Mike Portnoy talked about the “Lost in Oblivion” track off Sons of Apollo‘s debut album, telling Inside Out:
“The working title of this was ‘Rushuggah,’ it’s a riff Bumblefoot had that was kinda half Rush, half Meshuggah.
“That riff starts the song, and the whole drum pattern and the breakdown are based on that riff, and for me, that was hard!
“I had to rehearse that – a good 30 minutes of us having to loop it to come up with the pattern.
“It feels 4/4, but if you try to tap to it… I haven’t analyzed it, it might be 9/8, it might have an extra beat on it.
“It’s one of the heavier tracks on the album, I love that it’s got all the guitar-bass unisons, and sprinkles…”
Responding to keyboardist Derek Sherinian’s comment that the song has heavy verses and more of a “poppy” chorus, Mike said:
“It’s a good combination, I think ‘Signs of the Time’ has that as well – a verse that’s very heavy, and then you hit the chorus and it’s really hooky.
“That’s one of Jeff [Scott Soto]’s strengths. Every one of these songs, no matter how heavy they are, they’re all hummable and have hooks in them.
“This song has a crazy guitar-bass unison. It was originally going to be a bass solo, Billy just improvised it, but then Bumblefoot ended up learning the whole thing and now it’s completely doubled. It’s insane.”