Metal

These are my personal music projects. I got inspired by Ola Englund for making gear demo videos and I thought I'd need some test songs. Songs that would feature rather heavy riffing. It all started as a couple of songs for sound testing purposes for my custom guitar gear, and to practise my mixing skills for metal music. So after a while I noticed I had album full of songs and I quickly assembled them together: sung lyrics, played keyboard parts etc.
For me the mixing and mastering process is still a challenge but as time goes by there might be a little improvement. If you listen to the Not A Game We Should Play (Single) you can hear that the loudness is far away from commercial records (as well as many other aspects of the production xD). Anyway the loudness level is somewhat easy meter for me to track and it pleases me when I hear that my records are getting close to the loudness levels of the commercial ones. Don't get me wrong, it is important to have balanced mix etc etc too... and of cource not shitty songs... but hey, if you're not looking for shitty songs why are you reading this? :P.
  1. Not A Game We Should Play (Single)
  2. Delusions Of Reality (Album)
  3. Polar Illusions (Album)
  4. Polar Illusions (Instrumental Album)
  5. Polar Illusions Part II: Seasons Of Storms (Album)
  6. Polar Illusions Part II: Seasons Of Storms (Instrumental Album)
  7. Polar Illusions Part II: Seasons Of Storms (Instrumental Orchestral Album)
  8. Delusions Of Reality Part II: Cult Of Humanity (Album)
  9. Delusions Of Reality Part III: The Lies That Define Us (Album)

Not A Game We Should Play

Preproduction versions of the tracks on the main album Delusions Of Reality. I recommend to listening to it instead of this. However available in Bandcamp https://ollikivela.bandcamp.com/album/not-a-game-we-should-play and in Spotify.
Not A Game We Should Play - CD
2018
##NameLength
01Delusions Of Reality05:28
02Not A Game We Should Play04:54
Composed and arranged by Olli Kivelä 2018
All lyrics written by Olli Kivelä 2018
Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards, Bass: Olli Kivelä
Drums programmed by Olli Kivelä
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Olli Kivelä 2018
Cover artwork by Olli Kivelä 2018

Copyright © Olli Kivelä 2018. All rights reserved.
...and because this is all about gear, some details for those who care:
Guitars are hard panned to left and right. Left guitar is BC Rich Kerry King Signature Special with my custom wound humbuckers. Right guitar is Ibanez Iceman. Guitars are recorded with my Mark style amp through my custom cabinet with Celestion Seventy speaker miced with SM57. Guitars have only little postprocessing such as HPF at 70Hz and mastering compression and a tiny bit of master mixbus reverb. Bass is recorded with my Lemmy bass amp and DI speaker signal is going though my Eminence Beta speaker impulse response. Drums are programmed with Toontrack Superior Drummer 2 because I don't have real drummer available and my drum skills are not that good :D. I don't use any drum midi libraries. All the drum fills etc are programmed by me, maybe you can hear it, maybe not.
This is also an important project for me because I don't have any sheet music written for this as I have almost every other music projects I have done. Arranging the songs were done in quite oldschool way with sequencer and a guitar. All rerecordings and arrangements are done by ear. In that aspect I'm very satisfied with this project and I feel that it has improved my guitar skills especially on rythm guitars.

Delusions Of Reality

Delusions Of Reality - CD
2018
##NameLength
01Weight Of The World05:05
02Fear04:50
03Competition Of Misery05:57
04Ruler Of Self Made Hell05:19
05Unforgiven05:47
06The Evil That Men Do04:07
07Delusions Of Reality05:26
08The Last Day Of My Life So Far05:42
09Not A Game We Should Play04:58
10Dancing On Black Roses03:59
Composed and arranged by Olli Kivelä 2018
All lyrics written by Olli Kivelä 2018
Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards, Bass: Olli Kivelä
Drums programmed by Olli Kivelä
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Olli Kivelä 2018
Cover artwork by Olli Kivelä 2018

Copyright © Olli Kivelä 2018. All rights reserved.
...and because this is all about gear, some details for those who care:
Guitars are hard panned to left and right. Left guitar is BC Rich Kerry King Signature Special with my custom wound humbuckers. Right guitar is my OKCUSTOMAV with my custom wound humbuckers. Guitars are recorded with my Mark style amp through my custom cabinet with Celestion Seventy speaker miced with SM57. Guitars have only little postprocessing such as HPF at 70Hz and mastering compression and a tiny bit of master mixbus reverb. Bass is recorded with my Lemmy bass amp and DI speaker signal is going though my Eminence Beta speaker impulse response. Drums are programmed with Toontrack Superior Drummer 2 because I don't have real drummer available and my drum skills are not that good :D. I don't use any drum midi libraries. All the drum fills etc are programmed by me, maybe you can hear it, maybe not.
This is also an important project for me because I don't have any sheet music written for this as I have almost every other music projects I have done. Arranging the songs were done in quite oldschool way with sequencer and a guitar. All rerecordings and arrangements are done by ear. In that aspect I'm very satisfied with this project and I feel that it has improved my guitar skills especially on rythm guitars.

