Blast From the Past

Recorded in 2006

This is an old one. I had almost forgotten what it was like to record to a computer in the mid 2000’s. I remember saving up to get a copy of Samplitude 6. The computer I used was an HP Pavilion with an Athlon processor, I don’t remember how much memory was in it but I’m sure it wasn’t much. I was using a 17 inch CRT monitor which I thought was about a good as it could get. It’s almost comical thinking about it now but I was only 5 years into my career so I wasn’t making the greatest of salaries, I was very lucky to have the things I needed in order to create and record music.

In order to get sound into the computer I used two M-Audio Delta 2488 PCI sound cards. Into that I had a Behringer mixing board. I’m not entirely sure what I was using for the guitar signal processing. At the time I remember having a Digitech RP5 pedal so that may be the guitar processor I used. For bass I believe I had a really cheap Squire 4 string which I likely recorded direct. For the piano I used an Alesis QS6.1 synthesizer which I no longer have but miss very much. I honestly don’t have a clue at all what guitar I used. At the time I had a Charvel Super Strat but this recording doesn’t really sound like that guitar.

I distinctly remember the drums on this song. I have no idea if the guy is still around but I bought some drum loops from Beta Monkey. This was before digital downloads were popular for such things and after ordering the loops I had to wait for the CD to come in the mail. The disc came with a handwritten thank you note. Compared to now, the method of getting the loops might seem inconvenient but it was an experience that was worthwhile when I finally got the disc and I certainly got plenty of use out of the drum loops it contained.

This old demo brings back some fond memories for me and I hope you enjoy it in all it’s rough glory.

Cover Songs

Metallica’s To Live Is To Die

Recorded in 2011

To Live Is To Die (Metallica Cover) by Billy Shuler

This was the very first Metallica cover I’ve ever recorded. It’s my absolute favorite Metallica song and I feel like this has been one of the best recordings I’ve done. The recording process took a couple weeks and the mixing process took me nearly a month but I’m very proud of how well it came out.

Cover Songs

Metallica’s Orion

Recorded in 2012

Orion (Metallica Cover) by Billy Shuler

This is one of the first Metallica cover songs I’ve ever recorded. I’ve always been interested in the song structures of Metallica songs of this era. I really enjoy the guitar harmonies in this song while at the same time finding that it was one of the most difficult areas of the song to recreate. I did an alright job overall but I fell the harmonies feel a little flat in my version.


It’s Been Awhile

No, I’m not referencing the Staind song. It’s referencing the fact that I haven’t released any new music in nearly a decade. I’m proud to say that I’ve been working on some original music in the last several months as well as the beginnings of a cover song. Basically the only time I have a chance to work on writing and recording songs is after my kids have went to bed and on the weekends (#dadlife).

  1. Seed Of Memory Demo
  2. Interstellar Demo
  3. Esoteria Demo