“I definitely went in wanting make a very eclectic record and trying to sound different than before. This was a very risky album in one way because I said to myself that I wasn’t going to shy away from some weird sounds.
“I think the first four songs are pretty challenging sound-wise. They're very different. Musterion is a really weird song. Then I came up with these two pieces that I decided to do as a trio, full-length jam songs, Asik Vaysel and Andalusia. That was just something totally different to try to do to pull off on an album, that kind of out-and-out three or four minutes of just straight soloing.
“It was a very interesting record for me, but I have some funny feelings about it. Sometimes I wish I could have changed how I arranged and mixed some of the pieces, or maybe I could have used a different amp or a different guitar here and there. Once we took the album live, it made me realize that, once again, my reality is how I deal with the new music live on stage. I play these things night after night, and I explore them.
“What I mean is, the fans wind up relating to the album versions, but I really don't. They're just the very first step for me. Playing Revelation every night on tour is a big deal for me emotionally. You can only do one version on an album, but live the song can change in so ways.”