Well, this was certainly an unexpected development! So for the last couple of days, I've been experimenting around a little. My original intention was to practice making something really heavy with guitars and synths (like trying to imitate Mick Gordon or Celldweller). Of course as one can hear from this song, I wound up straying really far from my original goal. Instead of being dark and heavy, it became this bright and upbeat jam!
I had started off with creating the main drum loop, and then recorded the guitar parts. It was while I was recording the lead parts that I realized that the mood of the song was going to be totally different from my original starting point. Not sure what to really think of it at first, I just continued working through it for the sake of messing around with synths and electronic drum samples. At some point, I also decided to throw in a piano and then ran it through my favorite tube-screamer VST (TSE808 2.0).
As things continued to take shape, I kept thinking to myself, "Man, this sounds really anime!... or something."
I could imagine this song being used for some big final battle, where the protagonist just got totally beat by the evil Mr. Big-Bad, but then has some... oh I don't know, "power of friendship" or some other revelation suddenly come to him. Fueled by this realization, he continues the fight with a renewed and "Indomitable Spirit"!
Anyhow, this thought process lead to me being a bit cheeky by throwing in some Japanese text for the album art. The bottom being "Saishū kessen" (Final Battles) and the top literally being an engrish pronunciation of Davester2296 (Dei-bu-sta 2296)! As usual, I love having some space/stars theme going on for my backgrounds, but I still felt like being a little cheesy. So I drew a couple of fine gentlemen, wielding laser katanas, all powered-up and ready to clash in the vacuum of space in order to resolve their differences.
I really enjoyed working on this since it felt so different from all the other originals that I've made so far. If I ever come up with any other upbeat electronic-rock tracks like this, this will be the album that I pour them into! Don't know how often that will be though, since I still really want to finish up "On Impulse" and the "Cyclic Divide Redux"... as well as start on a RED PLANET EP that tries to imitate the sound of the new DOOM titles (need to get some practice in before the inevitable "DOOM 2016" marathon happens some time down the road). I do look forward to writing more material for this project though. The idea of an album consisting entirely of "Final Battle" songs just sounds really cool!