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Dystrophy Vocalist, Greg Bueno, Discusses Lyrical Meanings

Vocalist Greg Bueno, of the New Jersey melodic death/thrash metal band Dystrophy, has issued the following update providing insight into his lyrics:

"Something that I always set out to do with lyrics is to have the words match up with whatever is going on musically to make the song a unified whole. There is a tendency in metal for the words to just be there, shouted uniformly without much thought, especially in lots of thrash and death metal bands. There isn't anything inherently wrong with this approach, except that I like to be a little fancy when it comes to using certain compositional techniques. There is also a tendency in metal (moreso nowadays than in the past) to fill up every possible portion of the song minus the guitar solos with vocals. This is just plain stupid. Riffs need time and space to breathe and deliver their own intensity, so with few exceptions, I didn't feel the need to write 60 lines of lyrics per song."

"One thing I'm particularly proud of (even if it's of little consequence to the listener) is my usage of leitmotifs in 'Crown the Coward.' There are two parts of the song in which an Iron Maiden-esque, quasi-melancholic melody (a rarity in Dystrophy's music) appears. These two melody lines, which differ slightly each time they are presented, represent a specific idea in my head, namely a certain collapsing of faith. The fact that it occurs twice is significant to me as well. The shift in tempo that occurs both times compliments the idea of a collapse. Granted, I did not have this specifically in mind when I first wrote the music (as this is the one song I wrote almost in its entirety from a musical standpoint), but when writing the lyrics and channeling my experiences into what the song became, this is how it resulted. When I would write music for Semper Tyrannis, I would always try to use certain words and phrases to specifically compliment the music, but I had never tried to consciously use a certain riff or melody as a purposeful representation of an idea. On the next Dystrophy record, whenever the hell that will be, this is something I may try to do more often."

"'Crown the Coward' is also significant because it's the first more or less complete musical statement that I made since my Semper days. Since that time I had been battling musical apathy as well as musical writer's block. This was a breakthrough from all that, so it may be my favorite track. It's also the longest, clocking in at just under 8 minutes, which is a leftover from the proggy pomp and circumstance of my Semper days. 'Soul crusher, deceiver of dreams. With your veil you choked and blinded me.'"

More lyrical breakdown of dystrophy songs can be read at this location.

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