The Parisian five-piece sludgecore/metal band known as Colossus of Destiny dropped their 6 track EP In Lesser Brightness on October 31st of 2013. Fittingly released on Halloween, this new album is loaded with pummeling passages and some haunting melodies; these Frenchmen sure did create a gnarly recording. But how? Well we asked guitarist Julien L. to tell us about some of the gear he used when creating In Lesser Brightness. Check it out!
What one piece of gear do you use to obtain your signature sound?
Julien L.: I don’t know if we’re at the point to get a “signature sound”, but we used an Orange amp for our last record In Lesser Brightness, and mostly a Wild Custom Guitar Silverburst (The Baroness CT), and it’s important to mention that it’s a Silverburst. Plus some reverb and distortion pedals, of curse.
What about it makes it so important to you?
Julien L.: I would say that I’m a real big gear fan, so what is important in my opinion when you get enough time in the studio, is to try all the possibilities you can from you gear, trying to get a real nice en comfortable sound, and then stick to it. What is remarkable is all the option you can get from one amp to the other. We also tried a Marshall JCM 800, which is actually my favourite amp but as we tried a different approach we didn’t choose this one for that record.
How was this gear used during the recording of your latest album?
Julien L.: Really simply Guitar –> Amp –> Mics. We didn’t had time to experiment with weird things sadly.
How do you recreate your album (guitar/vocal/bass) tones in your live set?
Julien L.: Since we used the same gear, or almost the same gear on stage, we easily get the same tones… I would say that we’re an old fashion band for what is about the sound, so that’s not hard to reproduce.
What are the major pros and cons?
Julien L.: No cons, only pros!
Do you have a backup for this gear, if so, what?
Julien L.: I have 2 guitars a Wild Custom guitar and a Flying V faded on stage. And a prayer for my amp to not crash.
How long have you had it, how do you use it, would you ever change it?
Julien L.: I have my Wild Custom for 1 year now and I don’t see something that nowadays can compete.
Give us your best “gear goes wrong” story.
Julien L.: Except some strings breaking during rehearsal, and some jack I had to put in the garbage, for now everything has gone right.
Any final thoughts or comments on the gear?
Julien L.: I didn’t mention that I’m a wah-wah collector, I only use one on stage, but I have 5 or 6 of them from now: Morley’s bad horsie, Zakk Wylde signature, Slash signature, Dime Cry Baby From Hell, an original Cry Baby… etc, etc…
Check out the album ‘In Lesser Brightness’