But I digress. I was talking about something, or that I had something I actually wanted to talk about. Years ago I created a project of sorts called ‘Gosney’. It was music but not as we know it. Most of it was lame and pathetic but some people seemed to like it. The music was all created with software ("Music 2000") from a gaming console and was based largely in the rock genre, with some attempts at trance tunes.
The name came from my favourite book as a kid. It was a reference to an estate owned by a duke. The first album concept, "Beyond Thy Madness", was a crazy collection of songs and it was mostly created, edited and produced in my old flat in the central business district of Christchurch, New Zealand. I think there were few good songs in that album, but I could perhaps look in my notes to get my noggin rolling along. Right! I took a break to find the info. It took a while but I found it! "Beyond Thy Madness" had two rather okay songs; "Babylon and Back" had a cool guitar chorus and the other one was called "Seaman". That one was raw and hardcore...well, a little hardcore. Not bad for a first attempt, I suppose.
Back in those days I had a passion for music and liked the idea of creating my own stuff. We’re probably talking about 2004 when that this one was produced. The follow-up was made in short succession, maybe within the same year. My notes don’t say. The second album, "Tree of Life", was a religious album full of songs about God and faith. I don’t think there were many ‘hits’ on this one, but it was fun to make. I was attending church and completely into that lifestyle back then. "Fear the Pastor" was the only song on this one that I actually liked. The last song, "Going to Calvary" was a weird song and it started my obsession with doing an ‘unplugged’ song to end out an album. Most of these attempts didn’t work, but I liked the idea of experimenting with sounds like violins, upright bass, acoustic guitars and grand pianos.
The following album was one of my favourites. There is an old saying - "Practice makes perfect." In this case, I believe I was getting marginally better, perhaps…
Anyway, the next album was called "If Death Comes Knocking…Will You Answer?" The album was hard and deep, if that makes any sense! "Painbreaker" was a cool, hard song that I still like. The lyrics refer to "Painbreaker" as a man, which would suggest that person to be a doctor. The lyrics are a little comical, but the music is hard and raw, with a cool sense of rock through guitars. The title song is about living life and not laying down to die. That’s material many people have used over the years. A well-dipped pool of water some might say… The last song from this album I’m going to talk about is one of my favourites - "Webbed Death". The music was fast, hard and brutal. That’s the best way I can find to describe it. The lyrics are interesting. They describe a doomed battle between a warrior and a giant spider, very dark and a little uncomfortable to read I may say, but much of my writing was pretty dark back in the day.
The next one was called "Retribution", and there were some very memorable songs in its selection. The first song I’ll talk about is a song called "Nightstrict". The song was based around an electrified upright bass. Strange but true. The song was fast paced and quite addictive, if I may say so. The lyrics are a bit strange. I may upload the lyrics for people to read if they’re interested and if I can be bothered. Anyway, yes, the lyrics are weird. Kinda like it’s sayin' that light is gone and darkness is here to shake things up. Yes, very weird, but I always liked the feeling of this song. "Mousing the Prairie"? Are you serious? I don’t remember this one, but the lyrics are way past weird. I might have been on acid when I wrote it. And when I say acid, I mean Coke, and when I mean Coke, I mean the stuff you drink! But the lyrics are weird and way weird. Apparently in this Coke-induced state, I wrote about a dude passing through a desert riding on the back of a mouse. Yes, a mouse. Oh dear. Feel free to rant at me at how stupid I am. If I upload this one, I would be courageous enough to take all your criticism. Let’s move on shall we? "Revenge of the Bass Player" is an interesting one. The music is basically built around a bass line. That’s not too surprising now is it? I remember really enjoying putting this number together. The lyrics deal with the band, Swede, a former music project of mine that I will elaborate on in another posting. But the short story is that I and the other member of that band had a falling out and I try and talk about it a bit in this one. The last song from this album is my all-time favourite and one of my most successful songs, "Death is the Cure", is built on a guitar riff that I have always loved. I will say that over the years I have experimented with this song many, many times. The lyrics involve a man gaining justice over another man sleeping with his wife, hence the title, "Death is the Cure". But I love this song and it would always be in a list of my songs, in every list.
The last album I have, and this is by no means the last album. It’s been many years since I put these together and maybe Jared can provide some insight. I’m sure he will as he always does. Notice I’ve used the word ‘always’ a lot. Very cool. The album in question is called "The Brother of Hell". I can’t tell you why I used that title. The idea behind it escapes me. I get the feeling it's demon related. Strange how I can’t remember as this would be one of the later releases. I’m getting off-topic. "The Door of a Thousand Faces" is a new level of weird. I remember being outside the city public library in my city when I wrote the lyrics for it. The music is partly classical, which I was still quite into at that point. The song was also epically long. A song being long wasn’t anything new for me, but this song reached up to about eight minutes? I have a feeling it might be longer. Some of the lines in the song are cool and very wordy and I may say some of my best work. Maybe hanging around the library was a good source of muse for me perhaps? The song is very abstract and a little horrific in a way. It’s about a door of a thousand faces (obviously) and it becomes a door of a thousand and one faces when the guy of the song gets pulled into it. Weird. I did it again! Don’t tell Dave Mustaine of Megadeth but I stole his lyrics for the song "The Brother of Hell". I used the line, "Smiling his black-tooth grin". That line is very, very similar to a line in one of his songs. I’m too lazy to actually some research, but I’m a big Megadeth fan, so trust me, I’ve stolen his work, but not on purpose! In fact I only just realised it as I was looking through the song! In fact there are other examples of Megadeth in the song. It is a song about political corruption through a man who isn’t a man. Yeah, this song at its best could be a tribute to the awesomeness of Megadeth and at its worst? Hmm…
The last song I’ll talk about from this one is another favourite of mine called "The Sorcerer". This one has a cool as bassline. Hell, a lot of my favourites have cool bass lines. The song deals with a scary and very powerful sorcerer. I like medieval material. You could say the Ronnie James Dio dynamic. The date on these songs is 2005, which is now almost ten years in the past, which is a little bit scary.
I hope you’ve enjoyed me ranting on about my music and my lyrics. Check out the music as all the links to our stuff can be found in the site. See you next time fellows!
Since 2007, much of the music works from Forbes had been released as both Gosney and a part of Kingrow. Certain albums/singles may differ to the original plans, which have been mentioned above.
Perhaps one day all of these songs could be rearranged properly to fit the original ideas...?
Let us know!