Denali bombards the senses. It makes us acutely aware of our own smallness, while at the same time challenging and nurturing our own capacity to go higher, further, and deeper. It is a land of extremes and poignant contrasts. As I set out to represent some of these qualities in music, I chose to write themes that captured some of the most fundamental emotions and memories: immense landscapes, dangerous predators, snowcapped peaks, fragile animals, and (predictably) the great mountain overlooking it all.
— Stephen Lias, 2011