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Vocals recorded at Mixland, Midhurst, Canada. The first thing we need to explore is spatial texture within the album. Morphwiz also provides a nice counterpoint to the percussive guitar that enters later in the intro. In track 3, the texture is a bit more granular. The start of the song starts with a wind and horse sample which then is disrupted by piano playing in minor, to which then the full band comes in with guitars in parallel counterpoint.
The granularity comes with the higher frequency samples picked for the intro and also the tone and texture chosen for the guitars primarily. They have a bit more high-mid presence thus accentuating lower harmonics, which fight with each other during parallel scale runs. Track 6 has the most interesting synthesized environment where there is a low pad defining the rear and front of the mix sound stage and the verbed-out shaker panning hard left and right in rhythm defines the left and right boundaries.
This then fits in nicely with the percussive synth patch, samples and glockenspiel patch. The guitars pretty much On The Backs Of Angels - Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events (CD mid width of the of the stereo spectrum and trade off center position when leading.
The idea that came to me was a little bit Pink Floyd On The Backs Of Angels - Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events (CD moody, foreboding, this drifting arpeggiated guitar pattern. We wanted it to have all of the elements of Dream Theater. It would be progressive, it would be metal, and it would be melodic. There would be some big shred moments mixed with very dramatic breakdowns. We felt as though the record needed some balance to it, some songs that were more driving and in your face.
There were many progressive elements happening already, so we wrote a couple of songs that were direct and full of attitude. Basically, I shouted the words into a microphone and sent the demo to him.
The chords were already written, but he picked up on the keyboard line that was there. I should also point out the work of John Myung, who created a bass riff Album) he perfectly integrated into the song. John's a very quiet guy, but he always comes up with parts that knock you out. It has a lot of twists and turns and some crazy ideas that were confusing to us as we were writing and recording.
It took a while to get it all under our fingers. I thought it would sound heavier that way. And it does — I think the song kicks some serious ass!
I wrote it out and built it piece by piece, programming drums as I went. So I wrote lyrics that are somewhat historical about this ancient Persian elite fighting force that kind of died out.
Again, a good example of my love for storytelling and linking music to words. I had an idea for a ballad, but when I sent it to the guys I definitely said that I was open to anything, all thoughts and suggestions. From the demo process, we kept a Moog solo that Jordan did — I absolutely love it. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods.
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