After recording the instrumental tracks, the captains would mostly send them off for vocalists to complete their parts remotely. It made for a few surprises…
“Annihilation By The Hands Of God was the first song I wrote for the record,” remembers Joey. “When I got in touch with Glen Benton [of Deicide], the first thing he said was, ‘Are you cool with anti-religious lyrics?’ And I was like, ‘Well, what else are you gonna do?!’ He fucking killed it, too.
“But my favourite song on there is Enemy Of The State, with [Type O Negative’s] Pete Steele. I was like, ‘Do whatever you want man, I don’t care!’ And… he delivered back his vocals in this made up language, the language of this made up country he called Vinland. When I listen to that now, I’m like, ‘Man, this is the shit.’ Obviously I was expecting normal lyrics at first, but I’m glad he didn’t do that - it makes the song so unique.”
For Dino, the studio experience itself was a highlight.
“I just loved the camaraderie and respect that everyone had, you know,” he says. “There were no big egos clashing, was no fighting, nothing like that you would get with a regular band! Everybody had this mutual respect, because each of us had a particular talent, and got their own moment to shine. Me, Andreas [Kisser, of Sepultura], Paul Gray [of Slipknot] and Roy Mayorga [of Soulfly and Stone Sour] had such a good time that we were like, ‘Yo, we need to actually start a band.’ We talked about it for years afterwards, but sadly it just never worked out.”