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At the Mountains of Madness


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So, after "Razor Wire" some more heavy metal. I have to say I'm enjoying this genre jump. The need for accuracy in metal is paramount and these two tracks have forced me to improve my dual guitar recordings. I've also had to improve a few techniques which, as an untrained "dilettante" on the guitar, have never been part of my repertoire.
I think I have one more metal song in me after this one, perhaps a slower more measured tune.
In the meantime, the influence for this one comes from H.P. Lovecraft's novella of the same name. Lovecraft is one of US literature's best kept secrets. Frequently ignored as a pulp writer, he fashioned an entire mythos of elder things, dreadful interdimensional beings and strange cults. His work has influenced literature and film for the best part of a century and he is a true master of the macabre.
Play loud, enjoy the sacrifice I made getting those vocals....
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Lyrics
At the end of the world
Underneath the ice
Buried for a million years
City in the sky
Strange spirits that move in the dark
Gotta get away

And the dogs they cry
It's underneath the ice
Gotta be afraid
At the mountains of madness

And they rape your mind
Memories of blood in the dark
Elder things alive!
Your God can't save you now
Down here in a corner of hell
Time to free your mind

And the dogs they cry
It's underneath the ice
Gotta be afraid
At the mountains of madness

At the mountains ....
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Uploaded: Dec 03, 2011 - 05:10:52 AM
Last Updated: Dec 03, 2011 - 05:10:52 AM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 08:18:13 PM
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Ibanez GAX30, Fender PB, iMac
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Comments
lavalamp said 1943 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
One of your best
Driving beat, vocals nicely mixed (Sounding a bit like Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters). Guitars definitely spot on.

LL
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alackbass said 1943 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
At the Mountains of Madness
I think this exploration into metal is really helping you find your true voice. The vocals on this are excellent, some of your best. I really like the song. Great chorus. Really tight production and performance.
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Demeter7 said 1943 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Not usually
a metal head. Quite a performance. Thanks.
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magnatone said 1942 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
Mountains of Madness
MJ's new metal-head! great work paddy!
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michaeljayklein said 1942 days ago (December 3rd, 2011)
The Deep Ones
Even came up to listen to this! I love all the old tales of the supernatural, practically by Mr. Lovecraft, so I greatly enjoyed this salute to him (the lyrics are right on the money too--you reference things in them that only a Lovecraft buff would get, but still can be appreciated by the casual listener). The vocals are every bit as strong as the music around them and everything here works very well. I do believe you should be granted a music scholarship to the Miskatonic University of Music...thanks again!
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shavingronaldscar said 1942 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
mad!
The production on this turns it into something other than metal, the way everything seems to be ducking around everything else. I particularly like the shimmering crash cymbal. Is that being sidechained against the toms? Or did you run them (and the guitars?) through a heavy tremolo? It's quite muddy, but that's what makes it cool, imo.
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 1942 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Dude this rocks!
Totally hear the metallica influence in this, but there is plenty else going on as well.
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Relic67 said 1941 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
5 stars
Wow paddy, you really did a bang up job on this one. It reminded a bit of some of the stuff coming out of the UK "doom metal" scene which i really lik, electric wizard and stuff like that. Your singing seems to be getting better all the time, and this has got to be one of your best performances. Thick guitar tone also nice. I'm a lovecraft fan too so this was much enjoyed, thanks for posting!
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egobandit said 1941 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
H.P.
that crazy wobbling bass is really cool, Let it go , man your really giving your pipes a workout in this , love the double bass drums! Tops!
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chikoppi said 1941 days ago (December 4th, 2011)
Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!
I don't think you can be a serious metal head unless you've written at least one HPL song! This is good stuff! Nice layering of guitars and big, wet, thundering drum kit beneath it all.

I've been enjoying the Lovecraft literary podcast from Chad and Chris at hppodcraft.com for some time. They've got some amazing readings and notable guests - great stuff for any HPL fan. You should drop them a line - they might feature your song on a future episode.
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tempie said 1940 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
dig it
see, i'm not the only one who thinks you've found your genre. this is one of your best tunes and your vocals are tops. man i love this (really like the breakdown toward the end). straight to the ipod.
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crissew said 1940 days ago (December 5th, 2011)
Nice work
This reminds me of Metallica's "One" in parts with the fast palm muted chords. Interesting departure from your usual style. Fun to do. Enjoyed it.
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Heavy metal, sometimes referred to as simply metal, is a form of music characterised by aggressive, driving rhythms and highly amplified distorted guitars. Heavy metal is a development of blues, blues rock, rock and prog rock. Its origins lie in the

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