|Power Quest's Steve
Williams gives us the lowdown on the new songs ...
One of the major advantages of the new line up is
that 5/6 of the band are based in the UK which means we now
rehearse together every month.
proved to be a huge benefit when preparing for the recording
of the album. In fact we pretty much halved the recording
time this time out which is a testimony to how well prepared
the guys were.
The opening track Battle Stations is a an
instrumental and I challenged Andy and Gav to come up with
something fast and furious to introduce the new line up on
record. I think they came up with an absolute belter!
Rising Anew is a speedy power metal romp which is
about PQ being back from the dead. It also refers to the
fact that we had been written off in some quarters and the
song is a response to that but also a nod to our fans too
(For you my friends we carry on). This song looks set to be
the new live opener, preceded by Battle Stations.
Glorious is one of the fastest tunes we have done for
a long time and is a real feel good type of song. All the
elements you require from a 200+bpm power metal anthem are
at work here.
Sacrifice is a ballad wrapped up in a more metallic
sound. From the opening riff this song stomps along and
Chity's vocal lifts the song to new heights. Love the solo
Survive is almost like a distant cousin of 'Sacred
Land' (from the Neverworld album). Full on speed is at work
again here but lyrically this is a song about the
Better Days is a classic stadium rock style song
forged in the same fires as 'Edge of Time or 'Children of
the Dream'. The vibe of the song is all about doing your own
thing and living your own life the way you want to.
It has a
cracking solo from Andy Midgley and a real Journey vibe
about it in places. I can see this one becoming a live
Crunching the Numbers is perhaps the most surprising
song on the record. Lyrically it's all about the recession
and was one of 3 songs I co-wrote with Andy Midgley (the
others being City of Lies and Blood Alliance).
It has a
very progressive Dream Theater-esque middle section and one
of the catchiest solos I have heard from a long time
courtesy of Gav Owen.
Only in My Dreams is the ballad of the album, albeit
with a more Malmsteen type feel than previous PQ ballads.
Guest backing vocals on this song (and Better Days) from
Nick Workman (Vega). Again Chity really raises the emotional
stakes on this tune.
Blood Alliance, the title track clocking in at 9
minutes but never seeming like more than 5 when we play it.
is equally about the new alliance within PQ but also refers
to the idea of secret societies which have existed for
centuries, passed down from father to son.
section of this song and the ending are memorable moments
for me as well.
City of Lies is the album closer and the lyrics are
loosely based on the tale of Dick Whittington, at least in
the early part of the song.
Finnie co-wrote the lyrics to this one with me. Another song
that's really fun to play and the blast beat section in the
middle I'm sure takes people by surprise to start with.
the end of the song, sounding like an old gramophone
recording, is the reprise of the chorus from the song 'Power
Quest' (which also featured at the end of Neverworld too)
played on piano. A fitting way to connect PQ past and
present I felt.