Polar Illusions

Polar Illusions - CD
2018
##NameLength
01The Night Without A Day19:45
02The Day Without A Night16:42
Composed and arranged by Olli Kivelä 2018
All lyrics written by Olli Kivelä 2018
Guitars, Vocals, and Bass: Olli Kivelä
Drums and keyboards programmed by Olli Kivelä
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Olli Kivelä 2018
Cover artwork by Hanna Kivelä 2018

Copyright © Olli Kivelä 2018. All rights reserved.
...and because this is all about gear, some details for those who care:
Guitars are hard panned to left and right. Left guitar on 1st track is Jackson Kelly with EMG-HZ humbucker in the bridge position and Seymour Duncan Jazz in the neck position. Right guitar on 1st track is Ibanez Iceman. Left guitar on 2nd track is Jackson Kelly with EMG-HZ humbucker in the bridge position and Seymour Duncan Jazz in the neck position. Right guitar on 2nd track is Jackson RR (I don't remember the model :s) with EMG-81 (bridge) and EMG-85 (neck). 2nd track has also Peavey Vortex guitar in the middle in the beginning of the song. 1st track rythm guitars are recorded with my Mark style amp and lead guitars are recorded with my SLO-100 style amp, both through my custom cabinet with Celestion Seventy speaker miced with SM57. 2nd track guitars are recorded with my Steam Machine MK I amp through my custom cabinet with Celestion Seventy speaker miced with SM57. Guitars have only little postprocessing such as HPF at 70Hz and mastering compression. Bass is recorded with my Lemmy bass amp and DI speaker signal is going though my Eminence Beta speaker impulse response. Drums are programmed with Toontrack Superior Drummer 2 because I don't have real drummer available and my drum skills are not that good :D. I don't use any drum midi libraries. All the drum fills etc are programmed by me, maybe you can hear it.
This project was actually produced before the death metal stuff above. I wrote and arranged all instruments as sheet music before I started recording. Most of the material were recorded in the midwinter (2017-2018). I'm still practising to make balanced mixes with lots of synth and guitar layering. Of course this is still amateur work but I'm somewhat satisfied with this mix and I think little by little I'm getting there...

Polar Illusions (Instrumental)

Polar Illusions (Instrumental)- CD
2018
##NameLength
01The Night Without A Day19:45
02The Day Without A Night16:42
Composed and arranged by Olli Kivelä 2018
All lyrics written by Olli Kivelä 2018
Guitars, Vocals, and Bass: Olli Kivelä
Drums and keyboards programmed by Olli Kivelä
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Olli Kivelä 2018
Cover artwork by Hanna Kivelä 2018

Copyright © Olli Kivelä 2018. All rights reserved.
This is otherwise same album as above but without vocals.

Polar Illusions

Polar Illusions Part II: Seasons Of Storms - CD
2018
##NameLength
01Into The Darkness22:45
02Into The Light23:52
Composed and arranged by Olli Kivelä 2018
All lyrics written by Olli Kivelä 2018
Guitars, Vocals, Keys, and Bass: Olli Kivelä
Drums programmed by Olli Kivelä
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Olli Kivelä 2018
Cover artwork by Olli Kivelä 2018

Copyright © Olli Kivelä 2018. All rights reserved.
...and because this is all about gear, some details for those who care:
Guitars are hard panned to left and right. Guitars are reamped using my Steam Machine MK II amp through my custom cabinet with Celestion Classic Lead speaker miced with Bumblebee Pro RM-6 ribbon microphone. Guitars have only little postprocessing such as HPF at 70Hz and mastering compression. Bass is recorded with my Lemmy bass amp and DI speaker signal is going though my Eminence Beta speaker impulse response. Drums are programmed with Toontrack Superior Drummer 2 because I don't have real drummer available and my drum skills are not that good :D. I don't use any drum midi libraries. All the drum fills etc are programmed by me, maybe you can hear it.
I'm still practising to make balanced mixes with lots of synth and guitar layering. Of course this is still amateur work but I'm somewhat satisfied with this mix and I think little by little I'm getting there... altough maybe little too much high middle in this one :D.

