When I started work on my new album, I had an idea in my head about what it should sound like. I wanted to write something brutally heavy, very death metal inspired, and taking influence from Cannibal Corpse, Anata, Decapitated, Pantera and Fear Factory. What is unfolding as I write is really quite different.

I always find this interesting with music. Although most people know of my metal interests, I listen to a hugely diverse range of music within the rock and metal genre, from rock such as AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Free, Kiss through to heavy rock like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dio, onto thrash such as Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Slayer, Overkill to power metal like Hammerfall, Kamelot, Primal Fear, Manowar and then of course death metal like Cannibal Corpse, Decapited, Nile, Suffocation etc.

What has resulted is a strange mix of styles. The most recent song sounds like a Motley Crue type riff, but with a real death metal background – thundering double bass drums, growly vocals and a catchy guitar riff. Very odd. I think listening to Debauchery is having an impact on me. :)

The moral of this story is to never expect what you plan in your head – it is working out quite different for me, but pleasantly surprising. :)

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