Singled Out: Varga Tell Story Behind Gamera

12/23/2013
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Veteran Canadian metallers Varga recently released "Enter the Metal", their first new album after a long absence. To celebrate we asked Adam Alex to tell us about the song "Gamera" from the new album. Here is the story:

Gamera is an eight minute song in which we try to lay down a soundscape to the images of the legendary science fiction monster causing havoc and chaos across the Japanese countryside. The numerous parts and grooves we laid down are meant to represent different aspects of the story and provide the listener a soundtrack for the destruction that ensues .

We recorded the bed tracks live off the floor at Jukasa studios to get the most live feeling drum vibe we could get. Dan's tom playing in the middle instrumental section knocked my socks off and really captures a sense of chaos . Joe laid down the bass part to the drum track and then Sean and I layered the guitars at Julius's studio.

The vocals melodies and harmonies Joe recorded are complex , yet the lyrics are a simple description of the devastation achieved by the creature being described . A complex machine dominating a technologically inferior foe…humanity.

Throughout the tune we pay homage to some styles and trends which have influenced us .. for example when Joey busts into the bridge vocals "Chomping down on power lines …" we try to give the listeners a glimpse of the non-western Japanese approach to orchestral metal. The guitar riff at the end of the choruses , is a direct homage to the feeling of the first Kill Bill movie , trying to capture the emotion of the scene between the Black Mamba and O-Ren Ishii and the Japanese Hentai style . We experimented with different sounds when we were recording this part and even considered a vocal line in Japanese but in the end , we thought the riff itself pulled off this feeling . Sean's guitar solo , with the octaves and wah , again, give the listeners that Hentai cartoon soundtrack feel of the 80's. And finally , the technical bridge riffs and the very end of the song , if it isn't obvious enough is just another one of our many homages to our biggest influence Rush.

Put on your headphones , crank it up , close your eyes and enjoy . cheers

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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