Ian Craig- I get what you mean about the lyrics. I feel like most of the stuff I've written as of late has a more positive vibe. With Swan Song I think that's just what came out at the time. Not exactly sure what your "more free, less tight" is getting at exactly though if you'd like to extrapolate on that please do
M@rkus- The drums on Swan Song are samples straight out of Mixcraft 8 sound library while The Real Truth uses MT Power Drum Kit, sort of a EZDrummer freeware. Very nice.
The bass guitar I use is a short scale Ibanez Mikro GSRM 20 because I'm a guitar player and a standard scale bass feels enormous to me
The amp plugin is the SHB-1 by Ignite Amps. Freeware as well