I’m very riff driven so I tend to jam to a drum program and come up with a bucket load of riffs and then start piecing them together like a jigsaw until it feels right and one idea transitions seamlessly into the next. One example is the song The Abduction of Olivia Soams from our debut. There are a lot of ideas in those six minutes but, for me, none of them are jarring and they do all sound as if they should be from the same song. Once I have the bare bones of a track in both riffs and structure, Katy and I work on the melodies and alter and change the music to suit. I love the song writing process. The idea of getting a seed of an idea and developing it into a huge track will never get for me.
The only themes I explore is if I have an idea for a story or a narrative which will cover several tracks. The other tracks are usually flash fiction in lyrical form. We certainly don’t write about real world themes, and I think it’s come across as being unconvincing if we did. We’d rather stick with zombies, sci-fi, old-school horror and so forth.
Metal is the only musical genre that gives me a sense of satisfaction and scratches that itch if you know what I mean. I recall listening to The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden and something clicked and I thought, I want to do that. I loved the combination of pace, aggression, melody and drama and I find writing music with all those attributes quells the restless creative drive I seem to have. I do find if I don’t have a creative outlet for any great length of time, I can become irritable and frustrated at myself. To answer the question, I would say I love genre, I love the puzzle element of putting a track together and it makes me creatively satisfied.