Published Apr 21, 2009"Spectrum has been a ready-to-go package since 2007," says Matt Zadkovich, guitarist for Toronto technical metal band Starring Janet Leigh. Zadkovich describes the debut full-length as "a spectrum of sound"; the band's progressive style is a mix of death metal, hardcore and modern jazz. "The album is all over the map, but also very cohesive."
The release comes quickly after the band signed with Metal Blade's sub-label Ironclad Recordings. "I gave myself a date where, if we didn't have an offer on the table, we were going to self-release [it]," Zadkovich explains. "The getting signed process was gruelling, long-term, frustrating, but absolutely necessary in order to get what we were looking for," he says. "With Ironclad it was a very back and forth process; we talked to them for about eight months before we signed."
Spectrum was recorded in June and September of 2007 with producer/engineer Greg Dawson of BWC Studios, but it was written over a long period of time. "Some of these songs were written when we started the band back in '03," he says. "We had a lot of substantial member issues in our early days and during the process of rebuilding the band, the sound and the songs formed into what they are."
Ambition is what kept the recording on the shelf for two years. "I really wanted this release to be more than just a local release. I wanted it to be as close to a world release as we could have. With Ironclad, that's possible now and that's what we're going to get."