There are some examples of musicians that, as legend has it, made a deal with the devil.
From Niccolo Paganini to Robert Johnson, there are a number of myths, having in common an agreement with the lord of darkness.
But in every myth, a single truth is hidden.
A deal with the devil is nothing more than the difficult choices we make.
We come at crossroads in our every step, which leads us either to success or failure.
The cost will be paid at some point but until then …
A deal with the devil allows us to create something different.
A deal with the devil
In the case of Methedras and “A deal with the Devil“, the story is not hidden in the lyrics, but in the composition.
This song was written by the guitarist and key composer of their new album, Daniele Colombo.
In every live show, Claudio, the singer of Methedras asks the public: “Who made the deal with the devil?“
A question that presents the first song that was written for the album “The Ventriloquist“.
Daniele describes in detail the story, of my personal favorite, song …
“At that time (it was 2014), I was just a newcomer to the band.
Just a few months ago I became a permanent member.
After a period when I was a session guitarist, there was a good synergy between us.
That’s because of the tour we had done together.
So creating something new came naturally, just by playing together in rehearsals“, he explains.
The idea of the song
As mentioned above, the stories of songs are not always hidden in their lyrics, but in the compositions…
“The idea behind the new album was to keep the thrash-death metal sound of the band.
On the other hand, we wanted to add new elements, colors, and influences to our music.
It was something that would revive everything in a way.
For example, these elements appear in a riff played with the whammy pedal (in the style of Tom Morello).
Or the cut in the middle of the song, which came in to give melody and space to the song to “jump”.
The chorus is full of electronic sounds, something we wanted most in our music, like orchestral tracks to support our instruments. “
Every change in the melody of a band shows its grandeur.
They are not afraid to change – develop into something different, than what we have been accustomed to since 1996.
Maybe for some, this change, as small or as big as it may be, is related to a deal with the devil …
For us, it shows that Methedras has not shown us everything yet …
Continuing with his story, Daniel explains that they were not afraid to do this change, as they have.
“This is something that makes “The Ventriloquist” different from the rest of our discography.
(The “System Subversion” introduced the electronic parts to our music, but it was different because those were more backstage than the actual orchestral parts).
When we started writing the song, Claudio was still a member of the band just before he left for three years from the band. “
“During this period our former singer Tito took care of the lyrics, and he really surprised me with his idea about the chorus.
I’ve created the riff playing on a vocal part that Claudio recorded on the phone.
So I had his voice in my head while creating it;
It was very nice to hear how Tito arranged the vocals with more breaks.
Something that could make breathe more the song, giving more space to the other instruments”, says Daniele.
Concerning the lyrics, he says:
“The song tells how during our lives it could happen that we literally make a deal with the devil.
And this is something that could really exist in our daily life, sometimes we have to make hard choices, that can make our life different”.
In the end, he also refers to the song’s video shooting:
“Considering that we always liked the idea to use this song as the first single released from the new album…
Ιt was natural to do it in the end and to record a video clip as well to show our idea about it, with Claudio’s scene about his signature on the agreement, made with his own blood”.
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