‘Lex Amentiae’ By Anders Odden
Our music begins with me riffing away (Anders Odden) and Kjetil Manheim. When we enough stuff we like we present it to the rest of the band and we hammer together arrangements. It's a very basic and old school way of doing things. The only difference is the quality of the rehearsal “tapes” which is always recorded - we are too old to remember what we are doing from rehearsal to rehearsal.
‘Lex Amentiae’ is “the law of the insane” in Latin. It reflects our current world of religious and political extremes - all the songs reflect our anti-authoritarian world view whether this is coming from religious or political leaders. The good old stupidity of humanity never seems to decrease. It's a never-ending source of lyrics.
There are so many things that inspire me all the time I do not know where to begin. YouTube is a huge source of inspiration. Right now I revel in the notion of the Mandela Effect. I just call it the “relative memory” effect. It's fascinating how people see and hear the same thing so differently. I am very interested in history and the fact that most people were dead by my age some hundred years ago tells a lot. Humans are not equipped with brains that remember things very well. We all remember what we want to remember. I have big holes in my recollection of the 90s - not because of drugs, but because I wrote a book about my time in bands back then, and after that, it all vanished from my mind. The elusiveness of being a human being is my biggest inspiration. We are nothing but fools.
We had a clear vision of what we wanted for the cover sleeve and stumbled upon an artist that could deliver it online. We began working out a concept for the album way before we had any art, but we kind of knew where we were heading. It's funny sometimes how someone just delivers what you pictured in your head.
I have worked on many different projects over the years and every process is different. There is no one way to record an album. For the guitars, I just feel free enough to add whatever I want into the songs. The songs determine what should be in it so to speak. This time we wanted to keep a raw and unfiltered feeling so we recorded the drums live with guitar in the studio to get the right vibe. The most band just work out things part by part now and add layers of music onto an almost programmed drumbeat. We wanted to get the good old feeling of the riffs being heavier when themes are slow and more aggressive when it was fast. This requires more rehearsal time in before hand but makes the music more alive afterward. I think you can tell when you listen to the album that it's more old school in this way. At the same time, we didn't want it to sound old in the sense that it's out of date. It's a fine balance. I hope we got it right.
I know young band that just program the drums, record the guitars in their bedroom and that's their record. When bands use the same sounds and the same programs the music just sounds like everything else. The will to be truly different is what kills music. I think a band should sound like what the people in that band can do with their instruments. It's always more interesting. Music is intuitive, it should feel intuitive. It's not about technical ability, but about songwriting and how you choose to combine your skills and sounds. I am always gonna push the envelope on what I am doing. I need to explore and feel something new every time I make something. It's what we all aim for with ORDER.
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