This album began almost two years ago with the song Labyrinth. At first, I thought this might become my "non-metal" album.
But after writing a few songs and developing them with Oliver Philipps (producer), it became clear this was not that album. The songs ended up getting heavier, and I resolved to let these songs be what they need to be without forcing them into any specific box.
I didn't try to make them more Celtic or more Fantasy -- that is just exactly what they called for. And so, you'll find a bit of an eclectic mix on this album - not trying to be more metal - it's just exactly what it needs to be.
Within that, you'll find quirky prog moments, more elaborate orchestrations, more vocal tone, depth and range from me (after working with Brett Manning & coaches on this), fun medieval moments, the occasional dragon growl, and a few other interesting surprises.
The last song written was the title track, The Quest, which was by far, the biggest, most epic song I have ever written! You'll hear it soon enough, and you can tell me. :)