Remind me never to write a big question and response thing between December 20th and January 9th again. Between anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, parties, New Year's, New Year's Day parties, and my modem burning out twice... Christ!
ANYWAY, I’ve read all of your responses, 3 times now, just to make sure I soaked it all in.
I really want thank you guys for taking the time to respond. It was inspiring and refreshing to read what you guys had to say.
I gotta admit, this really helped me in terms of my headspace for the new record. Not that I was in a bad headspace but, sometimes... people put artificial deadlines on you, or expectations on you that are... well, you know... fuckin’ lame. Or I put 'em on myself / we put 'em on ourselves... whatever the case, it was a great read.
What I gathered:
Honest, honest, HONEST! And while you’re at it, try being honest too!
How to describe the new shit?:
Don't describe it as something it's not. Understood.
So what does are new shit sound like?:
Well... it doesn’t sound like Master Of Puppets all that much... at least yet. I guess I’ll try and explain it like this. It’s pretty varied, has elements of all the records, and has a semi-“TTAOE”-ish vibe, and definitely NOT a ‘BME pt. II” vibe. It's not "back to the roots". We have about 4 songs that I think are 80% to 90% there musically (not lyrically), and we have another 9 or 10 parts (intros / bridges / verse with a chorus / half songs) floating about that are definitely NOT there. As of now (Jan. 9th, 2006), we have no "Imperium's" or "Descend The Shade's", and our feeling is that if we can't come up with a new "Imperium" that kicks the old "Imperium's" ass...well...we're just gonna try something else.
Of the 4 songs I'm really excited about, Dave, Phil or myself have written the bulk, and Adam has brought in lyrics and a chunk of riffs too. Even though Phil was there for part of the writing process of TTAOE (and co-wrote 3 songs), Phil being part of the whole writing process is adding another, very cool dimension to it all (as most of you felt it would). In fact, the one song that I'm most excited about, was penned largely by Phil, with me adding some melodic 3-part guitar harmonies / 2-part vocal harmonies in the bridge, plus a Sepultura-style thrash / lead part in the middle, Dave's added some Keith Moon-style drumming in the bridge which sounds crazy, but kicks serious ass, and Adam is hitting some ball-squeezing high notes that will have Rob Halford smiling (...about the high notes, not the ball-squeezing *cough*). Since we don’t have many titles right now, that one I just mentioned is jokingly called “In The Presence Of Davidian Jr.” (mainly for it's mid tempo). The bridge to this song is on some serious U2-gonna-make-you-cry-worthy-ness.
I think most of you will be interested to know that even prior to me reading the things you’ve written, a lot of the lyrics had taken on a more social nature, and a less personal tone (at least for now). They have also taken on a very depressing nature as well - though I don’t know why - it’s just what I’ve been feeling like writing about. The lyrics that I think are really working well are the ones that are the most depressing, including some about suicide, or the idea of suicide.
Of the other songs, “Iron Rush-ian” (as it is called by our manager 'cause it has a Maiden / Rush vibe to it) was the first completed of the 4. We like to call it “Notey Intro / Mega In Chains”. It has a cool up-tempo vibe, a part that reminds me of old-Megadeth a little, big TMTC-era breakdown in the middle, dual leads... it’s rockin’... but has no lyrics.
There’s “Priest Harbor -aka- Victim Of Changes III”, which has an “Elegy”-ish vibe to it, though longer and more complex, it has a very melodic Priest-ish chorus, cool build-ups, and heavy breakdowns, fast parts, leads, harmonies galore, and vox harmonies galore too. Overall it's pretty melodic musically / vocally and I could see RR eyeing this for a single, though at 6 minutes that’ll be a stretch.
The 4th song is jokingly called “The Thrash-terpiece! ”, and it’s what the name implies, fast as all hell, with a full on “Blood For Blood / Struck a Nerve / Bay Area Thrash” vibe to it. Probably the fastest song we’ve written in 10 years, and though it doesn’t sound like it, is probably the most difficult song (guitar-wise) we’ve ever attempted to play (down-picking / million-note mania). Cool, very complex bridge / lead section that takes it in a musically melodic direction, with trade-off leads and harmonies. No singing at all, just hard vox. It’s the one song that is also the most finished lyrically, and the only song with an actual title. It’s called “Aesthetics Of Hate" and it’s my take on neo-con and Dimebag-critic William Grim, and people like him. Some of you may remember that the song “Independent” (Max’s and my song from the RR Utd. album) was very loosely based on the same topic. This is my much more pointed, specific and pissed off take on it.
You’ve probably seen the word “complex” pop up a buncha times, and it’s fitting. It’s musically complex, though it doesn’t sound it, and that seems like a good thing.
The guys have unanimously chosen “your boy here” to Produce the album again, and between TTAOE and my production work on the RR Utd. album, I feel really confident going into this next record.
We took a break for the RR party / holidays and began jamming the other day for the first time in 6 weeks... WHEW... YIKES! To quote Lemmy, “if we practiced next to your house, we would have killed your lawn!” We’ll get back into it though, and I feel like the break did us good, gave us perspective.
One more time guys, I really can’t say enough about how informative, affirming, liberating, and straight up righteous most of the posts were. I was stoked that to a large degree, MH’s modus operandi is, on track with how you’d like us to be, or perceive us to be, and how we’d like to be.
Thanks for the inspiration, and thanks for taking time to shoot me / us your thoughts.
der titel steht bereits fest!
der titel steht bereits fest!
wie lang dauert das zwischen studiogang und release 6monate
Das wird zu knapp fürn Ring, die spielen erst ne US Tour.
Ich rechne im Herbst mit Deutschland Konzerten
sei dir mal mit ner grossen US-tour nicht so sicher. der grösste teil der fans lebt in europa. kann gut sein, dass die hier sogar schon sehr früh touren.