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Starting off as the whimsical music meanderings of my youth, my mind eager to explore what could be done within the magnificent realm of music, Brent Vallefuoco (the musical group, not the person) has officially evolved from a solo-project into Godbless Thee, Mooseheart, an ambitious musical exploration, hoping to create the most exciting and powerful Progressive-Rock experience out there. Though most of our prided work is, as of yet, unreleased, being mostly a part of our work-in-progress, The Prison, the debut release, Higher, is complete and out for the world to listen to.
I worked Higher for a period of approximately a year and a half. For a long time, it was my life and soul, originally starting off as a silly concept album about a kid in High School. It evolved so much beyond that point, having a completely different sound and style than I intended, instead becoming something that sound like a mix of Rush’s Moving Pictures and The Dark Side of the Moon, yet, considering the story line I had in mind, I can say with much confidence that it’s better it ended up the way it is now.
I put extra special care into making the album feel like it was a continuous piece of music, but I feel that despite the transitions to make everything seamless, every song still stands out on its own rather than the music feeling like an overlong song like so many other Progressive Rock/Metal albums on the market today. The album is also book-ended by an introductory piece of music and a conclusive piece of music. I didn’t want the book-ends to be the average fair; I really wanted them to introduce the album as not just a piece of music, but an experience with almost theatrical qualities. The track “Gods in Hell (Intro)” expresses the themes of the song in auditory forms.
We begin with hearing sounds of natural and analogue things, such as animal sounds, rain, ambiance, and an acoustic instrument. Eventually, distorted and electronic sounds come crashing in to represent how technology has destroyed a life style more close to nature, while “Gods in Hell” discusses the possible repercussions of technology for the human race. The album is not a concept album, but each song has a specific theme, and there is a certain continuity in certain ideas on the album. There are some things I would’ve done differently with it in retrospect; I would’ve put more effort into the production, though for a self-produced piece of music created in High School, I think it sounds fantastic, and I am proud of what I've done.
Much work is being put on the next album, The Prison, a concept album heavily inspired by The Wall in terms of storytelling, style, and structure, though the actual musical genre is a bizarre mix of light Acoustic-Rock and Hard-Rock, taking diverse influence from singer-songwriters like Cat Stevens, and Elliot Smith to Post-Rock and Shoegaze outfits like Mogwai, Sigur Rós, My Bloody Valentine, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Progressive-Rock groups like Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and Porcupine Tree, and, finally, Experimental Metal groups like Opeth, Tool, Animals as Leaders, and Meshuggah. It is an ambitious to-be double album with an expected running time of around 90 minutes, approximately 50 minutes of music having already been written. Hopefully, the music of Godbless Thee, Mooseheart will achieve the level of quality it hopes to reach, and its music will go on to inspire countless fans from all around the world.