Check out part 2 of the track-by-track commentary here.
Track 05 | The Savage Massacre (In the eyes of the law: Pizzo)
“Ariën [van Weesenbeek, MAYAN & EPICA drummer] was drenched after recording this one! He had no time to practice; he only listened to the pre-production in the studio and nailed it in no time! Laura [Macrì], the opera talent from Italy, has a big role in this song with her Italian lyrics. It’s a heavy song with a atmospherical mid-part.”
Track 06 | Essenza Di Te
“Just pressed ‘record’ and let Jack [Driessen, MAYAN keyboard player] play something spontaneously, then let [guest vocalist] Laura [Macrì] do her thing. This is what happened in the end. The demo version was called ‘Perfume.’ Check out the movie [http://www.youtube.com/movie?v=xRFvShphoGE&feature=mv_sr], as it inspired us for this song.”
Track 07 | Bite The Bullet
“Only now did Frank’s guitar need a new set of strings. Used two sets for the whole album, didn’t need more. About 30 picks were used in total, though. This is the song where [guest vocalist] Henning [Basse of SONS OF SEASONS] shines. We call it, therefore ‘The Henning Song’ as well. He shows in this song what he’s able to do with his voice: raw parts, soft parts and choir harmonies.”
Track 08 | Drown The Demon
“First studio song ever on which Floor Jansen [REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER] and Simone Simons [of EPICA] sing together! [Drummer] Ariën’s voice got put after the song, recorded as a joke, but we decided to keep it. Sorry Ariën!”
Part 1 of the commentary can be found here.