– New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.com
“When I grew up, I always relied on other people in bands I was playing in to write songs, and I would just write guitar solos or a bit of arrangement here and there,” says Sam, “but when I realised the only way to achieve my dreams was to take more control, I knew I had to write my own songs. I wanted songs with fun riffs and awesome, challenging guitar solos; that stood on their own as great songs rather than only being about showing off how fast I can play.”
Impetuous Desire was written over a period of 2-3 years. The entire experience was a crash course in song writing for Sam, learning how to write lyrics, structure and arrange songs from scratch.
While writing the record, Sam knew he wanted real musicians rather than sampled instruments. This led to him contacting Jason Bowld (Bullet for My Valentine) to do the drum parts.
After getting drum tracks for the demos, Sam headed to MTR Studios in West London to record the guitars. “The producer I worked with was Phil Kinman. He’s a great guy, really knows his stuff and has a great approach to work. Recording with him was a mixture of hanging out having a great time, and getting my balls busted to do a better job, haha! But that’s part of what makes him great.”
After getting the guitars recorded, the other musicians involved started doing there parts. Jacqueline Philips of the Brooke Ensemble and BBC Orchestra was brought in to record the cello parts on Longing. “Jacqueline is a world class cellist. She recorded her parts in about 7 minutes, giving us three perfect play throughs of the track. We weren’t really sure how to decide which recording to use, they were all great”.
The next singer to go on the record was an obscure Canadian black metal artist called Ryan Mueller. “I’d known Ryan for a while. What makes his vocals distinct to other black metal singers, is that even though there is a raw growl, you can make out the words. A lot of black metal is incoherent noise, but Ryan does it right. He was a total pro and banged out the tracks exactly how I had heard them in my mind.”
Impetuous Desire brought other opportunities for Sam. “When I was writing the songs, I decided I wanted a mix of material. I’ve listened to a few metal bands records, and by the time you are halfway through, you get bored.”
Relying solely on the strength of his songwriting, Sam reached to various singers about performing on his record. “I figured what the hell,” Sam recollects, “the songs are good. If you don’t ask you don’t get!” After getting a reply from Doro Pesch’ manager stating Doro liked the song and was interested, things quickly moved forwards. “It was crazy getting a reply back from someone who’s shows you went to, who you saw play at festivals, and you looked up to as a hero; to get to work with them.” A couple of months later Sam was in Rock City Studios in Germany with Doro and her Manager, and the vocals to the song Leigh Woods were recorded.
Firmly believing that a record is more than just music, Sam wanted to create not just a record, but a piece of art. “I wanted to create some special, so I contacted an artist I liked called Helen Hebenton at Uncanny Designs.” Helen was commissioned to create a piece of art for each song, showing the story behind each song. “I loved what she created, I felt it added more depth to the record” Sam remembers.
– Musipedia of Metal