Polar Illusions (Instrumental)

Polar Illusions Part II: Seasons Of Storms (Instrumental) - CD
2018
##NameLength
01Into The Darkness22:45
02Into The Light23:52
Composed and arranged by Olli Kivelä 2018
All lyrics written by Olli Kivelä 2018
Guitars, Vocals, Keys, and Bass: Olli Kivelä
Drums programmed by Olli Kivelä
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Olli Kivelä 2018
Cover artwork by Olli Kivelä 2018

Copyright © Olli Kivelä 2018. All rights reserved.
This is otherwise same album as above but without vocals.

Polar Illusions (Instrumental Orchestral)

Polar Illusions Part II: Seasons Of Storms (Instrumental Orchestral) - CD
2018
##NameLength
01Into The Darkness22:45
02Into The Light23:52
Composed and arranged by Olli Kivelä 2018
All lyrics written by Olli Kivelä 2018
Guitars, Vocals, Keys, and Bass: Olli Kivelä
Drums programmed by Olli Kivelä
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Olli Kivelä 2018
Cover artwork by Olli Kivelä 2018

Copyright © Olli Kivelä 2018. All rights reserved.
This is otherwise same album as above but with only bass and synths.

Delusions Of Reality Part II: Cult Of Humanity

Delusions Of Reality Part II: Cult Of Humanity - CD
2018
##NameLength
01Last Candle03:49
02Forsaken03:28
03Misery Loves Company04:04
04Self Doubt Club04:14
05Unbreakable04:20
06Selfish Or Not04:48
07Art Of Solitude05:26
08Epicaricacy04:49
09Cult Of Humanity03:59
10Hypocrite03:08
Composed and arranged by Olli Kivelä 2018
All lyrics written by Olli Kivelä 2018
Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards, Bass: Olli Kivelä
Drums programmed by Olli Kivelä
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Olli Kivelä 2018
Cover artwork by Olli Kivelä 2018

Copyright © Olli Kivelä 2018. All rights reserved.
...and because this is all about gear, some details for those who care:
Guitars are hard panned to left and right. Guitars are recorded with my Steam Machine MK II amp through my custom cabinet with Celestion Classic Lead speaker miced with Bumblebee Pro RM-6 ribbon microphone. Guitars have only little postprocessing such as HPF at 70Hz and mastering compression. Bass is recorded with my Lemmy bass amp and DI speaker signal is going though my Eminence Beta speaker impulse response. Drums are programmed with Toontrack Superior Drummer 2 because I don't have real drummer available and my drum skills are not that good :D. I don't use any drum midi libraries. All the drum fills etc are programmed by me, maybe you can hear it, maybe not.
This is also an important project for me because I don't have any sheet music written for this as I have almost every other music projects I have done. Arranging the songs were done in quite oldschool way with sequencer and a guitar. All rerecordings and arrangements are done by ear. In that aspect I'm very satisfied with this project and I think that this is better mix than the previous Delusions Of Reality album.

Delusions Of Reality Part III: The Lies That Define Us

Delusions Of Reality Part III: The Lies That Define Us - CD
2019
##NameLength
01The Lies That Define Us03:17
02My Hell03:41
03My Turn03:36
04People Person04:29
05One For All03:19
06The Last Time I'll Bleed04:45
07Accustomed To03:30
08Not The Ones We Used To Like03:07
09You Will Never Understand Me03:06
10Your Choice, My Fault?03:02
All lyrics written by Olli Kivelä 2019
Guitars, Vocals, Bass, Keys: Olli Kivelä
Drums programmed by Olli Kivelä
Recorded December 2018 - February 2019 by Olli Kivelä
Mixed and mastered by Olli Kivelä 2019
Cover artwork by Olli Kivelä 2019

Copyright © Olli Kivelä 2019. All rights reserved.
...and because this is all about gear, some details for those who care:
Guitars are hard panned to left and right. Guitars are recorded with my SLO 100 inspired amp through my custom cabinet with Celestion Classic Lead speaker miced with Bumblebee Pro RM-6 ribbon microphone. Guitars have only little postprocessing such as HPF at 160Hz and mastering compression. Bass is recorded with my Lemmy bass amp, SLO, and DI speaker signal is going though my Eminence Beta speaker impulse response. Drums are programmed with Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 because I don't have real drummer available and my drum skills are not that good :D. I don't use any drum midi libraries. All the drum fills etc are programmed by me, maybe you can hear it, maybe not.
This is also an important project for me because I don't have any sheet music written for this as I have almost every other music projects I have done. Arranging the songs were done in quite oldschool way with sequencer and a guitar. All rerecordings and arrangements are done by ear.
Copyright © Olli Kivelä 2019. All rights reserved.