Dead Man's Eyes

Album: Shadowmaker (2015)
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Songfacts®:

  • This is the closing track of Shadowmaker, Apocalyptica's first album with a single vocalist, former Scars on Broadway guitarist Franky Perez. Apocalyptica songwriter and producer Eicca Toppinen told Artist Direct the story of the song: "It was supposed to be an instrumental track but the fact that we had a singer in the rehearsal room, we thought we should try it with a singer."

    "Since we had Franky in the pre-production, we told him to try to sing the cello melody. We knew right away that the song needed to go in this direction. Even without lyrics and just humming the melody. It then changed from an instrumental to a vocal track. That song had a really long process."
  • This was originally two different tunes, but the band decided to take the best parts of the songs and combine them together.
  • Toppinen explained the song's meaning: "It's very touching because it's this, 'I'm coming home thing,'" he said. "In our lives, it's about us going home. We are traveling a lot. At this moment, we're sleeping on the bus in Dallas and missing our families. I enjoy being on tour and on the road, but my mental place is at home with my family."

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