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WATCHMEN - POWER: ECLYPSE BREAK DOWN THE MAKING OF "POWER" ALBUM


[Full Album Notes]

Artist: Watchmen

Album: Power

Release Date: 11th, January 2011

Label: Platinum City Entertainment

Released Format:
CD / MP3 [Digital Download]

Notes:


Written By: Eclypse For Wu-International.com 
Date: 24th, February, 2011


This album was completed originally as a demo to present to showcase us as individual artists as well as in the group Ė Watchmen. We really wanted it to reach RZA specifically, but somehow that never happened, and we took a break until the double CD. Some of us knew each other through previous projects, etc. but became a group due to our love for the grimy style of hip-hop we do. That is a rarity where we live in South Florida. The Power album was basically written and recorded in about a week one summer in 2006. All of our tracks were done by Blackís friend and producer, Analog. We thought his sound was perfect for what we were trying to do at the time. So, we got together at BlackMaskís house every day to bounce ideas off each other , write, and eventually record our vocals (in his bathroom). Weíve come a long way since then!

In hindsight, POWER is quite a bit rougher than our double CD. Listening to it now, we all hear small imperfections and things we would have liked to change Ė as most artists usually do after a project is done. But overall, I think itís a great reflection of our roots in being strictly lyrical and just loving real hip hop music. We have plenty more where that all came from. BULLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
--Eclypse


  1. Dishonor (BlackMask, Cipher, & 7th 7ign): I was surprised that this was the first track on the album. I guess to me it sounds like we just jumped right in and let it rip. The guys seemed to have fun with this one. They got into it of course, when trying to decide whose verse should go where. Eventually it ended up the way it is, though. This was one of the first times I got to see Cipher at work with the hooks. Definitely one of his strong points!

  2. Bloody Palm (All): This is one of my favorite tracks weíve done. Itís simple, yet on point. I think it really captured who we are as a team Ė almost introductory, if you will. Whatís funny is that Pro and Cipher both wrote their verses using everybodyís names, but since they did it so differently and both were on point, we rolled with it anyway. One of my favorite verses from Prox by the way.

  3. Devilís Dagger, Heavenís Glory (All): Honestly, I remember us all having a hard time writing to this track. I was trying to stay in mc mode, but I couldnít help but use singing for the hook. The track was pretty low key, but once we had a hook, it all seemed to come together. I remember playing around with the way I should sing it, and of course I wanted to layer it all up and make it sound pretty, but the guys insisted we keep it raw. Iím used to hearing it now. Lol.

  4. Final Hour (Cipher, Prox, & BlackMask): I think we all felt this track when we first heard it. It was nice to hear that sample used in a different way from the Wu-Tang Forever cd. Simply lyrical.

  5. Who We Are (BlackMask): We felt it was only fitting to introduce who we are individually. BlackMask obliged. Lol.

  6. Everyone Of Us (Pro, 7th 7ign, & Cipher): Once again, Ciph and the hooks, what can I say? Lyrics all day. Iím sure 7th was somewhere cracking on somebody during this process (as usual). We had fun with it.

  7. Please (Eclypse, Pro, & Prox):  We all took it somewhere personal on this one, I think. Obviously I had a bad day. During this time of my life, I was seriously going through some stuff, so I took it out on the mic. Lol.

  8. Curtains (BlackMask, Pro, & Eclypse): Of all the tracks, we had the hardest time writing this one. I know I wasnít really feeling it, but once we got the concept together, I put together the hook and we started filling in the blanks. I like to play around with my rhyme schemes, so I eventually decided to have fun with it. I think it came out well, though.

  9. Power (All): Loved the Queen sample. I loved Flash Gordon as a kid, so this track was pretty nostalgic for me. If I remember correctly, this was the first one we recorded altogether. The energy in the room was great. I think we were kind of showcasing what we were about for one another.

  10. Torture Chamber (Prox, 7th 7ign, & Eclypse): This one was fun to do, because we all felt the energy of the track and just went in as hard as we could. I remember when we were wrapping up, Black, Pro, and I were the only ones left and we realized there was no hook on this one. It was like 3 am, and Black was writing this crazy ass hook. But through the fatigue and all, he decided to let Pro lay it. They added me to give it a really sinister sound. Crazy, but it worked. One of my faves.


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