Biomechanical's John K Speaks On New Album
Chad Bowar from About Heavy Metal recently conducted an interview with BIOMECHANICAL mastermind John K. Here are some extracts from the conversation:
Chad Bowar: What's the storyline of this CD ("Cannibalised")?
John K: "It ends the story that preceded 'Eight Moons' and 'The Empires Of The Worlds'. This album is talking about the human spiritual death and the decline of the human society. It's dealing with the issue of spiritual atrophy. As technology gets more advanced, the spirit gets more saturated with information, making any attempt to think impossible. Drowned in mundane things we've been turned away from the true state of our world and almost fed ignorance. And this can only lead to spiritual atrophy. On this album we use a character who realizes there is no way out of this reality, re-inserts himself into the Matrix, becomes one of the many and awaits his spiritual death. The album doesn't run like a story but it's a take on his emotions."
Chad Bowar: What are your expectations?
John K: "At this point I can tell you that a lot of things that I was hoping would happen have already happened. I'm really pleased and grateful that awesome magazines have not only given the album incredible reviews, but they have also went out of their way to write massive features on us, offer a cover (Metal Hammer Greece) and really praise BIOMECHANICAL. The same goes for the Internet press. Their words have been incredible. And last but definitely not least fans are coming back with awesome comments about 'Cannibalised'. To be honest I'm taken back from the reaction, again as I said because you just don't know how these things can go. You do what you gotta do and take it from there."
Chad Bowar: How did you first decide to combine technical Thrash with cinematic and orchestral elements?
John K: "I've been a huge film music fan since I was a kid. When I was introduced to Metal I very much instantly felt that the two styles can merge successfully. It would be stupid of me to say that this is something new when DEEP PURPLE played original material with an orchestra ages ago. What we can offer here is film music that comes from the classical composers who influenced the greats of film music, draw inspiration from the traditionalism of film music and avoid keyboard writing oriented orchestral music. It's not an easy thing to do. You have to respect the riff of the given song, but at the same time write orchestral music that doesn't just accompany the band. The orchestra is part of the song as opposed to it being a secondary element that enhances the sound."
Chad Bowar: How did you decide to work with producer Chris Tsangarides?
John K: "I had discussions with Earache about the production of the album. I told them that I was looking to work with somebody who has knowledge of good old-school mixing because I'm not really sold on modern productions. They sound too cold and separated. And 'Cannibalised' was going to be totally in the opposite direction; I wanted valve-driven sound this time around and to hear the room on the drums. Chris was excellent to talk with. He made me feel very comfortable when we first talked and agreed pretty much on everything. I realized that most of the things I wanted production-wise were because of what Chris has achieved, so it was a case of letting the man do what he does best!"
Chad Bowar: How was he to work with?
John K: "Fantastic. He not only listened to what the band needed direction-wise, but he also made me feel really welcome. It was great working with him. We worked a lot on the album, and I am very grateful for all the hard work he put into it. I have to say he has totally converted me in to a valve-maniac. Can't beat the valves, man. No amount of digital technology can replace them."
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