The Will to Death
|The Will to Death|
|Studio album by John Frusciante|
|Released||June 22, 2004|
|Recorded||December 2003 and January 2004|
|Genre||Art rock, experimental rock|
|John Frusciante chronology|
The vinyl edition of the record saw a repressing from Record Collection on December 11, 2012. These reissued records are 180 gram and come with a download of choice between MP3 and WAV formats of the album.
Frequent collaborator Josh Klinghoffer appears, performing drums, bass, guitar, and keyboard.
Background and recording
In 2004 Frusciante announced that he would produce six albums during a six-month break from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with The Will to Death being the first of these. Following the long and costly recording of his previous album, Shadows Collide With People, Frusciante decided to experiment with recording music quickly and in a minimalist fashion, performing a maximum of two takes per track.
Frusciante has stated that the album is intended to be "the opposite of Shadows Collide With People":
|“||On The Will to Death, I thought it would be a good idea to make a record with very little backing vocals, because we’d done it so much on Shadows. I always have to have a new idea for each album. For The Will to Death, the idea was to have very little backing vocals. There’s a lot of other huge differences. In every way, I wanted the opposite of Shadows.||”|
On January 16, 2013, John provided a definition and theory of "The Will To Death" on his website. 
All songs written by John Frusciante, with the exception "Helical" (which was written by Frusciante and Klinghoffer).
- "A Doubt" – 4:19
- "An Exercise" – 3:47
- "Time Runs Out" – 4:00
- "Loss" – 5:20
- "Unchanging" – 3:54
- "The Mirror" – 3:02
- "A Loop" – 4:32
- "Wishing" – 2:48
- "Far Away" – 2:17
- "The Days Have Turned" – 2:23
- "Helical" – 2:13
- "The Will to Death" – 3:48
The following people contributed to The Will to Death:
- John Frusciante – vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer, bass guitar on "Far Away", "Unchanging" and "The Will to Death"
- Josh Klinghoffer – drums, bass, keyboards, guitar on "Helical" and "The Will to Death"
- John Frusciante - producer
- Ryan Hewitt - engineer, mixing
- Rafael Serrano - recording assistant
- Jeff Moses - recording assistant
- Bernie Grundman - mastering
- Dave Lee - equipment
- Lola Montes Schnabel - cover photograph
- Mike Piscitelli - design
- John Frusciante - design