Posts Tagged ‘Krieg’

Woes nya album – låt för låt: ”…a bit of an odd song” Del II

26 november, 2010

Här är andra delen av Chris Griggs redogörelse för Woes senaste album Quietly, Undramatically (Candlelight), låt för låt. Ni kan köpa albumet här och stötta amerikansk välsignat okommersiell black metal.


– This is the oldest song on the album. In fact, it predates almost every song on the first record, too. There was a massacre at an American college called Virginia Tech – I doubt it made it to the news overseas – on April 16, 2007. A student there, age 23, was the sole shooter. Immediately after the attack, they started digging through his history to find a cause or warning signs, people and events to blame. The reality, though, was that this guy was just totally fucking crazy so there wasn’t anyone or anything to blame, but that didn’t stop people from demonizing video games and movies and all sorts of things. Anyway, I wrote the song on that day.

– It’s written from the perspective of someone who can’t handle a rational reality. It’s not an endorsement of it but a statement that there are some things that we really cannot predict and cannot control. It fit the theme of the album so I included it.


– The long one. I was a bit nervous about this one because going into the studio, it felt a little flat to me. It wasn’t until we started adding layers that it really came to life.

– First the bass went in and Shane saved the day right there. Then I added vocals, which helped. The first part of the song up to the slow part was meant to be instrumental (inspired by a track on Drudkh’s Microcosms) but the lows (another Drudkh inspiration) give that part an intensity that it was lacking.

The things that make the song most special, though, were added at the very end of the recording session with Matt: the soaring lead lines at the end of the slow section, the extra guitar melodies at the very end of the ”metal” part of the song, and most importantly those classical guitars in the outro.


Full Circle was written as the closer but when we finished tracking, it felt too obvious. The album was very dynamic and didn’t have the same aggression as the first one so I wanted to end on a very powerful note. Here it is, but it’s a bit of an odd song.

– It was the last one written for the album, deliberately the most straight-forward, no-frills black metal I could manage, with tributes paid to some of my friends and favorite bands by way of homage riffs. The lyrics are both a condemnation of the modern black metal scene and a statement of living proudly by your own values, honest with yourself and the world around you.


Tack, Chris! Hatred is our heart hittar ni på Spotify.

Woes nya album – låt för låt: ”Jag våndades…” Del I

25 november, 2010

Jag gillar Woes senaste album sjukt mycket. Särskilt titelsången. Eftersom jag också är komposition- och riffnörd, och patologiskt intresserad av arbetet i studion, bad jag bandets grundare Chris Grigg att kommentera hela albumet, låt för låt:


– When approaching the first song of the album, I had two main goals: first was that it had to start slowly and build up, the second was that it must be different from everything on the album to draw contrast to the speed and intensity that would follow.

– I tend to dislike intros that are purely instrumental and was heavily influenced by the intro to the new Klimt 1918 album, which is a very short song with singing, but it still serves the purpose of being an introduction. The thematic concept is introduced here.


– In case it wasn’t obvious when listening, this and No Solitude were written as one song. The only reason they weren’t put together as a single track was because I wanted to do the listener a service so they could skip right to the speed. This song is representative of the old Woe vs. the new. The first half of the song is really aggressive and straight-forward, written to kind of be a follow-up to Alone With Our Failures from the first album. The bridge about half-way through, the really bold, dramatic one, is kind of the doorway into the new album, after which point things get really melodic and more complex.


– I agonized over this song. Parts of it fell into place very quickly but a lot of it, particularly the vocals, weren’t addressed until after all of the music was recorded. The clean guitar before the final loud riff at the end was something I decided to do in the studio in an effort to bring the volume down as low as possible so the next section would hit harder. The clean vocals, found only in this song, started as a melody I would hum to myself while listening to the mix in my car. I tried it with one voice and it just went from there.

– The guitar melody after the clean vocal part and the solo at the end of the song were played by Matt Moore (Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Absu) and something that we composed together on the spot as ”icing” of sorts. He told me the other day that he cringes whenever he hears the solo but I’m rather fond of it.


– While not the oldest song on the album, this was the first written specifically for the follow-up to A Spell for the Death of Man. It was kind of the proof of concept for the new one, a Woe song that deliberately eschewed the speed of the earlier material for something dynamic, something with a bit more depth.

– A bit more than a year before the recording for the new album, I recorded this song for a 7″ that ended up not getting released. My drumming was lousy and I just didn’t like how it and the other songs (a rerecording of the first Woe song written and a cover of Dystopia’s Anger Brought by Disease) sounded so it was never released.


Thank you Chris. Woe är just nu ute på turné med Krieg – som Chris Grigg också spelar trummor i. Krieg kan du läsa om här, i Jonn Palmer Jeppssons krönika i SDS.

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