Spiral Orchard Pt.1 By Okta
Goddess of Fate is a prog/melodic death metal band from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Formed in 2009 as a technical death metal band. The band released their first EP in 2012 called ‘A Reversal of Civilization’ and met with critical acclaim by Indonesian press because of its freshness and innovative music at that time, combining complicated and brutal aspect from the likes of Necrophagist and Spawn of Possession with beautiful and adventurous arrangement in the vein of Nobuo Uematsu and Yoko Shimamura. Now in 2018, they are back with their LP. The first part of ‘Spiral Orchard’ saga, called’ Spiral Orchard pt. 1′.
Sonically it is influenced by 70s prog rock, early 90s Gothenburg death metal and JRPG Soundtrack. The music sounds sombers and introspective shown by death metal vocals and dissonant riffs that play as if the roadmap is being charted as they go along. Tempo changes are ever present, yet tasteful. Midtempo sections with acoustic guitar weave in and out around quieter vocals accompanied by a sense of bittersweet calm. With each listens they flow clearer like a stream. Thematically it is about People with mental problems (hence the title, Bipolar Elixir, Aromantic, Limbo) and how they struggled and finally accept and make peace with it (Enshrouded in Crystals, Pillar of Autumn). This is not “collection of good songs” kind of album, this is an ALBUM, one presentation from start to finish.
Our artwork created by Mr. Oik Wasfuk. He is one of the best artists that we ever worked with. He also painted the cover art for Watain’s new album. So it is an honour to work with him. I don’t want to talk a lot about how the artwork tells the story. I mean look at the artwork, it shows all. Also, they said, “Explanations kill art”. That statement pretty much true.
We learn to have self-control and to obtain that self-control we need to draw the line, and the line is The Concept. We as a band try to create The Concept as explicit as possible so we can understand what we should do and should not, then after we have some image for the music we try to stay consistent with that. As simple as that.
The lyrics of ‘Spiral Orchard pt.1’ conjure very specific images, textures, and situations about people with mental disorder. We use it as a way to explore emotional themes that resonate both deeply and broadly. It’s not a happy album and yet it’s not a sad album either. Take ‘Enshrouded in Crystals’ for example. It is about the ways in which protecting somebody you love turns into the need to control that person, and the person is the protagonist himself, that’s why he needs to hide, he needs to be confined.
Because of this album is about mental problems, we need to understand their state of mind. They all coping with various moods, and sometimes contradict each other. They are happy and sad, they are angry and calm. So we need a lot of music to illustrate those feelings. We listen to Camel, Moonmadness, Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’, Opeth ‘Morningrise’, Brian Eno ‘Before and After Science’, Nick Drake, Bryter Layter. We even take some inspiration from video game music such as Final Fantasy Soundtrack by Nobuo Uematsu.
Why does metal tend to discriminate towards other metal subgenres i.e. glam rock, mathcore, nu metal, etc.? I think it is connected with all those macho/tough guy images that developed in the early 80s when thrash metal still a new thing. I mean those thrash metal dudes always said that they are against glam metal because they thought glam bands are a bunch of posers and they use makeups or whatever. They try to tell people that they are much tougher, more real, than those other dudes. In the 80s we have glam, in 90s we have Nu Metal, in 00s we have emo/metalcore. It is all the same thing.
The thing is, metal is far from mainstream music, so it develops on its own. The result is that it finds its own niche in it. I think it is not only happened in metal. Every genre has it is own elitist. Just some days ago I met a person that does not want to listen to CD or any albums. He only wants to see live music. He said that he wants to romanticise when Modern Jazz did not invent yet, and the only way to listen to music is by watching it live. So this guy not only hates specific genre but he thinks all kinds of physical and digital music media are not the real music compared to the live one. That’s one hell of a character if you ask me. Well on the other hand, in my opinion, music is music when the creator said it so. If Lou Reed wants to record an album full of white noises for 60 minutes then he called it music then it is fine. If Mike Patton wants to do an acapella with nonsense words and gibberish, then it is fine. Same case with if there are a bunch of guys from California that want to sing about how their father abuse them then it is fine too. But sometimes we need those “music police” to reminds us about how certain genres supposed to sound (if we talk about music as a principal or spiritual thing). Sadly, there is nothing spiritual or principal about glam rock. Sorry.
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