Please describe the new album musically and lyrically?
We knew we wanted a step up in every department from Laws of Motion,
our debut album released on Lion a few years ago, so a lot of work went
into making sure the tracks met every requirement whilst trying to keep
our signature sound. Building from the reviews and comments we
received with from Laws, we wanted to keep the strong riffs and big
choruses but focusing a lot more on vocal melodies, adding depth and
vocal layers, while keeping technical elements that prog fans always
love. We also knew we had to get better production and cleaner more
powerful sound….and we got exactly that thanks to DGM’s mastermind
Simone Mularoni and the team at Domination Studios. The artwork helped
inspire the main lyrical themes of the album which step away from the
darkness of the debut and tend to focus on the future of civilisation,
culture and society repeating the mistakes of the past. We drew
inspiration from the work of some of our favourite authors like
McCarthy and China Miéville to create an album with a common theme but
it is not a concept album.
if you had to choose one artist (I know this is hard) but if we had to say "recommended for fans of XXXX" who would that be?
We believe this album will be perfect for fans of Seventh Wonder, DGM,
Circus Maximus, Aspera, Spheric Universe Experience, Pagan’s Mind,
Pyramaze or Anubis Gate. We are also huge fans of the 90s prog metal
scene, bands like Vanden Plas, Symphony X, Ivory tower, Avalon etc so I
am sure fans of these bands will enjoy listening to INERTIA.
how does it differ from previous album?
Inertia is definitely a huge step up with regards to production and
song maturity but yet it also seems like a natural step in the right
direction and a seamless transition from the debut, which received such
a multitude of plaudits from the reviews and press it inspired us to
push ourselves further. I think for the debut we were still
finding our identity whereas INERTIA has found it for us. We have tried
with this album to really work on each song structure and core melodies
to embed our signature orchestral and technical interludes into the
songs themselves. The album feels more melodic and powerful as whole
than Laws of Motion.
What was the goal with making this album?
With INERTIA, our goal was to really improve in every aspect and
hopefully create a product that people will really enjoy not only
listening to but on the artwork side as well. We are all from the
pre-digital music era when buying an album was much more than the music
itself, it was about discovering a band and its universe and although
we knew we would go for a digital release with Lion Music (who
supported us from the beginning), we wanted to include in the package a
full colour booklet with lyrics, additional pictures, recording credits
etc. We worked with Alex at Mayhem Project Design who worked with many
artists we love like Pyramaze to design a very bright and colourful
artwork that really complement the music. Of course, we also wanted to
create an album that we would want to listen to ourselves 😊
Any specific influences towards music or lyric subject?
We did not want to create a concept album but we wanted rather to
introduce a common theme through the lyrics, which is summarised by the
album title. Inertia has a very dual meaning: in everyday life, it
implies rigidity (of a system for example) or inaction…while in physics
it is more described as an unstoppable force that requires external
force to be stopped. We took this duality of meaning and played with it
during these 11 tracks, looking at how characters (real or inspired by
authors) dealt with this. The track Nothing Stays the Same is based on
the City and the City by Miéville and looks into the duality in the
main character actions – on one side he is blocked by the rigidity of
the police system, on the other side events he is trying to stop leads
to an unstoppable conclusion. We love to write lyrics with a few levels
of interpretation but that’s our little bonus, our job is to focus on
the music first and foremost!
how long did it take to make this album?
Too long, we were victims of our own making due to the fact we wanted
it to be perfect. The vocals took the longest as we kept changing
lines, harmonies, adding/removing layers. Finding the right sound was
also a problem and we benefitted immensely from Simo’s help and advice
during the recording process. Simo was in charge of the
mixing/mastering steps but gave us a lot of production advices as we
recorded through various studios over the best of 2 years. Way too
long...but worth the effort as we are extremely pleased with how the
songs turned out.
what has the different musicians contributed to the result?
Over the years we have found quite a good formula that seems to work
for us. Joe brings the main lyrical theme and overall structure and the
first job is to create the rhythmic patterns, adding bass/drums to the
idea. We then often enrich/modify the structure to start shaping a full
song, adding orchestral elements, rough vocal lines, space for
keys/guitars or bass solos etc. Once the full structure feels good, we
all work on vocal melodies together and often one member will feel
inspired by the track to put down the lyrics. We then “lock” the demos
before recording and try not to bring too many new things during the
recording process which is often hard! Compared to Laws of Motion, we
worked much more as a team this time and it felt that the tracks just
naturally progressed, quite rapidly in fact!
Vocals - Ludo Desa
Guitars - Joe McGurk
Drums - Kevin Deplanche
Bass - David Deplanche
production and recording credits:
Album produced and recorded by Opposing Motion.
Mixed and Mastered by Simone MULARONI at DOMINATION Studios, San Marino, 18-30th June 2017.
Vocals recorded at PnF (Fagnières, France) and CSD studios (Troyes, France)
Cover art and layout design by Mayhem Project Design
Photos by Alejandro inchauste at Ayayu Photography
official websites, facebook and so...:
1. Endless Ripples
3. The Ghost Tapestry
4. New Heaven
5. Machines of War
6. Southern Lights
7. Windows to the Past
8. Optical Illusion
9. Mirror Image
10. Nothing Stays the Same
11. Across the Oceans of Sand
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