So one of the first, and almost invariably last questions I get asked before I gravboot my about-to-be-smooshed foes is "how did you get here". Well the simple truth of the matter is, we flew. That is to say, in mortal terms we flew here inside the hyper-titanium belly of what is known as the GSSPE Doom Fortress, an inter-astral multi-diemensional craft capable of destroying universes in an instant. Th The basic design concept, scrawled by Jon on the back of a "Space Pizza Hut" napkin was very basic.
The latest episodes of "In The Studio" showed a few mistakes and some awesome sections from "The Second Age"
Be on the look out for videos in the next few weeks, showing off some sections from "The Third Age"
You can find the In The Studio playlist on the Official Hybrid Nightmares YouTube.
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!
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It takes a look at us recording our new release "The Ages" and also asks the members of HN some questions about it. Dont miss Episode 1 and 2, out now. And remember to subscribe to our channel to get new videos the day they come out.