I wrote “Crippling Gravity” in a few minutes before I started recording it. The whole process went so fast because I had so much momentum from the start. In a matter of hours, I had recorded the entire track and had written the chorus. I called my buddy, Omer, to see if he wanted to write the verses, turnarounds, and break. Thankfully, he was excited to do them for me. He did a great job with it and his performance was great too.
The track has incredible weight to it, which is why I came up with the idea of the story being about a guy who is reflecting upon his horrible decisions and actions in life. The narrative is made more brutal when his burdens and self-hatred manifest themselves as an ever-growing mass. He hopelessly trudges along through life, regretting every decision he makes along the way. Eventually, he implodes into a black-hole that just destroys everything around him. So, the song at least fulfills the “ridiculously intense/overdramatic metaphor” requirement for a metal song.
This song also gave me a chance to try one of my favorite effects: Ghost Vocals. I’ve got some cool reverb tails leading into Omer’s vocals. I’ve heard it done on Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Cornell and loved it, so why not do it?