At the peak of their powers, Ward et al delivered their most ambitious work to date, despite a veritable blizzard of cocaine.
Bill Ward says:
“By the time we recorded this LP, we’d done multiple tours across the world and we were experienced musicians. We’d matured, although we’d been digesting large amounts of Peruvian marching powder for a while and I’d reached a point where I was addicted.”
“The drum tracks might have been more technically precise if I hadn’t been using drugs, but I look back and I think I did OK: the title track is great to play live. There’s a bit at the end with a nice percussion thing going on. By this time we were allowing more things to come into the music - some strings, some brass, we were moving towards different places. Tony even played a jazz part.”
“We’ve played with lots of modern bands - Slayer, In Flames, The Haunted, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson - and these songs fit right in. They’re almost ageless.”
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