Singled Out: Imminent Sonic Destruction's The Knife

09/01/2016
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Imminent Sonic Destruction unleashed their new album 'Triumphia' this week and to celebrate we asked Tony Piccoli to tell us the story behind the song "The Knife":

The Knife is by far the heaviest song from our new album "Triumphia" and was purposely written to be the heaviest song. Triumphia is a concept album featuring the story of two characters, one male, one female, fighting incredible odds to get back to each other. One of the obstacles is the main protagonist called "The Fog" which of course is another song from the album. The Fog starts out in the story as exactly that, FOG. The Fog represents a general haziness that prevents our characters from seeing or believing, hindering them off all strength and will. As the story progresses the two characters have found their way to each other, and The Fog takes on a human form in a last ditch effort to stop the good guys with a physical fight. Musically, the song starts quickly. There is no time to be wasted, and the mood is angry, dark and determined.

As the song says, "without hesitation" one of our characters grabs The Knife and immediately takes The Fog's life in a moment of revenge and extreme clarity. This moment, when The Fog is killed is represented at exactly 3:19 with impressive sub bass explosion leading into what is one of my prouder moments as far is guitar solos go. Before this song, I had never really attempted to "shred" in this manner. The Sub explosion that you hear was a slight matter of contention while recording. Our producer Nick Morris was initially against this idea saying that it reminds him of newer electronically influenced metal bands, feeling like it didn't match what we are doing, but in the end, we won, and now everyone can feel the impact of The Knife as well as hear it. The outro, which is heavy and drags along to fill the listeners imagination of a glorious defeat of the The Fog, was purposely written this way to reflect what would be swirling in someone's head after finally destroying their captors.

As I finished writing the song, I knew the following song on the album would close it out and was going to sound like what it was, a happy ending. So, I needed to come up with a way to transition this dark, brooding and heavy song into a nice and happy acoustic passage. The solution was simple, a slow climb up into a major scale on the piano. This is truly one of my favorite songs I've written, and is a ton of fun to play live.

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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