?
There's not a general theme for the album but here's a brief outline of the songs..
The Wastelands - A nuclear winter
Stygian Awakening - Using a bad means to get out of a bad situation
The Harvest Moon - A repressed memory or post traumatic stress
Orwellian Future - How control can be brought on without people realising it
Corridor of Shells - A battlefield scene
The Wavering Shadows - Giving up hope
Hidden Shrine - Holding onto something destructive in your life
Graveyard Sculpture - Taking control of your life
The Failing Dawn - Bad times ahead
Last but not least, is there any message you would like to share with your fans?
Just thanks as always for the support and please look out for my new album Greystone.
Thank you so much for joining me today! The new album from Nuclear Winter, titled Greystone released in May, the album is available for streaming online or below and can be purchased from the Nuclear Winter Bandcamp!