-Billy, Lead Songwriter: When it comes to writing these songs I start out by saying, “Is it going as part of an album or a single?” If it’s part of an album it’s easier as our albums are usually themed. So let’s say it’s going on an album about classic Hollywood monsters, you know, The Wolfman, Frankenstein, etc.
So then I look into the characters of the songs I’m writing. If it’s Frankenstein, it’s going to be more of a chugging march, it it’s The Mummy I may employ Arabic or Egyptian scales or chord progressions. So as far as musical themes it really is a song by song basis. I have some signature stuff that are used in most of our songs, but by in large, most of our songs are very thematically different.
Mr. Grim, drums – it’s all about feeling. I have always felt as a musician, you play with the song needs. As much fun as it is going balls to the wall, that’s not always what’s best for the song. Play what people want to hear, what they want to bang their head to.