Anacrusis - A Screaming Breath (Screams and Whispers Demo)





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Published on Feb 1, 2009

Anacrusis - A Screaming Breath - From the Screams and Whispers Demo Recordings


These songs were recorded in Kevin's basement and in my apartment using a 4-track and/or 8-track cassette multi-track recorder.
This set of demos was recorded at various times throughout 1992. Although many of these songs were written either with Chad Smith or during the time he was still in the band, all of these recordings were done using a cheap drum-machine which I often used to write with.
I recorded the 1st batch of songs alone using a drum machine and with me playing all of the guitar & bass parts. These songs include "Sound the Alarm", "Release", "Grateful", "Brotherhood?" and "Tools of Separation".
I had begun early on to experiment with keyboard/orchestral arrangements and those songs which incorporated these sounds were among the 1st songs written. For "Brotherhood?", I took the main part of the Heaven's Flame song "Vulture's Prey" (which had appeared on both version of the "Annihilation Complete" demo) wrote new lyrics and combined it with a piece of music I had written years ago and had coverted into an orchestral arrangement. "Grateful" was also constructed around a piece of music I had written on the keyboard. On "Tools of Separation", I simply added string and brass parts to the chorus of what was probably our most-demoed song.
Other songs were later arranged and recorded by me using riffs written together during band rehearsals. I would take the parts that Kevin and John wrote combine them with material I had written to arrange them into songs. Though most of the older demos were recorded with each member playing his own parts, in this case I believe John only played bass on a couple songs and Kevin only recorded his guitar solos.
Kevin didn't finish the lyrics for what would become "Division" until after we entered the studio, so this demo version has no vocals. There was also one additional song written and partially demoed, which was not recorded for the album.

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