cblack 8


Australia   Jan 2017

Artist Bio

Influences:   Arch Enemy, Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, The Agonist, Cadaveria, Frantic Amber.

I've been trying to make music for about a decade now. I finally feel like I'm ready. I play guitar, bass, keys and do vocals. To supplement this, I'll be using digital drums. I also own a cheap violin, which I've not really touched very much - but it might make an appearance!

I've loved extreme metal for about 17 years, and this is definitely my first passion, and what I most want to create. However, I also like dark electro, and may well get inspired to put together something in that genre.


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  • @barbara  Mar 9

    Thanks for demystifying your cowbell process for me. You made great use of those samples!

  • @kathym  Feb 18

    I'm running so far behind on soundboards and reciprocal listening, but I'm catching up. Thank you for commenting on Quietly In My Heart. You're correct it was created as a soft ballad, melody still being tweaked as well. My capabilities to record aren't ideal, so I've been putting up just lyrics for now. I'll be popping in to hear some of your stuff over the weekend. You're doing well, right on pace!

  • @froley Feb 14

    Thank you for the feedback! And congratulations on being ahead of the pace, keep it up πŸ˜€

  • @marthie Feb 13

    Thank you for your listen and feedback to E won't play right. lol

  • @kraftec Feb 11

    Thanks for the comments on my song If Anything. I recorded the backing track first and then soloed over it πŸ˜€

  • @qwertyzxcvbnm Feb 10

    Hey! Thank you for the thoughtful feedback on my piece! I appreciate that you took the time to listen to it and share your opinions! I agree I should definitely take a second look at the ending of it.

  • @unkept Feb 9

    @cblack Have fun with it! I just like adding elements to see where it goes. πŸ˜€

  • @unkept Feb 9

    @cblack , glad you enjoyed Alone! To get a similar effect to my vocal, here's what I used.

    A bit of an overdrive plugin, called Supercharger GT. Mostly to boost volume and add a bit of noise.

    VC 2A, a vintage compressor plugin, maybe FL has something to model old vocal compressors?

    Driver 2 plugin, set to "Telephone Voice". I'm sure you could find a plugin FL that has a way to narrow the band on your vocal to that frequency, which is 300 Hz to 3400 Hz... if you don't have a preset (luckily I did).

    Lastly, RC48 which is just a fancy reverb engine, and I set it to a metallic reverb sound.

    Happy FAWMing!

  • @timfatchen  Feb 9

    Holy cow...another Adelaide! (switches electricity off in salute) I messed up alst year in trying to line up in Adelaide FAWM-over and it's not going to be possible for me this year. But it's nice not to be so alone!

  • @yam655  Feb 8

    Congratulations on hitting Century Club! πŸ˜€

  • @grenzgaengerin Feb 8

    Thank you for your feedback...thanks a lot

  • @aerlyn Feb 8

    Thanks for your honest feedback on "Chemical Incinerator"

    You helped me flesh the idea out some more, so that's much appreciated! I bashed out another verse, but I still don't think it's ready just yet...

    Maybe I'll try writing another verse or play with the structure.

  • @frozenlonesome Feb 8

    I appreciate you listening and your kind comments on Boy's In Bad Trouble. The chaos portion of the track is from the iOS app Korg iWAVESTATION, an iPad recreation of the famous 90's synth.

    Random function creates some truly strange results. Sometimes good, sometimes not as good. πŸ˜€

  • @radicalmguy  Feb 8

    Thanks for all the comments and suggestions, I really appreciate it!

  • @krayzie003  Feb 7

    Thanks for listening to my song. To answer your question I was icing the original acronym for C.U.N.T. Can't Understand Normal Thinking.

  • @insaneian Feb 7

    Hey, thanks for your kind words on my "Bowling Green Fabrication Society" parody! Calling my voice "simultaneously trustworthy and sarcastic " should TOTALLY go on my business cards now! Thanks! πŸ˜€

  • @emplate Feb 7

    Thanks for your comment on "Mouth of Perdition"! I'm beyond flattered if my song served to help your future recordings πŸ˜€ You might be right about the outro, I should've probably played it from B (I have a 7-string) and not from E, like the main part of the song. That could've make it feel less disconnected to the rest of the song.

  • @porscha Feb 7

    Thanks so much for your feedback on The First Stage of Decay! I really appreciate it. I'm glad you liked it. πŸ˜„

  • @guatecoop  Feb 7

    I think that you are making progress. Going off of the drum track comment, you might want to break the song into smaller parts and record those small pieces one at a time. You have some good ideas and maybe focusing on them one by one will feel more manageable. The 5th song that I did was like that. I started with the bass line and built it from there. It isn't how I write a lot, but sometimes helps me to create the layers, but also is easier to play shorter runs. I hope that helps.

  • @emplate Feb 7

    I posted the comment as a whole now, hope I remembered all I was thinking about several hours ago πŸ˜€ I totally found good things in your song and would love to hear more of your metal stuff! And dude, I know about the difficulties of timing... For me it's definitely A LOT easier to play on top of a programmed drum track than on click track. With drum patterns, you can accent the right spots, so keeping up with the beat is easier. And I also know the urge to keep on developing the song and adding one part after another, I have tried to restrain myself in that department. My band's drummer is always desperate with me and my compositions, screaming "How many parts there are in this song?! Oh, there's more?!?!" : D

  • @joefahey  Feb 7

    Thank you for your comments on my song " Melt Into the Sun". Much appreciated!

  • @mishykatz  Feb 7

    Thanks for the feedback on my Groundhog Day instrumental, Love it thank you!! Watching you!

