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MASS New Album Studio Diary - Exclusive - Part 5 - Michael Sweet To Guest

As U.S. rockers MASS begin work on their long awaited new studio album, frontman Louis St. August will be providing exclusive updates - text and audiio - from the process. Here's the final entry; number 5!

Peering out my window this afternoon, I watch the falling snow after just having an amazing 75 degree day yesterday here in Boston. New England... you got to love it.

Well, a few last minute minor tweaks were done last week on a few tracks and our fantastic engineer Kenny Lewis has now uploaded all the files to Philadelphia's own Brian J Anthony who will be mixing and mastering the new MASS album. Brian comes highly recommended by our label and has done a superb job on the first few song mixes. Brian is just coming off the mixing of KANSAS vocalist Steve Walsh's outstanding new record and we look forward to working with him throughout the completion of all mixes.

Now with the album artwork underway (revealed soon) and the album in full blown mix stage, we anticipate a May 23, 2018 release.

Special Guest Announcement:
Michael Sweet of STRYPER makes a special guest appearance on the power ballad song "Stand Alone."  Michael adds his flawless guitar playing to the song and creates an amazing melodic solo which compliments the song beautifully.

Our PR man Michael Robinson had the opportunity to ask Michael Sweet a few questions during his MASS studio session. Check out what MS had to say below. But before you do, I would like to thank Andrew McNeice for posting my blogs, and to everyone who took the time to read them. Cheers, and hope to see some of you on the road and that you all dig the new album!


Q&A with Stryper's Michael Sweet @michaelhsweet
On which song will you be appearing on the new MASS album, and what can you tell us about the tune (ballad, mid-tempo, rocker), and your specific contribution (vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, etc.)?

Michael Sweet:
"I've always been a fan of the band MASS and the guys are some of the best you'll find. They asked me to play a guitar solo on a song called "Stand Alone," a really cool guitar ballad that's straight ahead and classic MASS."

You have a long history with MASS. Looking back at your work as Producer on Voices in the Night (1989), what are you most proud of on that record, as far as the sound, performances, songwriting, etc.?

Michael Sweet
"That album just has "it". There's a special chemistry that took place on VITN and everything came together. The songs, performances, production, energy, everything. It was an honor to be a part of it!"

While thinking back to the making of the Voices record, do you have any funny or particularly interesting stories/memories you can share from that period that MASS and Michael Sweet fans would be surprised (and amused) to hear?

Michael Sweet
"The guys stayed at our home for almost two months and everyday was a blast. We laughed a lot. I talked in my Tony Montana accent and they would talk like me. The running line is "You've gotta be coo coo to go to Coco's" - we say it to this day! Man those were fun times with lots of amazing memories......"

Since Voices, MASS has continued to produce outstanding rock records, with this upcoming record, When Two Worlds Collide, their first in seven years. Having worked so closely with the band in the past, and now hearing their new material, do you have any thoughts/comments you can share with MASS (and Michael Sweet) fans so they know what to expect from this long-awaited, upcoming release?

Michael Sweet
"MASS has always been about the songs and that's the foundation. You have to have great songs or you have nothing. MASS has always had great songs and they've been doing it for a long time. That's unusual in this business. They're legendary and I'm proud to know them."


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MASS New Album Studio Diary - Exclusive - Part 4

As U.S. rockers MASS begin work on their long awaited new studio album, frontman Louis St. August will be providing exclusive updates - text and audiio - from the process. Here's entry number 4!

January 30, 2018,
So here we are in the new year with my 4th blog already, and time just flies by when you are doing what you love most. I often refer to the making of a brand new studio album as to the building of a cake. Once you have all the right ingredients in place, you start out with a sold base and then start adding on all the layers until you finally reach the sweet toppings.
Well, that's about where we are right now...
After the Christmas break, I went back into the studio on Friday, December 29th and January 7th to record my background vocals and harmonies. I did the majority of all the backing vocals and harmonies with the exception of a few songs. Bassist Michael Palumbo added some backing vocals to the songs "Falling in Love," "Second Hand Rose," and then squeezed another one in on "Some Time Ago" -- and I do mean squeeze. Between flying back and forth from San Francisco every other week, and for him to reach for those very high notes I had left for him, he definitely needed to squeeze. LOL!  Some tunes just called for a little touch of harmony while others got that much bigger 80s chorus effect. Needless to say, all the backing vocals and harmonies worked out quite nicely.
On Saturdays January 13th & 20th we had our secret weapon come in -- aka keyboardist Jeremy Heussi, who is practically a band member, having performed live with us over the years and who has also appeared on the last two MASS studio albums and Christmas EP. Jeremy did his homework and added some great texture and flavor, enhancing these tunes and bringing them to another level. Just the right touch of strings in areas and applying that heavy organ sound ala the late great Jon Lord in areas, just simply rocked!
Next up...
Rough mixes will be sent to our label and then we will have the hard decision as to who will be mixing and mastering. So hopefully in my next and final blog I will have that information for you, plus album artwork and a planned release date.
Ciao for Now!

