Back in August Light The Torch frontman Howard Jones briefly touched upon an unreleased album from his former outfit Blood Has Been Shed. Jones commented to that he was unsure if the music they had worked on roughly a decade ago for Blood Has Been Shed would ever see the light of day.
Now, in a new interview with the aforementioned podcast (hear it below,) Blood Has Been Shed guitarist/vocalist Corey Unger has revealed just how far along the group were with the album. He stated of that:
“Well it does exist, that was awhile ago… Currently there’s around 10 tracks on it. It’s been tracked drum-wise in the studio on 7 of those tracks. Roughed out, demoed out guitars, and other instruments beyond guitars, just to throw a little piece in there. There’s multiple instrumentation on it beyond guitar work.
And some vocals sketched out on a handful of tunes, and those things took multiple iterations. It was intended from the beginning to be a studio album. Knowing that in the studio settings you can write things that are not limitations to what you can perform live, and not so much in the performance side, but the creative side, the compositional side.
So it does exist, I have it on a computer hard drive at my house in my Pro Tools set up, and it’s been there…it’s funny cause that was almost 10 years ago when I actually got the thing of writing it.
It was a, in a sense an intersection of the first 3 albums altogether into one, and then in some ways I would say going further than those other 3.
But I had to rewrite certain ways to think about composition to actually write the album. It was definitely… I’ll just say it’s not what you would normally hear from a metal band.”
Blood Has Been Shed originally came to an end as frontman Howard Jones and drummer Justin Foley joined Killswitch Engage. Given that they still held those roles around the time of these writing sessions, Unger revealed that there was plans to involve multiple guests:
“We actually had a number of vocalists that we were talking to; there was already a pipeline to talking to people. We were looking for it to be, less of a ‘because Howard wasn’t available therefore find such and such.’ We were already working in a hyper studio setting, and one thing we thought about the idea of doing was bringing in multiple people and multiple artists to really have a community feeling to this. Like what is it like when you bring the voice of a group of people together, still having Howard be a major central theme in it, but I mean lots of other singers. We had 3 drummers working on it.
Some of that was because Killswitch was super busy, but also it was kinda like people came in the mix and we were coming with a very, I’ll call it an open collaborative feeling of creativity. It was exploring what could happen if you bring these other musical ideas into the mix.
So we were friends with Burnt By The Sun as well as some other bands, it’s one of those ‘what would happen if we tried that?’ Let’s have 4-5 other vocalists on, and what would they do if they did this part? And then they did this part? Kinda like the new Killswitch album. It was the same kind of idea, just more of a heightened level.”
In regards as to whether or not the album will ever hit stores, he commented:
“Now whether it sees the light of day, I don’t know if this was a self-fulfilling prophecy, but when I really started writing again, I said to somebody ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes a decade for this album to come out,’ because what we’re writing, it just didn’t fit where music was.
There’s one thing being ahead of the curve—not ahead of the curve—but pioneering something… And there’s the part where it’s like ‘dude, no one’s going to be able to understand…’ This is just so far from what anyone’s listening to right now.
In a strange way, 10 years later from writing the core beginnings of it, I can see where it would have more resonance today than it would’ve 10 years ago.”
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