  • @viktiglark  Feb 7

    Hey, thanks for your feedback on the 'videogame-y-ness' of my tune, haha. It's valuable and appreciated. Maybe I'll try one of those old 'farm harmonica' type of sounds. *thinky face*

  • @caleb Feb 7

    Couldn't sleep, so I did a few more vocal takes for Dirt and put up a more consistent one! Keep on keeping me honest on the vocals!

  • @guatecoop  Feb 7

    HAHA! Well, I am not your guy for that. I don't know why, but I just write and play what comes to mind, but playing goth seems like something that will not happen. I like so many types of music and play quite a lot of variety, but I typically don't fall into a strict genre because I play what comes to my head and ears.

  • @guatecoop  Feb 7

    You are correct, sir. Melancholy and mixed emotions are typically in my songs for some reason...thanks for the comment!

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 7

    Thanks bro. The lyrics to that song are a bloody mouthful!

  • @kissinginpublic  Feb 6

    re: the VT-3, if you hook it up to a midi keyboard through your DAW, it's an okay vocoder/autotune device. However, you can't tweak the sound much. The pitch and formant sliders are quite useful though. I think if someone's a good singer, they'd get more out of it.

  • @poptarthero Feb 6

    Ha ha thanks for checking out my silly track, it's fun indeed.

  • @aerlyn Feb 5

    Thank you for making that start for an instrumental in the first place.

    I'd say that it's the beauty of FAWM that we can learn from each other even if our sounds or words aren't perfect!

  • @caleb Feb 4

    Thanks for the feedback! I brought up the vocals a bit, hopefully it's easier to hear now!

  • @chriddof  Feb 4

    Thanks very much for the comment. Despite the fact that I've been doing FAWM for a while I forget that an important part of it is to just have fun! I think I may have a go at putting some cheery piano together - so thanks for the suggestion. πŸ˜€

  • @atitlan Feb 4

    Funny that your comment should say that you didn't find it jarring, because listening back I was finding the french horn jumping out a bit too much in places and plan to bring the level down a touch.

  • @radicalmguy  Feb 4

    Thanks for the comment and the watchlist! Much appreciated. I'll definitely think about that one guitar part. Cheers

  • @emplate Feb 3

    Yeah, I recommend you do! They're their first two albums, so it's quite different from their newer stuff, but the melodic approach is the key factor in their earlier stuff as well. I got to them through Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, like did many others, but these two albums grew to be my favorites from them eventually.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 3

    Thanks. Just EQ and delay - the EQ that I use has radio / telephone FX presets so I tweaked those.

  • @emplate Feb 3

    Thank you for your comment on "The Halls of Idle Breath"! It's always nice to hear what happens to pop in people's minds about songs. Immortal and Dimmu weren't the first in my mind while composing the track, but hell, I'll take it πŸ˜€ I actually have been feeling quite nostalgic lately and listened to a lot of my teenage favorites from the realm of melodic/symphonic black metal, and Dimmu's For All Tid and StormblΓ₯st have visited my CD player quite a few times lately after a long break. I have to say, that while some of the old favorites can't stand the test of time, they are both still amazing albums! Maybe I'll try to put my keyboard into use this FAWM, hah!

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 3

    Thanks! Most upbeat song about secret refugee camps ever made

  • @aerlyn Feb 3

    I'm glad you decided to go ahead with posting it in the first place! I've got the lyrics ready, but I'm not a great singer.

    Should I try anyway or just post the lyrics as a collaboration? I feel like it might complement the piece, having the vocals as an imperfection, that is. It's your choice, so let me know on my soundboard. πŸ˜€

  • @chandra83  Feb 2

    Thanks for your feedback on "Can't Settle" πŸ˜€

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2

    Aww. Thank you for the kind words! πŸ˜€

  • @zecoop  Feb 2

    Actually, you've already learned a very important lesson that I wish I followed more.... to record everything! I have so many amazing ideas that I am sure I will remember... but don't. Back in the day, my bands would just put the cassette player out and hit record at every practice, then go back and sort through to figure out where the songs were. Keep it up... You'll do well. πŸ˜€

  • @zecoop  Feb 2

    I listened to both tracks one after the other, so I did check out your guitar track too. Lots of good ideas in there and some good chord changes. That's how I write all my songs, just going from idea to idea. If I had recorded that part for the first song I posted I would have had 1.5 hours of ideas, lol. Got you on the board and you can come back to it later. Keep FAWMing... πŸ˜€

  • @kevinemmrich  Feb 2

    I do have problems with playing to just a click track -- I can just tune it out. A drum loop, though, is more musical and easier to count and follow. Might want to try both and see which one works better for you. But you should be able to play to a click track/metronome -- I just have trouble.

  • @b00n  Feb 2

    You know this?
    We all have to go through this.

  • @aerlyn Feb 2

    Hey, I just listened your song "The Melancholy of Perfectionism." I'm a lyricist, it actually did inspire a few lyrics and the general plotline of a friendship cut tragically short. Just let me know if you'd be interested in collaborating, and happy FAWM-ing!

  • @zecoop  Jan 31

    Keep an eye on those two down there... Both Sapient and Dragondreams can be deadly, lol. They are amazing, but there's a lot of amazing around FAWM. Looking forward to hearing your music - Welcome to FAWM!!

  • @dragondreams  Jan 31

    Hi there! Just echoing what m'learned colleague, @sapient has said. πŸ˜€

  • @sapient  Jan 29

    Welcome! Always nice to see another metalhead here πŸ˜ƒ