I had the initial idea for this record in December 2007. After years of trying to start failed bands, I decided that I would do it myself, such as Trent Reznor had done when he began Nine Inch Nails. I went out, bought equipment that I had no idea how to use and spent months reading, learning and experimenting with recording software, mixing boards, guitar software, etc. Time constraints such as school, work and other musical prospects interfered with the progress and ending of the Metaphors writing and recording process, hence a 2010 release date. I recorded the guitar and bass tracks along with all of the drum/effects programming myself on my computer at home throughout early to mid 2009. After it became clear that my house was unsuitable for vocal recording, I decided to track vocals and mix and master the record at a studio, which ended up being S1 Studios in Fullerton. Corey Gonzales, owner of S1, recorded the vocals, engineered, mixed and mastered the record; we spent a couple months in mid to late 2009 making sure that the end product not only sounded right, but felt right as well: we left in mistakes, used only one vocal/guitar take for certain parts of the record, etc. Everything from the guitar tones to the amount of silence between the songs to which sections of the songs were repeated and which were done in one take was meticulously thought out to coincide with the lyrics, vision, and mood of the record. Each song was written to fit the record, as opposed to many EP's and LP's, where they are merely a collection of a few songs thrown together on a disc. I think of this record as what a novella is to a novel, this record is to a traditional album; I think that many if not most future In Times of Distance recordings will take this form as well. I approached this record as I imagine a painter approaches his or her canvas: painting with no regard for how it is supposed to look, feel or being interpreted by others, but with only his or her artistic vision in mind. I could not be more pleased with the end result. This record holds no weight with regard to how future recordings may sound.