As we approach the dawning of the Second Age, it is time to conclude the epic chapter of the writing process for the First Age. For this final installment, I have asked Ben to give me his rundown on how he went about writing the introductory piece of beautiful acoustic music he composed for the CD. This is what he had to say:
Hey guys, Jonny here. I know it's been a while, but hey, sometimes reception in space is just shit-house. Now that I have escaped the black hole (which admittedly I should never have flown into to retrieve my frisbee), I can continue to illuminate the thoughts and ideas that led to the creation of the songs you hear on the Ages release. This one has caused a bit of a stir amongst reviewers and fans alike. It is perhaps the strangest of the songs on the First Age, a true amalgam of styles. Without further adieu: Dead Star Goddess:
Dead Star was a bit of a mash up when I put it together, anyone who is really familiar with the band may recognize some of the bridge riffs from an older song which got scrapped before we recorded the self titled EP. The opening chord progression and chorus sections were my attempt to understand how Ghost writes some their music. When I found that first chord that you hear at the start of the song, it reminded me a bit of Aussie black metal heroes Ruins. From there I attempted to create a Ruins interpretation of Ghost and the strange aggressive/melancholic melody of the first half of the song was born. Ben has a shredder of a solo during the bridge and Loki put some really quick rhymes over those pummelling riffs. I think lyrically, the song is quite a beautiful blend of epic mythos and applicable philosophy.
Short and sweet I know, but honestly this song came strangely naturally to us and was one of the easier ones to get the structure down. It can't all be aches and pains, sometimes a song just works and there really wasn't much to it. It is one of my favorites off the Ages release and I hope to hear feedback from you guys... so I can laugh and show the guys, so that they can laugh... then we will destroy a star system to celebrate...there will be much mirth. Thank you Earthlings, for showing us this "humour" you hold so dear. It is the only thing that has saved your puny planet thus far...that and Krispy Kremes. SpaceGod Bless America.
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Alrighty folks, I'm back for another installment of the writing process behind the First Age and this week I focused on the hook heavy and ultimately catchy Black Heart. Black Heart:
So Black Heart has a very strange origin story. At the time it was written; there were some tensions in the band during the recording of the self titled EP. In August of 2011 Trivium released In Waves and I was completely taken with the new direction. The band however did not share my enthusiasm. It felt like this little disagreement and the barbed comments and heckling were epitomising the underlying tensions and as a result I wrote Black Heart as a reaction, to prove that Trivium’s new sound channelled through Hybrid Nightmares could create a powerful song. The riffs just fell into place and before I knew it, the song wrote itself. It probably has the least black or extreme metal influence and I think the heaviness in some parts comes more from the frustration I felt at the time, than from the actual music being heavy. What really made the song for me was when we finally got around to working on it as a band, we were fresh and new, old tensions forgotten. We were becoming the well oiled and efficiently creative machine we are now. Loki’s layered vocals really blew me away and when Ben showed us his solo, I nearly wept because it was so perfect. I must tip my hat to Batty also who took the song away and wrote the incredible drum patterns that add yet another layer to the killer chorus I can’t help but sing in my head constantly. This song started as a childish angry reaction to goading and became a mature and heartfelt collaboration from everyone in the band.
I hope you enjoyed this little bit of insight on our song and I hope to see you at the next gig!