February 20, 2023
Doing good here! Hope you are doing well. Thank you for the interview!
Yes, the Pale Divine album came out June of 2020 right when many venues were shutting down. The shows Pale Divine had planned in efforts to promote the album and the band were all cancelled. Cruz Del Sur had released the Consequence Of Time album along with a reissue of the Cemetery Earth album but the band was unable to play shows to promote it, was unfortunate timing. I started writing songs, but the songs were a different vibe from what would be appropriate for Pale Divine. Darin and I decided to apply these songs to a new band. Victor and I had met previously and discussed collaborating on a album, some of the initial song ideas I sent him ended up on this album. I'm glad we could collaborate with Victor and are in the process of writing a follow up Mythosphere album
The Mythosphere songs have more of a progressive sound to the chord progressions along with arrangements. We didn't think this material would be appropriate under the banner of Pale Divine or Beelzefuzz. As the writing process continued, we arranged the songs with Victor's melodic guitar playing in mind.
The songs do have lyrics pertaining to using critical thinking and questioning of one's beliefs. During the pandemic it seemed to me that media in the US inflated an already hostile and divisive political environment. That divisive environment would keep people engaged online so much it appeared some would lose the ability of critical thinking and adopt an attitude of a suspension of disbelief towards any information that didn't go along with what content they were consuming online.
The lyrics to "Kings Call To Arms" pertain to this observation with the verse "Who will carry the cross, who will stand and fight, who will serve these infinite acts of senseless sacrifice". There will always be politicians and talking heads promoting a agenda. Social media platforms I think have greatly expanded the reach of negative ideals. I think it's important to keep an awareness of the content we consume and not allow that content to compromise our health, our empathy towards others and the ability to respectfully communicate with others.
The lyrics were written during the pandemic and were influenced by my circumstances and what I saw others going through. The themes of isolation and disconnection would also be part of the emotions involved. It was a difficult time and writing the music and lyrics was a positive outlet in attempts to make sense of everything that was happening.
I currently don't ascribe to any religion. I don't currently have a political party I support. The 2-party system in the US which uses 24 hour media platforms pushing political agendas I think has created such a negative division in the way we interact and communicate with each other.
The theme to the "Pathological" song is using critical thinking and keeping an awareness to the content you consume. The line in the song, "Pathological liar, something in your voice leaves me hope, until the wild raging fire, speaks through me" relates to putting too much credence into caustic online content and denying the legitimacy of information outside of what channel news or political affiliation one follows.
The artist Shane Rice designed the artwork. Our friend Bill Kole created the space background and layout. In the songs "Walk In Darkness" and "Star Crossed" there are references to astrology themes in the lyrics and Darin suggested having a reference to that in the artwork. I didn't notice the multi pictures in one effect until Darin pointed it out, imaginative and creative artwork by Shane Rice
I think the songs on the Mythosphere album take on a progressive and metal influence more so than albums recorded with Beelzefuzz and Pale Divine. The Beelzefuzz albums show influences of Doom and Stoner Rock, Mythosphere has a bit more of a progressive metal influence. We are writing songs now for the next album and have some songs that have more of the Doom and Stoner Rock tonality as well as songs that on more on the progressive side. I'm excited about what we are working on, and I think by this summer we'll be back in the studio recording the 2nd album
Two of the songs on the album I showed Victor maybe 4 years ago when we first started talking about collaborating, the arrangements changed a bit but the main idea was there. I'm writing and recording new music ideas a lot. Some songs on this album started as a small idea recorded years prior. A chord progression and vocal melody I recorded last night might get used on this next album as is or it might get a key change, a tempo change and get recorded the following album cycle. I like to record ideas and update them to see if I can add any new quality to them. All of the songs on this album went through different arrangements over time.
The songs were initially arranged with Victor's guitar playing in mind. I sent Victor some demos of the songs to which he then recorded some melodic guitar ideas. We further developed the songs and lengthened sections for Victor to track his melodic playing and soundscapes. We initially had 12 or more songs which we narrowed down to 8 in order to focus on recording them in a studio in a timely fashion.
I'm a fan of 70's rock. Outside the genres of rock, prog and metal I regularly listen to a oldies radio station that is close to my house called WHGM Gold which often plays some deep cuts from the 50's, 60's and 70's. I'm also a fan of singer songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker, Neil Young, Johnny Cash
It was great listening to the final mixed and mastered version of the album knowing the songs were written, recorded and released in less than 2 years. There was a lot of collaboration involved that made the album become a reality. I'm proud of what we recorded and would like to expand upon the tones, tempos, and lyrical content on the 2nd album.
I think songs like "Through The Night" do show influence of early 80's metal like Queensryche and Fates Warning. We'd like to expand upon that vintage metal vibe on the next album and have some songs with some faster tempos.
The songwriting process developed quickly; the lyrics were written in a timely manner unlike previous albums where I've had difficulty finishing lyrics. I think the most challenging part was when we went to the studio to record vocals. The vocal melodies were still very new and some of the melody lines weren't so refined at the time.
We are playing the Maryland Doom Fest this June as well as working on some show appearances in our area. Would love for the band to be able to play some festivals in Europe.
Lior, thank you for the interview! Also, thank you for the review of the Mythosphere album. Happy New Year, man!