30 Clubs in 30 Songs: Tampa Bay

Alternate post title: “And Now For Something Completely Different”

This track is fueled by probably one of the most astonishing musical discoveries I made even before this project began. Believe it or not, most of the pioneering death metal acts – Death, Deicide, Morbid Angel, and Six Feet Under, to name a few – are from the Tampa Bay area. I threw in the essence of Tampa-based power metal band Iced Earth and I had myself a solid idea. This was a taxing track to record, particularly on the drums (I hadn’t written anything calling for blast beats until recently), but the end result is totally worth the trouble. The “synth pad” buried in the mix at the end is no pad – that’s three tracks of me singing harmonies in falsetto.

The lyrics are a bit of a mish-mash. Instead of one big idea, I took a few small things and worked them into the overall picture. Cowbells (“Your sentence: death by cowbell”), the catwalks in the field of play, and The Thunderdome (the stadium’s name when Tampa’s NHL team played in it). Throw in some evil sounding words – grime, suffer, judgement, punishment – and you got yourself some death metal! Enjoy the madness.

Tampa Bay

Next up: Texas (Friday), Toronto (Next Week)

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