I turned the bass guitar down. Despite the fact I am a full time bass player, the entirety of the song is more important than unending Geddy Lee segments. I wanted a raw as fuck sound, so that bass was turned down. There are a couple of good bass parts here and there though. Check out the bass solo on the title track. Hell yes.
I have never been a lead guitar player and reflecting this - just like on World Controller's Apocalypse - only one song has guitar solos. The (once again) title track has four back to back.
The vocals are where I wanted to completely revise everything. For the first time, I used inhaled shrieking vocals as the lead on most songs. There are only three sections on the entire album that feature clean vocals. Only two that feature death metal vocals. The majority of the album is black metal screaming. Due to the nature of the lyrics, I wanted most of the album to be indecipherable.
And yes, the lyrics. I have chosen to not print them. This is also a first for me as the lyrics are my favourite part to an album. But the album's concept is far too personal and the lyrics are almost literal translations of my thoughts on several disasters of my life. Yes, this album is autobiographical. And piecing together the narrative without lyrics will be difficult or impossible.
I wanted to do a DSBM album as a way to pay homage to Xasthur and Leviathan, but ended up finding myself being utterly selfish and writing an album that revolves around myself. Eight songs, 60 minutes, of self-inflicted hatred. My music is full of anger and rage used as weapons against religion, politics, society... But Suicide is the Path of Ghosts is an album where I turned those weapons on myself.
It was a difficult journey, but it was a path I had to walk down.