The Birth and the Burial album title is lifted from the name of the album's anthemic closing track. "The line 'you reap what you sow, the birth and the burial' - to me, that really sums it up, because what you do in life will reflect in the time that you die, and I thought that was really cool in the way it tied into the record," said guitarist Chris Broderick.
The album showcases Chris Broderick's shredding talents. "I really loved the luxury of being able to look at the rhythm behind the solo and have it support the kind of soloing I wanted to do," he said. "What I really like to do is listen to the rhythm and imagine what I want to hear, whether it's a harmonic, rhythmic kind of sixteenth note kind of thing, or a melody that is really haunting and eerie."
"After I flesh some of that out I let my inspiration take me as I'm creating the solo," Broderick continued. "I've never been one to typically improv a solo and say that's it, and I wanted every one on this record to really have a life of its own."
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.