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MASS New Album Studio Diary - Exclusive - Part 3

As U.S. rockers MASS begin work on their long awaited new studio album, frontman Louis St. August will be providing exclusive updates - text and audio - from the process. Here's entry number 3!

December 8th, 2017
Well, it's been quite a busy few weeks here in the MASS camp since my last blog entry with multiple recordings, interviews and a little Thanksgiving break. We also took time out to attend a wake for our engineer's father who passed away unexpectedly.
So here we are at the end of the first week of December and we now have all rhythm guitar and lead vocal tracks done. Gene kicked it off during the last week of November with some powerful and crushing rhythm tracks for the remaining 10 tunes. He ended up doubling and at times tripling some of his power chords in areas to create that MASSive wall of sound.   
The following week I entered the studio for 4 days to record my lead vocal tracks which I am very pleased with and can't wait for you all to hear. Gene added a bit of acoustic guitar in spots on Thursday, Dec 7th, and started working on guitar solos. He will be back in the studio on Monday, December 11th to finish up his solos. From what I have heard, he has once again added his original solo style with some great soaring melodic leads.
Coming up in the next few weeks, we will be adding backing vocals, harmonies, and a very special guest appearance -- and then we will turn it over to our secret weapon, Mr. Jeremy Heussi to add his keyboard magic. So stay tuned.... 
Track listing but not particularly in this order...
1. Just Can't Deny
2. Only A Dream
3. When 2 Worlds Collide
4. Falling In Love
5. Alive
6. Turn It Over
7. Second Hand Rose
8. Some Time Ago
9. Time March's On
10.Stand Alone
11. Death Rider


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MASS New Album Studio Diary - Exclusive - Part 2

As U.S. rockers MASS begin work on their long awaited new studio album, frontman Louis St. August will be providing exclusive updates - text and audiio - from the process. Here's entry number 2!

November 16th, 2017
So, we finally have all the drum and bass tracks down for the remaining 10 tracks. This brings the forthcoming MASS album song total to 11. Nine of which were written in the 2016-17 period and the other two are older revised tunes that we felt would be a great fit and deserve to see the light of day. The album will be called "When 2 Worlds Collide."
Joey kicked off his drum session with possibly the album opener "Just Can't Deny," an up tempo rocker that just oozes with that great 80s feel. He did a tremendous job on tracking his drum parts with killer rocking beats & drum fills while keeping the tempo locked down. Joey finished up on Sunday afternoon with the killer track "Alive."
Michael's bass playing is astonishing as ever as he adds his power and aggressiveness along with his magical melodic feel to the new album. Gene will now start his rhythm and lead tracks the week of November 13th to the 17th. I will submit another blog when guitar tracks are complete and vocal tracks have begun and list the rest of the song titles.
On another note: Recently I received a message from a fan that reminded me of several others the band has received over the years, simply just thanking us for staying true to our roots and not being persuaded by label reps (past & future) or to be influenced by current music trends. So while I was sitting back and listening to all the playbacks, I believe we have stayed true and will be releasing another one from the heart. 


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MASS New Album Studio Diary - Exclusive

As U.S. rockers MASS begin work on their long awaited new studio album, frontman Louis St. August will be providing exclusive updates - text and audiio - from the process. Here's entry number 1!
"Okay so it's been seven years since our last release but it feels more like "Seven Days"! Well, it does take time to make a new baby, right? And boy do we have a new arrival for you. 🙂 No really, every band says the same old cliche when releasing a new record... "This is the best record we have ever done!" LOL! I can promise that it will be an absolute MONSTER!! With thunderous guitar riffs, soaring solos, catchy vocal melodies, all tied in with a powerful and tight rhythm section, it will surely make this another MASS classic!
It has all the makings of a MASS album that everyone has come to expect and love from us over the years. You will have your fast rockers, mid tempo tunes and a few power ballads highlighting once again Mass' versatility. The new album is tentatively titled, "When Two Worlds Collide" and we are excited and look forward to our 8th studio album release, and third on the Escape Music label, due out sometime later this year. We can't wait for you all to hear it and hope that it ROCKS your World before they Collide!"
Louis St August ~ MASS

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