Jeff T: We usually flesh out our ideas individually at home, and then bring them to the band to arrange as a group. Some of these songs have come a long way from their original versions, and are several years old at this point!
For the overall concept, it was really important for us to have a diversity of songs in terms of style/presentation — We keyed in on the atmosphere of a journey pretty early on, and ran with it from there.
Cody: I’ve done my own solo thing for a number of years, so it was a change to write as part of a group. I had to take each band members playing preference and the existing style into account. My writing style up to that point was more proggy, so it was different to try to write more straight forward.
Bringing a song to the band and having everyone collaborate upon it was a new thing for me as well, something that I feel elevated the songs in a way that I couldn’t imagine on my own.
Javier: Getting back to the diversity Jeff mentions, it’s conception was an organic process, since we all share the heavy metal roots, but have very diverse musical preferences. This has led to a very honest album that has a deep and strong classical heavy metal root that branches into diverse but (hopefully!) consistent musical styles through the album. There’s a piece of each of us in it.
Evgeny: I only wrote one song, but it is a very special song for me, since it was a collaboration with my brother Vladimir. “The Siege of Arkona” reflects my love for all things epic and heathen. In fact, as a result of this collaboration I created a parallel project with Vladimir called “Chronica Sclavorum” where we develop further the epic sound of Siege and continue focusing on Slavic heathenry and myth.
Stark: Well, the songs I contributed to, I would listen to the instrumentation and come up with some melody ideas. I love writing vocal melodies and the one thing that seems to come natural. Once I have that basic idea set, I then would listen to the songs and close my eyes to help visualize what the song feels and the image that comes to mind. From there, I put pen to paper from the vision or story the songs give me.