genre: Rock - Hard Rock
Derailed is a great example of a track that started out with a solid footing but continually improved and became much better as production progressed. The song was written by guitarist Ben Misikin several years before being produced. In 2012 it was produced at the bands previous recording studio. After connecting with current producer Aaron Zinsmeister at White Raven audio, it was clear the band needed to start over with tracking to achieve a quality product. Derailed represents that progress. To make things even more interesting, HNR Rhythm guitarist Jason Weister lucked out by chance to connect with guitarist Zak Gilbert from Cold who was selling some stage gear on Facebook. Cold was a very influential band in Jason's younger years and after befriending Gilbert and conversing, the band threw out the idea of Gilbert being on a track as a featured artist. Gilbert was given multiple choices and liked Derailed the best. His liking to the song was also followed by award winning singer Scooter Ward, who also agreed to be a part of the project. In late 2014 Ben and Jason flew to Jacksonville, FL to begin tracking with Cold on Derailed. Scooter Ward guest vocals appear through out the song with harmonies and the entire second verse, while Gilberts guitar influences can be felt with the first half of the solo and other Whammy influenced notes heard throughout the song. The unique is experience in tracking with a multi million record selling band is one the members of He-Nis-Ra will never forget. It especially was a highlight of the music career of Jason Weister to date, who was again heavily influenced by Cold growing up.
Credit also goes to Aaron Zinsmeister for the various keyboard tracks throughout the song, including the melodic outro that can be heard fading as the song ends.