Kalros

Doing a metal song is always going to divide opinion as some people just don't like the genre. This one was even more of a wildcard due to its odd time signature. I'd been listening to a lot of Meshuggah before making this song. I love how with that band you have to listen to the song about 6 or 7 times before your brain starts to latch onto the groove, because when it finally does it's hugely rewarding. Pay attention down the back, because here comes the technical part:

The song is, for a large part of its runtime, moving in two separate, simultaneous time signatures. The guitars, bass and vocals are using a 5/4 rhythm, which means five beats to a bar. The drums underneath, however, are playing a 4/4. The 5/4 guitar rhythms loop around 4 times, making 20 so on their 16th bar they fit snugly back into the drum rhythm's 20th bar. If that makes no sense to you, use your ears instead - listen to how the song in each bar starts on a standard groove, pulls itself out of the groove and then back in again before starting over.

So it's like this:

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5

For example, the verse one lyric "under barren" fits nicely into the drum groove, then the pattern moves out, then on the "CataCOMB" syllable, the drums fit back into the guitar and vocal pattern. It kind of feels like being thrown into the air, wavering for a second, then snapping back down to the ground.

This is why the song takes 3 or 4 listens for a lot of people to really catch its groove and understand the way it moves along. Those familiar with math metal or prog will probably find it quite rudimentary but most casual music listeners will take a while to adjust to it.

Thematically, it's a very simple song. It's about a giant freaking worm crushing everything in its path after all, so it was never going to be lyrically very deep. It's all about the music and the feel in this one - the giant crushing riffs and pounding drums over a dry, harsh guitar tone that was meant to imply the sandy, dirty desert wasteland of Tuchanka.

Criticisms:

This didn't have the witty lyrics usually associated with the gaming songs genre.

It's good to stand out from the crowd.

Oh, come on - another Mass Effect song? Really? Don't you play any other games?

I play Skyrim a bit too ...

Detecting a bit of Meshuggah there, nice. Did you listen to Koloss anytime lately by any chance?

Well spotted! I certainly did.

The cognitive dissonance of watching someone else's Shepard is astonishing.

It certainly is. It's part of the reason I never do Femshep playthroughs. I like my Shepard.

Remind me again why we DIDN'T try to build a gun that shoots thresher maws?

Um ... Blue?

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