Everyday Chronicles By Patrik Carlsson
I would describe it as a mixture of classic melody-based heavy metal thrown into a blender with extreme metal. Melodic death metal is a label that works, but I think it gives the wrong associations. Some have described us as Blind Guardian meets Amon Amarth. Can’t agree wholeheartedly, but I have also heard worse comparisons.
It was during the writing process I realized that I didn’t want to do this anymore. So I broke the news to the guys, which were shocked. But I wanted to complete the album before throwing in the towel because song-wise this is the best I have ever written. I took Wednesdays off from work and just sat down and wrote the album until it was completed. It took a while to record it because the drums are recorded live, and of course a bit sound enhanced, but that means that we could not edit the drums like we were used to. So every take had to be good. Also, when we were almost done with the drums recordings we heard that the sound was better on the later songs, so we had to go back and re-record the older ones. Frustrating, but hey, shit happens.
Anachronaeon’s lyrics have always evolved around the human condition, specifically the darker ones. In these times with Greta doing world tours and everything, it cannot come as a surprise to anyone that humanity is the great plague of the earth.
Lyrics can be anything I read in the news, or something I watch on TV. A theme that touches me in some way, good or bad. This can give me a vibe to process and work with. Usually, I write the lyrics before the music is done, and let them set the overall mood. This time the music was written first, then I adjusted everything to fit each other. But to be honest with you. I haven’t touched the guitar since we laid the band to rest.
Smerdulak Vladimir Chebakov is responsible for every cover we ever had. So when we were between labels and decided to release the final album for free to the fans online I contacted him with some basic ideas. Inspired with like a visual road which you walk during your life to your death, and the fact that everyone is walking it was the main idea. It can also be interpreted as “feeding the machine” of some sorts, kind of making the song “Cog”, which is about the absurd thing about spending our lives fulfilling other peoples visions and getting paid for it, the title track of sorts. The choice of not using colour was completely made by Smerdulak. We thought it fit the content when he showed us what he had in mind.
I wouldn’t call it a fixation, but this kind of music wouldn’t really work if we were singing about unicorns shitting rainbow coloured ice cream. The deeper the root of the soul of humanity goes, the more relevant lyrics for us just observing the world. And the cover must represent the same content. Look around. Is this all we have achieved in 2020? Tyrants are still oppressing people, money is the only language that works over the entire globe and the earth is dying as we speak.
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