Relentless Mutation by Oli Peters
Our musical backgrounds are all somewhat different; the members of Archspire meet in the middle in regards to influences and inspiration. When we formed the band, we made a decision of what we wanted the band to sound like, however if you look closely, you’ll hear inspirations from all over the place. I’m a huge Dream Theatre fan, we have members that love rap, extreme metal, funk, etc. That being said, when in the tour van deciding what music to listen to, we have a pretty common go-to album choice: “The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers.”
This new album was very different in its pre-production and production stages. We focused more on demoing new material than ever before, and the entire album was tracked as a demo, and sent to Dave Otero (producer) before we got to the studio. This allowed us to really get an idea of how the album would flow, and encouraged us to learn our parts as intimately as possible before laying down any tracks for the real deal.
As well, the production stage was very different. We had never done a “Retreat Style” recording session. We worked from 9-5:30 every Monday-Friday, and sometimes had some spillover into Saturday for a few hours. We did this for 4-5 weeks in Denver, CO, lodging right next to the studio, and this allowed us to really focus on the album. No one went to work, no one had to leave for any reason, we just lived and breathed this album. I think it shows in the final product.
Personally, I love gothic style artwork, and relate it to baroque music. Sometimes using a piece of art to inspire musical compositions brings out a totally different idea than you might otherwise have. The lyrical content is based on a mixture of sci-fi and horror thematic elements, and the music accompanies that. Archspire is an extreme technical death metal band from Vancouver, BC, Canada. We play very fast music.
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