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09-20-20 Full Demo and Commentary

Rhopography Track 1 – New Bass Guitar


Welcome to the music demo blog!

Today I’m going to explain in detail our new song that we’re working on for our upcoming full length album tentatively named, “Rhopography”.

At this stage in the song writing, we’ve solidified the rhythms, accompanying melodies, song structure and drum compositions.

Last week, Alex brought fantastic ideas to the table by pre-programming midi bass by ear. And on Thursday we recorded his performance on bass guitar.

Remember, everything you’re about to hear is a work in progress and will likely change to some degree before public release.

The guitar tones will stay the same for the final release, but the bass tone will be heavily changed as the album develops.

As part of our process, Mark doesn’t write lyrics until the whole album is complete so that he can have a more informed understanding of the feeling across the songs and the album as a whole.

At 00:56 you’ll hear the main melody for this piece.

Mark has decided that on this album, he wants every vocal take to be layered to some degree. Whether it be a scream and a sing, a high and low, dual singing, or something else.

At 01:44, he wants to do some kind of yelling.

Mark has explained that there’s a strong likelihood that he’ll pull influence from Architects’ singer, Sam Carter.

At 02:33, I wanted to write a breakdown similar to Gojira and I think it sounds pretty close.

At 03:21, a Kardashev-style ambient section provides a respite to the heaviness of the track. Alex explained that he section doesn’t need bass like it might have had on The Baring of Shadows. This allows the listener to feel the emptiness of the track before the destruction comes back in.

Pulling from the beauty often found in Blackgaze music, we decided to try and express ourselves through that lens at 4:13. It’s our version of Blackened Melodic Metal.

At 4:45 Alex should be observed walking the bass around strummed chords.

Once Alex plays through the section at 5:00, we regenerate the melody and Alex begins playing arpeggios to develop the bass section and build into the upcoming breakdown.

As the song begins to fade out at 7:30, we re-introduce the main guitar melody. Likely something that Mark will mimic in his singing at some point. And for this song we thought it might be cool to have the musicality dissolve into an ambient texture. A landscape for Mark to perform distant wailing screams over. Something he’s growing quite fond of.

Next week

We hope to bring you some drum updates as we’ve invested into Superior Drummer 3 and Sean has been working on making a Kardashev-specific kit for this new album.

From all of us here at Kardashev, thank you for your continued support! Remember, we’ll have regularly updated posts for you here on our web app, so make sure to enroll into push notifications!

Until next time, take care!

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