(In this post our friend and well-known Eli Manning apologist KevinP interviews Ed Warby, who’s a fixture in a plethora of strong bands, including The 11th Hour, Demiurg, Ayreon, and Hail of Bullets — whose most recent album we reviewed here.)
K: Now that we are about 5 months post release of Hail of Bullets’ third album, III: The Rommel Chronicles, and you’ve had some time to reflect, how do you feel about it?
E: To be honest I haven’t listened to it in a while, but I feel good about it. It’s as good an album as we could make. Reviews were great again, the “best album yet” far outweighed any “not as good as the debut”, so that’s fine with me. When I look back I see three slightly different albums that form a cohesive body of work, pretty much the way we envisioned it when we started.
K: So has the recording process changed since the last album?
E: Dan Swanö did visit the studio this time to help set up the drum mics. But otherwise it was done just like On Divine Winds: recorded at my place, mixed by Dan (in Germany, he’s moved). The mixing took a few weeks and we’re constantly in touch about every detail.
K: Was there any consideration of NOT using Dan this time around, just to be different?
E: None. He did an early test mix for one song and it was dead on, so there was no reason to try something else.