Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
This is my debut release in the instrumental metal/shred genre and I am very pleased with the result. The music is very aggressive and catchy, and the melodies and playing are performed at a high level…
Evidence of the Arcane – The opening track, some breakneck riffing on this track. The riff at 2:00 is one of my favorites on the album. Really ambitious compositional feel on this track and the bridge towards the end has some of my most haunting lead work I’ve ever composed.
The Receiver of Wisdom – This is one for the thrash fans. Old-school riffs galore on this track as well as an extremely catchy memorable opening motif. Also has a breakdown-type section in the middle of the song that almost has a Cannibal Corpse –like feel.
Harbinger 2.1 – This is one of the more straightforward tunes, over 8 minutes long but it packs a bludgeoning punch. Lots of fierce riffing, very Nevermore influenced and one of the longer lead breaks on the album. Bit of a Lamb of God-esque riffing section around the 2:00 mark!
271114 – This is an older more proggy (but still very aggressive tune) I initially wrote for my old progressive metal band Makaria. Very riff-driven but a bit more groove-based. I’m super proud of the transition that happens around the 1:20 mark, love the Van Williams-esque drumming idea. This track has probably the best guitar solo on the album!
Eyes in the Sky – My tribute to Tim Heidecker’s ‘Decker’ this track has actually been more of a fan favorite than I initially anticipated! Very 80s feel on this track, one of the more simple arrangements on the record. Solid melodies, riffing, and multiple guitar solos on this track. A very fun one to play.
Lucidity – This one is a spiraling composition with some very ethereal melodies. A bit less ‘shreddy’ than some of the other tunes and almost more of a ‘rock’ feel. It definitely closes the album on an unforeseen note.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
Progressive/thrashy metal with guitar virtuoso influences and ambitious arrangements and melodies.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
I recorded all the guitars in my home studio, the bulk of the production work/bass/drums were done by Stewart Hidalgo in his studio in Santa Monica! The most interesting part was just seeing these songs come to life as the melodies were composed and all of the pieces added.
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
A simple album cover, my name with an old-school metal type of look. Exactly what I wanted!
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
I’m gaining visibility and a niche within the prog/guitar community.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
This release is digital only – stay tuned for my sophomore release which will be available to order in multiple physical formats!
Where and how will you promote this new release?
Keep an eye out online as there are multiple publications reviewing this CD, I have done interviews with several webzines such as Prog Sphere Magazine, Rock Era Magazine and Metal Assault! Also be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more updates including playthrough videos!
Where can we order it from?
You can order my debut on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, bandcamp (mattchanway.bandcamp.com) or stream on Spotify!