WALTON decided to thematically compose these songs around his struggle with sleep paralysis -- a phenomenon in which a person, either falling asleep or awakening, temporarily experiences an inability to move, speak, and react. While creating these tracks he deprived himself of sleep and recounted his episodes of sleep paralysis within the two tracks contained in Mara. During episodes of sleep paralysis, WALTON sometimes feels like he has some kind of spiritual connection or "visit" from lost loved ones.
Shortly after track one, "Alp," was completed, WALTON suddenly lost his stepfather. A few months later, after track two, "Yakshi," was finished, WALTON's dear friend and former Metal Maniacs editor, Katherine Ludwig, passed away. Although these two songs are not about these people, they are wholeheartedly dedicated to them making this an intensely personal work.
1. 11:43 PM - Alp
2. 3:21 AM - Yakshi
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