Quintessence (5:28)

Cover of Crack the Skye

From Crack the Skye and 1 other release

Guitarist Bill Kelliher told The Skinny magazine that this song, “has got a crazy melody with an even crazier guitar riff in the beginning there ‘badda-doodle-noodle-badda-badda-noodle-noodle…’ a lot of notes going on. When we were tracking that song, I came up with the guitar riff that goes under the main vocals and the really busy guitar part. So when Brent was singing and playing it he said ‘I can’t play the fast parts, we’re going to have to switch so I can sing and play. You can play the crazy riff.’ I didn’t think I could really do it, it’s all in his styling and it’s a very chicken-pickin’ kind of playing style. But I got it down and it took a minute. That was basically all for the sake of playing it live.”
Quintessence is a hypothetical form of dark energy; by which scientists attempt to explain the accelerating universe. It was originally a fifth element postulated by the Ancient Greeks in addition to their understanding of the four existing elements of earth, air, fire and water. They believed the cosmos and all celestial bodies were made of this element. In the song the principal character of the storyline, who has had an out of body experience, gets sucked into a wormhole.

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  • Abroxas

    Neat chorus

    4 Feb 3:08pm Reply
  • ZelosWilder88

    It's as if they took 5 decent songs and combined them all into one prog masterpiece.

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • rotting_schntzl

    Laringo!

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • BrunoFurino

    good god that chorus <3

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • wallawalla88

    badda-doodle-noodle-badda-badda-noodle-noodle

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ccm_

    just thought I'd come here to say ..... let it go let it go let it go let it go [11]

    2 Jan 2012 Reply
  • reg6031769

    Gives off a bit of a '...Trail of Dead' vibe in the chorus...no?

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • zaz0

    badda-doodle-noodle-badda-badda-noodle-noodle

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • RosesOfTomorrow

    just thought I'd come here to say ..... let it go let it go let it go let it go [9] \m/

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • samizo_kouhei

    LET IT GO LET IT GO LET IT GO!

    26 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Flynner11

    just thought I'd come here to say ..... let it go let it go let it go let it go [8]

    22 Oct 2011 Reply
  • DavCnuk

    LET IT GO!

    27 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Cosmonaut_

    just thought I'd come here to say ..... let it go let it go let it go let it go [7]

    7 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Harmonia-Mundi

    just thought I'd come here to say ..... let it go let it go let it go let it go [6]

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • J_are_z

    Anybody else notice the Ironman sample?

    14 May 2011 Reply
  • Muse_Cubed

    Love the angry cat growls in the outro.

    8 Apr 2011 Reply
  • kenikki

    just thought I'd come here to say ..... let it go let it go let it go let it go [5]

    7 Apr 2011 Reply
  • HardKjell

    Sublime metal song. Crack the Skye is really something special.

    10 Jan 2011 Reply
  • rotting_schntzl

    been listening to this stuff for almost two years now and i haven't been bored yet. moreover, it gives me the same goosebumps as it did the first time i heard it.

    30 Dec 2010 Reply
  • KoldKalamity

    just thought I'd come here to say ..... let it go let it go let it go let it go [4]

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
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