It is a very bright, crisp album with loose and boomy lows; the highs are quite high, midrange is scooped a bit on the lower end think of a happy face on your graphic EQ , and the drums are very natural.
On Obscure Verses , I was thinking of the opposite. The first thing I had on my mind were guitar amps. This guitar tone is the opposite of the past album, less low end, amazing — and I repeat — amazing midrange with rich harmonics.
The highs are not sizzly this time, but flat like a dull knife, allowing for the midrange frequencies to roll out beautifully. The Marshall took care of the low end because they have great tight lows. I did not want to go with a modern amp for the low end because I did not want that rectified low end or a spongy loose low end.
The two amps together were excellent and, simply said, I wanted to really display tone as is nearly never done in our genre: with real amps, going for a beautiful classic American '80s Metal guitar tone combined with the classic British tone behind it.
For drums, we went full-on natural and organic. We were willing to lay off trying to blow people away with a huge modern drum sound and go for a classic and organic drum sound. We absolutely knew that this organic and warmer formula might not instantly impress people, but we knew that with time their brains would begin to appreciate it and remember what natural feels like to the mind: a reconnection to real sound in a day and age when so many productions are over- or under-produced.
So, this new album may seem highly polished when in reality it is not. This is how we sound with good audio, good gear and above all giving a good performance. We have been playing for a few years now and that is what you are hearing, this is how we play.
Of course, we were in a great studio with excellent equipment and a great production team, but trust me when I say that we used the bare minimum and just enough to not change how we sound.
We are not faking anything. You have referred in past interviews to your live shows as a "ritual". What form of ritual? Is recording or writing also a form of ritual, or a different manifestation of the process, like a sacrament? How does corpsepaint figure into the equation? To me the biggest ritual is writing the music. The second biggest ritual is in the studio recording.
Then third is the live ritual. Each phase is a phase all musicians go through in nearly all genres of music, so why do we refer to it rituals in our genre?
It is because Black Metal is the most obscure form of music under the veil of the occult and, even though it uses the same instruments used in all forms of rock music and Heavy Metal, we have still managed to take everything so far into the darkest caves of expression, distancing ourselves from simple Heavy Metal or rock music superficialities, all because we ritualize everything we do.
When I write, when we record, and when we perform live, there is an element of spirituality involved so deep that we disconnect from who we are as people and enter the obscure world, the unseen world where the flesh is no longer there and only the mind and soul are in control of what we are performing. The three phases I mentioned take extremely high degrees of concentration, control, technique and, above all, inspiration.
I have seen many great bands do amazing work as musicians, but be highly uninspired. Inspiration will always embrace you so long you ritualize your performance by maintaining that high degree of spirituality, like a samurai before, during, and after the battle.
The ritual paint is more than a tradition in Black Metal and more than a simple image to uphold. It is an image of disconnection from yourself and a manifestation of the occult soul. In essence, you are being turned inside out the moment you put on the paint, just like ancient civilizations have done for thousands of years in rituals of death, war, magic and music.
This has carried into modern times and it did not start with Black Metal. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. The Great Outdoors. Track Listing. Roman Kuebler. The Oranges Band. Ride the Wild Wave.
Lick It Up — Kiss Lovesexy — Prince Momentary Lapse of Reason — Pink Floyd Kings of the Wild Frontier — Adam and the Ants The Perfect Prescription — Spacemen 3 Push — Bros Pump — Aerosmith Autoamerican — Blondie Synchronicity — The Police The Colour of Spring — Talk Talk Eden — Everything But the Girl Radio — LL Cool J Straight Out the Jungle — Jungle Brothers Good for Your Soul — Oingo Boingo The Age of Consent — Bronski Beat Sonic Youth.
Tuff Titty Rap. Into the Groovey. Needle-Gun Ciccone Youth. Silence Ciccone Youth. G-Force Ciccone Youth. Platoon II Ciccone Youth. Macbeth Ciccone Youth. Burnin' Up Madonna. Everybody Ciccone Youth. Addicted To Love Robert Palmer. Moby-Dik Ciccone Youth.These covers are perfect for use in your mp3 player or if you want to print them for your CD's. To save a cover image to your computer right click on the cover and choose "save images as". Respected Sites Music Videos. SeekaSong. Song Lyrics. CD Covers. New MP3s. Lyrics. Music Lyrics.