I wanted to venture into more industrial/electronic territory with this one. I wanted something gritty and drenched in distortion, but melodic, inspired by late-90's electronic rock bands like Orgy, Deadsy, and the like. (It ended up sounding nothing like these bands, though.)*
I also wanted to get away from using pre-made loops and beats, like I had done on my previous albums, and instead make my own from scratch.
And, lastly, because I now have a keyboard to actually play on, I wanted a more "performance-y" album where you can actually hear a person playing the music, instead of everything being meticulously step-entered.
If anything, the record is aptly titled because it made me realize I'm probably a better rock musician than an industrial musician. Most of the electronic effects you hear, I created from scratch in Reason, but they amount to little more than taking a standard saw-waveform, yanking on the filters a bit, and then soaking it in distortion.
Not relying on pre-made beats, however, enabled me to get far more weird and creative with the rhythm. There are a lot of off-beat rhythms and odd time signatures on this album, which I'm happy with.
* (There's also a lot of inspiration from Epochate's "Chronicles of a Dying Era," which I'll admit I have listened to incessantly. epochate.bandcamp.com/album/chronicles-of-a-dying-era