Exclusive Premiere: The Francesco Artusato Project Debuts “Quantum Tunneling”
Francesco Artusato, guitarist for deathcore group All Shall Perish, is releasing a CD of instrumental music, Chaos and the Primordial (Sumerian), today. In celebration, he is premiering the song “Quantum Tunneling” right here. He fills us in on the song below. Let us know what you think of the song in the comments.
REVOLVER Which part of this song did you come up with first?
FRANCESCO ARTUSATO I came out with the main theme first, just playing around with a scale—a D Lydian Dominant scale just to be more specific—trying to create a couple of catchy and powerful melodies. After I had the two main themes of the songs determined, I started orchestrating and arranging the different sections I had in mind and soon after I had pretty much the 75 percent of the song done.
Was this an easy song to write?
This one was probably one of the easiest songs to write and record due to its more straightforward structure. I wanted to write a very spontaneous song that was easy to listen to and that it would flow naturally.
What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far?
Most people think this one is one of the most energetic and driven songs on the record. It has a very positive vibe, too. It’s fun to play and has a couple of very catchy themes.
What do you like about playing instrumental music?
It’s generally very creative, usually more challenging, too, because the attention is not directed towards the vocalist anymore, but in this specific case, towards the guitars the entire time. Sometimes this take on my instrument is very fresh and it lets me push musical boundaries in a unique way.
What’s the worst part about working with a vocalist?
There’s not really “a worst part” about writing with a vocalist, it’s just a different approach overall. Vocals become the main focus and so the music needs to give the priority to that aspect. It requires different skills and that’s why I love switching between working with a vocalist and without. And of course we are talking about collaborating with a vocalist who is easy to work with…very rare sometimes.
What is your favorite instrumental metal song?
“Paradigm Shift” by Liquid Tension Experiment. I fell in love with that song instantaneously. I love that entire album and that is probably one of the reasons why I started playing guitar. Nobody sounded like them when that record came out and I still think nobody can sound like that. A very influential progressive rock–metal project overall.